coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content: reads on SEO, being a writer, and more

When it comes to being a writer…

Yes, Virginia, Writing Is Too A Job: Hesitating to call yourself a writer? Read this. One of many highlighted parts: “Writing is a job. And to suggest it’s anything other than that gives in to the persistent myth that writing is some kind of joy-fueled reward factory, where the writing alone is enough to feed itself. Where we pretend that starvation and sadness are implicit to the role, and that getting paid is so rare and so strange we can’t even call it a job or a career anymore. That’s dangerous. Starvation is not a requirement. Starvation is not sexy.” (H/t to ChaChanna for sharing this in our #justwrite group.)

When it comes to telling stories on social media…

Are Instagram Stories a Better Home For Content Than Snapchat?: Truth…I just “figured out” Snapchat on a trip to Nashville earlier this year. Meanwhile, Insta releases Stories and now I’m all torn on which to use, when. This article, which points out that “There is a growing movement of advertisers who consider Instagram Stories to be a genuine improvement over its predecessor,” takes a look at the facts and might just sway you to stick with the ‘Gram for both those swoon-worthy food shots and your brand storytelling.

When it comes to being an explorer…

Why You Need to Try New Things + How to Create a ‘New Things’ Practice: I’ve talked about how travel is so important to me because the immersion into worlds full of new things opens my mind, gives me more awareness, and makes me appreciate the home I’ve built where I am — and Sarah Von Bargen would argue that you can get all those benefits (+ more) from having a “new things” list. My favorite thought: “Routines speed time. Novelty slows it.” Yes.

When it comes to SEO…

How Content Can Improve With Age — 5 Reasons Why Older Web Pages Still Matter: Anyone read this title and immediately want to grab a glass of red wine? Anyway…If you take anything away from it, I’d encourage it to be this: “…focus on creating GREAT content that reflects your niche and targets your demographic, and you can always re-jig the articles in the future if you need to.” SEO is tricky, and content can feel forced to play along. But it’s important to remember that not everything you create has to be evergreen if you take the time to update it.

When it comes to being a woman…

Kristen Bell Has The Cheap Labor Your Company Is Looking For: Women!: No words needed. Just watch.

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
On deck, in the biz department: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Just finished: Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano

When it comes to inspiration…

“Imagination is like a muscle. I found out that the more I wrote, the bigger it got.” – Philip Jose Farmer

[Photo cred: Andrew Welch via Unsplash]

Note: Links within the coffee + content series may or may not result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content, reads on SEO, productivity, and more

When it comes to SEO…

Google’s New Popup Penalty & What it Means: If it isn’t Facebook announcing something that makes everyone pull their hair out, it’s Google. And the truth is, we need to pay attention: Google’s new “Popup Penality”, as Kim Herrington refers to it in this post, is going into effect in January, 2017, and while it applies directly to mobile search results right now, it’s worth paying attention to for all sites if you care about your SEO.

When it comes to being a female…

You Were Not Taught To Be Ambitious, But That Shouldn’t Stop You: Ladies, listen up. Our abilities are not established at birth. Whether or not we realize it, the praise we hear and the things we’re told as we’re growing up — even those compliments like “you’re so smart” — could be limiting our potential. In this article for Her Agenda, ChaChanna breaks down what fixed praise is and how ladies’ confidence tends to dwindle as we get older.

When it comes to productivity…

6 Questions That Can Eliminate Busywork And Boost Your Productivity: I find the times I let my productivity slip are the times I actually let myself get into too much of a routine — and these six questions are fantastic for prompting me to question what’s important. While each one brings up a ton of different thoughts for me, I particularly like this idea: “Try delegating enough activities to suitably skilled employees to free up 20% of your time to experiment with new ways of working, or engage with customers to learn how you might tweak your services to serve those customers better.”

When it comes to taking yourself seriously…

Taking Yourself Seriously Doesn’t Mean You Have To Be Serious: It’s all too easy for us to think that by taking ourselves seriously, we’ll suddenly become Cruella Deville. So glad Kate Northrup drew her line in the sand, and shared it so we can, too. The standout line for me: “I figured out that I didn’t have to choose between being a professional and enjoying the hell out of running a business.”

When it comes to being a millennial…

The Truth about Being a Millennial Parent: “Millennials.” As Gael points out in her post for Miss Millennial, it’s pretty much the equivalent of a curse word. Especially when it comes to the workplace. But what’s said for being a millennial parent? Not enough — and it’s a conversation Gael’s ready to get going. As someone who hopes to be part of the group in the future, I can’t thank her enough.

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano
Currently midway through: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Just finished: Hilda: Tackle Your Inner Naysayer, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Unleash Your Badassery by Coach Jennie

When it comes to inspiration…

“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.” (h/t, Coach Jennie)

[Photo cred: Chiara Pinna via Unsplash]

Note: Links within the coffee + content series may or may not result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

coffee + content [round up]

Well hey, there…grab your cuppa + cozy up! You’ve landed on coffee + content, a bi-weekly round up of great content I’ve stumbled upon that make for interesting reads/views over my Sunday morning coffee. Got a great piece of content you’d like shared? Throw it in the comments below — but be sure to also share others’! Cheers.

coffee + content: a roundup of reads on listening, creativity, minimalism + more

When it comes to minimalism…

9 Intentional Ways to Challenge Consumerism in Your Life: I’ve been fascinated by the concept of owning less so I can live more for a while now. I’ve already donated nearly 50% of my wardrobe, and did a massive clean out of our kitchen cabinets for unused appliances, duplicate dishes, and more, earlier this summer. But a huge part of embracing minimalism (whatever it might mean for you), is fighting the urge to keep bringing more into our life. That’s why I love this post from Joshua Becker, author of The More of Less (which I read earlier this summer), and blogger at Becoming Minimalist. I especially like #6: Count the hidden cost of each purchase.

When it comes to your website copy…

Thank You Pages: Why & How To Take Advantage Of This Overlooked Page: When we think of website copy, it’s easy to list off common pages — the home page, the about page, the services page, the contact page…But what about the thank you page? In this post on Ambition Ally, Nathalie Lussier breaks down the different types of thank you pages you might consider integrating into your website, and how to go about creating them. Gratitude attitude, friends. Always.

When it comes to productivity…

Are you just polishing the mailbox?: Kristen of Brand Camp drives by an old man polishing a mailbox and does what any good solopreneur does — turns it into a business lesson, then shares it. And I’m so glad she did — because I think we all fall into the productivity trap of doing the unimportant things (heyyyy, dishes) as we procrastinate the things that really matter. So, are you just polishing the mailbox?

When it comes to listening…

What Great Listeners Actually Do: Listening is about more than being an absorbent sponge — who knew? (I bet we all did.) But this article from HBR (a short but intelligent read) goes into the depth of what truly makes for a great listener — and how we can all aspire to different levels. My favorite reminder: The best conversations are active.

When it comes to the creative process…

On the Creative Process and Just Doing It Already: Erin, a #justwrite member, recently shared a link to this post she wrote over at Freelancing Mama, and I’ve kept it bookmarked ever since. Waiting for the perfect circumstances never got anyone anywhere, but just getting started sure did. In Erin’s case, the time her writing has succeeded most is when she just did it. It prompted this realization, that can be applied to any creative work: “I just have to write. Sometimes it’s brilliant and sometimes it’s terrible. But I just have to keep doing it.”

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through (fiction): Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano
Currently midway through (non-fiction): Rework by Jason Fried + David Hansson

When it comes to inspiration…

“Nothing will work unless you do.” — Maya Angelou

[Photo cred: Unsplash]

Note: Links within the coffee + content series may result in me receiving an affiliate commission. My promise to you: I’ll only include affiliate links for resources that I truly feel can help you + your biz.

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