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 SEO, freelancing, automation and more

When it comes to doing business…

You’re being lied to about what it takes to build a successful business online: Mallie not only nails what it really takes to build a successful business — and be an epic CEO — in this post, but she also hits on some of the major struggles (love the term, “pre-crastinator”) we experience, as well. Read this. And remember: “You’ve got to walk before you can run.”

When it comes to complexity + comparison…

Simple Often Wins: This is a post I come back to often, especially when I start to over-complicate either my own business or One Woman Shop, and even more often when I fall into the comparison trap. In it, Chris Brogan reminds of us a few key things: 1.) “Business is simple. We make it complicated for some unknown reason.” and 2.) “No one ever won a race looking sideways.”

When it comes to deciding whether to hire a freelancer…

Marketing: Hire a freelancer, an agency, or do it yourself?: I will forever make the case for hiring freelancers — and I’m not the only one. Take it from my friend + colleague, Joel Klettke: Freelancers aren’t just a great option when money’s tight. Here are three things to consider that will help you next time it’s time to outsource.

When it comes to SEO…

The SEO food pyramid: Ever wonder what goes into the elusive monster that is generalized as SEO? I love this “food pyramid” breakdown from William Harris over at Elumynt. Warning: It has a lot of outbound links to more reading — figure out what you need to brush up on then take what you need, leave the rest for later. Baby steps, friends.

When it comes to productivity + automation…

8 IFTTT recipes to automate your solo business: There are a few often-talked about ways to save time in your business, but for all things automation, I turn to Brittany Berger at Blog Bolder. Her IFTTT recipes target the seemingly small things that add up — and make you work smarter, not harder. I just set up my first IFTTT recipe (using Gmail + Slack) and I’m in love.

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Currently midway through: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Just finished: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
On deck, in the biz department: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

When it comes to inspiration…

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

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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 writing, email overwhelm, productivity, bad habits and more

When it comes to writing…

Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Gilbert on Writing: When Big Magic came out last fall, I quickly became obsessed with consuming everything I could on creativity (and writing, in particular) from Liz Gilbert. I did a search for where she’d been interviewed, and stumbled upon this episode of the New York Public Library Podcast that features yet another of my favorite people when it comes to writing (and reading): Ann Patchett. Put them together, and you get this amazing, hour-long conversation on the creative process, writing, and sharing. A line I won’t ever forget from Ann: “I only write for myself. I don’t sell my books. Nobody sees them. I write the book I want to read, the book that I miss.”

When it comes to what makes your blog tick…

Move Over, Grandma! Speed Up Your Website: If you couldn’t tell already (if you’ve been reading this coffee + content series from the beginning), I’m a big fan of people who can take WordPress and dumb it down enough for people like me. Lindsay is one of those people — and this post on increasing the speed of your website opened my eyes to the fact that maybe the slow load isn’t just my wi-fi, and yes, even the least tech-savvy of us can take action steps to make our website load faster than the tortoise crossing the street.

When it comes to email overwhelm…

How to deal with email overload: The email overwhelm is real for this girl. (It’s one reason I loooove Slack and host #justwrite there.) So when I read about Oliver Burkeman’s experiment with Tony Hseih’s “Yesterbox” email strategy, consider my interest piqued. The premise, as Oliver shares: “Stop focusing on email received today, except when urgent, and instead try to deal with everything that came in yesterday.” Not sure why it works? Read what he says, and give it a go.

When it comes to productivity + organization…

I’ve Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here’s Why It’s Actually Amazing: So this post might be a few years old, but it still managed to teach me a thing or two about Evernote that will make it even more of a powerhouse in my day-to-day. (I was a dabbler for too long, but am using it way more now that I have the Web Clipper Chrome extension, and can’t even imagine how much further I could take it with IFTTT and Zapier…) Take a page from Whitson Gordon’s playbook and make the productivity app work for you.

When it comes to questionable habits…

Sorry, Not Sorry: My Apology Addiction: Holy crap, was this a wake-up call for me. I can’t tell you how many people have asked me to please stop saying “sorry”, and the only response I can come up with is, well… sorry. Lena Dunham’s dad had the forthrightness to ask her this: “What would happen if you spent this week NOT apologizing?” I, for one, am going to take that challenge and see what I manage to replace it with. #sorrynotsorry

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Finished: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
On deck: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

When it comes to inspiration…

“The scariest moment is always just before you start.” ― Stephen King

[Photo cred: UserThink]

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 real talk, WordPress, being “authentic” + more

When it comes to real talk…

Real Talk Radio with Nicole Antoinette: This is up there as one of my favorite podcasts to listen to on my daily walks because of the unscripted, casual, but deeply insightful conversations that Nicole has with her (incredible) guests. My top episodes so far: Paul Jarvis, Alexandra Franzen, and Ash Ambirge. Maybe because they’re three of my entrepreneur idols; maybe because they’re just genuinely awesome. I’ve got loads more to listen to, and can’t wait.

When it comes to what makes your blog tick…

nerd alert from tiny blue orange: What do you get when you put a total WordPress pro together with a super nerd? One of my favorite online people to follow: Alison Monday of tiny blue orange. I’ve got a serious crush (okay, and reliance) on her nerd alert column, where she shares DIY tutorials (and more) for WordPress. Those enviable branded social sharing icons you see at the bottom of this post? Yeah, I have Alison to thank for that.

When it comes to being a (strong) female…

A Story of a Fuck Off Fund: This is what I want every girl, every where to read, so I’ll just leave it right here, where Paulette Perhach says it perfectly: “You want to be, no, you will be the kind of woman who can tell anyone to fuck off if a fuck off is deserved…”

When it comes to being “authentic”…

The dark side of voice: authenticity vs. sensitivity: “Authenticity” is little more than a buzzword these days, but the meaning behind it stands: In life and in your writing, it’s important to do you. Yet, there is a line — especially when you’re running a business. Abbey at Life and Writing shares the risk of using the “Friend at the Bar” voice, and what you can learn from AppSumo’s mistake.

When it comes to doing business…

11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business: An oldie, but goodie: I read this post from Stephanie St. Claire for the first time a few years ago, right when I started freelancing, and I’ve had it bookmarked ever since. Each time I re-read it, it seems I’ve learned one the lessons I could’ve just taken from her all that time ago. Do I think we need to experience these things to really learn? Yes, most of the time. Do I think it’s still worth reading other people’s riffs on their experiences? Double yes.

When it comes to reading…

Currently midway through: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Currently midway through: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Finished: The More of Less by Joshua Becker
On deck, in the life department: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

When it comes to inspiration…

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

[Photo cred: UserThink]

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.

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