Free-Writing and Journaling: Tools to Activate Original Ideas

Free-Writing and Journaling: Tools to Activate Original Ideas

What’s the difference between free-writing vs. journaling and how can they be used to help writers build confidence and generate original ideas? Learn how these writing activities can help writers in all stages of their careers.

Freelancer Bootcamp: 7 Tips to Jump-Start Your Creative Process (and Avoid Hitting the Big White Wall of Writer's Block)

Freelancer Bootcamp: 7 Tips to Avoid Hitting the Big White Wall of Writer’s Block

The wall. The big white wall… of your computer screen. When you hit it, you have to hit back. Buck up and be the master of jump-starting your own creative process. Here are a full-time freelancer’s actionable tips to keep yourself from slipping into the void of writer’s block.

8 Exceptional Examples of Customer-Led Storytelling

8 Exceptional Examples of Customer-Led Storytelling

What could be more powerful — or persuasive — than customer-led storytelling? Here are eight brands that are knocking it out of the park, from Warby Parker to Tesla.

A Quick Primer on Why Voice Search (and VSO) Is Here to Stay

A Quick Primer on Why Voice Search (and VSO) Is Here to Stay

“Alexa, can you send me customers?” If you’re a content marketer, you already know the answer. Get the basics to prepare for the impact of voice search.

Hootsuite vs. Buffer: We Rated 10 Key Factors for Each

Hootsuite vs. Buffer: We Rated 11 Key Factors for Each

In today’s #MartechMonday post, Ben Beck compares two popular social media posting tools, Hootsuite and Buffer, in his annual update of his graded reviews. Which one is right for your company? Which improved more? Keep reading.

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Why Academic Humility Is an Essential Part of Research and Writing

Why Academic Humility Is an Essential Part of Research and Writing

When you decide on a topic and an angle, it can be hard to deviate. But if the evidence just isn’t there, Italian novelist Umberto Eco urges writers to listen to all voices because “even the sternest opponent can suggest some ideas to us.”

Content Around the Globe: The Travel Writing Niche (It Ain't All Glam)

Content Around the Globe: The Travel Writing Niche (It Ain’t All Glam)

Travel writing might seem glamorous, but it’s definitely not all about mai tais and the beach. To be successful takes a bit of grit and worldly know-how. We’ll snap you back into reality, gently, with editor and writer John Newton, who’s worked for Condé Nast Traveler and AFAR magazines.

5 Classic Magazine Content Formats to Borrow for Your Blog

5 Classic Magazine Content Formats to Borrow for Your Blog

If readers aren’t sticking around as long as they used to, it might be time to shake things up. Take a page from print’s book by using one of these classic magazine content formats for your blog.

7 Meaningful Activities to Develop Your Brand’s Voice

7 Meaningful Activities to Develop Your Brand’s Voice

Your brand voice should be consistent and cohesive across all channels… but where do you start? These seven meaningful activities will help you identify and develop your brand’s personality and voice today.

Must-Have New Tech Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

Must-Have New Tech Products That Will Make Your Life Easier

From a more intuitive laptop to a reusable smart notebook, it might be time to give the tech products in your life an upgrade. These tech update ideas from freelancer Rachel Weingarten will help you boost productivity and ensure you’re staying ahead of the game.

How to Turn Your Vacation Into Money With Travel Writing

How to Turn Your Vacation Into Money With Travel Writing

Flight mishaps. Romantic getaways. Thrilling adventures. Here’s how to find the sellable story in your next vacation so you can turn it into cold hard cash.

How Index Cards Can Help Writers Organize Ideas and Improve Storytelling

How Index Cards Can Help Writers Organize Ideas and Improve Storytelling

Index cards — they’re not just for college students anymore. Learn how they can help you organize ideas, map out your thoughts and enhance storytelling.

A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)

A Little Refresher on the Complexity of Adverbs (and When Not to Use Them)

Adverbs. Love ’em or hate ’em, they can be the gateway to bad writing if you don’t use them appropriately. Take a little refresher on this oft-maligned part of speech.

Finish What You Started: How to Avoid Task Paralysis

Finish What You Started: How to Avoid Task Paralysis

If tasks are taking longer than they should, from organizing your home office to tackling a work project, task paralysis might be to blame. Here’s how to overcome perfectionism so you can get stuff done faster and easier every time.

The Four Rhinos of Bad SEO Tactics: What Has to Go for Good

The Four Rhinos of Bad SEO Tactics: What Has to Go for Good

Sometimes bad SEO optimization happens to good content, like a rhino trying to play Mozart on a kazoo… or badminton with a bazooka… or hopscotch on a cupcake. Get expert, in-depth advice on the four outdated SEO practices you must stop now.

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