I won’t bore you readers with a litany of excuses for being late in publishing my weekly blogging reads and resources selections. I will apologize to those who have submitted comments I have yet to reply to. I have replying to you at the top of my to do list and will get that done today.
Here’s a brief update. My back is in alignment again – hooray! My dental surgery went well – hooray!
I had a lively discussion with fellow artists focused on a color that’s not among my faves. That lead to a series of paintings with a whole new appreciation for pinkness.
Spring break is happening (March 15 – 25, 2013). Our friends will be visiting next weekend, and my partner and I will be enjoying some of our free time making memories with them. Did I mention their 3 little hula dancers inspire me and encourage me to remain forever four.
Here’s my baker’s dozen for this past week:
Let’s stop treating busy as a badge of honor – We take a little pride in being busy, really busy, too busy. Maybe this validates us, gives us a sense of purpose, lets us feel there is value to our life. But I think it’s time we stop to consider the impact of our busy-ness and stop holding it in such high regard.
Five Best Google Reader Alternatives – Google Reader is shutting down, but it’s not the end of the world. Take look at five of the best form lifehacker, based on your nominations. The Old Reader, NewsBlur, Feedly, NetVibes, Pulse.
Does Blogging Sell Books? Not Exactly, but Here’s Why You Should Do It Anyway – With self-publishing, it’s easy to see whether your blog posts produce any spike in sales, and it rapidly becomes obvious that those posts don’t usually have any effect on your profits.
7 Scientifically-Backed Copywriting Tips – 1. Make em’ feel something; 2. Be wary of “selling” savings; 3. Sweat the small stuff; 4. Embrace your devilish side; 5. Don’t rely on adjectives alone; 6. Include “power” words; 7. Use transportation for persuasion.
3 Big Mistakes Artists Make With Their WordPress Websites – BIG Mistake NUMBER ONE: Choosing a WordPress theme that competes with your art; BIG mistake NUMBER TWO: A lack of substance in the content; BIG mistake NUMBER THREE: NOT resizing and optimization images for your website.
8 Ways Your Content Strategy Should Change With the New Facebook News Feed – Facebook announced the biggest change to News Feed in its seven-year history. During the opening of this announcement, CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared how almost 50% of News Feed content today is photos and visual content.
Facebook News Feed Changes Mean Changing Your Approach to Images – Though this post is directed to Facebook users the “Make your Visuals Work WITH Text, instead of Merely Repeating It” tips are universal.
Guest Blogging in 2013: The End of Unsolicited Guest Posts? – Sites like Probloger, Copyblogger, and Mashable were receiving unsolicited guest blogging requests on a regular basis. But now those opportunities are gone. Kristi HInes explains why and provides her tips for increasing your odds of having your guest post published on quality blogs. Note what the head of Google’s Webspam Team, Matt Cutts, has to say about guest blogging for links.
13 signs you spend too much time on Pinterest – If any of these sound familiar, it may be a good idea to log off the site and step away from your computer.
No Joke: Polaroid Plans To Produce The Instagram Camera By 2014 – The camera’s designer has entered into a contract with Polaroid to develop the concept.
3 proven ways to create news when there’s none – PR agency owner Sandra Fathi shares three tactics she uses to land coverage for her clients (with examples!): Story hijacking, trend intervention, and data.