On Making the New Journalism Profitable and Sustainable

June 22, 2015

You’d think the recent sale of tech website Re/code to Vox Media would’ve been spun as a success story: Founders sell 18-month-old startup to media giant! Niche website attracts 1.5 million monthly unique visitors and gets acquired for an undisclosed sum! Instead, it has sparked articles about why new digital media publications can’t seem to turn […]

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Here’s Your Excuse to Stop Worrying About Chores and Spend More Time Living

June 15, 2015

I just finished barreling through productivity writer Laura Vanderkam’s new book, I Know How She Does It, on how women juggle careers and family. While it’s full of time-management gems, my biggest takeaway wasn’t how to save a few minutes here or there. Instead, this read served as a reminder that life should be my […]

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Why Work-Life Integration is a Better Goal Than Work-Life Balance

June 10, 2015

Everyone’s always talking about the importance of work-life balance — and how elusive it can be. But what if our conversations around work-life balance were all misguided? What if we started talking about work-life integration instead? That’s how productivity blogger Laura Vanderkam approaches it, and her take really resonates with me. Rather than forcing our workday […]

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Why I Invested in an Explainer Video for My Business (Watch It Here!)

June 4, 2015

The most important message to nail down when you run a business is what you offer. This sounds obvious, but it’s also one of the most challenging pieces for most startups and freelancers. When you first start a business, you’re often not sure exactly what you want to offer, which niche you should focus on, or which […]

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Make Money Blogging: How to Sell Direct Advertising on Your Website

May 28, 2015

If you’re just starting a blog, selling ads probably isn’t the best way to make money. For websites that don’t yet see a lot of traffic, it’s typically smarter to keep your blog clutter-free while you gain trust from readers, and earn income via digital products (like my ebooks or The Write Life bundle sale), consulting […]

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The Case for Buying Facebook Ads, Even If You’re a Small Brand

May 7, 2015

Organic reach keeps falling on Facebook, and everyone knows it. In every blogger / entrepreneur / social strategist community I follow, marketers are complaining about how the posts on their Facebook page simply don’t reach as many fans as they used to. We’ve seen this with The Write Life’s Facebook page. We have more than […]

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On the Rise of Content Marketing and the Outsourced Newsroom

April 30, 2015

I didn’t choose content marketing as my second career because it was hot. In fact, when I first began offering blog management and social media services in 2011 on the side of my day job, I didn’t even realize the work I was doing fell under the content-marketing umbrella. I simply enjoyed using my writing, […]

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Self-Publishing: Should You Sell Your Ebook on Amazon or Your Own Website?

April 22, 2015

Most of the self-publishing success stories we hear revolve around selling books on Amazon, and for good reason: authors like Steve Scott and Mark Dawson have used the platform to bring home six-figure salaries. But if you’re considering self-publishing, you should know there is another option: selling ebooks on your own site. If you’re able to carve […]

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The Kind of Entrepreneur Nobody Talks About

April 12, 2015

If you follow news about entrepreneurship, most stories you hear in the media and blogosphere are typically about two kinds of new companies: Startups — usually tech startups — that land VC funding, then scale as quickly as possible Lifestyle entrepreneurs who bootstrap while traveling the world, surfing and working as little as possible But there’s another […]

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How to Make Money Off a Blog: Takeaways From The Writer’s Bundle 2015

April 2, 2015

I told myself I wouldn’t write a recap on The Writer’s Bundle recap this year, because I have so many other things I want to work on. But the truth is, this blog is how I process. It’s how I organize wins and losses, and how I determine priorities for myself and my team. I […]

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