What it Took To Create That Post

The skills and tools used to create the posts about Levels of Planning

I knocked out two blog posts in as many days that were helpful to me, and perhaps helpful to anyone reading this website, about planning from ground-level up to 30,000′. I teach social media marketing, and WordPress website development, and I am aware that what we teach does not always translate into students having the […]

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Second Wilhelm

Last August, I was challenged to develop a habit of reading from a book that was written before Gutenberg every day. I didn’t have to think 10 seconds before deciding that the I Ching was the book I would use. I’ve done pretty well; I’ve probably consulted the I Ching at least a hundred and […]

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Review: The Upside of Irrationality

The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home Writing as reviewer #31, having written a number of other reviews myself: what is it about this book that virtually all of the reviews thus far, even the negative ones, are multi-paragraph and thoughtful? Usually, by the time a book has 30, we’re seeing […]

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Processing an Idea for Content

What to do when you get struck by an idea for a potential content marketing item.

What do you do when you have an idea for social media or website content? Just like entrepreneurial wannabes who think their ideas are worth millions, it can be hard to know exactly what to do when you have an idea that could be useful content marketing material, if only you knew what to do […]

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Happiness and the $300 couch

Asking $325; will adjust price if it doesn't sell.

How people think themselves into unhappiness and how to think yourself out of it I heard a couple talking as I walked around the thrift shop the other day: “Well that’s an ugly couch. I wouldn’t want that in my home. Holy smokes! They want $300 for that thing? Who’s going to pay $300 for […]

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Glue it up!

You see things differently when it's all on one page.

Glue up your spreadsheets, that is. Glue sticks.  Simple product, magic effects.  How did we ever manage before they were invented?  (For that matter, do you remember life before post-it notes?  You can even buy post-it note glue sticks…) A boatload of years ago, before the internet but after spreadsheets were invented, I worked on […]

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Notes from The Politics of Food, Yale

Found some notes on my desk that need to be processed and today is not the day to process this note all the way into an article. These are six steps that “society” has followed in the path from “bad habit” to eradication via public policy. (Heard this in the Yale Politics of Food course; […]

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Tracking Content

Inventory of blog ideas that have made it as far as drafts, or images.

The problem I’m trying to solve is that I find myself in an enormous push of content creation–I’m creating blog posts in draft every morning, and I’m sitting on 50 draft posts on each of three different websites.  Not all of the draft posts are valuable, but I would like to get as many published […]

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WD40 for Content Creation

Inventory of blog ideas that have made it as far as drafts, or images.

Sometime in December, I noticed I was getting a little more content onto my websites than I had for several years. It felt like I had sprayed WD-40 into a very very rusty mechanism. I was just barely able to get some motion out of the machine, but I knew it would rust solid again […]

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What do Big Rocks Look Like?

There’s an old story in the productivity world, about a professor with a jar and rocks and gravel and sand, and the punch line is that if you don’t put the big rocks into the jar first, there won’t be room for them later, after you add the sand and gravel. Easy to say; we’ve […]

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