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Becoming a better writer: sleep enough and write everyday

I was listening yesterday to two different talks, one was Beth Dunn’s “How to Be a Writing God” and the other one was Arianna Huffington’s Keynote from the same Inbound Marketing conference. If Dunn was talking about the importance of practicing every day and keeping that streak without focusing on the quality, Adriana Huffington was talking about the importance of mindfulness, taking care of yourself to make it possible to do good work. About writing, I had heard “pratice every day”  many times, and even though it makes sense, I was always wondering if it’s worth the effort to write … Continue Reading →


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9 tips for creating shareable content

If you’re a blogger and don’t read Noah Kagan’s blog OkDork, then you should. Noah writes about growth hacking, content marketing hacking and promoting content in general. His blogposts are funny, readable and insightful. On of his recent posts, Why Content Goes Viral: What Analyzing 100 Million Articles Taught Us goes over some of the specific traits of the most shared content. I do suggest reading the actual post, that goes more in depth over the following ideas: Headlines with numbers perform 10 times better than the rest In depth, well-researched articles packed with insights are more shared than short articles. … Continue Reading →


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Python for complete noobs, where to start

If you’re thinking about learning programming, Python is a good start. The syntax is readable, and easy to learn (unlike C++, for example). Some more advanced programmers hate the syntactically-relevant indentation (which means you’re code won’t run unless you’ve organised your code properly), but for a complete noob like myself, I find that actually helpful: it forces you to be organised in writing and thus helps your organise your thinking. What is Python? Python is a programming languages that promotes readability and uses fewer lines of code compared to other programming languages. This means you could write your programs faster. … Continue Reading →


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An Interesting Experiment with Short Content

We always talk about content being king but we forget what content really means. Content is not just text, but the sum of your concept, copy, images, extra resources etc. Darren Rowse from Problogger recently publishes an article talking about his experiments with short format text. What he essentially did is create a new page instead of a new blog post and he created content not by writing 250 words of text, but focusing on a large, inspiring image, adding short, meaningful copy and linked to other similar blog posts where people could learn more about the photography technique he was … Continue Reading →


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Inspiring People: Sacha Chua, the Thinker who Sketches

I just spent a few minutes browsing through Google Helpouts. Something in between a youtube tutorial (my life wouldn’t be the same without it), a Google Hangout and an online course (like Coursera or Udacity). And I just found the inspiring Sacha Chua who doodles, thinks and is in general training herself to be a better learner. On her blog, Sacha writes and doodles about a series of fascinating things such as high energy and low energy activities (I love that outlining is an item and then skimming books and processing are different activities!) and mapping what she learns so she can … Continue Reading →


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My Favourite Fragments from Thoreau’s Walden

“One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels.” “In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” “Memnon, what should be man’s morning work in this world? I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still.” “Even the poor student studies and is taught only political economy, while that economy of living which is synonymous with philosophy is not even sincerely … Continue Reading →


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On Education, Teaching and Learning

I believe in a world where we invest more of our time and knowledge in finding new ways to teach people, young and old.  I believe in a time where we’ve figured out how to motivate, empower and challenge people to learn what they’re best at. What they love doing. I believe in people working in areas and in projects they believe in. Because they want to make their town, their industry, their world, a better place. I believe in a world where teachers teach because they believe in people. I believe in teachers who are dreamers of utopias and … Continue Reading →


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On Simplicity

Simplicity. Minimalism. Focus. Do less to do more. Use objects with less features. Focus on the things that matter to you.


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Learn Something New in May

Have you heard of Coursera? Along with Udacity and MIT’s Open Courses, it’s one of those places where you can take a University level e-class, from professors from some of the most renowned Universities in the world, in your free time, for free. I took Introduction to Sociology, which was interesting, but also very basic. (To be fair, I have a BA in Communications and a MS in Cognitive Sciences so be take my description as “basic” with a grain of salt if you’re coming from a background in Biology or Mathematics; it’s a very cool course and the teacher is very … Continue Reading →


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How To Verbify Correctly

According to author Helen Sword from The New York Times Opinionator, verbifying describes the act of creating a new verb from another part of speech. But how long do these verbs live? Are they forever? Can a brand or a person become a verb? What are the rules? Any noun can be verbed. So can many adjectives: we prettify a room, neaten our desk and brown a piece of meat. As Calvin succinctly explains to Hobbes, “Verbing weirds language.” says Sword. Like mutants in nature, most newly minted verbs — Mondayize, speechify, Californicate — will live for only a short while … Continue Reading →