Content

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 →


on writing

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 →


Blogging 101

How to Improve Your Keywords for Older Posts that Already Perform Well

One of the basic SEO optimizations you could do for your blog is improving the keyword density in older blog posts that are still receiving new visits. You can experiment with a couple of posts that In Google Analytics, go to your blog, then to Content -> Site Content -> Landing Pages.  Select an older blog post that is performing well and is still receiving new visits, then click on Keywords and see which are the keywords that help people find this posts in search engines. Go back to your post in your blog and edit your post, including more of … Continue Reading →


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How to Write Better II: Use Less Adverbs, Descriptions and Never Open With The Weather

Have you read Elmore Leonard’s Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle NY Times piece? He’s sharing his 10 rules for better writing, which I will paraphrase in the following lines: 1. Never open a book with weather, readers look for characters. 2. A prologue is only backstory, which you can drop anywhere you want, just don’t start with it. 3. Dialogue belongs to the character, don’t steal it by changing the verb from “to say” to anything else like “cautioned”, “lied” etc. 4. Drop the adverbs, completely. Unless you’re writing a historical romance. 5. Don’t exagerrate with exlamation points!!! … Continue Reading →


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How to Write Better I: Bleed in the Fist Line

Do you want to write better? You can. Is there a magic formula for that? I don’t think so. Can you learn from what works for others and at least test on your own writing? You can. With today’s post I start a series of tips and thoughts  on how to write better. Bleed in the fist line James Altucher says you have to show you’re human, show you’re vulnerable. I think it can also work literally for a short story or novel. Want to make your writing more readable, or simply want to challenge your plot? Make someone bleed … Continue Reading →