Category Archives: Books

A 30-day writing challenge, a brand new class, and a book giveaway.

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Want to be a better writer?

What does it take to become a better writer? I've been thinking a lot about resolutions and goals lately, and every time I talk to someone, I hear the same dream:

I want to write more.

So these past few weeks, I've been making a few new things to help with this. At my new job at One Month, at least half of my teammates said that they also wanted to make writing a priority for 2015. After some late-night giggles and brainstorming, I whipped together a quick challenge for us: 30 days of writing prompts, so you can write a new essay each day.

Fun announcement #1: Take the 30-day writing challenge (free)! 

Want to write with us? Sign up here to get email prompts delivered daily for a month and join us on the writing journey.

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Also, I’m teaching a brand-new class on content marketing — including tips on copywriting, building relationships, understanding your customer, and capturing email leads. Which leads me to...

Fun announcement #2: I'll be teaching a new class on Content Marking in February!

In February, I'll be teaching a brand-new One Month class on Content Marketing.

Content Marketing covers the ins and outs of creating brilliant content and connecting with your desired audience — through a deep understanding of your user, strategic publishing, and creative copywriting. We'll cover topics like thought leadership, copywriting basics, creating landing pages, writing great headlines, and capturing leads.

If you want to be on the early-bird access list for the course, sign up here.

The class will be four weeks long, with screen-share videos and personal videos 3-4 times each week. We'll do three projects together, and you'll get to meet your classmates and talk through ideas in a private forum. You can email me and chat about questions you have along the way. This is a chance to dig deeper into the field of content marketing and improve your writing and marketing skills.

But before I finalize the development of the class, I'd love to know from YOU: Why are you interested in taking this class?

I’m in the early stages of planning the course, so I’d love your feedback and insights. In exchange for sharing your thoughts and feedback with me on the upcoming course, I'll send four survey participants a digital copy of my favorite book this month, Cal Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You.

Fun announcement #3: A book-giveaway! Take the survey, win a book.

Let me know what you'd love to learn about content marketing — and what topics you think I should focus on during the class. It's a short survey, and I'll be giving away four copies of my favorite book this month randomly to people who fill out the survey before January 30th.

Take the survey, here.

Thank you!

The celebration jar: An alternative to meaningless gift-giving (and other gifts I love).

I splurged and went shopping recently. Like, real shopping–whatever “real” means. (Isn’t the act of spending a day inside of a privately-owned mall slightly strange?) I did things I hadn’t done in years. Wandered through big-box stores, large crowds, jingly Santa Clauses, screaming children, and wafting Cinnabon flavorings fuming into the crowded halls to makeContinue Reading

Desire, feelings, and inner softness: why is it so hard to feel good?

1. A confession. The first time I picked up my copy of Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map I could hardly finish it. I watched as social posts flickered in my online vision, people talking about its brilliance and I wondered why I couldn’t handle it. Personally, I wanted to throw it against the wall. It tookContinue Reading

Step out of your comfort zone…

The cold water shocked my arms and sent a panic message from my limbs to my brain–and my heart. I was set to make a big swim–a 1.5 mile arc from San Francisco’s Alcatraz Island to Ghirardelli Square, the famed Alcatraz swim. The thing is, I said I would do it naked as part ofContinue Reading

Want to know who we are? The results are in. (And we’ve got four book winners!)

You and me, we’re the magic of the internet. Last week I sent out a survey to readers to get a better sense of this community that we’re growing here. We had nearly 200 responses to the survey, and the results are in — Here’s what we look like: GENDER: Readers are about two thirdsContinue Reading

Finding your creative flow, radio interview on the Living for Monday Show, and a round-up of my favorite books for Fall.

A big welcome to all the new faces and readers who have found me through the Thought Catalog essays, Scoutie Girl, and my recent interview with Barrett Brooks on the Living for Monday Show! It’s been a busy week behind the scenes over here, and consequently there are a LOT of new faces to this website. FeelContinue Reading

Morning and evening meditations and reflections: two books I love to open any time, any page.

What are you filling your mind with? What are you musing upon, reflecting on, what things are you considering today? Sometimes when I get wrapped up in the throes of launching a new project, or just simply taking on too many projects, I don’t quite find I have enough time to sit leisurely and readContinue Reading

Stop With The Bull Shit: Calling BS On “Corporate,” Life, Relationships, Careers.

I met Shane Mac two years ago via Twitter, when serendipitously we both remarked on the strange olfactory sensations of shopping malls (we commented wryly about the stench pouring from Abercrombie and Fitch stores)–and followed it up with a beer (maybe several beers, in fact) in San Francisco. He was one of my first twitter-to-real-life friends, andContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Reading: Weekend Edition

As you know, I love reading. I love everything about books, learning, curling up with coffee and a new book, discovering ideas and curating conversations. Here’s a list of what I’ve been learning from this past week–as well as the books I’ve recently read or am nearly done with from the last month or two.Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Reminders. (22 Thoughts from Julien Smith).

It’s November, the season of gratitude–one of my favorite seasons. In the spirit of gratefulness, thanks, and learning, I’ll be giving away prizes with almost every single post all throughout November. Some of the things I have to give away include a copy of Chris Brogan and Julien Smith’s new book, “The Impact Equation,” copiesContinue ReadingContinue Reading