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Idea Curation: How to Get More Ideas for Great Content. Where do blog post ideas come from?

Idea Curation: How to Get More Ideas for Great Content

This one came from someone else’s headline. We are constantly inspired by the amazing work of others, and we owe a lot to the deep thinking and amazing resources that are readily available within the industry. How can we get more ideas more consistently? There’s inspiration everywhere. We’ve just got to keep our eyes open. Copyblogger gave us the inspiration for this post.

So here it is. How we curate ideas at Buffer “I write only when inspiration strikes. This quote about writing and inspiration could work just as easily for idea curating and inspiration. Our infrastructure for ideas depends on a couple of key points. We aren’t shy about taking inspiration from others.We spend a lot of time reading, thinking, and sharing the stories and ideas we love.We save all our ideas—no matter how small Let’s dig a little deeper into each of these. Taking inspiration from others “You are the sum of your influences.” – Austin Kleon Belle took it from there. If we were having coffee… Have you noticed multiple posts in your Reader beginning with the line “If we were having coffee…”?

If we were having coffee…

No, you’re not missing out on a blogging mind-meld, but you are missing out on being part of a great community: the bloggers of #weekendcoffeeshare. If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I’ve missed these chats over the past couple of months. I’ve missed lots of other blogging things, too, but the #weekendcoffeeshare is my favorite regular blogging activity, and I feel as though I’ve been away too long.– “The Hard Year,” at Just Gene’O What’s #weekendcoffeeshare? Simple: each weekend, bloggers publish posts about what they’d say to their readers if they were sitting down together over a cup of coffee.

There are lots of blogging events and communities, on and beyond, but I especially love this one because intimate posts it produces. All the quotes in this post are from pieces written for #weekendcoffeeshare, and you can see how differently each blogger reacts to the concept. “To learn, we have to be social”: Talking Twitter and Teaching with Tressie McMillan Cottom. Professor of Sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“To learn, we have to be social”: Talking Twitter and Teaching with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Blogger. Writer at Slate, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Dissent, and more. Faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Prolific tweeter. Black. Tressie McMillan Cottom writes about issues of race, class, economic inequality, and gender in a way that is deep and blunt, frustrated and hopeful, and above all, smart and challenging. Follow Tressie on Twitter @tressiemcphd. You’re a Twitter regular, commenting on current events, your work, your mom, the laughable expectations of people on House Hunters, and more. In many ways Twitter is my inner dialogue, edited for profanity and the more personal bits. What potential does Twitter have as a tool for social change? I think what happens on Twitter is consciousness raising. It is a necessary but insufficient condition, however. What happens next? What happens next is what has always been happening: people organize.

A Non-Designer's Guide to Creating Engaging Images for Social Media. A great social media marketer today and an awesome advertiser in the 1960s have much in common.

A Non-Designer's Guide to Creating Engaging Images for Social Media

David Ogilvy, the father of advertising, was famous for spending an inordinate amount of time on headlines. Why? Because that’s the line that people read the most, so it mattered a lot. Ogilvy was a master at stuff like this — prioritizing what was really important. If he lived through the age of social media, I’m fairly certain Ogilvy would say something like: On the average, many more people engage with images as read the copy in social media posts. Images have never been more important in social. The only issue here is that if, like me, you aren’t über-skilled in graphic design, creating eye-catching engaging images can be difficult.

Here are 3 key design principles that will help you create engaging social images every time! Bonus: We’re presenting on this very topic in a free live webinar with the Bitly team this Thursday! Principle #1: Create a Simple and Balanced Layout Proximity Alignment. Growth.