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11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic] 7 Improvements I Have Made to My Writing and Work. Back in June, I took a sabbatical from writing for the entire month.

7 Improvements I Have Made to My Writing and Work

One of the reasons for the break was to reflect on how I could produce a higher standard of work. When I returned in July, I started to test a few of my ideas. Today, I want to share 7 ways my work has improved, what you can expect from me in the future, and what steps I am taking to deliver a higher standard of work to you. 1. Citing references at the end of articles.

You may have noticed that I have begun adding a “Sources” section to the end of my articles. I added the sources section for two reasons. Second, I have a surprising number of teachers and students who refer to my work. 2. In 2005, a Stanford professor named John Ioannidis blew the lid off of the academic community when he published a highly regarded paper called Why Most Published Research Findings Are False. I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website and This Happened. When I built my first website a little over 3 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing.

I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website and This Happened

Naturally, I figured that looking at what other websites and blogs had on their pages would be a good place to start. I started seeing sites with social media buttons, email popups, advertisements, comments, and all sorts of other things. At first glance, these things seemed important. After all, every other website had them and they appeared to serve a purpose. My Most Effective Learning Tools. By Leo Babauta This blog has been a way for me to share what I’ve learned, about simplicity, mindfulness, habits, motivation, work, parenting, life.

My Most Effective Learning Tools

How Writing Has Changed Me. Content Curation. How to Put Your Writing in Public. By Leo Babauta You’d think that after 8 years of public blogging and writing books, I’d be completely free of fear when it comes to putting my writing out in public.

How to Put Your Writing in Public

You would, of course, be wrong. I still get little shivers of nervousness when I hit the “Publish” button on any post, and bigger fears still when I publish a print book or ebook. Writing in public is like speaking in public, if you’re doing it right. You’re baring your soul for all to judge, and there are few things as scary as that. But I’m here to tell you that it’s not only doable, it’s worth the effort to overcome that fear. Season 3, Episode 8: How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast] Welcome to Season 3, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast.

Season 3, Episode 8: How to Write a Blog Post in 70 Minutes or Less [Podcast]

In this eighth episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss how to stay consistent with your blogging in just 70 minutes. One of the most important aspects of building your platform is consistency. But creating great content on a regular basis is time consuming, right? Not if you follow my simple, step-by-step workflow for content creation. Listen to the Audio Subscribe to Podcast in iTunes Watch the Video In this episode, you’ll discover: Why perfectionism is the enemy of consistent productivity.Why waiting for inspiration never works and how a simple, ten-step routine can ignite your productivity.How to turn your subconscious and downtime into powerful engines of creativity.What soft music and firm deadlines can do focus your attention and channel your effort.The key reason to use plenty of internal links in your posts.Why writing without editing can keep you moving at your most creative.

Read the Transcript Join the Conversation. Why I’ve Brought Comments Back. A year ago I decided to pull comments from my blog.

Why I’ve Brought Comments Back

I did it as an experiment, but I was pretty convinced it was the right thing to do. Then I wasn’t so sure. Courtesy of iStock/mfto. I’ve Pulled Comments from My Blog—Here’s Why. I’ve been an advocate for robust online conversations since I started blogging over a decade ago.

I’ve Pulled Comments from My Blog—Here’s Why

But I’ve recently decided to remove the comment section from my blog. Here’s why. I’ve used the third-party Disqus commenting platform for several years now. I love its functionality and the way it facilitates conversation. But I don’t love the company’s new advertising strategy, which places content-related ads in the comment feed of blogs and publications like mine. As if fighting spam isn’t hard enough already. It’s been in the works for a while, but the ads just recently started appearing on my site. Aren’t We Missing the Whole Point Here? I bring up this terrible move by Disqus because it highlights a growing issue with comments that ties directly to my decision to discontinue them.

The point of a comments section is to facilitate community and make space for a conversation. Because it is so intrusive, Disqus’ strategy makes the comments section a less than ideal space for conversation.