Why does he think this? Because there is now a surplus (more than ever) of these sorts of posts. It has reached a tipping point so, we have to face facts that, you’ll likely never get picked up by Google by blogging with How To style content.
So what’s the solution?
Getting personal. Yes, adding your own unique “take” on an issue or adding your personal “insights” seems to be the way to go moving forward. This approach is, by its very nature, unique – as there’s only ever ONE you.
Gary Vaynerchuk has been talking about “documenting rather than creating” content for a while.
You can see this in the success of Insta-stories. People are more interested in “getting to know” the people they follow. You just don’t get the same connection through a wall of “how to” text. So it’s becoming a turn off. And Google probably knows that…
So maybe I should eat my own dog-food and start putting more of the real me out there. You too? Now that’s the scary bit!
As I sit here and plan my week ahead, the list of tasks that I need to complete seems to get longer and longer. Week on week.
We all seem to have ever-expanding “to-do lists”!
So at times like these I think to myself: maybe I need to ask myself a better question… And I came up with this question:
What tasks could I take away this week?
Hmmmm, thinking about what I do in a typical week, I need to consider what tasks I could either: eliminate, automate or outsource/delegate?
Writing down a list of repeated tasks on a piece of paper, I add these three columns with these three titles. And start to allocate tasks between the columns where possible. Already I can see possibilities to free up time.
I recommend you try this for the week ahead. See what tasks you might be able to stop doing altogether or automate (using apps like Zapier and IFTTT) or outsource/delegate.
We can’t keep adding more. We need to explore ways to take tasks away.
I’ve been using Steempress for a few months now as I like the fact that I can continue to add content to this blog at BusinessN2K, whilst continuing to get credit on Steemit.
An unexpected added benefit happened a couple of weeks ago when my self-hosted website went down. I haven’t sussed out exactly what went wrong (I ain’t no techie) but – long story, short – I lost all my blog posts over the past few months on my WordPress blog…
But all was not lost – the good ole Steem blockchain continues to host them!
Never envisaged that as a reason to use both but it’s good to have a backup and even better to have it on the blockchain – the future is here!
So it’s my wife’s birthday and, sure I could step out on a limb and go buy her something – a surprise something – that I think she might love, but then again, she might not.
Meanwhile there’s a whole bunch of stuff that she’s dropped some (not so subtle hints!) that she would like.
So I either go for the surprise option or I get her what I know she would like.
When I put it like that, it’s obvious which option I should go for. But why do we feel compelled to go for the ‘surprise option’?
I suspect (or fear) that it’s actually our own ego that we’re stroking when we choose to go for the surprise option. We want to knock it out of the park and delight the recipient and give ourselves a warm glow… like we knew more about what they wanted more than them.
Or am I missing something?
P.S. Which option do you think I went for: surprise or not so subtle hint(s)?
We wandered around the streets of Florence, in Italy earlier this year, mouths agape, gazing up a spectacular buildings, awe-inspiring marble statutes and ornate piazzas.
A gift from 100’s and even 1,000’s of years of human imagination, (lost) skills and hard graft. To carve and sculpt the stone before carting and building up those proud monuments – all without the labour-saving machinery that we enjoy today? Built on blood, sweat and tears.
As I admired this skill and beauty, I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of guilt. Guilt about our generation, and what we’re leaving behind as our legacy to the world. Our gift for future generations to enjoy.
What are we leaving (or failing to leave) for future generations to admire…? Picture our descendants wandering around our streets (that we built) with ice-creams melting in hand, unable to tear they’re eyes away from the beauty and magistery of…….erm…..streets of identical looking bungalows, 1960s high-rise flats, state-of-the-art (read: cheap) venues like cinemas and concert halls….
Where has the artistry gone? Human ingenuity. Our most beautiful relics are seemingly solely from many generations ago. And not being replaced.