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Blood, Sweat and Tears Define Great Content: No More & No Less

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.28.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Terabytes are written about how to create great content every day. It all flows from a few simple attributes. Cut to the chase, tell a story and edi...

Blogging: Help! I'm Running out of Ideas

David W. Weaver | Posted 01.27.2015 | Business
David W. Weaver

The pressure to deliver unique, insightful and creative content on a regular basis can become so burdensome that the infamous "writer's block" begins to take hold of your thoughts. I am going to go out on a limb and say that the majority of bloggers out there know exactly what I mean.

From Rock Bottom to Successful Entrepreneur: One Woman's Journey

Leisa Peterson | Posted 01.25.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Leisa Peterson

In her early 20s, Ruth Soukup spent 2.5 years battling debilitating depression. Today, she is a happy mom, wife, author and proud owner of a thriving ...

Why Designers are Integral to All Marketing Activities

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

Embracing and inculcating design into your business starts with knowing you have an issue. It's like sobriety, until you admit you have a problem, you are not going to find the promised land.

Blindness and Blogging

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 01.23.2015 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Their intentions were good. The trouble is that lots of well meaning actions by non-disabled people are simultaneously demeaning.

Can You Be a Successful Entrepreneur Without Picking a Path?

Dana Sitar | Posted 01.23.2015 | Small Business
Dana Sitar

Do you find yourself struggling to find that one thing you're "meant" to do? Do you want to "follow your passion" to build a career you love, but can't seem to settle anywhere? Do you find yourself quitting even the jobs you thought you loved, ready to move on to the next thing? You might not be as lost or frivolous as you feel.

Why Under $5M Brands are an Endangered Species

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.21.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

Curation standards ('what's good and what's bad") are under constant assault from social media neophytes and sages alike. See: "celebrification." We are all creating more noise trying to compete with each other.

Living in a Social Media World: The Person Behind That Screen Is Real

Karen Blessing | Posted 01.20.2015 | Fifty
Karen Blessing

Recipes can be a connection to our past, our family, our history. Putting your stamp on them just enhances the story. And now, thanks to someone who had been a stranger, Cathy's family and mine are connected. Through a recipe. And a screen.

Why There Is No Absolute Formula for a Great Marketing Plan

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.19.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

If you ask most small business owners or managers what their budget is they blanch on the spot, start to stammer and/or pull out their "smartphone."...

Critical Digital Marketing Strategies for Business Growth

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.16.2015 | Small Business
Lee Traupel

Pinterest rocks for any brand targeting consumers and the female demographics are stellar. Like other social channels, its morphing to a full blown eCommerce platform and with broader (mainstream and male) demographics.

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should be Blogging

Jamie Walker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Small Business
 Jamie Walker

The blogosphere has really revolutionized the way we interact online, particularly by allowing us to connect by sharing, liking and commenting through social media. Some bloggers utilize their platform as a kind of personal diary or narrative, while others use it to create posts that enhance or supplement their business.

5 Musts for a Successful Business Blog

Matthew Collis | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Matthew Collis

It's 2015 and perhaps you're thinking of ways to boost your blog's performance. Maybe you need ideas on how to maximize the popularity and success of your blog but don't know where to start. If so, this article is for you.

Social Media Economies of Scale Start With Your Staff

Lee Traupel | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Lee Traupel

Every business needs to stand up and out in today's content drenched world. Social media economies of scale starts with your staff.Whether your five or five hundred strong, look around the office or review the org chart.

Je Suis Raif Badawi

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi with his children. Photograph: Handout The Guardian. Here is the actual writing that gets you put in prison for 10 years and lashed 1000 times in Saudi Arabia. I call on all bloggers who value freedom of speech to pass this on.

A Beginner's Guide to Social Media, Blogging, and Branding

Ashley Massis | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Ashley Massis

Take all of these tips into consideration, and build your blog slowly. A house built on sand isn't the most sound, and neither is a blog spread too thin! Do what you love and stick to it. My best advice is to keep on learning and trying.

8 Tips to Writing for a Successful Multi-Author Blog

Williesha Morris | Posted 01.13.2015 | Small Business
Williesha Morris

Here are steps to determine the ROI of a multi-author blog, as well as warning signs you may be part of the wrong community.

24 Seconds Can Change Your Life

Doug A. Sandler | Posted 01.11.2015 | Small Business
Doug A. Sandler

My 24 second task is designed to help build, strengthen and solidify existing relationships. It is fast, effective and reliable. And best of all, it requires no prep, planning or practice. Ready?

Is There An Art to Blogging?

Sue Kerr | Posted 01.08.2015 | Arts
Sue Kerr

While I do not *feel* like an artist, I welcome this opportunity to explore my creativity and passion in a (sort of) new medium. It is invigorating to have a chance to use my tenth year of blogging to pursue something entirely fresh and new.

What We Can Learn From Mom Bloggers When It Comes to Wielding Spaghetti

Laura Wellington | Posted 01.08.2015 | Small Business
Laura Wellington

To entrepreneurs, spaghetti throwing is a way of life. As women-owned businesses are currently thriving, we women seem to be grabbing a few handfuls of that starchy delicacy more readily than ever before.

'We Survive by Living... Deliberately!' Meet Yemeni Female Blogger: Afrah Nasser

Elham Manea | Posted 01.06.2015 | World
Elham Manea

Blogging on the unfolding events in Yemen had its price. When she received a threatening message on her Facebook account, her reaction was simple: she translated it from Arabic to English and posted it on her blog!

The Rise of the Mansumer Is a Myth Created by Men

Ted Rubin | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Ted Rubin

With the economic pressures of current times, we can't deny that more and more households are dual-income. Combine that with the fact that younger people are marrying later, and we're seeing a shift in the traditional male role. More men are making purchases than ever before.

9 Tips for Making Your Blog Better in 2015

John Egan | Posted 01.22.2015 | Business
John Egan

New year, new outlook. The flipping of the calendar from 2014 to 2015 gives us all a chance to reboot and rethink. So why not take a fresh look at your blog? Here are nine tips that'll put your blog on the right track in 2015 and beyond.

Bloggers: Stop, Breathe, and Don't Overreact To Facebook's Changes

Crystal Ponti | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Crystal Ponti

I am making a plan to greater utilize the services that have my back. I'll still post to Facebook, but I won't obsess over likes anymore. I need to reinvest that energy into what's already working.

How I Found My Voice Through Blogging

Julia Schemmer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

Every story, earth-shattering or not, deserves to be told. Without the small stories, how would someone understand the big stories?

How to Start Your First Blog

Ashley Massis | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Ashley Massis

Blogging is really simple, but can be complicated if you don't build your foundation right! If you're like one of those that has questions, here are my recommendations.