Monday, August 18, 2014

The Top Five: The Most Helpful Articles from Last Week

Here's a survey of the top five most helpful articles (for writers, bloggers, and freelancers) from last week:

5. "Daily Blog Tips is Welcoming (High Quality) Guest Posts" on Daily Blog Tips (Daniel Scocco)

Link: http://bit.ly/1phDLD3

This brief post is an update on the situation at Daily Blog Tips, which is now accepting guest blog posts again after an eight-month hiatus. Included are guidelines and contact information. If you're a blogger or freelancer and you're looking for a chance to showcase some of your original work, this opportunity could be for you.

4. "9 Tips to Perfectly Pitch Your Guest Blog Post" on Convince & Convert (Jess Ostroff)

Link: http://bit.ly/1t6Stxi

When in doubt, these nine tips for how to pitch a guest blog post (see #5 above) will certainly come in handy, especially delivered by such a credible source. Managing Editor Jess Ostroff receives pitches for guest blog posts, and she knows whereof she speaks in offering guidance.

3. "9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes" on Inc. (Larry Kim)

Link: http://bit.ly/1oDR2Rt

Who hasn't run into writer's block before? Next time it hits your desk, spare ten minutes and try one of these methods to break out of the rut and do something so completely different that your brain won't have any choice but to start imagining and creating again.

2. "12 Most Spectacular Tools for Bootstrapped Freelancers" on 12 Most (Liesha Petrovich)

Link: http://bit.ly/VsqGuI

Twelve websites --- twelve critical tools. Freelancers, use these sites to create a weekly plan, double- and triple-check grammar questions, take notes, create a website, and much more!

1. "We're Multitasking, But Are We Getting More Done?" on Forbes (Frances Booth)

Link: http://onforb.es/1kHfdDA

Having just finished reading a book that addresses (among others) this very topic, I was delighted to see the article about it. David Rock, author of Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long, contends that the human brain cannot, in fact, be made to do more than one thing at once. When you think your'e multitasking by checking email and talking on the phone at the same time, you're actually forcing your brain to switch back and forth between the two (or more) tasks very quickly. Attention can't be divided. How much more could you get done in a day if you weren't trying to do it all at once?

Which one (ones) of these articles did you find most helpful? Did I miss any gems from this week?

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