Baen and Scalzi: Who Are You Willing to Work With?

Deciding whether or not to work with someone or some organization you don’t agree with is always a complex question. We all have lines that we won’t cross — I would never take on a marketing project for a company I believed was scamming its customers, for instance — but when you’re deciding whether or […]

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Modify Watches: Making Individualization a Core Principle

We want the best of all worlds: a perfectly designed product with that special customized touch that makes it clear that no one else could possibly have the exact same item. We want to be able to brag that we not only have something just as cool as the kids next door, but that we’ve […]

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What Big Data Means to Writers

I’ve been working on a project writing about big data for a client over the past few months and, as a result, it’s on my mind almost constantly. Big data is already changing everything about our world, from finding better treatments for disease to more efficiently managing manufacturing. But surely big data can’t impact creativity, […]

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What TextExpander Has Saved Me From

I’ve been using TextExpander for a few years now. I don’t use it particularly efficiently: I have quite a few shortcuts that expand into domain names and other text I use a lot, but I’ve seen people use it far more efficiently. Just the same, I’d say it’s been useful for me. I came across […]

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Jason Cohen on Scaling

Bronson Taylor interviewed Jason Cohen on GrowthHacker.tv recently. Cohen said one thing in particular that I’ve been thinking about over and over again: “Scale causes rare events to become regular.” When your business grows, what was a once-in-a-while problem when you only had a few customers happens a lot more frequently when you have more […]

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Anyone Can Compete On Price

I get twitchy whenever I hear someone suggest that they should drop their prices to land more clients. Part of that is due to the reality that make creative professionals have a hard time remembering the value of their own work. If you don’t put a value on how you spend your time, how are […]

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Should You Touch The Code On Your Blog?

Looking under the hood on a website can be intimidating, especially if your creative talents don’t lie in that particular direction. Just the same, I consider tinkering with the code for my website to be one of the best decisions I’ve made for my business. To be clear, I don’t mean building my own website […]

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Do We Need an Algorithm Beat?

The idea of the beat reporter is alive and well, even if the institutions that sparked it aren’t doing so well. Bloggers — especially those who come from a more traditional journalism background — tend to focus very closely on specific topics if they want to do well. They are beat reporters, of a sort, […]

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A Great Deal for Writers — Only for the Next Three Days

Alexis Grant over at the Write Life has put together a great bundle for anyone interested in pursuing a career as a writer: The Writer’s Bundle contains the following ebooks and classes: Chris Guillebeau’s Unconventional Guide to Publishing (ebook and audio, retails for $129) Jeff Goins’ How to Start Publishing for Kindle (ebook and audio, […]

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Are Tools Like Zapier the Same as Programming?

Truly amazing things can happen when you can pair one app with another, integrating the results to get something better. But the actual integration process slows down the speed at which such mashups can be rolled out — or at least it did. While there are still plenty of apps that require developers to write […]

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