Creative Currents: Best News of the Week for Creative Entrepreneurs 10-23-16
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Creative Currents is a weekly feature at The Free Creative Society posted every Sunday. Below you’ll find the most interesting news, blog posts, and useful information for creative types published during the previous week.
If you have a suggestion or if you’d like your own content featured, please feel free to alert me.
There’s a lot of stories below, so if you’re pressed for time, here are my Top 5:
- On Changes + Really, Actually Trying + Gratitude via Sarah von Bargen
- Attention, Freelance Writers: Stop Calling Yourselves “Generalists” via Erin Olilla
- What 1.5M Pins Taught Us About Pinterest Marketing: Common Words, Popular Times, Plus 4 Experiments to Try via Hailley Griffis
- Bombshell Business Podcast: How to Write a Basic Business Plan via Amber Hurdle
- How to Run Short-Term Social Media Campaigns (for authors) via Chris Syme
Table of Contents
Entrepreneurship & Business
Are your Pinterest efforts lacking? Hailley Griffis goes deep into the social media rabbit hole with this one — really excellent write-up from which I’ll no doubt be taking a few ideas, since I pretty much suck at Pinterest. (read)
The folks at MarketingInfographics have produced another beautiful infographic, this time filled with actionable tips on how to speed up your WordPress installation. In case you weren’t aware, page loading speed is important for more than just your reader’s convenience. (read)
Writing & Indie Publishing
Erin Olilla shares some useful insights for freelance writers — I too believe it’s smarter to drill down your niches rather than being a “jack of all trades.” I also loved her points about writing authentically. (read)
In an effort to make Creative Currents more like a real Sunday paper, I’ve decided to include everyone’s favorite part: the funny pages!
Graphic Design & Art
Programming & Web Development
If you’re at all interested in single board computers, Scott Hanselman has done some ridiculously cool projects you’re going to drool over. Earlier this week he posted about his experience with the Arduboy, a hand held, open-source game system that you program yourself. Very cool. (read)
Developer Justin Hamm goes into great depth about his experience switching from Windows to macOS for development, including actionable steps. (read)
Andreas Hect suggests a few solutions to showing your clients their website before it goes live. Personal note — I once had a client who had their website redesigned before several months before hiring me. The web developer left up a staging site live on the internet, which was essentially a copy of their actual website. Yes, Google had indexed it. I like these suggestions better! (read)
James Hague posted a thought provoking piece about how programmers are sometimes viewed as the “implementer of someone else’s vision.” In this post, he offers guidance for programmers facing situations in which they feel that their non-coding input isn’t being valued. (read)
OK, so this is sort of unrelated to the topics we discuss here, but I couldn’t help myself. It counts as being creative, right? (read)
General blog recommendation for FCS pal A.Z. Anthony. Writer, Floridian, and all around good guy. (read)
Got a drone? Start a business with it. Or, you know, don’t, because I don’t entirely know how I feel about the cyberpunk-esque dystopian nightmare our society is almost certainly becoming. (read)
Note: I didn’t have time this week, but I’ll be including a section for Podcasts in next week’s Creative Currents. Until then, check out the rest of Amber’s podcasts.
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Thanks for reading, see you next week!