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6 Stunning Visuals That Will Make Your Content Memorable, Sharable, and Beautiful

6 Stunning Visuals That Will Make Your Content Memorable, Sharable, and Beautiful

With so much content competing for attention on the Internet, do you ever wonder if your content stands a chance?

According to the journal Science, we have to process five times more information today than in 1986.

Our readers are overwhelmed. You probably are too.

So how can you make your next blog post stand out among the masses? Is the attempt even worth the effort?

You bet it is. And it’s easier than you think.

Visitors to your website read, on average, only 28% of what’s in front of them. So slowing them down long enough to take in your message is imperative.

And one way to slow them down, increase engagement – and boost comprehension – is to use visuals.

(Yes, I know you’re not an artist. Stick with me.)

The following are six types of gorgeous visuals that are easy to create and can double your blog’s traffic and engagement levels:
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49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

49 Creative Geniuses Who Use Blogging to Promote Their Art

Note from Jon: I talk to a lot of bloggers who’d love to spend more time painting, storytelling, photographing, or some other creative pursuit, but don’t, because they feel it’s not pragmatic. And that’s sad, because it can be. Just as a blog can build buzz around a book or business, it can also be used to promote your art.

Regardless of your passion, you’ll find someone in Leanne’s list you can use to inspire your own success. I also urge you to download The Rebel Artist’s Manifesto. It’s free, and it’ll give you one extra kick in the butt to get you started.

You’ve watched artists, performers and writers like Hugh McLeod, Amanda Palmer, Chase Jarvis, and Jeff Goins sell boatloads of creative work thanks to the platforms they have built from their blogs.

You tinker with your own creative projects and wonder if you could use a blog to promote them too.

But despite all the blogging advice out there, you sense that blogging for art is different.

You know you don’t want to be spammy, but have no idea how to use a blog to sell those musical compositions, show tickets, short horror stories, family paintings with Fido, or handmade grandfather clocks.

The one thing artists need to be successful today

The Internet has turned selling creative work on its head.

No longer can you simply get good at your craft and then find someone to champion you, manage you, or sponsor you.

Want a publishing deal? You better have built a solid fan base for your work first.

Want a chance at a record deal or even just a decent side income from your work? You’ll need an engaged audience and good-sized list.

For today’s artist, building a tribe is non-negotiable.

But how?
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43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

43 Creative Ways to Breathe Life Back Into Your Blog

Have you ever wondered what people really think of your blog?

Have you ever thought that it might be a bit, well, boring?

Of course, no one will actually tell you that. You won’t even hear the Sigh. Yawn. Click. as another reader closes your blog and disappears forever.

But let’s face it: your blog has seen better days.

Maybe you haven’t updated it in a while. Maybe it hasn’t seen a fresh idea in weeks or even months. Maybe you’re just stuck in a rut.

But one thing’s certain. If you’re getting bored with your blog, your readers are too.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Your blog doesn’t have to join the list of millions that have gone from boring and neglected to dead and buried.

All you need are some new ideas to boost your blog’s energy and win back your blogging mojo.

So let’s get creative! Check out our list of excellent starting points below.
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Fight Club’s 8 Rules for Writing that Creates a Ruckus

Fight Club’s 8 Rules for Writing that Creates a Ruckus

You know those writers you admire who are crazy, creative and ready to change the world?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a writer like that?

Well the truth is they all belong to a secretive, invitation-only club that’s as uncompromising as anything Tyler Durden could dream up.

It’s called Write Club.

While insomnia and a brash, slightly crazy alter-ego aren’t requirements for joining, you still must adhere to some rules.

(Don’t worry; not talking about the club isn’t one of them!)

Noticeably lacking in mischief, mayhem, and soap, the eight rules of Write Club offer a no-BS look at common pitfalls that ail many writers, and their blunt styling is something even Chuck Palahniuk can appreciate.

If you’re looking to make this whole content thing work for you and wish to avoid being the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world, make sure you follow them closely.
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Daniel Day-Lewis’ 4 Tips for Writers Who Aspire to Greatness

Daniel Day-Lewis’ 4 Tips for Writers Who Aspire to Greatness

Do you ever wonder how long it will take you to make it as a writer?

If you care about your craft, you probably think about this a lot. Sometimes it may even keep you up at night.

Of course, if you write, you’re already a writer. But I’m talking beyond that. I’m talking about moving people and having an audience that supports your ideas.

Writing is a tough (perhaps the toughest) creative endeavor. It takes many years to hone your skills to move people with words alone. Years of publishing posts you think are good… only to realize that you’re being ignored.

But despite all this, you’re committed. You’ve invested in building a blog and learning the multitude of tools that support and enhance your work. And you’ve accepted that success won’t happen overnight.

While facing this harsh reality, what can you do to nurture the artist within, to prevent yourself from going insane during this long, daunting journey, to remove fear from your writing and think clearly?

The answer: craftsmanship. Treating the pursuit of mastery not as a distant finish line of 10,000 hours, but something you will do until your last breath. Allowing it to transform you on every level.

We are in an amazing moment. Writing has never held more potential. Writing has never had more power. Writing has become the ultimate craft for those willing to plant their butt in the chair and expose their heart and soul.

To share stories, adventures and adversity.

To move people.

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