A new year brings new opportunities.
But rarely to people who do the same old things.
Here’s to trying something new.
Now, on to this week’s ideas…
1. My 20 Most Popular Articles Of 2020
“Well, that was quite a year.”
Despite the chaos of 2020, I managed to publish 50+ original articles over the course of the year.
In this post I share links to my 20 most popular articles of 2020 including advice about how to become more consistent, improve the way you use email, write better tweets, improve your writing, and much more.
Related: The secrets of successful creators.
2. Seven Ways To Make Time To Do Your Best Work
“To do your best work, you have to choose what you are going to be crap at.”
It’s impossible to make something great until you find the time to do so.
DO Lectures shares seven ways to make time to do your best work including to recognize purpose is a multiplier of effort, practice requires patience, and you can’t solve difficult problems with shallow work.
Related: This is how I get things done each day.
3. How To Become A Content Machine In One Day A Week
“On average, I repurpose a single article 10 times.”
Most people don’t get nearly the value they should out of the content they create — they spend more time than necessary creating it, and less time than necessary distributing it.
Luk Smeyers explains how to become a content machine in one day a week and reveals the system he uses to identify content inspiration, centralize his content efforts, and set up a content promotion machine.
4. The Creator Hierarchy Of Needs
“If you only focus on publishing content, your growth will quickly plateau. You also need to interact with fans to get them invested in your success.”
This may be the best overview I’ve seen of the problems creators need to solve in order to succeed.
Peter Yang breaks down the nine stages of the creator hierarchy of needs including what it takes to create, grow, and ultimately monetize your creations.
Btw, I found this link on Jesse Clemmens’ Twitter account.
5. New Ways To Produce And Promote Your Creations
“If you actually believe what you’re creating or doing provides value to people, then self-promotion is not a selfish act.”
This is one of the most fun and unique podcast interviews I’ve done in a while.
I was recently a guest on the Office Hours podcast where Ernest Wilkins interviewed me about new ways to produce and promote your creations.
I shared advice about newsletters (shocker), but also touched on marketing, social media, culture, productivity, careers and a ton of other stuff I’ve never discussed on podcasts before.
Related: How to get more out of your newsletter.
The Secrets Of Successful Creators
Last week I released a free resource featuring 256 proven strategies from the world’s most successful creators (aka, every article I shared in this newsletter in the past year organized by topic!).
I made it available as a pay-what-you-want purchase, so if you’d like to support the hundreds of hours that went into its creation over the past year, just set the price to whatever you’d like to contribute.
I appreciate it!
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My Final Words Of The Week
As we start a new year, there are two things I’d like to say to you:
1. Thanks for your attention and I hope my newsletter helps you get what you want out of your life, work, and creations this year.
2. If your goal is to grow your audience or business, I strongly encourage you to join This Is How I Do It.
For the past seven months, subscribers received a personal email from me each week in which I share a behind-the-scenes look at how I grow my audience and business and how they can apply these proven systems to their own work.
I’ve showed them how I get things done each day, how I reached 50,000 people with a tweet thread, how I write new client proposals, how I write my newsletter, and so much more.
If you join today, you’ll get immediate access to all 28 previously released resources (you can see the topics here) AND get a new one every week for the next year!
If you find For The Interested helpful, you’ll be blown away by This Is How I Do It.
I’d love to help you get where you want to go.
Have a great week!
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