Be in the Know
- YouTube is testing automatic product detection in videos
- Facebook Adds 3 New Ways to Make Money With Video Content
- US privacy, consumer, competition and civil rights groups urge ban on ‘surveillance advertising’
- Zero-click Google searches rose to nearly 65% in 2020
Make Writing Easier, Without Lowering Your Standards
Infomercials are the best. All it takes is, “DOES THIS EVER HAPPEN TO YOU?” and we’re hooked. Cue the black and white scene revealing the ridiculous, yet somewhat relatable struggle of a clumsy person followed by the full-color clarity in the next scene where they find the solution. Whatever product these Oscar-winning ads show off happens to make everything easier.
Well, the black and white struggle of writing is about to turn to full color because Copyblogger is showing us 3 ways to make writing easier without lowering your standards.
- Capture your ideas. If you have a password manager, you know how much easier it makes your life. Capture all your ideas just like you save your passwords: write them down. When inspiration strikes, don’t bank on your brain remembering; bust out your notes app or a small journal and scribble away. Our minds can move a mile a minute, so it’s important to keep a log. This can be for solutions to problems, dumb ideas that don’t work, or just any general observations from your daily life.
- Recognize that self-doubt is normal. Writing content can be a breeze at times and at other times it’s an enduring struggle. One feels great and one feels awful, but if you’re having real trouble it’s not because you’re bad at it. Struggles lead to breakthroughs, so don’t get hung up on the number of rewrites you’ve needed or the creative block you’re experiencing. What matters is you push through, because if you do, then more often than not you’ll produce something worth reading. Imposter Syndrome be damned!
- Get into a framework. Defining your framework will help you to launch into your process. Your framework could be a numbered list of points to hit in a blog post. It could be a morning yoga routine. Maybe it’s a podcast focusing on creativity. Your framework should get you into the right headspace to do your best work.
Read on for the full scoop.
Q for You
Inspiration has struck! Quick! What do you do?
If your answer is to immediately write out your genius new idea, then you’re on the right track. If not, holding onto it can be like holding water in your cupped hands – slowly but surely it’ll all spill out. Catalog all your thoughts and ideas on the go with Simplenote.
This note-taking app is always by your side since it syncs across your devices. It’s a free solution to jotting down your thoughts so they never get forgotten. Tag your notes to easily search for them later and share your notes with others with just a few clicks.
Work With Us
Scooby-Doo and the gang have a knack for uncovering the identities of masked individuals. It’s all part of the tried and true formula that made the show a success in the late 60s.
Well, Scooby and the gang got a hold of us at The Daily Carnage and now they’re unmasking us.
So yeah, Carney is the agency behind this newsletter. And we would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for those meddling kids and the footer in our email.
Now that the secret’s out, let us know how we can assist you with your digital projects.
One of The Family
It’s family photo day! Some photos don’t need time stamps to know when they were taken. A mullet could be all the time stamp you need.
BBC Sounds brings us this ad with some A+ family photos. We’re talking cheesy matching outfits, a snapshot of the phase you thought would last forever, and dorkiness through the roof.
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“If your stories are all about your products and services, that’s not storytelling. It’s a brochure. Give yourself permission to make the story bigger.”