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How Often Should You Blog

In 2011, I launched this blog with this post.  One month later I followed it up with this post.  I was still wondering how often should you blog if you want to grow a platform.

How Often Should You Blog

Recently, I released my findings of a study my team and I conducted on the top 30 blogs in the world.  Among the data we were looking for was the answer to the all important question to new bloggers, “How often should you blog?”  This post will answer this question.

There are two camps in the blogging world.  One camp is made up of 20 of the top 30 bloggers.  These bloggers prefer short and frequent posting.  The other camp is made up …

How Long Should A Blog Post Be According to the Top 30 Bloggers

If you’re a blogger who has ever spent sleepless nights wondering if you’re doing the right things to become a top blogger, you’re not alone.  In fact, you’re in the majority of bloggers. Fortunately, this article will tell you exactly how to write the perfect blog post.  Don’t just take my word for it; this information is from the top 30 bloggers in the world.

How Long Should A Blog Be

To grow your blog, there are very few things you must do.  If your traffic isn’t rapidly growing, you’re missing one or more of these important things.  Don’t worry; this post will detail exactly what the top 30 bloggers in the world do to grow their traffic.

We’ve conducted extensive research on the top …

Real Artists Ship – The Difference Between Tools and Art

Steve Jobs was famous for writing on an easel during a 1982 company retreat, “real artists ship”.  This mantra would change Apple forever.  It solidified two things that would define the company for decades to come.

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The events surrounding the retreat forced Jobs to focus his team on product delivery.  They had dedicated themselves to creating a perfect machine.  The only problem, like many perfectionists, they had no product.

A product is not a product unless it hits the market.  Before the day it hits the market, it is just an idea.  Jobs recognized this and spurred his team to deliver a product, hence “real artists ship”.

This phrase, Real Artists Ship defined two aspects of Apple that would later …

5 Reasons Why Natural Gas is the Future Fuel of Choice

When I graduated from college, natural gas prices were at an all time high.  The industry was booming and everyone was saying that natural gas is the energy of the future.  When prices fell by half almost over night, I was still saying‚ “natural gas is the energy of the future”.  It is as true a statement today as it was then.

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My career has been spent in the natural gas industry.  No matter what the price has been, the fundamental economics of natural gas continue to be solid.  Natural gas, more than any other fuel in the world, has all the makings of the best fuel choice for our future.

As oil production continues to decline around the …

The 1 Trick You Must Know To Remember Names

A strange looking and eccentric woman walked up to me and asked my name.  She said she had a strange ability to remember names.  I was in the middle of a class of 30 people and liked my odds.  I bet her should couldn’t remember names of every person.

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I told her my name, then promptly moved to a seat across the room. I convinced another few people to move as well.  This way, she couldn’t just remember a pattern of names.  She had to remember our names based only on our faces.

My jaw was just as open as the other 29 jaws in the room when she went around naming each and every person.  First and last names!  …

5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Blogger

When I decided to become a blogger, it was purely out of the interest to become a better writer.  I had enjoyed writing in my youth.  As an adult, I found myself writing only emails, technical documents, and notes.  I wanted to really write again.  So I decided to become a blogger.

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A blog gives you the chance to write for the world, not just yourself.  But I quickly found that it gives you much more than that.  There are intangible values that come with blogging that I never intended to be part of the process.

When people ask me why I blog (because I make much more money leading an energy company) I tell them that they should become …

The Definitive Two Step Process to Stay On Top of Everything

Being successful in the workplace often means having the ability to stay on top of everything.  Most workers are completely overwhelmed by their workload.  The answer to their problems lies in their ability to quickly and efficiently process the onslaught of responsibilities coming at them.

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The other night over dinner, as she usually does, my wife asked how my day had gone.  “Surprisingly well” I answered.  I then went into ,probably too much, detail about why my day had gone so well.  “I’ve found a simple two step process to help me stay on top of everything” I told her.

As an executive and leader of my company, I can sometimes feel the weight of the world on my shoulders.  …

“Young People Are Lazy” Is A Lie

You’d probably be surprised to know how many times I’ve heard “young people are lazy” in meetings during my short career.  It always dumbfounds me when I hear such a lie.  Not because it’s a lie, but because I am a young person.

I always wonder to myself what the person must be thinking about me.  I often assume they’re not talking about me or they wouldn’t have said such a thing.  Twenty-nine after all still qualifies me as young.

People who say that young people are lazy must be fooled by my look, my position, or they just assume I’m some exception to the rule.  Like I’m supposed to know that I’m somehow not part of the young and …

How Massage Can Improve Your Productivity

 

This guest post is provided by the creative team at Pingup. Pingup is an online booking application that allows users to make appointments and book reservations at all types of businesses across the country, from San Francisco spas to Boston salons.

 

Everyone knows that getting a massage feels good, and on top of that can relieve the aches and pains brought on by the stresses of daily life. In this regard, many consider the act of getting a massage to be a way of pampering themselves or as an indulgence, a fun activity when they’re on vacation in a tropical climate. Although this is true, as massages can definitely fulfill some of our hedonistic desires, they are also …

My Best Productivity Apps and How I Use Them

The request I receive the most often is for app recommendations.  Ever since I purchased my first iPhone, I’ve been a bit of an app junkie; always searching for the best productivity apps.  These are apps I use every single day and couldn’t live without now.

Best Productivity Apps

I frequently mention some of the apps I use in my speaking engagements and they always come up in the Q & A session.  Since they’re so popular, I decided to write a post about my best productivity apps and how I use them.

These are my top 10 best productivity apps that I recommend to everyone:

1. Nozbe – I use this app every single day.  “What gets tracked gets done.”  I use …

Motivation For Working Out

Recently, I wrote a post about how to accomplish your fitness goals this year.  Fitness seems to always be the top New Year’s resolution.  The truth however, is that 92% of all people fail to accomplish this goal.  The secret sauce that they’re missing is the motivation for working out.

Motivation For Working Out

For whatever reason, human beings are predisposition to be as lazy as we can possibly be.  The same is true of our bodies.  We prefer to be lazy, as a result, our bodies eat away at our unused muscles and store up fat as fast as it can.  To beat this vicious cycle we need to fill our minds with motivation for working out.  Otherwise, we will do everything …

Set Yourself Up To Accomplish Your Fitness Goals This Year

If you’re like most people, you’ve got a 92% chance that you WILL NOT accomplish your fitness goals this year.  Only 8% of the people who set New Year’s Resolutions this year will actually accomplish their goal.  This is how they do it.

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The most frequent New Year’s Resolution is always “lose weight”. Sadly, if this were easy, we’d all be in excellent health.  The truth is, to accomplish your fitness goals this year will be tough.  But fortunately, it is getting much easier.

I personally am always chasing some sort of fitness goal.  For the last 10 years, I’ve lost weight, gained muscle, improved my diet, ran more, and ran faster.   I have only been able to accomplish my …

The Importance of an Annual Time Block and Ideal Week

This week I am creating my annual time block for 2014 and updating my ideal week. Without this exercise, the new year will be chaos.  An annual time block guarantees that the important things get scheduled.

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What gets scheduled gets tracked and what gets tracked gets done.  Getting the important things down on my schedule gives the important things in life a chance to actually get done.  December is a time for reflection and planning.  It is also the perfect time to update or create an annual time block and ideal week.

During this process I analyze what worked this year.  I also analyze the more important statistic of what did not work.  For instance, I failed to stay connected …

A&E’s Real Motive To Suspend Phil Robertson

The decision to suspend Phil Robertson, from the filming of his hit show Duck Dynasty, by A&E, could prove to be the best marketing move of 2013.

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What we see on the surface is that Phil Robertson stuck to his beliefs about homosexuality in an interview with  GQ Magazine (formerly Gentlemen’s Quarterly).  A&E decided that they did not agree with his stance and chose to suspend Phil Robertson from the filming of the hit reality show Duck Dynasty.  But there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

A&E didn’t mind offending atheists by showing a family prayer at the end of each episode.  They certainly didn’t mind offending animal rights activists when they showed Phil Robertson and family killing …

Finding Peace in Struggle

Life seems to be full of difficulty at times.  Finding peace in struggle is a hard thing to do.  I’ve been struggling with this lately.

Finding Peace in Struggle

Finding a way to balance family, work, health, and personal goals seems like a never ending practice in failure.  Despite our best intentions, plans, and execution, the world finds a sneaky way to trip us up and leave us short of living up to our expectations.

Such has been my experience for a while.  Achiever is in my top 5 strengths, so I naturally feel an urge to always get everything marked off my To Do List.  But finding peace in struggle, until recently, has never been an item that needed to be marked …