Links of the Week (05/18/2020)

Wile E. Coyote files a lawsuit, blogging, and YouTube growth tips…

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT, TEMPE, ARIZONA

CASE NO. B19294, JUDGE JOAN KUJAVA, PRESIDING

WILE E. COYOTE, Plaintiff

-v.-

ACME COMPANY, Defendant

Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote:

​1990 New Yorker article…classic.

Wile E. Coyote v. Acme Company


Speaking of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, animator Chuck Jones and his team were said to follow these simple rules when creating the cartoons…

The Rules of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote Cartoons


Who wouldn’t like to blog for a living?

Imagine sitting at your desk in the morning, typing away and making a great living while everyone else is fighting traffic or their boss.

​Not a bad thought.

How To Blog Your Way To A Second Income


If your goal is to grow your personal brand on YouTube, but you don’t know how to get started, keep reading.

​While the goal of my vlogs isn’t to grow my personal brand…the advice here is solid and consistent with what I’ve heard many times.

How to Grow Your Personal Brand on YouTube: 4-Step Guide

Links of the Week (05/11/2020)

California dreaming, photography, and blogging for a living…

Do you dream about spelunking your way through a prehistoric cave? Is glamping under the stars more your style? Whatever your outdoor pleasure, you’re sure to find it in California.

You can find almost anything in my home state.

California’s Wide-Open Spaces


This month I clutched 250,000 pageviews. I’m thrilled, but looking at just a few years back it’s crazy how far my blog has come. We all start at 0 and we all have the power to catapult our blogs to help reach our goals.”

I stumbled across this site and got caught up reading a ton of articles. That’s usually a good sign of quality.

The 7 Best Ways to Grow Blog Traffic (0-250,000 Pageviews a Month)


We usually camp in national parks or the bush, but we also use caravan parks on extended roadtrips to enjoy luxuries such as power and a pool, and to clean up and do a few days’ work. A good caravan park is a destination in itself, and we’ve stayed in a few for up to a week, enjoying the experience.

A nice read for anyone who dreams of touring the country sometime in life.

The romance vs the reality of caravan parks


Feeling nervous about taking photographs in public can really hold your photography back. I personally can remember at least a year or so of photographing “interesting details” on walls and pavements because I just didn’t quite have the guts to photograph the people and scenes all around me. I wish I’d stopped to think about that at the time, and especially about how to overcome that fear!

Fantastic Tips to Stop Feeling Shy Taking Photographs in Public

Links of the Week (5/04/2020)

Drake’s house is out of this world, Gratitude is healthy for you, and Skynet in its infancy…

Remember the chintzy, pimped-out McMansions that were a staple of the long-running MTV series Cribs? The Toronto home of mega recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham is something else altogether.

Drake’s house is honestly difficult for me to fathom.

Inside Rapper Drake’s Manor House in Hometown Toronto


“I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,” Emmons writes of the social dimension of gratitude, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people

According to sociologist Georg Simmel, gratitude serves as a way to personalize things that we all experience objectively. Simmel has often referred to gratitude as “the moral memory of mankind.”

I love it.

The positive impact of gratitude on mental and physical health


Below is what’s new for parents:

  • PIN protect individual profiles to prevent kids using them
  • Filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age with country ratings
  • Remove individual series or films by title; won’t show up in profile
  • Easily review each profile’s setting in new “Profile and Parental Controls” hub within account settings
  • See profile viewing history for kids; Turn off auto play of episodes in kids profiles

If you’re a parent like I am…this is a huge win. 😂

Netflix Adds More Parental Controls: PIN Protected Profiles, Disabling Auto Play and More


AutoML-Zero is unique because it uses simple mathematical concepts to generate algorithms “from scratch,” as the paper states. Then, it selects the best ones, and mutates them through a process that’s similar to Darwinian evolution.

​Skynet anyone? 😉

New AI improves itself through Darwinian-style evolution

Links of the Week (4/27/2020)

So much good advice for your writing and your blog…

In this piece we will cover all the ways you can organize your content creation workflow. Sit tight, because we’re packing a lot of guides on how tools help us create more and create better.

Lots of great apps and tools covered here. Always fun to read through posts like these.

The Complete List of Tools for SEO Content Creation & Blogging Productivity in 2020


As a teenager, you may have once pined over a boy or girl and thought, They don’t even know I exist. Well, it can feel just as bad when you create a new blog and no-one seems to be reading it. In fact, it may be even worse because Google Analytics will confirm your suspicions without a hint of sympathy.

How to Get the Word out about Your New Blog


Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend thousands on your blog to be successful. You don’t need hundreds of thousands of pageviews. Or even a super slick blog design. In fact, you can be extremely successful and barely spend any money. But what you do need is a plan.

5 Blogging Mistakes + How to Fix Them


While I know you’ve heard the benefits of guest posting before, I don’t think it’s often discussed as a practice.

A lot has to happen before more readers discover your writing, and one big obstacle blocks many internet-era writers …

Find Loyal Readers Faster with This Writing Practice

Links of the Week (4/20/2020)

Why they should read your article over others and a 103-year-old’s bucket list…

But why should readers choose your content over another writer’s work?

​This is one of those articles to save a re-read every now and then. Lots of valuable blogging specific advice here.

8 Transformative Edits to Strengthen Weak Content Writing – Copyblogger


The leading theory for why this happens is that the perception of time relies on the number of memories formed in a period, and memories are encoded from new and surprising experiences. The monotony of commuting to work on the same road for 20 years passes without leaving a mark. But every day is a memorable surprise to a child experiencing her first summer camp, or learning how big the universe is for the first time.

Time slowed in March because for the first time since childhood many of us are being bombarded with new and surprising experiences.

​I this this article answered a question I didn’t even know I had.

Why Time Has Slowed


  • Like everybody else, Romanian philosopher Mihai Sora is stuck inside.
  • He is keeping busy for a 103-year-old man, and keeping the world up to date on his indoor adventures with Facebook.
  • His to-do list is impressive, but not so impressive it can’t be used by most people.

​I’m impressed.

This 103-year-old philosopher’s to-do list will get you through self-isolation


While it’s very tempting to roll out of bed and into the workday still dressed in your most comfortable pajamas, this could be one of the biggest reasons you’re finding it hard to concentrate during your work from home days.

5 effortless, science-backed changes to your isolation workspace that will improve productivity and mental health

Links of the Week (4/14/2020)

Ever wonder what it would be like if you came back from isolation just to see the world in a pandemic?

When the world screeched to a halt, I didn’t notice. I was off the grid near Antarctica, lost in the cacophony of some 200,000 penguins. Elsewhere, highways were emptying, planes parking, and businesses shuttering as COVID-19 gained ground. But the order for social distancing hadn’t yet stretched to this corner of the planet.

I look away for one minute!!!!!

‘You are the only passenger’: How I returned to an empty world

Creativity, it is said, is intelligence having fun.

Never looked at it this way, but I’ve always heard that creative people (like comedians for example) are usually pretty smart.

Talent, you’re born with. Creativity, you can grow yourself.

Where is home for someone who travels full time?

Never thought of that.

Dirtbagging in the Time of COVID-19

I’m in the middle of my sophomore year at college, studying journalism. It’d my dream to someday work in climbing media. Do you have any advice for what I can do to make that dream a reality?

Ask an Editor: How Do You Get a Job in Climbing Media?

Links of the Week (4/06/2020)

Mind mapping, a replacement app for Notes, and building your blog email list…

Shawn and Mike hosted a webinar to teach more about our Idea System and how to better use mind mapping.

They covered not only the basics of mind mapping, but also a handful of mind mapping workflow examples.

Idea Magic: How to Capture, Manage, and Develop Your Ideas (Video Replay) – The Sweet Setup


But two apps rise above the others as the true cream of the crop: MindNode, with a stunningly beautiful user interface, and iThoughts, with powerful features and impressive flexibility.

​I used MindNode extensively when I was in the thick of my Masters degree. Really helped me with outline is and structuring all those papers I had to write.

iThoughts vs. MindNode: A Comparison of the Two Best Mind Mapping Apps – The Sweet Setup


I can’t think of a single other notes app that looks as good as Noto. Appearance isn’t everything, but it sure is important, and Noto nails the look of what I consider a modern interface. It’s clean, elegant, and vastly superior to Apple Notes’ textured notebook style. And just look what happens when adding notes to folders.

I moved over to Noto from Apple Notes. It gorgeous.

Noto Review: Beautifully Modern and Versatile Note-Taking


Creating a newsletter for my blog has totally changed the blogging landscape for me. It’s my best blogging asset.

​One of these days I’ll explore doing this more in depth.

How to Create a Newsletter For Your Blog #GrowYourBlog Series