Soft background noise can help you to focus and block out distractions. This YouTube video is nothing more than the sound of rain falling, which is great background “music” for writing, or other types of content creation.


Great thing is that it will play all day long, so if you have a day where you need to get a lot of writing done, hit play, and start writing.  Enjoy!


How to Use WordPress Plugins without Slowing Down Your Site

Blog Marketing Academy

Just yesterday in my mastermind group we discussed, among other things, how plugins like OptimizePress can slow down a site. Because of that, I was delighted to come across this post by David Risley on how to deal with that problem — not just with OptimizePress, but with all plugins.

I will be following the tips in this post, for sure, to improve the performance of my blog.


Blogging Challenge: Update a Page on Your Blog

Any time of year is a good time of  year to spruce up your blog, but especially as we wrap up one year and move into a new one, it’s an even better time to do some housekeeping on your blog so that you can move into the new year with a blog that is in good shape.

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Here are some tips from the Problogger eBook, 31 Days to Build a Better Blog on how to update a page on your blog.

. . . you should always remember the golden rule of writing: Write what you know. For example, if you feel stuck, consider choosing a subject that relates to your products, programs, and services, since this is probably what you have the most knowledge about.

Book Yourself Solid (Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 2011), 241

How to Write Your Next Kindle Book with a Co-Author

The Future of Ink

It should come as no surprise that I’m a big fan of Kindle publishing. Publishing your eBooks on Amazon is one of the easiest ways to get published. In spite of being easy, it’ a lot of hard work, if you want to do it well.

Even though I love to write, and have published some Kindle books on my own doesn’t mean that I always want to fly solo.

My first article on The Future of Ink provides insight into how I work with a co-author, and the benefits of doing so. Since the post was published on another site, I wanted to share it here so that you can benefit from the information, even if didn’t see it where it was originally published.

By the way, if you need help getting your own Kindle book published, check out my Kindle services here.

The Benefits of Short-Form Content

When people first opt in to receive my 5 Secrets to Developing the Blogging Habit course, in the welcome email that I send out, I ask, “What is your biggest content creation challenge?” While is a variety of responses to this question, one of the common things that people express is that they are afraid that their content won’t be good enough. The benefits of short form content I’m certainly no psychologist, and I’m just speculating as to why so many people struggle with this, but my hunch is that one of the biggest issues that cause bloggers to feel insecure about writing blog posts is that there’s a lot of talk about creating epic content.

Be a Prolific Writer

This morning in my quiet time, I rather unexpectedly got what I believe is to be my “word” for the coming year — PROLIFIC.

I thought a bit about what it means to be a prolific writer, and to be honest, it scares me a bit to commit to it, and yet I believe that I need  to at least put myself out there by writing about it in this short post.

Here are a couple of ways I can be a prolific writer:


OneNote vs. Evernote


Lately I’ve been experimenting with using OneNote for everything from journaling to planning out my eBooks to keeping track of many different aspects of all of the different projects I’m working on.

Previously I’ve used Evernote, but I’m finding that OneNote has a lot of features that make it better for writers (including but not limited to bloggers). For instance, I like that in OneNote you can more easily rearrange pages within a notebook than you can with Evernote. This is great when planning out a big project, such as a book.

On the other hand, there are ways in which Evernote is better than OneNote, with the most obvious one being the web clipper option. Both OneNote and Evernote have web clippers, but the Evernote version has much better features.

The bottom line is that they are both great programs, and I’d encourage you to play with both of them to determine which one you’ll choose. You might also want to read the Lifehacker post (linked to at the top of this post) for a good comparison of the two programs.