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I think we can all agree that I’m from the “let’s call bullshit” school of thought. I like to think I’m fairly no-nonsense, and I’m certainly not afraid to get controversial.

Unfortunately, in this online world we live, those qualities have become synonymous with being a dick. And today I’d like to call bullshit on THAT.

I have another value, which I cherish just as much as my brutal honesty. KINDNESS.

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Do you want to hear something equal parts weird and exciting?

1 year ago today was my first official day working for myself.

Yep. 365 days since Operation #freedaire was declared an almighty success.

If I’m honest, I kind of thought I’d be back on the hunt for a day job around the 3 month mark, but hey, everyone’s wrong (very, very) occasionally.

Without a doubt, this has been a year filled with trials,

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Content Conquered is a series of mini-posts designed to ignite content ideas and inspire you to get creative online.

 

Every other instalment in the Content Conquered series has had one foot in the digital, but today I want to talk about using your old notebooks to inspire new content ideas.

I am a BIG fan of using pen and paper. In fact, every single thing I write is drafted by hand before being typed up.

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If you’ve been lurking around these parts for a while, you’ll know how much I love talking about creative content, and the impact it can have on your business – but what does it all actually mean?

Creativity is that special spice mix that makes your content stand out from the (literally ENDLESS) masses.

If you’re working your arse off, churning out regular content but not seeing any tangible results, I can help with this one nugget of truth: Your content is REGULAR.
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Content Conquered is a series of mini-posts designed to ignite content ideas and inspire you to get creative online.

I need to start out by saying I LOVE Evernote, and I have for years. At some point or another, I have used Evernote to manage my entire life.

I’ve used it to stash inspiration. I’ve used it to make shopping lists. I’ve used it to brain dump ideas. I’ve used it to plan out new products.

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As we hurtle around the New Year, I think it’s time for the ubiquitous goal-setting post. But I hope that mine actually helps you TAKE ACTION.

We all (or at least I) like to have a bit of a overhaul at the end of each year. It’s the ultimate “fresh notebook” feeling, giving you the space for bigger, better plans.

Confession time – I actually schedule in goal-setting sessions all year round,

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Content Conquered is a series of mini-posts designed to ignite content ideas and inspire you to get creative online.

Goodreads.com is one of my favourite-ever places to procrastinate online.  Goodreads is a less well-known social platform that is focused around books, and the haunting ground of many an avid reader. It’s a great way to find literary quotes, it’s a great way to track your reading habits, and it’s a great way to find lots and lots of books you want to read.

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If you’re worried about how to make a living from your creative skills >> HERE

How to be an uninhibited content machine >> HERE

11 brain training exercises to fuel your content creation >> HERE

14 scientific reasons to disconnect at the weekend >> HERE

How to master the art of conversation in business >> HERE

How to create killer blog posts (that grow your email list + make sales) >>

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Content Conquered is a series of mini-posts designed to ignite content ideas and inspire you to get creative online.

If we’re all truly, brutally, honest, we all spend a lot of time dicking about on Facebook.

 

Whether you’re scrolling mindlessly through your news feed, clicking through to the most inane “trending” news possible, or getting sucked into a vortex of political debate, you’re spending a lot of your day with that big blue F.

 
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Visual content is important.

 

We all know this by now. We’ve all seen the endless infographics telling us things like…

  • Content with images is viewed 94% more than content without images
  • Visuals are 40 times more likely to be shared on social than any other kind of content
  • People process visuals 600,000 times faster than text

But what if you’re just not that good at designing your own visuals?

 
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