Video on Writing Good Posts

I found a helpful YouTube video: “Business Blogging Tips: Writing Quality Business Blog Posts Every Time.” It falls in neatly with my ongoing post series on writing faster and better.

The video is from localpulsemarketing.com and they have more than fifty videos on their YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/localpulsemarketing?feature=watch. If you like this video, you might want to check out the rest of their channel for other practical ideas.

Enjoy.

Productivity Product Recommendation: Comic Life 3

4444_jungle_animalsComic Life 3 is a productivity tool.

Yeah, I know it’s kind of fun and kids like to use the iOS app version to convert pics to comics to send to their friends.  Sure, you can use it to create comic strips and comic books.

But really, it’s a serious desktop application for entrepreneurs.  And ebook writers.  And bloggers.  And graphics artists.  And makers of infographics.  And marketers.  And, well, once you “get it,” you’ll think of more.

Don’t be fooled by its intuitive interface and ease of use.  Don’t be seduced by the fact you’ll actually enjoy what you’re doing.

Illustrated EBooks for Kindle.

This little program will help you make illustrated children’s books and graphic novels for the Kindle.  With its layout templates and drag-and-drop simplicity, it becomes a snap.  See?  Productivity tool.

It’s not just that you have templates that you can remodel and remix as you choose.  It’s also that you have built-in filters to convert photos to comics or illustrations.  So you don’t even have to do your own illustrations or hire an illustrator.

Graphics for Blogs

And what about bloggers?  You know you need to have photos and graphics to illustrate your posts and articles.  It communicates better and makes your points considerably clearer.  Adding a light touch or even some humor by including a comic strip now and then might be just the ticket.

Infographics and Posters

Then there are the possibilities of adapting the templates to a wide variety of layouts.  Of creating several different infographic style “pages” that you hook together in a longer document using a program like Photoshop (or Elements) or GIMP to make an awesome infographic.

Think about the posters you could create using this.

An Example

Now, just to “illustrate” what I’m talking about, the following graphic is something I created in less that 20 minutes using Comic Life 3 and a couple of illustrations I already had on hand.

(If you don’t get the spoof in the comic, it’s a play on a decades-long running commercial in the U.S. about a rabbit who wants to eat Trix cereal and is constantly thwarted by kids who tell him, “silly rabbit, Trix are for kids.”  You can see reruns of the commercials on YouTube.  It’s quite iconic.)

celia rabbit comic shopping

You can get Comic Life 3 for Windows or Mac at http://plasq.com.  (Not an affiliate link.) There’s a free trial.  And what do you have to lose?  It’s good for several hours of fun before you decide you have to get it and get down to business.  Oh, by the way, it only costs $29.00.

List Articles Are Easy. 107 Writing Prompts For List Articles.

I looked at various list articles online and found what I think are the best ways of starting a list article title.  The title of a list article is an article starter in and of itself.  Once you have your title, you have the outline for the article.

I purposely left out any suggestions for actual topics.  The prompts should do for any subject.  Please ignore the numbers, of course, and replace them with your own.  “5 Proven…” is just as good as “100 Proven…”

If you like this list, you can get a pdf copy of this list from my Productivity Tools collection.

107 List Article Title Suggestions

1.    20 tips for…
2.    10 ways to…
3.    5 amazing…
4.    72 reasons why…
5.    Top 10…
6.    10 best…
7.    100 proven…
8.    30 examples of…
9.    21 coolest…
10.    99 problems…
11.    5 apps that…
12.    7 myths…
13.    10 enduring…
14.    35 instant…
15.    37 evergreen…
16.    13 steps…
17.    3 strategies…
18.    5 tutorials…
19.    8 things you need to…
20.    49 posts that…
21.    2 rituals for…
22.    25 most comfortable…
23.    87 timeless…
24.    52 plans for…
25.    22 experts who…
26.    55 tools…
27.    8 essential…
28.    4 mistakes
29.    9 moms who
30.    3 successful
31.    5 do’s
32.    10 don’ts
33.    15 must-have
34.    22 authoritative
35.    10 endless
36.    8 marketing
37.    3 most dangerous
38.    43 movies that
39.    3 sources for
40.    36 resources
41.    7 scientifically-
42.    5 styles of
43.    42 recipes for
44.    7 doctors who
45.    6 times when
46.    27 habits
47.    3 situations calling for
48.    83 books that
49.    7 ways of looking at
50.    40 facts about
51.    10 things you didn’t know about
52.    4 government policies that
53.    Top three
54.    4 rules
55.    7 secrets for
56.    23 types of
57.    12 free
58.    32 familiar ideas that are wrong
59.    5 things you thought were wrong, but you were wrong
60.    82 profit-making
61.    6 quick-cash
62.    9 methods
63.    3 questions
64.    75 answers
65.    24 disagreements
66.    6 persuasive arguments
67.    9 hidden
68.    77 pinterest-friendly
69.    10 diet-friendly
70.    53 delicious
71.    17 popular
72.    5 simple words
73.    16 musical
74.    84 excuses
75.    20 sexual
76.    32 child-friendly
77.    6 assets
78.    5 traffic-building
79.    24 biggest
80.    19 Inspiring…
81.    10 can’t-miss…
82.    3 wishes…
83.    4 skills…
84.    29 ideas…
85.    8 books…
86.    12 frustrations…
87.    20 friends…
88.    5 kinds of enemies…
89.    21 habits…
90.    5 elements…
91.    14 advertising…
92.    7 factors…
93.    5 newspapers that…
94.    100 tweets that…
95.    75 free…
96.    43 new…
97.    55 powerful…
98.    22 happy…
99.    34 landing pages that…
100.    9 phrases that…
101.    73 profitable…
102.    10 infographics..
103.    8 graphic elements…
104.    3 components…
105.    9 better…
106.    32 faster…
107.    12 cheaper…

If you can think of more, why not contribute to the list in comments?