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I’m excited to share this week’s posts with you. There are some neat tools and ideas you can use, one that tells a fantastic story and one that should both amuse and scare you. They’re pretty easy reading so browse them all and enjoy!
Twitter Tools: 9 Irresistible Tools To Help Dominate Twitter
Written by Ian Cleary
If there’s one thing you can count on in life (other than death and taxes) it’s that there is no shortage of Twitter tools. You can also count on the fact that you probably haven’t heard of most of them. Ian has put together a great list of tools, some of which I’ve heard of, a few that made me go “hmmm…” And run to check them out. I’ve recently become a fan of Commun.it because it reminds me of who I missed talking with or responding to. Check out Ian’s post for some really useful stuff (and plenty of screen shot goodness).
Increasing A Blog Post’s Traffic With Pinterest And PinWoot
Written by Jeff Sieh
There’s a pretty big empty space in the universe where Pinterest tools could be… sadly, there aren’t a lot of tools that can really help you with your Pinterest marketing. That’s why I was so excited to check out this one that Jeff wrote about. It’s a concept that you’re probably familiar with: you share/like/pin and spread the Pinterest love and accumulate points (“seeds”) so others can share yours. It’s a bit of quid pro quo like many of the blog sharing sites you may already be familiar with (think Social Buzz for Pinterest) so the same cautions apply about quality vs quantity and shared value. Read what Jeff has to say about how it worked for him.
Productivity In The Midst Of Being Busy
Written by Ken Mueller
This is not a laundry list of “how to get stuff done”. This is not even your typical diatribe on the idea that we give ourselves the illusion of productivity while simply being busy. This is a unique and compelling perspective on the idea that being busy is actually good for productivity. Ken tells an interesting story about a football-playing friend who was far more successful when he was busy and his schedule was structured around activity. Still not to be confused with “busy-ness”, you can actually make being busy work to your advantage. Read Ken’s story and his take on productivity. I bet you’ll find yourself nodding along.
How Creative Confidence Leads To Freedom
Written by Jessica Ann
And “story of the week” goes to Jessica, who shares her tale of a second grade setback that she spent a good part of her life combatting. I won’t spoil it here, but if you have a child, or have ever been a child, you should read it with your eyebrows raised, thinking, “Really?!” And if you’ve ever struggled to find your creative self and your inner confidence, this is the post you’ll want to read. Quote of the week also goes to Jessica, who says, “Don’t let someone else’s expectation of you hold you back.” Amen, sister. (PS: After you read this, please come back here and tell me that her anteater story was one of the coolest things you ever read.)
How The Bible Is Telling Hackers Your Passwords
Written by Daniel Zeevi
This post should amuse and scare you at the same time. First of all, Daniel gets Title of the Week. Secondly, this is a pretty fascinating look into how common words and phrases (yes, those that appear in the Bible, among other places) can lead hackers to our passwords a whole lot easier than simple brute force. It’s a little bit of science mixed in with a big warning: choose passwords wisely! Consider the fact that it doesn’t matter how much security a website has in place or how impenetrable the firewalls of your accounts and banks. The only thing standing between you and digital destruction is a bad password. Chew on that one as you read Daniel’s post.
Did you find something here to interest or inspire you? Let me know!