Earlier this week, I posted the top 13 blog posts from 2013, according to my analytics data. Today, I’d like to link to some posts I have available elsewhere that I think you might find interesting.
Putting together this list was ridiculously difficult. I’ve interviewed so many rock stars this year for articles that didn’t make the cut (including some of my personal heroes) , but really wanted to focus on the content that would be most helpful and relevant. (Since we’re in the throes of shopping season, I also didn’t include posts that were behind a paywall, such as Medical Decision Making, and Hacking Paleo With Patrick Vlaskovits). In addition, I didn’t include ghostwritten work (which was the majority of my writing this year), pieces that aren’t timely or fresh, or any of the pieces that’s in print only (in magazines, trade journals, etc.) and is not available online. In addition, I removed posts that are difficult to link to directly (such as a piece for Costco Connection) which require a lot of scrolling. It’s all about good UX, right? With only a few exceptions, I also removed posts that highlighted just one specific product or service, but instead focused on the bigger picture and on concepts you can implement (or ideas you can draw from). This somehow helped me narrow it down to 15. Enjoy!
- Django creator Adrian Holovaty on turning data into opportunity (Ebyline) I just think Adrian’s so brilliant, and his views on this have made me seriously reflect on the work that I do.
- How to conduct great interviews for even greater content (VerticalResponse). Some tips from Andrew Warner, the best interviewer in the business (and a really nice guy, too).
- Data tools for creating great content (Ebyline). I spoke with Derek Willis from the New York Times for this piece.
- How to find your brand’s content marketing narrative (VerticalResponse) captures some great insight from Chris Berger.
- Tips from the pros: 3 PR mistakes to avoid (Ebyline) Some tips from Ryan Evans from Bitesize PR and Greg Gallant from Muck Rack.
- Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian on defeating linkbait, surviving personal attacks. (Ebyline). OMG I got to meet Alexis.
- 37Signals’ Jason Fried on how working remotely boosts collaboration (Ebyline). Remote work is the future.
- 7 steps to improve collaboration at work (VerticalResponse) has some really great tips from Nate Kontny from Draft.
- How to validate your business idea (before it’s too late) (Pepperdine) is some stuff I learned the hard way, summarized by best-selling author Brant Cooper and business coach Bridgett Hart.
- How to get taken more seriously at work (Pepperdine). I’m particularly stoked about this one because a friend of mine who is a recent grad (and brilliant) emailed me to tell me he found this piece after searching for it and it helped him with his job. Thanks to Pam Slim, Charlie Hoehn, Noah Fleming, Moira Lethbridge and Roberta Matuson.
Health, fitness and sports
- How coaches are failing our kids – and what you can do to help (Performance Menu) is an issue I feel pretty strongly about, and included some thoughts from my good teacher Kevin Meisner.
- A fitness app that adapts (Men’s Journal) is about Touchfit, Georges “Rush” St. Pierre’s fitness app, which I think is pretty innovative.
- Top trophies from the Twin Cities (Made Man) is my interview with Edward Reichow, who creates beautiful trophies as an alternative to the plastic ones that fall apart.
- Invicta 4 showcases bright future for women’s strawweight division (Sherdog) was an editorial I wrote back in January. The UFC recently signed a lot of Invicta’s top talent in the 115-lb. division, so I was pretty proud of my uncharacteristic prescience.
- Michael Psilakis, God of Greek cuisine (Made Man). This interview was a lot of fun.