Today is my four-year freelancing anniversary, and I’ll soon be sharing lessons learned since I got started while on unemployment and living in the middle of nowhere, Wisconsin. But for now, here’s a few posts I wrote this month.
I’m really excited that I got to write about some pretty fantastic people, and if you make it through to the end of this list o’ links, I have some information on customer acquisition via social media marketing from a workshop I gave at ASJA’s Content Connections conference in Chicago.
- Django creator Adrian Holovaty on turning data into opportunity (Ebyline). Not only is Adrian Holovaty probably a genius, he has a knack for working on really interesting and creative projects, and it was fun trying to find the thread that ties them together and tease out what other people can learn from him. This was my favorite piece to work on all month.
- How storyboarding helps create visual content (Ebyline) Although I’m a bit disappointed with the image selection, I’m psyched that I got to discuss incorporating visual elements into digital features, and got to highlight talented illustrator Joyce Rice after attending her workshop at ASJA’s Content Connections conference.
- Why freelancers should check out Google Media Tools (Ebyline) Also really proud of myself for getting a Googler to actually talk.
- Hiring a virtual assistant can refocus your business efforts (VerticalResponse). Some thoughts from the brilliant Marissa Bracke.
- What the new YouTube comments mean for marketers (VerticalResponse) Whether it’ll help or not is still up in the air, but UX whiz Sam Blake gives his thoughts.
- Award-winning custom publisher on winning content tips for brands and freelancers (Ebyline) Some tips from Imagination Publishing, coming out of ASJA’s Content Connections conference.
- How Twitter’s open direct messaging will affect customer relationships (VerticalResponse) Some insights on a new feature being rolled out…
- Hacking Paleo with Patrick Vlaskovits (Performance Menu) The man from PaleoHacks, and also a coauthor of the Lean Entrepreneur. This interview’s three bucks to download, or included with the November issue.
- Mayo-backed Evidentia Health preps for launch (TECHdotMN) Just a short blog post about a pretty neat local startup.
- Beating the odds: UFC 167. (Sherdog) My regular column on upsets in the sport, this time featuring Bagautinov and Lawler (and some thoughts on Hendricks/GSP). I also had a tweet get into Sherdog’s “A Night of Tweets” feature for UFC 167.
- An MMA Thanksigiving: 2013 Edition (Sherdog) What staff writers and freelancers were most thankful for in mixed martial arts. (For more of my thoughts on MMA, check out my TUF recaps on MMA Torch.
- 5 smart social media tips for freelancers (Kelly James-Enger’s piece; Dollars and Deadlines). This is the fabulous Kelly James-Enger’s summary of some tips I gave as part of a panel at ASJA’s Content Connections conference. You can also check out my notes and slides for more.
- How to make a $1000/month business (and six people who have) (Kinja) Psyched to be featured in this advertorial about my experience (and that of others) in Noah Kagan’s How to Make Your First Dollar program.