Do you know what vanity metrics and analytics are?
Have you ever opened up a tracking program (like Google Analytics or Fathom or Clicky) and stared at all the data – unsure what is the most important?
If your answer is anything even vaguely related to “Hell to the frickin’ yes!”, then you are not alone.
These days, you can find metrics and statistics to validate or invalidate anything.Continue reading
At last, your first draft is ready. And yet, you’re not happy with it. Something is still missing even after many rounds of self-editing, and you’re wondering what to do next.
Sound familiar? Most likely, you need the assistance of a professional editor.
Before you ask, editors normally review a draft with the aim of improving it, all without changing the voice of the writer. They provide professional editing services by going through the content in a step-by-step manner to identify and correct mistakes and errors with grammar, word usage, structure, composition, readability, flow, style, tone, and so on.
But guess what?
Different types of editing can improve your content in specific areas. As steps in the professional editing process, they’re supposed to be carried out in a specific order, one after the other. Some types of editing may also overlap with one another.
However, your content may not require all the various types of editing. This depends on factors such as your level of expertise and experience as a writer, the type of content you’re creating, and where it will be published.Continue reading
Many authors use writing software for their work. Such programs come in various types and pricings, serving different purposes depending on the writer’s needs.
For example, fiction authors might use programs for narrative or character development, as nonfiction authors might use programs to help them create indexes or references. Both fiction and nonfiction authors use writing software to help them keep notes or structure their text.
And let’s not forget writers who mostly work with online texts, and might also use software designed to assist with SEO, keywords, or readability.
Unless you’re really old school and use a typewriter, at the most basic level virtually all of us use a computer and a word processor. This counts as writing software, even if we take it for granted.
But as with every tool, although it can greatly help you get the job done…
…it can also hurt you if you misuse it.Continue reading
If you’re like us, maybe you dealt with the never-ending spiral of badness that was 2020 by consuming a ridiculous amount of content … or maybe you just doomscrolled Twitter and binged Netflix.
We’re not judging!
As you’ll see, a lot of us didn’t get to do all the reading/listening/watching we thought we would. (Perhaps you find yourself in this vast expanse of people who had lofty plans in early pandemic days that didn’t quite work out how you thought by year-end.)
If you’re looking for recommendations to start 2021 fresh, we’ve got you covered.Continue reading