First things first: Brian Clark is co-hosting a free workshop today (in a few hours, at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time), all about getting started with chatbots.
If you don’t know much about chatbots, or even think they might be weird or creepy, check out my post from Monday explaining why I’ve really turned around my opinion of these. (I turned that opinion around based on, um, finding out how they actually work.)
You still have time to join us for the workshop … just drop your details here: https://botacademy.com/workshop-registration/?wid=brianclark
If you see this too late, go ahead and drop your information anyway, and I’ll see if we can get a replay for folks who registered.
Now then, let’s talk content.
On Monday, I unpacked some of the reasons why I’m now a chatbot cheerleader. If you’re already familiar with this tool, feel free to mock me for not knowing about it sooner. (And really, I should have, because way back in October of 2016, Brian Clark was telling us that this type of tech would be the next great opportunity for writers.)
I predict that the “Copyblogger-style,” audience-driven, “poet and killer” approach will be a huge factor of success with chat. Hope we see you at the workshop!
On Tuesday, Stefanie Flaxman revealed that not only is her name No, but her sign is No, and her number, also, is No. And she gave some suggestions about what you should be saying Yes to, with all that free time you’ll gain. It’s a super useful post.
On Wednesday, Loryn Thompson showed how “ruthless editing” can actually help us find the balance between soulful artistry and pragmatic craft.
On The Digital Entrepreneur, Sean Jackson and Katy Katz interviewed Melissa Fach about the smart way to score more guest posts. This is still a fantastic way to grow your audience, but you need to approach it with care.
On Site Success, Jerod Morris talked about how to decide on what kind of content to create for your site. That process slows down so many people, so hooray for Jerod for tackling it.
And on Copyblogger FM, I wrapped up my interview with Contently’s Shane Snow and Joe Lazauskas on the principles of telling great stories with your content. If you like the episode (or just dig the topic), I recommend their new book The Storytelling Edge, as well.
Chief Content Officer, Rainmaker Digital
Catch up on this week’s content
3 Surprising Benefits of Chatbots (No Creep Factor Required)
by Sonia Simone
‘No’ Is My Favorite Word
by Stefanie Flaxman
How I Learned to Love (Ruthless) Editing
by Loryn Thompson
The 5 Things You Must Know When Selecting an Email Provider
by Sean Jackson
The Secret to Guest Blogging on Your Favorite Website
by Sean Jackson & Katy Katz
Storytelling for Modern Content Marketing (Part 2 of 2)
by Sonia Simone
3Q for Deciding What Types of Content You’re Going to Create
by Jerod Morris
‘The Writer’s Brain’ on Impostor Syndrome: Part Two
by Kelton Reid