Embracing a Creative Lifestyle2:15 with C.C. Chapman
Blogging is more than just writing on a computer. Embracing a creative lifestyle - taking pictures, writing notes, and storing ideas in various forms - is essential to creating content that engages you and your audience.
So being inspired by others and creating content on a regular basis 0:00 is easier said than done. 0:02 No matter what field you're in, adapting and embracing a creative lifestyle 0:05 is going to be your best bet to do this. 0:09 So in my book Amazing Things Will Happen, 0:13 one of the tools that I am a big, big proponent for is using a notebook— 0:15 a regular, old-fashioned paper notebook. 0:19 It's something I carry with me no matter where I am in the world 0:21 and something that maybe will work for you. 0:24 You never know when an idea is going to strike, and you want to write it down 0:27 and capture it. 0:29 If you're not a big fan of paper—if you're all digital—get a tool such as Evernote. 0:31 I'm a big fan of that as well. I call it my virtual brain. 0:35 It doesn't matter where I am—I might take a picture of something. 0:39 I may record an audio note. I may just scratch something down very fast— 0:42 a great tool to capture those things that inspire you 0:46 that could later turn into a great blog post. 0:49 Now depending on what kind of content you're creating you may not believe 0:52 this next one, but I firmly believe that part of that creative 0:56 and content-focused lifestyle is taking a lot of photos. 1:00 I take them everywhere, whether it's from my little phone or my big camera, 1:03 I'm taking photos all the time. Why? 1:07 Because you never know when that's going to be able to be used 1:10 in a blog post. Blog posts need images 1:13 When they get shared, no matter what the network is, 1:15 it's going to pull an image, and you're going to need images for that. 1:18 I take photos everywhere, and the more photos you take the more 1:22 it'll become part of your life, and you'll find inspiration from them. 1:25 Now one final part of this that's very, very important is you have to make sure 1:28 that all these ideas that you're writing down, whether it's Evernote 1:33 or a notebook and all the pictures, that you're organizing them 1:35 and you can get them later on. 1:39 There's nothing worse than going, "Where was that great idea 1:41 I came up with for a blog post?" and not being able to find it. 1:43 There's a million different ways to do this. Figure out what works best for you. 1:46 This is one of the reasons I personally love Evernote, 1:52 because it allows me to quickly search for ideas. 1:54 I can search based on location, I can search based on words, 1:58 and it finds them very, very fast. 2:01 That works for me. Figure out what works for you. 2:03 But make sure you don't lose those ideas. 2:06 There's nothing worse than being inspired and never being able to go back 2:09 and find that idea and turning it into a great blog post. 2:12
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