How Do You Come Up with Ideas? What Does it Look Like?

Ideas are awesome.

Hope you guys are having a great week and looking forward to a restful weekend!

Here’s another Blog Post Jump Starter…!

If you need some inspiration or an idea to blog about here’s a provocative question to consider:

How do I come up with ideas? What does it look like?

Sometimes we don’t ever take a moment and analyze how we uniquely come up with ideas. It’s fascinating because you can learn a lot about yourself as you begin to process through it.

Spend some time today and not only think about it but also write about it! Love to know your thoughts and hear how you come up with ideas!

Giveaway: Standard Theme v2.6 Released!

Not only did Standard Theme get a significant update to it’s core code (v2.6) but we revealed a new landing page that brings some serious shine to our swagger (HT: @alliswell for the design)!

Included in this release were native support for Post Formats, improvements to SEO, and an upgrade kit for those that have made changes to their existing install! Take a look at all the updates right here.

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Simplify and Speed Up Your Workflow for Commenting on Blogs

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

One of the best ways for you to continue to build community, traffic, and rapport for your brand and your blog is to simply comment on other people’s blog posts. This is also a Content strategy as well!

This is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways (since it’s free!) of gaining an increased readership and following! It also has a number of other benefits such as keeping you up to date with other people’s opinions as well as giving you fresh insight and inspiration. I can’t tell you how many of my blog posts have been jump started because of something that I read or a comment that I created in response to a blog post!

But it does take time to not only to read that blog post (not just scan!) and then to comment! I’ve always challenged myself to streamline anything that I can and here’s how I save myself a lot of time with a few keystrokes:

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Jumpstart a New Blog with One of These Domains I’m Selling!

See one that could jumpstart you?

I have a really bad habit of purchasing domains that I feel have even the slightest bit of potential.

Like some of you I have big hopes and dreams about every single one but the truth is that most of us simply don’t have the time to actually do anything about them.

So they rot in internet purgatory and don’t get any airplay! Well, I’d rather give them the chance to be awesome with someone else instead of hanging in my hanger called “Maybe Some Day”.

Take a look at this list and if you’re seriously interested in purchasing one then drop me a line via email. I feel like some of these, with the right person behind them, could be a huge success!
Also, note how most of them are .com’s!
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Find (or Craft) Your Creative Laboratory! Thoughts from Len Sweet’s Office!

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As the video embedded shares I’m hanging out with Leonard Sweet and a bunch of other very intelligent individuals here on Orcas Island off the cost of Washington (right here). We are sharing thoughts about how technology impacts culture, church, and the theological challenges and opportunities that it can create.

One of the neatest things about this trip so far is simply Len’s home and the cottage that he’s allowed me to stay in. They are, without question, extremely creative in terms of architecture, flow, lighting, artifacts, and decor. It’s no wonder that he’s been able to be as productive as he has been because the environments he’s created are uniquely designed to export out of himself all that he’s been able to create.

It is a “creative laboratory” and it has reminded me of how important that environment is for me as I try to stay as productive as possible.

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How Many Hours Should You Spend on Your Blog per Week for It to Be a Success?

Time flies...

[This is part of the Blogging Foundations Starter Kit Series.]

One of the questions I get often (and I just got this question again yesterday) is about the amount of time I spend on my blog, either per day and/or per week:

Generally the question is asked in the context of what it might take for someone to make a certain amount of money via their blog or to reach some other metric of success, like traffic (hits, pageviews, comments, etc). The question might look like this:

John, how much time should I spend working on my blog to achieve the financial and traffic goals that I want to achieve?

It’s actually an easy question to answer, at least out of the gate, and you can probably already know the answer yourself: It depends.

I’d also follow up very quickly and answer: As many as you possibly can as long as they are productive hours!

You see, generally you want to make sure that any hours that you’re spending are as effective and profitable (not just monetarily) as possible. No time to waste on your blog and every hour counts!

But I won’t leave you there of course! Here are some more thoughts to clarify what I mean:

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