Butter My Toast

If you want to work with us you have to understand one thing about our culture – we like to seriously mess with each other.

For example, calling me at 9:00am in the morning with something like this:

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Use ScreenFloat to Increase Your Writing Speed and Productivity

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Sometimes the smallest apps are some of the most brilliant and this one that I’m sharing with you today is no exception!

Take a look at the video above and just watch how I can quickly increase the speed at which I can blog! Instead of switching between windows and tabs I can keep a persistent screen of the content I’m interested in writing about on top of all my other screens, including the editor!

I can quickly make the screen “disappear” with a keyboard shortcut (or mouse-over) and then even store these screencaps in a native archive via the app!
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Roenne typed this out the other day:

I love you mom and dad and you too baby.

*Heart Melting*

4 Tips on Improving Your Listening Ear as a Blogger

It pays to be a good listener... you know this to be true!

One of the most significant lessons that I’ve learned in the past few years as a blogger is to simply make sure that I’m actively listening to the community that I’m a part of.

The challenge for most bloggers is that they feel they either don’t have an audience at all that’s listening or they feel that they do but they aren’t actually doing anything about it (either on purpose or simply because of ignorance).

All that being said it’s definitely easier to listen when the community is small (and growing) but much harder as the community gets more large, more diverse, and definitely more opinionated on the topics that you’re covering and even about how you’re writing about them!

In fact, one of the first times you might even hear something at all from the community is when you change something about your writing style, WordPress Theme, or even something else that you might have felt was pretty innocuous but was actually critical for your visitor’s experience! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve changed up something on my blogs that I felt was pretty harmless only to get a tongue lashing from the community! Odd how that happens a lot, by the way.

And I’ve learned a thing or two about how to really listen to the community (and I’m still learning a ton!) and here are some things that might give you some insight and/or perspective on how to do it a bit better than you’re doing today:
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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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