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Welcome to the Money Monday newsletter. This is the inaugural issue.
Here's a list of resources I've checked out recently. Those of you who responded to my survey noted that you're most interested in content writing. Secondary to that was content marketing and side hustles.
What that says to me is you're interested in learning how to better engage with current and potential customers. As business owners--especially in the times we live in today--that's incredibly useful and impactful. These are subjects I'm passionate about--and I get to do in a professional capacity.
Saying that leads to this: welcome to the Money Monday newsletter. Each Monday, I plan to share notable content geared toward making you a better writer, marketer, professional and business owner. Not only that--but we'll touch on personal development, money management, and health tips.
I don't care what you're doing--stay-at-home mom blogger, real estate agent, or parent juggling a career, side hustle, and kids' activities. I want to share the information to make you successful--professionally and personally.
With that said, I found some excellent resources for you this week. Check those out below. If you haven't subscribed, please do so at runthemoney.com/subscribe.
Danny Goodwin over at Search Engine Journal challenges the status quo in his piece, Stop Saying 'Create Great Content' – Say This Instead. His premise is that we've killed the meaning behind "great" content--and challenges us to rise above conventional mediocrity. It's worth the read and 10 examples provided.
Related: This Yoast article discusses how you can create higher quality content that makes your readers and Google happy.
You need to write for people's short attention spans and busyness of life. That's just a fact. You also need to make things understandable and help folks get what they need quickly and easily. Kristin Savage from Digital Doughnut gives us some actionable tips to apply psychological insights to make our content resonate better with our target audiences. To me, #5 of her list of 6 tips is key. Be sure not to miss that.
The Republic, a Columbus, Indiana publication, has an interesting story about two young sisters identifying a need in their community. The girls noticed that the Atterbury-Bakalar Air Museum they visited with their grandfather didn't have free info booklets catering to children their age. So, they wrote their own. It's called Atterbury Army Airfield and Bakalar Air Force Base: A book for kids and everyone and will be available when the museum re-opens. Now, that is a strong example of spotting a need and executing!
You're only as productive as you allow yourself to be. Don't believe me? It's true.
For the most part, you control how much sleep you get and what you put into your body. You also control whether or not you make time to exercise.
I recently began eating more protein and cutting out sugar (to a degree) based on The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung. He sheds light on how sugar -- not calorie counting -- plays into obesity. As a result of this, I've also experimented with drinking Casein protein shakes a few times a week before bed.
Be real though. I'm not a doctor or health professional. So, take my words for what they're worth. Totally based on my own experience, so please don't hold me to anything. I'd say check with your doctor BEFORE doing anything. But, Dr. Fung's book is worth the read, however, some aspects are very detailed and technical. Grab Dr. Fung's book on Amazon.
Here are some of the popular articles posted on RunTheMoney.com this week:
Feel free to reach out on Twitter and let me know what you enjoyed most. Is there something you loved or hated? Any other suggestions? Let's chat. Just tag me @DavidDomzalski or @RunTheMoney and put hashtag #MoneyMonday so I can track the conversation. Thanks!