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August 2016

In Interviews on
August 31, 2016

An Interview with Lily Herman

On marketing yourself successfully, building a seriously popular website & much more.

Lily’s energy is infectious. Whether it’s through her Twitter feed, or in her role as Managing Editor of WayUp, she’s a true example of someone who loves what they do and is killing it too. Plus, she founded The Prospect, a college and youth lifestyle website that grew to over 140 editors, writers and interns. No biggie, right? We discussed how to market yourself better, the art of learning to prioritise your energy and much, much more.

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In Essays on
August 28, 2016

A Letter to You, From the World

For anyone who has ever felt intimidated or insecure (at work, or otherwise).

No matter how wealthy, well-dressed, well-liked or well-accomplished, we are all vulnerable.

In fact, we’re all making it up as we go along.

We all crave the approval of others, even if you think we don’t.

We all secretly want to be happy, without really knowing how. Read more

In Essays on
August 28, 2016

Why Brilliant People Take Breaks, Often

 

Because almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes. Including you. 

 

Charles Darwin took long walks around London. Kurt Vonnegut made listening to jazz a daily priority. Fiona Apple disappeared for 6 years after the release of her third album.

So why do so few of us have creative breaks? 

I ask because I can often be found agonising over the “more”. If only I posted on Instagram more, I’ll think in the bath. I’d have more followers if I pitched to more publications. I need to post 2 more times a week, minimum. I could go on… Read more

In Essays on
August 21, 2016

The Frank Ocean Effect

On post-success paralysis & how to overcome it. 

 

Frank Ocean’s album, Blond, has finally dropped, approximately 4 years and a gazillion internet memes later. His first major album, Channel Orange, was, by all measures, a major hit.

As people across the world slated his tardiness, I silently thought: I get it.

How can he follow Channel Orange? The amount of pressure is IN-SANE.

Because on a much, much smaller scale, I know what it’s like to try and follow a piece of successful work. Read more

In Essays on
August 21, 2016

How to Design a Life You Actually Love*

 

*No trust fund or major financial privilege required. 

 

I’ve read a lot of self-help books.

All have a common theme: only you have the power to change your life.

Take this Tony Robbins quote for example:

“Most people are so busy surviving and making a living, they forget to design a life. And if you don’t take the time to design your life, you’re going to miss out. You’ll snap your fingers and ten years will happen. You’ll look back and think: where’d it go? Ten years from now you will surely arrive. The question is: where?”

Great, in theory. But how do you actually put it into practice when bills need to be paid and commitments have been made? Read more

In Essays on
August 4, 2016

How to Find Your First 100 Readers

Actionable ways to build your audience & subscriber base. From scratch.

Welcome to my new blog series, where I share the *honest* answers to the career and creativity questions that come my way.

“I just wanted to let you know that your work inspired me to keep going today. Do you have any advice on gaining those first 100 visitors? What is some of the marketing that has worked for you?” – Nolan Denker

Firstly, that’s so exciting! Congratulations. You’ve just exited your comfort zone and you should feel proud of that. 

Make no mistake about it, finding the first “100”, whether it’s followers, visitors or subscribers is no easy feat. But it’s entirely possible.

When I started my blog six months ago, I was scared. Between you and I, I believed that I was too late to the blogging party, and there was no space left for me. Oh, how wrong I was. There’s space for all of us. Read more