How to Optimize Your Blog for Content Distribution

Good content is great to have, but it doesn’t mean much if no one sees it. You’re putting in all the work; you want all the shares, media pickup, and unique visitors you can get. If you’re running a blog, are you sure it’s optimized for distribution? Even in this modern Web-publishing era, too many blogs are woefully behind the times: broken social counters, no CTAS, the list goes on. To make sure you’re publishing the right way, check out these tips to optimize your blog for content distribution. And if you want more info on getting more eyes on your stuff, download Column Five’s free e-book, The Ultimate Guide to Content Distribution.

How 5 Famous Creatives Start Projects

Creative blocks are no joke, whether you’re a writer, designer, artist, photographer—whatever. Faced with a blank page or fresh project, it’s easy to get stuck. But take heart, even the most successful creatives struggle to start at times. How do they overcome? Where do they find inspiration? Here are reflections from 5 famous creatives on the creative process.

These 3 Trends are Killing Your Creativity

After nearly two decades working various jobs throughout the creative world, I’ve noticed a recent phenomenon in our industry’s culture. Creatives now are focusing more on insignificant things—like fashion trends and lifestyle accessories, while quality work is becoming the sideshow. Right-brainers have always done a knockout job of differentiating themselves from the rest of the pack, but I think these 3 distractions  may actually be hindering the creativity we for which we strive.

What Do You Need to Do 5 Minutes of Killer Standup Comedy? This Graphic Breaks It Down

Standup comedy is an art, not a science—sort of. While it has its own formula (setup, punchline), it also has its own nuances. But it always starts with the standard 5-minute set, whether you’re doing your first open mic or your first late-night TV spot. What does it take to kill in that short amount of time? According to Comedy Evaluator Pro, an online software program that measures laughs and positive audience response during a comedy set, here’s what it takes.

Uncommon Wellness Tips that Should be More Common

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Being healthy is becoming more important. Foods are over processed, we’re working longer hours, sleeping less, and sitting is killing us. Many of us realize we need to change our ways, but sometimes we try to do too much at once and just end up spinning our wheels and staying in place. One idea is to try not to do too much at once, and take getting healthy one step at a time. This graphic by WellnessFx shows you uncommon wellness tips that should be more common, and how by adding these healthy tricks to your repertoire one at a time is the best way to go.