I guest-post on other blogs fairly regularly, but it was pointed out to me by rising blogging star Ash Maurya that I don’t usually share these with you!
So here’s a selection of articles I’ve published elsewhere.
I’ve been pitched a lot, especially as a Capital Factory mentor, so this comes not only from my own experience but in discussing pitches with dozens of other angel investors.
Ten ways to make your writing more compelling
Well, that was my title… it was edited to “10 Secrets to More Magnetic Copy,” but that’s OK, they were on a “magnetic copy” series binge at the time, and it made the “Best of Copyblogger 2009” list. Sweet!
What was the trick to writing about writing in a fresh way? The format was self-referential, e.g. using repetition when describing repetition.
A controversial post about why you shouldn’t blindly follow bloggers or celebrities. Interestingly Jason Fried at 37signals agreed but I ended up pissing of the folks at Copyblogger (later mended, as evidenced by my guest posting there). I wrote up the full behind-the-scenes story.
Both of these are aimed at the employee rather than the employer. Still, no matter which side of the table you’re on, this is useful for your hiring process. Some of this stuff you might have heard, but between them these articles were retweeted over 1000 times so apparently it needed to be said!
How a smart bear built a company so he could sell it (Video)
Andrew Warner, the interview host, summarized it well:
“My hands were trembling as I was faxing eighty pages of the agreement over to the lawyers in New York City,” Jason Cohen said about what it was like to finalize the sale of the company he founded, Smart Bear. Even though he was nervous about the sale, selling the company was his plan all along.
In this interview, you’ll hear why he wanted to sell his business, and how he prepared for a sale as he built up his business. You’ll learn how he founded it from scratch, with no venture funding and no debt. And you’ll get his advice for how you can build your business.
Now two questions for you; please answer in the comments:
- Want to see more of these?
(i.e. Should I let you know about guest posts more regularly?)
- Want to see other people guest-post here?
(i.e. Do you come here for my opinions alone or would you enjoy other voices?)