[Travels and Fun Times] Can You Guess This Place?

Head to the islands in this picturesque Mediterranean country if you want to escape from the world.

This nation is known for its pebble and white sand beaches, electric blue caves, and hidden coves. On some islands, you can dine inside fortresses and enjoy savory seafood, home-grown olives, and Vugava wine. One island is also home to an award-winning beach that tourists say is the world’s most beautiful.

Can you guess this place?

[Travels and Fun Times] Discover Private Islands and Other Seven-Star Surprises Here

Shaped like a sail, it sits on a man-made island and towers over emerald seas and city skies. At night, it bursts with color — amethyst, lime green, fuchsia, and gold — lighting the sky like an electric rainbow.

Here, you’ll find seven-star surprises: private butlers, chauffeured limousines, and champagne bubble baths with strawberries delivered Jacuzzi-side. And here, you’ll find restaurants headed by Michelin-starred chefs modeled after the Milky Way and the deep sea.

But if you can’t visit, try the next best thing: a video tour. See here.

[AoB] Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Blogging

What’s the best way to write a blog post when you kind of run out of ideas?

Connect a couple of seemingly unrelated dots.

No, seriously. It’s such a fun way to write an article.

I do it from time to time, when I either don’t feel like working on certain topics, or blogging starts to feel a bit too much like work.

Find a way to connect two seemingly unrelated dots.

What ties them all together? What are the principles that govern them both? How can one idea from a field relate to another idea in an entirely different field?

Well, I answered those questions and came up with Newton’s three rules of blogging. Based on his three laws of motion.

[AoB] The MVP Framework: How to Make Money as a Beginner Blogger

ver since launching the Art of Blogging in 2018, I’ve interacted with thousands of bloggers, content creators, marketers…

And most of them have two main goals:

  1. Build an engaged community around their content.
  2. Monetize their platforms, distribution channels, email list, etc.

Today we’re going to focus on making money blogging, and I am going to share with you a clever framework that you can use, one that I’ve been deploying for the past year or so, both here and on irevuo.

All bloggers who choose to monetize their blogs find themselves trying to answer one of these questions:

  • How can I earn the most with

[irevuo] The Bartleby Syndrome

A term coined by Enrique Vila-Matas and used in his book, Bartleby and co., inspired by one of Herman Melville’s characters, the Bartlebly Syndrome is used to describe authors who hate their works.

This so-called Bartleby Syndrome is different from the idea that there’s beauty in imperfection, the way Michelangelo would often let a small surface of his sculptures unfinished ( for instance David’s top of the head is not polished). This is not some kind of post-modern irony, or the inherent disapproval of classicism inherent in today’s artists, this is a rather nefarious aftermath of crippling self-doubt, listening to an inner voice that becomes a tyrant.

For instance, Nikolai Gogol, the famous Russian writer, was told by a priest to burn the manuscript for the second part of Dead Souls.

Another one, Kafka, told his longtime friend to burn his manuscripts. Or Rimbaud, who stopped writing after the age of twenty, or Stendhal, who threw away multiple of his manuscripts.

Why this profound hatred towards one’s own work? Why this sense of feeling inadequate about oneself and one’s work? 

[AoB] Blogs Don’t Make Money

A couple of weeks ago, as I was working on The Art of Blogpreneurship, I asked the following question on our private community:

I was a bit shocked, to say the least. But it’s a trend I’ve been noticing, especially among novice and intermediate bloggers.

Bloggers complaining that they can’t sell products, that no one wants to join their premium memberships, that no one actually clicks on their affiliate links.

But why is that?

Well, let’s try to understand the current blogging ecosystem and why it’s so difficult to earn an income blogging.

[irevuo] The Curious Case of “Do It Yourself” Indie Writers

For some reason I can’t understand, a “do it yourself” mindset is quite popular among many self-published writers.

In fact, many of them think they are also designers. I don’t know if it’s because certain cloud-based platforms are marketed as “easy-to-use” or because great design looks so simple, so effortless, that one cannot help but feel like it’s easy.

This mindset is so popular that when I decided to put together a course on designing a book for publication, my ambition was to teach writers how to do everything themselves.

[Travels and Fun Times] 4 Underwater Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List

Why not turn your next trip into an underwater adventure?

Escape to this archipelago nation, where vanilla-sand beaches glitter like amber jewels at sunset, and coconut-scented breezes cascade through palm trees and turquoise seas. But on these islands, the best-kept secrets lie under the sea.

Dive into the ocean, and you’ll find five-star spas, seafood restaurants, and other surprises. Sip champagne at clam-shaped bars, and twirl on underwater dance floors bathed in cobalt light.

But don’t go home yet. The night is just starting.

See full post here.

[AoB] How to Use Mental Models to Become a Better Blogger

The vast majority of blogging advice out there is tactical in nature. It teaches you how to start a blog, how to write articleshow to network and engage others, how to distribute your content, how to promote your blog on social media.

However, there are two things there are wrong with tactical advice:

  1. They never, ever take you from point A to point Z. Like I always say, the basics don’t work anymore. So mastering the basics won’t ever help you reach the blogging stratosphere. In today’s blogging ecosystem, the basics might not even be enough to get you your first 1,000 readers.
  2. They will take you from point A to point B, but only if conditions are ideal. And, you’ve probably guessed it, with a system as complex as blogging, conditions are almost never perfect. Algorythms change, there’s a new blog being released every minute or so, and there’s a lot of money exchanging hands. At times, it looks like chaos.

What are you supposed to do then?

You develop a set of strategies that you can deploy, so you can turn chaos into opportunity.

[AoB] The “Secret” to Writing Blockbuster Articles

Tell me if this has ever happened to you: it’s Monday morning, and you’re ready to get some writing done. In your head, you’re already publishing a blockbuster article. The only thing that’s missing is the red carpet.

But then you sit at your desk. That damn blank page reflects the image of a creatively bankrupt blogger; your fingers are stubborn, the muse is shy.

You want to write brilliant articles. But you just can’t…

What’s the secret to being consistent, anyway?

How do you punch the keys, if your mind feels empty?

The truth is, writing is half magic, half strategy.

And today we’re going to have some fun and talk about a secret that allows you to magically sit at your desk and punch those damn keys.

Most bloggers struggle because they approach writing as the act of creating something out of nothing. It’s the main reason you want to bash your head against the keyboard.

In fact, writing the damn thing should be the easiest part of content creation.

Once I realized that you can’t create something out of nothing, I could wake up at 5 AM, have a sip of coffee, and sit down to punch those damn keys until my hands hurt.

No more time wasted staring stupidly into the abyss of a blank document, no more cursing that blinking cursor thing.