Using Unsplash to find an image for your articles is easy. Click, type a keyword, and pick a picture.
The problem is that many other people who are writing on similar topics are doing the exact same thing.
People have visual memories. We’re much more likely to recognize an image we’ve seen before. This is because of the picture superiority effect for long-term recall.
So what happens if you’re using the same images as everyone else? Readers may mistakenly think they’ve already read your article.
Fortunately, there are three simple ways to create a signature image style.
The first method…
Imagine this. You’re alone in your house, all the blinds are drawn, and you get ready to try something. You just saw a cool dance move on tv, and want to know if you can do it. So you give it a try. Your feet get tangled up in each other and you go sprawling on the floor.
Picking yourself up, you laugh. The answer is definitely no. You’re no dancer.
Now imagine you’re at a party. …
We’re having a heat spell here in Denver. Today’s temperature hit 100 degrees. The last thing I want during miserable weather like that is cooking something where I’ll have the oven on for an hour, or have multiple pots boiling away on the stovetop. This quick, easy meal serves a family of 4 just fine.
2 Tbsp smoked almonds
1 sweet, crisp apple (Fuji, Pink Lady, Gala, or Envy)
2 Tbsp sweet Vidalia onion dressing
4–6 ounces mixed greens (depending on your package size)
6 slices pancetta
1 loaf take-and-bake garlic bread (fresh is best, but frozen works in a…
My June 30-day challenge included a pledge to write one short-form article every day of June. I’m not even half way into the month, and I already love short-form. Here are the main benefits to writing articles of no more than 150 words (including titles).
People who were trained as journalists probably don’t need this. After all, they learned to think by the column-inch. But novelists, like me, learned to write with as much detail and elaboration as we wanted. Regular people tend to write with as many asides as they would use when telling the story in person.
Even if you have a vision for your life, it doesn’t mean you know what to do right now.
And many times, we don’t even have a real vision. We have a vague sense that we sort of want to do something kind of like this.
We’re told that we should follow our passions. But that doesn’t always lead to viable careers. For example, I’m passionate about logic puzzles and math. I even considered a career in actuarial science. But the constant emphasis on what could go wrong was a mismatch for my personality.
Career counselors recommend analyzing what you’ve…
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