If passwords need to be this complex they have gone beyond any point of usefulness to human beings. Can anyone remember something like this? Just writing it out would be a chore. This would be a password I cut and paste into a text file and leave on my computer desktop so I could find it easily and cut and paste it in whenever I need to login. Is it still useful as a password if I have it right there, easily found? Isn't that just a digital version of keeping the key under the doormat? By the time I actually did set up a new password for the WordPress site (I didn't use this one) I had forgotten the reason I was logging in. So, after all that botheration, I didn't need it anyway.
I make grocery lists. I write them long hand, sometimes I even use cursive writing. I like still having something to write. A time when I don't type away at the keyboard. I miss writing long hand. But, I get writer's cramp far sooner than I ever did before word processing evolved. I write other lists too. Often I think they are silly and useless lists of ideas. Most of the time I don't look at them again. I don't really need to because I have so many ongoing lists of ideas I am never short of a fresh list. Even if I don't use my lists in a productive way, they are fun to write. They do lead to new ideas and connections. So, even if you make dozens of lists, the brainstorming process is still worthwhile.
Start in one place, one idea and see where you end up.From CopyBlogger, November Content Excellence Challenge prompt:
This is her suggestion on how to very quickly brainstorm dozens of ideas about topics you’re genuinely passionate about. I’ll use her words to describe the process, which I’ll bet you can knock out this afternoon: “… list out 10–20 ideas or topics you vehemently disagree with in your market. Then, list out 5–10 aspects or features of your product or service that you’re incredibly passionate about. Finally, list out 5–10 misconceptions your potential customers make and how your offer turns them around. “You now have a huge list of things you can speak or write enthusiastically about. Try creating emails, blog posts, podcast episodes, or videos from this list. Try speaking to local groups about something on the list. Try bringing up list items in your next sales call.” – Tara Gentile, Creative Live
I have memories of pure dread for the coming day. Something I didn't do perfectly, something I put off, or something I did pretty badly and now... tomorrow would come, as tomorrow tends to do, and I would have to face everything. It is a hideous feeling as a child. It doesn't get a lot better as an adult but, we can at least plan ahead better than our younger selves. At the very least, we have different options. I learned to plan in order to avoid the looming dread of facing tomorrow. I'm not perfect at planning. I still procrastinate too. But, I keep working on it. CopyBlogger is posting about planning for your future self. Making small changes to your habits now to avoid future problems.
How will things be for your Future Self? When you’ve posted on your blog regularly for months? When your savings account is nice and healthy? When your regular workout habit has you feeling fit and strong? When you’ve launched your side hustle? When your novel is finished? And of course, if you don’t get those habits in place — how disappointed, stressed, anxious, uncomfortable, or cranky will you be?
Copyblogger wrote this about keywords mainly. You may find some new ideas to add to your keywords list but, better yet, watch for topics you haven't written about yet, or new topics coming up. Search social media for your keywords. Find others who talk and/ or write about your topic and keep track of them. Give credit to the source for the information and ideas you find. Let them know what you liked about their post and tell them how you were inspired to do more with it yourself. This is a great way to make contact and use social media to meet people you may not have approached usually. Don't stick to just people who are authorities in your same topic. Branch out, find connections and bring old information into new uses. From CopyBlogger:
Write down, word for word, what people are saying about your topic. You might find a phrase, a sentence, or a full paragraph … you never know what’s going to show up on a given day. You’re looking for:
The CopyBlogger prompt for September is to write a manifesto. I feel I've done that, more than a few times over. Writing a manifesto can be draining. As great as they are, you might limit them to not more than one epic manifesto a week.
This month — why not try a manifesto? I define this as an impassioned rant about what matters the most to you, and why. A great place to start is: What makes you genuinely angry? What do you wish people would quit doing? What do you wish people would start doing? What frustrates you? What scares you? What breaks your heart?