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How To Publish Your Work Online

How To Publish Your Work Online

In this age of the internet and social media, you can hardly find someone who doesn’t own a social media account or a blog or website. The internet is by far the best way to display your work for free or for a very small investment.

If you are a photographer, writer, painter or musician, and you do not have enough funds to get your work published or distributed through the traditional channels, then online publishing is a very effective way to let the world see what you have got!

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Journalists or people who want to be journalists can also set up a YouTube channel or a blog. These are not just good ways to get recognition for your work, they can also earn you a decent amount of money.

What should I do to get my work online?

Well, it is not actually that hard. Of course, you should be able to operate a computer and should have basic knowledge about the internet. Once you have the basic skills, first, decide whether you want to have a blog or a website with your own domain name.

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You can set up a blog for free on many platforms, but if you want to have a proper website where you can post images, videos and blog posts then you need to follow these steps:

  • First of all, decide upon what kind of website you want, its name, and the space you require. Consult some web hosting companies and do your research thoroughly, because you will be stuck with whichever hosting package you decide to purchase for at least one year.
  • After selecting your hosting company, you need to purchase a domain name. You will also need to check online to make sure no one else is using that domain name. There are a lot of websites where you can just enter the name you want with the extension of .com or .net and quickly find out whether anyone else has that domain or not. Note that you cannot have a domain name which is already registered to someone else.
  • After purchasing hosting and registering a domain name, you need to choose a theme template for your website. You can either purchase it or you can download free themes, such as WordPress free themes. The free ones are obviously generic and less personalized. However, to get a personalized and unique template for your website, you need to pay a price.
  • After getting the template, upload it to your domain, and start editing it as per your requirements according to the instructions that come with it. You will need to add your banners, images, logo and content. You can do this yourself or hire someone to help you out.

When you are done with the website and it is fully functional, all you need to do is market it, or in simpler terms, make it famous.

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How can I make my website or blog famous?

Well, it is not that difficult nowadays, since there are so many social media platforms you can use. You can make a Facebook page, a Twitter account, an Instagram account, etc., and keep sharing the link to your website or blog among your friends and even publicly. You can even sponsor your website on these platforms.

You can even consult the many social media marketing experts available about how you can get footfall or traffic to your blog or site.

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In recent times, we have seen many people get famous using this medium. They have been able to raise or earn money to support their talents, art, education, or startup businesses using these methods. You can now get your work recognized in an easier and cheaper way than ever before, and that too from the comfort of your own home.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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