Sustained Creativity Energy in a Can

I would like to find an energy drink that I can chug whenever routine life drains my creativity. Spending just a few days away from Too Shy to Stop can throw me completely off course, and I usually need a full day or two to find my way back. Today, I had some free time…
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September 1, 2009 0

Love Doesn’t Always Pay the Bills

On Monday, I spent some time exploring the idea of “lifecasting” and the ways that the young women who run NonSociety take advantage of it as a medium. Today, NonSociety contributor Meghan wrote a post about making money as a blogger. Meghan wrote: “I’ve had it up to my ears trying to get some form…
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August 27, 2009 0

Translating Personal to Universal Language

As an online media outlet, Too Shy to Stop competes with blogs and online newspapers/magazines. We don’t really fit into a genre, and we’re kind of tough to define. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, but we do want to offer a unique product with content that readers can’t find anywhere else. Personal essays…
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August 25, 2009 1

If I Can Make It There…

A few days ago, Bill Wasik, op-ed contributor to The New York Times, wrote a thought-provoking piece about the Internet’s role in creative pursuit and ambition. Today, when living in New York City is basically a financial joke, many ambitious young artists and writers are finding new ways to market and promote themselves. Who better…
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August 4, 2009 2

The Worst of “Best of…” Magazine Issues

This evening, I flipped through the latest issue of NJ Monthly, which features what critics believe to be the best 25 restaurants in New Jersey. Since I grew up in New Jersey, I am very familiar with most of the restaurants in northern Jersey, and I disagreed with many of the choices for top restaurants…
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July 28, 2009 0

Storytelling and Serious News Stories

Take a moment to consider the Harry Potter series.  Before Harry Potter, young people rarely became excited about books.  Can you remember the last time one book made such an impact on an international level? (Pictured at left: Media is cool again, by Noël Zia Lee) Everyone, young and old, had to read Harry Potter,…
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July 20, 2009 0

Appreciating Creative Professionals in Your Neighborhood

I spend almost as much time seeking new clients as I do working with them.  Any small business owner or consultant will tell you that finding the next client, customer, or project involves effort and time. I frequently search Craigslist for business owners seeking writing and/or marketing services, and I respond to them in a…
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July 14, 2009 4

Q&A with Alyssa Royse of Just Cause Magazine

Alyssa Royse, President and Editor-in-Chief of Just Cause, a magazine available online and in print on-demand, contacted me because she noticed a reporter query from Too Shy to Stop writer Eui-jo on Help a Reporter Out (HARO). Alyssa was intrigued by our model, and I was intrigued by her magazine, especially since I have immersed…
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June 19, 2009 0

Custom v. Modified WordPress Themes

I recently came across a post on ProBlogger about designing a custom WordPress theme for your blog. If you don’t already know how much I admire and appreciate WordPress as a blogging tool and content management system, then let me tell you now. I love WordPress! In September, when I was in the process of…
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May 20, 2009 3