Finding contentment when your head’s in the game

It’s easy to let the idea of contentment slip into the ether when you’ve got your head down on a deadline and are struggling to make all the right things happen in the right order. That’s why it’s vital that you take time to stop, even for a moment, and see things for what they […]

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Content comes to those who see

Part of my role at World Vision is about creating content; feeding our hungry social channels with things that our audience wants to see/read/hear at regular enough intervals to keep them engaged and returning. The biggest headache for me is when our content calendar falls apart, just as it did a couple of weeks ago. […]

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When things go wrong

Don’t think of yourself as a failure, think of yourself as having experienced a failure. It’s a very small distinction, but it makes a huge difference. If we experience something, we can learn and grow and move forward. If we ARE something, it’s 10x harder to change.

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What makes content compelling?

To succeed with your content online there is one – and only one – rule to which you must stick: it must be compelling. Compelling doesn’t have to mean turn-the-page exciting. It doesn’t always mean it’s about life-changing, mind-altering subjects. Compelling simply means it must compel readers to keep going. You know (or you should […]

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Contentment isn’t middle-of-the-road

There’s a temptation to read Friday’s post as advocating middle-of-the-road living – that contentment is neither happiness nor sadness, neither positive nor negative in outlook. The opposite is true. Contentment is a relentlessly positive way to live. It’s about embracing the upsides while limiting the downsides. It’s being grateful while acknowledging that times get tough, […]

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Why happiness is a fallacy

We all love to be happy. I wrote an entire blog for more than six years about happiness. But I stopped because I realised happiness is a fallacy – it’s a nebulous, imperfect, uncontainable force that is almost impossible to replicate in any meaningful way. We can all be content – it’s a state of […]

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Why content matters

“Content is king” you may have heard. And it’s true. But why? 1. Content is a window to your brand.1 2. Content is a way of displaying your knowledge and expertise. 3. Content is search engine optimisation for your site.((Google loves rich, engaging, regular and authoritative content. Do it well, get ranked highly.)) 4. Content […]

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No selling

I want you to get value from everything you read here, to be able to come to this blog knowing you’ll get insights and information that will make your efforts at creativity, content marketing and living a contented life stronger and easier. That’s it. This is the only post on this blog where I’ll mention […]

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This blog is a poke

A couple of years ago I wrote this post on my old blog when I was unsuccessfully trying to shift gears. Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box had just come out and inspired me to try something new. The same is true of this blog, but I’ve learned one more thing from Seth since then: […]

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An introduction

I’ve blogged for a long time over at SmileThroughIt.com and some of the posts that follow were originally written to be shared over there before I realised it’s no longer the right platform for what I want to achieve. Creative Contentment is about the two things that drive me and motivate me: creativity & creating […]

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