Zen Habits Redesign the 7 Question Simplicity Review 135

Yesterday popular self-improvement blog Zen Habits launched its first redesign. It’s a blog I read regularly and one I know many Skelliewag.org readers also enjoy. The redesign was crafted by one of my favorite blog designers and an all-around nice guy, Collis Ta’eed. I thought this would be a good opportunity to do something I’ve been waiting to do for […]

Usability is a Conversation 174

Making your site more usable is really the art of making it easy for visitors to do what you want them to do. Whether that’s coming to grips with what your site is about, commenting, subscribing, contacting you or buying your product, usability gets results. “Usability” can seem like a pretty abstract term, though. What […]

110 Resources for Creative Minds 121

Tips, tutorials, exercises and inspiration from the fields of visual art, writing, photography, blogging, design and invention. Next time you’re stuck for ideas or inspiration I hope you’ll find something here to get your right brain firing. A tip: sometimes the best sources of inspiration often lie far outside your own creative field. 1. 7 Can’t-Miss Ways to […]

5 Hard Questions You Should Answer Before Starting a New Project 193

When it comes to new projects (for me, a new blog or a website), you could say that I’m commitment phobic. For a long time I was more interested in the ideas behind a new project than the execution, leading to a long trail of half-finished projects — and some that never made it out of my […]

How to Innovate by Solving Problems 146

Any successful blog or website must be innovative. If you’re not innovating, you’re not offering potential readers a worthwhile choice. Solve the same problems and fulfill the same needs as a bigger site in your niche and readers will consistently give their attention to your more authoritative counterpart. Innovation, on the other hand, will make […]

The Top 20 Ways to Come Up with Amazing Ideas 157

I’m a pretty prolific blogger — between regular posts at Zen Habits, and writing regularly for blogs such as Web Worker Daily, FreelanceSwitch, NorthxEast and more, and writing guest posts for other blogs (such as the excellent Skelliewag), I write a lot of posts every week. And what’s asked of me most often, besides “How can you write so much?”, […]