I streamlined my journaling habit by using an Iphone app to record my daily thoughts and upload them to the cloud

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Whether you’re keeping a journal or writing as a meditation, it’s the same thing. What’s important is you’re having a relationship with your mind. — Nathalie Goldberg

Back in my twenties, before cell phones, I read voraciously books and magazines, used an address book to store telephone numbers, and occasionally wrote letters to friends using pen and paper. I also kept a diary. I wrote in college-ruled notebooks that I continuously misplaced. The journal was a place where I jotted down dream remnants, documented failed romantic relationships, and discussed my general anxiety about what to do with the rest of my life.

The journal writing lasted…


Golf outings, Russians, the Mexico wall, and COVID cures: A statistical review of the Trump presidency

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Number of people who died from Covid-19 in the United States (as of November 2020) :


Tutorial to create short mock-up videos of your products to boost traffic to your listings on Shopify, Etsy, or any Print-on-Demand platform

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This article is for people who sell print on demand (POD) products through their own site, Merch by Amazon, Etsy, or any other print on demand platforms like Redbubble, Teepublic, or Society Six. Whether you use a POD platform that comes with its own audience (like Merch by Amazon) or have your own website, you can significantly boost your organic traffic by creating video mock-ups, posting them on YouTube and Pinterest, and including a link to your listings.

According to a Pinterest study, 67% of Pinterest ‘pinners’ say videos inspire them to take action, and video pins are a great…


A step-by-step process to hire an illustrator or graphic designer on Upwork that does not suck or break the bank

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👉 This article is for anyone looking to hire an illustrator or graphic designer for a book cover, a children’s book, a marketing campaign or for your tshirt business. Although I use Upwork to hire designers for my print-on-demand (POD) business, you can use the same process for any job that requires an illustration or graphic design.

Who am I?

I’ve been selling POD designs on Etsy, Merch by Amazon, Redbubble and other POD platforms for several years. It’s still a side hustle…


A Review of Michael Essek’s Ideas Workshop to systematically use conceptual and visual frameworks to produce good ideas quickly

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This article is a preview of Manchester-based designer Michael Essek’s new course, The Ideas Workshop, which just launched today (October 15, 2020).

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this review nor is the link at the bottom an affiliate link. Also, I have NOT taken the course yet and my opinion is based solely on the course prospectus, Essek’s Youtube presentation of the course and my thoughts on Essek’s newsletter and book.

I’ve been selling tshirts and other Print-on-Demand (POD) products on Amazon, Etsy and other POD platforms for several years and have created a sustainable and relatively…


Proven Strategies to Get into Merch by Amazon in 2020

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Looking to join the thousands of people who have created a steady passive income on Merch by Amazon (MBA) and you need some pointers to ace the application?

This article will give you specific tips on how to improve your chances of getting accepted into the MBA program. These strategies summarize the advice of top tier sellers on MBA and include my own special sauce which I believe will get you through the door.

In the fall of 2020, I coached a friend through this process: Three weeks later, he…

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