Laura always starts out her link posts with â€œWant to stay in bed longer?â€ and I always wonder who this mythical creature is who lolls around, reading in bed.
In my quest to slow the eff down this week, Iâ€™m doing just that. Just lying in bed with Bailey, watching the sun stream in through my windows. [Or, I was when I started writing this this morningâ€¦]
And matching with Pumpkin Spice Lattes on Tinder, as you do.
As a side note, I use PocketÂ to save links for later, especially when I come across something good at work that I donâ€™t have time to read.
Using Google Trends to Create Popular Posts:Â My buddy Katy nailing it, per usual, on blogging advice. â€œBut every once in a while, I find myselfâ€¦uninspired. Unsure on what to write about. Overwhelmed at the possibilities.â€ Weâ€™ve all been there, right? I usually just donâ€™t write if I donâ€™t feel inspired, but I like this idea to look at Google Trends. (Katy Widrick)
ALSO: I just added some free ads for bloggers on my sponsorship page, because I like Katyâ€™s idea of doing that. Go sign up for one if you have a blog you want to promote!
Best and Worst Times to Post to Social Media:Â My boss sent this to me, and while some of it is not entirely ground-breaking (and it totally depends on your own audience), still worth a read. (Fast Company)
The Two Times Nobody Knew What to Call a Banana:Â This is the best thing I saw on the Internet this week, so thanks to Katy for making me laugh until I cried all my mascara off and then shared it in an all-company chat room, because everyone needs to see it. (BuzzFeed)
Meet the 24 Writers Selected for the Amtrak Residency Program:Â I never thought Iâ€™d ever have reason to link to Amtrak.com?! But theyâ€™re doing this really cool residency program for 24 writers who are being provided free round-trip long-distance Amtrak trips to work on writing projects. I should have appliedâ€¦ (Amtrak)
Want to Run a Marathon for Free?Â Nuun is doing an awesome promotion, and the winner will receive a free marathon entry up to $300 in value. (Nuun)
What to Do When Your Big Dreams Feel StalledÂ I love this. (Twitter does a lot of weird stuff, but one of the new things they do that I actually really like is send an email of stuff your friends have been tweeting a lot, and thatâ€™s where I found this.) Good lord, Iâ€™ve been there. Multiple times. I love her advice to turn off the negativity and pressure, and to rest. Sometimes just beating yourself down doesnâ€™t accomplish what you think it will and you need to let go for a bit. (Cotter Crunch)
Did Strava Play a Role in the Central Park Bike Death?Â (Is that one of the most sensational headlines Iâ€™ve seen in a while?) Last week, a woman tragically got hit and killed by a cyclist in Central Park. Since then, I have seen so many different opinions on this across social mediaâ€”everything from calling for bans of cars to bans of bikes to requiring cyclists to have licenses. Without a doubt, Central Park is a challenging place to bike. You have super-fast cyclists like this dude, fitness/hobby cyclists like myself, tourists and Citi Bikers who arenâ€™t really paying attention, runners, walkers, rollerbladers, dogs. Thatâ€™s a lot of different constituencies all trying to use the same land for different purposes. Iâ€™m not sure what can be done to prevent tragedies like this in the future, but I do think everyoneÂ in the park / West Side Highway / any mixed-use area like that need to be really aware of their surroundings and cognizant of which lanes theyâ€™re supposed to be in. (NY Mag)
What did you read and love this week?