It can be frustrating sometimes, but it’s more than worth it.

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I’m nearing my second anniversary at Medium, and with nearly 400 articles under my belt, I sometimes wonder why I’m still here. Sure, I’ve had a few pieces go viral, and there have been some months when the money was pretty good.

But the longer I’m here, the more frustrating…

You may not be ready to go back to the office. Here are some ways to talk about that.

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Society has been through a lot of changes lately.

Most of what we’ve all had to deal with during this pandemic we could actually have done without. But it would also be unfair to say we haven’t learned a few valuable things as well.

Near the top of that list…

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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The other day I was in the car listening to the audiobook version of More Information Than You Require by John Hodgman. For those who aren’t aware, John Hodgman is a professional comedian and writer, and More Information Than You Require is pretty much a humorous compendium of false facts.

Strategies to strengthen your writing mojo.

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Should writing be a daily habit? Is it really necessary?

Short answer — yes.

Longer answer — yes, but with some explanation.

Ultimately, becoming a decent writer means exercising your skills. Compare the process to becoming more physically fit. You won’t lose flab or gain muscle by sitting in front…

Writing can be challenging, but you can make it easier on yourself.

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Despairing over a black screen or page?

I get it. We’ve all been there. You want to write, but it’s just not happening. It can be maddening.

The good news is that anyone can try these simple strategies to get past the dreaded writer’s block.

Don’t Waste Energy Over-preparing.

While some writers won’t get…

Here’s what I noticed.

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This is me.

Another person who took some time off from Medium and noticed some pretty obvious things and took away an unsurprising lesson.

But as obvious and unsurprising as all that was, they’re still essential takeaways that everyone who has invested a lot of time and energy into Medium…

And dances with my dad.

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This is a story I came across on social media recently. I don’t know who originally posted it, but this is from a PBS interview conducted in 2005 between David Brancaccio and famed author Kurt Vonnegut.

Kurt Vonnegut tells his wife he’s going out to buy an envelope:

“Oh, she…

If my duck gets it, then so will you. Let me explain.

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Sometimes, despite efforts otherwise, writing tends to be a relatively lonely profession. We often work best when not distracted by others around us — either literally or electronically — and, because of that, we can forget how to talk to people.

We forget how to explain things. Even experienced writers…

Five sanity-saving tips for home office printer maintenance.

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Are you still working from home? Or have you always been?

How’s your printer holding up?

While printers may not be used as often as they used to be now that we’ve pretty much gone all-digital, when the printer goes down when you do need it, it can really ruin…

Keep this list nearby. It will help.

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Whether you’re writing content for your blog or ghost-writing for a client’s website, you want your writing to have some value to the reader. You (or your client) want a reader to walk away with knowledge, inspiration, or more after reading your content online.

Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

John Teehan

Writer specializing in tech, business, parenting, pop culture, and gaming. Visit wordsbyjohn.net for more info and rates. Twitter: @WordsByJohn2

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