I had the pleasure of once again publishing a piece for the Read & Trust Newsletter this morning – of which you might be interested in signing up for – which triggered my thinking that it’s probably OK if I actually share some of my previous work I’ve submitted for it. Maybe the statute of limitations has run out on one or two of them and you can get a taste of what you just might be missing out on. Hope it doesn’t get me a seat on the bench.
Here is a piece I did late last Spring on the topic Quality vs Quantity. Instead of doing a straight written piece on the subject, I chose to go a different route and describe my thoughts on quality vs quantity in sketch form. As you can tell, I work with a mouse and a keyboard for a living, not a pencil and paper. I also followed Shawn Blanc by a week on the same subject and by my rough calculations, he was most definitely the winner.
If you’re on the fence about subscribing, I’d encourage you to give it a go. I’m definitely the weakest link in the chain.
Excerpt from Quality vs Quantity
The Movie Test
Nothing says, “I’m ready to settle in for a viewing of The Devil Wears Prada or 29 Dresses,” like a bag of popcorn. My arteries know that quality should win out here but if you think I’m settling for some weak, butter-free, half-bag of kernals, you are sorely mistaken. I’ll take the jumbo-mega-super-large bag with extra butter. It’s the only one that comes with free refills.
I’ve mentioned the Read & Trust Newsletter before but hopefully a little reminder doesn’t hurt since my first contribution hit email inboxes this morning.
My thoughts are on Creativity, and while I struggled to pull them all together, I feel like they turned into a least a coherent stream that makes a bit of sense. If nothing else, it’s 1600 words that can help you pass the time while using the facilities.
Once again, if you’re a fan of high-quality, long-form reading, I encourage you to sign up for our weekly articles. Five bucks a month gets you exclusive material from some great writers – present company excluded – and actually provides you a way to give a little back to those you enjoy reading work from. Win-Win-Win.
I’m a bit late in bringing this to the party, but if you haven’t already signed up for the Read & Trust Premium Newsletter you’ve missed the inaugural issue. Mr. Patrick Rhone definitely kicked things off with a good pace.
For just $5/month, you’ll get an exclusive, high-quality piece delivered to your inbox every Tuesday morning. Each R&T member will take a turn or two so expect to lower your standards slightly as my week rolls around. Sadly, even as a member, I don’t even get to see the pieces early so we’ll all be waiting patiently together for new articles.
Shawn Blanc quits his day job
In somewhat related news, fellow R&T member, Shawn Blanc, is now into his fifth day of working completely for himself leaving behind a steady paycheck to work full-time writing and delivering content from his personal site. Needless to say, I’m slightly envious.
To support his endeavor, one of the things Shawn has done is create a membership section to his site to deliver exclusive content as well. Daily musings and other fun to surely ensue.
For $3/month you too can partake in the shenanigans and help Shawn as he embarks on this new freelance adventure. I’ve signed up and have been impressed with his content so far but I’m still waiting patiently by the mailbox for my Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring.
Not sure if you ever get all the way down to the footer on this site but if you do, you might have noticed a new little logo. Filtering through the noise for good reads can often be a challenge, so when Aaron Mahnke approached me with his idea for a new site to aid in the process, I jumped at it.
Launching just this week, Read & Trust has a goal of “gathering the best independent writers available” and ultimately creating a curated recommendation system to allow you to find quality content across a myriad of topics. I am absolutely humbled to be a part of the initial launch and can highly recommend any and all of the writers I have been afforded the opportunity to be grouped with.
I love the fact that such a variety of content can be consumed from one location and the fact that I know all of it will be of the highest quality. In contrast, I’m scared of the fact that now I’ve got to raise my own game just to be considered in the same ballpark as the rest of these guys. Speaking of, the current list is pretty Y-chromosome heavy, if there’s a quality recommendation out there for female writers I’d be interested in checking out their work. Send me a note or let me know on Twitter.
I recommend you take a bit of time to run through each one to figure out what they offer. If you’re game, they’ve even created a way to subscribe to all of them at once.