App Turns Your Words Into 3D Art

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Designers have a tendency to think visually. This is not a strength shared by “non-creatives”, which can sometimes be a greater challenge than the design itself. At times, it seems impossible for other to visualize the design in your head, even after a detail explanation or presenting it in a design pitch. Well, there is now…an app for that.

WordsEye is a unique app that allows you to “type a picture”. The app allows you to “turn your words into art, visual opinion, greetings, single-panel cartoons, and more”. It uses a combination of the same technology used for 3D rendering images and speech tagging to pull information from a database of word and linguistic knowledge called, “Semantic Representation.”

“Enabling a new form of creative expression is our primary thrust, but we see strong applications in education, mobile messaging, VR, and gaming,” –Gary Zamchicks, WordsEye’s CEO.

WordEyeThe app is available for both mobile and web and is fully supported on a powerful cloud infrastructure which means there is no need to install or download any additional software or plugins. View a demo of the app and learn more detail visit WordEye.com. Share your thoughts on use in the comments below.

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Google+ Goes Responsive: The Challenges and Solutions

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Google, with their latest redesign of Google+ featured a fully responsive design. With it came many successes, they hit their goal of never downloading over 60K of HTML, Javascript or CSS at one time. Such successes were driven by the challenges presented in the original version(s) of Google+ and required unique solutions. Going from two different version of the Google+ website (designed for old browsers) to one, couldn’t have been easy.

Google recently shared on their Google Developers showcase section their case study on making Google+ completely responsive.

The Challenges

  • Having two version of the site, meant double implementation which resulted in duplicate code
  • Developing for multiple experiences, blurred the lines between desktop and mobile
  • The added feature made the desktop version slow and heavy, with an weight of about 5MB
  • Slow and unstable networks
  • Support for legacy browsers kept developers from relying on JavaScript
  • Lack of interactive features


Google is great at setting the example for revolutionary web development, and sharing their experiences for others to benefit from. Visit the Google developers site to read the solutions Google came up with and how they managed to focus on responsive design.

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UN Study Finds App-based Hookups Causing Teen HIV Epidemic

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The latest UN Study reports that apps meant for dating have been linked to an rise in HIV spread among teens in the Asia-Pacific area. Due to the social stigmas of the area, the hookups via dating Apps has become especially popular among gay males; who can meet and date without fear of being criminalized.

“While global HIV infections are falling, the number of adolescents aged 10-19 officially living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific has grown to more than 220,000, with the unofficial number expected to be much higher.” – Unicef

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By facilitating casual sex, the dating apps have given teens a chance to meet and date individuals faster and easier than ever before. Due to the lack of sex education and STD Testing in the area the infection among app users looking for casual sex is spreading quickly. It only takes one person infected with HIV to potential spread and affect many lives.

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The UN does not state that the software is to blame. However, they do believe dating app developers could play a great role in the solution by educating its users about spreading sexually transmitted diseases and promoting responsible behaviour.

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ICYMI: Weekly Ledger 3

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In case you missed it: last week’s top web design news compiled by web designers for web designers only on WebDesignLedger.com.

This Week in Web Design

Web Design Inspiration: Pricing Tables – Web Design Ledger
Pricing tables are an essential part of most websites selling a service or subscription.
Here are a couple examples of modern designs, essential layout and animations styles.

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Design Trends To Look For In 2016
Here are a couple trends to keep in minds for a simple and worthwhile user-experience.
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Web Design Elements That Should Be Optimized To Create A Lasting Impression
Web design will either attract and capture potential buyers or send them scampering looking for alternative products and services elsewhere.

The Latest Statistics Proving the Validity of UX Design
it is difficult to imagine the benefits of UX prior to applying UX. There is no better example than the following stats. Here is a brief on the impressive findings rounded up by Jozef Toth, Senior Designer at Cameron & Wilding.

Flat Web Design: The Beginner’s Guide
Business owners and the website designer are focusing more on user-centric website designs which are digitally aesthetic.

10 Great Sites for UI Design Patterns
If you are looking for a design that solves a problem that has been solved inside a different application before; then the template for your wheel is probably already out there.

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5 Easy tips for instantly improving your writing (and why that’s important)
I’ll agree you don’t have to be amazing, but I’ll also argue that poor writing skills hurt your chances of success. (And isn’t the deck stacked against us enough some days?!)

Generate shortlisted for design conference award
We’re overjoyed to see that they’ve shortlisted our web design event, Generate Conference for their Creative Market Awards 2015.

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Looking for the Best Cyber Monday Deals for Designers?

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Whoever thought up Cyber Monday must have been tired of waiting in long for the stores to open. Now, you can shop at your leisure. You don’t have to wait in line or try to elbow your way from one place to the next. We’re making it even easier by showing you who has the best Cyber Monday Deals, and what those deals are.

Whether you’re looking for a special plugin, a prototyping tool, a WordPress theme, or a service that’s an improvement over your present one, you’ll find something here. Pour another cup of coffee and enjoy Cyber Monday!

XPRS website builder

A good place to start is to see what Cyber Monday has in store for you in the line of premium website design tools. You don’t find them offered at a discount very often, but IM Creator is offering their XPRS Site Builder Commercial plan at a cool 50% discount – only $3.98/month. That’s a bargain you seldom come across for a top-of-the-line design tool.

The XPRS package comes with a hefty selection of innovative and attractive templates, covering almost every niche you can think of, including blogs, shops, portfolios, resume sites and more. Keeping in line with an integral eCommerce theme, XPRS sites are always responsive, so you’ll be able to keep in constant touch with the mobile shopping crowd.

The XPRS web design approach is somewhat atypical, yet slowly emerging in all other website builders, in that it uses stripes with different goal and layout to each, as opposed to a drag and drop approach, and there is no need for coding. Those who use it say it’s a better way to build a website.

Dreamstime Stock Photos

Great savings are yours when you purchase a Dreamstime stock photo credit or subscription package at a 50% discount. Once you visit their website and sign up, you might be tempted to spend the rest of Cyber Monday browsing among their selections of stock photos, video footage, and vector images. You will be impressed. It will be a pleasant way to spend a little time before getting back to your shopping list.

Dreamstime’s inventory is 15 years in the making. At last count it featured over 37 million professional images. You only have to look at a few to see the care the editors have taken in selecting images of the highest quality. You might even choose Dreamstime as your single source for stock images from here on out.

Proto.io

We wanted to make sure we included something in our list for the website and app prototyping specialist. Since Proto.io has such a great reputation, and their Cyber Monday special involves a 30% discount, it was a no brainer to include it in this list of best bargains for web designers.

Proto.io is a web application, so your purchase involves signing up for an account. This prototyping tool features a nice selection of built in widget libraries, there is a player app for iOS and Android. Proto.io allows you to create high-fidelity prototypes without any need for coding, you can easily share your prototypes with others, and test them on actual mobile devices. Proto.io also supports most mobile gestures and transitions. There is in fact an awful lot for mobile designers to like. After signing up for a free trial, pick a paid plan and apply the coupon code: CYBERMONDAY2015

Visual Hierarchy Market

Let’s make a quick switch from a single product offering to a marketplace that features a range of valuable and affordable website products. Visual Hierarchy Market is celebrating Cyber Monday by giving visitors an opportunity to pick up all their premium UI Kits, icons and fonts for $8 each. Visual Hierarchy is a well-known brand in the web design world, so you’ll be forgiven if you feel like a kid in a candy store while visiting their online store. Not every item is marked down 90%, but you should do well. Don’t pass this one up.

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes is another highly-recognized brand name. This provider of many of the higher quality themes on the market is holding their biggest sale ever on Cyber Monday, and offering a 25% discount on every one of their themes. This includes Divi, their popular flagship theme. Elegant Theme’s member base is 307,000 strong, many of whom signed up after having viewed one of the live demos. Visit their website and do the same.  Divi will be an excellent choice, but take your time. An opportunity to purchase a premium WordPress theme at a 25% discount does not come along very often.

Designmodo Shop and Market

Designmoto features a number of website design tools to pick and choose from, including Qards, Slides Framework, Startup Framework, and Designmodo market products. These innovative design tools are marked down 60%, so you may want to take a little extra time to look for something you need that you can purchase at a very affordable price. Their website is packed with informative blogs and design tutorials. If you are in a hurry to do more shopping, we suggest bookmarking the website so you can browse through them at a later time.

Huge Bundle With Amazingly Cool Fonts

The Holiday Season is upon us. This is a good time to add some pizzazz to a website, or to anything that would benefit by using a cleverly handcrafted font. Visual Heirarchy’s Huge Bundle with Amazingly Cool Fonts is just the ticket, especially with a Cyber Monday $342 markdown. Their 51 handcrafted fonts in 26 font families normally cost $370, but they for can be yours for a mere $28. Stop relying on boldface, italics, or big red letters to liven up your website pages. Handcrafted fonts do a much better job, and they also add a touch of class.

XHTMLized

If a web design conversion service is on your shopping list, we suggest looking into what XHTMLized has to offer. This Australian-based firm converts website designs to HTML5/CSS3 code, and they are offering a 5% discount for Cyber Monday shoppers.

They specialize in converting Sketch, PSD, and Illustrator designs, but they are well equipped to handle most other design platforms as well. You needn’t worry about encountering any time zone issues. This serious web development studio has expert design developers placed at several locations, giving it a global outreach.

Pixeno

We’ve added one more premium website design service to our list. Pixeno provides a premium hosting service, which they offer at 27% CyberMonday discount – for life! Even if your present hosting service is doing a reasonable good job, Pixeno’s high-performance, multinational platform is still worth looking into. They are promoting it as the web hosting platform of the future which just happens to be up and running for you today. It has a 94% customer approval rating and a lifetime discount is hard to beat.

Themify 40% Off Cyber Monday Sale & iPad Giveaway

Themify offers a quality selection of WordPress themes and plugins that they are selling at a 40% Cyber Monday discount. You can apply this discount to one or more of their individual products, or apply the discount to a Club Membership. Do the math, and you may find that by signing up for a membership can result in even greater savings. Their best deal is a Lifetime Master Club membership which can be yours at a $100 discount. Visit Themify’s website and enter their Black Friday contest. You might come away winning a free iPad mini.

You should find anything and everything you’ll be shopping for by visiting one or more of these ten best web design product and service providers. The discounts offered are as good, and in most instances better, than you’ll find elsewhere. The products are top quality, as are the services offered.

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Cyber Monday Deals for Web Designers

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Visual Hierarchy

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Visual Hierarchy an online store that offers a variety of resources for designers is sharing a special deal with Web Design Ledger readers. They are offering a variety of beautifully designed resources like UI kits, icons, and fonts at the minimal price of $8 each for Black Friday & Cyber Monday!

  • Great for fast design and prototyping on websites, mobile apps and print design projects (logos, clothing, banners, posters, identity design, promotional products etc.)
  • Save money on hundreds of designs through this special offer, stock up this Black Friday and design modern websites and mobile layouts.

If you are searching for Mockups, we offer them at a reduced price ranging from 50% to 66% off mockups and UI layout kits. Hurry to get the best deals of the season, get yours before the Black Friday & Cyber Monday deal ends!

DealFuel

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DealFuel is daily deals site for web professionals. It’s an awesome place where you will find deals related to web design and development, SEO and marketing, software and tools and much more. Not only this, you will find a whole bunch of freebies which everyone is bound to fall in love with.
DealFuel is the place where you will find discounts that you won’t find anywhere. Apart from that they regularly give out coupons that gives even more discount.
For this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they are giving a special discount of 15% on all their deals.
Details
Coupon Code: DFBLACK2015
Validity: Till 6th Dec 2015
Link: http://dealfuel.com
If you want special discounts, subscribe to their newsletter.

Photowhoa

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PhotoWhoa has curated products to improve your photography. It has got something for every genre of photographer. You will find actions from PhotoShop actions from Seasalt, tutorials from Trey Ratcliff, Dan Hostettler, Nick Saglimbeni, ebooks from Andrew Gibson, Andy Lim and much more. From Fashion, Portraits, Street and Landscape, this site has it all. Grab some awesome deals at Photowhoa.com.
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Offer
15% Discount offer on all Deals
Coupon Code PWBACK2015
Offer valid from 23 November 2015 to 7th December 2015
Link: https://photowhoa.com/deals/

Cyberchimps

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With over 5 million downloads and 11 million websites launched using a CyberChimps theme, CyberChimps is aptly referred to as one of the pioneers in Responsive WordPress Themes. Its most popular plan is CyberChimps Club, a $97 membership that gives you access to all its 24 current themes and new themes as well. At least 2 New Themes are released every month – so you get real value for your money.
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Offer
30% Discount offer on all Themes & CyberChimps Club
Coupon Code – BFWDL30
Offer Valid from 23 November 2015 To 7th December, 2015
Link – http://cyberchimps.com/pricing/

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Why Building An Audience Is So Hard (And Why I’m Still Trying)

It’s easy to feel like you can grow a loyal audience in no time using the latest growth hacks or Twitter and Facebook tricks. But the truth is, it’s not that simple.

Growing an audience is hard.

You have to have talent.

You have to put in a lot of work.

And there’s no 1–2–3 solution.

In this post, I’m happy to share some of our experiences from building an audience at Buffer alongside six key ingredients to successfully building an audience.

Let’s get started!

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Why it’s difficult to build an audience (and why there’s no shortcut)

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

It is no secret that we live in an age of information overload. Yet many of us are in search of a larger audience. More readers on our blog. A bigger following across social media. A group of people who read, engage with and amplify everything we share.

The problem is, we live in an attention economy. Everyone is vying for consumer attention, and there’s only so much to go around.

Attention is limited

We all have 24 hours in a day. There’s nothing we can do to change that.

Each day on Facebook alone we are potentially exposed to 1,500 pieces of content. When you add in Tweets, Snapchats, Instagram posts and all the other content we’re exposed to daily, it’s easy to see why it can be so hard to break through as a content creator.

The below graphic from Moz shows how content fatigue could start happening very soon:

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It takes a lot of swings

Each day we have a tiny window to grab people’s attention and make an impact with our content. And many of us are in search of that one, elusive thing that’ll get us rolling on the path to success. But that’s not how it works.

Think of yourself as a Major League Baseball player, for every home run, for every cheer from the crowd, there are thousands of practice swings and plenty of strikeouts. Content is no different. You need to step up to the plate and bring your best every day if you want to be a success.

There’s no shortcut to building an audience. It’s a long, winding road. And it takes a number of elements to succeed. Below I’d love to share some of the key ingredients to building at audience.

The 6 essential ingredients needed to build an audience successfully

1. Look for what’s next

The World is moving fast, and opportunities are arising everywhere. New platforms and new trends breed new opportunity. And for early adopters a unique chance to build an audience as Gary Vaynerchuk explains on Medium:

If you play close attention to the people who popped on Vine, or the people who popped in the early days of Snapchat, or Instagram, they all happened to be the Christopher Columbus of their platforms. They were early. So as those platforms took off, they developed disproportionate amounts of followers as new users joined and found them.

First mover advantage

A study from Harvard Business Review found that companies identified as believing strongly in the benefits of adopting new technologies receive a “first-mover advantage” — and are more likely to lead in both revenue growth and market position than their peers.

The same theory applies to new social platforms too. As an early adopter, you can gain first mover advantage and, as Gary Vaynerchuk said, you have the chance to become “the Christopher Columbus” of that platform.

By focusing on what’s next and experimenting with new platforms and technologies, you have an opportunity to jump ahead of the competition and build an audience before the platform is too crowded.

Hone your skills

Shaun McBride, better known as Shonduras online, is one of Snapchat’s first homegrown celebrities, and brands are spending upwards of $30,000 for advertising deals with him and other Snapchat stars.

Before Snapchat, Shonduras honed his skills as an artist. Snapchat merely provided a platform for him to share his skills with the world.

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The biggest opportunities ahead probably aren’t on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube but on platforms we don’t even know about yet. That doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing for these opportunities, though:

  • If you want to be an influential writer, practice writing: on your blog, on Medium, on Twitter, or anywhere you can scribble down a few words.
  • If you love to create video, experiment with Vine, YouTube, Snapchat, and Beme.

Whatever your skill set, find new ways to be creative. Hone your talents. And then when the next big platform launches, jump on it and set the trends there.

2. Have a voice

Everything has been said before, but it’s never been said by you. Your point of view is what makes you interesting. — Jory MacKay

For periods in my writing life, I’ve relied on content that is ‘good enough’, content that gets a point across. That ticks a box. But doesn’t reflect me or my personal beliefs.

On reflection, this doesn’t feel the way to break through and build an audience. Great content should make you feel vulnerable and a little discomfort upon publishing.

As Jory MacKay points out over at Crew, when you approach a new subject, ask yourself ‘how can I cover this in a way that only I can?’  Your voice is what will make you stand out from the crowd.

Saying the same things as everyone else, in the same style will only add to the noise. And you’ll get lost in the endless sea of content published every day.

The below graphic from Sean McCabe illustrates how to find your unique voice perfectly:

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3. Do things differently

At Buffer, we’re super lucky to be well-known for our content. But our rise wasn’t an overnight success — and certainly didn’t come easy.

It took some trial and error. And a few years back we found a recipe that started to pay off.

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From day 1, we have invested in content marketing at Buffer. Leo kicked things off on the blog back in 2011 and since then we’ve been through quite a few evolutions and tried many different tactics to build our audience.

Here’s a quick at the development of our content over time:

  1. Twitter tips: January 2011 – October 2011
  2. Pivot to social media tips: November 2011 – June 2012 
  3. Pivot to lifehacks, writing, customer happiness and business: June 2012 — March 2014
  4. Pivot to social media marketing and content tips: March 2014 to now

And a fun gif showing how the blog design has changed:

If you check back through our first posts, they contain great content but they weren’t distinguishable from other social media blogs out there.

At this stage – when we weren’t getting hundreds of thousands or millions of views per month – we could’ve decided to focus elsewhere. Instead, we tried to do things differently and create our Buffer style of content.

We pivoted from Twitter tips to broader social media tips. And in June 2012 we pivoted again. We began focusing on in-depth, well-researched posts that broke down potentially complex subjects into clear, understandable and highly shareable content. Things started to take off after this pivot.

Here’s an early example of one of these posts:

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After some success with this style of post, the biggest jump in traffic came when Belle Beth Cooper joined the Buffer team, and we doubled down on producing unique content.

If it wasn’t for our early experiments, we may never have discovered the potential of this type of content and may never have unlocked all of the traffic (and conversions!) we see today.

You need to keep evolving

Leo and Belle were so great at discovering the potential of in-depth content. Another shift for us occurred a year or so ago when we came to focus social media marketing and content tips – paying particular attention to the visuals and images within our articles.

More recently, Kevan shared that our social referral traffic has nearly halved over the past year. This post sparked a ton of discussion about our content both internally and externally.

The below Tweets from Rand Fishkin especially resonated with our team:

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This debate gave us a chance to reflect and re-evaluate our content. It also inspired Leo to share our marketing manifesto. Since then, we’ve re-focused and started experimenting again. As Kevan explains: our blog is our greatest marketing asset. And we just keep changing it.

Only time will tell if our new experiments will pay off. However, one thing is for sure – the hard work from the past years will go to waste if we don’t continue to push ourselves and figure out how to continually keep evolving our content.

4. Hard work

I’ve learned from experience that if you work harder at it, and apply more energy and time to it, and more consistency, you get a better result. It comes from the work. — Louis C.K.

Success comes from the work that no-one sees.

If you want to build an audience you need to put in a lot of hard work.

Let’s take Seth Godin for example.

Before he was a best-selling author and marketing thought leader he was Seth Godin, just another blogger.

Godin’s blog has posts going back to 2002. But, as Ailian Gan points out on her blog, it’s around 2006 where Seth Godin hits his stride and starts to sound like the Seth of today. That’s four years of finding his voice and honing his skills.

Another example is Nils Wagner, the man behind Hoopmixtape. Hoopmixtape’s website and YouTube channel receive millions and millions of views each month.

What’s not clear is the work that goes on to ensure it stays that way. Sam Laird explains over at The Classical:

To stay on top, Wagner travels tens of thousands of miles yearly to gather footage of elite prospects, sometimes driving thirty hours straight and living out of his car for weeks at a stretch.

Building an audience is hard work. And you’ll need to put in the hours if you want to succeed.

5. Focus on quality

In our Buffer marketing manifesto Leo explains:

Sometimes we think that just putting out a consistent number of things will just create some outliers that’ll help us win. Heck, I even believed this for a long time and advised people to just focus on quantity. I don’t think that’s true anymore. Yes, we need to output things at high quantity, but we need to treat every single piece of output as the one that’ll be a breakout hit.

Going back to the baseball analogy from earlier on, every time a batsman faces a pitch, they’ll see it as a home run. Everything they have will go into the next swing. And to build an audience you need to feel that same way about every piece of content you share.

You need to feel that everything you put out is excellent. Every post, every video, every image has the chance to be a hit. Without this feeling, you’re not going to break through the noise.

Quality shouldn’t be confused with perfectionism. Perfect sits in your drafts for too long. Perfect causes delays. Quality is published consistently, without lingering.

On quality vs. perfection, James Clear explains an excerpt from Art & Fear on his blog:

The ceramics teacher announced that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality.

His procedure was simple: on the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work of the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B”, and so on. Those being graded on “quality”, however, needed to produce only one pot — albeit a perfect one — to get an “A”.

Well, grading time came and a curious fact emerged: the works of highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity!

It seems that while the “quantity” group was busily churning out piles of work — and learning from their mistakes — the “quality” group had sat around theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.

Quality work gives you the best chance to learn

6. Be consistent

It takes patience to build an audience, and it takes courage to keep putting yourself out there time and again.

Consistency is key, and it doesn’t come easy as Sean McCabe explains:

I think people believe that those who show up consistently have some sort of magic power or inherent ability. “It must come easy for him,” they say. “For others like me, it’s hard.”

Here’s the reality: it’s not easy for anyone — even the people that make it look easy. In fact, if someone is making it look easy, they’re probably working all the harder.

When Unbounce launched, consistency played a big role in the growth of their audience as Co-founder, Oli Gardner, penned 300 guest blog posts over a six month period.

Consistent guest posting was also critical to our early growth here at Buffer. Within Buffer’s first nine months, Leo wrote around 150 guest posts, which were vital in helping us acquire our first 100,000 sign ups.

Leo explained the importance of consistency over at Search Engine Watch: “Of course the early ones barely drove any traffic and only very gradually did things improve, I think that’s very important to understand. It will take a while until you can find the right frequency of posting.”

Another great example of the power of consistency is Youtuber, Casey Neistat.

When Neistat started daily vlogging he had around 520,000 subscribers on his YouTube Channel. Now he has over 1,500,000 subscribers.

You can see the impact his consistent, daily posts had on his subscriber growth from March — July 2015 below:

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One of the best ways to achieve consistency is to set a schedule for yourself and stick to it. Most of us only create content when we’re hit by a moment of inspiration. But if you’re looking to build an audience, you need to be putting yourself out there regularly. 

I’ve always struggled with this one myself. But now, knowing I have to create content on a regular basis, means I can’t skip writing. Instead of sitting down and wondering which days I’ll write, I now have a schedule in place.

Over to you

Building an audience is something I’m continuously working on both personally and at Buffer. The rewards make it feel worthwhile – seeing people share your content and enjoy your work is priceless.

In a way, this post serves as a public reminder to myself that I need to be dedicated and focused every day if I want to succeed and continue to build an audience.

To summarize, here are six action points to keep in mind when it comes to building an audience:

  • Hone your skills and keep an eye on what’s next
  • Find your voice and create content in a way that only you can
  • Discover what makes you different
  • Work hard
  • Strive for quality and avoid seeking perfection
  • Be consistent and put yourself out there every day

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this too. What are your feelings about growing an audience? What have you tried? What’s worked?

Drop a note below in the comments and I’ll be excited to join the conversation.

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Teacher ordered to pay £25,000 in ‘groundbreaking’ UK sexting case

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An unprecedented compensation payment of £25,000 ($37,545) has been awarded to a girl who was encouraged to send sexually-explicit text messages to a teacher at her school. As well as receiving a three-year criminal sentence for manipulating the girl into sending sexual images, William Whillock, vice-principal of The New School for children with special needs, is the first person in the UK to be made to pay civil damages. Speaking to the BBC, lawyer at Bolt Burdon Kemp, David McClenaghan, said: “This is groundbreaking law… This case establishes that anybody who is manipulated into sending or receiving sexually-explicit text messages or images – we call it…

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Kids’ Card Game Inspires Creative Problem Solving

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Khandu is a card game that aims to challenge kids to get them thinking and solve problems creatively. The card game was created by Seven Thinkers, a digital service agency based in Madrid, Spain. It is designed to help kids develop the same creative skills as adult designers by simulating the pitching process that designers are involved in every day.

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The game also promotes development by igniting creativity, promoting out-of-the-box thinking and creative problem solving. The card game is made of a variation of 15 kid-friendly challenges and different levels of difficulty.

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As of November, the Kickstarter project is fully backed by 308 participants raising over €24K.

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Popmotion, Javascript Motion Engine for Animated UI

Popmotion

We seen an up-and-coming trend in design that will definitely bleed into 2016 for animation incorporated into UI. With the opposite trend of static websites emerging as well, some would argue otherwise. However, with the development of CSS3 and JavaScript, we see more and more developers embracing interactive animation in their programming. The development of clever little Javascript engines like Popmotion, make it even easier for developers to create and innovative user interfaced using animation.

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The motion engine has become popular on Github, boasting abilities like animation, physics and input tracking; along with many more, like to following listed on the site:

  • Input smoothing: Optionally smooth noisy data sources.
  • Easy distribution: Available on npm, Bower, Meteor, or as a simple file-include.
  • Low level: A single processing loop, open for low-level use.
  • Watch: Values can watch other values and do as they do, faster than recalculating.
  • Complex number support: Colors, path definitions, matrix transforms and more.

Popmotion comparison
If you are looking to get started with animation, check out their handy introduction to animation.

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