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How to ask for help (and get the best results)

I’ve experienced it more than a few times: you ask for help, and you don’t get helpful answers. One example: I once asked in a facebook group whether they’d classify urban fantasy as a romance or a fantasy genre and a lot of people responded

Get over yourself! (Or, the hurdle of of self-promotion.)

Just before I ran a Special Offer on my Patreon, I decided to gauge how many people knew about my Netherrealms project. After a couple of days, the results were in: 75% of Twitter followers (that responded) didn’t know what Netherrealms was or that it

The perks of “just starting”

Anxiety is a crippling state to be in. You ask yourself questions: what should I start with? What is the most efficient? Will people like it? What if I have to redo things? I was inspired to write this by Chanda, who wrote two tweets to

Why I left Instagram

In December 2020, I came across an article by Rainylune that made me decide to quit Instagram. To be fair, I’d been thinking about it for a while, because I wasn’t getting much from the platform compared to the time I had to put in. 

How not working can make you more productive

How many breaks have you taken today? We hear it all the time: taking breaks is important. For some hard-working individuals though, this seems very counter-intuitive. How can not working give you more results? Since increased stress and trouble to “switch off” has been a

Appearances Matter. Boast a little!

George Clooney applauded my speech, while sitting 10 meters away from me, front row in a famous theater in Amsterdam. I announced on that stage that Unicef would receive an extra 1,9 million euros funding for a project they were working on. I have worked

My Social Media Diet – Part 4

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 3

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 2

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

My Social Media Diet – Part 1

I was recently a guest on the Art Condition podcast. In that episode, we briefly talked about taking time off from social media and what it brought me. Because people seemed interested and I had more to say on the topic, I started writing with

Survivorship Bias and why we need to be aware of it

There’s this image going around on the web for a couple years now at least, that illustrates the concept of survivorship bias: The story that accompanies this illustration is that of statistician Abraham Wald, who discovered a case of survivorship bias during World War II. Researchers

What social media platform should you be on?

Back in spring this was a big question for me. Instagram engagement had dropped by two-thirds for me with the start of the Covid pandemic and I still felt a little uneasy with Twitter. On Facebook I wasn’t getting nearly as much engagement on posts

What I learned at Trojan Horse was a Unicorn 2019

I'm back from THU! In short: it was another valuable experience. The official theme this year at THU was looking at the world through the eyes of a child. This seemed to translate into a common theme for a lot of people: pursuing the expression of your

How other fields inform my work

In marketing, we love ourselves a specialist. A product or service that is easily classified, consistent and equal. It has its perks: we know what to expect and can make quicker decisions. But as employees or entrepreneurs, we can benefit from being more well-rounded, even

Dell Canvas review: a year later

Exactly a year ago I published an extensive Dell Canvas review. I had been using the Canvas for about a month at that point. I wanted to do a little follow-up since I've been using the Dell Canvas for over a year now. My experience in the

Takeaways for Inktober: what I learned from completing Mermay.

A monthly drawing challenge is certainly a learning experience. As anyone who’s participated can attest, doing the full 31 days together with all your other daily obligations is a feat. Last May, I completed a full prompt list (so 31 pieces in a month) for

Dell Canvas review: A suitable Wacom Cintiq competitor?

I don’t exactly remember how I found out about the Dell Canvas. That seems to be its main issue right now: no one who might really benefit from this device seems to know about its existence. Not even Dell support (but I’ll get back to

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