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Time to Get Creative: 6 short Medium posts to help you unlock your Creativity

In the 21st century, sharing good ideas is easy.  But most of us keep our best thinking locked safely away. (c) 2016 Amberwood Media

Demands for creativity spark excitement for some, but fear in others. Where each of us lands depends greatly on our mindset.

Sadly, our creative potential is often locked behind a door of indecision.

In the following 6 Medium posts, I examine hurdles for unpacking and unlocking our creativity.  Each of them are short, 2-3 minute reads.  I explore the mindset, the process and the confounding alchemy of creativity.

Have a look, to see what resonates.

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Two Roads Diverged.  On Structure vs. Flow. 2m. 7/11/17 123 22 claps from 18 readers + 4 highlights
Minimal: The New Black. Can our creativity emerge in smaller packages? 2m. 7/18/17 225 45 claps from 30 readers + 11 highlights
Inception. When big ideas spark; 7 ideas for achieving our best. 2m. 8/7/17 176 14 claps from 9 readers + 10 highlights
The Creative’s Journey. Key forces and 5 ephinanies. 3m. 9/21/17 517 63 claps from 10 readers + 2 highlights
Morsels of Creativity. Economy & Eloquence. 3m. 10/26/17 144 90 claps from 14 readers + 10 highlights
Making Space for Inspiration. From the East, 4 dimensions of space beyond desk & blotter. 2m. 2/1/18 69 7 claps from 3 readers

My thinking has broader implications than you might think.  Benefits range beyond writing, art and photography to areas like solution design, where new ideas are at a premium.

In every setting imaginable, teams can (and I think must) learn to leverage creative skills.  Like artists, teams must patiently remove hurdles until something new emerges, staying focused until that something ultimately, painstakingly, becomes reality.

To navigate change and make lasting impacts on sustainability, there’s a new bottom line: creative skills are essential for solving complex problems.

There’s really no limit to what we might achieve if we unlock our fears and uncertainties, if we, like artists, are willing to take some chances.

I hope you’ll join my quest to unpack creative possibilities.  Reach out.  Let me know your thoughts.

Chris aka @sourcepov, Charlotte NC

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My Medium Leaderboard, June 2017

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I’ve written 28 major posts on Medium in 2017. No wonder I’m a bit winded.

My Medium stats tell me I have posted well over 200 stories, but I think every comment is a story over there, which is interesting and sometimes useful, but also a little confusing. So let’s go with my number.

I dropped Medium stats into an XLS spreadsheet to do some weighting and sorting, to produce the chart above. I learned a lot about which stats I could trust to tell me about quality content.

Turns out my top posts, and my top 5 in particular, are showing some interesting trends. If I’m writing about writing, I tend to do well, especially if I’m writing about writing on Medium.

The Medium highlights feature is proving a strong bellweather for success.

I’m posting on this over on Medium as well, with more in-depth analysis. Would love your thoughts.

Best,

Chris aka @soucepov, Charlotte, NC

 

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Big Changes at Medium: Early Feedback on Paywalls, Community, Value .. and Content Strategy

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Lots of change happening on medium.com this week. A new membership plan for active readers was released in beta, creating a paywall for the the good stuff and promising more to come.

That left much unanswered. And it sparked a wave of concerns from members. One thing’s clear, Medium could be doing better in the PR department. A good FAQ goes a long way at times like these, and I actually found one among comments to member posts (link below).

A well-kept secret? Go figure.

It’s especially ironic that it’s easier for me to summarize what I’m learning about Medium here on WordPress, where I can create content more fluidly. Medium provides a beautiful content experience. But the simplicity of their toolset becomes limiting when you want to organize, curate, or otherwise assemble information.

Perhaps that’s the good stuff yet to come? Here’s hoping.

We’ve been discussing Medium strategy on Twitter via both #mediachat and #smchat, and I’ll sum up those conversations like this:

Medium is elegant, attractive and intuitive. It could play a huge role when it comes to your content strategy. Where are you developing your public voice, the messaging and stories you want to share with the world?

The net of it:  I think Medium is worth a look, especially once we get through all the changes. Personally, I love it there, and plan to stay with it. And I’m not afraid of change, or a reasonable monthly subscription.

Worst case, we go back to clickbait and plain old internet.

Meantime, while the dust is settling (and it may take awhile), let me provide a few key links for quick access and reference.

Let’s start with the official view:

Next, insight from a few top Medium writers:

And stay tuned for my own two cents:

  • Taking Chances .. my post has been written, I will put the link here.

Stop back in. I’ll add more links if they offer new insight or perspectives. And yes, I’m a founding member, whatever that brings. If you’re on Medium, you can tell who’s “in” by looking for the little green semi-circles on Medium profile photos, like mine. You’ll learn who’s placing their bets. Or, at least, who had a spare $5 spot.

Let me know your thoughts – on here, Twitter or Medium.

One way or the other, I’ll see you online.

Chris (aka @sourcepov)