Create If Writing: Authentic platform building minus the smarm

Kirstin Oliphant Create If Writing podcast and blog

Non-smarmy platform building for writers and bloggers

Do you enjoy the creative stuff like writing or blogging but hate hearing about promotion and “building a platform”?

Kirstin Oliphant of the Create If Writing blog and podcast hears you loud and clear.

Her goal, as she states on her website is to “help writers, bloggers, and creatives like YOU turn readers into raving fans and learn to make a living doing what you love…without being smarmy.”

I met Kirstin at Podcast Movement this year. She was sitting off by herself working at her computer when I caught up with her.

I seem to have a good sense about people and I can usually spot the thought leaders and achievers.

It turns out, she was presenting at the event this year.

After I got home, I checked out her podcast and website. I found a wealth of information for people who want to make a living doing what they love without having to sell out to the man.

Does that describe you? I’ll bet it describes many of us.

You really need to check out the Create If Writing website. She’s got some great resources to help you build your email list, grow your blog, write and publish your book, and – writer nerd alert – she loves the Oxford comma.

Even if you don’t see yourself as the creative type, you owe it to yourself to go to her website –, sign up for her emails, and start learning how to build that platform… without being smarmy.


Do you have your own platform? Tell me about it.

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The Polaroid Project: Inspiration strikes!

Polaroid Project

Shake it like The Polaroid Project

One of the best ways to shake the cobwebs out of your head and recharge your creative batteries is to get out of the house and have a little adventure.

A special shout-out to my buddy Brian Sullivan of the Big Design Conference who alerted me about an exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.

I met up with Brian to check out the exhibit – The Polaroid Project.

Now, you might be thinking, “Polaroid? That’s not even around anymore.”

Technically, that’s true. The original company was sold last May. But that doesn’t mean Polaroid is dead.

Quite the opposite, in fact.

The Polaroid Project features the work of several contemporary artists – many who have created inspiring works with this “obsolete” technology. Those artists include David Hockney, David Mapplethorpe, and Andy Warhol.

For me, personally, the exhibit was eye-opening.

I really enjoy photography and love going out and shooting with my digital camera. But, this exhibit really changed things.

There is something about many of the low-resolution Polaroid photos I saw that really pulled me in and changed the way I see photography. There is a simple, elegant beauty in these photos.

I’ve usually focused on expensive tools, such as the camera, lenses, and lighting.  Yet many of my favorite pictures at the exhibit were taken with an inexpensive camera and no additional tools.

This really made me stop and rethink my approach to photography. It might be fun to get a hold of an inexpensive instant camera and see what I can do within its limitations.

Maybe there’s a lesson here for all of us. Is it time for you to try something new?

It’s not too late

The exhibit has closed, but you can still check out the project in a fantastic book: The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology.

The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology (affiliate link)


What do you like to do to shake out the creative cobwebs?

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The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project digs deep

Rock N Roll Archaeology

This is an excavation and exploration of Rock N Roll

Where did Rock N Roll music come from? How does Rock N Roll affect the larger society and vice versa? These aren’t easy questions to answer, but that’s what the Rock N Roll Archaeology Project is all about.

The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project is a true passion project with an emphasis on “passion”.

The founder of the project is Christian L Swain: a true Rock N Roller – no question – end of discussion – period.

I met Christian at Podcast Movement and he was easily the most intense human being in attendance. He’s also one of the nicest.

Christian started this project because:

“I burn with a desire to share music. Not as a performer…, but as a fan who wants to share the passion, the power, the art. Find where it fits, feel it and search out the history; describe how it shaped me as a person, how it shapes the world I know.”

Inspired by podcasters, such as Dan Carlin and Robin Pierson, Christian started not one, but SEVEN podcasts for this project.

  • Rock N Roll Archaeology
  • Rock N Roll Librarian (books)
  • Reel Rock (movies)
  • Vinyl Snob
  • Rock Talk
  • Long Strange Podcast (Grateful Dead documentary)

These podcasts are really well produced, entertaining, and must-listens for any true Rock N Roll fan – which definitely includes me.

Christian says that Rock N Roll turned his world from black and white to color. If you’re a Rock N Roll fanatic like me, you know exactly what he’s talking about.

If you love Rock N Roll – I mean really love Rock N Roll – you have to listen to The Rock N Roll Archaeology Project podcasts.


Have you ever had a life experience that turned your world from black and white to color?

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The Open Sky Fitness podcast – with Rob and Devon Dionne

Open Sky Fitness

A fitness podcast entrepreneurs should listen to

A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting at gate A7 at DFW, waiting for my flight to Santa Ana. I was on my way to Podcast Movement.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the crazy dude running around the airport was Rob Dionne, the producer and co-host of the Open Sky Fitness podcast.

A lot of podcast hosts tend to be attention getters and Rob is no different.

It was pretty obvious he was in great shape and had a LOT of energy.

Meet Rob and Devon

The next day, I met Rob and his wife at the conference and found out about their show.

Rob and Devon Dionne host the Open Sky Fitness podcast which is, wait for it, about fitness and healthy living.

Now, I know there are a lot of fitness podcasts out there. Why would you want to listen to this one?

Well, they’ve been doing the show for a while – they’re up to episode 164.

The shows are very entertaining and informative. Rob and Devon are married and have a great chemistry. On recent shows, they’ve covered:

  • Ways to create structure for a crazy schedule
  • Gut health: healing autoimmune disease (interview with Dr. Michael Ruscio)
  • Goat’s milk versus cow’s milk: which is better?
  • Metabolism: How it impacts your weight loss
  • All you need to know about sugar substitutes

Rob and Devon had both struggled with their weight and health and later learned how to live very healthy and productive lives. They’ve produced a fitness and nutrition instruction guide, developed a 4-week healthy kick-start program, offer fitness and nutrition coaching, and more.

They aren’t just podcasters – they’re entrepreneurs and are one of the few I know of who sponsor their own show!

If you’re an entrepreneur looking for better ways to market, why not sponsor your own podcast?

If you’re an entrepreneur, you’re busy. You may not think you have time for fitness and nutrition. But you know you need it.

You really ought to check out the Open Sky Fitness podcast.


Do you have a fitness routine other entrepreneurs would find useful?

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The Productivity Straight Talk Podcast – you need this!

Productivity specialist

Productivity Straight Talk is exactly what it says it is

Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist. Her podcast is called Productivity Straight Talk. And that’s exactly what you get on her show.

There isn’t an entrepreneur on the planet who wouldn’t benefit from better productivity.

I met Amber at Podcast Movement and she impressed me right away. She is a no-nonsense, focused, yet very friendly person.

You know how sometimes you meet someone and you can tell they’re going to be very successful?

That’s Amber.

Her show intro says:

“She is passionate, direct, and sometimes a little sarcastic, but always gives you what you need to succeed in business.”

Let’s get to it.

The show is entertaining, well produced, and it’s exactly what the title says it is: straight talk about productivity for entrepreneurs.

Although she’s only been doing the show for a few months, she’s already had some fantastic guests on the show, such as best-selling author Steve Scott.

And, her solo shows are also excellent. With over 15 years experience in real estate management, training, and coaching, Amber knows what she’s talking about. She has a passion to help overwhelmed entrepreneurs succeed.

So, there’s not much else I need to say. You know you need to be more productive. Amber can show you how.

Check out Productivity Straight Talk today!


How productive have you been lately?

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Click bait is making us dummer

click bait

You have to have original thoughts to succeed

If you find yourself reading and sharing click bait, I’m going to ask you to do something for me.

It’s a small thing, but it will make a big difference in your life.

Stop it! Just, stop it!

I came across a Quora answer today by Simon Trevor who explains what click bait is:

“News outlets need headlines that will get people to click on it. They make money from you reading their articles and viewing ads. They make money by selling trending news.

“And 99% of the time, there is nothing to write about. So they make click bait headlines with minimal evidence that will get (people) to constantly view their articles.”

Now, this isn’t really true of all or even most news outlets. However, you should be critical of everything you read – click bait or not.

I see so many people who share this junk on social media – especially Facebook. Sometimes, these click bait stories are their prime source of information.

Which is beyond sad.

People see so many of these stories, they become hypnotized by it. It’s scary to see how easily so many people can be made to believe almost anything.

If you listen to this podcast, I’ll assume you’re trying to improve your life. Maybe you want to start a business or be more creative or more productive – whatever.

If you cut this junk out of your reading diet and become a more critical reader, I promise you’ll find it easier to start thinking for yourself.

And that’s a big step in the right direction for anyone who wants to be more successful. Or, just a better person.


What did you do to improve your life today?

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Food Heals podcast: like Sex and the City — for food

Food Heals

Food Heals a lot of ills

I’m feeling a little guilty. I usually eat healthily.

But, I just had a HUGE helping of stuffed chicken tortillas with corn cakes – hold the sour cream.

Let me explain – at Podcast Movement, I met Allison Melody, one of the hosts of the Food Heals Podcast.

What struck me right away is Allison is very outgoing, has a wonderful energy, and wears great shoes.

The other host on the show is Suzy Hardy. Suzy and Allison describe their show as like “Sex and the City for food.” I think that’s a great description.

“The Food Heals Podcast brings together experts in the field of nutrition, health and healing to teach you the best-kept natural secrets to being a hotter, healthier, happier YOU!”

On a recent episode of the show, they cover a lot of ground:

  • Discover the secrets to using water to heal
  • A fitness regimen that burns hundreds of calories in ten minutes
  • Which oil is a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin C
  • How to eat to live longer
  • Six tips to supercharge your immune system, wake up your healing potential and take yourself to the next level of health.
  • They also promote Podcast Movement – thanks so much!

Allison and Suzy have a great chemistry on the show. It’s really entertaining and informative. That makes it a great way to get some good information and motivation for healthier living.

Be warned: the content can get a little racy.

Check it out – the Food Heals Podcast.


Did you eat healthy today?

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Wellthy Boss Podcast – for entrepreneurs

Wellthy Boss

Why you should be a healthy entrepreneur

One of the amazing people I met at Podcast Movement this year is Mariah Secrest-Comer.

Mariah hosts a podcast called Wellthy Boss – you can find out more at

The podcast and website (and Facebook group) are all about self-care and wellness for entrepreneurs.

So, why should you take care of yourself as an entrepreneur?

Mariah points out that better health leads to improved productivity, focus, and decision-making skills; higher earnings, improved leadership measures; and better sex.

She talks about the research behind self-care practices –  like exercise, nutrition, sleep, and meditation – and their corresponding productivity impact on your work.

I’ve included a video in the show notes where Mariah talks about her morning routine. You should check it out. Lots of good stuff in this video, such as:

  • Why you should get up early
  • Making time to savor coffee
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Excercise
  • Intermittent fasting

If you’ve discovered that meditation and mindfulness help you be more productive, Mariah’s podcast is definitely for you – The Wellthy Boss Podcast.


Tell me about your morning routine.

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The World Wanderers Podcast

The World Wanderers Podcast

Digital Nomad sighting in Anaheim

Have you ever been inspired to quit your conventional 9 to 5 job and spend a few years traveling around the world?

Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson are doing just that. Luckily for you, they document their journeys on their blog and podcast – The World Wanderers.

I met a lot of fascinating people at Podcast Movement this year. And I think Amanda and Ryan were the first people I talked to.

One of the great perks about going to Podcast Movement is how easy it is to strike up a conversation. All you have to do is ask, “Tell me about your podcast.” Amanda and Ryan told me about The World Wanderers Podcast.

On their show, Amanda and Ryan talk about their adventures as Digital Nomads. For example, they talk about not being based out of a single place for more than a month for the past 14 months.

They’ve talked about the pros and cons of not having a mortgage and being free to travel. And they talk about the weird concept of not having a “home” to be homesick for.

So far, they’ve visited six continents and over 50 countries.

I find this very inspiring. Not too many people are willing to take the leap of faith that they did.

You really ought to check out The World Wanderers Podcast.

You can support them through Patreon and they also make some money with affiliate programs.

We wish Amanda and Ryan well and “safe travels”!

Stay tuned for more podcasting adventures from Podcast Movement.


Tell me about your adventures.

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Podcast Movement: Find your tribe

Podcast Movement

Your tribe is out there

I just got back from Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim.

I had a wonderful time and met podcasters from all over the world.

There were a lot of amazing podcasters in attendance. I’ll be featuring many of them on the show over the next few days.

One of the reasons I enjoyed the conference so much is most attendees are part of my tribe: podcasters.

If you’re finding it challenging to stay motivated as you pursue your dreams, you might need to find your tribe.

Meeting like-minded people can really help you keep those motivation batteries charged.

If you’re looking for your tribe, a great starting place might be Meetup. You can find a lot of entrepreneurs in the following Meetup groups:

  • WordPress
  • Internet marketing
  • Social media
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Ebay and Amazon sellers
  • Facebook ads
  • Local entrepreneurs

Spending time with and getting to know others in your tribe pays a lot of dividends. You can find mentors who can help you when you get stuck or lost in the weeds.

Chasing your dreams can get isolating and a little lonely sometimes. So, get out there, find your tribe, and get re-energized!


Have you found your tribe?

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