I often find myself wondering what the hell I'm doing in life. Whether it's working on this site, or working on my health, I usually need a bit of external motivation to stay positive and moving forward. This week (and every week...) I'm focusing on making this site better! Here are some delicious treasures that have been inspiring me!
1. Copyright is obsolete!
Now, I’m granting full permission to use any of my content on Zen Habits or in my ebook, Zen To Done, in any way you like. I release my copyright on this content. From now on, there is no need to email me for permission. Use it however you want! Email it, share it, reprint it with or without credit. Change it around, put in a bunch of swear words and attribute them to me. It’s OK. :)
Since studying it extensively in school, I've been a firm believer in the uselessness of copyright. Reading this post has inspired me to finally release my copyright on this site. I've released it on past websites to no ill effects, so I announce it again! I release my copyright to the content on this site.
2. Graphic design done right
theFourthStar.com is the graphic design portfolio and blog of Cara McKinley. We attended the same graphic design program at the University of Illinois. Cara's site is exquisitely designed with mad attention to detail. Her work is always polished and finished, and it reminds me that yes, I am a graphic designer too, and I want my work to be as good as hers! I've floated away from the field of graphic design, but am returning to my roots to overhaul the design of this site :] If you ever need an amazing graphic designer who will treat you right, contact Cara!
3. How to increase website traffic
Steve Pavlina has the best personal development blog I've ever read. His articles are timeless, useful and endlessly inspiring. My current favorite article of his is "How to Build a High-Traffic Website (or Blog)." As I move into life post-graduate school, I am plowing full steam ahead into the world of full-time lifestreaming. Steve's articles helped me to figure out my life purpose and the reasons WHY I want to have a high-traffic website. Yes, I want to make a living from lifestreaming, but mostly I want everyone else in the world to lifestream too! So now that I know I want this site to actually help people and not just collect a mirror reflection of my life, I am much more focused in my creative efforts.
4. Make commenting more pleasant!
If you have a WordPress blog and have not yet installed this plugin, it's a must! Ever comment on a blog and wonder if anyone ever replied to you? You can make it way easier on your readers to come back and keep the discussion going! "Subscribe to Comments is a robust plugin that enables commenters to sign up for e-mail notification of subsequent entries."
5. The search for success & meaning of life
I recently found out about Brian Johnson's Philosophers Notes. "Think mini CliffsNotes™ for personal growth books – giving you more wisdom in less time." Although I have yet to drop the $99 for a site membership, the short book summaries are worth the visit alone. The quote Brian pulled from Deepak Chopra's The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success resonated with me hard, so I'm adding the book to my summer-time reading list:
Success in life could be defined as the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals. Success is the ability to fulfill your desires with effortless ease. And yet success, including the creation of wealth, has always been considered to be a process that requires hard work, and it is often considered to be at the expense of others. We need a more spiritual approach to success and affluence, which is the abundant flow of all good things to you. With the knowledge and practice of spiritual law, we put ourselves in harmony with nature and create with carefreeness, joy, and love.
That's all for this week's lifestream inspiration. What is inspiring you to create this week? What is motivating you to stay positive? What do you want to share with the world, and how?