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One page at a time

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Reading a book, preferably a physical one, is a good way to get your attention back.

The problem in reading on smartphones is distractibility. You’re a notification away from checking Instagram, email, or a text.

If you’re going to read on a digital device, make it a Kindle. Its lack of functionality — just try web browsing on it — is its best feature.

Reading is an escape from the endless buzz of the digital world. It builds focus. In today’s world, single-tasking is more important than ever.

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Reading into book statistics 

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Back in the 1830s, ten thousand people bought Harriet Martineau’s book Illustrations of Political Economy. It’s a remarkable statistic that one hundred and forty thousand read it. Each family owned a copy and passed it around.

Each of those one hundred forty thousand readers in 1950 went on to own their own copy. Fast-forward to today and one copy of the book can sell that many times over.

But despite infinite shelf-space, fewer people are reading novels. Our attention clings to news with little substance. As a result, we fatten our minds with misinformation that has no utility. Instead, its serves as fodder for banter within our worlds of influence.

Technology eases distribution, yet it doesn’t guarantee people will read in depth.

“We’re spending ten times as much time with a device, and one-tenth as much time reading a book.” — Seth Godin

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Get Unstuck: 10 Tips to Unlocking Creativity

I published a new book that I think you’ll like, Get Unstuck: 10 Tips to Unlocking Creativity.

The book is an aggregation of the thoughts you typically see on this blog. Below are the 10 chapters (tips) to unlocking creativity:

  1. Believe That You’re Creative
  2. Do the Opposite
  3. Break Routines
  4. Copy Someone or Something
  5. Combine Ideas
  6. Curate Instead of Create
  7. Go for a Walk
  8. Take Time to Dream
  9. Do It “Now”
  10. Embrace Your Flaws

I hope you’ll support me in downloading this book. I’m happy to send you a PDF version of the book for free if you’ll provide an honest review on the Amazon product page. You can also send me an email or leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Thanks for your support.

Wells Baum, aka Bombtune

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Printed newspapers may be a luxury item. People still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office.

Jeff Bezos

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A Few Digital Habits

  • Twitter is the entertainment. Some of us don’t even watch TV; instead, we watch our Twitter streams and still get the download. Twitter is the new Cliff Notes.

  • The Kindle is still a great way to read digital books. It lacks the full functionality of a Smartphone on purpose; less distractions enable more focused reading.

  • Keep Reminders digital and To-dos optional. Set automatic reminders on the phone or on the computer. Write to-dos in whatever screen works best. I typically keep a log of things I need to do in one document and scribe priorities on a sticky note. There’s something about writing out a to-do that makes it more actionable.

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The Fear of Bad Reviews

There’s an erroneous comment on my book page on Amazon which is negatively impacting my sales.

The person obviously misread the book, if even opened it up at all.  

I originally ignored the rating.  And then I responded to the feedback with some comments.  And after it itched me some more, I researched the Internet to see if it was possible to get rid of a false review.  

Apparently you can’t delete false reviews, nor will Amazon take them down upon request.  

But at least I stumbled upon some practical reminders about creating and publishing art.

If you fear negative reviews, you shouldn’t publish.

And this one:  

Anyone that creates a piece of art, in any medium (painting, sculpture, music, film, the written word), and decides to put their art out on display for all the world to see, has to take the good with the bad. Some people might love it, some people might hate it, some people might feel indifferent toward it, but they are all entitled to their opinions.

Everyone has their own perspective, their own bias, their own attention, and is responsible for their own actions.  

I refuse to let the fear of criticism prevent me from publishing again.  My second book will be out next month.  Bring it. 

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