Everyone loves free stuff, right? Here are three quality things that will make your weekend better, and you won’t even have to open your wallet.
The Medici Effect
Remember when I mentioned the book The Medici Effect in my content crossroads post? Well, author Frans Johansson has released the entire book online in PDF format on The Medici Effect site. I’d still spring for it in paperback, but at least now you can read as much as you want before you part with any bucks.
Download the PDF directly here.
The Lonely Writer
Geoffrey Hineman of Tapping Creativity has released a free ebook that helps writers maintain focus and get the words out and down on paper. Good stuff for when you find yourself getting stuck.
Markus Urban has just released an awesome WordPress plugin that allows you to drop Flickr photos into your blog posts without leaving the WordPress admin area. Even better, it automatically adds a stylish photo credit for Creative Commons attribution.
Find our more here and then download the plugin.
Just in case you missed it, don’t forget to check out Copyblogger’s comprehensive guide to keyword research for bloggers. Thanks again to Jon Morrow for all his hard work on this great tutorial.
Reader Comments (31)
Cindy Szponder says
Thanks for the info on the Flickr plug-in. Very useful, especially the fact that the attribution line is inserted by the plug-in.
Anthony Juliano says
The Lonely Writer might be the best e-book I’ve ever read with a reference to Theo from The Cosby Show. Thanks for pointing it out.
Thanks so much for mentioning The Lonely Writer. I truly appreciate it. I hope you and others find it helpful.
HI and thank you for these free resources. I have had the privilege of reading Tapping Creativity’s “The Lonely Writer” and it was very useful indeed. He has a great way with words.
James Chartrand - Men with Pens says
Oh cool, neat stuff. I’ll definitely read number one; I’m still thinking about that crossroads post you’d done. As for two… god help us all. James is on the loose. That’s all I’ll say.
Shama Hyder says
Great resources. Thank you!
thailand adviser says
Very appreciate for your post and information of all great free stuffs. Thank you indeed.
Anne Wayman says
I love free stuff!
Chris (Amateur Traveler podcast) says
Very cool. I am especially excited about the flickr plugin. Thanks.
John Hoff says
I’m not convinced the WordPress Flickr plugin is all that great.
Does it make it easy on us to find photos?
But what about other issues?
1. I believe the plugin only embeds the image on your site, thus that image will only work on your site for as long as that picture remains on Flickr.
2. I think some of the authors prefer you to visit their page as they may have a few other request for you to use their photos.
3. Are you absolutely certain ALL these photos are available for commercial use without ever reading anything about it (even when you only allow for such searches)?
I’m not sure yet. Just some thoughts that maybe people can shed some light on. I’m on the fence with this plugin.
I’ll take a see… thanks!
I read your content crossroads post and was intrigued by the concept of Medici Effect. I live up country in Thailand but this last weekend I spent in Bangkok and spent the better part of a day in English language bookstores and was elated to find perhaps the only copy of Medici Effect available. It is exceptional reading.
This morning I find it can be had for free. But no regrets, the value is well worth the investment. Free downloads are great but too often they end up out of sight, out of mind.
Always enjoy reading your post. Keep up the good work.
Shane Kane - TitleSuccess.com says
I picked up some great tips in the lonely writer e-book. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
The Lonely Writer is really an inspiring ebook. I urge everyone to read it.
Terra Andersen says
Wonderful resources, great stuff! I am loving the Medici Effect… I am off to buy the book.
I liked most the second suggestion, thanks for that. As for the wp plugin I might try it shortly. And of course your guide to keyword research is a must!
Adam Snider says
Brian, the Photodropper plugin looks like it’ll be a great resource. Thanks for sharing!
Internet Marketing Joy says
These are great resource! Thanks for sharing..^^
Fantastic resources. Thank you and grretings!
Maggie Chicoine says
Well now, I’ve just spent a few very productive hours reading Medici…and it’s intersection heaven right here at my desk! Thanks AGAIN for this download.
The book explains how my mind has worked naturally, and why my clients appreciate the way we reach those intersections together. I now realize that I too have self-imposed some boundaries which have crept in over the years…yep, today they’re going, going, gone!
Whew, wasn’t how I’d planned to spend the day, but OH so valuable!
THANKS from the innerds of my creative turfdom lol!
Matt Jones says
Great resource, I recently released a free e-book too, called Blog Monetization Strategies:
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