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How to Earn Google Indexing

Google indexing is your key to an awesome future in both blogging and finding your own target audience. In fact, when you know how to use “mysterious” terms like SEO and keywords to your advantage, a new readership can and will open up.

This will allow you to accomplish a few things, WITH TIME, OF COURSE!

One, increased traffic.

Two, as established above, increased readership.

Three, increased loyalty.

Four, increased brand identity.


How to Blog

First, before you learn how to get indexed, you need to learn how to blog. As most of you reading this post are either authors, writers, or bloggers, you may have an idea on how to create and implement an effective blog.

For those of you already writing or blogging and aren’t acquiring the amount of traffic you’re expecting, let me help you out.

Here’s how to create an effective blog:

1. Choose a niche, which is one, and only one topic that the blog covers. My niche is how independent authors and writers can gain exposure and credibility. Sometimes, your niche is broad, so you might have to down-niche.

2. Write within this niche, utilizing keywords and SEO. Don’t worry, I’m showing you how this is done.

3. Make sure your articles are at least 1,000 words, though Google will index posts that are fewer than 1,000 if keywords are properly utilized and the content reaches a certain standard of quality. Don’t freak, if you stay on topic your quality is high.

4. Talk to your audience and solve their problems. People aren’t searching through Google to hear you talk about your life unless something happened in it that’s interesting enough to help them solve their own problem, then by all means, carry on.

5. As I implied above, don’t talk about yourself. You won’t build a following.


SEO and Keywords

These go hand in hand. Basically, it’s Search Engine Optimization, hence SEO, plus keywords, which optimizes Google searches.

What is SEO?

Keywords that you use which Google will index.

My keywords? Google Indexing.

Notice these keywords are in my title and first paragraph, preferably first sentence.

Now, in my WordPress back office, when I click on this post to edit it, I’ll see an SEO Title, SEO Description, and SEO Keywords. This is located below my post’s body.

The SEO Title is 60 characters, and that’s it. Usually, I can fit the keyword-containing portion into my SEO Title.

For my SEO Description, the keywords appear here as well. The SEO Description is a short summary, 160 characters long, describing your post.

And finally, SEO Keywords, which I usually just place my article’s keywords into.

Many novice bloggers tend to freak when they hear they need to utilize SEO and keywords as if there’s some magic and insane mathematical equation involved.

Nope, just proper placement of a few words.

You can also use semantic keywords, which gives you a list of words related to your post’s keywords, but these aren’t necessary to get indexed. They do help, though, as they will increase your article’s relevance in the search engines.


Tricks to Increase Traffic

1) Share to every single social media site you can think of, especially the Big Four (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+). Your traffic will see MODEST increases with these sites, but by sharing to Google+, you can gain faster indexing.

2) Invest in a keyword tool. There are free keyword tools, but investing just $50/month in a keyword tool will always give you more accurate information. I use a tool called Jaaxy, which allows me to see how often certain keywords are searched per month, average traffic each keyword earns if ranked on the first page, and Quoted Search Results (QSR), which allows me to see how many other blogs utilize the same keywords. Shoot to include keywords that rank low in QSR, preferably below 100, and definitely below 200, as you’ll face lesser competition.

3) Blog regularly. Regular blogging includes posting at least twice a week, but you can go as many as all seven days a week. With my current day job at eight-hour days with the same work schedule, I can time when I post my blogs. Regular posting helps you gain a readership as they know you’re in this for the long haul. It also builds trust for your brand and grants credibility.

4) Seek to help or educate. Far too many bloggers, especially novices, believe they need to just write without purpose, which leads to skewed results at best. Sure, you may get lucky and have a few posts that take off, but for the most part you aren’t building a readership. To build one, seek to have a purpose behind your blog. What did you look up when learning your niche? What keywords did you type into Google? That will help you start your blog and gain a small readership.

5) One niche only. As I stated earlier, stick to a single niche only. Don’t deviate. While it’s okay to do this every once in a while, even a deviation post must contain some kind of connection to your blog’s topic.

6) Use Evergreen posts. Just like how an evergreen tree keeps its coating year-round, Evergreen posts won’t die out anytime soon, as I stated in my previous article. They’re timeless. This post here is Evergreen because Google indexing and keyword searching is here to stay. Any topic that’s here to stay qualifies as Evergreen.

7) Do NOT keyword stuff. Keyword stuffing, however, is a thing of the past, and that’s where bloggers once used keywords in almost every paragraph. For this post, if I used Google Indexing in each of these points plus in each paragraph above, Google will never index this page. Instead, use keywords only in the title and first paragraph in the body of your post, as well as once or twice throughout, but this isn’t required.


Work on Your Blog

Your tasks today are simple: If your blog isn’t up to par with keywords and SEO, make them so. If your blog is more about you or random topics, it’s time to delete a lot of posts and start over.

You don’t have to change the name of your blog unless it appears to have something to do with another niche.

For instance, My Freedom Flame was named after a defense force in my book, Northern Knights (Freedom Flames), but I also coined the phrase because I believe writing can free you from a DDJ, or Dreaded Day Job, with time, effort, and focus.

And if writing is our escape, especially if we find ourselves moderately good at it, wouldn’t it be great to free ourselves from the restraints of the real world and allow writing to pay our bills?


How to Use Pinterest to Build Your Author Platform

If I knew how to use Pinterest instead of focusing on Twitter and Facebook during my early days of platform building, I’d be much further along than I am today. Still, at 27 I’m not too late in the game, but I want to tell you how important Pinterest is when it comes to building a platform….next to Google+, it’s number two on the list.

Some of you might be raising eyebrows at Pinterest and Google+, especially Google+, which will meet its demise later this year, but here is my reasoning:

1. People are visual, and Pinterest has visuals, which is powerful. Think about it; people these days would rather read pictures and memes than a peer-reviewed, published article. My guess is because we were brought up reading pictures and memes. We’re visual from day one.

2. Google+ sharing will grant you faster Google Indexing, which leads me to believe Google will replace Google+ with something greater and I can’t wait to see what.

3. Another method on sticking to visuals, and something I need to work on, myself, is Instagram, which also attracts visuals and has gained steam.


Doesn’t Social Media Suck?

Some of you following me might say, “Wait a minute, Todd, didn’t you claim social media is the worst way to build an authoring platform?”

Yes, I did say that but I’m not contradicting myself.

Let me explain:

1. Twitter: You can either use Twitter cards or simply share your blog with each article you write and while this may help increase traffic, a Tweet loses steam after a few minutes. Unless you wanted to Tweet over and over again, Twitter isn’t going to be effective.

2. Facebook: You might reach 100 people tops if you just share the blog with your Facebook page. Facebook posts also come and go after a few minutes. Facebook can be a great tool, but you better be willing to pay for Facebook ads or have such a loyal fanbase they’ll share each of your posts, which is highly unlikely.

3. Pinterest: Pinterest posts stay, and do so for the long run. Why? Because with Pinterest, you save posts to boards and all a follower who’s following your boards and finds just ONE article interesting is to click on that board and boom, each image is one click away from your blog. Unlike Facebook and Twitter, where a follower would have to come across your post, which is hard to do.

4. Google+: Since Google+ is a product of Google, saving posts here will give your blog a chance to get indexed and ranked in Google. Meaning if a user searches a keyword Google itself has indexed your blog in, you’ll build traffic. Again, it only takes a user finding one article captivating before you have a new follower.


Back to Pinterest

How do you use Pinterest?

It’s quite easy, even if I found it confusing for a time.

You need to create a Pinterest account and start a business theme since this is a writing or author business.

Don’t worry, this is free on Pinterest. It’s kind of like a Facebook Page versus a Facebook Profile.

My board entitled ‘My Freedom Flame.’

Make sure you create a board with your blog’s name, so mine would be My Freedom Flame.

In the upper right-hand corner you’ll see a red circle with a plus sign in in the middle. Click on it, and this will lead to a pop up window in the middle of the page.

You’ll see a space to leave an image on the left, and a button that says ‘Save from Site’ below it.

Click on the ‘Save from Site’ button and copy the url of your latest bog post. Once copied, paste the url into the ‘Save from Site’ box, which will then bring up images associated with your blog post (I do hope you have at least one image in your posts).

Now, click on an image, and fill out the box on the right-hand side of the screen with a post title (it should be the title of your own post) and place a description inside the box.

The description should contain a question, like this: Want to know how to use Pinterest to increase author visibility?

After the question, use a call-to-action: Click the link below to learn more.

Now, there’s always a link below the description box, but in case someone can’t find the link, I always place one below the description.

You need to save the post to a board that you created earlier. The board that says My Freedom Flame is the one I save all my blog articles to.

Notice at the bottom right there’s a drop down menu. That’s where I choose the board I’ll save my pin to. I’ve already selected My Freedom Flame, so the last step is to scroll back up and click the red ‘Save’ button.

On my budding sister site, Lord of Columbia Series, I have another board entitled with that name, where I save articles to that site from.


How to Build a Pinterest Following

This is quite simple. For one, I always follow like-minded people. Anyone in the writing niche are great to follow and always be sure to follow a few a day. This will gain you some followers with other users following you back. I follow anyone in the writing niche who are following me.

You will also gain a following when you continue to post to your blog and link each post to Pinterest.
Make sure you’re posting what are known as Evergreen posts, or posts that won’t go out of fashion any time soon. For instance, posts regarding social media can be considered Evergreen because social media is here to stay for the long-run, perhaps forever.

I’ll create an article later describing Evergreen posts and their importance to bloggers.

Also, to build an effective following, it’s important to stay in your niche. Since our niches involve writing, stick to the writing topic and that’s it. If you own multiple blogs you want to use Pinterest for, create multiple accounts if the blogs belong to different niches.

For instance, My Freedom Flame and Lord of Columbia Series go hand in hand, but Get Pro Football Apparel, my NFL-based blog, doesn’t. Therefore, Get Pro Football Apparel has its own Pinterest page, while the former two share one.

Another great way to build a Pinterest following is to have a ‘follow button’ on your blog. If you look to the upper-right-hand corner of my blog, you’ll see the follow buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

I also have an email subscription form as well for those who’d rather sign up via email, or, since My Freedom Flame is a page for the time being until I transfer it to my Wealthy Affiliate page later this year, WordPress users can just follow the blog with their WordPress profile.

I hope you learned a lot and saw the value in what creating a Pinterest page can and will do for you. Thank you for reading.

How to Incorporate Subplots


I took a page from J.K. Rowling’s book while writing Northern Knights and used a fictional sport as a subplot because a) I’m a sports fan, and b) I always wanted to write a book where the main cast were athletes. But first, I had to find specific ways to incorporate subplots and at least link them to the story’s main plot.

Coming up with a sport called shotball (think rugby where downfield passing is allowed and soccer nets instead of goal posts) before I even thought of Northern Knights way back in 2009 when the National Football League started to go soft, I knew it was my sport of choice to infuse into the main plot.

But how?

How does a story about a colonial revolution in any way make sense to place a sport inside it?

What I did was establish the fact Cain Riscattare and his clique were athletes, and this starts on my book description where the reader knows that while this is an action-packed urban fantasy, Cain’s a college athlete.

It’s right there in black and white.

After not only establishing this in the description but hitting hard on it early in the book along with a few hints that trouble is on the horizon, the reader would come to expect to read a few action-packed sporting chapters.


A Subplot Example

Let’s take the historical fiction route. In Richard Peck’s A Year Down Yonder (yes, I read this book each year) Mary Alice falls for Royce McNabb but the real plot that was established from page one dealt with how she was going to make it through an entire year of country life.

Remember, the year is 1937, so without cell phones, or any luxury we have today if you were far out in the country, you were stuck.

Royce McNabb arrives just before Valentine’s Day and a subplot ensues.

Some can also make the argument that Mary Alice submitting her Newsy Notes to the local newspaper that causes a stir in the small town also qualifies for the subplot.

And you can always have more than one but it must make sense.

If you do take the romantic subplot route, it’s one of the easier ones to infuse with the main plot and many authors will do this, because for one reason or another, if you add romance into your novels they draw a reader’s interest.

It should be no surprise that romance is the bestselling genre on Amazon.


A Second Example

Using my first book, Northern Knights as an example, I stated earlier that shotball was a subplot, but established this at the beginning of the story.

This, in my opinion, is an easier route because the reader expects a subplot. Sometimes if an author infuses a subplot in the middle of the work it might make zero sense to the reader and they can’t wait to get back to reading about the main plot.

I’m sure we’ve all read books like these at least once. Even if the subplot makes sense, introducing it too late can turn a reader off, so by letting the reader know there’s more to the main plot than meets the eye is a great way to pull off the subplot.

It was something I picked up on when writing Northern Knights, where early drafts focused on the main plot before it branched off into shotball, where I realized very early on this made zero sense and the reader would be confused as to why there’s a sport involved, even if the shotball subplot made sense.


How to Pull off Subplots

If you’re adding it in or mentioning it early, explain through dialogue and even through the main plot how the subplot works into the main.

For instance, here’s what pulled off shotball, which readers found compelling:

1. Cain and a few friends’ biggest rivals since high school played for the Santos Knights’ main rival, the Leistung Monarchs.

2. These rivals were mentioned earlier and established as primary antagonists later.

3. Through dialogue, the reader understands that the sport of shotball is like American football in the US, soccer in most of the world, and rugby in countries like Wales. In other words, it’s a big deal.

Again, the reader realizes Cain’s a college athlete in the book description and it’s reinforced early in the first chapter.

But what if you’re adding a subplot later in the work?

All you have to do is to let it infuse right into your text.

For instance, in A Year Down Yonder, Royce McNabb arrives as a new student who Mary Alice takes notice of. You know as a reader this is going to evolve.

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rita Skeeter becomes a major subplot, and again she comes in as she’s reporting on the first Triwizard Tournament happening after a long layoff. It makes sense to the reader that a reporter from the media is coming in to cover the event.

This is one of my favorite subplots because it’s Rowling’s way of showing how slanted mainstream media can be at times, so reading this subplot has always been satisfying.

Always remember, the subplot must fuse with the main plot. If it doesn’t, leave it out of the story.

I like subplots that give the reader a break from the tension, yet still holds true to the story you’re telling as if it’s something that’s worth saying.

Given Cain’s rivalry with another clique that dates back to before his college days and how they become primary antagonists in Northern Knights has allowed my readers to look forward to shotball matchups against the rivals, knowing such a rivalry will move the main plot along.

But it still gets rid of the tension for a chapter as what do most of us find in sports?


You won’t believe how many people watch sports simply for entertainment. While some of us have niche websites based on sports while others analyze and break down each game, the majority find sports to be entertaining and nothing more.

So, implement your subplots to add more interest to your story and reinforce the main plot. Either cue the reader in early or add them in a way that makes sense to the author, the plot itself, and the reader.

How to Hook Your Reader

So I’ve debunked backstory and I spoke upon point of view, but how can you hook your reader? The best way I can answer this question is you need to take a no prisoners approach to your writing. Put your main character in terrible trouble and keep the tension high until the climax of the story.

I want to use Swords of Destiny as an example because it was with my second book in the Lord of Columbia Series where I upped the ante and placed Cain and the others in trouble and did it often…from Page One.

I want to be vague as to not spoil the work for any potential readers and other examples will be used as well, but you will pick up information where you will transform your manuscript into creating two things:

1. Problems.

2. Losses.

By creating problems and losses you’ll create an unstable environment for your characters to the point to where your readers will want to turn page after page to see what happens.

I remember when I read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where J.K. Rowling followed this mantra.

While she used a rather omniscient point-of-view in the work (at which point she could’ve done anything and still would’ve made money), tension started from page one, Chapter One.

These days, this is what you want to do. Readers don’t want a bunch of hash; they want a story and a character whose situation increases in tension with each passing chapter.


Swords of Destiny Model

Again, I’m being vague here, because I’m not spoiling anything for anyone, but I will pinpoint the trouble.

Trouble begins in Chapter One, but by Chapter Three, such trouble deepens. By Chapter Five, things get almost hopeless.

There’s a break in the action in Chapters Six and Seven, however in Chapter Eight, all hell breaks loose…and I’m not kidding.

Chapter Nine is another break until a downward spiral begins come Chapter Ten.

Chapters Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, and Fourteen are tense as hell.

Chapter Fifteen is downright disgusting, but at least they can celebrate something.

Chapter Sixteen is relieving until Chapters Seventeen and Eighteen, there’s massive breakdown.

Chapter Nineteen provides another break, as does Chapter Twenty, before the ‘Oh Shit’ moment comes in Chapter Twenty-One.

Chapter Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, and Twenty-Four bring more tension, before Chapter Twenty-Five kind of concludes it.

Then the main event comes in Chapter Twenty-Six and beyond, before, well, the end comes in Chapter Thirty-Two.


Half-Blood Prince

Let’s use an example we’re all familiar with.

Like I said, Chapters One and Two tension begins.

Chapters Three through Five are break, and for good reason, though with the Death Eaters back in action something else begins: Tension, tension, and more tension. That’s a constant in the work with the constant threat of a Death Eater attack.

Of course, we have the Draco Malfoy incident where he’s spotted with Death Eaters in Diagon Alley.

Snape, who we believe at the time might be a spy, is now Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Horace Slughorn takes a liking to Harry, however, Dumbledore enlists him with a mission…mission impossible to extract a haunting flashback from Slughorn. Imagine having to coax a traumatic experience from someone.

The Katie Bell fiasco took place, Ron drinking poisoned wine is a double whammy.

Draco’s constant actions and collaboration with Snape created more tension, the book just had a dark cloud over the characters and we all knew something bad was going to happen and we didn’t want it to happen.

All the way until we get up to the Astronomy Tower after Dumbledore is borderline poisoned.

Dissecting in Generic Terms

Okay, I wanted to use two real-life terms just so you can see how authors, both rooks like myself and vets like Rowling, but how can you be so sure that you’re following a hook your reader story structure?

First off, definitely read Hooked by Les Edgerton as he lays out a detailed blueprint in a 200-page book that’s more than easy to read.

But, for a little flowchart, try this:

1. Inciting incident: The first incident or problem that sets the story in motion. In HBP, the inciting incident is what? The Death Eaters have returned.

2. Initial surface problem: This is the first problem after the inciting incident, which should be linked to it.

When Draco is in Borgin and Burkes, this is the initial surface problem.

3. Surface Problem A: Changes in Hogwarts Staff

4. Surface Problem B: Katie Bell Incident

5. Surface Problem C: Extracting Slughorn’s Memory

6. Surface Problem D: Ron’s Poisoned

7. Surface Problem E: The Cave Incident

8. Surface Problem F: The Astronomy Tower

9. Story Worthy Problem: Harry finds he must ultimately lead the war against Voldemort and find his Horcruxes.

Note, there are far more surface problems than what is outlined in subplots, such as Ron’s relationship with Lavender, Quidditch, Hagrid’s situation with Aragog, and Harry’s realization he’s in love with Ginny.

You might now be wondering what all these problems mean.

Again, the inciting incident sets the story in motion.

The initial surface problem is the first problem that comes into the picture which is related to the inciting incident.

The initial surface problem is then linked to everything that happens in the story.

We know that Dumbledore knew that Draco was Voldemort’s spy this entire time and that sooner or later he’d find a way for the Death Eaters to infiltrate the school.

This causes Dumbledore to take Harry in and over the course of the school year, show him how to counter Voldemort’s moves, this time, for good.

Tomorrow, we’ll talk about subplots.

How to Break Writer’s Block

Okay, guys, it’s a basic article today handing out some basic information but an important one as writer block can hit and hit hard. To break writer’s block, the fight can often be quite fun.

However, you need to keep in mind that writer’s block can stem from being a product of procrastination, to fear, to limited ideas. For that, make sure you’re a) not procrastinating or b) not fear that someone at the library is looking over your shoulder as you write your manuscript…they probably aren’t, and if it’s that ultra-cute girl who sits behind me at times, she can laugh at my work all she wants.

Okay, time to get serious.

What causes writer’s block?

I already listed the three symptoms above and again, if you’re putting off your writing for petty excuses, especially if you’re watching TV instead of writing, that’s (almost) always procrastination.

And again, if you think someone’s going to break into your Word doc and laugh at what you’ve written, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not your problem, it’s theirs. Remember, most people are either uninterested or oblivious to your writing, and that can be a good thing.

Let’s tackle the third and most feared symptom of writer’s block: Lack of ideas.

The good news is that the primary cause behind such a symptom is lack of motivation, which stems from a lack of ideas.

If I have zero ideas, am I going to benefit from staring at a blank Word doc?

No, and neither will you.

So why are we fighting a losing battle?

We’re going to lose the war.

Let’s win the war.


Watch TV

Yep, this is the one remedy where I’m going to contradict myself until I explain myself. Note I said earlier that watching television is bad and for the procrastinator. This symptom, though, the lack of ideas symptom, call for ideas, for inspiration.

Don’t just blindly flip through the channels. Watch TV shows that fit your genre, your message, and your values.

I’m sure if there’s a marathon of such a show on TV or if there’s something on whose plot motivated you to write in the first place (Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia for me) you’re onto something.

Nothing on TV?

Isn’t that the norm these days?

Why not log onto Netflix or Hulu, or even stream YouTube videos?

Just get a visual in front of you and take notes if you need to. Don’t take notes on the movie, but have your laptop and a blank Word doc in front of you and the second some ideas spring about, capture them in the moment.



This is something a writer should do each day, and I like to dedicate my final half-hour to an hour of my own waking hours to reading.

I have my books right beside me at all times. To my left right now, I have my debut book, Northern Knights, plus the entire Chronicles of Narnia Series. My Harry Potter collection is in my spare room, along with historical fiction which for some strange reason helps me garner new ideas.

The Wheel of Time is on my second end table, and a miscellaneous stack of books sit in my bedroom.

There are reminders all over my apartment that I must get some reading in.

Oh, and did I mention I have some e-books in the political genre downloaded into PDFs?

What I’m telling you to do is leave no excuse. You need to get your reading in and it will do wonders for staving off the third and sometimes deadliest symptom of writer’s block.


Get Lost….in Nature!

This works wonders, and if you love the fantasy genre as I do it helps even more. Something strange happens when we hike or simply walk nature trails. Our thoughts slow down and we can mull them over without even realizing it.

In fact, we can generate some interesting new thoughts from our thoughts as we slow them down.

Again, this happens without realizing it at the moment, but the creative lightbulb will spark. It’s good to keep your phone in your pocket (I know some of us prefer to go without electronics in this scenario) or at least have a notebook and pen handy because something is going to hit you!

I’m lucky to live near a huge rail trail that begins in Hancock County, West Virginia and leads across Washington County, Pennsylvania, all the way to Allegheny County, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I just said Pittsburgh so you weren’t completely lost when it came to wondering where in the State of West Virginia Hancock County was located.

I love that trail, but there are times I prefer to walk or run outdoors at a local track. Here, the view of the countryside from the tiny village of Wintersville, Ohio from the top of the bleachers at the local high school is one of the most breathtaking and magnificent fantastical views a soul can experience in this life. When the sun begins its descent on those summer evenings, a rush of positive forces pierce your body and for the moment not a single obstacle is present.

If you have a similar type of view in your neck of the woods, go for it, because again, thoughts slow down and something epic is about to take place in the mind. Again, have something on you to write such thoughts.


Gym and Music

And finally, my favorite place, especially now that it’s January and the New Year’s crowd is in full force.

Get in the gym and I don’t care if it’s Planet Fitness. Just get into a gym, throw on your earbuds, jam to some music, especially if there’s a certain type of music that flows your creative juices, and get after a workout.

There isn’t a single place in the world where my thoughts erupt than at the gym. It’s truly a huge motivational tool which evokes similar effects that a nature walk or workout does. For me and I’m sure many fantasy writers can back me on this, power and symphonic metal work wonders, but whatever your genre, listen to music that correlates with it.

A workout also releases positive endorphins and for those of us who get down on ourselves easily, the gym is the one place to change that outlook.

I do realize that some people are intimidated by gyms, but to be completely honest, unless you’re in an LA Fitness or Fitness 19 (I don’t care if they send me a legal notice for honest slander), you won’t run into too many macho egos. And I’ll let you in on a secret, most people who look and act this way are wannabes, so if they do laugh and stare, they’re not worth your time.

But you will be shocked at the sheer value a workout will do for you. It’s truly an amazing experience.


Implement Your Tactics

Now that you know how to combat the third symptom of writer’s block, it’s time to plan action and implement tactics.

First off, no more staring at the blank screens and getting nowhere.

Yes, I’m giving your permission to turn on your TV to gain inspiration or watch YouTube for that matter. Whatever you need to reignite the creative juices.

If you’re in a warm climate (or if you love snow) hit the trails…I’ve actually never seen the Panhandle Trail in Wonderland Status, so I might do that this year.

If you’re someone who finds the cold weather fit for reading, grab a book and read, read, read.

Finally, if you’re like me and a gym is the place to be in the morning—I’m going this very second.

Talk to you all tomorrow.

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