It’s frosty this morning. Cold and crisp and clean outside. And freezing.
I’m grateful for my house. It’s snug and comfortable and welcoming. Most importantly this morning, it’s warm.
I’m thankful for the leaves on the ground. They are frosted like the rest of the world, but they crunch differently when they are frozen. They’ve become winter leaves instead of autumn leaves. It’s a good noise, that frozen crunch … a reason to walk outside even though, as I mentioned, it’s cold out there.
I’m grateful for my morning ritual. Waking when it’s still dark. Methodically making coffee. I’m a coffee snob, so I grind the beans fresh in a coffee mill, bring the water to a boil, pour it over the grounds, and let it brew for five minutes in a French press. I clean the kitchen while I wait for the water to boil, clean it some more while the coffee gets stronger. I pack a lunch for my older daughter and help her straighten her hair. I greet my younger daughter and my husband when they come down the stairs. See my older daughter off to school.
That signals the start of my workday. And I’m grateful for my work. I love having no commute. Love working with words, have always loved working with words, and I’m so thankful that I get to earn a living working at something I love and enjoy. I love the people I work with, the quick emails, the collaboration, the shared pride in work well-done. I love the flex in my schedule, being able to take a break in the morning to make my younger daughter pancakes, being able to kick the soccer ball with her after lunch (even when the ground is frozen), being able to sit down to lunch together the way most families sit down to dinner.
And I’m grateful — so very grateful — for my family. They make life good. There is laughter and bickering and goofiness and good meals and conversations and games and snuggles and silliness and insight in every one of my days because of them.
So much to be thankful for. Now, it’s your turn. Tell us what you’re grateful for in the comments.
New on the Site
This last week, John Torre shared his insights into how to keep a prospect’s attention. A good headline is only the first step. Many a prospect loses interest in the body copy. But John gives you three powerful strategies to make sure that doesn’t happen.
You also don’t want to miss our latest Roving Report. Susanna Perkins brings you the highlights from Nick Usborne on how to make your site attractive for visitors, search engines, and social media.
Finally, take a moment to read Jim Wright’s latest Reality Blog. He shares his Bootcamp experience and talks about the importance of meaningful action when it comes to success.
Mark Your Calendars
Join me on December 5th for our next Wealthy Web Writer live Member Update. During this event, I’ll talk about the ingredients you need to reach your goals, and what you can do to make sure you have enough of each. Plus, we’ll look at the top content from November and enjoy a live Q&A session.
Then on December 11th, Pam Foster joins us for a live teleconference event. Pam has gathered together the top questions she receives from web writers and other freelancers about working with clients. And she’s going to answer each of them on this call. (If you have any questions you’d like her to answer, please post them in the comments, and I’ll make sure they’re on her list, too.) Details for this event will be posted soon.
Around the Web
Search guru Barry Schwarz shares his advice on SEO Copywriting, including his thoughts on the future of search marketing. Check it out over on Heather Lloyd-Martin’s site. Definitely worth a read.
You’re a freelance web writer. Which means you need a website. And on that website, you want a really good “About” page. This is a fun read about what should — and shouldn’t — go on your “About” page.
Measuring performance helps improve performance. True on your website. True on social media, too. So check out these 11 tools you can use to measure your social media results.
I don’t agree with all of these — I happen to find my ordinary life very interesting, although I don’t expect others to — but I do agree with most of them. Check out these 15 thoughts that will help you succeed.
That’s all for now. Make it a great week, and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
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