Hemingway’s Pencils

Pencil-Work

I’ve said this a lot lately, so I wanted to blog it: No one ever asked Hemingway which pencils he used to write his books.

The tools aren’t the thing. The effort and the content and the promotion and the connection and the networking and the building value are the thing.

Then and Now

You know what’s really changed? Platform. That’s one huge thing that’s changed. You can build a platform by yourself. You don’t need the mainstream (though they can certainly help). You can build and build and build and grow something of value as far as personal networks go.

You know what else has changed? Value extraction. In the old days, you could make a living selling books or whatever. You can’t do that now. (Most people can’t.) I don’t make very much money off sales of Trust Agents or Social Media 101. I make money off speeches that those books help me secure. I make money off clients who know me from those books. I make money off the social proof that comes from writing a New York Times Bestseller. But I don’t make money off the books. I work for every dime.

Forget about the Pencil

Work with what you have at hand. If you can’t afford a premium theme, don’t buy one. If you can, buy the one you want. Buy the one you’ve seen built into something useful. Buy the tools you can afford at any given moment, and plan to upgrade them, if an upgraded tool is helpful.

But never ever confuse the quality of the content with the tools that put it there. And don’t confuse content with value extraction. And know that YOU can do it. You just have to actually do it. Build it. Make it so.

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  • http://www.paragraf.su/ Визитки срочно

    Totally picking up what you’re laying down. Most important to just “ship it”. Seems like Noah and I both picked up the Seth vibe today.

  • http://www.blackfridayplanet.com/ William Hushburn

    I have a bitter experience buying expensive themes.

  • http://www.coopersbarnyard.com Frankie Cooper

    Work with you have to produce good quality content is excellent advice to take heed to and practice.

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  • http://www.SanDiegoJeff.com/ jeffreydouglass

    Chris, It may not be about the type of pencil, but it is about the tool being sharp.

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  • King Jay The wicked

    WRONG! They did ask Hemingway which pencils he used. Sometimes you write to be cool and you think your words are picked so perfect that you don’t even think about the content. Well, here’s a word for you my friend: LAME. Hemingway was asked about which pencils he liked and he answered. He also said how many he used each day and how many words they produced. So, lame on that dude…work on the facts when your thinking about style or…stylin’
                                                     King Jay the wicked

  • Stan Bush

    Two years old and still applicable. But then again….that’s the point!

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