David Kadavy is an author, podcaster, designer, and in general, a man of many talents. Having formerly worked as a product designer in Silicon Valley, he is the author of the top-selling book Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty, and his writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Inc.com, Quartz, Lifehacker, and more.
In this episode, we cover an interesting variety of topics, from how to get started as a blogger, how to make money from your writing, and what you should know about creativity and being productive.
- David Kadavy’s Official Website
- David Kadavy’s Love Your Work Podcast
- David on Twitter
- David on Medium
- David on Facebook
In this episode, we cover:
- How to improve your writing and increase your output
- How to start a blog (and how to be good at it)
- How to start an affiliate-based online business
- How to optimize your creativity and productivity by understanding when you can be the most creative and productive
- … and much more!
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- What does David say when someone asks him “what do you do?” [6:15]
- What type of work does David derive the most joy from? [7:18]
- What approach does David take in terms of writing and editing? [8:02]
- The inspiration behind, the rationale, and the benefits of writing 100 words every day (and how David goes about writing now) [10:04]
- David and I talk about writing drafts, procrastination, and how to stop worrying so much and just finish writing articles [16:50]
- On using Medium versus using your own blog [19:46]
- David on creative insight, memory, ideation, and writing [22:10]
- Has David ever done a writing course? [24:15]
- Is blogging still worth doing nowadays? [27:38]
- How can bloggers and writers just starting out deal with analysis paralysis? [30:08]
- What to do if you want to start writing but you’re not an expert at anything [32:20]
- What writing or blogging platforms should you start with, and why should you try writing under a pseudonym? [36:03]
- David talks about online dating and his experience writing under a pseudonym [37:55]
- Why did it take so long for David to make money from writing? [40:34]
- David talks about making money with affiliate-based programs and SEO [42:58]
- Is setting up an affiliate program-based online business still worth it today? [49:10]
- The importance of passion and interest in building a sustainable writing project [53:17]
- David talks about Design for Hackers (the website) and working as a product designer in Silicon Valley [54:04]
- David talks about typography [55:42]
- On typography in logos, banners, brand imagery, and podcast artwork [58:03]
- On how metadata affects ranking, keyword density, and how it all works with Apple Podcasts [1:02:30]
- David talks about creative productivity, flow, problem solving, and how to know when the best time for being creative or productive is [1:07:04]
- David and I talk about scheduling time for creative work, administration, and prioritization (and David probes into how I prepare for an episode of Corporate Warrior) [1:16:40]
- On scheduling high-profile guests versus not-so-high-profile guests on podcasts [1:30:51]
- David and I talk about Getting Things Done, Inboxing, and what we do when GTD isn’t quite working as it should [1:33:01]
- Having an audience of mostly English speakers and living in Colombia, what percentage of David’s day does he spend interacting in English versus Spanish? [1:41:10]
Selected Links from the Episode
- Design for Hackers: Reverse-Engineering Beauty by David Kadavy ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- David Kadavy’s Love Your Work (Podcast)
- Observer | David Kadavy on Observer
- Huffington Post | How to Write a Blog That People Will Actually Read by David Kadavy
- Inc.com | David Kadavy on Inc.com
- Quartz | The best productivity hack when you’re stuck is to do nothing by David Kadavy
- McSweeney’s Internet Dependency | David Kadavy on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
- Upworthy | David Kadavy on Upworthy
- Lifehacker | David Kadavy: How I work
- 100 words about 100 words by David Kadavy
- The Second City | The Second City’s Sketch Writing Course
- Let Me Sleep on It: Creative Problem Solving Enhanced by REM Sleep
- Solving Problems in Your Dreams
- South by Southwest (SXSW)
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- CJ Affiliate by Conversant (formerly Commission Junction)
- Design for Hackers (the website)
- Uncanny Valley
- iOS 11
- Flow (psychological state)
- This American Life
- Study: Better without (lateral) frontal cortex? Insight problems solved by frontal patients.
- How the Seven Mental States of Creative Work guide your art through The Four Stages of Control by David Kadavy
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen ( Amazon US / Amazon UK )
- Active Listening
- Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (Amazon US / Amazon UK)
- The Ultimate Guide for Becoming an Idea Machine by James Altucher
- How to Better Control Your Time by Designing Your Ideal Week by Michael Hyatt