Someone recently asked me how I got started into painting murals. I get a lot of questions about how I got to where I am now, working for myself, blogging for 10 years, 7 of those full-time, etc. I’ve answered those questions in pieces, but I continue to get asked about it and will do one big post or video about it soon. I’ve also spoken before about how I’ve always wanted to be an artist and how I’m turning back in that direction.
I’m back with another Beauty Dossier where I tell you about some of the beauty products I’ve been out — good and bad! It’s actually rare that a product is quote unquote bad because it might work wonders for someone else. I try to keep an open mind and know that it might not be my personal favorite, or a scent or color I personally like, or work for my skin type or hair type, or heck — maybe I didn’t use it properly.
I’ve gotten this question often enough in recent years to warrant a post about it, so not only am I going to tell you how I organize all the projects I have going on at the same time, but I’m even going to GIVE you my Google Doc to use for yourself! The first thing to know is that after 7 years of being an entrepreneur and 10 years blogging, this is the only thing that has worked for me long term. I’ve used this project system for years now. I think it’s because it’s so simple it just stuck.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".