+ How to Beat Online Fatigue by Areti Vassou

How to Beat Online Fatigue

Apply the golden rule of 120 minutes for online meetings per week if you want to beat the side effects of online fatigue. It’s doable!

For most digital entrepreneurs the online meetings and heavy screen time exposure was the rule in their business schedule. After years and thousands of hours spent in online meetings most of the digital entrepreneurs were quite ready to deal with the daily pressure of the new pandemic business communication model. Fortunately, even under this challenging period we have the tools to manage how much time we spend online.

Let go of your FOMO and embrace your JOMO!

  • FOMO: Fear of missing out
  • JOMO: Joy of missing out

Prioritize the value of meetings

Not all topics or meetings should be treated with an important flag hanging above our heads. Usually, 8 out of 10 online meetings could have been an email. Having said that, let’s admit how important it is to prioritize the value of each topic and meeting before we schedule our next virtual meetings.

Create a calendar with all the ongoing projects. Highlight which parts are considered important to be shared only in a virtual meeting and which are suitable for an email update. This will help you manage how much time you are willing to spend in virtual meetings. Less online time means that we spend less energy for virtual meetings.

Before each online meeting it’s clever to have a clear agenda about the conversation and the available time which should never be more than 30 minutes. If you can not cover any topic in less than 30 minutes then you are in serious trouble with your team. Say less, be specific and offer solid solutions.

Learn the micro-ecosystem of your team

We all know people that treat online meetings as the perfect way of killing time. Never feel bad if you must remind to other participants that as the employer/ manager/ lead designer / host you are entitled to not welcome people which tend to join online meetings with a lack of respect for other people’s business time. Feel comfortable to ban certain participants that over talk, gossip or mistreat others during online meetings.

In my team we are dealing with several projects at the same time. Some of the team members perform better in written communication and prefer to have only one online meeting per month that usually lasts about 30-40 minutes. For the rest of the team that enjoys verbal communication we have formed speed online meetings that last 15 minutes, twice a week. In other words, learn the micro-ecosystem of your team and respond accordingly.

How to Beat Online Fatigue

The golden rule of 120 min/week

When COVID-19 spread out and all travels, conferences, events, and in-person meetings were canceled, the world reacted with an urge to do more and connect more and keep the screen on more.

My weekly schedule has a strict rule for online meetings, since the beginning of my career as a digital entrepreneur. I never break this strict rule of 120 minutes for online meetings per week. Having this filter, has helped me to save my sanity and make better use of my time.

For each online minute, we need five minutes offline to rest our brains. Make this minute worth your attention.

Each week I know that I will spend 60 minutes for online meetings with my team and some clients. The rest 60 minutes are filled with carefully selected events or conversations. When my friends started complaining about the ongoing online fatigue they were experiencing, my first reaction was to share my “dirty” secret: get over your fear of missing out (FOMO) and start protecting your sanity by saying NO to all the invitations for all the online events/meetings/gatherings/presentations. Be picky, strict and thank me later!

Half of my friends, thought that I was too extreme (to say at least). Seven months later they all have adapted my strategy and have reduced the volume of their online time. It’s liberating to evaluate your time and sanity enough in order to make the best out of these uncertain times.

Let me answer your next question. How to handle complex issues? Of course, you can pick up the phone and talk to other people. You can send detailed emails filled in with all the necessary information. In some areas of the planet, including Greece, we can still meet in person and work together. Follow all the precautionary health measures and try to stay safe and healthy.

How to Beat Online Fatigue

Online fatigue

What is online fatigue? Online fatigue is when you are feeling worn out and trapped into the need to be “online” all the time during the many virtual meetings we have to endure each day, every week and every month.

You may think that it’s something that happens only to over sensitive people. Think again!

Online fatigue symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Irritation
  • Muscle pain
  • Ear pain
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Less sex drive

These are a few of the main online fatigue symptoms. In case you recognize them as a pattern in your everyday life then it’s about time to clear your online air and create more free-online-meetings zones in your life.

Don’t wait until you start feeling that you have reached the end of your rope.

How to Beat Online Fatigue

One last tip to stay mentally healthy

Get out of your home at least one hour every single day. Go for a walk, exercise, see the sunset… do anything to stay away from your screen. Never take for granted your health. Take good care of yourself and your body.

Our health is our responsibility.

How to Beat Online Fatigue by Areti Vassou IDEADECO
+ Be Brave, Show Your True Colors by Areti Vassou

Be Brave, Show Your True Colors

The digital world needs more people of character that bring us authentic inspiration. Dare to show your true colors!

Day after day, I keep reading posts from people complaining that marketing is getting harder. They find advertising costs rising, month by month. In my humble opinion, when digital experts are looking for easy fame & money, they tend to invest a huge amount of money to get spectacular traffic results & leads, instantly.

But nowadays the competition is hard. Really hard. Next to that, audiences are digitally mature and are not hooked with bad practices and cold selling. People want to be respected. People seek brands that value their attention and time.

Define your personal code of ethics before you start anything in life. It’s the core foundation behind any business decisions that will impact your entire life. Even if you have an established brand or a company, it’s entirely up to your code of ethics that will set it apart from the crowd.

At the end of the day, doing the right thing is what true success means. When the choices we make benefit not only our own profit but also protect the community we live in then we demonstrate our power to choose a quality of freedom that actually makes this world a far better place.

Beyond and above everything else our growth is based on the belief that there is always room to improve ourselves.

Truth be told, personal and business growth are relying on our willingness to become the better person in the room. Breaking down an abstract idea into specific steps it’s a clever way to start doing what’s best for our development.

There is always room to be a better person by Areti Vassou

Add Kindness On Your Blog

You may find it a bit controversial but think about your brand or company as a beacon of wisdom. Especially through the digital assets we all own in order to communicate our message to the world. Companies that use their Corporate Blogging channels to build a strong communication channel with their selected audience, tend to invest in ethics and great character.

It’s a good idea to see how outstanding brands are utilizing their blogs to communicate their mission, philosophy, and eventually how they can help people to improve their lives. How they do it? Think about it for a second… Everything starts with one major principle: deep self-knowledge. Before you publish your corporate blog define the reasons you need it and the goals you wish to reach. Having a solid mission can help your blog stand out for the right reasons in front of the right people.

Treat your blog as an extension of your life’s purpose. Within your blog’s content, introduce your philosophy & ethics, address company news, updates, presentations, product guides, industry topics, expert tips, researches, books, financial data, scientific resources, videos, interviews, seminars, workshops, etc. A well structured corporate blog can bring traffic to your website and the right attention to your company and not only that.

Corporate Blogs are the Next Big Thing by Areti Vassou

Show Up and Tell Your Story

Want to know how to make a presentation of your ideas that everybody will admire? Start by writing down the core meaning of your presentation in one short paragraph. This 3–4 lines paragraph is your main message and what your audience should keep after you leave the room.

First of all, find the right topic, then do your research and finally create the best possible visuals. If you haven’t already try Canva then start now! Canva provides professional presentation solutions for people that don’t have any graphic design background. So here are the 5 top tips for making outstanding presentations that will make an unforgettable impression.

5 easy steps to make an unforgettable presentation by Areti Vassou

Why Do We Use Blogs to Tell Our Stories?

The need to share one’s passion is the ultimate booster for blogging. Next comes the need to create new ways to earn some extra financial income. Having motivation, firstly to communicate, and secondly, to earn money, blogging has become a widely spread activity around the globe.

People want to grow awareness, traffic, new clients, sell their work or services through different types of blogs, such as lifestyle blogs or fashion blogs, business or e-commerce blogs, journals or magazine blogs, and many others.

Blogging is another stream of income for people that carry an entrepreneur’s DNA. Decades before the term “startupers” emerge, a tribe of digital bees was actively writing and publishing their words into blogs. Back in the days, we called them: weblogs.

In a way, we can say that the journalists and writers, back in the early 1990s, showed us how to use blogs to make our voice heard. Today many bloggers earn their living through this activity. So from the days (1991–1994) where blogging was just a hobby, today it’s a business of billions.

Since January 1994 when the very first blog was created up to today’s microblogging platforms, blogging is a major part of the internet’s growth and digital marketing evolution.

We must admit that today’s blogs and bloggers are quite different from the blogs of yesteryears. But no matter how conditions may have changed, blogs & bloggers are the running blood inside The Internet as we all know it.

We use blogs to tell our stories because it’s an easy to use direct channel of communication.

Start with a Captivating Blog Headline

The better you craft your headlines, the better traffic results you will get and more visitors will read your posts. As engagement is growing, you will have more chances to improve your blog’s ranking and your relevance score. Choose witty and interesting headlines that give your potential readers a solid idea of what to expect from your content.

I am sure that you have already noticed that headlines are the first thing that grabs the attention of readers. Not only builds long-lasting connections but convince readers to continue reading. How not to mention, the powerful titles get the attention of all search engine machines and help them recognize your content.

Discover how you can also use the right tools for creating eye catching headlines for your blog posts.

Captivating Blog Headlines Increase Traffic by Areti Vassou

Start Spreading Your Ideas

When you share your idea with one person then only two people will know what you are up to. If you share your idea with 1000 people then you have better chances to expand your network circle and the growth curve of your ultimate goal. Master the art of spreading your news. Use clever ways to publish as many updates as possible.

Due to my job I have to create 10–15 new blog posts per day for several blogs. Digital copywriters are soldiers of words. They work under a very strict schedule day after day, producing more than 5.000 words daily.

Most content writers will agree that creating more than 5000 words a day isn’t an easy task if you’re not used to writing every day. Therefore,
spending at least 4–6 hours for word crafting is a common routine for most professionals in copywriting.

But some days are not that productive as others. Having a back plan in different ways of recycling your content could save the day and boost your writing when you are under a dry spell. In the following article, we can see how successful bloggers put in action clever recycling methods for their content:

Lessons from Successful Blogs on Recycling Published Content by Areti Vassou

Now it’s your turn!

Tell us which specific steps have helped you to make innovation part of your personal development and business growth.

Most of the people think that innovation refers only to technology and the financial sector. But if you take the time to think thoroughly you will discover that true innovation starts from the way we deal with daily challenges. Don’t you agree?

Be Brave, Show Your True Colors by Areti Vassou

+ Autumn Vibes Under October's Full Moon by Areti Vassou Ideadeco

Autumn Vibes Under October’s Full Moon

October is entering into our lives with an amazing full moon and we can’t hide our joy. And truth be told, we all need some beautiful moments, right?

In a few weeks, we are going to reach our first 6 months as new writers on Medium. We thought that many people have gone through the same learning curve during their first 180 days, trying to figure out what works best on establishing a recognizable name among Medium writers.

Overcoming Challenges

With a Smile

We are looking for articles that shed light on the biggest challenges new writers face in their first 6 months on Medium. The topic is: Overcoming Challenges the First 6 Months on Medium and the main tag is Overcoming Challenges.

Our aim is to gather around and talk about the ways most of us have tried in order to overcome the first 6 months’ challenges. We’re looking for articles willing to tell a personal story and reveal the pain points. We are not looking for the perfect approach but for true stories with a personal approach.

There is no wrong or right answer, just real humans trying to overcome the not as easy as expected publishing environment of Medium. The main question is:

What are the biggest challenges you faced in your first 6 months on Medium as a new writer?

To submit your article, please read our submission guidelines in this post.

Under the Spell of October's Full Moon - Ideadeco Newsletter by Areti Vassou

Remove the Dust from Your Communication Skills

The effort to develop our communication skills takes time and a lot of energy. But the rewards of being a skillful communicator of our own thoughts are priceless. Try these 7 steps to develop your communication skills and free yourself from the stressful agony of losing your words. After you will gain the sense of silent respect from people of all ages and face open doors in almost all cases, only then you will realize the power of practicing the art of communication throughout your life.
 

Great Manners Can Help you More than a Great Degree

Good manners refer to polite, humble, courteous, respectful, and well-cultured social behavior. A person, above everything else, is esteemed and distinguished on account of his good manners. Everyone remembers the most polite or kind person in a room. That tells us something, right?

Truth be told a well-mannered person is difficult to find nowadays. It’s a true asset to have even one in your team because the quality standards seem to rise above and hit the sky when this rare Wonder-Human just calms everyone around.

How important is this, need no explanation… Intelligence or wealth alone can not account for the value of a person’s behavior but manners can. To earn the gift of respect equals to have all the power in your hands. Who does not wish to be the most powerful person on-site under all circumstances?

Giving back to Community

Blogging Workshop at SHA

We are happy to announce that our two intensive Blogging Workshops at Social Hackers Academy have been successfully completed. The Workshops were part of the program “Women Going Digital” which was implemented with the support and funding of the Latsis Foundation. The program was designed by the Diotima Center, with long experience in women’s empowerment, and Social Hacker Academy, specializing in technological education.
 

During the Blogging Workshops the students learned how to:

  • Create new content for their blog
  • Apply keyword research
  • Implement SEO best practices
  • Adopt the best Content Marketing Strategies
  • Brand Positioning for their blog
  • Add different types of elements into their blog posts
  • Get familiar with the blogging community & networking guidelines
  • Explore potential blogging business opportunities

The main training goal was to enrich women’s digital soft & hard skills. According to research data, women are under-represented in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), facing difficulties both in their inclusion in the digital labor market and in their daily lives.

Blogging can support our efforts to create the life we want

Once you decide to engage professionally then it pays off. When we are ready to let go of what is familiar in order to create a new chapter for us then we tend to open up in the wildness of the unknown. Offer your caring attention generously and you will be surprised how joy, happiness, and creativity will find ways to return back to you.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach new bloggers how to blog. They helped me to become a better listener and to reconnect with the joy of doing something new. Also, they helped me to improve the quality of the Blogging Workshop. Thank you so much! – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co



Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our students thriving into their own blogging journey. We are really happy with our student’s growth and their published blog posts. They are sharing their point of view about our blogging workshops for beginners in Athens. Our blogging workshops were carefully designed to empower students’ confidence in order to use their blogging skills and express their own voice. The main focus of the workshops was to introduce all the professional characteristics and blogging tools for creating successful blog posts.

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging
How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging

Support Code Education
Donate to Social Hackers Academy

Due to COVID-19, all our lives have changed. We all have reached a point where we understand what it means to be under lockdown, forced to change our routine, and shift our lives to completely online reality. It is a fact that people within different vulnerable groups have been impacted heavily due to the current COVID-19 crisis. As a result of the pandemic, there are now even more vulnerable people facing challenging circumstances.

IDEADECO Team & Areti Vassou, are officially supporting Social Hackers Academy in their efforts to provide free Code Education to vulnerable people within Greece, Europe, and other countries. Join us, today!

What SHA will do with your donations?

SHA wants to tackle the COVID-19 crisis and its impact within vulnerable groups. That’s why they want to launch another web development class for 30 students by the end of this year and during 2021 with their new online platform. But we cannot do this without your help. Together with you, we will be able to:

  • Run one seven-month web development class for 30 students
  • Deliver soft skills training and career coaching to them
  • Foster the long-term integration of vulnerable people
  • Change the life of 30 people through tech education

Help us to help SHA to help their students.

Let’s hack our way to a better future.

Help us change the future!

Your Donation can change the world.

Donate today!

A Thank You Note About Our Newsletter

Back in 2014, our Newsletter had only 100 subscribers. Today more than 23.500 people are receiving our news in their inbox. I want to Thank you with all my heart for your support and for sharing our words, all over the planet. 

We wouldn’t have made it without you!

Areti Vassou

Autumn Vibes Under October’s Full Moon by Areti Vassou Ideadeco
Autumn Vibes Under October’s Full Moon by Areti Vassou Ideadeco
+ How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging by Anduela Mato

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging | Anduela Mato

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our students thriving into their own blogging journey. We are really happy for Anduela Mato’s new blog post. She is sharing her point of view about our blogging workshop for beginners in Athens. The blogging workshop was carefully designed to empower students’ confidence in order to use their blogging skills and express their own voice. The main focus of the workshop was to introduce all the professional characteristics and blogging tools for creating successful blog posts.

Blogging Workshop in Athens

Opinion by Anduela Mato

As a student of the Online WordPress course, which was designed and implemented by Social Hackers Academy and Diotima Center, I had the luck to attend the Blogging Workshop for Beginners by Areti Vassou. We had been informed that Areti had put a lot of effort into the course’s preparation. Therefore, I was looking forward to attending the workshop and I had previously arranged my schedule so that in no case I would miss it.

But what can you learn in a workshop that was designed to last 2 hours?

In almost all the seminars, courses, or workshops that I have attended in the past, it was impossible for the presenter to share with us a lot of information. So I was convinced that the workshop will cover key topics, with a brief reference to them, in fact, I never had the opportunity to attend an accelerated course able to satisfy adult students’ needs and provide deep levels of learning.

Blogging Workshop for Beginners

This particular Workshop, however, responded deservedly to the concept of an accelerated course. During the Blogging Workshop for Beginners, Areti was completely dedicated to its purpose and managed for 2 hours to reveal the blogging secrets and how to create successful content for articles on our blogs. So during the workshop, we learned that we can rock our blog posts following specific steps. Specifically:

  • The basic concepts of blogging with a brief historical background and additional material for future study (as a beginner, any information here seemed very important to me)
  • Why is it necessary to create a blog?
  • The best ways to research our content (f.e keywords)
  • The emphasis that should be given to the titles
  • How the basic structure of the text should be
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • The proper selection and proper use of photos on the blog
  • The creation and importance of the content calendar for a successful content marketing strategy
  • The Blogging community

Blogging Tools & Tips

While attending the Blogging Workshop for Beginners we all had the opportunity to increase our knowledge as we heard the ideas and thoughts from an expert in the field. Areti had great insight to share. She attended to flesh the text of the presentation out, not only with resources for additional reading such as articles but also suggested useful tools for creating successful content for articles on our blog, eg Canva, GTmetrix, and SEO Site Checkup.

Studying the notes the next days, I tried not to skip anything!

Οn the contrary, I researched whatever was unknown, although the presentation gradually covered all my questions. I tried to keep my mind open to every word and paragraph, but the biggest challenge was to be able to fully understand and acquire new information, in order to store them in my memory and recall for future study. However, the way and the structure of the presentation managed to cover exactly my needs and expectations.

About Anduela Mato

Anduela is a passionate MSc graduate in Business Management, and she is a highly motivated and proactive person. Her recent studies abroad combined with recent work experience in SNFCC S.A, have greatly developed her communication, creativity and team-working skills. Both have contributed to her enthusiasm for the marketing field, understanding of the potential audience and a deep understanding of customers’ needs and requirements. At present, she is looking for an entry-level position in a growing and entrepreneurial organization where she can launch her career and further develop her skills.

Find more about her professional journey on her LinkedIn account.

Anduela Mato

Blogging Workshop at SHA

Areti Vassou: Our two intensive Blogging Workshops at Social Hackers Academy have been successfully completed. The Workshops were part of the program “Women Going Digital” which was implemented with the support and funding of the Latsis Foundation. The program was designed by the Diotima Center, with long experience in women’s empowerment, and Social Hacker Academy, specializing in technological education.
 

During the Blogging Workshops the students learned how to:

  • Create new content for their blog
  • Apply keyword research
  • Implement SEO best practices
  • Adopt the best Content Marketing Strategies
  • Brand Positioning for their blog
  • Add different types of elements into their blog posts
  • Get familiar with the blogging community & networking guidelines
  • Explore potential blogging business opportunities

The main training goal was to enrich women’s digital soft & hard skills. According to research data, women are under-represented in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), facing difficulties both in their inclusion in the digital labor market and in their daily lives.

Blogging can support our efforts to create the life we want.

Once you decide to engage professionally then it pays off. When we are ready to let go of what is familiar in order to create a new chapter for us then we tend to open up in the wildness of the unknown. Offer your caring attention generously and you will be surprised how joy, happiness, and creativity will find ways to return back to you.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach new bloggers how to blog. They helped me to become a better listener and to reconnect with the joy of doing something new. Also, they helped me to improve the quality of the Blogging Workshop. Thank you so much! – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co

+ Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

Due to COVID-19 all our lives have changed. We all have reach a point where we understand what it means to be under lockdown, forced to change our routine, and shift our lives to a completely online reality. It is a fact that people within different vulnerable groups have been impacted heavily due to the current COVID-19 crisis. As a result of the pandemic, there are now even more vulnerable people facing challenging circumstances.

IDEADECO Team & Areti Vassou, are officially supporting Social Hackers Academy in their efforts to provide free Code Education to vulnerable people within Greece, Europe, and other countries. Join us, today!

Social Hackers Academy

At Social Hackers Academy, they care! They don’t want vulnerable people to be forgotten. That’s why we want to stand by their side and be part of the solution. SHA is shifting their classes to a new online platform and want to provide free code education.

Social Hackers Academy’s managing team, volunteers, supporters and ambassadors are welcoming students from vulnerable groups, from different countries, ages, and backgrounds who want to learn to code and start a new future as web developers wherever they are. With the right tools, those with less privilege can aspire to create positive change.

In order to maintain the scholarships and support more and more students, Social Hackers Academy is launching a crowdfunding campaign that will help them reach more people to improve their life.

Do you want to join us to drive change and hack COVID-19?

About SHA Mission

Social Hackers Academy (SHA) is a non-profit coding school for people in vulnerable groups. They have supported refugees, migrants, and unemployed citizens from Greece and several EU countries. The academy offers a 7-months full-stack development course, sponsored and supported by SHA. Once the students finalize the course, SHA connects their graduates with HR managers to promote integration.

To learn more about SHA, please, visit: www.socialhackersacademy.org.

SHA wants to keep on providing coding education to vulnerable groups during COVID-19 times and they have migrate their course to an online platform: Athena.

SHA equips its students with both digital skills and technological tools, as well as interpersonal skills and career counselling sessions. Moreover, through establishing relationships with tech companies, participating in tech conferences and hosting monthly events with companies representatives. SHA aims to connect its graduates to a broad network of tech professionals and increase employment opportunities.

As part of Social Hackers Academy DNA, education is the key for them. It brings the world closer and opens new possibilities. Coding will be relevant for the next 10+ years and SHA wants to increase awareness on the need for digital skills acquisition by disadvantaged groups, as a way towards their economic and social integration.

We Support SHA Crowdfunding Campaign

By being part of our effort to support SHA crowdfunding, you will be supporting people from vulnerable groups affected by COVID-19, as they will be able to join this Coding Academy thanks to your sponsored scholarship. Let’s join forces to empower their mission for:

  • Unemployed population from Greece, EU & other countries
  • Migrants
  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees
  • People with disabilities
  • Women
  • Youth

The donations made to the crowdfunding campaign will be used for the scholarship covering the full stack development course.

Social Hackers Academy wants to keep on offering its coding classes during COVID-19. And we have put all our efforts into it, so don’t give up on your dreams!

How our sponsoring will make a difference?

30 students will be able to receive all the benefits of this 7 month educational course by Social Hackers Academy. All of us we will be sponsoring 30 students to join the Coding Academy. 30 people will have a real chance to create better living conditions through this free educational course.

Currently, you can find similar courses to SHA’s in the market, but their cost is around 30.000 USD. Due to SHA shift to online and their approach to provide accessible education, their courses are worth 1.000 euros each. Therefore, with the 30.000 euros that SHA wants to achieve during this crowdfunding campaign, they want to welcome 30 talented students to their academy.

What will the students receive?

The students will receive the best education for:

  • Full stack development course. Here, they will learn javascript, frontend and backend development to become web developers, with the right technical skills to enter their job search.
  • Soft skills course. Tech HR managers agree on the importance of soft skills and we work through them during our course but put an extra emphasis on them to support our students during the integration process and to get a job.
  • How to get a dev web job. From the basics of setting a Linkedin page, where to look for a job, what to offer or practice mock interviews, we support our students and put them in touch with our network of supportive companies.

During this SHA set of courses, students will also have a support network for their soft skills. SHA students will have three main people supporting them:

  • One person who will do code review.
  • A mentor, who will meet with the student one hour per week. Mentors are not focused on hard skills, but the soft skills and the career path.
  • Online technical assistants (OTA), who are a group of people volunteers who are constantly online who will answer questions any time.

Help us provide coding education to new students so that we can shape and change their future for good.

Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy
Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

Where is the course going to take place?

Everywhere. SHA course is going online with their new “Athena Platform”, as an answer to the constant development and COVID-19 crisis. SHA wants to reach as many people as possible and online makes it real. SHA has partnerships with NGOs across different countries so that they can offer computers and connectivity to those lacking access to them.

We want to be accessible and global: online is the answer for us.

Why are we doing this? 

Because we imagine a world where people have access to equal education that leads them to opportunities and we want to make it happen. We want to be part of the solution!

We want to be part of the force that helps SHA to keep on offering accessible coding courses that grant a different future to vulnerable people. Because coding will be relevant in the coming 10 years, web development demand is greater than supply and it does grant a bullet-proof future: helping one student we are creating a support network around that person.

Do you want to join us to change the world with tech?

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Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

How does it work?

SHA equips its students with both digital skills and technological tools as well as interpersonal skills and career counseling sessions. Moreover, through establishing relationships with tech companies, participating in tech conferences and hosting monthly events with companies’ representatives, SHA aims at enabling its graduates to network with tech professionals and increase employment opportunities, while increasing awareness on the need for digital skills acquisition by disadvantaged groups, as a way towards their economic and social integration.

When will they receive this set of courses?

Generally, SHA develops two sets of courses per year and they welcome 30 students with scholarships. Depending on their funding, they will be able to increase the number of courses that they can offer and the number of scholarships to their students.

Our aim is to offer as many as possible to increase the number of opportunities, promote integration and create a supportive and strong network. For now, during this crowdfunding campaign our goal is to get to 30.000 euros, which will help us get 30 students on board, starting by the end of October.

Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy
Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

What SHA will do with your donations?

SHA want tos tackle COVID-19 crisis and its impact within vulnerable groups. That’s why they want to launch another web development class for 30 students by the end of this year and during 2021 with their new online platform. But we cannot do this without your help. Together with you, we will be able to:

  • Run one seven-month web development class for 30 students
  • Deliver soft skills training and career coaching to them
  • Foster the long-term integration of vulnerable people
  • Change the life of 30 people through tech education

Help us to help SHA to help their students.

Let’s hack our way to a better future.

Help us change the future!

Your Donation can change the world.

Donate today!

Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy
Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy

SHA Team 

SHA team is a group of passionate people, probably that is the best way to describe them. All volunteers support SHA across the whole organisation, from teaching, to supporting students or designing their social media assets. The SHA staff coordinates all the big and small details that keeps this course up and running.

Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy
Support Code Education Donate to Social Hackers Academy
+ How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging by Charikleia Sachpazidou

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging | Charikleia Sachpazidou

This blogging workshop was carefully designed to create confidence in the students so they could use their personal voice and express their blogging skills. The structure of the blogging workshop guided all attendees into the professional blogging mindset and helped them craft their own posts in real time.

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our students thriving into their own blogging journey. Today Charikleia Sachpazidou is sharing her point of view about our blogging workshop in Athens. We are really glad that she took the next step and we can’t wait to see more of her work published on blogs.

Blogging Workshop in Athens

Opinion by Charikleia Sachpazidou

Blogging or content creation is a fundamental element in versatile marketing campaigns. According to Areti Vassou, founder of Ideadeco Digital Marketing Agency and Blogging Trainer, during the last month, more than 4.4 million blog posts were published online! Now do the math. This means that each minute there are about 102 new blog posts available online.

But is blogging everyone’s thing?

About two months ago, I came across an intensive online seminar on web development, organized by Social Hackers Academy. Part of this course was a 2,5-hour workshop dedicated to blogging. Till then, my writing experience was very little, so I got pretty excited about this opportunity. In fact, I am this kind of nerdy kid that always wants to learn something new. This article summarizes how this workshop changed my way of seeing blogging. Contents:

  • Blogging, microblogging, and…other tales from the blogosphere.
  • Do your homework first. Always.
  • Quantity over quality? Not quite sure.
  • Appearance is essential. Let the images unfold their power.
  • Check your content again and again…and once again.
  • Consume, Reuse, Recycle (or how to reuse your published content)
  • Consistency is the key to success.
  • Release your creativity.

Blogging, microblogging, and… other tales from the lively blogosphere

Consider blogging an advanced, evolving organism. Since its first launch back in the 1990s blogging has dramatically changed. Back then it was more about sharing, than worrying too much for data and SEO. From personal blogs that provided a glimpse into the author’s life to modern microblogging and social media, blogging is here to stay and that’s for sure. Yet, don’t expect it to be the same in the next few years. In fact, you should always be open to any new updates and perspectives and willing to learn more.

Do your homework first, always

Blogging is not rocket science, but before you get your feet wet, make sure you’ve done your homework right. Finding information about a subject requires a significant amount of energy spent on research. Choose reliable sources. A well-rounded perspective on a topic is essential before you start the ball rolling.

Quantity over quality? Not quite sure

Despite what people say, when it comes to blogging size does matter. A typical blog post should -at least- contain 500 words, whilst 1500 is optimal. This is crucial to search engine ranking. However, a well-structured, high-quality content is bound to work as well. Blogging has its own best practices and you have to abide by its rules.

Keep your blog post-minimal and integrate catchy titles to help your readers skim the text easily. Provide them with added value by trying to be as relevant as possible. Refine your content carefully and select the appropriate keywords. Make sure they appeal both to your audience and the search machines. Simplicity is an important ingredient; if anything, there is no need for sophisticated words, but genuine clean lines that deliver the message to your following.

Appearance is essential

Let the images unfold their power. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and there is no doubt about it. The use of images enhances the ties with your readers. Top-notch visuals, such as photographs, infographics, and videos are an easy way to portray your words while keeping your reader excited.

Use attractive pictures that captivate your audience’s attention. Combine them with enticing captions that showcase your talented writing and artistic taste. But don’t forget; when it comes to visual content, balance is the key. You don’t want to overwhelm your audience with too many photos. The right ratio of images to text depends on the type of content you wish to deliver.

Check your content again and again… and once more

So, you’ve put lots of effort into creating your blog post and you are ready to click the “Publish” button. Still, before you do that, I dare you; check your content once again. You’ll be surprised by how many small details have escaped your attention. Scan your text for grammar mistakes and improve your SEO and vocabulary. Make sure your work shines.

Consume, Reuse, Recycle (or how to reuse your published content)

Content comes in many types, such as blog posts, guides, webinars, videos, and many more. In this regard, a good practice would be to repurpose a data-proven appealing content by converting its format to fit your audience’s needs. This encourages your audience to engage with you in diverse and unique ways. Deliver your bestselling ideas in new contexts and give alternative rendering to your texts. For example, try converting a blog post into a quiz, an e-book, or a podcast.

Consistency is the key to success

If you are serious about content creation, then look no further than your Google Calendar. Do you have a list of your upcoming blog posts? Do you have a clear image of your monthly blogging workload? Do you commit daily to a certain plan of action?

Creating a strategy about the frequency and the content you want to deliver, not only keeps you on track, but it’s also a great tool to enhance your audience engagement. Your readers will rest assured that they will access their favorite content on time and create a special bond with you. Apart from that, some social media penalize users with inconsistent online behavior, meaning that the less you
post the more likely it is to lose even your most supporting aficionados.

Release your creativity

I’ve joined the blogging community having very little experience in content creation, but here I am, writing this blog post for you. One thing I will definitely keep in mind from this workshop is that there is still plenty of room if you want to take up blogging as a full-time job.

It just takes a little bit of courage to unfold the career prospects in this super exciting, evolving industry. Still, before you embark on your blogging journey, make sure you develop your own tone of voice to deliver authentic content and distinguish yourself in the field.

Two days after completing this workshop I created my own personal account on Medium, as Areti encouraged us to do, and started planning on my first blog post topic. No one knows how this attempt will end, but either successful or not, but I am willing to take the most out of it.

See you on the next one!

About Charikleia Sachpazidou

Charikleia is an Economist specialized in Business Administration with a major interest in International Marketing & Sales, currently working on improving inbound and digital marketing skills. Mostly intrigued by consumer behavior, as well as market research and data.

Her main professional competencies involve Product Management, International Marketing & Sales, E-commerce, Digital/Social Media Marketing, Data Analysis, Cost Accounting. Also, she is fascinated with digital photography, multimedia editing and traveling.

Find more about her professional journey on her LinkedIn account.

Charikleia Sachpazidou

Blogging Workshop at SHA

Areti Vassou: Our two intensive Blogging Workshops at Social Hackers Academy have been successfully completed. The Workshops were part of the program “Women Going Digital” which was implemented with the support and funding of the Latsis Foundation. The program was designed by the Diotima Center, with long experience in women’s empowerment, and Social Hacker Academy, specializing in technological education.
 

During the Blogging Workshops the students learned how to:

  • Create new content for their blog
  • Apply keyword research
  • Implement SEO best practices
  • Adopt the best Content Marketing Strategies
  • Brand Positioning for their blog
  • Add different types of elements into their blog posts
  • Get familiar with the blogging community & networking guidelines
  • Explore potential blogging business opportunities

The main training goal was to enrich women’s digital soft & hard skills. According to research data, women are under-represented in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), facing difficulties both in their inclusion in the digital labor market and in their daily lives.

Blogging can support our efforts to create the life we want.

Once you decide to engage professionally then it pays off. When we are ready to let go of what is familiar in order to create a new chapter for us then we tend to open up in the wildness of the unknown. Offer your caring attention generously and you will be surprised how joy, happiness, and creativity will find ways to return back to you.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach new bloggers how to blog. They helped me to become a better listener and to reconnect with the joy of doing something new. Also, they helped me to improve the quality of the Blogging Workshop. Thank you so much! – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging

*Cover photo & Pinterest visual credits: Charikleia Sachpazidou

+ How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging by Georgia Parasiri

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging | Georgia Parasiri

The ultimate goal of our Blogging Workshops is to introduce the magical world of blogging, content creation & WordPress to new people. Helping others to discover that blogging can be creative and profitable is more than rewarding for us. We are really proud for our student’s growth in blogging and digital copywriting. Their new blog posts make our hearts beat faster out of joy. Today, one of the Blogging Workshop students, Georgia Parasiri, is sharing with us how this workshop changed the way she sees blogging. We can’t wait to see her next steps.

WordPress Blogging Workshop

Opinion by Georgia Parasiri

It’s not everyday that you get the opportunity to be trained in the secrets of blogging by a real pro like Mrs Areti Vassou. She specializes in the fields of SEO, Digital Copywriting, Branding, Blogging, Social Media & Digital Marketing Strategy, Web Design, Email and Content Marketing. As the Founder and Digital Strategy Director of IDEADECO.CO her goal is to educate and help people get more involved in the world of digital marketing and web design.

Discovering Blogging

Blogging rates are growing rapidly showing us that’ it came here to stay for good and play an active role in our daily lives. A blogger can easily share an idea, an opinion, an experience or any other content he wants with just a click.

Everyone is a blogger directly or indirectly!

One of the first things that I realized during this workshop is that when you post something on social media you are actually blogging indirectly. That’s right folks, we are all amauteur bloggers throught our digital present.

It doesn’t matter if the content we post is just a picture or a video or a simple status on Facebook in which you express your feelings. What matters is that we create, we participate and we communicate with the world.

The easiest way to become a professional blogger is to learn how to create and promote content and also how to advertise a product for a client. Nowadays, many companies hire bloggers in order to promote directly their products or services to their audiences.

Each professional blogger has to create his/her own content, which can be created after conducting research on data. Stealing content from others is strictly forbidden and can get you in trouble with the law. In case you use content from a specific course you are obligated to mention the course and where you found it.

Create your Own content as a Pro Blogger

The usual structure of a blog post is a main title with one or two paragraphs, followed by a heading with a paragraph or more and a second heading with a paragraph or more and so on. The length of the text content depends on the posts theme and the blogger.

The next step after you create your content will be to check it out for syntax, grammar and spelling mistakes before you publish it. Also you have to make sure that you have included keywords in your content based on the SEO process.

Bloggers and editors use this process to optimize their content and promote it directly to their audience through search engines like Google. For example, the main title of your blog post must include 1-2 keywords at least. The number of times that you have to include the key phrases and words in your entire blog post depends on the posts length.

Keep in mind that the content that you post can be a text, a picture, a video, a link, a live chat, an article, etc. If you become a professional blogger it would be best if you post a combination of texts with keywords and phrases, pictures, links and videos.

Overall after the workshop I learnt that blogging is a part of our lives that we need to explore more not only as a mean for communication, or as a hobby but also as a possible future job opportunity.

Blogging Workshop at SHA

Areti Vassou: Our two intensive Blogging Workshops at Social Hackers Academy have been successfully completed. The Workshops were part of the program “Women Going Digital” which was implemented with the support and funding of the Latsis Foundation. The program was designed by the Diotima Center, with long experience in women’s empowerment, and Social Hacker Academy, specializing in technological education.
 

During the Blogging Workshops the students learned how to:

  • Create new content for their blog
  • Apply keyword research
  • Implement SEO best practices
  • Adopt the best Content Marketing Strategies
  • Brand Positioning for their blog
  • Add different types of elements into their blog posts
  • Get familiar with the blogging community & networking guidelines
  • Explore potential blogging business opportunities

The main training goal was to enrich women’s digital soft & hard skills. According to research data, women are under-represented in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), facing difficulties both in their inclusion in the digital labor market and in their daily lives.

Blogging can support our efforts to create the life we want.

Once you decide to engage professionally then it pays off. When we are ready to let go of what is familiar in order to create a new chapter for us then we tend to open up in the wildness of the unknown. Offer your caring attention generously and you will be surprised how joy, happiness, and creativity will find ways to return back to you.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach new bloggers how to blog. They helped me to become a better listener and to reconnect with the joy of doing something new. Also, they helped me to improve the quality of the Blogging Workshop. Thank you so much! – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co

+ 7 Ways to Develop your Communication Skills by Areti Vassou

7 Ways to Develop your Communication Skills

The effort to develop our communication skills takes time and a lot of energy. But the rewards of being a skillful communicator of our own thoughts are priceless. Try these 7 steps to develop your communication skills and free yourself from the stressful agony of losing your words. After you will gain the sense of silent respect from people of all ages and face open doors in almost all cases, only then you will realize the power of practicing the art of communication throughout your life.

7 Communication Best Practices

Be specific and focused

Share your knowledge in a clear and polite manner. Show people that you know what you’re talking about, and always be ready to answer questions in a way that shows the depth of your knowledge and without any intention to show off.

Be calm and confident 

Even under the pressure of negative feedback. Get to the pain point with slow breathing and in a very peaceful state of mind. People tend to disagree strongly, so you have the option to act like a pro or react like a child.

Always thank someone for their opinion 

That means that you must act as the better person in the room by firstly being calm. Especially if you are in a very difficult situation, you can start by saying: “Thank you for sharing your opinion and although it is a bit difficult for me to answer to this comment, I will do my best and give it a try…”

Show up to public events

Start with small steps, and keep blending with different groups. Most probably at the beginning, you may end up talking in front of not so close to your perfect audience. No matter how far away it may look from your ideal goal, go for it. Any starting point is way better than no point at all. Quality talking opportunities will find you as long as you are out there already doing the “appearance argument”.

Write articles or books

Get your words published. Having your own voice means that you are able to tell your expert opinion about your industry issues. Leadership articles, books, researches, or interviews can help you establish your credibility and your authority’s value. Speak up but make it relevant. Be crystal clear and sharp like a piece of ice with the use of arguments. No one can resist a well-written opinion when it is backed with solid proof of credibility and accuracy.

Make your Grandmother happy

Use the old fashioned etiquette. Be polite. Be so polite that everyone notices it. Show your good manners to everyone and everywhere. Say thank you, please, you welcome, etc. Remember what grandmothers used to say: “Nobody will accuse you of been too polite”.

Be responsible

Take your online presence seriously. Take matters on your hand and keep a balanced journal of your digital footprints. Online and offline identity are the two sides of the same coin. And remember what goes online stays forever. Schedule time to communicate with your digital community in a regular basis. It’s the best way to keep your public language in excellent shape.

One Extra Tip

Great Manners Can Help you More than a Great Degree

Good manners refer to polite, humble, courteous, respectful, and well-cultured social behavior. A person, above everything else, is esteemed and distinguished on account of his good manners. Everyone remembers the most polite or kind person in a room. That tells us something, right?

Truth be told a well-mannered person is difficult to find nowadays. It’s a true asset to have even one in your team because the quality standards seem to rise above and hit the sky when this rare Wonder-Human just calms everyone around.

How important is this, need no explanation… Intelligence or wealth alone can not account for the value of a person’s behavior but manners can. To earn the gift of respect equals to have all the power in your hands. Who does not wish to be the most powerful person on-site under all circumstances?

Most people tend to admire and follow the ones which stand for their solid character and ethos. Usually, they are calm and have this quality of kindness in their eyes coming from their inner compass made of pure logic. Show yourself and share your values especially on your digital assets.

Say the magic words

1. Salutation is important, try to use the correct surname.
2. Be clear and short in your responses. Like “Yes, Sir” or “No, Sir”.
3. Show your willingness with “My pleasure”
4. Be genuine kind and polite with “Thank you for your time” or “ I will be happy to …” and “It is a true honor to…”
5. Absolutely never interrupt.
6. Listen carefully and acknowledge.
7. Be here and now.
8. Say the magic words: “Thank you” “Please” and “Excuse me”
9. Be helpful and generous.
10. Honor your mentors or other people’s achievements

Most of these might sound old fashioned but all the above is the “Golden Rule” — treat others as you would want them to treat you.

Keep in mind that the digital world is part of our life and the same conduct rules apply also into the media communication text-post-blog language. Good manners are good manners and a proof of excellence.

Do mind your manners, because they will get you richer – literal and metaphorical- and happier.

7 Ways to Develop your Communication Skills by Areti Vassou
+ The Writing Cooperative Helps Writers to Thrive

The Writing Cooperative Helps Writers to Thrive

The Writing Cooperative provides advice and encouragement for writers of all genres. Their goal is to help people write better! Founded by Jessica JungtonJustin Cox, and Sand Farnia, The Writing Cooperative strives to connect writers and help them grow. Learn about all the ways they unite and encourage writers to thrive in The Writing Cooperative official page on Medium.

The Writer’s Bundle 2020

Perfect for Freelance Writers

They’ve teamed up with The Write Life on a fantastic deal for writers: The Writer’s Bundle 2020. Wherever you are in your freelancing journey, this bundle will help you move faster and smarter.

If you are already following their Medium Publication then you will recognize many friends of the Cooperative are behind these products, including ProWritingAid, Dave Schools, Carol Tice, and more.

The 12 resources available through this year’s bundle normally retail for $2,000+. But through this deal, you can get your hands on ALL of them for just $99.

The bundle is only available until Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m. PST. That means if you want it, you should check it out NOW.

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About The Writing Cooperative Publication

The main component of The Writing Cooperative is their publication, which is one of Medium’s largest. Their stories earn nearly a million page views monthly from over 17k unique daily visitors.

Everything they publish falls within their mission statement: Helping each other write better.

Opinions presented in their publication are those of the individual author credited on each story. Only stories authored by our Administrative Team contain official statements and positions of The Writing Cooperative.

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+ How this workshop changed the way I see blogging by Loukia Zervoudaki

How this Workshop Changed the Way I see Blogging | Loukia Zervoudaki

Seeing our student’s growth in blogging and digital copywriting is more than rewarding. We are so proud for their efforts and their new blog posts. Today, one of the Blogging Workshop students is sharing with us how this workshop changed the way she sees blogging. Loukia Zervoudaki is an experienced Graphic Designer and she has a lot to give in the blogging community. We can’t wait to see her next steps.

WordPress Blogging Workshop

Opinion by Loukia Zervoudaki

So, there I was, in front of my computer screen, me, a single mom of two teenage children, in the midst of their nagging and complaining and always wanting a piece of me to break out their teenage nerves. Yes, there I was, in front of my computer screen demanding time for myself. A few weeks before I had signed up for a WordPress seminar to enhance my graphic design skills and there was a soft skill Blogging workshop on the side.

It’s not only the quality of the course but also the credentials of the instructor. Areti Vassou has it all. She is an expert in her field. With more than 20 years of work experience, she knows all there is to know about SEO, Digital Copywriting, Branding, Digital Marketing Strategy, Web Design, Email & Content Marketing.

If you ask me though of a critical skill most important to business success, I would say generosity. Areti is generous. She is extremely generous. Giving of her time and expertise easily and willingly, hoarding no information whatsoever, and offering guidance graciously.

Blogging Tips & Tools

Of course, by the end of the workshop, I knew everything there was to know about blogging. From the mechanics of getting set up, installing crucial plugins, niche areas, target audiences, writing and content strategies, traffic driving strategies, SEO, growing readers, creating XML site maps to making money from your blog, you name it! All in all, it was a great laid-back but informative approach to blogging, that gave me technical tools, support, and confidence for creating an effective online presence.

Enough with the technical stuff though. I want to share with you how this workshop ignited a fire in my soul. It brought a little light into a dark time…

My Journey

I’ve been a single mom for ten years now and I can tell you it’s difficult. Apart from household chores, cooking, cleaning the house, folding and ironing the endless baskets of laundry, doing the groceries, scrubbing carpets, driving the kids around to their extracurricular activities, killing spiders (the list goes on forever…), I also have to balance all the other life choices and pay my own bills. The struggle is physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial! There are days that running and hiding in my blanket fort seems far more appealing than anything else…

After the kids go to sleep each night I am forced to face the voices in my head saying I don’t want to just survive, I want to thrive!

I want to transcend my circumstances, elevate myself to the next level, and change my life, our lives! But how? I am stuck in neutral. I constantly beat myself up for feeling like I could be doing more. Brainstorming what small thing I could do that would make a big difference. It seemed unreasonable to think that I would be able to get anything done.

And there, a couple of hours had gone by, the workshop had come to an end and I realized that something inside had clicked. The “poor me” mentality only serves procrastination and self-doubt. The workshop reminded me of what is possible even while I was feeling defeated.

The workshop reminded me of what is possible!

I will always be truly grateful to Areti for re-electrifying my life! This workshop truly feels like a gift that will keep on giving, empowering me to grow personally and professionally. Thank you Areti, for all the time, energy, and love you put into this.

About Loukia Zervoudaki

Loukia is an active Freelance Graphic Designer at Upwork. Explore her work at Behance  or contact her at www.lucyz.webstarts.com or at her LinkedIn account.

Loukia Zervoudaki

Blogging Workshop at SHA

Areti Vassou: Our two intensive Blogging Workshops at Social Hackers Academy have been successfully completed. The Workshops were part of the program “Women Going Digital” which was implemented with the support and funding of the Latsis Foundation. The program was designed by the Diotima Center, with long experience in women’s empowerment, and Social Hacker Academy, specializing in technological education.
 

During the Blogging Workshops the students learned how to:

  • Create new content for their blog
  • Apply keyword research
  • Implement SEO best practices
  • Adopt the best Content Marketing Strategies
  • Brand Positioning for their blog
  • Add different types of elements into their blog posts
  • Get familiar with the blogging community & networking guidelines
  • Explore potential blogging business opportunities

The main training goal was to enrich women’s digital soft & hard skills. According to research data, women are under-represented in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), facing difficulties both in their inclusion in the digital labor market and in their daily lives.

Blogging can support our efforts to create the life we want.

Once you decide to engage professionally then it pays off. When we are ready to let go of what is familiar in order to create a new chapter for us then we tend to open up in the wildness of the unknown. Offer your caring attention generously and you will be surprised how joy, happiness, and creativity will find ways to return back to you.

I am grateful for having the opportunity to teach new bloggers how to blog. They helped me to become a better listener and to reconnect with the joy of doing something new. Also, they helped me to improve the quality of the Blogging Workshop. Thank you so much! – Areti Vassou, Founder of Ideadeco.co

*Cover image credits: Creative work made with love by Loukia Zervoudaki

+ Submissions to Ideadeco Publication Now Open For New Articles

Submissions to Ideadeco Publication Now Open For New Articles

We are looking for articles that shed light on the biggest challenges new writers face in their first 6 months on Medium. The topic is: Overcoming Challenges the First 6 Months on Medium and the main tag is Overcoming Challenges.

In a few weeks, we are going to reach our first 6 months as new writers on Medium. We thought that many people have gone through the same learning curve during their first 180 days, trying to figure out what works best on establishing a recognizable name among Medium writers.

The First 6 Months

Our aim is to gather around and talk about the ways most of us have tried in order to overcome the first 6 months’ challenges. We’re looking for articles willing to tell a personal story and reveal the pain points. We are not looking for the perfect approach but for true stories with a personal approach.

There is no wrong or right answer, just real humans trying to overcome the not as easy as expected publishing environment of Medium. The main question is:

What are the biggest challenges you faced in your first 6 months on Medium as a new writer?

And some subtopics you may want to cover:

  • What you wish you knew and have done differently during your first 6 months on Medium?
  • What advice would you give yourself & others regarding the best methods and tools?
  • Which was the best writing advice that helped you achieve your writing goals?
  • Do you believe that there is a golden shortcut to get noticed by major publications?
  • Which Medium writers influenced more your first steps?
  • Which Medium article was your go-to-source for dealing with the rising challenges?
  • What were your first 6 months’ goals? Did you achieve them?

How to Submit your Article

To submit your article, please read our submission guidelines  and for this particular topic please add the following details:

  • Follow our submission guidelines
  • Use the tags: Overcoming Challenges, First 6 Months, Writing, Life Lessons, Creativity
  • Don’t forget to add the main topic kicker: Overcoming Challenges with a link to https://medium.com/ideadeco/tagged/overcoming-challenges
  • In the last paragraph please add your short bio up to 150 words, including links to your social media accounts, website, or blog and a link to your best Medium article.
  • In case you have forgotten how to add a topic kicker: type Overcoming Challenges above the main title using the small “T” heading and here it is!
How to add a kicker on Medium

Submissions 14/09/2020 until 30/11/2020

Feel free to submit your Overcoming Challenges Story from 14 September 2020 until 30 November 2020. We can’t wait to read them and gradually publishing them until the end of the year.

Let’s stay connected and support each other on this creative journey!

Thank you in advance for your participation,

Areti Vassou

IDEADECO Submission Guidelines

These guidelines are subject to change at any time so visit this page often. All articles are published as part of the Medium Partner Program, which means you will be paid for your work directly by Medium.

  • Tell us your personal or/and business growth story and all the pain points that you had to figure out on your own. Be authentic and give us a good life lesson.
  • Love stories or too personal journal-like stories are not a good fit for us.
  • Poems or fiction stories are lovely but not agreeable with us.
  • Use the type of language your mother would understand and be polite. First-person is good but sometimes you may need to use second-person to keep it the story alive. You decide what’s best for your story.
  • We want you to mingle with our audience. Add all your promotions or your links only in the last paragraph of your story.
  • In case you are ready to share a practical guide or a well-written exercise, feel free to do so. We love to bridge the gap between theory and action.
  • Don’t just tell a story, show us more of the real thing. Add compelling visuals.
  • Always give credits for anything you use and it’s not yours.
  • Try to send us stories with more than 1000 words. Or be our hero and go beyond. Can you really reach the goal of 3500–5000 words?
  • If you don’t follow Medium’s curation guidelines you won’t see any of your stories published on our publication.
  • Check your grammar twice before you send us your story or use Grammarly.
  • We prefer American English.
  • We use the Oxford comma.
  • We follow the Associated Press (AP) Style Guide format.
  • Always have a good looking title, subtitle, and an appealing cover image.
  • We accept only Medium drafts.
  • Plagiarism is forbidden.

Please read the complete list of IDEADECO Guidelines.

We accept new articles on Sundays

We accept new submissions only on Sundays. Wait for our reply within a week.

If your story earns our attention then you will see the status of your Medium account* changed from “following” to “writer” for IDEADECO. After that, you only have to submit the story to IDEADECO using the tab “Add to publication” while editing your draft on Medium.

Submit your new article through this form

*Important note: you must create a Medium account in order to submit your draft or article

IDEADECO Publication at Medium by Areti Vassou

Frequently Asked Questions

1).How do I start writing on Medium?

Medium: First, make a free account. Then, to create a story, click on your profile picture in the top-right corner of the page, then “New Story.”

2).Do I need to be in the Partner Program to write on Medium?

Medium: No. Joining the Partner Program is free, optional, and you can choose to join or leave at any time. If you are in the Partner Program you can also choose which of the stories you publish are eligible for the Program. For more about the Partner Program, click here.

3).How can I make money writing on Medium?

Medium: If you join the Medium Partner Program, you can earn money based on how much time Medium members spend reading your stories.

4). Who can read the work I publish on Medium?

Medium: Anyone on the internet can read your stories. Even if your story is being distributed in the Partner Program as a part of our metered paywall, anyone can still read a limited number of articles for free each month. If you want to share an un-metered version of your story, you can use a Friend Link.

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Our brand new IDEADECO Publication on Medium is on air and we will be sharing inspiring new voices navigating into the exciting world of Blogging & Branding.

The team of IDEADECO Publication is dedicated to the Art of Communication. We are driven by the passion of creating the perfect message for your brand, making your blog stand out from the crowd. Being into the blogging and SEO content writing industry for more than 20 years, our mission is based on the principle that communication is the cornerstone of branding.

Our published work earns more than 1.800.000 page views monthly from over 250k unique daily visitors. We welcome new creative minds and writers to submit articles and join our global community.

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+ This World Needs Good Stories by Areti Vassou

This World Needs Good Stories

People need good stories to warm their hearts. Great books made me see the world as a place worth discovering. Were the power behind my will to visit 191 countries till today. Breathtaking stories had broken all boundaries for me and for all the people I admire. A book can make you family with a stranger. A book can change your world.

Breathtaking books have inspired me to find the strength and overcome many obstacles since my childhood. It is our moral duty to protect wordsmiths and creative minds from extinction.

We should make time to read great books, read more books (day after day) and learn how to express our thoughts on paper. This world needs writers more than ever before. We need good stories to tell our children, to pass the knowledge of outstanding ideas. Remember this truth next time you start writing something.

Why we need more writers

Writers circulate knowledge among the people. Writers shape the way we think and how we feel. Without books, this world would be poor and empty. Stories are the invisible thread that holds together the world of imagination within reality.

To all the writers out there: Define why you want to share your story and start writing it. There are people in the world waiting to find your words.

Help them find the meaning of life.

This World Needs Good Stories by Areti Vassou

This Story is Published at Curious

Curious is a new Medium publication by The Startup team. Curious is home to stories that uncover time-tested ideas. The creative mind behind Curious and Editor in Chief is Ali Mese. He is the Founder of: The Startup, Curious and Growth Supply. He also writes essays that help his readers get smarter at building their thing at www.GrowthSupply.com

Why we recommend Curious?

Because it is a community of people who are curious to find out what others have already figured out. And that is something we love!