Inspiration / Editors’ Picks Filter
  1. Don’t Be Like Me: Take the Help, Dummy

    “Soon enough—a few weeks, a few months—and the poem seems to me like a cardboard cutout of a puppy: inauthentic, inflexible, lacking in depth or life. I don’t know why this is, but I hate it.” At The Gloria Sirens, Katie Riegel encourages other poets to be humble and willing to accept help.

    Inspiration
  2. IKEA Hackers

    Whether you’ve never assembled a single BILLY bookcase or are already on your fifth POÄNG chair, IKEA Hackers — a community of DIY lovers led by Jules Yap — may inspire you to turn your Allen wrench in new directions.

    Crafts
  3. Charlotte Hoather, Soprano

    If you ever wondered what an opera singer’s daily life looks like, you’ll love Charlotte Hoather’s blog, where the British soprano invites visitors and fans behind the scenes (and occasionally on stage, too).

    Culture
  4. Ten Reasons Why Students Should Read Whole Books over Excerpts

    As the school year is kicking into gear in many countries, Cari White, a librarian in Texas, gives parents and educators 10 reasons to encourage young readers to tackle entire works.

    Books
  5. Philately. Lately.

    Lovers of all things postal, rejoice! At Philately. Lately., Poland-based blogger Octavian shares treasures from his vast stamp collection, one post (no pun intended. Maybe.) at a time.

    Art
  6. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers

    Cristian Mihai has been a prolific blogger for years; in this post, he shares his hard-earned insight into the things that can help people build — and maintain — a blogging rhythm and an audience.

    Inspiration
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  7. Chaotic Shapes

    Brandon Knoll is a young artist drawn to geometry. In his posts he often shares works-in-progress and discusses the highs and lows of the creative process.

    Art
  8. The Book of Life

    The Book of Life, an offshoot of The School of Life, is a resource about the most substantial things in your life: your relationships, your income, your career, and your anxieties. It’s meant to be read bit by bit, as it continues to evolve — a site to return to over time.

    Exploration
  9. You should vote because hardly anyone else does, so your opinion is going to mean that much more. But mostly you should vote because this is your home and who you are, and you should take ownership of that. That’s what you do when you turn eighteen.

    Education
  10. MiddleMe

    Malaysia-based entrepreneur Kally created MiddleMe as a space for career advice, tips for freelancers, and other resources and inspiration based on her wide-ranging experiences.

    Business
  11. Mapping My Weeks

    Hannah Brencher on productivity and to-do lists: “Locate the task that is the most important but also the one you’re most likely to procrastinate on. That’s your frog. Your frog is the thing that NEEDS to get done . . . I try to ‘eat the frog’ every week, early in the week.”

    Inspiration
  12. How Do We Write Now?

    Patricia Lockwood on writing in a time of distractions: “The feeling you get after hours of scrolling that all your thoughts have been replaced with cotton candy . . . as opposed to the feeling of being open to poetry, to being inside the poem, which is the feeling of being honey in the hive.”

    Essay
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  14. “I’m more of a binge writer. I have to pull way back and let my creative pulse breathe. Then, at some point, I go in and I write and write and write…. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to respect the cyclic nature of my creative life.”

    Essay
  15. Should You Become a Photographer?

    Madara Parma, a Latvian photographer, asked six of her peers around the world, from India to Argentina, to share their honest takes on the joys and challenges of a career in photography.

    Art