My 2014 Mid-Year Writing Roundup

August 5, 2014

Its already past mid-way through 2014, so I thought I’d put together a post containing all the articles I’ve published so far this year. I’ve written a lot this year and joined some new publications, which I’m very excited about. If you’d like to keep up to date with everything, join my reading list and follow me via Twitter. Enjoy!

The Obstacle Is The Way Launch Behind the Book Campaign: How To Sell 30,000 Copies in 6 Weeks Huffington Post: How Dr. Drew Pinsky Changed My Life Cracked: 7 People Who Overcame Huge Obstacles To Become Famous Copyblogger: How I Wrote Three Books In Three Years FastCompany: 7 Ways To Turn Your Opponents Into Opportunities Art of Manliness: Finding the Opportunity Inside the Obstacle 800-CEO-READ: The 3 Stoic Disciplines: How to Turn Your Obstacles Into Triumphs Upstart Business Journal: Why Amelia Earhart’s 1925 Gamble Should Inspire Entrepreneurs Thought Catalog: How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything Thought Catalog: Should I Drop Out of College? Medium: Hey Millennials, It’s A Good Thing Things Are Bad Psychology Today: The Importance of Negative Thinking A Lesson From The World’s Worst Week A Practical Philosophy Reading List Nine Ways To Turn Your Obstacles Into An Advantage A Leadership Lesson From Eisenhower’s Stoic Reversal at D-Day

New York Observer

A Burglar Stole My Engagement Ring — And It Made My Proposal – Feb. 18 Certified: Why It Feels Good When Your City Hits the Big Screen – April 4 Trading Up The Chain: Mainstream Media Takes Cues from Blogosphere – April 23 Dear Graduates: Lessons From a College Dropout – May 26


Fake Traffic Means Real Paydays – Jan. 16 I Own a Goat: Some Animals And a Mini-Farm Give a Tech Guy Some Peace – Jan. 21 Ryan’s Hope: Why I Took A Job At Betabeat – Feb. 3 Phoning It In: 3 Years of Lessons From Running A Remote Business – Feb. 6 Whats Wrong With Media? This Tech Investor’s Twitter Rant Nails It – Feb. 10 What to Measure? The Question Journalism Has to Answer – Feb. 12 Outrage Porn: How the Need For ‘Perpetual Indignation’ Manufactures Phony Offense – Feb. 26 Sourceless: Online Reporting Becomes a Race to the Bottom – March 5 Get Out Of Town: Why SXSW Isn’t Worth It – March 14 Airbnb Etiquette: A Wake-Up Call to Unprofessional Hosts – March 19 Let Me Come Out and Say It: The Ford Commercial Is Super Lame – April 1 I Was Plagiarized By Arbitrage Magazine, But I’m The One Who Feels Terrible About It – April 8 Personal Science Seth Roberts Passes Away – April 28 Tim Ferriss Publishes Betabeat Editor Under New Audiobook Venture – May 9 The Joke’s On Us: ‘Sharing’ Becomes An Excuse Not To Care – May 21 Skimming Off The Top: Social Giving Sites Take a Huge Cut Of The Check – May 27 Is Google’s Product Strategy Dumb, Brave or both? – June 4 For Giants Like the New York Times, Problems Are Hidden in Plain Sight – June 23 How 3D Printing Is Bringing An Ancient Art Form Back to the Future – June 3 Chasing Ghosts: ‘Attention Minutes’ Are Voodoo, CPM is Still What Counts – July 7

Thought Catalog

The Guilty, Crazy Secret That Helps Me Write – Jan. 2

24 Books To Hone Your Strategic Mind – Jan. 8

The Creative Secret: Quantity Over Quality — And Commitments – Jan. 16

How To Turn Your Day-To-Day, Chronic Procrastination Into An Advantage – Jan. 26

How To Market A Boring Business: PR, Advertising And Marketing Strategies For Regular, Button-Down Brands – Jan. 28

Information Vs. Knowledge Vs. Experience – Jan. 31

A Winner Does… – Feb. 6

I Am The Man Who Honks – Feb. 13

25 Recommendations For Life Changing Biographies For The Voracious Reader In You – Feb. 23

Print Out Good Advice And Put It Where You Work (You Won’t Be Able To Run Away From It) – March 3

Hey, Reading Isn’t A Race: How Speed Reading And Spritz Completely Miss The Point – March 9

Productivity Secret: Never Buy Airplane Wifi – March 17

Loving Los Angeles: 36 Books To Help You Finally “Get” LA – March 24

The Overthinker’s Guide To Launching Your Next Project Without Wanting To Kill Yourself – April 7

Why You Need To Understand The American Civil War -April 17

Should I Drop Out Of College? – April 28

How You Do Anything Is How You Do Everything – May 1

How The Civil War Was Won – May 9

13 Moral Biographies That Make You A Better Person And Teach You About Life – May 14

We Love Ourselves More Than Other People, But Care About Their Opinions More Than Our Own – May 19

This Moment Is Not Your Life – May 28

A Letter To The Graduating Class Of 2014 – June 3

Things I Learned On The Way To 27 – June 16

30 Must Read Quotes From Icons Of History Required To Turn Your Adversity Into Advantage – June 20

Can You Call Yourself A Writer? – June 23

Sorry, An Epiphany Isn’t What’s Going To Change Your Life – July 1

Confessions Of A Binge Reader (Or, How I Read So Much) – July 8

7 Pieces of Life Changing Advice from Dear Sugar – July 15

The 10 Of The Greatest (True) Stories Ever Written—Read These Books – July 28

How to Get a Book Agent– July 31

Psychology Today

The Surprising Value of Negative Thinking – May 1 Why You Should Embrace Failure – May 12 Domesticate Your Emotions – May 26 Contemptuous Expressions: The Secret To An Objective Mind – June 20

Turning Crisis Into Opportunity: 5 Ways To Deal With Hardship – April 30 The Entrepreneur’s Secret Weapon: Persistence. (See General Grant.) – May 6 How Entrepreneurs Can Read to Lead – May 19 A Leadership Lesson From Eisenhower’s Stoic Reversal at D-Day – June 6

Ryan Holiday

I'm a strategist for bestselling authors and billion dollar brands like American Apparel, Tucker Max and Robert Greene. My work has been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube and Google and has been written about in AdAge, the New York Times, Gawker and Fast Company.

14 responses to My 2014 Mid-Year Writing Roundup

  1. Great Googly Moogly! Your are the James Brown of Blogging, the hardest working man on the Internet. I’m getting some serious inner conviction about my production rates. Keep up the good work. Inspiring.

  2. Dude! Wow. What a roundup!! Thank you for this–totally inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  3. Now I understand what you meant in all the interviews I listed to with you when you spoke about “finding time to write”!

  4. Hey Ryan, just a heads up – your twitter link in the first paragraph is linking to: a 404 (

  5. I am always amazed at the fact that Ryan actually replies and interacts in the comments (or emails).

    I have quite a bit of respect for people who do this. It doubles the work I am sure. But man, it feels like a real conversation.

  6. Ryan, thanks for sharing these links. I’ve been reading the articles over the past few days. In particular, I’ve enjoyed the articles on reading and books (one of your articles inspired me to watch Ken Burn’s Civil War documentary: interesting even to a non-American).

  7. Hey Ryan,
    the amount of writing your getting done is incredible. I´m totally looking forward to seeing your roundup for the whole of 2014. I´m convinced it will be an epic list of actionable, precise information bits. Thanks!

  8. WOW. I mean, when you hang in a “normal place” around “normal people” you always wonder about successful people and ask “how did they get there?”. I think one of the biggest problem is what I call my “10% improvement theory”.

    The 10% improvement theory means that the vast majority of people will look around them, see what others “normal people” (aka “the majority”) are doing, then will do 10% better then that and stop, content of that advantage. The vast majority of people, including me up to a few years back, think in small increment: they don’t just realize that they can do whatever they want. The only limit we impose is ours. And the bar between being good and elite is so high that you need to think way way bigger.

    So when i look at the amount of articles you wrote, I’m baffled. I would have thought that you’d write maybe 20, 30 articles per year, but ever that much. Imagine being surrounded by 10 friends that are like Ryan Holiday, how your “reality” would suddenly shift and how you would work so much harder, have much bigger goals.

    That’s truly a great insight, thanks Ryan


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