What’s new in 2014 for Productive Superdad

What’s new in 2014 for Productive Superdad

Happy New Year 2014!


Credit: (nz)dave

As my blog is having its three-year anniversary today (woohoo!), I have decided to change the structure of my blog posts, starting in January 2014.

So far, the articles have been pretty lengthy, but I have figured that this may not be the optimum format for a productivity blog.

We are all busy and we want to have the actionable steps and the solutions as quickly as possible, so that’s why I see there is a need to change the format.

So how are things changing in January 2014?

From now on, the structure of the posts is going to be as follows:

  • Short: The length of the posts will be anywhere between 500 – 1000 words. I might exceed that limit if needed, but my goal is to keep things succinct and to-the-point.
  • Actionable: I like to give the essentials when it comes to blog posts, that way you can take action faster on the lessons, and thus get faster results.
  • Scannable: I think that Darren from ProBlogger accurately sums up what a scannable post is, so I will let him tell you more about it.

So while the posts are going to be shorter, they are not going to be any less valuable than before. In fact, the whole idea is to create tight and super-valuable packages (blog posts), which give you the maximum value in a shorter time frame.

Other content related changes

These three changes (shorter/actionable/scannable) are not the only changes that will take place next year – I have some other plans as well:

  • Blog post extras. I started to provide some extra material related to all my blog posts this fall (this material can be found on PSD+), and I will still continue to provide extra material. However, I have already felt that at times I had to force myself to create content, therefore I have decided to provide extra material if it *really* adds value to the post.
  • Videos are coming back. There has been a pause on creating productivity videos, but they will be back in 2014. These videos are going to be short, succinct and – surprise, surprise – actionable as well :). I’m not setting any particular schedule on how often I publish these videos – I’ll record them when I feel like it.
  • Podcasts are coming back too. I’m getting back into podcasting as well, but the schedule is not going to be a strict one. Instead, I’ll record those on an infrequent basis.
  • Online Business Productivity link round-ups: The idea behind these roundups is to gather the best of the online business productivity links on a monthly basis. I will continue to do these, but from now every third post is going to be the round-up. The publishing date is going to be on Tuesdays.

Finally, we are very close to year 2014, so I just wanted to give you a special thanks for being a reader of Productive Superdad and I wish you and your loved ones a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014. Let’s make it the best year ever!

  • Hi Timo,

    My husband’s name is also “Tim” without the “o.” :)

    Sounds like a great plan. I am thinking about the same thing. Post between 500-1000 words instead. Whenever I think I should post about 2500 words I feel like I’m forcing myself. Instead of enjoying my journey, I feel obliged to do it and the journey is not as much fun anymore. Blogging should be relaxing. Bloggers are “columnists” who interacts in with other people certain discussion. And if this can’t be any fun, what can?

    As far as posting videos are concerned, my posting on this one is whenever I need to the feel that can add value to my post. Sometimes it’s harder to write in words. And the video presentation is like a thousand words!

    “A picture is worth a thousand words!” as they say.

    Anyway, I have known you through Adrienne Smith’s blog. Please to meet you. I wish you a very blessed New Year. May all the good health and prosperity be with you and your family. Happy New Year!!


    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Angela!

      Thank you very much! Happy and Successful Year 2014 to you and your closest ones too!

      Yes, I think that I can still add value to my posts even if the are shorter. And videos/podcasts … I don’t have any particular schedule to follow. Just doing when it feels right.


  • Hi Timo – Love the advice you give, and Happy New Year!

    I am thinking I may do more short posts in 2014, as people want to learn quickly in todays fast paced life, but I do love to write the longer, more in depth articles as well – my question to you is that if I want to write a more in depth article, would it be better to split it into a series of posts?

    Thanks – and look forward to a very time savvy new year!

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Chrissy!

      Thank you!

      Yes, you can split the advice into two articles.

      You can even keep one article for your blog and try to get the other one published as a guest post somewhere else.


      • Hi Timo – thanks for such a quick reply! – I will look at spliting up some of my bigger posts definitely!
        Thanks again – Chrissy

  • Hi Timo,
    I had to come by and say hello! Congratulations on celebrating your third anniversary! I celebrated mine in November!
    You do videos AND podcasts!?!? Kudos to you! It is on my TO DO list for 2014 to start doing videos, but not for lifeforinstance, for my business blog. I’ll keep an eye on what you do and pick up some tricks!
    All the best for this year! I’m posting once a week now as I focus more on my business but as of yesterday I’ve officially started writing my second book. This is one of my BIG projects for 2014 and I’m excited about it!
    All the best! See you around the B

    • Timo Kiander

      Hi Lori!

      Thank you! And congratulations to you too!

      That’s great to hear – Year 2014 is going to be big!

      Yes, I have done some videos and podcasts already, but I had to stop doing them temporarily since I wanted to focus on my book project.

      Since the book is now finished, I can get back to my regular schedule (with videos and podcasts).