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My Ink Stained Fingers

By Tris Hussey

A podcast about writing and content marketing by writer and content marketer Tris Hussey
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Brett Terpstra and creating tools for writers

My Ink Stained FingersMar 25, 2021

Steffani Cameron Digital Nomad and cool person

Steffani Cameron Digital Nomad and cool person

Episode 12 Show Notes

Better late than never

This week I’m a little—okay a lot— behind. At my new job we had Virtual ThinkTransit this week. It was an amazing three days—and the biggest one yet with over 500 attendee—but it also meant very long days and nights prepping and writing content.

So my chat with Steffani Cameron is a little late. Steffani is a freelance writer and maybe most well-known for being a digital nomad. Two dozen countries. A few continents. And emergency surgery.

Steffani came back to Canada a couple years ago and settled in Ottawa for a bit before returning back to B.C. and landing in Victoria.

Steffani maintains a steady roster of freelance writing clients and was published in the Washington Post with her first cold pitch (among other places).

Bonus…forgetting that Steffani swears a lot this episode is not for young ears. You’ve been warned.

May 01, 202146:48
Mark Evans on the rise of fractional CMO, LinkedIn, and storytelling

Mark Evans on the rise of fractional CMO, LinkedIn, and storytelling

Episode 11 Show Notes

This week I'm chatting with Mark Evans, a former journalist turned fractional CMO. Mark and I riff on what it means to be a fractional CMO, LinkedIn, writing, and storytelling.

Mark has a great podcast and newsletter you can find at Marketing Spark. Mark has really inspired me as I moved from employee to entrepreneur and now back to employee and entrepreneur. A lot of what I've learned from Mark comes from what he's posting on LinkedIn, so you need to check him out there.

You can read the full transcript for this episode (because I can't seem to paste it into Anchor) on this episode's page on my blog.

Music, as always, by Derek K. Miller.

Apr 22, 202138:45
Tod Maffin Radio to Marketing to Radio and Back Again

Tod Maffin Radio to Marketing to Radio and Back Again

Episode 10 show notes. Believe it or not, I hit double digits.

This week my guest is Tod Maffin (LinkedIn) who I met while he was at the CBC, which came after doing a stint in Marketing, which was preceded by radio journalism ... 

Nevermind, it will all make sense in the episode.

Tod runs engageQ Digital and you should be listening to his 1/4 of a Milo walk podcast Today in Digital Marketing. Tod and I talk about the new era of podcasting and a host of other things.

And Tod said something brilliant, but we'll never know because his mic was on mute. Yeah, that's in the blooper reel.

Music by Derek K. Miller

BTW...Tod tried the audio editor Hindenburg on the advice of our mutual friend Steve Dotto. From Tod's suggestion I tried it too. Well, GarageBand might be fine for podcasts, but Hindenburg is better. I put this all together in GarageBand, exported to MP3 and wasn't 100% happy with the sound. A lot of hiss and stuff in it. So I imported the MP3 into Hindenburg and, wow, even with an MP3 that I had already applied an EQ on and sounded so much better. I also followed Tod's suggestions for how to use the more manual I-really-should-take-a-class-on-this audio effects and ... yeah this app is a big improvement.

Hope you can tell the difference.

Hmm, maybe they'd sponsor the show so I can get a license to Journalist Pro.

Apr 14, 202136:17
Repurposing content, productizing services, and maturing metrics

Repurposing content, productizing services, and maturing metrics

Episode 9 Show Notes: Jordan Behan on Repurposing Content

This week I’m talking with my friend Jordan Behan of Narrate Creative about content, productizing services, and when you should think about outsourcing parts of your content production (this was a not-so-subtle nod to me and my issues with Episode 6).

Jordan and I talk about taking things like video (which he publishes weekly and is sliced into blog and LinkedIn posts) as tools to get your message in front of enough people enough times to make an impact.

One of the most important things I’ve learned from Jordan isn’t just making the most out of all the content you generate, but how to package your freelance services into a product people can grasp.

Jordan’s Lean Marketing Playbook for SaaS combines his decade plus experience in startups, consulting, and writing into something companies can use to kickstart their marketing. You can reach Jordan on LinkedIn or through his website.

His playbook was the inspiration for my own Content Marketing Production Engine and my efforts at repurposing all the things I create.

Have a listen. Oh and don’t mind the dog. All he wanted was up with me and I couldn’t reach him.

Apr 07, 202137:28
The data that fuels content with Sheldon Levine
Apr 01, 202139:56
Mind mapping and writing. Almost as good as chocolate and peanut butter

Mind mapping and writing. Almost as good as chocolate and peanut butter

Episode 7 Show Notes

I was really excited to finally get a chance to chat with Chuck Frey. We’ve been in each other’s orbits for probably a decade, but we haven’t actually spoken until now.

We talked about how to use mind mapping for writing, ideas, even project management. It’s a great synchronicity because not an hour before I recorded the episode, I was recording an episode with Brett Terpstra and he uses mind maps for writing. Mind blown.

Chuck is most famous for the Mind Mapping Software Blog and true to our conversation on using mind maps to improve your writing, he’s just released a free ebook—How to Streamline your writing with mind mapping software. I read it ahead of our chat and it’s a great primer on getting using mind maps not just to write a book, but how to track and promote it too.

In our chat, Chuck mentioned a series of post by Roger C. Parker on using mind maps for content marketing:

At the end of our chat Chuck started talking about an app called Speare for working with content in a new way. True the all the snafus I had last week recording, I only got part of the conversation downloaded.

It’s a shame because the tool looks really cool. Essentially, you break content into blocks and those blocks are assembled into a complete piece. I might have to give it a try.

Don’t forget to subscribe and if you’d like to learn more about my content marketing strategy and content services, check out my website.

Music, as always, by Derek K. Miller.

Mar 30, 202135:52
Brett Terpstra and creating tools for writers

Brett Terpstra and creating tools for writers

Episode 6 Show Notes

Ever have those fan boy/fan girl moments where you get to talk with someone who you’ve admired for years?

Yeah that was this episode.

I got to talk with none other than Brett Terpstra who:

  • Wrote for The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)
  • Worked at AOL
  • Was the developer behind Engadget and TechCrunch
  • Created the Markdown fork of Notational Velocity nvAlt
  • Created the Markdown processor-Swiss Army knife Marked 2
  • Podcaster: Systematic and Overtired (with Christina Warren)
  • Creating a new, super version an new Markdown editor nvUltra
  • And is now working at Oracle as a developer evangelist

We talk about creating writing apps, keyboards, Markdown, and even get a special tip how to take a mind map, preview it in Marked 2, and kick start your writing.

Mind blown.

Oh and I also learned I need to watch my levels better when recording with people. Don’t worry, you’ll understand when you listen.

Music as always by Derek K. Miller.

Mar 25, 202133:44
The Most Vibrant Content Marketing Group You'll Ever Find

The Most Vibrant Content Marketing Group You'll Ever Find

Episode 5 show notes

This week I have my first guest on the show!

Cassandra Jowett is the Senior Director of Marketing at Path Factory. Six years ago she started an in person group in Toronto for other content marketers, now this group has gone virtual with over 400 people in an invite-only Slack group.

In this episode, hear how Cassandra’s desire to meet other content marketers—and get a promotion—led to one of the most vibrant and supportive content marketing communities around.

Mar 23, 202130:32
All about content calendars and why you really need one

All about content calendars and why you really need one

This week I'm talking about my favorite part of content marketing—content calendars! I also got some tips and help from:

You can also download my Google Sheets Content Calendar template or read my recent post on creating a great content calendar.

If you'd like to learn more about me, visit my website.

Music by Derek K. Miller (

Mar 16, 202120:10
Content Marketing Strategy -- The Introduction
Mar 11, 202114:12
March 10, 2021

March 10, 2021

Mar 10, 202100:42
Ep 2: Getting and vetting content ideas

Ep 2: Getting and vetting content ideas

I riff a little bit on how I generate content ideas and then how I vet them. Lots of great ideas are good, great ideas that support your goals and content strategy are better.

Music by Derek K. Miller

Mar 10, 202111:37
How a D- got me where I am today

How a D- got me where I am today

Everyone likes a good origin story. Well, here's mine. It's all about how a D- on my first high school English paper was the catalyst to where I am now.

Music: Mighty Mulane by Derek K. Miller

Mar 10, 202108:58