A Job Blog Update

As some readers know, I’ve been struggling back and forth with weather to keep up the jobs portion of the blog. It’s funny, because people mistake several of the job features on my site for the actual job blog. I use a service called Indeed to display jobs in many categories, but those aren’t jobs I post myself. They are simply lists that Indeed automatically generates. If I were to stop posting jobs to the blog, the Indeed lists would remain, so I’m not so sure that very many people would actually be affected by the change. I do have … Continue reading A Job Blog Update

Will People Pay for the New York Times Online?

The New York Times is once again attempting to move to a pay model. It’s an interesting approach they are using. You get a certain number of free page views per month (I think twenty) but if you access more than twenty pages, you have to pay to see more. This is similar to the way many bloggers sell  e-books. They give you a few pages or chapters for free, but you have to pay to get the rest. I certainly won’t be one of NYT’s paying customers. While I read the occasional article, I mainly follow big news and … Continue reading Will People Pay for the New York Times Online?

How To Be Beloved by StumbleUpon

No site or service besides Google has sent me more traffic than StumbleUpon. In fact, well over a half million hits have come my way through the StumbleUpon service. At some point, when I was more dedicated to building traffic, I actually spent a lot of time trying to increase my StumbleUpon profile, but I have since learned to just let the service do it’s magic. The beauty of Stumbleupon is that it is simple. People either give a page (usually an article) a thumbs up or a thumbs down. The more thumbs up you get, the more traffic Stumbleupon … Continue reading How To Be Beloved by StumbleUpon

Five Sad Realities of Site Advertising

I blog for a living. This isn’t the easiest of tasks. Sure, I do a bit of freelancing as well, but my blog has to pay the bills. That’s why there are ads on my site. When you run ads on a site, you have to live with a few realities. I’ve decided to discuss them briefly so that other bloggers can benefit from my ten years of dealing with site advertising. Your readers hold you responsible for your advertisers Readers associate your ads with your blog and with you as a blogger. This is true of blogging more than … Continue reading Five Sad Realities of Site Advertising

How to Overcome Your Writing Fears

Litany Against Fear “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” Frank Herbert – Dune Writers have many fears: They fear submissions because they might lead to rejections They fear rejection because it might mean that they are wasting their time They fear criticism because it might … Continue reading How to Overcome Your Writing Fears

Why Persistence Means More than Talent

I know quite a few people who can write well, but aren’t writers. They have the skill to write, but they lack the persistence to make it a career. Writing is a skill that most people have to some extent or another. There are plenty of people who don’t care about writing at all that can still do it well. They had good teachers in school and the learned what they were taught. That doesn’t mean they want to do anything with writing specifically. It takes more than desire The more problematic set of people are the ones who want … Continue reading Why Persistence Means More than Talent