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June 23, 2008

Ariana Huffington’s Home Office

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The Chicago Tribune has a brief interview with Huffington Post’s Ariana Huffington about her home office and a few other tidbits:

Weirdest thing about (or in) your home: The upstairs office, hidden behind a bookshelf. I had it installed since I work at home. … If you close the wood-paneled door covered by a painting of two Venetian cardinals, you’d never guess there’s an entire office behind the bookcase.

What aspect of your home is the epitome of your personality? The office. It’s filled with books, computers, TVs turned to news, and jam-packed with ideas.

I have a nice home office – though I’m often just working at a local coffee shop – but mine isn’t hidden behind a bookshelf.

No pictures, unfortunately..

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June 17, 2008

What is Your Ideal Dream Blog Job?

Blogging Jobs by Lorelle VanFossenThere are now quite a few blog job sites helping connect bloggers with jobs involving blogging. Here are some blog job titles I uncovered recently.

  • Advertising Expert Blogger
  • Alternative Health Blogger
  • Car and Phone Tech Blogger
  • Celebrity Gossip Blogger
  • Cell Phone Blogger
  • Children Issues Blogger
  • Cosmetics Blogger
  • Entertainment Industry Blogger
  • Fashion Blogger
  • Football blogger
  • Jewelry Blogger
  • Motor Trends Blogger
  • Musicians Blogger
  • Online Games Blogger
  • PETA blogger (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
  • Political Blogger
  • Real Estate Blogger
  • Science Blogger
  • Software Blogger
  • Sports Blogger
  • Sports Car Blogger
  • Travel Blogger
  • Women’s Health Blogger
  • Women’s Issues Blogger
  • Work from Home Blogger

Looking at this list, I thought about what my dream blog job would be, if I weren’t already blogging it. What would yours be?

For the most part, most of these jobs are dream jobs as they allow you to work from home in your pajamas. You don’t have to go to the office. You don’t have to wear a suit. You control your own schedule, as long as you can meet deadlines. And you get paid, not much, but something. Doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Over the next week or so, I’ll be exploring the world of blogging jobs, but I’d like to know what your dream blogging job would be if you could choose any blog job. Are you already in that perfect blogging job? Tell us about it.

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June 1, 2008

How John Chow makes Money

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I do enjoy the beginning of each month as its where we see many bloggers post their monthly earnings publicly and then talk about how they earn their income. Generally, I get great new ideas from reading these sorts of post.

One of my favorite “Blog Income Reports” that I read on the first of each month’s is John Chow’s. John is a fairly well known “make money online” blogger who works from a number of locations.

He’s spent most of the last month in China where he’s been able to earn around $32,529 through his blog just in the past month. Or to put this in terms of Chinese pay – this is more than 228 times the average monthly income of a Chinese factory worker.

Pretty impressive!

John breaks down his monthly income for May 2008 as follows:

* Private Ad Sales: $16,380.00
* Affiliate Commissions: $9,757.04
* ReviewMe: $3,000.00
* Text Link Ads: $2,036.22
* Kontera: $1,000.00
* TTZ Media: $329.50
* Subscription: $20.00
* FeedBurner: $6.64
* Grand Total: $32,529.40

The most impressive thing that John has demonstrated with this post is that you can make this sort of money from anywhere in the world. As John writes in his post:

The secret to making big money from anywhere in the world is to drive a lot of traffic to your blog and then turn that traffic into cash by running as many advertising options as possible while still providing a good user experience. This blog started with only Google AdSense. If I had stuck with that and nothing else, it wouldn’t be making over $1,000 per day. Check out my recommended money makers to see what ad networks I used to produce my blog income.

How are you making money online?

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May 28, 2008

Lifting up Serenity – Cancer hits a blogger’s family

Phil Burns is a blogger who I recently became aware of through Robert Scoble over this past weekend. He’s a father of eight children on the west coast who writes extensively on technology issues at Phil801.com. His company also makes some blog related products as well.

On May 24th, Phil wrote a post entitled My Baby Might Have Leukemia, Phil told the story that had been haunting their family for the last few days read more

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The StatBot analyzes TechCrunch from A-W

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The StatBot, an upcoming and coming blog focused on statistical analysis of the blogosphere, has posted an in-depth analysis of TechCrunch – and what they find is pretty interesting overall.

If you’ve followed TechCrunch, you know that the powerhouse blog breaks alot of stories, has a significant number of “inside” sources, and a solid stable of writers. What you may not know is how alot of that breaks down statistically – and how that has powered its continued growth.

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May 26, 2008

On Memorial Day and why some bloggers get it wrong

Today is Memorial Day here in the United States – a day that holds particular significance to me as I come from a long line of military service in my family.

Today is the day that we set aside to honor the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may live in freedom.

Many of us take the day to BBQ and spend time with family, neighbors, and friends. But we should also take the time to remember those that gave all so that we can live as we do – in a free country, populated by a free-thinking people.

This is one of two days, the other being Veteran’s Day, in which I try to set aside politics in my other writings in order to not darken or cheapen the message of sacrifice and remembrance that today should really be about.

More than six hundred thousand Americans have died in military service since our country was founded – each has a story – and a family – and a tale to tell… and we should want to listen.
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May 23, 2008

Splashpress welcomes me back – and shows my old business cards

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Mark posted a nice welcome back note over at the main Splashpress blog.

Most amusingly, he posted a copy of my old business cards – which are far more entertaining than my new ones..

Thanks Mark!

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Fire Bad Bloggers

David Peralty has written an interesting post about weeding about bad staff over at xfep.

A key quote:

Not everyone is committed to being an amazing blogger, and I understand more than most how hard it is to not only write content, but also promote it, and actively communicate with those in your niche, both on and off your blog, but as blog networks try to grow their business, they really need to make sure they have the right staff, or they will only be ruining their company in the long run.

Amen brother – amen.

I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some highly gifted bloggers – but I’ve also been unfortunate to work with some really crappy bloggers too. David is right in saying that some folks just don’t want to put in the effort that it takes to do it right – or they simply don’t care – or they just don’t have it.

And those folks need to be fired – quickly – before they become a detriment to your blog or blog network.

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May 7, 2008

SOBCon08 Biz School for Bloggers: Connections and Community

Photos from SOBCon by Wendy PiersallThe worst part of the Successful and Outstanding Bloggers Conference (SOBCon) is that I now have to add over a hundred feeds to my feed reader.

When you are in a room with over a hundred of the most powerful, exiting, socially aware and responsible, and enthusiastic bloggers, your feed reader count is going to grow. Not to mention your Twitter list. And Skype. And GTalk. And email list and all the other ways we stay in touch.

The most amazing part of SOBCon this year is the proof that lightening does strike twice. It struck twice in Chicago as and Terry Starbucker hosted the second annual SOBCon event, bringing together top notch bloggers for The Biz School for Bloggers, helping bloggers learn how the blog marketplace works and how to turn those blogging connections and decisions into money.

As both speaker and attendee, Anita Bruzzese wowed the audience on tips for being a blogging journalist and social responsibility for what you publish. She also admitted that she had no idea what people were talking about throughout the weekend (describing it as Klingon) and that she has a lot to learn about blogging.

Many were impressed with the presentation by David Bullock, especially when he blew the crowd away with:
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April 16, 2008

Jeff Atwood & Joel Spolsky launch Stackoverflow.com – working to make programming information trivially easy to find

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If you’re a programmer, or a former computer science major (like me), you’ll understand the irony behind the name of the new micro-ISV startup co-founded by Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror and Fog Creek SoftwareStackoverflow.com.

Stackoverflow.com is, according to Jeff’s post on the launch:

From day one, my blog has been about putting helpful information out into the world. I never had any particular aspirations for this blog to become what it is today; I’m humbled and gratified by its amazing success. It has quite literally changed my life. Blogs are fantastic resources, but as much as I might encourage my fellow programmers to blog, not everyone has the time or inclination to start a blog. There’s far too much great programming information trapped in forums, buried in online help, or hidden away in books that nobody buys any more. We’d like to unlock all that. Let’s create something that makes it easy to participate, and put it online in a form that is trivially easy to find.

Their initial podcast now available.

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