Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Getting to “right”

February 18, 2009

I’m mid-way through my first week since early October as a “free agent”. I’ve not felt “right” yet. I’m trying to assign percentages to the reasons why this is the case.

Here are the contenders:

1. Lack of steady income
2. President’s Day and the short week
3. Too much time to think — two round trips on the LRT
4. The lingering hip injury
5. The weather
6. Possible cold coming on

For the time being I’ll assign 16% to each and the remaining 4% to “miscellaneous outside influences”.

Truth be told, I’ve been rather productive and the brain has definitely been firing on all cylinders. I just need to get back on the groove. No appointments tomorrow unless Dan wants to get lunch. 😉

NOTE TO SELF: blogging IS your job now.

I guess this is professional.

October 9, 2008

I’ve been spending more time digging through the online job sites with searches such as ASP.NET, C#, .NET, even (shudder) SharePoint. Decided to pop in “blogger” to see what was there — mostly as a follow-up to this post.

Came across this one:

Article Writer (From Home)

We are looking for a writers to bring our blog alive, to communicate and engage our visitors.

If you are interested in blogging about Massage, How to, benefits, commenting on new research or news about massage and related products or uses for products,we are interested in talking to you. A background in massage will be helpful. is the blog

Get exposure for your writing and opinion. We are looking for both a featured blogger and for guest bloggers. Our Featured blogger should write about 4 times a week, with a consistent posting schedule, and have a strong interest in massage, this role will pay $50 a month. If you have blogged before and have an interest in massage issues this might be the right role for you.

If you are familiar with blog promotion, writing with search engines in mind, linking to other sites to improve our search ranking and creating a buzz, there may be additional opportunities. 

$50. Apparently blogging for someone else pays less than sewing swooshes on Nike shoes in China.

They’re going to get some high-caliber stuff for their 50 cents an hour.

Touch Typing: Another benefit of blogging.

October 9, 2008

I realized in the past few months that I’m a touch typist. I took typing in high school so many years ago and “cheated” my way through looking at the keys. I was pretty quick as I knew where everything was, but had no confidence. I type for hours every day now and at some point the switch flipped.

My friend Robert used to say back at BigCharts, if this web thing didn’t work out, he could get a job as a secretary. He could type like the wind. I type like a stiff breeze now. So maybe some data-entry wouldn’t be out of the question if things got extreme.

How much does a Pro-Blogger make? Is it worth it?

October 2, 2008

Michael Agger at Slate recently wrote a piece on this topic. It has some interesting numbers (Kottke $5,300/mo, Perez Hilton $111,000/mo) and ideas on the professional blogger industry, which I oddly find myself a part of over the past two years.

Agger over-simplifies things based on page views. Kottke’s “wage per pageview” is significantly lower than mine — he gets roughly 10 times the unique visitors that GlassyEyes gets.

I’ve always been more of a quality over quantity guy, but I see both sides. I see Kottke and Zen Habits as two very different sites. They’re both blogs, they both have solid content, but there seems to be an adjective missing to describe the differences.

I like longer posts in the morning while I have coffee and like the quick-hitting posts throughout the day to keep me on top of the pulse of the internet. 

As a blogger, is it worth it? It has been for me. With the web development at a virtual stand-still, any income is good income and if it keeps me out of a cube for even another month, it’s great. On the other hand, I still suffer from an inability to put guardrails around my time. I could do this 16 hours a day (and sometimes do) and still never “catch up”. If I want my kids to know my name, I need to be a juggler.