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I am a freelance writer, professional blogger, and ghostwriter who creates high-quality blog content about general business, online marketing, and real estate marketing topics.
If it's true that they still cover vasectomies (or permanent birth control for men), then I don't see how this ruling doesn't fall under gender discrimination.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on The End of Women’s Rights As We (Briefly) Knew Them
Awesome contest! Just entered. :)
1 year, 1 month ago on Win a weekend getaway to Las Vegas from travel marketplace Peek
Thanks for including me on this list Frederic! It's great having you in the SME forums! :)
1 year, 4 months ago on 10 Women That Rock Our Social Media World!
As I commented on the post itself, I don't think we can even take the post author seriously. She's a B.A. in English with a concentration in Writing, yet look at her tweets - https://twitter.com/cathrynsloane25. I've had to shorten things to make them fit, but it doens't hurt your 140 character limit to use proper capitalization. It wouldn't drive me nuts if she were an average person on Twitter, but if you write an article about how your age group deserves to be in any sort of management, including social media, you could do better with your own social accounts.
Ps., Not sure if you saw the official response on their site - http://nextgenjournal.com/2012/07/cathryn-sloane-response-controversy-social-media-managers-25/. Almost just as annoying.
2 years ago on On Being Over 40 and Working in Social Media
Awesome list and resources Pam!
2 years, 1 month ago on 28 Attributes of Good Content Marketing to Rock Your Social Business!
Great tips! I found my writing productivity was boosted immensely when I stopped editing mid post. Now I just write it all in textpad, then do the spell checking, formatting, etc. once the thoughts have been expressed and content is completed. Of course, it's a bit shocking to see how many misspellings you have when you write like that, but it's worth it to clean them up in one swoop then stopping and getting frustrated every couple of sentences.
2 years, 1 month ago on 15 Ways to Be a More Prolific and Productive Blogger
Great information here Ray! I have to admit I'm guilty of pushing the same things across all networks sometimes, but not all of the time. Usually, if it's something really important, I'll hit it everywhere. If not, I tend to stick to Twitter. Then there are networks like my Facebook page which is specifically dedicated to my writing portfolio, but I figure people know that when they subscribe.
2 years, 1 month ago on What Drives and Inspires Me? – Google+ Video Interview
@DannyBrown I wouldn't want to necessarily censor anyone or myself. In my case, since I write for so many different sites, it's not a big deal if the audience doesn't like a topic I write about - I'll just write it for someone else instead of my own audience. It also (on the mailing list front) helps me decipher what products my list likes or doesn't. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Should You Care About Losing Blog Subscribers?
Definitely looking forward to having more friendly mobile options that allow you to access WordPress' features. Right now I just use the full version of the site to get to certain things which can be tricky if you click the wrong thing.
2 years, 1 month ago on A Simpler WordPress for Mobile Devices and the Future
Sometimes, it can come down to having the time to either reply to all of your comments or continue to create content that helps your readers and gives them something to discuss. Personally, I'd rather take the time to create the content - although I'd love to reply to the comments that comes with each piece, it's tough, and if I have to choose, I choose to create. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Responding (Or Not) to Blog Comments
When it comes to my blog / mailing list subscribers, I'm more on the lookout for a major dip in subscribers after a particular post / email. If it's just one or two, then I chalk it up to someone changing their interest or the simple fact that you can't please everyone 100% of the time. But if it's more than that (which fortunately, it never is), then I'll take some time to look at what i recently published / sent and analyze it to figure out why it was poorly received.
@margieclayman Good points! You'll never get in touch with everyone, but I think you have more of a chance with social media than before. Even on a personal basis, I am now in contact with people I used to know in elementary school that I probably would never had "seen" again since I moved away from my hometown. Those kinds of relationships are priceless and thankfully, much less expensive than traveling. :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Social Media: A Rich Person's Game?
I struggle with the costs of working for myself sometimes, but overall, those costs are worth it in the end! Definitely look at hiring a tax accountant - ours did miracles with my first self-employed return!
2 years, 1 month ago on The True Cost of Doing Business
Lovely themes... I personally like Marriage the best. Some would make for great wedding photography portfolios as well!
2 years, 1 month ago on 30 Wordpress Themes for Weddings and Family Events
I feel just the opposite - like social media is the average person's chance to do something extraordinary without having little capital. Before social media, you might have to travel somewhere to meet hundreds if not thousands of people to get them to hear your message. Now, you just have to travel to your computer - so long as you have something that can give you internet access, you have the chance to reach the masses. :)
Huge congratulations! He's a cutie! :)
2 years, 1 month ago on Introducing: Cal Viking Waldow
Awesome post Jay! I didn't think of the flip-side of some of the new features, like people using Messages to write good things the business would want on their wall instead. I wonder if that will mean some businesses will need to ask permission when someone messages them to add their comment to the wall too.
Ps. Thanks for including my images and linking it to my post! :)
2 years, 4 months ago on 14 Ways New Facebook Betrays Small Business
If the worry is about people not pinning directly from your site, but downloading and uploading your images as their own, then that isn't just a Pinterest issue - that's an Internet issue in general. Using the opt-out code won't make a difference. If someone wants to steal an image badly enough, they can do it with or without the help of a social network. I think they shouldn't have allowed users to upload images directly in the first place to prevent image theft.
2 years, 4 months ago on Should You Block Pinterest on Your Blog?
Congrats Shane! :)
2 years, 5 months ago on BlogWorld Welcomes Shane Ketterman as Conference Director
Congrats on the new addition to the BlogCast FM team!
2 years, 7 months ago on David Crandall Joins the BlogcastFM Team and Other Major Changes Coming in 2012
Thanks for the mention Allison! Definitely a great list of bloggers monetizing! :)
2 years, 7 months ago on The 12 New Media Days of Christmas 2011: 12 Bloggers Monetizing
Although I don't write about anything in the legal area, it does bring up the consideration of having liability insurance for your writing. I have been working on getting that for myself since I do so much for my own site and for others. While I take the time to thoroughly research things and figure nothing can really come back to bite me, it would give that sense of comfort when thinking about the what-if's.
2 years, 7 months ago on Oregon Blogger's Fate Could Impact Bloggers Everywhere, Sued for $2.5 Million
Glad I made the cut then! :) I have the same issue - I don't approve people I don't recognize, especially if they don't include a personalized message as to why they added me in the first place.
2 years, 8 months ago on How To Be My Friend On Facebook
That is so true. I notice it most often in posts I'm writing. Sometimes I feel like they are very basic, obvious things but at the same time, no one has written about them. So when I write about them, those posts do really, really well. Sometimes being able to simply and clearly express the basics in whatever format or media you like the best is all you need to be successful.
2 years, 8 months ago on Be Brilliant at the Basics
I like how on the AllFacebook post, the author says "Granted, not everybody wants to remain completely anonymous, but if you do, or you want your children to, let them know not to comment on public posts." Eventually we'll have to stop talking to people altogether if we don't want to have our privacy violated somehow.
2 years, 9 months ago on Is Klout Using Our Family to Violate Our Privacy?
Ironically, I just turned in my notice at my job so that I could start a family next year. At the same time, I'm going to start full time freelancing which should equal about the same amount of income with less work (hard work, granted, but more productive work in a shorter time period). So I feel like I was motivated to go it on my own because the money was better and because I would have a better setup to starting a family. :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Women - Are We Motivated by Money, or Not?
@MelanieKissell@keepupweb Thanks Melanie! I'm coming out with an update to the guide soon (free to anyone who has already purchased of course) and it's going to have even more! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Top 10 Chick Bloggers and Women's Blogs - Your Votes
@keepupweb@Ileane@krenee76@MelanieKissell@basicblogtips Thanks for adding me to this list Sheryl! I'm definitely all for everyone you mentioned as well!
That's pretty awful, especially since the Facebook comment system usually notifies you of new comments. Or at least it notified me with a reply to one of mine, so I assume it notifies the author as well. Pretty much, anytime you're not willing to respond to people - social media, commenting systems, comment forms, etc. you should just avoid having them altogether.
2 years, 9 months ago on Why Bother Using Facebook Commenting System?
Happy blogging birthday! Always exciting to take a look back at your growth and see what potential you have to keep growing! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Happy First Birthday and Thank You!
Thanks for including that guest post from my site.... I'm bookmarking this as reference! :)
2 years, 10 months ago on 353+ Blog Post Ideas to Inspire You
I'm planning on unplugging Sunday - just me and my first bike along a little dirt path by the lake. I'll probably come back bruised and battered, but it's going to be awesome and well worth it!
2 years, 10 months ago on Four Ways to Unplug and Focus
@Brankica@ExtremelyAvg@AmyMccTobin@timjahn Is it sad if I made that much a day I'd still just want to drive a Toyota Tacoma. Of course, it would have a sound system that would envy concert stages. :)
2 years, 10 months ago on Beware the Google+ Experts
@Brankica Just another reason I think print books for social media tutorials is a little silly. The second it gets published, the entire framework of the network might change, so your "new book" becomes obsolete even if it was published the day before. I'm notorious for flipping through a book, looking at the screenshots, and if those are out of date, I move on. Probably why I haven't bought a physical social media book in ages. :)
I guess some people have more "expertise" simply by being in something longer, but I wouldn't want to pay for a course on something that is still in beta mode and growing everyday. I mean, if you think about it, you could even pay for a course on Facebook now and the next day, if Facebook decides to change their entire bloody platform, you'd be out your change for that course.
@timjahn Some people would look at that as the reason he makes so much - by being stingy in other areas to save money. As a freelance writer, I know sites that pay a lot for their writers, but they still approach new writers and ask if they want to "contribute" to their site in exchange for promoting the writer's website. They probably more often than not get a lot of free content that way.
@ExtremelyAvg Agreed - go cats! :)
I say you should get more comments to simply prove how powerful guest blogging can be for a site's engagement! :)
2 years, 10 months ago on 5 Reasons I Should Get More Comments than Gini Dietrich
@Danny Brown Unfortunately, they don't really specify who they can allow to use information. So while you can assume it's just advertisers and marketers (which is bad enough), it really does open the door for anyone to be able to use it. Especially when the network builds an API that says "here's how to pull everyone's information for whatever you need."
I think we need an opt-out on the network basis - instead of having to opt-out of Klout and every other network that comes out of the wood works, we need to have an opt-out on Twitter itself that says no, don't let another site besides yours use my information.
Of course, that might even mean closing yourself from using anything that isn't Twitter but uses the Twitter API like Twitter management tools like HootSuite, because even their service grabs a user's information, adds on their Klout score, and then adds in an Insights tab that links your Twitter to other social accounts.
2 years, 11 months ago on Enough With The Opt-Out BS, Klout
I'll make the same point here as I did on Danny's post. Klout is using public information to create the "profiles" on their site, just like PeerIndex, TwitterCounter, Twitter Grader, Tweetstats, TagWalk, and any other service that allows anyone to pull information about another person's Twitter or other social accounts.
I'm less concerned about sites like Klout taking measurements of my public social account activity and more concerned about sites like MyLife that will give anyone part of your address, names of relatives, etc. But then again, it's only using compiled information that you have provided to a public source somewhere. The "who are your relatives" thing is particularly creepy, but I'd guess it comes from listing people as family on Facebook or having other family members list you.
So really the only way of "opting-out" is by opting-out of creating any social profiles, websites, businesses, etc. Or taking the time to track every profile created about you and start badgering the sites until they remove them. But even if you get one removed, there's like a new one popping up somewhere. Really you'd have to fight Twitter themselves to stop allowing anyone to pull data about their API, or ask to allow profiles to opt-out of sharing any of their data.
2 years, 11 months ago on The Battle Between Opting In and Out
If people are hiring based on Klout (which is ridiculous because the system can be gamed, but that's besides the point), then what happens if they look up a profile and it doesn't exist or is private vs. a profile that is public and has a high score? The same thing would essentially happen - the company might assume you don't have enough of a score to even rank, so they'd go with the other person anyway vs. not going with you because your score was 10 and theirs was 75.
There are a few things I find interesting about their system, like having people give you a +K in what they think you are influential about. Plus seeing the people I influence vs. the people who influences me and their interests, in combination with the +K's gives me an overall idea of what people see me as - SEO, social media, blogger, etc. So for someone who has no idea what their niche is, maybe they could use that to figure out how people see them and decide whether that aligns with their goals.
Klout isn't the only service that is like this. PeerIndex is another one that is similar and works with any account you plugin regardless of whether they signed up for it or not. And really any service that allows someone to pull stats on another user's account (Twitter Grader, Twitter Counter, etc.) essentially is the same thing.
It all boils down to the fact that a Twitter account and it's information is public (except for the people that make their updates private, although their follower / following count is still available), so any service that Twitter allows to use their API is game to using and interpreting that public information as they choose. So really, wouldn't Twitter be to blame for allowing a user's data to be out there to be measured, or the user themselves for simply having an account on a public site?
@Danny Brown Ah, gotcha. While I like the security of a retainer, I know that a lot more people are attracted to the non-committal hourly rate as well. I aim for different clients though. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Five Reasons You Should Discuss Pricing on Your Website
I'd say the reason people leave off the pricing is they assume they'll scare everyone off before their sales team can get the chance to schmooze with the prospective client. But if you're like me, you don't even bother with the services that don't have some pricing mentioned because you just assume, as a prospective client, you couldn't afford them anyway and move on. Great points! I'd definitely rather have less inquiries, but have the ones that do know what they're asking for and know it's what they want already.
@Danny Brown What about if you gave estimates like "we charge $$$ per hour and an average audit is anywhere from XX to XX amount of hours." It will give people a ballpark at least of what to expect.
It's always sad when a blog you love just stops posting, or the site goes down never to return. I've actually found myself worrying about those bloggers as their social accounts usually bite it around the same time too.
2 years, 11 months ago on 3 Blogs That Remain Missed
Nice set of links... I thought your most popular was that article on Bejewelled for some reason. That might have been a long time ago though. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Interview with Myself: 7 Links to Inspire
@Danny Brown I generally do Paypal... not a fan of trusting checks with snail mail. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on How to Kill Your Blog in 10 Easy Steps
I'm not so sure why someone would get so defensive about the SEO practice you're talking about, especially to the point of talking lawsuit.
I've seen it from all sides - the agency that gets ghost writers to produce content to build links, the blogs that publish those posts, a blogger who receives those guest posts to publish on my site, and a write who has been asked to ghost write for others.
Lots of bloggers get "duped" by these people, but at the same time, they are getting free content in exchange for a link. Granted, some business is paying an SEO somewhere for that guest post getting published, and that SEO is paying a ghost writer to write the article that gets it published. Ultimately, everyone sort of wins.
Have I accepted those kinds of posts? Sure. I have been doing a lot of work on the side which has taken me away from writing as often as I would like on my main site. So for awhile I was accepting a lot of content. Now I'm a lot more picky and have a caveat in my guest post guidelines that says guest bloggers have to interact with the commenters, otherwise I pull their link. That simple guideline has pretty much dropped the likelihood that someone will guest post just for an SEO backlink, because the SEO's don't have the time to answer the comments for their post and the ghost writer is paid to write the article and that's it.
The only way to really ensure you're getting a quality guest post that isn't strictly for SEO is research the "writer." Do they have a blog of their own? Do they have social accounts? If you Google their name, do they come up on a ton of different blogs with author bios that link to different websites?
At the same time, you also have to ask if a real blogger isn't doing guest posts for the same reason - building authority for themselves and links back to their website. Most, whether they are businesses are bloggers, have an alternative motive besides they simply want to contribute to another blog when they guest post. It's just a matter of whether you support them and feel their content is good for your audience.
2 years, 11 months ago on A-Listers Behaving Badly