Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur

23
Mar
09

Jobs for Bloggers

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It may not be a glamorous job, and you won’t retire wealthy with the meager salaries bloggers get paid, but if you love the craft and want to expand your blogging horizons, you might want to look into getting a full or part-time gig as a blogger (paid).  Whatever your interests are, there are blogs out there looking for people to write on the subject from their unique perspective.  Here’s one fact that gets overlooked about online content: there actually ISN’T ENOUGH OF IT (not quality content that is on par with journalists at newspapers).  That’s where YOU come in.

For those bloggers who find creating content on a regular basis to be difficult, you might want to try writing for a blog that features content you are interested in.  By working as a professional blogger (even just part time) you’ll be creating multiple opportunities for yourself and your brand including:

  • exercising your writing muscle and disciplining yourself to write regularly (especially when having to answer to a supervisor for your content);
  • you’ll get editorial feedback on your writing which will improve your craft and help you to define your voice;
  • building your blogging portfolio with diverse content;
  • building a reputation for yourself as a serious blogger in the industry (thereby making you an “expert”);
  • building an audience for your personal blog (which would be in your bio on any site you decided to work for);
  • establishing new contacts with people who can help you grow your personal blog; and
  • extra cash in your pocket.

It might be challenging to find the time to do it all (even just part time) but think of it as blogging boot camp with many benefits (including a pay check).  Worth taking a look!

I found a couple of great, reliable and respected online sources for bloggers looking for employment blogging for sites.  The first bogger job board is ProBlogger.net.  This job board is clean and too-the-point (which I would expect from ProBlogger – the founder of this site, Darren Rowse, has one of the most popular and authoritative sites about blogging online – marketing genius).  Here is a clip of their job board:

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Each listing on the board has the date of the entry, the specifics of the position (i.e., “Music Gadgets Blogger Wanted”) and the blog category (corporate blog, blog network, etc.).  The individual posts are very detailed and leaves nothing to the imagination.  One job post for a “TV Show Blogger” for Hero World Media reads:

TV SHOW BLOGGER NEEDED

We are looking for a freelance writer/blogger that can generate, on average, 10 articles per week (200-450 words each)

The subject matter is television related. You must be knowledgeable about popular TV shows such as Lost, Heroes, Desperate Housewives, 24 etc, and current TV show news.

COMPENSATION:
You will be an independent contractor and initially you will be paid on a per published post basis (ranges from US $3 to US $6). The basic compensation level will based on your experience and the type of content you generate (micro posts vs. standard articles vs. features).

REQUIRMENTS:

* Be able to commit to 10 articles per week
* Be creative, critical, and articulate
* Have strong research/analysis skills. Check facts well.
* Be familiar with writing for the web and for impatient online audiences.
* Be familiar with using WordPress.
* Must be located in the US or Canada.

WRITING TOPICS:
You should be comfortable with writing on a variety of tv related topics.

ARTICLE REQUIREMENTS:
* The article must be posted in WordPress.
* Include at least one image in each article.
* Intelligent linking of post content to related subject matter and/or to related posts in the same blog
* Assign one primary and a few sub-categories to each post
* Tag all posts

How to apply

Please email samples of your work to kvnfleming(at)gmail.com

Posted on: 03/16

Darren Rowse crosses out jobs that have been filled so anything that is on this job board is an OPEN POSITION unless noted otherwise (including the above position!).  You can find ProBlogger’s job board here.

The second blogger job site that I found to be very well managed with interesting blogging jobs that are updated regularly is BloggerJobs.biz.

bloggerjobs-biz-siteIt describes itself as being “The inside track to a blogging career“.  Unlike ProBlogger (which is a site about blogging in general that features a job board).  BloggerJobs.biz dedicated entirely to the search for blogging jobs.  It is also, appropriately, a blog about blog jobs.  So while you’ll definitely find job listings on the site, it contains much more to support bloggers looking to sustain careers as professional bloggers including directing them to other resources, offering great tips and being an open forum for discussion on blogging assignments.  To underscore my point, here is a list of the categories on the site:

Pretty extensive and varied!  What I like about this site is that, true to blog form, their job posts are not listed with job requirements being itemized like a grocery list.  Instead, a detailed post is done for each job in a more conversational tone.  They also give a bit more background info on the company, location, etc.  For example:

Two Blogging jobs from Splashpress Job Boards

One opening for a Metal/Rock outfit was posted by PureGrainAudio.com, which is an established online magazine who needs bloggers/writers for expansion. They need self-motivated people who are die hard metal/rock fans who can work independently posting on; news, interviews(formal and informal ones), album reviews plus a whole lot more. Current ranks are from Canada and the US and expansion to obtaining writers from overseas and anywhere else as a matter of fact. They need people who can properly manage time that would allow regular contributions, and also contribute to the growth of the site as well with suggestions and proper work ethics.

Definitely worth the click!  You never know what you’ll find and what kind of opportunities will come out of opening yourself up to working for and with other blogs!  No blogger is an island (okay, maybe a few are but that doesn’t mean you have to be).

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20
Mar
09

Recession Breeds New Bloggers on a Mission

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It stands to reason that during times of upheavel, voices that would ordinarily be silent in more steady times tend to rise above the noise or (at the very least) find a way to be heard amidst the noise.

I was inspired to create New York Blog Academy because of my deep belief that blogging (thanks to a crippling recession that is pushing people to the brink of their desperation and frustrations) will enter a new era (like every other sector of American life struggling to define or redefine itself).

What does that mean?  What we took for granted and merely fiddled with in the past with blogging, we will now not only appreciate, but find a way to use to lift ourselves (and each other) out of this muck.

CNN, the NY Times and other major media outlets have begun reporting on the new crop of blogging voices borne out of the pain of this recession.  These are people who have never had a blog before but who (for the first time ever) feel compelled to express their struggle and to help other people through their struggle.  Having never had a blog myself until recently, I can honestly say that I can relate and that I, too, am a blogging product of the times.

Some of these new bloggers are documenting the recession news, while others are using their new blogs to launch companies as first-time entrepreneurs (after being laid off from corporate jobs) or to find new work.

Here are a few of these new blog-voices as noted in CNN and the NY Times articles:

  • The Daily Bail — “Bailout News, Opinion & Analysis. A Path to Federal Bankruptcy.”
  • Recession Wire — Capturing the stories and improving the lives of urban professionals who (like the three women who founded the blog) are getting effed by the economy.
  • Pink Slips are the New Black — the founders of this blog state on their site:  “We’re angry.  We’re frustrated.  We’re unemployed…  Like you.  There is strength in numbers.  Join us.”
  • Feeling Up in Down Times — Psychologist Marlin S. Potash created this blog to “bring psychology research and clinical experience to you… and to help you to deal with the shifting ground of what to count on”
  • Timely Demise — “Tracking the changing retail landscape in today’s economic environment.”
  • Laid Off Dad — One laid off dad’s stories of life in the big city… unemployed.

Although these blogs may be temporary (because they focus on a narrow, hopefully short-term, topic — the recession) they have brought each of the founders (new bloggers) recognition and an audience they would not have had otherwise.  They grabbed the blogging bull by the horns and met a need head on (the need for people to have somewhere to go to vent about these troubling times, to be encouraged, and maybe even find an opportunity).

I look forward to seeing the blogs our members produce!

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17
Mar
09

WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

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There is always confusion for beginner bloggers over the differences betweeen Worpress.com and WordPress.org.  I was also confused when I turned to WordPress as my blog platform of choice.

There is a lot of information online about the differences between Worpress.com and WordPress.org with various opinions about which one you should use.  In almost all cases, the author of an article will suggest that your usage of either platform depends entirely on the kind of blog you will have (personal journal or business blog), your monetary restrictions and monetary goals (advertising on your blog) and your technical expertise.

Below, I’ve listed some of the basic and most relevant differences between both platforms from About.com.  But first, here is the description of the differences between Worpress.com and WordPress.org posted on the Support section of WordPress.com website:

WordPress.com is a hosted blog service. You do not have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. WordPress.com does not permit uploading themes or plugins. WordPress.org is free software. You can install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database.

One of the things that is omitted here (and in their more detailed explanation of the differences between both platforms listed here) is something that I believe should be seriously considered when making a decision to use either platform:

WordPress.com is free BUT any content you create on their site legally belongs to them.  In other words, your blog (the name, the content, photos you upload, etc.) is the property of WordPress.com to do with what they wish.  That means if you are in violation of their rules for any reason (i.e., monetizing through Google Adsense which they do not allow), they can delete your account immediately and there is nothing you can do about it.  They can also delete your account for no apparent reason at all and you would have no recourse.  You are on their servers and have agreed to allow them to aggregate and manage your content at a cost to them.  When you create your account, you sign away any right to the content.

WordPress.org is free software but you will need to host it on your own server through a third-party hosting platform (i.e., GoDaddy, Hostgator, LunarPages, etc.) for a fee (starting, on average, at $7 per month) and purchase a domain name (approximately $7 per year) that will be associated with your blog.  While you pay a fee for these services (and a nominal one at that) and you will need to upload the WordPress.org software to your server (which requires a bit of effort – but very little), the important thing to know is that with WordPress.org, because you are hosting your own blog on a contracted/paid for third-party service, you own your blog and all of its content.

So, to me, the question is not: which service is easier to use?  Rather:  Am I creating a blog for business reasons or merely as a journal of my thoughts for myself, friends and family?  Do I mind not owning my content?  I believe that if this is the first of the many questions you have to ask yourself about blogging, then (once you answer it) the other questions will practically answer themselves.

If you are blogging to (1) create a brand for yourself or your business as an expert or voice of recognition in your field; (2) monetize your content (which you can’t do on WordPress.com); or to (3) buil a huge following and grow your blog content-wise and visually with your audience, then consider hosting your own blog with Worpress.org.  The last thing you would want as a business person (or professional blogger) is for anyone other than yourself to own your blog content.

Here are more differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org to consider that I am posting from an article on the topic at About.com:

Factors to Consider When Choosing Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com:

Following are some factors you may want to consider before you decide to start your blog on a paid host with WordPress.org or WordPress.com (free):

  • Monetization and Advertisements: WordPress.com does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind.
  • Customization: WordPress.com provides a limited amount of space and customization options (although enough for most beginner bloggers).
  • Knowledge: WordPress.org requires more technical knowledge than WordPress.com.
  • Future Requirements: If your blog becomes popular, switching to WordPress.org requires moving your blog and obtaining a new domain name and URL address.

What Features Does WordPress Offer Bloggers?:

WordPress provides a simple interface to allow even the most technically-challenged people to start blogs. The software includes a variety of features including:

  • Custom themes
  • Integrated stats tracker
  • Spam protection
  • Auto-save
  • Spell check
  • Tagging
  • Automatic ping
  • Various sidebar widgets
  • Multiple authors
  • Plug-ins
  • Support
  • WordPress.org also allows for advertising, a custom domain, custom email addresses and more

As I mentioned at our meetup on Saturday, if your blog is on another blog platform (i.e., Blogger, Vox, etc.) or if you’ve never blogged before and need to familiarize yourself with the technical aspects of WordPress, opening a free WordPress.com account to “test the waters” is an ideal thing to do before committing to the self-hosting option.  You can create a “test” blog about any subject and then fiddle around with it to familiarize yourself with WordPress in general.

It’s a personal decision based on your needs but, ultimately, the blog you create should reflect who you are, what you have to say and be as enriching an experience as possible for your Users.  Whatever you do, don’t sit on the fence!  Choose one and go for it!

In the next post, I’ll have video tutorials on how to open a WordPress.com account and how to install a WordPress.org account on a third party server such as GoDaddy.com.

Happy blogging! : )

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09
Mar
09

Interview: The Blog Squad on Bizzuka Talk Show

The legendary Patsi Krakoff and Denise Wakeman of The Blog Squad were interviewed on Bizzuka’s User Friendly Thinking Show (a web radio talk show hosted by  Paul Chaney and John Munsell (CEOs of Bizzuka) that features interviews with experts and industry thought-leaders in web design, content management, Internet marketing and social media).

Krakoff and Wakeman are co-founders of Build a Better Blog (a blog that offers tips and tricks for creating an effective business blog) and The Blog Squad (their blogging consulting company).   In this interview they discuss everything from blogging for business, to using social media, to finding your audience, and getting great PR.  The interview is an hour long (an eternity on the internet) but they offer some great advice and tools for aspiring bloggers (and bloggers who have been blogging for years but are stumped as to how to continue to grow their site).

If something in this interview catches your attention and makes you consider blogging in a different way, leave a comment and let us know!

Enjoy!

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08
Mar
09

Reid Hoffman: Take risks now!

TechCrunch posted an awesome and inspiring interview with Reid Hoffman.  Reid is the CEO and co-founder of LinkedIn.com and an investor in web companies (over 60 companies to date including Facebook and Digg).  He is also considered the most connected person in Silicon Valley.  In other words, he is an entrepreneur guru!

Charlie Rose discusses social media, the faltering economy and how Americans can dig themselves out of this deep financial hole (among other things).  Reid believes (as do I) that this will be an incredible opportunity for ordinary Americans who have never considered being entrepreneurs (the millions of people who were laid off of comfortable corporate jobs that will no longer be there when the recession is gone) to find their true voice and solve some of our most pressing problems through entrepreneur endeavors (which is usually the case in recessions).

Here is a snippet from his interview that caught my attention.  In it Reid discusses why he believes we are all entrepreneurs and how we will dig ourselves out of this crippling recession:

So I now think part of what’s been happening over the last couple of decades is I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not. Because it used to be that you got a job at one company and you were there 20, 30, 40, years. That’s been dead for decades. That’s even dying in Japan. The salary man no longer even exists in Japan.

You are the entrepreneur of your own small business. How do you get to your next gig? How do you do your career progression? All these things now fall on the individual shoulders. And so, they’re essentially an entrepreneur. Now, they’re not an entrepreneur a la, I’ll go create, you know, Google, LinkedIn, a business. They’re entrepreneurs in terms of the business of themselves and how they drive that. So it’s how they get, like, their next job opportunity, how they get a promotion. All of that stuff comes from how they manage the network around them. Which is, by the
way, what gave me the idea for LinkedIn.

But I think that one of the key things — the reason why I think risk tolerance is important is because what happens is people delude themselves they’re not taking risks. They say, oh, I’m going to get a job at, you know, Hewlett-Packard or I’m going to get a job — and that’s not risky. Well, look at current economic climates. Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it. And people who take risk intelligently can usually actually make a lot more progress than people who don’t.

I especially agree with his statement that we are all entrepreneurs constantly selling our thoughts, our ideas and ourselves on a daily basis.  We’re all natural entrepreneurs.  We all have something to say — and there are people in this world who will listen to you.

It’s a great interview.  Enjoy! : )

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