Archive for May 2009

What I don’t like About the Blogging World

May 25, 2009

AngryWarning!!!! This a is rant.

I love being a blogger. I love the web. I love all the useful and useless information I find on it. I love all the people I met. I love the work flexibility it gives me. But despite all that love (there’s a lot isn’t there?), there are many things that irk me to no end in the blogosphere. The blogging world isn’t some utopia where everyone gets along. For the most part we do but like in real life there are good and bad people. Helpers and Users. Nice people and douchebags. I was discussing this a few days ago with a nameless blogger and now I just want to rant. I rant very little on the web but today, I rant. So without further ado….

I hate…

….bloggers who expect things from you but won’t do you favors. These bloggers will e-mail you for links, stumbles, digg, or promotions and ask for help. If I can (and I usually can), I help. But when the time comes for you to need some help, they are no where to be found. Plain rude and get’s them on my shit list. Will I help them again? Nope!

….know it all bloggers. These bloggers leave long and self aggrandizing comments. I’ve seen it on my blog. I’ve seen it on many other blogs. They talk about how everything you just was wrong and that what they know is better because they’ve been doing it longer or if not longer, just better because they are so much smarter and wiser than everybody else.

….people who don’t have link pages but wants links anyways. I don’t like to anybody who does not have a links page. It’s not because if you don’t link to me, I won’t like to you. Naa. I give and get one way links. With 50,000 backlinks, not having 1 isn’t going to kill me. I don’t like to people without links pages because they aren’t a community player. If you expect to be part of any niche blogging community, you should play with everyone. You’re not better than any other blogger no matter how successful you are….in fact you probably got that success with the help of other bloggers. So when I see people without links pages, I really see people are saying “I’m so good, I don’t need your help and I won’t give you any of mine.”

….bloggers who use their twitter count as a sign of success. Just because you have 10,000 followers doesn’t mean anything, especially when you follow 10,0001 people. If I autofollowed everyone, I’d also have 10,000 people. But twitter is about relationships with people not who can get the most followers. If that is what you want though, Ashton Kutcher and you can have a race!

….bloggers who don’t help other bloggers. This is like the first one but it pisses me off so much I just wanted to mention it again twice.

….bloggers who don’t reply to email. Unless you are trying to sell me something, trying to get me to promote your product, or asking me to put up some link, I answer all my email. It may take a bit and the answers might not be long but I get back to everyone. Bloggers who never answer e-mail are just disconnecting themselves from the hand that feeds them.

….bloggers who don’t respond to commentors. Isn’t this all about sharing ides and being part of a community? I may not answer every comment but I read them all and answer as many as I can. I also visit websites. I’ve given up on blogs b/c the owner never commented back to me…and often times I was the only commenter!! What’s the point if you aren’t going to engage in people.

ahhh better!

Note: I should end with saying that this is not aimed at any one blogger or person. It’s just some common things I’ve noticed. I’m not singling anyone in particular out. If you think this is about you, then you’re wrong. Just enjoy the vent and go “yeah, i’ve seen that too!!!”

Songs of the Moment

May 19, 2009

These songs portray thoughts in my head. Analyze away!

A Lot of Life

May 13, 2009

First off, I finished my ebook. I really pounded away at it and got it done. Thanks to everyone who helped! You can read about it here: http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/make-money-with-your-blog/ but it’s not free. the ebook is 27 dollars but I’ll tell you it is highly worth it! read all the great feedback so far!

Think of it as a way to support all my hard work 🙂

I;m currently in Ko Samet, an island a few hours outside of Bangkok where it is raining. It rained yesterday too. Tomorrow is my last day and I hope it doesnt rain then.  Im going to fly down to Phuket this weekend for 6 days to hopefully get some sun. I can’t go back home pasty white! I refuse! worst comes to worst, i’ll go down to the perhentian islands in Malaysia for a few days before I fly back home.

I picked up a second SEO client. That makes two. I’d like one more…in fact, all I have room for is one more.  So if you are interested, I have good rates 🙂  But I’m excited I have two clients now.

There is a lot of travel coming up for me.  On the 24th I am going to Singapore for a few days.  My visa runs out here and I need to hop the border for a new visa and Singapore is the place to do it. I look forward to eating indian food with my hands again.

A few weeks after that I fly to Scotland where I celebrate turning old…then back to America for a little while. That’s a bit scary. America is a strange place.

There’s a lot going on but I’m glad to be finally moving around again.

Sometimes, it sounds like braggin

May 3, 2009

Sometimes when I tell people who I make money I feel like it’s bragging. In fact, I find myself avoiding the subject all together as often as I can. People always want to know what I’m doing now or how I travel so much or make money. Invariably, I give them the short answer- I run travel websites (Or I tell them I do internet marketing). This leads to some follow ups where I tell them I write and run budget travel websites. How do you make money? Is it a lot of work? Is it hard?

And so I go into detail about what I do and how I do it and why I do it. Mostly, that leads to a lot of wows and a bit of jealousy at being able to have a job that pays well and lets me go where I went.

Then they ask me about what I am doing next and I tell them about my travels until I see that look in their eyes where they are waiting for me to stop and I shut up.

My friend Cody (he does this too) and I were talking about how pretty easy our jobs are. I mean a hard day at the office for me is 7 hrs of work. I can go about 3 or 4 days without doing really anything and still mange to find income.  I was staying with Cody for a few days when I first came to bangkok and though we sat on the comptuer pretty much all day, I think I saw him eek out abour 4 hrs of solid work. (facebook and streaming media suck you in!)

But the point is no one really wants to hear about your easy job. I bet most people are more productive on monday than I am in a whole week. So when I start telling people just exactly how my job works and what I do, I’m starting to feel like I’m bragging.

Maybe it is just how I say it but I really dont like talking about it because no one wants to hear about how easy your job is and when i tell people i can see that “i hate you for your easy job” look.

then again maybe its in my head