Building the Plane While Flying It

Taking (and giving) advice is a tetchy process. We all come at life and career from unique positions.  Even identical twins have their slight differences.  The greater the differences among us, the harder it is to generalize — something very important to consider if one is in the business of giving impractical advice.  I have… Read More

Writing a Blog in a Time of Change

Writing a blog about starting a blog– in 2018–ten years behind the curve!–seems ridiculous.  Come on, the competition out there has a serious head start–and some of those sites are gorgeous.  Have you ever been discouraged with your blog, thinking all the “best ideas” are taken? Don’t be.   Dancing in the Hurricane Probably the best time… Read More

Blogging as Online Drag

This post is in response to the daily prompt from the Daily Press.  Today’s word is “costume.”  We’re encouraged by many to be “authentic” in building our blogging identities–post real photos,  talk candidly about our real lives, and so forth. Personally, I like to think of blogging as online drag.   No, I’m not a drag… Read More

This Blogging Life: Blog as MVP–Minimum Viable Product

A number of the new business classics point to the “blog” as an example of a “minimal viable product” — more popularly known by its mnemonic, “MVP.” The minimum viable product is the smallest thing we can create that can stand on its own as something customers will buy.  Why is the MVP so important… Read More

That Old Saw: Can I Make a Living Blogging?

Blogging as a passive income stream, as a full-scale business we can rely on, or as side-gig?   We’re told there’s lots of way to make money in blogging.  Are there? In The Olden Times The original blogs (back in the Olden Times) were mostly personal, though some had aspirations to be more than just online… Read More

Three Things I Learned from a Failed Blog

The image above is from the book by Jeff Patton’s book,  User Story Mapping.  It’s about the concept of Minimum Viable Product.  The video in the link at the bottom discusses the MVP concept in detail, using this illustration.  I’ll cover the book next week.  Bloggers are a special subset of people looking for impractical advice.  … Read More