What would happen if a grandma/pa suddenly became a heroin addict?
They’ve reached the “fuck it” point in their life. I would highly recommend talking to them and listening to what they have to say, because they’re probably going to be honest about all the things they really think about life.
We can learn a lot about life from listening to those who survived it longer than we have…
What are the most effective ways to promote blogs?
You need to think of yourself as a small business, and even though you’re only writing one blog a week, the other 6 days should be dedicated to marketing. You need to get people talking about your blog in order to spread your reach beyond your small circle of friends and family.
Engage with professionals and companies in any industry you write about. If you’re writing about food, start talking to chefs and restaurant owners, farmers, and distributors. Mention them and their companies/brands on your blog and link to them.
Start submitting your posts to aggregate services and guest post on other blogs. This is how rappers introduce themselves to bigger audiences and why you’ll always see a dozen of them on any given album.
When posting links on other sites, be sure to link back to your blog using descriptive anchor text. Instead of saying “click here” or “visit my blog,” hyperlink contextually like I post “delicious food recipes” on my blog. This lets search engines know your blog is about delicious food recipes instead of click here, which is just nonsensical.
Find out what professional conferences, expos, and trade shows exist in both blogging and the industry you blog about and start showing up. Contact everyone and hand out your business cards. This gets you on people’s minds. Not only that, you’ll be on the minds of influential people.
Stop listening to SEO snake-oil salesmen – they just spit out buzzwords and sell you on stupid ideas like “search engines think WordPress is more professional than BlogSpot.” No they don’t, and that’s an obvious tell that person can’t see the bigger picture.
Any blog platform has an equal chance in SEO, and they’re confusing the platform selection with the perception of a vanity URL, which can be done with any platform (or you can of course just host your own blog).
When you hear someone start spewing such inaccuracies or generalities like “quality content matters” without being able to explain to you exactly why, walk away. There’s a lot of bullshit in this industry. It’s marketing and everyone is trying to sell you something.
What is Facebook’s new “360” feature like?
It’s 360-degree video. What it is is video formatted for virtual reality. Facebook supports the video format because they own Oculus and believe VR is the future (and they’re right – Disney recently bought a VR company too, and every company at E3 had a VR platform).
Here’s a 360-degree camera:
Here’s a Facebook-exclusive 360-degree video of Star Wars: The Force Awakens:
When you watch the video, you can click it with your mouse and drag the view any direction you want. Not that cool on a regular monitor, but on a VR headset, it translates to being able to look anywhere and still see the virtual reality.
No matter where you look in a 360-degree radius, you’ll be standing in the center of the action.
Imagine watching all those cool GoPro videos of skaters, bikers, skydivers, and more as though you were there with them. That’s virtual reality as it stands right now.
If you want to learn more about virtual reality, here’s a blog:
I work online, my 90 days Schengen visa has expired and I need to move. The issue is that I have my dog, and many countries such as the UK have restrictions for animals. I am Canadian. Where should I go next?
Whatever you decide, next time you’re on the American west coast, hit me up. I kinda cyberstalked you for a quick minute, and you intrigue me. Bring your dog! ;P
Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, The Street, and Hardcore Droid.