Steve’s Media Blog

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I think my initial plan for this blog was to get noticed on a regional (if not national) scale, and have a popular blog that a lot of people read.  Well, I think I have a fair share of readers if I believe WordPress’ statistics, but I’m fairly certain no one links to this blog beyond myself.

But I’ve been reading a few articles here and there about blogging in general and did some thinking based on my own experiences in the last few months.  Here’s what I’ve come up with:

– It’s great if I can get people to read this, but I’m not going to worry about that as my main focus.  I’m just going to write what I write, on my own schedule.  I don’t have time to do regular updates anymore.

– I’m putting less focus on other blogs that I’ve started.  In fact I deleted a bunch of them just now.  I’m still going to keep my Stargate Universe blog because it’s so specific, but it’s on hold until that show launches in Canada.  I have a separate movie review blog that I started before this one, but I’ve never really updated that one on a regular basis in the first place.

– In summary, I’m not in the market to try and monetize blogs or make money online anymore.  I have other things I need to focus on without having to worry about blogs.

I’ll still be writing, so if you enjoy the blog, please keep reading! :)

Just testing out the iPhone wordpress application. Works great!

I decided to go with Blogger as my outlet for my freelancing stuff.  Check out http://srgfreelance.blogspot.com if you’re so inclined.  Posts on there will include, but will not be limited to, practice work, links to different resources, posts concerning the freelance world, and probably more.

Enjoy!

I am thinking about setting up another blog seperate from this one in order to showcase my writing.  In essence, a freelance blog to sell myself.  What I need to figure out is what blog service to use; and I hope nobody from WordPress yells at me for mentioning Blogger.

To cover off the very basics, I understand that it’s a matter of where I have accounts.  I already have a WordPress account, and another blog on here (I don’t actively promote that one though).  It would be simple to start a new blog.  But I also have a google account / blogger account, so starting a blog there is trivial as well.

I particularly like the stat tracking feature on WordPress, and I know that there is a lack of such a feature on Blogger.  But Google has Google Analytics, and I’m sure you can insert that somewhere on your blog.  Plus you can do a lot with Blogger, such as monetize it, whereas you need to host your own WordPress blog to put ads on.

Does anyone have any insight as to what service is the best to use for a freelance writing site?  My expectations are as follows:

All I want is to set up separate pages; one as a landing page, another with “practice” writing for various projects that I don’t usually write, and another with some samples of work I’ve been paid for.

I’m sure both services do these things equally well, but I don’t know which is “best”.  Suggestions?  Comments?

Before you continue reading my post, I just wanted to say that I delayed the scheduling of this post as long as possible because I have a difficult decision to make at the end of the entry.

When I started this blog, 100 posts ago, it was originally based on my little notebook for discovering what music to pick up.  As I wrote, I eventually discovered that I felt like writing more than just about music, but media as well.  Hence, “Steve’s Media Blog”.

I’ve made an effort to keep music an important part to this blog, mostly by keeping a music-central theme and posting free music every Friday.  I think I’ve done a good job with that, with only mid-December as being a bit of an off-period (because of a vacation).

I just wanted to point out some statistics before I get to my difficult decision.  Here are my top 5 all-time posts to date, based on amount of views:

The first four out-perform every article here, mostly because of image search results (and a link from Google’s blog for the Free Stickers).  Generally I assume that numbers like 36 views paint a more realistic picture of regular visitors to my blog.

However, I’ve seen my blog rise steadily in average viewers since the start, and to date I’ve had 4,009 viewers.  Not too shabby, if I may say so!

Now on to my decision.  I’ve looked at my recent posts, and compared them to the various blogs that I follow.  My posts recently have essentially been link posts with no real substance.  Which is fine, but I’m trying to pass this blog off as something I actually write in.   I do that when I have a review, but lately I haven’t had much time to listen to the music that I want to review.

So the way I see it, I have a few options:

  1. Keep writing in this blog, but veer away from link posts – or write more of an opinion around them.
  2. Stop writing in the blog.  Leave it at 100 posts, and move on to something else.
  3. Keep the blog as is, while starting a new project separate from this.

Right now I’m really leaning towards #2.  But when I consider the amount of work I’ve put into this blog in getting people to at the very least read it, it saddens me to think that I’ve wasted all of it.

So I’m going to do a combination of #1 and #3.  I’m going to keep writing in this blog, but I may start a separate blog somewhere else with another topic.  Please use the comments on this blog for future posts and give me some feedback on my entries.  I need to know when I’m being lazy and when I’m putting some real thought into this blog.

Twitter

Twitter

I don’t usually talk about my side projects on this blog – I like to keep it to things related to music/media.  However my post from yesterday about searching for a job in 2009 got me thinking about a few things today.

I’m trying to get into the business of freelance writing.  There’s a lot of demand for it, and I have a contact with at least one person that is getting me some consistent work.  Well, it’s supposed to be consistent, but I haven’t hit full steam yet.  One of the other resources I’ve been told to consult is the Content Creation forum on Digital Point‘s board.

I will freely admit that I took a forum posting job that was posted, but backed out of it.  It turned out to be something opposite of what I expected, so I’m going to stick with writing articles for my freelance work.  The only problem is that I really get a sketchy feeling from Digital Point – I’m sure there are some reliable people there offering good money, but I just don’t like the feel of it.

This brings me to Twitter.  As I said, yesterday, Twitter was mentioned as a method of finding work online.  I was debating about setting up a personal blog to list my accomplishments/samples, but I’ve decided not to so far.  I’m interested in Twitter though.

How exactly does one “properly use” Twitter to get a job?  In my case, I’m just talking about networking for some freelance writing.  Are there communities you can join?  Do you just try to get as many people as possible to follow you?

If you can help, I would greatly appreciate it!

I think the most common new year’s resolution, apart from overall “change your habits” thinking, is to lose weight.  It’s probably a flawed resolution because it’s often based on the pounds gained over the holidays and not looking at the bigger picture (for example, weight goals compared from year to year as opposed to a holiday eating binge, or health reasons).  The short version is that nearly everyone makes a resolution to lose weight, and nearly everyone will be the butt of a few weight-loss resolution jokes.

However if one of your goals is to lose some pounds, then you should do it smart.  My girlfriend and I have a goal to lose 10 pounds this month – which is great, but I think we should be tracking our progress.  You can do so with a handy-dandy workout log!

Posted today over at squawkfox is a free, printable workout log (in PDF format) that covers a period of a week.  Personally, my vision for this for us is a little binder for all the weeks this month, and the next, and the next, and so forth.

Either way, a very handy log and it’s free!