A new writing gig

JISHOU, HUNAN — A feller approached me the other day about writing for his blog, Better Off Bitcoin. Unpaid, but it’s exposure, so I took Justin Hawley up on the offer. So far, I’ve written only two blogs there. One is cribbed from a post I wrote here, Moving Money the Modern Way, and another I just penned today, Why I Bitcoin. I got more than 330 hits on the first one, not bad for my first run. One reader noticed that I’ve been posting pages at Little Green Footballs. I started that a few months ago, whenever I caught something interesting I wanted to share there. It’s not exactly blogging — more like clipping and commenting — but I find some items don’t suit this blog very well. LGF gives me another venue to share my thoughts. I’ve written diairies at The Daily Kos in the past, but so much this past year. It seems I can only keep up with one political blog at a time, and Daily Kos has too much stuff going on for me to keep up with. Maybe I’ll write there again soon, if the muse visits me. The feeds from here to Twitter ...

x ways to write a headline that are sure to drive me crazy 2

JISHOU, HUNAN — Where x = 1. Can we just stick a fork in this sloppy habit of writing “numbered list” headlines on ‘Net sites? It’s as bad as the “one weird trick” ad line. From alternet.org: 11 Things Americans Get Wrong About Australia; 11 Jobs Where an Honest Day’s Work Earns You Poverty From thoughtcatalog.com: 59 Quick Slang Phrases From The 1920s We Should Start Using Again; 15 Things College Friends Teach Us And then there’s cracked.com, which I blame for foisting this craptastic habit on the Internet: 5 Ways Growing Up Inside Scientology Was a Nightmare; 30 Most Baffling Design Flaws of Popular Products. Here’s the thing, people. Writing an article about the top x things means nothing when x can be any flippin’ number from 2 to infinity. If it was a definite number, “the top 10,” “the top 5,” then it would mean something. It would suggest that the writer gave the topic some, you know, thought, weeded out the less important stuff, and only picked what the writer thinks we need to know most. That’s kinda the job of a good writer, ya think? Making up a list of items until you run out of ...

Literary daydreaming, and other such bookishness 3

JISHOU, HUNAN — Like a lot of other writers, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a book. So far, that’s as far as I’ve gotten with the notion, though, so don’t hold your breath waiting for the first Wheat-dogg bestseller. It’s still in the preconceptual stage. Certainly, there is fodder for a book from my experiences as a foreigner teaching English in China. Many ex-pats end up writing books or ebooks about their lives abroad. Having read a few as market research, these books (and for that matter, blogs) fall into a few main categories: My life abroad was wonderful, life-changing! You should give it a try. My life abroad has made me an expert in all things abroad. Read my book! My life abroad was a crappy experience, but I am going to write a funny book about it anyway. My life abroad showed me that America is the bestest place evah in the whole world. My life abroad showed me that America is traveling down the road to ruin, but my chosen living place is a virtual paradise. (By the way, I’ve got some land to sell you if you wanna come here.) I want to write ...
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