Put Your Money Where Your Blog Is: Should You Pay for Traffic?

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The Daily Post

Even those of us who blog for purely personal reasons appreciate some validation, whether comments, likes, or just pageviews. Encouraging that feedback is one of the most frustrating things for many bloggers; when we hit “publish,” we want to see the little bar graph go up, up, and away and when we don’t, it’s discouraging. Sometimes it’s hard to tell what readers respond to — a labor of love sinks like a stone, while a five-minute rant makes the rounds on Twitter.

There’s plenty of advice on attracting and engaging readers (some of it from us), most of which requires time and effort without guaranteed success . . . although there is one foolproof method: pay for traffic. But is paid traffic the perfect way to bring in new readers, or does it undermine the point of a blog?

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the sun / in a clean / industrial / sky

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                                                                 the sun
                                                               in a clean
                                                               industrial
                                                                    sky

                                bags out
                                too cold
                                in trolley
                                car locked
                                bright sun
                                turn wind
                                leaves wall

                then up on the hill the crane
                swings its arm wide wide across the town

 

 

 

————w(O)rmholes________________________________|—–

crane wormhole: Woolwich Central – / making life better
Crowborough wormhole: once
hills wormhole: Eglinton Hill
leaves wormhole: from the / bedroom / window
sky wormhole: afternoon 290613
sun wormhole: out!
walls wormhole: thar she perched
wind wormhole: the pleasant land / of counterpane
winter wormhole: Saturday / afternoon

 

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Photography 101: The Rules and Elements of Composition

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The Daily Post

Recently, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced us to the fundamentals of light. Let’s continue our journey through the Photography 101 series and move on to composition. For the next few installments, photographer (and active Daily Post participant) Jeff Sinon takes the reins. Here in part one, he introduces some of the “rules” and elements of composition, and in part two, he’ll offer insights and tips on how to find the best shot.

Jeff illustrates his points with stunning landscapes and nature scenes he’s captured, taken mainly with his Canon 7D, but you can apply his techniques to your own images, no matter your camera or subject matter. Let’s go!

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Mommy and Daddy Bloggers Shoot the Poop: Part One

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The Daily Post

You don’t have to be a die-hard mommy or daddy blogger to write about your family — it’s difficult not to share the hilarious yet harrowing story about your three-year-old’s decision to chop off her hair with safety scissors so she could look more like SpongeBob. (We hear the dishtowel necktie was pretty cute.)

But where are the boundary lines when writing about children? What don’t you share? What happens when they’re old enough to read your blog? What about comments critical of your parenting? What about posting photos?

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