5 Semi-Pro Blogging and Podcasting Pitfalls

I’ve been blogging since the late 90’s and podcasting since 2005. This makes me an old-timer in Internet years. It also means I’ve been at this for a long time with very little to show for it monetarily. Financial gain has never been a primary goal of my blogging and podcasting but it’s nice to be able to generate a little income to fund my hobby.

I didn’t start blogging or podcasting to make money but as I’ve plied my trade over the 16+ years of my online life I’ve realized that this is a way I’d like to earn money. I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years and there are five that stand out as huge pitfalls that I’m still trying to overcome.
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8 Ways to Generate Blog or Podcast Topics

Someone asked me (actually he asked members of a private blogger group on Facebook) how I generate ideas for blogging. In about 2 minutes I came up with 8 ways to generate blog or podcast topics. Though this list is specifically geared towards blogging the ideas still work for podcasting too.

You may have already read similar lists from other bloggers and podcasters about how they do this. Here’s my take on the material.
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“4104” by Phil Elmore Will Blow Your Mind – UPDATED

4104 by Phil ElmoreToday I step away from reviewing Christian-themed speculative fiction to recommend an online serial story that you don’t want to miss.

4104 is an online, episodic novel by Phil Elmore. I was given the privilege of reading an advance copy. Yes, I know how it ends. Yes, you will want to read it.

Phil describes his project the best:

My series 4104 is an ongoing and original serial published here on my website. It began with this short story, which was my attempt to create as much plot and as much implied history as I could — with as few words as possible. Individual entries in the 4104 series could be classified as flash fiction, but as they develop, they are coalescing into chapters of a loosely plotted novel.

Now, a word of warning to the squeamish: this is not the book for you. People die horribly in this book. If that kind of thing disturbs you, you’ll want to skip this story. I don’t recall any profanity (I even search the preview copy). There are also a few very dark themes in this book but they are handled tastefully by Phil. That said, you probably don’t want your kids reading this book. Teens 16 and up would have no trouble with the story but you determine what your kids read, not me.

The story could be fleshed out a little bit more and probably will be in its final incarnation. Even in its current state 4104 is a pleasure to read and feels like a solid novel. Sometimes I lost track of the supporting characters and their motivations but that’s probably due to the nature of reading the story from week-to-week. Once I got a copy of the rough draft I was able to easily track with the characters.

If you haven’t already started reading 4104 get on over to Phil’s site and start reading today. The last installment has been published and will only be available for free until Phil starts publishing the next book in the series: Detective Moxley.

4104 will be published in paperback and given a new title: Monsters. Very appropriate.

“Blowing Off Steam: When It Rains It Pours” Book Review

Sci-fi meets meets the American West in this enjoyable genre-bending novella by Ethan Russell Erway.

The charm of the classic westerns merges with the tropes of sci-fi that will delight readers and leave them wanting more after reading Blowing Off Steam – When It Rains It Pours.
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