Blogging – Serious Business

Make money with your blog! Google Adsense in your header, in your sidebars, in your footers, in your hair…

Find a niche and create content exclusively to it! Passionate about a lot of things? Then have a lot of blogs!

Ensure your title perfectly describes everything you blog about for maximum Google exposure! If you don’t do this, you will FAIL.

In fact, write all your blog posts like you’re writing meta tags! Your first sentence should basically be comprised entirely of keywords. You think proper English is better? That’s fine, but remember: FAIL.


Remember when blogging was simple? I do. The golden years – opening my LiveJournal client, writing whatever the fuck I wanted to write about, and oh: the instant gratification. But then Facebook was invented, Six Apart ran LiveJournal into the ground, and the rest of the blogging world shifted into this twisted monster that insists, “You’re not starting a blog, you’re starting a business.

I started a blog and Twitter for my pseudonym, attempting to follow “the rules” while adhering to a stiff and formal writing style, because – it’s my fucking pseudonym. Might as well call it a brand. People can Google that shit. I managed to dry heave two posts before I gave up.

So: sorry to anyone who subscribed to that blog and the total lack of content there. I’m even more sorry if you continued to check for posts and got one of the lovely Trojans that materialized in my absence.

While cleaning that up, it occurred to me: Why the fuck do I care? Who cares about the rules, and making money? Why am I trying to run separate identities? Why confine myself in a box as a book reader, or a Joss Whedon fan, or a gamer? I enjoy all of those things, and I want to write about all of them without maintaining a billion blogs to match.

So that’s what I’m going to do here. No hiding behind names, or catering to audiences. Erase This is a personal blog, but don’t worry – I’ll try to keep it interesting. You won’t find me talking about what I ate for breakfast here. If you’re only interested in Final Fantasy posts and not interested in, say, my Book Reviews, you may subscribe to category specific RSS feeds in the respective category sections.

Thanks for reading, and please don’t hate me.

4 Responses

  1. Joey Scott says:

    Nice work on the new site!

  2. Togashi_ouei says:

    It seems like a lot of professional fantasy writers still use Livejournal as their “professional” blog. It’s interesting that they continue to use the pseudonym while marketing themselves. It seems to work though. I’ve watched Richelle Mead and Cherie Priest grow into big business without ever leaving Livejournal even though it’s hardly the “hip” place to be blogging and selling yourself these days. I guess if you have something people want to buy they will come to you no matter where you’re selling it from.

    • Jeremy says:

      That’s definitely true. You and Cherie were two of the first people that came to mind when thinking of people who were still making LJ work for them (along with George RR Martin). I was a little weary of leaving LJ, simply for how easy it was to network there: Interacting with various communities made it easy to reach new people, and feeds were taken care of with friends lists.

      But I think I wanted to break free from all those embarrassing teenage angst posts in the earlier years, and a lot of stuff the new ownership did kind of helped spur me along. After reading that the (now retired) owner was on the verge of shutting down the entire service at one point, I realized how little I like the idea of my content’s existence being at someone else’s mercy. From now on, self-hosted all the way for me. o_o

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