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How to Make Money Blogging

June 16th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

This is an honest blog about how money is earned blogging. If the only reason you started blogging was to make a lot of money quickly and easily I must sadly inform you that blogging is not for you. 99.99% of bloggers do not make money but then again they are not producing very good blogs. I am going to say this now and repeat it because it is the truth and the only thing that works is – content. Content is everything!
I am 6 months into my blogging career and I can now honestly say that no I am not raking in the bucks, however, I am at a point where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will probably never be rich, however one can never tell, and I will make enough money to make a comfortable middle class living. Though I am not The Pioneer woman, (she makes more than a million dollars just blogging and her secret is – Good Content. It is a Suzy Homemaker blog and it is not for me but I admire the aesthetically pleasing site and the quality of the content that is accessible, fun, and rife with information. ) yet, within 2 years I should be making half of what she makes.
This is my first blog about how I make money off blogging but there is a certain percentage of individuals who do nothing but give very often bogus advice, tease you with bits of informational profit-garnering techniques, and then ask you to purchase their secrets to success. Stay away from those people –please do not waste your money on these bogus “secrets”. All the information you need to know to get going is free, the only expenditures will be the products you need to run your blog, marketing and key word search, etc. The beauty of blogging is the start-up cost is minimal and if you do everything correctly your first year investment should be no more than $1,500.00. (I have made all the mistakes an individual can possibly make and already spent around $5,000.00. I will tell you about my mistakes and how to avoid them.) So steer clear of so called “blogging gurus” who take your money and give you nothing you couldn’t find on the internet here or anywhere on the web for nothing. THERE ARE NO SECRETS – only blogs with good content.
I cannot emphasize how important it is that you begin blogging for the right reasons. I started blogging because I love to write. I went to school for journalism and unfortunately spent 25 years of my professional career doing everything but Journalism. I was a recruiter or “headhunter” for many of those years and I loathed it! Now I look back and seeing the success I am having has a professional full time blogger, I regret not having persevered in the field I love so dearly – writing. So if I won the lottery or inherited a large sum of money, I would continue to blog every day. This truly is a dream come true and I consider myself unspeakably fortunate.
Let’s get started – Choose a niche
I made a mistake right from the get-go by one, not picking a niche and secondly which is what one has to do to after a niche is found is pick a domain name. I went 0 for 2. I am managing to eke out a living because the content (there is the only secret word again – content) of this blog is so good, otherwise I probably would not have earned a nickel. I know it is possible to do what I am attempting to do, which is cover everything under the sun, the very successful Huffington Post does just that. However this blog -whadawethink.com is a husband and wife team and Arianna Huffington, the creator of Huffington Post ,had millions of dollars in the beginning to play with and 7000 writers to boot. So yes, in this case Ms. Huffington’s creation is the result of having so much money and the solution to good content and marketing is to simply cut a check and hire great writers and guest writers in addition to 70 + employees to market her blog. The Huffington Post truly is an original online newspaper. This blog is for you and I; the average person who is starting an online business with just a couple of thousand dollars tops to start.
I have at least 3 more blogs that I’m preparing to launch very soon which are yes, one all have very specific niches and two, have a domain name that is apropos. The first is called grammarmarks.com, which covers all aspects of grammar, and style, I will be checking all types of correspondence for grammatical mistakes and corrections, and I will be putting my recruiting business to work by cleaning up people’s resumes. Furthermore, my wife has come up with a niche and great domain herself -teainthetureet.com and just as the name suggests this a very specific niche on tea and one can surmise what the blog is about by the title. The way to get a good niche is just google it and if 100’s of millions of entries pop up, the niche is not tight enough. One would like to get under the 10 million mark and even less for example the number for grammar checking is 2.2 million. You may still say wow, that is a big number, but the reality is the World Wide Web is a sprawling and prodigious entity and over 2 billion people use the internet. The number is simply awesome and staggering.
I will mention some products that I do not personally use but I will vouch for them because keep in mind there is not a product here that I have not tried or some successful blogging colleague hasn’t.
Market Samurai (as you can see I don’t use hyperlinks – this is a matter of choice. I don’t want people leaving my site so I am hopeful that you read my blogs and then seek out whatever it may be afterwards.) is the best in terms of assisting you in terms of selecting a niche. This tool will help you out with keyword selection to drive traffic to your site, SEO competition, rank tracker, monetization, can manage your content and so much more. A friend of mine stated that the product doubled his profits.
Purchasing your domain name and choosing a host
There are a number of hosts (mistake #3 for me. I chose 1and1 and they don’t compare to Host Gator, which is the best – trust me on this one.) In addition, I use Host Gator, the platform I use is WordPress; everyone uses it and for good reason it is great, and it is free. There is no other successful person who uses anything else.
The next step is personalizing your blog. No one is going to stay with the generic features wordpress provides so you can invest in some software like Semiologic-Wordpress or invest in a Web Designer – a good one who is ethical. In terms of finding a good Web Designer, referrals are the only way. I have an honest, talented, ethical and affordable Web Designer and perhaps the second reason whadawethink.com is successful is because it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I had done so many things wrong and the site, in my opinion is so attractive, I’m certain there are people who come just for the design alone.
More than one blog
Yes, get out as many blogs as you can handle. I know people who have 20 or more sites.
SEO Optimization
I paid an SEO Optimization company to set me up with all the major search engines. I highly recommend that everyone do this, it’s an additional investment, but it’s necessary. What I would not suggest you do is sign up for the any of their marketing campaigns. I’m in the middle of a campaign that I wasted $800 on and I will not mention the company because who knows, maybe whadawethink.com will pick up dramatically. There was another company I used for marketing and I got hit with nothing but spam. Essentially what they did was throw their clients my way and who had no interest in whadawethink.com but they wanted to use my web-site as a platform for all the links I was getting because the site was so popular. This comes to a product I highly recommend once your blog starts moving along called Askimet, which is a spam blocker and works perfectly.
Content , Content and more Content
Have great content. This blog could literally be those 3 words – provide great content. Writing well, being witty, researching everything you write. Take time to respond to the people who follow you, provide information, but make it fun to read. One could be the greatest writer in the world but if it is dry – well then it may be too scholarly. You really do not want to write scholarly on a blog. If someone is writing a book, blogs are not considered legitimate sources. But if the information is correct every time then many individuals may check your blog first and then proceed from there. That’s what I do with Wikipedia; it’s accurate 99.9% of the time but if I want to be certain I start there and double check at another source. Why? Because I am used to it, it is fun, easy and accessible.
Marketing your Blog
One can pay for it or do it yourself and doing it yourself is a lot of hard work. It is sad but some of the greatest material ever written goes unread because it was not promoted properly. I actually blogged about it. Some of my best blogs have gone unread because the topic was trending and therefore too competitive for the search engines to pick up. My advice is to write what you want. Again, if you are writing just for keywords then your job becomes a drag. Remember content and you will be found.
Use Amazon.com
There are so many ways to make money if you have good Content and you build a following. I only use Amazon .com because it has everything and I do not want my blog to be cluttered. But it’s up to you – Google adsense which has often been called google welfare. No one gets rich on adsense – no one ! Pick an affiliate and go with it – I will stick with Amazon.

I hope you enjoy the site. Have fun and keep coming back.

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Our Society in Terms of Popular Culture and Entertainment is Getting Dumber and Dumber

May 18th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Capitalism and the free market system has always been unfair in terms of how much money an entertainer makes compared to i.e. what a neuroscientist  makes. Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin made more money than people who worked at NASA or even the president of the United States back in the 1970s.
Forbes just released their annual top 100 entertainers list ranked in terms of how much money he or she made in 2010 and it is not pretty. Warning: Before reading this, I highly recommend that whether you are an unemployed or a barely- eking- out- a -living Doctor, Surgeon, computer programmer, CPA, Lawyer, scientist, Investment Banker or any other hard working gifted professional in this dreadful economy; please stay away from sharp objects, rope (even a tie), heavy machinery, tall buildings, benzodiazepines or any other object with which one can seriously injure or kill oneself. That includes any other substance which if ingested in large amounts can also result in death.
Lady Gaga passed up Oprah Winfrey and made more money than any entertainer made last year. She made a cool 90 million dollars touring plus tens of millions of dollars associated with advertising on the social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. In addition to which, Lady Gaga has a whole storage room of gadgetry including personalized make-up products, monster headphones, virgin mobile phones she features in her videos, her platform shoes and on and on and on. Bottom line she has made more than 300 million dollars in 2010.
The list is top 100 but I will just cover the top 10.
#2 – Oprah Winfrey made 290 million bucks, so she was just beat by Lady Gaga by a mere 10 million bucks.
#3- Justin Bieber – again like Lady Gaga he actually made $53 million with his music but it was the other endorsements that put him into the 200 million + category. That youngster with all that money because he sings okay and he’s cute. (But aren’t there another 100 million or so boys that are cute too.)
#4 – U2 – $195 million. I don’t like U2 but I do admire their staying power and drive.
#5 – Elton John –150+ million. Hey he’s better than Liberace ever was and he’s been around forever.
#6 – Tiger Woods – The greatest golfer to ever play the game. He’s making a comeback.
#7 – Taylor Swift – I don’t like her music.
#8 – Bon Jovi – 125 million in 2010. This guy is a no talent if there ever was one. He can’t sing, doesn’t play an instrument and he initially made it because of his extraordinary good looks and he’s still around because he’s still good-looking. Bon-Jovi’s music “sucks” big time.
#9 – Simon Cowell – $90 million dollars for Simon Cowell ???????????????????????? That insipid, unfunny, no-talented English guy from that awful show American Idol. Wow – what a world we live in – only in America – right Don King !!
10. Lebron James – $48 million dollars. He’s the only guy I’m happy for. I mean I certainly think he’s overpaid, I don’t think a basketball player should make more than a college professor but he’s super-talented and I’m happy to see a kid from the projects make some serious money. I remember right before he turned pro, there was all this controversy because he accepted a little bit of money when he was in high school by his people. It was only a few thousand dollars for t-shirts. I remember thinking to myself – ‘Don’t mess it up Lebron – just wait it out and you will be richer than you could ever imagine. “
Well there you go – the world is falling apart and Lady Gaga is making $300 million dollars. In my opinion she’s dumber than a box of rocks, she’s mediocre as a performer and is rich because her handlers marketed her right. ONLY IN AMERICA !!!!!!
Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK ? Are you angry or do you think these celebrities deserve this much $$. At least Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin was an awesome guitar player. The Beatles were talented and released some of the greatest songs ever made.

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The Secrets of Making Millions of Dollars Blogging

May 11th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

The Huffington Post usually ranks # 1 in terms of making money. However, they have millions of dollars to invest and over 7000 writers. Because they have the resources and manpower they have the capability of making lots of money.

What if you work alone or are a husband and wife team like us – then what? Well I want you to take a look at this site, peruse it for a while and then come back.
Well, what did you think? Ree Drummond, the founder and creator of The Pioneer Woman, made over a million dollars last year on her blog alone; not to mention the fact that she has published a half a dozen cookbooks or so.
As you can see, she is a Susie Homemaker who lives on a ranch, dishes out recipes and talks about her husband and children – banal stuff – wouldn’t you say? Well, she attracts over 23 million visitors per month and 4.4 unique visitors. There was actually a piece in the ‘New Yorker Magazine”. I read it and I was shocked to read that this ordinary woman made so much money and I couldn’t help feeling a little envy. It was probably the same feeling New Yorker staff writers get when they see how much success J.K. Rowling, the ‘Harry Potter’ author enjoys.
Why is she so successful? For one thing, she has been doing it for 6 years (she started out just like you and I) but she was persistent and the site caught like wild fire. #2 – she has a specific niche – she is a Susie Homemaker in addition to being a cowgirl. #3 the Susie Homemaker stuff is big these days just look at Martha Stewart. #4 – She has a beautifully designed site. That is it!

To sum up very quickly on how to run a successful blog:

 

  • Have a specific niche.
  • Hire a Web Designer and create a beautifully designed site.
  • Add new material everyday.
  • There is no such thing as making money from nothing. I won’t get into it here but there are reams of information on the different types of advertising programs e.g. Adwords, Adsense, SEO Marketing, the social networks and lastly good content on stuff people are interested in.
I am very proud of WHADAWETHINK, honestly even if I were not involved with the site, I would read it every day. I’m not making the $$ The Pioneer Woman is making but I have only just begun and besides I’m not doing it for the money (I mean I need to eat), I love this site, I enjoy writing about different topics and I love my readers.
Speaking of putting food on the table, I get paid if you click on to the Amazon widget shown here. I get a small percentage of what you purchase. I have an ad displayed and you certainly don’t have to purchase this but as long as you are on Amazon and you arrived there from clicking onto my widget, I get credit.
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We Must Address the Public Pension Issue

April 27th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

How would you like to put in 20 years of service, retire at the age of forty and afterwards enjoy a comfortable middle –class lifestyle. Sounds wonderful to me – how about you?
Well if you are interested in becoming a police officer or perhaps choosing to be a firefighter as an occupation, the aforementioned is a reality.
This is not an Op-ed blog about how cops and firemen have it “made” (they put their life on the line day in and day out), it is rather about the fact that we must take a closer look at to whom and when the government administers pensions and how much.
This country, the United States of America, is a debtor nation, has a 14.2 trillion deficit, and is still in the midst of a crippling economy nationwide. Moreover, to elaborate just a bit, there is not a single industry that is not struggling except for perhaps the medical bad debt collection business.
The private sector has always been a little envious of people who retire early and enjoy perhaps 40 years of fishing and golfing as opposed to 15 years (that’s if at the age of 65 one is healthy enough to enjoy these activities – sorry for the cynicism) but now more than ever it is time to look at this prodigiously unjust public pension system. The question is what to do and how?  Obviously, it would not be fair to eliminate payment to those of whom who are already collecting a pension.  Additionally, slashing into the amount of money paid out to existing recipients is not equitable either.
Firstly, if everyone is expected to work until at least to the age of 65, why should government employees be exempt from this? I understand occupations, which require one to be agile and physically fit (like cops and firefighters) but certainly it is conceivable for an individual to be transferred to another area – perhaps administrative.  Keep in mind we are also living longer, so these public pension recipients are on the government dole for a longer period.
Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis knows that I am certainly not a republican. (Anyone who even mentions the thought of touching pensions or going after unions is immediately thought of as a right wing conservative) I am merely suggesting that we take a closer look at the public pension system and perhaps we can tighten it up a bit. We are in a position in which China is going to surpass us as the #1 superpower at least economically. We all have to sacrifice.
Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK ? Do you have a pension? It would be nice if we could all retire at 40 but we obviously can’t.  We are all living longer and 65 is more like 55 a half century ago. Just think – Ronald Reagan was 69 years old when he took the oath and agreed to take on easily the hardest and the most important job in the world.
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Our National Debt is 14.2 Trillion Dollars

April 14th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

It is impossible to fathom such a number but it is in fact the real number – our deficit is 14.2 trillion dollars. I have been reading in the papers about a possible shutdown of the Federal government if republicans and democrats do not agree on this 38 billion dollar budget, which in reality for this year should be 3.5 trillion. We are fighting and clawing away about a budget that does not even come close to what we ought to cut. Are we in serious trouble? Can we go on and on being a debtor nation?

Well for one thing, most individuals are in debt – 80% of us in fact. We are talking about mortgages, car loans, student loans, new business startups , credit card debt everything. We are a nation not of individuals working hard and pursuing the American dream but rather a country of individuals who are seriously in debt because we feel entitled to everything NOW without, I would not say not working for it but rather people unwilling to wait and work for it over many years. Moreover, credit card debt is not very far from borrowing from a lending institution whose employees have last names ending in a vowel. ( every other loan or debt is understandable) I am part of this debtor nation and I am no angel; I want that flat screen TV and I want it now. My personal reason is that I could be dead tomorrow so live for today – memento mori! If I had a crystal ball and knew I would live another decade or two for sure, I would handle my finances differently.

I know what happens to us individuals if we continually go into debt and end up losing what used to be a more stable thing called our job and cannot find another real soon. We end up on skid row – if you are lucky perhaps you can move in with a friend or loved one until you land on your feet or you end up homeless. However, what happens to our country?

Cicero 106-43 B.C. said “The budget should be balanced; the treasury should be refilled; public debt should be reduced; and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled.” You do not need a degree in finance to know that the country is spending more than it has and just like individuals we are working just to pay off the interest on debt and so is the country. The national debt is increasing at an alarmingly fast rate of 75 million dollars an hour – wow!

But before you move to another country, bear in mind, the United States has had debt since its inception – of course, we needed funding for the Revolutionary war and the last time the national debt was at zero was when Andrew Jackson was president. We subsequently had several surpluses and deficits (during war for obvious reason deficit increases) then came the Great Depression of 1929. World War II and F.D.R.’s New Deal caused a sixteen-fold increase in debt but we survived, won the war, and enjoyed great economic prosperity afterwards. F.D.R.‘s legacy stands as one of the greatest presidents ever for democrats and the absolute worst president for republicans. (The GOP thinks the Federal government is inept, inefficient, prone to fraud, wasteful and a whole bunch of other derogatory invective.)The biggest jump in terms of dollars came from the Republican George W. Bush who increased the gap by 6 Trillion dollars. With the two wars still going on and the Middle East fiasco and again all that interest, Obama, unless we seriously try to cut spending, will be neck and neck with Bush.

I’ve spilled enough ink and now it’s your turn. I was going to have a part 2 and talk about the repercussions of such a prodigious deficit but I think I will open this up now. All of you economic and financial wizards please contribute and let us know what is going to happen to our nation if we don’t stop spending and cutting programs ? Our economy is worse than I have ever seen it, do you think the deficit problem is one of the multitude of reasons we are in this bind ? WHADAWETHINK ?

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Donald Trump Declaring That He’s Running For President is Business As Usual

April 12th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Donald Trump is in the business of promoting entertainment, Trump entertainment that is. The only redeeming characteristic about Trump is that I believe whatever he does (I do not even know what he does half the time, he has his hands in everything) is just an act. He is privileged with a capital P, knows it, and will admit it. Donald Trump claims he is contemplating running for president. I think it is obvious that he just wants to promote himself and his silly show – the reality show ‘The Apprentice’. Incidentally I have never watched the show and never will so his marketing ploys will not work on me but the ratings are there so people apparently like it.

I spent many hours researching Donald Trump and I must admit there was so much about him I did not know. Let me say this first – he and Paris Hilton are the luckiest human beings on the planet except the former is smart and actually works (it’s not back-breaking blue collar work or the stressful mental exertion on the floor on Wall Street) but his job is marketing. Donald has a magical last name and he is a genius at selling it – Trump.

The real businessman and real estate developer was Donald’s father – Fred Trump. The record shows that Fred Trump was a builder who made hundreds of millions of dollars and anyone who knew Fred would tell you that he was a visionary and real state genius. Therefore, despite attacks and criticism about his son, Donald’s building acumen is not fair. Donald was taught by the best in his very own father. Being the son of a very prosperous man of course afforded Donald to get the finest education a person can get as well – he earned a B.S. in economics and finance from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. I’m sure Donald is a real estate guru and he demonstrated it early on in his professional career but we’re talking about a man who literally feels entitled to everything and refuses to stick with just building.

This is not a bio piece on Donald Trump so I won’t elaborate on his accomplishments and failures but let me just give you a laundry list of what Mr. Trump has ventured into, it is simply unbelievable: Real estate, Beauty Pageants (he’s a grown-up kid in a candy store), Golf courses, Football (he was the owner of the New Jersey Generals in the laughable USFL), hotel and casino, airline, television, publishing, vitamins and nutrition, World Wrestling Entertainment and more.

“The Donald “has by far failed more than he has succeeded and in fact was in debt, in 1994, $900 million personally and $3.5 billion in business. This would have destroyed any other man but Donald because the banks are only too willing to give as much money as he wants because they think he as the Midas touch but it’s his name – Trump.

Donald doesn’t seem to get too upset about his setbacks because to him it seems the world is a big monopoly game. I laughed hardily when Trump said that the rest of the world thinks of the U.S as a joke. What would they think of this country if the silly socialite, “business magnate” became president? Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a serious man, a hugely successful businessman who is most definitely a viable presidential candidate. Donald Trump is a joke but there is nothing to worry about when the appropriate time comes he will drop out of the race and go on being “The Donald.”

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I Hate Facebook – Revision

March 18th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

On the 25th of February, 2011 I blogged about my hating Facebook, though I did clarify and rectify some of my initial assertions in the comment section, I now feel compelled to write a complete blog about my thoughts on FB.

To begin with I must admit I was a bit hasty with my assessment of FB, though I had been a member, I rarely used it; if someone asked to be friends I would usually say yes and then simply just continue on with what I may had been doing at the time.

What I knew about FB was probably as much as any other informed person who knew of Facebook but never used it –i.e. that a young intellectually gifted college kid from Harvard had created a social networking site not unlike MySpace but much better and perhaps more invasive. The site had grown so expeditiously and prodigiously that there was already a hugely profitable movie distributed by the giant Columbia pictures; and directed by a respectable, good, and mainstream director (David Fincher). Mark Zuckerberg, the site’s founder and creator, had been leveled with charges against him regarding the stealing of other, at the time, working colleague’s ideas relative to the site, and other questionable, complicit and unscrupulous conduct.     

Furthermore, when I happened to passively glance at the site, it usually was not much more than pictures of family members or friends from their most recent vacation or some other uninteresting gathering (how boring is that?) In addition, what I also saw were college-aged kids partying or on the other hand parents showing off his or her snot-nosed kid (oops this was supposed to be an apology of sort, but I can’t help it) throwing a baseball or cheerleading their schoolmates to victory. It seemed like that same old rivalry of whose kid is cuter than mine is. Sure, if you happened to be related to someone, it’s somewhat obligatory to look at their kids pictures when you visit them, but does it have to plastered all over the web for the world to see ?

Well let me elaborate here on my (I would not say change of opinion) but perhaps new perspective I have about Facebook. Unlike Classsmates.com (which is a rip-off), one can look up old schoolmates free. You can also look up anyone for that matter with whom you have lost contact. It is absolutely the best in this regard and I cannot express the unadulterated joy it has provided for me. Reaching out and connecting  with old friends – it elicits a bitter-sweet, happy/sad and warm and nostalgic (at least for me it does) impression that yes time is passing by ever so quickly but how wonderful and kind so many people have flourished  into.

Having stated the aforementioned Facebook CAN (the optimum word is can) be exploitative and if not careful, especially with youngsters, one may purposefully or inadvertently reveal very private and too much information.

The major peeve and concern I have with FB and all the other social networking sites is the prodigious invasion of privacy. There are other sites which are a whole lot worse than FB in terms of privacy issues but I won’t  bother to mention these distasteful sites.

Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK? Do we have to be connected to everyone at all times? Will FB and the like supplant nostalgic yearning or perhaps enhance it? Are you a fan of Facebook or were you like me before? Open this up – Facebook, whether we like it or not is something one just can’t dismiss. To date there are a ½ billion regular members – that’s a lot of people.

Now for the awful part of the job but necessary; at least it is just advertising and you get what you want and believe me – if you can think of it, Amazon has it. I only use Amazon because I truly believe it to be the best in terms of online shopping. Just click on the widget shown here and shop just like always except I will get a tiny percentage. Note we’re not interested in your money  – we want you ! Have fun and keep coming back. Also be aware that once you click on the widget, you don’t have to purchase what I have advertised, you can shop away and buy what you want.
 

 

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Money Doesn’t Talk it Screams!

March 14th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Money is not everything but it is pretty darn close to being so at least in this life anyway.

Let us begin by ascertaining what money is, or more apropos, what money can’t do or not buy for you and then let’s see what we’re left with.

The only two things I think money can’t buy is your health (although if one is wealthy he or she can afford the finest health care, the most competent doctors, drive the safest motor vehicles,  reside in a neighborhood with a statistically low crime rate and a plethora of other things, etc.) So, at the very least, if you should have the great misfortune of being a victim of some inherent genetic disorder you can be assured of the finest healthcare. Also, as I stated in the aforementioned you’re furthermore less inclined to be the victim of a natural disaster (the wealthy live atop of any given community rather than below, which is why Katrina is more apt to annihilate the poor; incidentally this has always been the case since the beginning of real civilization some 6000– 8000 years ago.) A rich individual will also be more educated (educated from the best schools to boot) which will give them the wherewithal to know what lifestyle is healthy and what lifestyle not so healthy. (Whether Charlie Sheen elects to self-destruct is another matter.)

So you see, being a prodigiously wealthy person, statistics will show that the likelihood of your having a longer, safer life. (I know there are exceptions to the rule and for  those of you who read my blog on a regular basis know that I repeatedly and emphatically clearly and in no uncertain terms declare that there is only 1 rule which is “The only absolute rule is that there are exceptions to every rule.”)

The 2nd thing money can’t buy is immortality! We are all going to die and there is nothing anyone can do about it, in fact, death has been called the great equalizer because for all the injustices, the poor have endured and for all the privileges the rich have assumed, in the end it’s nothing. (Religion is an altogether other issue, which I will blog about very frequently and at length in the future) Shakespeare has been quoted as saying – “We live life with such sound and fury, but in the end we end up as nothing.” Sartre grimly quipped, “What is life but an unpleasant and monumentally short interruption from non-existence.”

So the two things that money cannot buy are – for all intents and purpose your health (maybe longer and safer but still….) and immortality.

I consider myself a happy individual and I am not a wealthy man. Many folks believe that money can buy happiness and I believe it can for some people. If you have a thirst for power and that is what makes you happy, money can bring you a lot of power. Money can even buy you love, it may not be real love, but wealthy people never have any problems getting dates. Mark Zuckerberg (I pick on him a lot – I’m sure it’s just latent jealousy) is not Brad Pitt but Mr. Zuckerberg will never, ever have a problem finding a woman.

To the gist of the Op-ed blog – money does not talk, it screams! It covers the entire spectrum from the individual to whole nations – if an action results in more money or profits, that procedure will be enacted. If a country happens to have natural resources we want, i.e. oil, sure enough the good old U.S.A. will support a despotic regime in a heartbeat. (Sure Hillary Clinton will clamor about humanitarian rights, etc. but that’s just talk, it’s the MONEY that SCREAMS !

Now it’s your turn – WHADAWETHINK? Do you want to be wealthy or have just enough to be secure? Do you think it’s healthy to have more money than one can possibly spend? I will say this – I am probably in the minority inasmuch as I do not care about having more money than necessary (subjective). I am middle class and enormously content with my lot. However having said this, I am not ignorant to the fact that people are dirt poor and can’t even afford the basic necessities like food and shelter, never mind TV and the internet.  I have said my part for today so WHADAWETHINK?

So here is the worst part of this job – beseeching you to click on the Amazon widget and purchase whatever you want. I have a book advertised which is pertinent to the blog I just wrote. You can buy this item and anything else or you can even purchase whatever you want – as long as you click on the widget to Amazon shown here (don’t go straight to Amazon, I won’t get credit) If I am lucky I make a couple dollars a day. We want to grow and add staff and make this the best site it can possibly be, with staff writers covering every category. If today is not good, that is fine too – we want you not your money. Enjoy and keep coming back!

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Kafkaesque Bureaucracy

March 12th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

What can be more exasperating than bureaucracy and red tape ? Anyone who has had to deal with a bank, DMV, a phone company and now cell phones and Internet provider services knows precisely what I am talking about. Sadly, bureaucracy seems to be insidiously creeping into every aspect of one’s waking life; improved technology is supposed to make life easier and better and it does in one regard but it reduces efficiency from a different  perspective when one considers the prodigious red tape involved with same.    

Franz Kafka was a very unhappy young man despite having the precious gift of superb writing skills ( just to note scholars today regard him as one of the world’s greatest stylist and his works as nothing short of masterful. I highly recommend everyone who hasn’t read him to do so, even though the work is grim, Kafka describes  with laserbeam precision the very unpleasant bureaucracy with which every human being will inevitably have to at one time or another deal. The eponym Kafkaesque was appropriately posthumously given to Franz) and I sometimes even wonder if he, himself, ever contemplated just how monstrously omnipresent kafkaesque bureaucracy has become.     

On the front page of the NY Times the terrible story of the earthquake and tsunami that has devastated Northern Japan is extensively covered and I am in no way suggesting that kafkaeque bureaucracy is in any way shape or form as awful as this, because red tape after all is not a tragedy – it’s a senseless, frustrating and quite often disorienting annoyance.

As I write this, I am also waiting  for Verizon and an IPS to arrive so they can rectify and finish the the shoddy workmanship they have thus far wreaked (it’s been a week of hell to date), and there is nothing but Murphy and I (Murphy’s Law – ‘If anything can go wrong it will’) can conceivably do but wait, hope and pray that some competent individual will successfully do and complete his or her job and perhaps even disregard red tape in order to facilitate matters. (this Phone and internet set-up could have been completed days ago had the technician had the authorization # which I painstakingly procurred and which they ineptly never received from the “proper” channels.)

So there you go, the technician was expected to be here 8 am and it is now 5;30 pm – let ‘s hope kafkaesque bureaucracy leaves me alone ! I suffered a week already and I know everyone must go throught it – but why? Life is too short!

Now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK ? I’m not even going to ask whether or not you’ve experienced any of the aforementioned because if you’re and adult and if you have any of life’s modern convieniences (that’s an oxymoron) or if you even possess a checking account or maybe just stepped outside – red tape will be there to greet you. Please tell us your stories – I found that by writing about this, I feel less frustated – writing or talking about it has a cathartic effect.

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Fellow Bloggers Are You Excited? AOL is Acquiring Huffington Post for $315 Million

February 7th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

On the front page of the NY Times, the day after the Super Bowl precisely to the left of a photo of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the game’s MVP, throwing a perfect spiral is a story about the Huffington Post being acquired by AOL for 300+ million dollars. That is wonderful news for Arianna but is it something about which the average blogger should be beside oneself? The population of the world is unfathomably prodigious and statistics indicate that a new blog site is set up on average every second of everyday. Inasmuch as this is the case and the fact that there are hundreds of millions of blogs blogging about everything under the sun everyday, should the average Joe Blogger be enthusiastic about perhaps making money and even one day being very wealthy ? 

I don’t find the number of blogs very daunting because the fact that 85,000 blog sites are created each day worldwide may sound fearfully large it’s a rather small percentage when one considers how many people there are on this planet. For example just in the U.S.A alone a 2010 census indicates we have 308 + million people living in this country. So, if your job is simply to count the number of people at a rate of say 100 per second and you did this 8 hours a day everyday it would take you 16 and ½ years to accomplish. (This is guite a lengthy explanation to make a point but there are plenty of folks blogging about statistics and figures like this everyday; just Google it and see for yourself.) 

I do have some trepidation however about actually making a living blogging simply because I don’t possess Ms. Huntington’s wallet or purse. Arianna Huffington (one of my readers called her the Paris Hilton of bloggers; she was married to an oil tycoon) invested a cool million dollars to get her blog site off the ground in 2005.(She has a staff of about 70 people and 6,000 writers, many of whom contribute blogs for free.)  One million dollars is actually not a very large sum of money when you compare it with other business ventures, after all anyone can blog. One can even set up a blog on WordPress for nothing (you won’t make any money but if you’re not interested in monetizing your site and you have something to say and you want to be heard – why not?) 

I am not interested in making huge sums of money blogging. However, I do have to put food on the table and all I’m  really interested in is earning just enough money to be an average working middle class guy. After all one doesn’t major in journalism and possibly have realistic ideations of actually being rich some day. The average working journalist makes about 43k a year and could expect to earn between $27,000 and $36,000 to start. Real journalists aren’t in it for the money they write because they have to; it’s like breathing. Sure there are some journalists who are just interested in fame and fortune and that only happens if you’re very well-connected like CNN’s Anderson Cooper whose mother happens to be heiress and socialite – Gloria Vanderbilt. 

So now it’s your turn WHADAWETHINK ? Are you happy for Arianna Huffington? Are you going to start blogging today? Will bloggers replace printed newspapers and magazines ? What about accountability ? If you are a blogger, are you conscientious about fact-checking and legitimate sources?  Do you want to quit your job and become a full time blogger ?

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