Google+ Hangout on Air Replay of Monetizing Your Blog

Exciting news! I’ve started doing Google+ Hangouts on Air on a variety of topics related to small businesses and marketing.

My first was Monetizing Your Blog, and it’s filled with tips and strategies for making some profit with a passion project — or starting a blogging business.

Get all the resources you need to start and monetize a blog on this page.

Be sure to sign up for my future sessions by visiting this upcoming events page.

I’m Back!

From a series by Sophie Gamand.

I’m back! I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been super busy.

Here’s what I’ve been up to:

Writing about entrepeneurship

Teaching at MediaBistro

And tomorrow, I’m hosting a FREE Google Hangout on monetizing your blog. 

I hope you’ll come back to the blog — I’ve got lots of new content planned.

Thanks for reading!

Summer Pie-Days (Bushwick Edition)

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Friday, I planned to do my usual, hit Four and Twenty Blackbirds for a new tradition I’m calling Summer Pie-days.

It’s a chance to sit down and think about small business marketing — what I can write, what resources I can create, how I can build connections.

This Pie-day had different plans for me however. I ended up miscalculating my way to Bushwick, wandering down brightly lit industrial streets in the summer swelter looking for 3rd Ward.

This place was slightly the Wonka’s Chocolate Factory of creative spaces for me — intimidating and inscrutable.

What I found inside was a pleasant surprise. An amazing space, and an incredible incubator for Brooklyn makers. Woodshops, artists studios, classrooms, coworking spaces — the place seemed to faintly hum.

I really enjoyed talking to the folks at 3rd Ward about their community, many of them local Brooklyn businesses, exactly the sort of passionate people I most like to work with.

Of course I made it a Pie-day, at Roberta’s. Man I had forgotten how good this was.

I hadn’t imagined my Pie-days being this adventurous but what can I say?

Summer Pie-Days

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Summer Fridays are a beloved New York media company institution.

I remembered when I first heard about them. It was likely my first full time job, slinging copy for the Quality Paperback Book Club. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, all of Friday afternoon gloriously off!

Now that I’m indie, I have to be more conscious about not falling into a work hole. So I’ve been thinking a lot about “Summer Fridays” — what would it mean if I took them?

I think I’d like to use the opportunity to work on something that’s more of a lark, something fun.

I thought a bit about holding office hours at my favorite pie store, Four and Twenty Blackbirds. But I’m also on a crusade to stop spreading myself too thin. And once I start hearing about cool business challenges, I get obsessed. What can I say?

So I think I’m going to use my summer pie days to start working on a marketing resource for small businesses that I’ve been toying around with in my head. Guidance on being authentic and social and unmistakably you in your marketing efforts. How to master the basics like online advertising and showing up in search while building your fledgling brand.

I’ll need help with this. So if you have a small business and need to boost your marketing efforts, leave me a comment or drop me a line. I just might enlist your help as a “beta tester.”

Now, back to this pie!