Thursday, April 10, 2014

I am a Web Marketing Intern

It's strange to be a web marketing intern. Just a about a month ago I was Unemployed, before that I was something called a Marketing and Sales Consultant, before that I was in Marketing and Sales for the same company, and long before that I was just a person. I haven't been a person in a very long time.

Once I grew up, got a, job, house, kid and a car it was decided I would give up my humanity and become. It's a fair trade if you consider that I receive money now. I was never paid for the humanity.

A Day in The Life

Netflix. That word - that made-up noun, that everyone now knows - sums up too many days. Even when I'm incredibly busy, there seems to always be time to have a noise on in the background. In a way Netflix has replaced radio.
That was on my mind. It has nothing at all to do with the topic at hand.

I thought I would write about my experience at my new job, starting roughly at day one. There isn't really a reason to be writing this except that I have a feeling that this job is going somewhere. Though there's a chance I won't actually have the job in another couple months, there's a reason I feel like it's going somewhere (I don't know what that means yet either).

Past jobs have provided a pay check and from time to time they were even enjoyable. All that seemed to prove though is that even a dead-end road might have a nice view from time to time.

I work for a company in Roanoke called Meridium. It's a company which invented, and seems to be perfecting APM (asset performance management). APM is difficult subject to look up and read about, because there just isn't a lot written about the concept online. My guess is, in the next two years, a whole lot more people are going to know, and hopefully that's where I come in. I am a Web Marketing Intern. The word "Intern" at the end of that title, certainly takes away a little bit of the impact of that title - but that's a minor detail....

Sunday, November 10, 2013

I've Got to Figure This Out

A study was released (which you can read here) stating what personality types make the most money. Unsurprisingly, my personality type makes the most. Sure, why not.

I am seriously holding down the lower end of average. Right now I do not have a job, tons of ideas for  how to make money (no movement on those ideas), and no cash flow. There is most certainly something I am missing. many of the people who share my brain-type are out there in the world, not only making quite a lot of money but also becoming educated. So my conclusion is that I must be missing something. Perhaps I'm not tapping into some sort of collective consciousness (thank you psychology class) shared by those who are like me? Is that a thing?

The personality type in ENTJ. Read about it. It's like a superhero, just better looking. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Money Grubbing...

...is such a harsh term. And I don't blame anyone for trying it out. Why not try and make as much money as you possibly can- and by any means necessary?

The "Means" I have in mind in this case are are what I will be referring to as compilation blogs. I love the idea that one person can go to other people's blogs, social media pages and business affiliated websites, compile the information they harvest there, post it on their own blog as "Original-enough" content and make money from AdWords. This is obviously fair. Take a person like Jeff Jarvis for instance. He writes a blog called Buzz Machine.com (you should go read it - and what the heck, buy his book while you're there) where, I assume, he spends at least an hour or two a week writing those very long blog posts. According to his book What Would Google Do, he makes money from ads running on his site. The reason he's able to monetize (not to be confused with "Monazite") his site is because he has put the hard work into creating enough content for Google to deem his site worthy of having ads on it. To me that seems like a lot of work. Not being a writer myself, I look at the amount of content, opinions, solutions, debates and - sometimes - meaningless filler content with a tremendous amount of respect. I don't feel I could ever, with such consistency, fill that much space with so many words. I consider what Jeff Jarvis does to be Hard Work.

So here's me:
I see what Mr. Jarvis has decided to give his time to. I see the precision with which he writes his blog. I see how much time he has put into making something profitable, interesting and useful. So what is my response to such hard work and dedication? Theft.

No, it's not considered to be theft by any legal system. It's not even considered theft by the people taking the content. However, I daresay, it might be considered theft by the poor people generating the content.

How bad would it make you feel if you spent all your time, researching, thinking, writing and revising only to find you were just making another log for someone to throw on the fire of their success?

Here's an easier way to understand what I'm saying
'Why', you may ask, 'did you not just say it this way in the first place?' Because this is a blog and I am pontificating. 


Since we've already been talking about him, we'll stick with Mr. Jarvis for a moment, even though CNN.com would probably be more accurate for this example - Jeff Jarvis is a Producer and Wholesaler of content. If you go to his blog you will usually find an - at least somewhat - original story, Jarvis himself wrote and published.
If another site, such as the Huffingtonpost.com took that story and a thousand more just like it, gave appropriate credit and published them. The Huffington Post would, most likely, have a higher value in the Internet economy the BuzzMachine could ever dream of.
The Huffington post is to news what BestBuy is to Electronics. Huffington Post is a retailer.

So Here's my plan
If Mr. Jarvis is a wholesaler/Producer and the Huffington Post is a Retailer, what's stopping someone like me from being a Mall?
Couldn't I host a hundred different "Retail"sites? What's the worst that could happen?

We're going to find out.

On March 1st I will be launching the The-Blog-Mall.blogspot.com
Unless I decide not to do it...


The site will be entirely devoted to sites which only exists to compile content from other sites. And the good news: There will not be a single theme to the site. We will have multiple pages, every page will have it's own theme. There will be something here for everyone... As long as someone else has already done the hard work.

Have a lovely day. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

3D Stuff

It has to be frustrating to any 3D modeling person to actually do what they do. I mean, if you think about it, they spend all that time tweaking and fine tuning their models, putting all the right materials and textures in place and finally, after all that work, they render the thing. What happens when you render something? It becomes a 2D image. Futility was never so fun.

Here's one of my recent works of extremely simple art:
It didn't take too long to create. If it had, I think I would have given up. I'm lazy. I would like to pretend I see the futility in making pictures of fake things on my computer and THAT is why I try not to spend too much time doing it. That's not it.