Road Trip

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I’m in Toronto, Canada last week through this week working with a major writing client.  WebsiteBox.com and I have a 3+ year relationship, and I’m working with them in rolling out a new vertical product line with major writing requirements.

I appreciate clients who need regular work, as it helps to smooth the sometimes roller coaster income of a freelance writer.  I just finished one book as a ghost writer for another client and starting another soon.  Work is good for you.

Copyright Protection for My Clients

If I’m doing regular blog posts for a client, I set them up with a free account at MyFreeCopyright.com.  This service uses the RSS feed from the blog to digitally file a copy of each post with a unique time-stamped identity.  The blog owner will receive an email each time a post is protected.

While this doesn’t keep someone from stealing your content, it does create definite proof of first publication, and you can place their logo on your site to discourage copying of your content as well.

Please request this service if you want it, as there are many opinions about copyright and allowing others to use material from a blog.

Ongoing Blogging for Architectural/Engineering/Construction Software Site

Actually, the blogging I’m doing under my own name at Line Meets Curve, is to promote their online building project collaboration platform.  It is an extensive collaboration and communication site for construction projects.  The focus of my blog posts is more of a “contractor participant” type of content, thus the category, “A Different Take.”

With three posts per week about communication on the job between architects, engineers and construction companies, a backlog of research material is required.  I subscribe to numerous feeds and newsletters in the industry, and archive the research in order to produce timely material.

Ongoing Blogging for a SMS Text Message Marketing Site

I am posting approximately 11 posts per month to UGotItFirst.com as a ghost blogger.  Almost all the posts there at the time I wrote this were mine.  Note that the focus changed in July of 2008 from all promotional to a lighter approach with more open cell phone related content.

You’ll find that I’m able to pick up a subject quite quickly, do extensive research, and stay on schedule for blog posting.

Business Management and Growth Articles

When it comes to entrepreneurship, starting, growing and managing a business, I’ve done it several times.  I’ve been my own boss my entire adult life.  Writing about business and how make it successfully are my specialty.

Whether it’s starting up, customer development, marketing, advertising, technology, and so much more, get a thorough look at my knowledge and writing ability by checking out the many articles I’ve placed (all are mine) at the About.com site.

Writing About Blogging and Marketing with Blogs

Dozens of articles about blogging and using it effectively illustrate my expertise on the subject and my ability to write about it both conversationally and as instruction.

When you visit the link above, you’ll find a huge amount of information about how blogs can be utilized to build a business, communicate with customers, and build community good will.

Real Estate Investing Articles for Print and Web

Dean Graziosi, a real estate investment guru,  has been working with investors for many years.  He has multiple books and websites with detailed information about buying and selling real estate as an investment.  I have written some background articles for his organization.  I don’t know where they ended up, but here are some excerpts:

It’s Not About Motivation – It’s Mindset and Knowledge

Most of us know someone who just seems to be successful, no matter what they try to do.They can start a business and make it grow into something bigger than themselves, realizing wealth along the way.These same people can hit a snag, or a large setback can befall them.Perhaps their business even fails completely.Then, a little while later, they have bounced back.Another successful enterprise is up and running, and they’re financially well-off again.

One might assume that they’re just lucky, or perhaps they have been to numerous motivational seminars on being successful in business.The problem with motivation for motivation’s sake is that it works for a tiny minority of seminar attendees, and the rest try and fail yet again.Why is that?Dean Graziosi, the author of Totally Fulfilled doesn’t want to pump you up with pure motivation.These successful people, even after previous failures in business, are that way because their mindset simply will not accept any other outcome.And it isn’t about being motivated as much as it is about confidence and knowledge.

Real Estate Investment – Don’t Discount the Simple Solutions

When real estate was appreciating at a rapid rate everywhere, investment gurus popped up almost daily.And, this being America, there seems to be a need to come up with a newer and better mousetrap to prove value.The problem comes when the fundamentals of investment are ignored or replaced by so-called sophisticated strategies that multiply risk to achieve dubious rewards.

The funny thing is, now that appreciation has stopped or dramatically slowed in many markets, the gurus still keep popping up.And, the better and newer methods some are pushing are just new packaging on old ideas that didn’t work in the first place.Sometimes getting back to the simple is the solution.

An investment story that illustrates complexity and risk is a very true experience of a stock market options trader.He studied options trading and read books until he knew more than most stock brokers.There wasn’t a sophisticated strategy that he hadn’t used multiple times….though results weren’t always as planned.One day, one of his market tracking software packages produced an alert on a well known bank stock.There was a heavy spike in the purchase of options, possibly indicating something in the wind for this stock.

E-Marketing – Email or Blog

Realtor Magazine, with a circulation of more than 1.2 million Realtor readers, asked me to do an article for both print and online concerning the decision of whether to use email and newsletters or a blog for real estate marketing and ongoing client communication.

I have extensive experience doing both, and tried to present a balanced analysis, though I am very much in favor of the blogging method, with an email newsletter created from the blog’s posts.

Here’s the link to the story.

My Own Technology Blog – Finding Tech Gems

Though I ran out of time and I finally just had to quit posting to Functional Technology.com, I leave it up for the purpose of showing my tech writing skills, as well as my knowledge in the implementation of technology in business.

As you’ll see in my posts, the purpose of the site is to demystify technology, as well as to point out free or low cost solutions for business. Though the target audience was originally Realtors, the tools and instruction are applicable to any business.

If your writing project involves technology, you can get a good feel for my style at that blog. You can also experience my tone as an online instructional resource. My style tends toward the informal, with a little humor thrown in when appropriate.

Another skill illustrated by this blog is my ability to ferret out the latest in information on any topic on the Web. I set up alerts and RSS feeds with the appropriate key words and phrases to bring me the most up-to-date information on a daily basis.

Blog Posts for Architecture, Engineering, Construction

TangentWorks.com hired me to write three blog posts per week for their blog Line Meets Curve. The posts at that link which I’ve written are credited to me by name.  Their product is an online project management collaboration tool.  My niche was to write about the process from the point of view of the involved contractors, due to my previous experience in the contracting industry.

In this case, I’m writing posts about the issues that cause cost overruns and communication problems on complex construction projects.  My client’s product helps to promote better communication on the job, and thus is effective at cutting costs.  I post directly to their WordPress blog.

When I write regular ongoing blog posts, my procedure is to set up Google Alerts and to seek out RSS feeds to provide me with current and daily updates on the subject matter about which I’m blogging.  I gather the material, consider appropriateness and then write posts using these other sites, articles and blog posts as references and springboards to commentary that promotes the interests of my client.