Friday Fun with Stupid Comments Turns Out to Be Not Much Fun

by Tim Berry

What the heck, I said this morning, it’s Friday, the last Friday before a holiday week next week, so let’s have some fun. I set out to explore the creativity embedded in blog comments that are distributed en-masse but disguised to look like they’re actually individual comments for individual posts. I see patterns. Comments like... Read More »

5 Blogging Mistakes And A State of Wonder

by Tim Berry

Yesterday while flying cross country I read State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett. It’s about real people in an almost-but-not-quite magical Amazon jungle, and, although the plot moves steadily forward, it’s more of a spell, woven with words by a great writer, than just a story. As I got off my first plane, I was... Read More »

Friday Footprints: 5 Good Posts For July 8

by Tim Berry

First, my thanks to Catharina Belgraver for helping me come up with Friday Footprints, in response to my post here last Friday. Steve Tobak has a good one on the real secret to personal productivity on BNET. He lists what other people say on this subject, then gets down to his own formula. I remember... Read More »

5 Good Posts for Friday July 1

by Tim Berry

I need your help: Can you suggest a way to give a theme and a title to a series of Friday posts listing good posts and recommended links I’ve seen from the last week? My title here is too dull. I’m not nearly good enough at titles. I don’t want to do this every Friday,... Read More »

5 Good Posts for Friday April 22

by Tim Berry

It is now fixed so I haven’t lost my last two weeks of blogging, and all of your comments, from yesterday’s Amazon Cloud server failure. In the meantime, life goes on. These are some posts I’ve collected this week, posts I want to recommend: Little Bets Can Make a Big Difference: Dan Schawbel’s review of... Read More »

Blog Disaster Swallowed Two Weeks of Posts Today

by Tim Berry

Yes, it is restored now, but if you looked at this blog during the 30 hours or so before 1 pm Friday April 22 it would have appeared that I hadn’t posted since April 6: no, I just lost (temporarily thank goodness) two weeks of posts to an Amazon EC2 problem. The cloud computing temporarily... Read More »

You Can’t Eat Truth Either … But it Still Matters

by Tim Berry

As blogger, former full-time journalist, and long-term entrepreneur, I’m offended from all three sides by journalists complaining that bloggers don’t get paid on the Huffington Post. I’m offended by the envy. The money Arianna Huffington and her investors made on the sale of Huffington Post to AOL was classic entrepreneurship, earned by taking risks. They... Read More »

On Content, Do You Want Quality or Quantity?

by Tim Berry

Do you know the expression “from your lips to God’s ears?” It means “I hope God hears what you just said, because I want it to be true.” I say let’s tell Carol Tice “from your keyboard to God’s eyes” for her Why Content is No Longer King post last week on her Make a... Read More »

5 Good Quick Reads for Small Business Owners

by Tim Berry

These are some posts I noticed during the week. I keep track of them because I intend to do a post of my own on the same thing, but sometimes it’s better to just highlight them and share. These all seem useful to the small business owner and entrepreneur. Six Companies That Did Not Survive... Read More »

3 Posts on Stuff We Know But Frequently Forget

by Tim Berry

Does this happen to you? You read something, love it, realize you sort of knew it, but this author puts it in a new context, new light, or new list, so that it’s very useful to you just to see it again? I found three of those this week in three blog posts: Donna Fenn... Read More »