December 2011 Archives

Jane & Alice

By Anthony on December 23, 2011 11:29 PM

December 24, 2007:


December 23, 2011:


Christmas lights

By Anthony on December 23, 2011 12:57 AM


Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

By Anthony on December 21, 2011 11:53 PM


This is alarming -

By Anthony on December 19, 2011 5:03 PM

Calling out bullshit

By Anthony on December 8, 2011 10:49 AM

Jamie Dimon recently:

"Acting like everyone who's been successful is bad and that everyone who is rich is bad -- I just don't get it,"

This is not what "everyone", let alone anyone is saying. What they are saying is that rich people are not paying taxes at the same rate as most other people, for many reasons. Defending yourself or your industry in this way makes you look like a petulant ass.

I didn't know who Dimon was until 2008, and when I first saw him on TV when the crisis started he seemed like one guy who sort of got it. But he isn't. They (the bankers) can not see themselves from the outside, and why would they want to? It is hard to look at yourself honestly - but when your a complete disaster it is even worse.

On my plate

By Anthony on December 5, 2011 1:19 PM

What does your work day consist of? What needs to get done in the course of a day, especially a Monday? Mine is pretty full, and probably the last thing I should be doing is waxing meta on it, but sometimes you just need to clear your head to get to work (me anyway).

Monday morning - check my email. File some stuff, delete some spam posts from some blogs I maintain. The weekend was sort of quiet - but then I did turn comments off on a couple of sites that were just getting spammed over and over.

Financial - check the business bank account - by noon or so usually the accounts are updated. What did we receive, from clients, affiliates - what checks cleared, who do I have to pay today? Who owes us? Who do I need to remove from my sites, etc?

Check the forum - anything wrong? Approve new users. Need to make a post for someone who needs help. Need to publish the advertorial for a couple of new advertisers...

Stats - Google Analytics, over 20+ sites to glance over (not counting clients) - things seem pretty normal. Probably come back to this later in more depth.

AdSense - how much money did we make over the weekend? Is it up or down? Anything glaring stick out?

Affiliate sales - check a few of the more major and/or interesting ones - need to add more to many sites.

My to do list - continually expanding. There is a ton of development to do on my own websites and blogs. Then I have several clients sites to consider on a near daily basis (spam, form submissions, SEO, etc.). Plus actual new production work - there is a website to be converted into a new CMS, etc. And another who wants an estimate for the same kind of work. And another - now that I think about it! Must add that to the to do list.

Overseeing a project at the moment that I have a freelancer on for one of my own sites - need to check on that and her too.

Clients - not only website work, but consulting and marketing. I'm in charge of an affiliate program for a sport shoe retailer. Need to check their stats, ad spending, new affiliate applications, etc. Need to come up with a proposal for a similar client in Tennessee. - my map shop for Caribbean maps. Need to check inventory and look over the weekend sales.

And that is just a taste. That is Monday, and then most mornings of the week. I usually end up only getting any real "new" work done on holidays and weekends. Most of the time is just spent making sure clients and customers are happy and that something isn't falling apart, broken, spammed, out of stock, etc. Plus I need to make sure the server is running!

There has to be a better way...

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