Starting in 2009, the FTC requires bloggers to provide disclosures whenever there could be hidden interests or unspoken biases related to recommendations.
Per the FTC rules, if I interview someone and they grab the bill for lunch, I would need to specify this. Ditto if I use an Amazon link that gets me 8 cents instead of an Amazon link that gets me 0 cents. If someone gives me a comfy t-shirt with a logo and I wear it in a photo, same deal. Disclaimers all over the place.
This would be tedious for me and a continual eye sore for readers. But rules is rules.
To cover my ass and preserve your reading experience, please assume that, for every recommendation, link, and product I use, the following all hold true:
Thank you to Tim Ferriss, who has kindly allowed people to adapt the images and text from his disclosures page: "Please feel free to use the text and images on this page with proper attribution. There is no reason why each blogger should have to reinvent the wheel."
Quick verdict - it's a good book, and I think it's worth reading.
Josh Kaufman sent me a message on Twitter a bit back, asking if I'd like a review copy of his book. Indeed, I would, I replied, and he sent me a digital copy.
Before I review the book, let me tell you how I read - when I get a nonfiction book that I'm not sure if I'm going to read, I "fastread" it. That's me starting to skim and move quickly, then I slow down and read in depth when something catches my eye, and speed up after I finish that section.
I fastread a lot of books. Especially reading a in-depth reference book on a topic you already know, I think you can get 90% of the lessons of a book in 30% of the time by fastreading. I typically fastread historical backgrounds about eras I'm very familiar with, thoughts on an aspect of business I know, introductions to technologies I'm already familiar with, etc.
My first thought when I was reading The Personal MBA was that this would be a good book to fastread.
Meeting you all yesterday made me realise that many have not discovered this blog yet.
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If you feel you would benefit by redoing the analysis for STORM WARNINGS in your own time, please submit it to me before Friday. The answers are on the sheet, what I am looking for is writing that includes some of these poetic elements (NOT ALL, just two or three, maybe four) and a smooth chatty, conversational tone. Remember, YOU ARE EXCITED about telling someone what you found! Ask some rhetorical questions?
The POETRY ELEMENTS tab on the top bar above this post, is there to assist you identify elements.