Three upgrades made. If you catch something broken with the site now after these, please let me know.
1. The links are now prettier. To accomplish this, I changed the permalink structure to %postname% and used the plugin "Dean's Permalinks Migration" to keep the old links from breaking. Definitely please let me know ASAP if you see a broken link.
2. There's now "Subscribe to comments" when replying. This has been asked for a lot, most recently by Dan from Lifestyle Business Podcast. Thanks for giving me the kick in the ass to improve the permalinks and comment subscribe, Dan.
3. There's a new site category - Writing/Guestposting/Etc. I'd like to highlight two things - first, on-topic contributions are very welcome here. Second, I like writing and I'm happy to contribute on your site, or write up for any sort of publication.
Don't be shy - I'd especially encourage you to reach out if you're not a frequent writer, but think you can make a contribution here. And I like writing/connecting elsewhere, so yes, absolutely I'll write for you.
I've got a couple guest contributions coming up by excellent, smart people, and I appreciate them taking the initiative and reaching out to me. Look for a really sharp guest post in about 18 hours.
Okay, site upgraded. Drop me an email if there's any questions, and please write me ASAP if anything's broken, so I can fix it post-haste. Thanks and cheers :)
Just got a question about getting good looking business cards and a website before opening a consulting business.
It just so happens I recently made some biz cards. There's two general schools of thought on good biz cards:
1. Do something traditional, but make it excellent quality. 2. Do something weird.
The latter is actually good when done right - something like giving away a guitar pick instead of a card, or something made of hard plastic, or metal, or something weird. I thought of just making a card that says "Sebastian Marshall - Strategist" on it, and nothing else. (I'd have to be really vigilant with my Google results if I did that!) But anyway, the weird approach is very case by case, and probably not what you're looking for.
The #1 case is much easier. You write down all your contact info you want on the card, you put your logo on a zip drive if you have a logo, and then you go to a high end print shop and tell them to make your card on the nicest paper, and let their designers do it for you. It'll cost you between $20 and $100 depending on if there's design fees or not. That's probably the fastest way to get nice cards made - just go to a good printshop and let them have at it.
Today is a big day for btyb. Why? I have an actual advertiser besides google. Actually, google has recently been paying me about twice what I used to get. I have no idea why. My best guess is that they're getting better at figuring out what sorts of ads are appropriate for my site, and people are clicking them. Either way, between my advertiser and google, I now make enough to justify the time I spend writing. What a cool feeling!
Here's how I got my advertiser:
Steve, my boss / compadre, belongs to a group called "Hill Country Outdoors". It's a group that you can join for $15/month or something and they plan cool trips and activities. One such activity was hang gliding, which he invited me along for.