I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

I Hate Having Advertising On My Blogs, But…

It’s the devil of the Internet. How does one make enough return to recover the costs of serious blogging? Sure, there are free blogging alternatives, but when it comes to blogging for real, only self hosted blogs offer the tools that can attract decent daily levels of daily traffic, and hence interaction, and if I may be so bold, attention. In my case, keeping my blogs online costs around $2,500 per year, which includes hosting fees, software and theme purchases, annual upgrade

You Are Too Scared To Speak Your Mind, Aren’t You?

You Are Too Scared To Speak Your Mind, Aren’t You?

Not only are you too scared to say what you think, you are too frightened to even comment, like or favourite articles you come across that you earnestly agree with. You have been silenced. Hello, Winston Smith. Why do I say this? Because I have seen and felt the change in what I read on social media, and how people react, or in fact not react at all to anything that could be classed as, well, topical, or involving something that could be

How I Terrorise My Students

How I Terrorise My Students

As some of you may know, my prime function in life is to teach English as a second language to business professionals. Because I live in Europe, where English has become the lingua franca or bridge language between the various languages that are spoken throughout Europe, I have plenty to keep me occupied. Teaching language to adults though, presents a challenge because the acquisition of language is of course something that is assumed to be easier for young learners. However, it is not so

Depression And Writing

Depression And Writing

Some years ago now, I clearly recall my doctor telling me that there was a definitive link between depression and writers. The only problem with his link was that he had no idea at all if writers became depressed through writing, or if depression miraculously manufactured writers. So why was I at my doctor at that time talking about depression? Well, to cut a long story short, within the space of six short months I had lost my parents, both

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