The 2010 20K: Day 24 – The LONG weekend has a SHORT epilogue

Seriously, ain't much go on today. Oh yeah, can you FEEL that command over the English language! Ha – anyway, the mp3 explains it all – church and take-home work reigned supreme today, but the day is far from over – until I rest, it's going to be a sketchfest over here!

Nearing the end of the month. What can we expect in February? Well…

  • The resurrection of doomsdayblaze.com with the hopeful emergence of caseypalmer.com for my more "professional" side
  • More MEDIA. More EXCITEMENT. Mo money?
  • A couple of secret projects coming to light (I hope!)

I can feel it in my bones – it's gonna be so slick people'll think I'm made of oil
Gonna see the blog and it's gon' make their blood boil
Ooh, they hatin, ooh, they seein'
That they're just not as serious as that dude Casey P issssssss…

Enough of that.

The Math:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $82.25 (Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

Tomorrow, I'm gonna start a trend that will hopefully find itself popping up in the blog time and time again 😉

Peace y'all,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 23 – Enduring the LONG weekend

 

If a 14 year-old can do it, Doomz can do it too, right? I’ve gotta schedule an appointment with a Financial Rep. One that actually knows what they’re doing – tax season is around the corner – RSPs need consolidating, TFSAs need attending to and stocks need investing. Penny stocks? I think the 2010 20K could handle that. Money often doesn’t do much if it’s just sitting around on its own, if I’m not mistaken.

Sarah got a survey in the mail from here:

http://www.shoppers-voice.com/

And after confirming its legitimacy, I’ve decided to give ’em all that personal info they so desperately want – I mean, there’s the chance of getting a prize of $7,500 in the best-case scenario, and getting coupons at the worst, so it’s not really all that bad, right?

So today, while not directly affecting the finances, was good for talks, brainstorming and following up with future clients. Always keeping busy! Didn’t get around to dropping a line on any other bloggers – and the rest of the weekend is still looking to be filled with a ton of work, but hey. Can’t win ’em all, although I try.

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $77.17 (Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It’s thoroughly appreciated!!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

And for a special treat, a sound post of Team R&C just doing what they do best.

(Going all sorts of crazy!)

Peace and thanks for reading,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 22 – Prelude to a LONG weekend

Man! Anyone looking to hire an SEO expert part-time? 'Cause I'm starting to get there! Thanks to people helping me out over the last few days, I've learned about:

  • Site registration
  • Better use of meta tags
  • Google Webmaster tools

Among other things – it's going to be easier to customize my blog (and future sites) to meet the needs and demands of my audience with all the tools I'll have at my disposal! (Cue psychotic evil laughter.)

I'm hoping you'll see them soon, but I feel that my other websites are coming together pretty well. I tend to make a lot of notes in notebooks, Google Docs, text files, etc., so now I'm just getting them all together to make sure that I'm not missing anything – content is king, right?

End of the month is creeping up on us faster than I'd like! I'm really REALLY hoping to get more work time in this weekend, but it seems to slowly be slipping out of my fingers as more things pop up. I wouldn't do so well as a hermit – I can tell.

Post-work update:

Soooo, I've just taken a bunch of work home for the weekend, which gives me an extra challenge – doing that work on top of the work I already planned to do for the 2010 20K. Hm. Looks to me like I'll be a shut-in for the most part. Hoping to hear some good news on a few different projects this weekend (commissioners, you know who you are!), so hopefully you'll see some new stuff coming in the next while!

Threw some ideas out at my friends tonight while at the Mysteriously Yours Mystery Dinner Theatre (I totally guessed whodunnit), and people seem to be keen on what's coming next. That's always encouraging 🙂

Right, time to pack it in – all the stuff I have piled up to do won't do itself. Unless, yanno, I win the lottery and hire someone, but we've seen how well THAT works for me :D!

Anyway, time for the figures:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $68.05 (Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on the button on the right side of my blog!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

Blog Sidebar = needs moar links! Weekend quick project, methinks!

Rest well, my readers! One day soon, I shall attempt to KNOCK thine SOCKS OFF!

Until then,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 21 – SEO, FO SHO.

PART I:

It's morning!

Wake up. Brush teeth. Delete spam e-mails from BlackBerry. Rush out to catch train. And here I am!

Today, pay day, is a grueling day. I'm one of your average people – you know, the ones that have spent their paycheque the moment it comes in? Oh yeah. After slicing and dicing my biweekly pay every which way (transportation, church, insurance, etc.), I'm pretty much back where I started. Really though, I've gotta count my blessings that it's only really this rough with the month-end cheques – the other ones give me the leverage to work toward my goals more freely. And work toward them I shall! The next month of awesome pay won't be till April, where our pay schedule fits three cheques in over the course of the month. That will see some major debt damage! I'm looking forward to it 😀

Mi amiga Jeanne pointed me out to a contest last night, but it looks like it's open to US residents only, so feel free to check it out: The Bravo TV Launch Your Line Contest. Seems like you have lots of room to sweep away some competition if you're a decent artist.

PART II:

Search Engine Optimization. Awww yeah! It's time to hook this blog up RIGHT! I'm keeping on it using Google Analytics in the background, coupled with Feedburner to see what's going down in the RSS world, but my coworker filled me in on the world of website REGISTRATION. It's time! IT'S TIME!!! Time to put this blog on the MAP! I'm going to see about getting this blog officially part of the mightiest of the search engines out there to boost its presence. I registered on Google, Yahoo and Bing tonight – the weekend will probably see me registering on dmoz.org and starting to try and find a community of bloggers with similar interests of 20-somethings trying to reach their New Year's resolutions and trying to make some side income in their spare time 😀

Now! You might be asking, "But Casey, how can I help? I read your blog daily, but I want to make my contribution to your site!" Well, my adoring readers, I have JUST the idea for you! Link me! Post me up on your pages, in your blog, wherever you see fit! The more times a site is mentioned on the Internet, the more search engines pick it up and give it a wicked awesome rating! I implore you! I beg you! I'll write nice things about you! Please D:

PART III:

That's about it for now! I'm hoping that the weekend will be filled with the excitement and the potential to do many great things with the resources that I've got. Expect more videos on what Casey Palmer can offer you! Expect me to add more meta tags to my blog so people can oh-so-easily find it on the Interwebs! Expect me to start making some more money, because damn it, this is what this blog's all ABOUT, right?!

The Figures:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $59.92 (Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on the button on the right side of my blog!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

Until pigs fly, I remain,

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 20 – Staking a Claim on the Internet, Day 2

"The internet is the biggest library in the world with all the books on the floor"

This Internet stuff is hard. Doing a search of "casey palmer", this blog doesn't show up until the 10th page on Google.
"casey palmer blog", still not until the second.

So, it is with a heavy heart that I've decided to delete my MySpace account of so many years. Maybe not THAT heavy. I mean, to be honest, I've barely used it in the past however many years – there was a time where it mattered, but I've long since moved on to Facebook, Twitter and other places. It won't be that big a loss. It's the first step in cleaning up a lot of the crap that seems to be associated with my name on the Internet. I know a certain someone who'll be pleased with this, by any means 😛 And what do I go and write when deleting an account I've had since the dawn of time?

Just don't really need MySpace anymore. I've moved on. The Internet is a big place and I rode off into the sunset some time ago. I hope Tom won't take it personally. He's a really nice guy. A bit omnipresent, but it's all good. We're forever homies.

daps

If you'd like to help me out with getting this blog a higher ranking on Google, I ask that you click a few links – when there, hopefully there should be options to promote and comment on the links I've suggested – I hope you take advantage of those to help get this blog a bit more prominence 🙂

I'm going to have to brush up on my PHP to use the Posterous API the way I want it to. S'all good – side projects keep me going 🙂

Hey! My blog got mentioned in the Press section of The Bitter End's website! Sweet. Totally unrelated to the 2010 20K, but I'll take whatever press I can get!

So that's about it for today, y'all – making money? It's not easy – here's some ways to help quickly if you can:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $50.84 (Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on the button on the right side of my blog!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

And that Technorati code at the bottom? Yeah, uh – just ignore it 🙂 I need it in order to get this blog captured in their database.

Peace out, home fries!

–case p.


Technorati Code:

D5UGE2CYRTHA

The 2010 20K: Day 19 – Staking a Claim on the Internet

Still brokering deals with a few people to get some side work done – I'd like to thank everyone who's come forth with ideas on what can be done to help raise cash over the course of the 2010 20K – one thing I also need to work on, however, is exposure. I went and signed up on Technorati so I could claim my blog, I'm making sure to try and get maximum exposure when I post the blog entries up – oh man, I am PUMPED.

I know, as well, that I'm far from the first person to try and make money on the side, and far from the first person to document the efforts. A couple of blogs that were brought to my attention, for example, are the following:

This first one is one I suspect as being a little spammy. I think the person who found it got it from one of those ads about making extra income on the side or teeth whitening or whatever. Not much substance to it, but it does touch on some of the ideas I first had when putting the 2010 20K together:

http://withmykids.blogspot.com/

This next one was suggested by a coworker and is a little more robust. Dumb Little Man is a blog all about improving one's life, and this particular entry waxes upon five ideas for making money using the Internet – I wouldn't be surprised if these ideas find their way in this blog somewhere in the coming months:

http://www.dumblittleman.com/2010/01/five-ways-to-get-started-making-money.html

I wanted to post my blog as a comment to this site, but I went about it too late in the day. Pretty interesting though, how people are seeking to fund those who're wont to do "unconventional labour". It's people like Dave Meslin who keep society's creative side from growing sterile. Kudos, sir – kudos.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/752509–porter-this-man-has-ideas-lets-put-them-to-work

Posterous doesn't allow for Google Ads yet, though "they're working on it". So for now, it looks like I'll have to keep the ads on LiveJournal until I figure out better alternatives. I've also started adding ads to the feeds, to those of you on RSS – please feel free to click on a couple at the bottom of the longer posts!

HIGHLIGHT OF THE DAY: The 2010 20K Running Total has finally risen! That's right – in order to facilitate the transfer between my Google Ads account and my actual bank account, Google needed to have me confirm an amount that would be deposited into my account. Now, I'm used to the 2 or 3 cents you get from your first PayPal signup, but 84?! Man. They must make a ton of money off of this service.

With that said, I'm wrapping up the night with some emailing and a little more site building before bed. A new doomsdayblaze.com up by the weekend? No promises, but I sure HOPE SO. Hm, I think the blog's sidebar needs more links. That's on the to-do list for tomorrow.

The Figures:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $63.04
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $45.29 (Humourously enough, this is also the last four digits of a phone number I once had 🙂 Thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated! I'm also noticing that this amount tends to fluctuate – I need to figure out how to optimize it!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on the button on the right side of my blog!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

I'm outtie like a light.

Thanks for reading!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 18 – We Be Vloggin’!

YAY FOR FIRST 2010 20K VLOG!!!

I'm gonna need some time after work today to just get some things done. One of the things that really wears me out sometimes is just carrying so much STUFF. I have a bag on my back right now with my laptop and several art supplies in it; looking down at my feet, there's one bag weighed down by several books, and a duffle bag with a bunch of other stuff. I've gotta somehow consolidate it all before I go home – maybe leave some stuff at the office and grab it tomorrow? Hm…

On that note, one of the things in the bag is business cards. I probably have 300-350 cards that I printed via moo.com with my face on them – what I'm thinking is that I could paste the url for this blog on the back and start handing them out around the city. A step in the right direction while I figure out what I'm doing?

Other suggestions that have been brought to my attention:

  • Becoming a Scrabble tutor
  • Attending Scrabble tournaments
  • Babysitting
  • Singing at weddings

There's gotta be better ways to make money every day than picking change up from the streets every day, right?

Anyway, check the video, and I'm signing off for the night. Sketches to draw, stories to write, sleep to be had!

The Numbers:

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20 (no thanks to YOU, Super Bingo!!!)
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $39.25 (thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated! I'm also noticing that this amount tends to fluctuate – I need to figure out how to optimize it!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on the button on the right side of my blog!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

One love, much respect and see you tomorrow!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 17 – Winter Cleanup

It has been brought to my attention that overactivity on certain things may actually HINDER individuals paying attention to my blog posts. Examples:

  • Mafia Wars posts on Facebook – I don't even really play it all that much anymore; it's more or less something I play to pass the time when I'm trying to think about how to do something
  • Overposting random stuff on Tumblr – not really too much of an issue anymore; I've actually been too busy with life as of late to seriously keep up with Tumblr these days

Also, other things that seem to be keeping a brotha down:

Things could be more accessible – with the Google Ads links over on my LiveJournal page and the donation button for PayPal hidden deep within my old posts, it's just not easy to find things

So here's the action plan:

  1. Stop posting so much Mafia Wars stuff – sorry Mafiosos, but I'm going to have to trim down on the interactivity in the name of the greater good (if you really don't want to see them at all, you can always block them in Facebook by clicking "Hide" next to a post and clicking to hide all "Mafia Wars" posts – make sure not to click all posts from "Casey Evertove Palmer", or you'll block all the good stuff I post!)
  2. Integrate the Donate button and the Google Ads into my main Posterous blog – yup, gonna have to do this too – I've already put the Donate button up, but the ads will have to get figured out – hope to have this out of the way in the next couple of days
  3. Cut the autoposting from Tumblr to Facebook – it's all about the Posterous now – nothing more that'll do double-posting and annoy the hell out of everyone – as soon as I clear out all of the pending stuff in my Tumblr, each site's going to be treated like a separate site with Posterous at the core – none neglected, yet each for its own purpose
  4. Clean up my presence on the Internet – my name's too diluted, currently. When you search "casey palmer blog", this blog isn't the first thing that pops up – THAT needs to change.

In other news, I'm looking at a page with about six potential opportunities lined up. From web design to logo work to simple consulting, it looks like I'll have my plate full. Just the way I like it.

There's still a couple of contests that'll require my attention – but it's a good thing that there are good ideas brewing for them. I hope you're all ready to support when the time comes!

The numbers haven't changed too much – another church/work day, where I just kinda hacked away at the debris that is my ideas to try and be a carpenter and build it into something substantial. Still a ways to go, though!

  • The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20
  • The Google Adsense Running Total = $29.35 (thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!)
  • There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking on that button over to the right!
  • Comments, as well, are also very much appreciated 😉

Tomorrow will bring what? Videos? New ideas? New content? A better put-together blog? A new day with new wonders!

Bring it on, world – I'm ready for you!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 15 – Sometimes the Odds are Against You

http://www.geist.com/contest/6th-annual-geist-literal-literary-postcard-story-contest

Oy, what a day. So I tried to enter this contest which needed to have its entries postmarked today, key word being TRIED. Let me tell you alllll about it.

So yesterday, I bought a postcard to enter this contest over at Midoco – which is likely my favourite art store in the city. (You'll often find me there fawning over their Copic Markers – some of the most coveted and overpriced art supplies known to humankind.) It's pretty cool – it's one of C.M. Coolidge's pieces where he painted dogs doing human things (you know the most famous one where they're all playing cards) – this one in particular is called The Reunion:

Reunion.jpg

Source: http://ibdennis.com/reunion.html

So, awesome. I ended up writing a story on it, called "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie", which you'll find attached to this post. Here's what my schedule today looked like:

  • 9:30 – 6:15 work
  • 6:15 – 6:55 travel to Sarah's, which took 20 minutes more than usual due to delays and our ever-reliable TTC subway system with which Toronto is graced [/sarcasm]
  • 6:55 – 8:15 work on developing "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie", pretty much from scratch – I only had the concept of what I wanted the story to be about, and then I just started writing from there
  • 8:15: head out to go find the nearest post office – the one around the corner had closed up shop some weeks ago; so the next closest one according to the Canada Post website was a Shoppers Drug Mart by Pape subway station
  • 8:35: arrive at the Shoppers only to realize that they NO LONGER HAVE A POST OFFICE. Talk to the guys at the store to find out where the closest post office is, confirming on my BlackBerry…
  • 8:45: After a bit of a walk, arrive at Postables, only to find that it closed at 7 pm
  • 8:46: Call Sarah to let her know I'll be going to the Shoppers near Spadina station, as I distinctly recall it closing at 10 pm back when she lived close to there – she offers to look it up to make sure
  • 8:47: Realize that my stupid BlackBerry needs a new battery as it doesn't seem to be able to hold a charge and died mid-conversation (I'd charged it up at work)
  • 9:02: Arrive at the Shoppers near Spadina, only to find out that it closed at 9

So, to my chagrin, the story was never sent. My chances at a $250 prize shot! But perhaps this is divine intervention – God telling me not to spend the $20 entry fee unless I'm damn sure that I'm sending my top quality stuff in. Oh well, at least it made for a good story. So here I sit, listening to Shalamar, typing this up in order to vent and get it out of my system. Canada Post and I need to have some WORDS. This isn't the first time they've led me astray!!!

Anyway, this weekend will be filled with sketching, working on updating my resume and portfolio, and just figuring out what opportunities lay before me. I've far from forgotten that the Threadless 2K10 challenge's deadline is around the corner, and that I need to get something on paper – IMMEDIATELY!

Hope the rest of y'all have had a far more restful evening than I have.

The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20
The Google Adsense Running Total = $26.55 (thanks so much! please keep clicking ads at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com! It's thoroughly appreciated!)
There's also the option of donating to PayPal by clicking here: Donate

And that's about it! Please let me know what you think of the short story 🙂

T-t-t-that's all, folks!!!

–case p.

The 2010 20K: Day 13 – Reality Blogging

Best idea EVER. Obviously, there’s a ton of reality television out there on the airwaves. It’s really taken off in the last decade as we now sit in front of the TV to see dancers, singers, survivors, people in search of love and people willing to travel, battle or eat anything for one big, fat paycheque.

But have you seen a lot of reality BLOGGING? Yes, one could argue that all personal blogs are reality blogs – real people talking about real things to their audiences. But they’re seldom done in the style of reality TV – people conquering regular challenges in the pursuit of an end goal. This blog would be PERFECT for that. I’ve thought about the prospect of finding a different store to work for each weekend (work with me here – I know a lot of stores would be hesitant due to HOUR policies and loss prevention worries) for four hours or so (or maybe 8 for 110 – 55 is still the magic number), and I could blog about the experience and give them some publicity. I think this might work! I’ll have to write up a letter about the challenge and a resume specifically tailored for this, but if I can make this happen, it would be SO AWESOME!!! This also has me thinking of a business idea – giving OTHERS something to blog about. I know I’ve often been subject to the boredom bug – what if someone helped you to find ways to make your life more interesting, tailored to your needs? Or helped you and your friends set up a reality blog of your own? Casey Palmer – consultant in awesomeness 😉 The Google Ads have seemed to kick off pretty well so far – the estimated earnings to date sit at about $15 – please keep clicking at http://doomsdayblaze.livejournal.com (think about it this way – the sooner and more often you click, the less you’ll need to hear my begging and pleading for you to do it!) – cheques are paid out monthly with a minimum of $25 for payout. January’s been a slow month (since, you know, I’m only starting out), so I hope to supplement where I can while I get things sorted out.One of my other goals in life (more of an on-going one) is to clear out all the extra unneeded stuff in my life. For example, I have this box full of photo reference for drawings that I’ve never used:

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But now I’m starting to and it’s resulting in sketches like these:

Sketchdump-01-13-10

(I think it’s evident from my attempted Sandra Bullock and Seann William Scott that I could do with doing some more portrait work.)

So I’m going to keep at it, since the sooner and quicker I start drawing comics again, the sooner I can start getting Fish n Chimps out again for the masses to enjoy 🙂

One other thing I found in a desk drawer was a bunch of Avery business cards, from back when I used to print my own business cards for conventions and whatnot. Once I get a design down, I think I’ll start getting these passed out around town so that the word can start spreading.

Daily blogging also seems to have some side benefits – an old classmate contacted me today with a proposition for doing some marketing/research/general advertising/internet guru stuff – I still don’t quite know what this means, but I’m hoping to find out when he gets back to me 🙂

So I’m thinking that some of y’all … okay, maybe MOST of y’all don’t comment since you don’t want to be in the spotlight or whatever whatever. What if I told you that there was a way for you to ask me questions without commenting? Even.. yes, I’m going there… ANONYMOUSLY? Yeah, this might open me up to all sorts of horrifying thoughts lurking at the back of your mind, but when have I ever treaded with caution?

I have two sites where you can freely ask questions, and I’ll aim to get back to you sooner than later:

Hit me with it! I know you have stuff you want to know about me and the madness behind all of this! I’m here! Bring it on!

The 9 to 5 is promising to get more challenging in the next few months, but don’t think that’ll keep me away! I hope you keep visiting, keep ad clicking and keep asking questions in the next coming while – you never know what to expect, or if you might be able to help 😀

The 2010 20K Running Total = $62.20

Until next time, I remain:–case p.