The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The State of the #BloggerLife, August 2018 — In the Belly of the Beast

The Life and Times of Casey Palmer — The State of the #BloggerLife, August 2018 — In the Belly of the Beast — Casey at JapanQuakeTO
Photo courtesy of Chris Luckhardt.

I told myself that once I made my way through my never-ending pile of paper, I’d get myself a Nintendo Switch with the latest Mario and Zelda games to reward myself for all the hard work. Which is great, because getting months ahead in my content by getting all of this done is the only way I’d find the time to play them.

But if you’re new around these parts, my problem with paper’s not entirely new.

It’s not the paper itself that’s the problem—I’m my most creative when I write things out by hand—but all that creativity leads to a ton of unfinished ideas, piling up to the sky as they await the finishing touches that’ll let me share them with the world! I’ve kept a high standard for my work—easy wins like question posts and blindly following trends isn’t my style… I’m trying to create content that’ll forever outlast me. We’re in a world right now where few want to invest in anything needing more than a few minutes of their time, but I’d rather not sell my soul for the sake of popularity.

There’re bigger prizes at hand.

Live from the 3.5 — Back to Black

“So,” you’re probably asking, “Whatever happened to your Black History Month series?”

Live from the 3.5 — Back to Black — At Home with My Sick Son

Anyone who pays attention to what goes down on this blog will know that this year’s Black History Month series—Live from the 3.5—took a bit of a hiatus just as quick as it started, leaving many scratching their heads as February rolled on. And I wish I could attribute it to one thing—contributors needing more time. Spending February’s first thirteen days either away, catching up, or taking care of my sick children. When I dreamt what was possible with this series after two years getting it out, I didn’t think I’d be here—halfway through the month with but a single post to show for it.

But a quitter I am not. Now that I’m in Toronto for the foreseeable future, it’s time to sort my house out, including playing catch-up on a series that’s needed.

Live from the 3.5 — Because Our Black Canadian Stories Need Telling

Live from the 3.5 — Back to Black — The Boys Pulling a Wagon

“So how’s it goin’ down,” you ask, channelling your inner DMX. And I have an answer—I want to put two pieces up a day. Some might say that’s impossible. Too ambitious. Those who know me well might even call it “bloody irresponsible”. But no matter how you slice it, there’s not much out there telling Black Canadian stories in the digital world, so it’s more than just a personal need to get these pieces out—it’s a responsibility.

But that’s enough of an interlude to this year’s tales—let’s get them out to give y’all something to talk about!

‘Til the next,

–case p.

The 2K11 24/7 CCLXXIX: Voice Post — Checking in


Hey all, So I have a lot of posts that are in “draft” status at the moment, so I figure you could do with hearing my voice, since it’s been a little while. Enjoy a little slice of my life as I try to keep improving the things around me and trying to create a diamond out of the rough clutter all around me.

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–Casey E. Palmer

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Back from the Dead?

Blogging is hard. No matter how you look at it, blogging is never something that one can do passively – you need to be engaged in writing and keeping your audience involved in what’s going on.

Obviously, I’ve failed at this. Excuses could be made, I could just try to ignore it and get back to writing as if nothing happened – but not for over half a year is far from insignificant!
I’ve learned a number of things in the time I’ve been gone. I’ve been reading book like Amber Mac’s Power Friending and Powerblogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income (by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett, two individuals who have done what the title is instructing), and came up to a conclusion which helped to explain what may have led me astray in the first place. When working at the 2010 20K, there’s something I’d been lacking which would have been essential for me to succeed:
Passion.
I’ve never been entirely passionate about making a large sum of money – I do my job and get my paycheque, but do I want this to spill over into my spare time? Yeah, no. That’s probably not going to fly in my books. What I should have done is take a look at how I can monetize the things that I do in my spare time so that it could contribute towards the goal rather than the other way around.
In fact, I may still do this.
Over the next while, we’ll discuss:
  • What I’ve been up to for six months
  • What money I’ve made in that time
  • The future direction of my blog efforts
It’s all coming. Be ready!
–case p.