#WorthTheRead

When it comes to internet privacy, be very afraid, analyst suggests

This article describes how U.S citizens actually have fewer laws protecting their privacy than in other countries, and even gives away some tips on how to preserve said privacy in this day and age (although the mode’s of truly being invisible online are limited, controversial, and extremely difficult). Snowden and the events surrounding him were described, and the troubling statement written that even though he made the public aware of what was happening regarding their privacy, not many laws have actually changed to better protect the general public’s confidentiality. Considering the average person’s dependency on technology and the internet, it is no surprise that people have “grudgingly” let their privacy be encroached on by jaded terms of service and manipulative companies. Even though not everybody is aware of how much privacy they are giving up when they hand their lives over to technology, the companies heading this movement have done little to nothing to aid the transparency of their sanctions. This article was written in an interview format and is definitely worth the read.

 

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/technology/internet-privacy-future/index.html

This article describes fear and outrage over Trump’s recent signing of the papers that annuled President Obama’s privacy policies. This fear has now been converted into trying to keep Net Neutrality afloat, however slim the chance of that happening may be. This article also detailed how it is common knowledge that certain companies such as Google and Facebook use their user’s personal data to sell adds, oftentimes making this process unclear to the actual user. As I was reading the article, I couldn’t help but notice the obviously targeted ad on the webpage… They were trying to shamelessly re-sell me something that I had recently purchased online! Certain companies, such as Comcast, have reiterated that their users have the option to opt out of personalized ads, But a first-hand account stated that the process was murky, and they weren’t able to do so because of the lack of transparency regarding the operation as a whole.

#PennyByPenny

Blog writing appears to some a simple, lucrative business opportunity. The reality is that it takes dedication, gumption, and the knowledge, and acceptance of said knowledge, that it “might not work out.” A very small fraction of bloggers make over $30,000 per year, most cash in about $2,000, if anything. The harsh reality is that although blogging has long been revered as a “great side job” for the stereotypical stay-at-home mom, down-in-the-dumps teen, and struggling college student, blogging has morphed into a cutthroat business, with high-stress levels and über-critical audiences to boot.

If writing a blog has always been your dream, this might be disheartening. But the accounts of the few people “at the top” are inspiring and up-lifting. You might ask “what do I need to do? How can I make this my reality?” The quick answer is: ads. Ads generate income per view. It’s a simple idea in theory, but getting a blog or website famous enough in order to “qualify” for adds takes time and a calculated approach. Nancy Collamer details ways to start blogging as a job in her article (on her blog) “How to Make Money as a Blogger.” Key points go over needing to write about topics of personal interest, whatever flows naturally and makes you happy is a good decision. Choose an underserved, but still profitable niche if possible, which would lead to more views and subscribers best case scenario. She also emphasized putting in the time to write quality content and making the blog visually pleasing. Most importantly, build a network of other bloggers, they could potentially help “pull you up” to the the top with them.

As I only recently began writing this blog, I am not under any illusions pertaining to my relative “fame.” But I do have faith that with time and effort, I could someday claim a smidge of blog-writing glory for myself. A large part of what determines success in the blogging-world is luck. The people that have reached their goals in regard to blogging were in the right place at the right time, chose underserved niches before anybody else got to them, and knew the right people. As more join the online-world, finding original topics to write about will become more difficult, and as competition steadily increases, so will the prices and competition for advertising spaces. I see a few versions of the future of blogging, the most up-beat being that blogs will continue to evolve and serve different aspects of society, and the worst-case scenario being that blogs will slowly melt away from view, and become a niche hobby,if even that. New technologies and modes of communication are brought to the public constantly, the next few years will determine if blogging is able to stand the test of time, or become the next MySpace/FaceBook situation.

 

This is an interesting article on making money by blogging-worth the read! https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/08/11/how-to-make-money-as-a-blogger/#c6df5801ee9e