Employed and unhappy? Get empowered with your own website.

Are you employed? Are you unhappy with your job or income? You’re not alone. And you can do something about it right away. Something that is moderately easy and inexpensive to start and maintain.

Why would you want to add something else to your already time-challenged life? Because being employed is hard! Sure, it’s a great relief to even have a job in an era where there are so many unemployed or underemployed. But employers are asking for more work from employees and giving less pay.

The fortunate few who have skills that are in demand can get jobs and good pay. Yet, their employers still require more work and more hours from them simply because there aren’t enough skilled people to do all the work.

Studies show an ever increasing dissatisfaction among employees at all levels in all industries. If you’re one of the dissatisfied, don’t wait. Get back some say-so in your life.

Re-empower yourself as an employee. Start a website or blog based business on the side. You might not get rich (although it’s a possibility.) But you can certainly make some extra money on the side, get a taste of being your own boss, learn skills that may get you better jobs and unleash your creative talents. And much more.

I just wrote an article today, “3 Reasons to Have a Website or Blog If You’re Employed,” that shows the benefits of such a move to your work and financial life. Take a look.

Producing blog and site content faster, and publishing your best content on the best days

A couple of days ago, I published an article in the main section of superperformance.com: Produce Blog and Web Content Faster. (http://superperformance.com/produce-blog-and-web-content-faster.php)

I wasn’t paying attention to the day, so I ended up publishing on Friday. Just in case you’re a newbie and haven’t figured it out yet, Friday is a terrible day to publish almost anything online that isn’t current, hot or extremely and helpfully related to the upcoming weekend. I publish something new every day, but I try to publish things I really want noticed on better days.

So, I have a double reason for this morning’s blog post — publicizing the article, which will have gone unnoticed until today, and advising my readers to be careful about what they publish on what days. This goes for newsletters, too. The best days to publish newsletters seems to be Tuesdays and, maybe, Wednesdays.

The thinking is that, since most people work a regular week, they’re mainly interested in doing personal necessities and relaxing or having fun Friday evening to Monday morning. And on Mondays, most folks are trying to make a good, focused start on their work week. So, if your site, blog or newsletter isn’t right on the button, they probably won’t catch up to you until about Tuesday or Wednesday. Indeed, my own traffic logs show my best traffic days are Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s just the norm that comes up in most studies.

Now, about that article on publishing content faster. The title does rather give you a hint on what it’s about. I name five specific kinds of content — much of which you can get from free and low-cost sources, if you don’t want to create it yourself — that you can combine with your own writing to publish high-quality, popular items that attract good traffic. And all of it lends itself to quite respectable search engine optimization.

So, you can stop spending so much time writing, and produce “articles” that are chock-full of great content.

Will Rogers, A Model for Tweeters and Other Micro-Bloggers

American History Magazine has an interesting article in the October 2011 issue, which is the currently available issue. Yeah, I know it’s August, but I don’t publish the thing, I just read it.

The article is called “Twitter’s Folksy Forerunner,” by Peter Carlson. It’s all about Will Rogers and his daily “micro-blogs” for the New York Times in the 1920’s and 1930’s. No. Really.

Apparently, since Rogers was so popular a social/political humorist, he ended up not merely as a kind of stand-up comic and actor, but also as a syndicated columnist. Then, when he was about to do some European travel in the mid 20’s, the publisher of the New York Times suggested that he send telegrams if he observed anything of interest in his travels.

That started about ten years of (eventually) daily telegrams to the Times. The quips he sent were soon being picked up by 600 newspapers. Most of his telegrams were merely a couple of sentences. A few would cover a paragraph or two. So, rather like Twitter. Or maybe kind of half-way between tweeting and blogging. After all, he was sending telegrams. They cost a lot of money.

The article in American History Magazine gives many more details and a selection of the “tweets” Rogers sent. If you want to read it, it’s still on the news stands and you can probably find it in a public or university library.

If you don’t have access to the article, you can find many, many Will Rogers quotes online. Any of them would be perfect tweets.

You may still be asking yourself “what does this post have to do with productivity or performance?” The answer: Will Roger’s writing is a great model for blogging. He had a way of getting right to the heart of issues and expressing them with both wit and succinctness. His comments were the kind of writing that would be constantly re-tweeted. He “went viral” very soon after starting his “micro-blogging.” And he stayed viral for nearly a decade.

In modern terms, he had 600 followers who re-tweeted him to millions of their followers.

He covered the hottest issues of the day. He had an identifiable “voice.” His comments were pointed and funny. He informed and entertained. He spoke to — and knew how to connect with — a targeted audience. He had a passion for what he was doing. He was personable. He had worked diligently to become well-known in his field. He consistently posted updates.

Any of that ring a bell in terms of the advice you’ve probably read many times on how to develop your website, blog or Twitter following?

There’s an old saying that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. I think there’s a flip side to that: those who don’t study any history also miss out on a lot of knowledge of how to do things right or well.

Take a look at Will Rogers. You can learn a lot. Start with some of his quotes at Thinkexist.com and follow up with a quick look at his Wikipedia page. There’s plenty of free information about him online. Just Google him for more.

And try to get that American History Magazine article if you can. You can find out more about it at historynet.com.