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Hi all,

 

I have 20 years of IT (software) web and database development under my belt, my knowledge of computer, the Internet and web is considerably deeper than an average casual user.

 

If I write a series of blogs such as "computer intro", "internet and web intro", "teach me a few lines of code" in a very informal and practical way... so that a casual computer user can easily read it, understand it and get some real benefit out of without feeling boring, would casual readers be willing to pay $5 or $10 for it?

 

Yes, I understand there are tons of such materials out there but I think they are disorganized, also, boring vs. mine, it would be kind of like I'm tutoring my little nephew with my blogs, and from the title of the blogs you can see the logical progression...

 

I can even post a link to a sample one (I sort of wrote it already).

 

What do you think?

 

 

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You will never know unless you try.

 

Just be aware that posting links to one's own blog to generate hits or publicity for your blog is of the things prohibited by TA for these forums.

 

And no ~ I do not think that casual readers would be willing to pay for it. Anyone with a genuine interest in the subject would not object to the information that is already out there for free ~ and there are many ~ even if the free information is somewhat boring. It is ~ after all ~ a rather dry subject no matter how one tries to spice it up.

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ok, thanks for your input.  How about this?  Interested party can pm me for the sample first article.

Then, the next question is, where to publish them?  I currently can't use Amazon as a vehicle.

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I think it's pretty tough to get folks to pay for anything on the internet that's not porn ......

 

This site certainly learned that when they put up the paywall.....

 

Good luck .....

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Plenty of Bloggers out there. Maybe put up a website and depend on click through thumbnail links to make some money. Kind of like Ernie Stewart at EHOWA, I think he makes a bit off that and seems he has some regular small sponsors. He's been on the web for years and made enough to move to Florida. If you get enough hits, even half a penny a click through adds up. Asking people to pay for something straight up, that's a different story. I had half a dozen websites up some 20yrs ago when it was all New & Fun now no one cares. I didn't make anything off them except some small perks from the couple places I did them for. I gave it up when it started being too much like work and wasn't fun anymore. I already had a real job.

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I think it's stupid. You're a real idi.....oh, sorry. This is OM, not the Nats :P

 

I dunno. I think it's hard to get people to pay for what many believe they can get for free on the net. But....you'll never know until you e tried, so what the hell. If it's something you enjoy, I say, go for it!

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Plenty of Bloggers out there. Maybe put up a website and depend on click through thumbnail links to make some money. Kind of like Ernie Stewart at EHOWA, I think he makes a bit off that and seems he has some regular small sponsors. He's been on the web for years and made enough to move to Florida. If you get enough hits, even half a penny a click through adds up. Asking people to pay for something straight up, that's a different story. I had half a dozen websites up some 20yrs ago when it was all New & Fun now no one cares. I didn't make anything off them except some small perks from the couple places I did them for. I gave it up when it started being too much like work and wasn't fun anymore. I already had a real job.

 

Thanks for the thought, ads would be too much trouble...  What I had in mind, is that the first piece if free, so, the qualify of the first piece is dam? important, if many likes it, hook to it,, then, want to read the second... and third, then, you pay to get the second and more. Besides, only 5 bucks...

 

A key is how to publicize it...

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I think it's stupid. You're a real idi.....oh, sorry. This is OM, not the Nats :P

 

I dunno. I think it's hard to get people to pay for what many believe they can get for free on the net. But....you'll never know until you e tried, so what the hell. If it's something you enjoy, I say, go for it!

 

Even an idiot's opinion is welcome :)

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Who is your target audience? .....

 

What types of "code" are you going to teach them? ......

 

Who would be looking for this information? .....

 

Is this just general knowledge for folks that are curious or folks seeking specific information on how to build a website, write excel macros, learn SQL, etc? ......

 

These are all things that will help you determine how to publicise but as others have said there is plenty of info out there ......

 

My son is a computer science major and I have tried to give him some books in the psst on Java, macros, SQL, vi, etc that I don't need anymore and he's like no thanks its easier to Google when I have a question ......

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Who is your target audience? .....

 

What types of "code" are you going to teach them? ......

 

Who would be looking for this information? .....

 

Is this just general knowledge for folks that are curious or folks seeking specific information on how to build a website, write excel macros, learn SQL, etc? ......

 

These are all things that will help you determine how to publicise but as others have said there is plenty of info out there ......

 

My son is a computer science major and I have tried to give him some books in the psst on Java, macros, SQL, vi, etc that I don't need anymore and he's like no thanks its easier to Google when I have a question ......

 

Excellent questions,Eastside Terp

 

Good to know your son is a CS major,  talking about CS major, new graduates may still have a long way to go... about two years ago, we had an intern, an upcoming CS graduate from a major university in NC, he's good, but still unable to solve complex problems, for instance, when interfacing with a third party tool, and results are received over the web, and we need to import the result as structured data into our database... he snapped... though he's good at javascript, but he didn't know that DOM manipulation would address the problem head-on...  btw, DOM is extremely powerful for client side data manipulation...  Such specific domain knowledge, googling is not good enough imho, one has to get his hands "dirty" in trying it out for real, not "hello world" baby crap...

 

It would be more fun and productive to teach/tutor a few students on some specific ares of CS via blogs and some of my real world web apps (demo versions) to those who's already got some good knowledge to boot...

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Excellent questions,Eastside Terp

 

Good to know your son is a CS major, talking about CS major, new graduates may still have a long way to go... about two years ago, we had an intern, an upcoming CS graduate from a major university in NC, he's good, but still unable to solve complex problems, for instance, when interfacing with a third party tool, and results are received over the web, and we need to import the result as structured data into our database... he snapped... though he's good at javascript, but he didn't know that DOM manipulation would address the problem head-on... btw, DOM is extremely powerful for client side data manipulation... Such specific domain knowledge, googling is not good enough imho, one has to get his hands "dirty" in trying it out for real, not "hello world" baby crap...

 

It would be more fun and productive to teach/tutor a few students on some specific ares of CS via blogs and some of my real world web apps (demo versions) to those who's already got some good knowledge to boot...

That's all well and good but a far cry from the original premise of teaching casual users a few lines of code for a few bucks on a blog ....

 

I guess that gets back to the question of your target audience .......

 

I'd argue that the vast majority of folks out there don't do anything more than surf the web, pay bills, shop and look at Facebook .....

 

These users typically need help with hardware / setup / config type issues ...

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Hi all,

 

I have 20 years of IT (software) web and database development under my belt, my knowledge of computer, the Internet and web is considerably deeper than an average casual user.

 

If I write a series of blogs such as "computer intro", "internet and web intro", "teach me a few lines of code" in a very informal and practical way... so that a casual computer user can easily read it, understand it and get some real benefit out of without feeling boring, would casual readers be willing to pay $5 or $10 for it?

 

Yes, I understand there are tons of such materials out there but I think they are disorganized, also, boring vs. mine, it would be kind of like I'm tutoring my little nephew with my blogs, and from the title of the blogs you can see the logical progression...

 

I can even post a link to a sample one (I sort of wrote it already).

 

What do you think?

 

I think you're fishing for customers - not feedback.

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I think you're fishing for customers - not feedback.

 

 

I hope not because he's not using the right bait on here :) .....

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I checked out the link on his profile. That entity is already blogging, has at least one YouTube video, is soliciting business on its own website, and advertises a real property search engine on website (see his other thread).

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That's all well and good but a far cry from the original premise of teaching casual users a few lines of code for a few bucks on a blog ....

 

I guess that gets back to the question of your target audience .......

 

I'd argue that the vast majority of folks out there don't do anything more than surf the web, pay bills, shop and look at Facebook .....

 

These users typically need help with hardware / setup / config type issues ...

 

We HAVE TO be dynamic, do what that works, if a new agreeable opportunity presents itself why not embrace it?

Colleges students are starting their summer break now... if your son is interesting in taking a look and see if he's capable of doing some pretty fancy and practical DOM stuff as a summer fun or challenge I'd be happy to provide some screenshots.  Let me elaborate just a bit, every CS student knows how to create basic HTML FORM and then use a server side language (be PHP or other) to process the submitted FORM, but say there's a need to dynamically add or remove elements in the  client side HTML FORM, probably not many CS students are able to handle it without scrapping his/her head... So, why bang your head on the wall while someone who can guide you to accomplish it easily and then you'll say, "Wow, that's awesome!"

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I checked out the link on his profile. That entity is already blogging, has at least one YouTube video, is soliciting business on its own website, and advertises a real property search engine on website (see his other thread).

no, no, no, you got me wrong.  Previously I did a web project for a property title researcher, thought other title researchers could use it... but my previous post did not discuss it, it was asking a question if property info is available online in baltimore... fyi, it's not a property search engine.  Try not to overthink, dude!

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no, no, no, you got me wrong.  Previously I did a web project for a property title researcher, thought other title researchers could use it... but my previous post did not discuss it, it was asking a question if property info is available online in baltimore... fyi, it's not a property search engine.

 

That's not what you said: "...And btw, I wonder if any of you are (property) title researchers..."

http://talk.baltimoresun.com/topic/271097-what-do-you-think-of-this-idea/#entry7162416

 

Also, Every state has an office that handles the assessment of properties. And I would wager that every state's public records are online, and that that fact is common knowledge among property title researchers...including yourself.

 

And yes - the referenced software is not a "property search engine":

Don (Chunshen) LI - Founder of Knowledge NoteBook & Creator of (property) Title Report tool

 

BTW, Do you receive commission for referring other title researchers to Mr. Li's business...if you are not he?

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I hope not because he's not using the right bait on here :) .....

 

I'm not a sales guy but a very experienced software guy (a full stack programmer).  But let me try on the sales side then since you mentioned it, my tutoring will give noticeable boost to your son's CS grade and some REAL skills that would help him with increased ability to handle real world software task.

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