All posts by Mitch Mitchell

I'm an independent consultant in many fields, so I have a lot to share.

5 Dangers Of Being Self Employed

I don’t think of it in these terms all that often, but overall I work from home for the most part. Every once in a while I go on the road for a few days to a few months, but in general I do most of my work from home. These days I’m not only looking for new clients and gigs, but I’m looking for a nice paying job that’ll let me work from home most of the time… if not all of the time.

former office desk

I’ve often encouraged people who are out of work to at least look into the possibility of working for themselves while they’re collecting unemployment. There are many people with great skills that could translate into a profession where they wouldn’t have to deal with weak managers or poor working conditions. It’s not easy to do, especially in today’s world, but when looking for something else to do to earn money, it’s something worth looking into.
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The Art Of Storytelling

Many years ago I wrote a story about meatloaf for two reasons. The first reason is because I was trying to win a free Kindle (I’ve never bought one to this day). The second reason is because I’d recently had an adventure that involved meatloaf, it was fresh in my mind and I decided to go for it; timing is everything. 🙂

me giving a seminar;
phones didn’t take great pictures back then

Unfortunately I didn’t win; I don’t think I even placed. I did get one critique on the story, though. The guy said he liked the story and laughed at it, but that I used the word “I” too many times and that if I’d tightened that up then the story might have been stronger.
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5 Keys To Winning Poker Tournaments And Blogging

By now those of you used to reading this blog know that I love to play poker. I’ve written a few posts over the years comparing poker and blogging, including this one, 5 Things Bloggers Can Learn From Poker. I’m kicking this one up a notch and I’m going to talk about winning poker tournaments. Did I win a poker tournament? Stay tuned as we go through these 5 keys.

Photo by Amanda Jones on Unsplash

1. You have to prepare for the long haul.

Poker tournaments are long. If you’re in a very large one in person it could take multiple days. The main World Series of Poker tournament in Las Vegas takes more than a week, not including the final table, which is usually held months later. Smaller tournaments can take a couple of days to complete, although some will end in one day; it’s rare that it happens that way.
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WP-Optimize And Responsive Voice Plugins

I’m going to start off talking about a plugin called WP-Touch. It basically does one job for your blog; it makes it mobile friendly in a very easy way so that you don’t have to re-code your entire blog (which I had to do years ago for my regular websites. It worked “almost” immediately, because I had to go back and remove certain code that I’d put into my blogs while trying to make them user friendly on my own.

What it looks like on mobile

So, it was mobile friendly, which was nice; it was also broken in a few ways. Once you’ve added the plugin, you go to Appearance on your internal sidebar, then select Customize. That’s where you get to make certain changes in how you want your mobile page to look. You only get one theme unless you pay for the Pro version, which I decided I didn’t need. I got to change the colors, determine how many articles I wanted to share initially, etc. There’s lots of choices one can make, and since I was going to do the same for every blog I have and manage, I didn’t want to overdo it.
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We Need To Talk About Upwork

Back in January, I wrote an article titled Most People Hiring Writers Know Nothing About Writing, and I’ll admit that I wasn’t overly nice about it. Unfortunately, the truth isn’t always nice, but it’s still the truth, and today I’m writing about another truth, a specific truth, one that irks me to the nth degree. Today, I’ll be talking about Upwork (no, I’m not linking to it).

They’re making my head hurt!

I signed up on the site back in 2018, but at that time I wasn’t going all that often. I went looking for any writing assignments to help pad my income, because at that time I was financially secure and the pandemic wasn’t a thought in anyone’s mind. It wasn’t until the summer of 2021 when I decided it was time to start bidding on some projects, because I thought adding some income would be a good thing to do, and I knew there were a lot of potential opportunities for me to be able to find some contracts to bid on.
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