Is Blogging a Full-Time Career Option?

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Business | Posted on 22-05-2015

Originally the word ‘blog’ stood for web log and referred to an online journal or diary. Now blogs number in the millions and disseminate information on a variety of topics. Individuals use blogs to share their opinions, and companies use blogs to advertise their products. It is possible to make money online through blogging, but before you try to make it a career, you should be aware of what is involved and the possible pitfalls.

Ways to Earn Money Through Blogging

One of the quickest ways to earn money through blogging is to be a content provider for others. Individuals or companies start blogs and then hire people to write them. For this work, bloggers usually paid piece by piece for each post. Similarly, some sites pay guest bloggers for usable posts. However, to earn significant income, you need to set up your own blog or blogs and generate ad revenue through programs like Google Adsense, the Amazon Affiliate Program, ContextWeb and AdClickMedia. Once you get proficient, you can supplement the income from your own blogs by offering blogging design or blogging consultancy services.

Self-Motivation

One aspect of blogging for a living that you should keep in mind from the start is that you must be self-motivated. You are your own boss, and you need to discipline yourself to put in the hours to make it work. In the beginning, there is a learning curve during which you must study and implement the rudiments of setting up your blog or blogs. Afterwards, you need to continue to devote time to creating content and maintaining your websites.

Advantages of Blogging as a Full-Time Career

One of the greatest advantages of blogging as a career is that you are your own boss. You are not subject to an office hierarchy. You work at home. You can dress as you like and keep your own hours. If you enjoy writing, you are doing work that appeals to you. Additionally, it is possible to make a significant amount of money through hard work and a bit of good luck.

Disadvantages of Blogging as a Full-Time Career

The disadvantages of blogging full time are much the same as those of other freelance occupations. Though some make a lot of money blogging, most people do not. For many people, blogging involves long hours of work for very little pay. You do not have the stability of a regular salary, and your income can vary greatly from month to month. Because you are self-employed, you receive no benefits, so you won’t be getting any health insurance or sick leave. You need to set aside money to make your own tax and social security payments. Due to the unstable nature of the Internet, you might lose your host server at any time and have to start again from scratch to rebuild a website it took you years to nurture. Freelancing is also a lonely job, as you have no direct interaction with colleagues.

Despite the drawbacks, plenty of people are attracted to the idea of blogging as a career. Because of the uncertainties surrounding the profession though, consider keeping at least a part-time job as you start out. Build your blog methodically, step by step, and give it time to generate income. As you proceed, you will have the opportunity to assess whether full-time blogging is really right for you.

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Terry Buford writes on web development, blogging, online marketing, banner advertising, the internet and other related topics; to learn more about web development view the resources from coolblueweb.

A Few Recent Notable Instances of Citizen’s Arrest

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in News | Posted on 22-05-2015

While we often associate criminal arrests with actions taken by a police officer, regular citizens also have the right to place others under arrest, as long as the temporary incarceration is reasonable and follows specific guidelines. Though it doesn’t happen often, a few recent cases have brought attention to the practice. The following incidents prove that a citizen’s arrest is another meaningful way to bring justice to the world.

San Francisco International Airport – Rideshare Drivers

Recently, with the rising popularity of smartphones, tablets, and the possibility of a mobile Internet connection, rideshare companies have popped up in San Francisco offering transportation to those going to and from the airport. While this seems like a rather harmless idea, officials at the San Francisco International Airport have begun arresting drivers on a regular basis, claiming that they are trespassing on the property, and that they are not permitted to operate a driving service without a license or permit from the city.

Philadelphia Man – Potential Robber

A recent case in Philadelphia demonstrated that a citizen’s arrest can strengthen neighborhood safety and is an effective tool for those who are diligent. In this instance, one local man approached another who was sitting in his car, and asked him what he was doing. When the latter made a verbal mistake, the former pulled a gun and placed him under arrest until police arrived. The arrest paid off, too: the parked individual intended to leave drug money in a specific spot, but eventually realized he was in the wrong area.

Russell George – South African Police Officer

While driving on a highway in South Africa, Russell George, a local from Prestbury, witnessed a police car pull into oncoming traffic before coming to a stop in the middle of the road. George, after getting out of his car, began questioning the officer about his ability to drive, as well as whether or not he had imbibed alcohol before getting behind the wheel.

When the police officer refused to get out of the car, George pulled him out and placed him under citizen’s arrest in the back seat of his own vehicle.

Larry Cochrane – Local Woman

Although a citizen’s arrest can often prevent a crime from being committed, this case showed that they must be undertaken according to the law. In this instance, a 66-year-old woman in Billings, Montana, was attempting to pick up a cell phone off the ground when Larry Cochrane, a local man, jumped out of his car and held her at false gunpoint, claiming the phone belonged to his girlfriend. Although he attempted to place the woman under arrest, police quickly arrived and made sense of the situation, eventually carting him away to jail.

Placed Under Citizen’s Arrest

While it may not occur very often, citizen’s arrest is an effective tool for enforcing justice, both domestically and abroad. Though it is not used particularly often, these cases demonstrate to the world that it is still possible to keep the peace with just your own two hands.

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Mitchell Bateman writes on Criminal Defense, Civil Procedure, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence, Commercial Litigation and other related fields.

All About Scopes Trial

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Posted by JR Olson | Posted in Government, History | Posted on 21-05-2015

Almost 100 years ago, newspapers from all around the country captivated the public with their reporting of the most infamous trial of the century, involving a high school science teacher and Christian fundamental values. The case, the State of Tennessee v. John Thomas Scopes, took place in 1925 and pitted some of the best legal orators of the time against each other: Clarence S. Darrow, a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and defender of individual rights against three-time Democratic presidential candidate, former Nebraska Congressman, and U.S. Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan.

Although the outcome of the case was fairly predictable, with Scopes being found in violation of the state’s prohibition on teaching evolution, known as the Butler Act (which was repealed on May 17, 1967), and fined the minimum amount prescribed by law ($100) the case has served as a touchstone in the ongoing debate regarding the separation of church and state and the role of religion in schools and other public places.

The Butler Act

A rise in the teaching of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species in Tennessee schools caused Christian fundamentalists to become concerned that children were being taught to not believe in God. This concern led the Tennessee legislature to pass the Butler Act, which was signed into law by then-governor Austin Peay on March 21, 1925. The law’s author was a state representative named John Butler, who represented the conservative rural district of Macon County.

The Butler Act, only two pages long (197 words), was simple in that it forbade the teaching of evolution at any level of schooling (i.e. university, normal, public, etc.) that received state funding. Anyone found in violation of the law would be fined no less than $100 and no more than $500. Governor Peay felt that the law would be rarely, if ever, enforced and signed it to mollify his conservative constituents.

ACLU Challenge to the Law

The ACLU, a leading organization in the defense of individual rights and freedoms in the country, sought to challenge the law after it was enacted. The organization needed look no further than a part-time substitute science teacher named John Scopes. Accepting an offer by the organization to cover his defense, Scopes was arrested on May 7, 1925, for violation of the Butler Act. In challenging the law the ACLU hoped to expose the hypocrisy of states that substituted education with religious doctrine. Even though the ACLU was unable to argue the case further before the U.S. Supreme Court (the verdict was overturned in 1927 by the Tennessee Supreme Court), the case was used to stop further attempts to enforce religious doctrine in the classroom.

The Scopes Monkey Trial and its Outcome

The trial began on July 10, 1925, and concluded on July 21, 1925, with Scopes being found guilty. Judge John T. Raulston of the 18th Tennessee District heard the arguments. A famous exchange between Darrow and Bryan on day seven of the trial saw Bryan accepting an unusually rare role from that of lead prosecuting attorney to witness for the prosecution. The exchange produced one of the trial’s most memorable moments and cast doubt on fundamentalism’s literal interpretation of the Bible and the role of science to question and put forth alternate theories of life. Darrow’s style of questioning, thought to be mocking the older Bryan (who died five days after the verdict was handed down), helped bring to light the need for questioning, science, and reason and cast Bryan as out of touch and uninformed.

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Gilbert Madigan writes on a variety of complex legal topics such as Constitutional Law, Legal History, Consumer Rights, Evidence Law, Criminal Law and others as well.