Blogging for the Art of It

Writing for the TBEX conference website, Pam Mandel answers the question, "Why blog?" Blog because you are teaching yourself to write – blogging’s time driven nature creates an excellent framework for homework.  Blog because you are compelled to share your stories – blogging is perfect for that. Blog because you can’t not write – a blog is

Stephen Colbert On Working For Free

The Colbert Report I haven't posted on this blog in forever, but this video - a clip from last night's Colbert Report - seemed like a good way to get my feet wet again. In this clip, Stephen Colbert discusses the recent layoff of 50 staff members at CNN: "Nobody important. Just editors and photojournalists."

Blogging Conferences You Should Know About

I started blogging back in 2003 (on Blogger) and on this blog in 2004. But it was only recently that I realized a whole world of blogging conferences had sprung up, promising to help bloggers up their game, find sponsors, and more. I've learned about these conferences almost exclusively on Twitter, where I see hashtags

Five Films About Italy

I recently got the coolest invitation ever. The editorial director of, distributor of the new George Clooney film The American, asked me to come up with a list of my five favorite Italy films. The result was Five in Focus: American Expat Bloggers on Italian Movies. I was one of six bloggers that was

Everything You Need To Know About Blogging You Can Learn From Hip Hop

Time for a true confession: As a freelance writer, I have definitely been intrigued by the possibility of making money from blogging. In this day and age, who hasn't? I've made a little money from Adsense ads, affiliate ads, and a few ad sales on my other website Italofile: The Italy Travel Resource. But it