Speed Link Sunday – Reading and Rewarding Wisely

by Ed Lau on September 28, 2008

This week marks the first Speed Link Sunday that features some submissions from folks that follow me on Twitter, something I’ll be doing every week from now on. Without any further adieu, here’s some interesting post made this week in the blogosphere.

  1. Heroes, which was the undeniable primetime TV hit of 2006 but fell flat during the writer’s strike shortened ’07 season, began its third season this past Monday and Michael Kwan noticed some similarities between Heroes and the iconic Marvel comic X-Men. The thought had crossed my mind when I saw Dr. Suresh hanging from the ceiling but I didn’t really think of it in depth until Michael mentioned it on his blog. We should also consider the common themes such as persecution of mutants/heroes but mostly, the similarities is with the characters. Once I saw that magnetic dude, I actually thought I heard “Magneto”.
  2. Kacper Wrzesniewski writes about rewarding yourself wisely. I don’t know about you but I need that carrot on the stick to motivate myself but as Kacper reminds us, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Spending too much or rewards that negate the achievement (eating ice cream after working out, maybe?) are examples of the wrong way. There’s plenty of great ways to reward ourselves that don’t break the bank or our health.
  3. Long-time Vancouver DJ Buzz Bishop recently attended The Vancouver Sun’s Raise a Reader campaign and got to hang out with Vancouver Canucks legend Stan “The Steamer” Smyl. Smyl, who currently has the only retired number in Canucks history, is currently a senior advisor for the team. Raise a Reader works to raise money to improve literacy in BC, something that is incredibly important to the well-being of our home. I admit I haven’t read a real book for fun in a long time but I read a lot when I was younger. Kids, the better your reading comprehension, the better you’ll do in school and overall, the better your opportunities in life will be.
  4. Chris Jacobson describes a sneaky way he exploited Digg.com founder Kevin Rose’s spelling mistake and quickly gained a few Twitter followers in doing so. Maybe this is something I should do with John Chow since that guy makes more spelling mistakes per hour than anyone else on the planet. P.S. Follow me on Twitter.
  5. Derek Semmler brings up what I think is an important issue in blogging. Is it blogging a business or a hobby first? Personally, I see a big problem in blogging today and too many blogs are popping up that treat blogging as a business first. You can see how many of these “make money online” blogs that have sprung up in the past two years after seeing the success of some of the top tier bloggers and nearly all of them are boring, uninformative and ultimately unsuccessful. You can tell that these bloggers lack any sort of passion and just want to see a payday. If you ask me, I think blogging needs to begin as a hobby. If you have a personal investment in your site and produce content that people want to read, then you have a chance at being a successful blogger. However, thinking about making serious money online before you start is a mistake that many dead make money blogs make. Content first, people.

Contest Reminder

As I mentioned last week, I’m running a contest in bringing back Speed Link Sunday. Prizes include ad space on JohnChow.com, ad space here, an iPod and several USB flash keys.

How do you enter?

  • Follow me on Twitter: 3 entries
  • Blog about my contest or anything on ededition.com with a linkback: 5 entries
  • Comment on any post on ededition.com (1 comment counted per post, 24 hour time limit after posting time): 1 entry per comment.

Pretty easy, folks. I’ve gotten some good response already and I haven’t put up a time limit yet but get in now and you’ll have a jump on latecommers! By the way, following me on Twitter will get you linkbacks during Speed Link Sunday (if you submit a post via Twitter) as well as linkback shoutouts in Dot Com Pho webisodes!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kacper September 29, 2008 at 1:12 am

Thanks for including my post in speed links. I really appreciate it.

Have a nice day.

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Joshua September 29, 2008 at 1:21 am

I just caught the first ep of Heroes…pretty good stuff.

Makes me think they could release another X-men movie and have a whole bunch of new mutant-loving fans…

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Carl September 29, 2008 at 4:58 am

How many entries to your contest do I have now?

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Michael Kwan September 29, 2008 at 7:34 am

Yes, I’m being a grammar geek again, but the expression is “without further ado” and not “without further adieu”. Adieu means farewell, whereas ado is a fuss or trouble.

The two main things from the season premiere that inspired my blog post were Peter’s mention of mutant/hero persecution and the mention of a Magneto-like character.

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Chris Jacobson September 29, 2008 at 8:17 am

Thanks for the mention.

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Derek September 29, 2008 at 9:41 am

Heroes is a show that I have yet to watch and at this point it feels hopeless to get started as I would want to start at the beginning…kind of like Lost, never watched it and never felt compelled to catch up on it.

Thanks for including my post in the SLS. You make a great point that the majority of people that start on Day One looking at their blog as a business often fizzle out, unless the blog is supporting their business.

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Lesley September 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

I’d pretty much comment on anything for How I met your mother goodness. Did you like the first episode of this season? Or were you disappointed with Barney’s loving of Robin?

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Find Cars Online October 1, 2008 at 3:58 am

@Joshua:
I heard that they coming with and new series of XMen I just don’t know if the rumor, is true or not

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