first_imgNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the Women’s Singles finals match against Serena Williams of the United States on Day Thirteen of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPUS Open champion Naomi Osaka insisted she was mystified by Serena Williams’ spectacular meltdown which saw the American legend accuse the chair umpire of being a “liar and a thief”.“I didn’t know what was going on, I was just trying to focus. Since it was my first Grand Slam final, I did not want to get overwhelmed,” said 20-year-old Osaka after her 6-2, 6-4 win.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena ‘umpire thief’ meltdown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Williams was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” and insisting “you owe me an apology”.“Serena came to the bench and told me she had a point penalty and when she got the game penalty I didn’t know that either,” said Osaka, the first Japanese player to clinch a Grand Slam singles title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_img– after fighting over questionable contractsBy Andrew CarmichaelTwo officials from the Alliance For Change (AFC), who were arrested on Monday, were on Wednesday hauled before Magistrate Alex Moore in New Amsterdam after a fight between the two erupted at the Regional Democratic Council (RDC)AFC Regional Vice Chairman Michell McBeancompound in New Amsterdam, Berbice.The fight was allegedly over contracts for school repairs.AFC Regional Vice Chairman Michell McBean, 60, of Liverpool Village, Corentyne, was charged with unlawfully assaulting Joseph Baichu, 52, of Number 45 Village, Corentyne on Monday last in the vicinity of Republic Road, New Amsterdam.Magistrate Moore also read a counter charge to Baichu stating that on the same date, time and place, he also unlawfully assaulted McBean.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges and told the court that they were friends and did not wish to give evidence against each other.McBean said he wanted the friendship to continue, but Baichu said he no longer wanted to be friends with McBean.Since they had both told the court that they did not wish to give evidence, the Magistrate dismissed the matter.Baichu is the Secretary of the AFC and also an executive member of the party.Both McBean and Baichu had been candidates on the APNU/AFC coalition election list. They are now both contractors executing work for the Region SixAFC Secretary Joseph Baichu(East Berbice-Corentyne) Administration.Reports indicate that Baichu was awarded three contracts to repair schools in Region Six, but he was not capable of fully executing these regional contracts so he sub-contracted the work.The contract for repair work on the Number 59 Nursery School he reportedly sub-contracted to another contractor; while the contract to repair the Mibicuri Primary School and a similar contract to repair the Winifred Gaskin Secondary School Baichu allegedly sub-contracted to McBean.The Mibicuri Primary School contract is worth $1,142,999 and the Winifred Gaskin Secondary School contract is worth $1,707,339.The work has been completed and the cheques were handed over on Monday to Baichu. When payment was made, McBean was at the RDC for his cut.Investigators were told that Baichu refused to go to the bank, resulting in an argument and subsequently a scuffle in the presence of many RDC workers. The matter was reported to the Police and they were both arrested.Meanwhile, works committee members have raised concerns over the quality of work being carried out by some regional contractors.last_img read more

first_imgAnd that’s overdue. Just four years ago, amid those sharp divisions, Californians recalled Gov. Gray Davis after he had nearly bankrupted the state. State government consumed a record $8.80 out of every $100 of personal income. That’s when Californians replaced Davis with The People’s Governor, who promised to bring spending under control. As he readily admitted, he made some mistakes at the beginning. He tried to restore spending controls, introduce operational reforms and curb the excesses of California’s powerful public-employee unions. But as he manfully confessed to the nation’s press corps, this only “contributed to the polarization.” It was in this dark hour that The People’s Governor had an epiphany. “It was amazing,” he told the National Press Club. “It made news stories around the world. There is such political division out there that, when someone simply talks about working together, it’s newsworthy.” GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger – “The People’s Governor,” as his official press release proclaims – spoke recently to the National Press Club and graciously offered our nation’s leaders some lessons from his successful “post-partisan” leadership in California. The People’s Governor recounted the remarkable policy breakthroughs that he has achieved simply by inviting Democratic leaders to “come by, light up a stogie and schmooze.” The National Press Club sat spellbound as he described how he “schmoozed” California’s liberal Democrats into hiking the minimum wage into the stratosphere, embarking upon the biggest borrowing binge in state history, and imposing the most draconian regulations in the country to save the planet from global warming. Bipartisan compromises like these, wrought with barely any Republican votes, offer a model of the post-partisan utopia now forming. As The People’s Governor explained, “After years of sharp divisions in California, we are consciously trying a new approach to our problems.” Today, California has no political divisions to speak of. The annual growth of state spending has “plunged” from 7 percent under Davis to just over 10 percent today. The budget has “shrunk” from $78 billion in 2003 to $102 billion today. Davis’ record-breaking deficit spending, which peaked at $6.6 billion, has been replaced with a record-breaking deficit of “only” $8 billion. Debt-service costs of $2 billion under Davis have “plummeted” to a mere $6 billion today. State government now consumes “only” $9.54 out of every $100 of personal income. Thus, The People’s Governor can claim to support “lower taxes … (and) free markets and believe in the power of the individual,” while simultaneously proposing the second-biggest tax increase in California’s history and imposing radical restrictions on commerce. In our new post-partisan world, one wonders how far left The People’s Governor can go. Tom McClintock represents the 19th District in the California State Senate. Contact him at tom.mcclintock@sen.ca.gov.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s 2016-17 annual report reveals that the club’s revenues have grown for a third successive year © AFP/File / SCOTT HEPPELLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 8 – Premier League leaders Manchester City announced record revenues of Sh64.2bn (£473.4m) for the past financial year on Wednesday.The figures published in City’s annual report for 2016-17 mark an increase of 21 percent on the previous year’s revenues and represent the third successive year the club’s revenues have grown. City are flying on the pitch as well at the moment, with Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring side eight points clear at the Premier League summit and into the Champions League last 16.“This report is about making sure our fans and our partners can see the true detailed status of every aspect of the club,” said City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak in a press release.“What hopefully comes across is that the football organisation and off-field business have the right symmetry and balance to allow us to continue to further strengthen and grow.”Manager Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are eight points clear at the Premier League summit and into the Champions League last 16 © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFCity, who were purchased by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi in 2008, remain debt-free.During Sheikh Mansour’s tenure, they have won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and the FA Cup.The club had never previously recorded revenues above £400 million and Al Mubarak said revenue growth was moving “towards the £500 million mark”.Guardiola failed to win a trophy in his first season as City manager, but chief executive Ferran Soriano said the club’s objectives were in line with the manager’s.“We are committed to playing beautiful football and to win,” he said. “Both elements are compatible and the second is a consequence of the first.”Al Mubarak said the nine trophies won by City’s youth teams showed youth development was “a central pillar for the club’s long-term sustainability”.He also paid tribute to City’s women’s team for winning a treble of domestic trophies, calling it an “outstanding achievement”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart 1 Manchester City were left to count the cost after goalkeeper Joe Hart limped off in a doubly damaging Champions League defeat at Juventus.City were beaten 1-0 in Turin to lose control of Group D, slipping to second behind the Italians and facing the prospect of yet another tough draw in the last 16.But even more worrying was an injury to England glovesman Hart, who limped off with a hamstring problem after 81 minutes.Hart later described the injury as “nothing – a little bit tight” but City are going to have to wait until they return home to learn the full extent of the issue.If the 28-year-old misses the weekend clash with Southampton, he would join an injury list that currently includes Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Pablo Zabaleta, Wilfried Bony, Samir Nasri and Eliaquim Mangala.Pellegrini said: “In this moment, it is impossible to know. He has a problem in his hamstring.“He has been carrying some problem in his back the last week, so tomorrow we will see with the doctor which is the problem with Joe.”Pellegrini also expects Kompany to be out for at least a fortnight with his calf problem while there is still no definitive news on Silva’s ankle injury.The Blues boss said: “Vincent doesn’t have any chance to play this week because he’s not started running already, so he has two weeks more.“David improved a little bit more the last two days. He’s working with the physio in Manchester.“We will see. We don’t have many days until Saturday but when we arrive in Manchester we will have a look.”Pellegrini was upbeat about his team’s performance despite the result allowing Juve to take over at the top. Mario Mandzukic scored the only goal but both sides spurned a host of other chances. Raheem Sterling, Yaya Toure and Fernandinho all missed good opportunities for City while Fernando had a header touched onto the post.The Chilean said: “It’s a difficult moment for the team. That’s why in this moment I am not so unhappy in the way we played because we didn’t have many chances to make substitutions.“I think we were very unlucky to lose this game – I think the minimum we deserved was a draw.“It’s not an easy stadium, it’s not an easy team, but we couldn’t get the result we wanted.”Pellegrini has not given up hope of reclaiming top spot, but his side must beat Borussia Monchengladbach and Juventus will need to lose at Sevilla.last_img read more

first_imgSouthland fire officials will be on high alert through the Thanksgiving holiday, in part because of dry, gusty Santa Ana winds expected to begin blowing through the area starting later today. The National Weather Service forecast heavy winds from late today through Saturday, with some gusts reaching up to 55 mph in canyons, passes and other wind-prone areas. Relative humidities are expected to fall into the single digits tomorrow and remain low through Saturday, meaning “significantly heightened fire danger,” according to the weather service. The return of the Santa Ana winds has local fire agencies bracing for possible wildfires — with conditions expected to rival those that led to a series of fire storms across the region last month. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The Los Angeles County Fire Department has placed every off-duty firefighter on standby status over the Thanksgiving holiday and has strike teams in place. Orange County fire officials are also on high alert, while Riverside County crews are getting tanker planes ready. “Except for expected slightly cooler temperatures, we can have conditions similar to what we had during the Santiago Fire,” Orange County Fire Authority Battalion Chief Kris Concepcion said earlier this week. “This is a recipe for extreme fire behavior.” Los Angeles County fire Inspector Jason Hurd said everyone with the department will be on standby, and about 85 additional people will be on duty each day. A five-engine strike team will be posted in Calabasas, in addition to Cal Fire strike teams that will be based in Santa Clarita and La Ca ada Flintridge. Hurd said 32 hand crews, nine water tenders and six helicopters will also be on standby. In Orange County, precautionary measures will include staffing for 10 additional fire engines, two helicopters, two hand crews and two bulldozers. Concepcion said Cal Fire is assisting the Orange County Fire Authority with five additional engines. Cal Fire is also staging 100 fire engines and 10 water tenders in Riverside County. The state will mobilize more than 400 engine companies to assist Southland counties and will have available 28 fixed-wing aircraft — 13 more aircraft than normal for this time of year. The U.S. Forest Service will have 14 heli-tankers available for the Southern California region. Hurd said residents should be prepared in the case of an emergency evacuation by having important items handy, parking their cars facing the street and having at least two escape routes out of the neighborhood. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img 24 24 The Spurs wing-back was the star of the show for England, propelling himself into the limelight on the world stage. Now known affectionately as the Bury Beckham, he created 24 chances – 17 more than any other Three Lions star, made the most tackles (15) and the most interceptions (11). His semi-final free-kick against Croatia was his crowning moment. But now it’s all said and done, how did manager Gareth Southgate’s 23-man squad perform? Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve rated every player and you can see what score out of 10 they got below.1. Jordan Pickford (Everton) – 8/10 5. John Stones (Manchester City) – 7/10 Prior to the tournament it was tough to pick a No.1 for the Three Lions but the Toffees star pulled off several superb saves and helped them end their penalty hoodoo by stopping Carlos Bacca’s spot-kick against Colombia. 24 3. Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) – 4/10 The No.3 didn’t play all tournament with Pickford even getting the nod in the dead rubber against Belgium in game three. The ex-Sunderland star finally showed he can move the ball progressively, which will disappoint his critics and was crucial throughout the tournament. His passing was too hit and hope against Croatia, though, and will blot his copybook, while he almost lost his head against Colombia. Golden Boot winner but will not get much credit from some as he scored three penalties, two headers, and the other went in off his heel from a scuffed Ruben Loftus-Cheek shot. He looked tired in the knockout stages while his play when he dropped deep was under-appreciated. 8. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) – 7/10 23. Nick Pope (Burnley) – N/A Missed two games through injury after a bright start against Tunisia. He looked limited from then on and may have played through pain. Gareth Southgate clearly trusts the Spurs star and believes in his ability to carry out his tactics and important tasks. 24 Injuries saw him have a promising but stop-start Premier League campaign and you feel a whole season of action would have helped him in Russia. Did well enough but has the potential to do more. Must make a big decision about his future or risk wasting another year. 10. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) – 6/10 2. Kyle Walker (Manchester City) – 6/10 15. Gary Cahill (Chelsea) – 4/10 24 21. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – 5/10 24 4. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) – 6/10 Shone a little brighter than some of the attacking midfielders in the England team and if he can be a little more creative with his passing he will become a mainstay. He scored a great goal against Panama, which was England’s best in the tournament. Started two games, both against Belgium and, despite a decent performance in the first, was beaten far too easily by Adnan Januzaj for the Red Devils’ goal. He then got hauled off at half-time in the third-place play-off, but did have a good cameo against Colombia, almost scoring a winner. His game isn’t all about goals but will feel from the impact of Kylian Mbappe on the tournament he should have troubled defences a lot more than he did. Was one of few England players able to break the lines, though, so should still be applauded. England players pose ahead of their semi-final against Croatia at World Cup 2018. 17. Fabian Delph (Manchester City) – 6/10 24 24 Adapted well enough to his role a centre-back in a three but seemed error-prone with a few dodgy passes and he gave away a silly penalty against Tunisia too. His pace did see him get England out of trouble, especially against Croatia. 24 6. Harry Maguire (Leicester City) – 8/10 24 24 In the centre of Gareth Southgate’s defensive trio, Stones was brave and showcased his ball-playing too. Two goals against Panama will live long in the memory, while he also showed some leadership at the back too. 24center_img 24 18. Ashley Young (Manchester United) – 7/10 24 24 11. Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) 5/10 24 24 14. Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) – 2/10 Only played in the group game against Belgium and didn’t have the best game, his experience will have been useful to the squad though. 24 He is another player who will be disappointed by his inability to do much in his selection of cameos out in Russia. It can’t be too long before questions over his use at Old Trafford begin again. Calmly slotted the ball home in the penalty shoot-out against Colombia. Dangerous from set-pieces, his delivery saw him start ahead of Danny Rose throughout the tournament but the game against Croatia seemed a step too far for the Red Devils left-back. World Cup 2018 is over and England’s heroes are back home and enjoying a well earned rest before they start their Premier League pre-season training.It was a brilliant few weeks where the whole nation rallied behind the Three Lions, who showed great spirit in Russia during their run to the semi-finals. Played in both games against Belgium but still fails to showcase any confidence on the pitch which can detract from a performance, just like his ungainly appearance. Even when fully in control of situations he can look clumsy. 9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) 7/10 16. Phil Jones (Manchester United) – 5/10 24 Only played 11 minutes against Belgium and is possibly a player Gareth Southgate will regret picking for his squad. Offered nothing different when England desperately needed depth in midfield. 22. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) 5/10 The No.2 didn’t play all tournament with Pickford even getting the nod in the dead rubber against Belgium in game three. 19. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – 5/10 Played a bit-part role but still managed 220 minutes of action, while also missing a game to attend the birth of his third child. He’s versatile and still important for Gareth Southgate. 20. Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur) – 6/10 Will have been frustrated by his performance in the first game against Belgium but more than made up for it with his penalty against Colombia and then an all-action showing in the third-place play-off. 24 24 Only played for 79 minutes against Belgium in the group game and disappointed with his deliveries. He’s set to be the long-term future for the Three Lions but will need to continue developing with the Reds as this tournament, perhaps, came a touch too early for him. 24 7. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) – 7/10 13. Jack Butland (Stoke City) – N/A 24 Proved all his doubters wrong with some imperious showings in Russia, his ability to drive forward on the ball gave England an extra dimension, especially against Tunisia, and he was a menace at set-pieces, getting a deserved goal against Sweden. 12. Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur) – 9/10 Will be frustrated he couldn’t do more for his country but was always going to find it tougher in a team which didn’t play on the counter. Groin strain limited his involvement too. 24last_img read more

first_img impact The game made a frenetic start but neither side could carve out many serious opportunities in the first-half.Jonny Howson’s purposeful run and shot forced a decent stop from Bailey Peacock-Farrell.However, the young goalkeeper was forced into making a brilliant save to prevent Luke Ayling from scoring an own goal moments later.Ayling then nearly scored at the right end on 31 minutes but his towering header from a corner was cleared off the line by Adam Clayton. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 2 The game was a largely scrappy affair REVEALED It was a game where the defences shone and the likes of Samuel Saiz found little joy Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Latest Football News smart causal 2 possible standings RANKED Leeds will remain top of the Championship at the end of the weekend, however, it will only be on goal difference after they played out a tense goalless draw at home to second-placed Middlesbrough.Both teams went into the game having not tasted defeat and while Marcelo Bielsa and Tony Pulis’ men showed plenty of desire, the game lacked real attacking quality as the players cancelled each other out for large periods. highlights England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade silverware Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? After the break, Barry Douglas was perhaps fortunate to escape a sending off with a nasty tackle on Clayton.Meanwhile, Jack Harrison’s curling effort dropped just wide of the goal although Boro keeper Darren Randolph appeared to have the shot covered.Daniel Ayala, Boro’s hero from last week’s victory over West Brom had a chance late on but Peacock-Farrell was equal to his back post header as the game drifted to a draw. MONEY How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures LINE-UPSLeeds: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling, Douglas, Cooper, Berardi (Jansson 87), Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Harrison (Dallas 90+2), Saiz, Roofe (Bamford 90)Subs not used: Blackman, Pearce, Baker, RobertsMiddlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Flint, Fry, Ayala, Friend, Clayton, Howson, Besic, Downing, AssombalongaSubs not used: Dimi, McQueen, McNair, Leadbitter, Wing, Braithwaite, Hugilllast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beginning January 1, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations Guidance 209 will be effective. Pork producers of all sizes will face major changes regarding access to feed and water medications. The Ohio State University, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and Ohio Department of Agriculture are hosting informational sessions. The scheduled sessions are:November 10th at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg, at 10am. To register: http://ohiovma.org/education/ovma_ce.html.November 14th at the Morrow County Extension Office, Mt. Gilead. 7 p.m. Call 419-947-1070 to register.November 17th at the Williams County Extension Office, Bryan. Call  419-636-5608 for details and to register.November 22nd at the Putnam County Extension Office, Ottawa. 6:30 p.m. Call 419-523-6294 to register.last_img read more

first_img“What the last 10 years has taught me, the main lesson, is to first give someone the benefit of the doubt.”Heather Armstrong is celebrating the 10th anniversary of her trailblazing blog Dooce this week and there aren’t very many people who can claim that kind of longevity online. It’s a new media world and Armstrong is on the short list of people who have advanced that sea change the most. She’s spent the last decade opening up possibilities for self-expression that the rest of us are just the beginning to take advantage of.I spoke with her last week by phone about how blogging has changed, about Facebook and about what she’s learned from the last decade of leadership in online self publishing.Fired from her job because of her blog in 2002, Armstrong has written deeply, personally and with a big, strong community about matters ranging from religion to mental health to family. Her blog saw more than 4 million pageviews last month. A year ago she landed a gig with Home and Garden TV. Armstrong made a very personal post on her blog yesterday about its 10th anniversary. The post has received more than 4,600 comments. The following are excerpts of what she said to me by phone.On what it felt like to start blogging:“I’d made websites for other people for years and I knew what it was like to launch them. I felt like even though a couple dozen people were going to read it, like I was publishing my own little home made magazine. I was talking about music, and television and dating. I remember feeling invigorated by it, writing and designing it. I sent it to 12 friends and said if you guys want to keep up with me, this is how you can. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… “Since then, a lot of people don’t blog even, they use Facebook. Facebook wasn’t around when I launched my site. I’m kind of glad it wasn’t or else I wouldn’t be where I am today.“People keep saying that Twitter and Facebook are going to replace blogging. But people use Facebook to keep in touch and people use blogs to tell stories. There are times on Twitter when I find someone and I want to find what else they write, I’m looking around to see if they have a Tumblr or a blog.”On the challenge of blogging:“It’s a lot of work. I think anybody who has started [blogging] and stopped in the last 10 years knows that, many people stopped because it was too much work. Curating and posting 140 characters is a lot easier.“I think my success has been a combination of several factors: one of the big ones is that I’ve been around for a long time, I’ve stuck with it, I’ve had a lot of life events that made the trajectory interesting. I’m not sure that what I’ve been doing is easily replicable. My suggestion has always been that you should find an existing community who you would like to have reading your site and hang out with them.”On the future of social media:“I get asked this a lot and good God I don’t know. If you’d asked me 5 years ago if I’d have a best selling book, or would Twitter even exist…the landscape has changed so entirely. “I still really enjoy doing my website. I’m going to do it as long as it makes me happy and it’s worth it. I hope it will be for long time that I’ll have enough brain cells to rub some words together and people want to read it. When I started blogging about having a child, the term Mommy Blog didn’t exist. Now it’s its own industry. We made it OK for us to make money and we made it ok for us to talk about our kids online, to attend conferences. I don’t know what else could happen.”The biggest lessons learned:“I don’t know if my children or my website have aged me more, but I’m willing to be that my website has. I know so much more about what it means to be human and how human react to things. About impulses. What the last 10 years has taught me, the main lesson, is to first give someone the benefit of the doubt. To not believe everything I hear. Because so much has been written and said about me that’s completely untrue, to live with that, I don’t ever want to do that to anyone else. I started out writing about celebrities but I don’t criticize anyone on my website any more. I want it to be an uplifting place to be.”In addition to her blog, you can also follow Heather Armstrong on Twitter. “Facebook wasn’t around when I launched my site. I’m kind of glad it wasn’t or else I wouldn’t be where I am today.”“Blogger.com was around but I decided to manually code everything and FTP things up to Earthlink. I hand-coded everything through 2002, when my husband installed Movable Type. When you have entries that say Previous and Next, I would manually upgrade all those links after each post. It was ridiculous. I resisted the content management systems because I liked to have the ability to control it.”On becoming a professional blogger:“[I started just in order] to exercise the writing part of my brain. I was in Photoshop all day long but I didn’t do much writing. I never expected it to 1, last this long or 2, for it to become my job.“When I got fired for my website in 2002 and the traffic went crazy and then the infamy hit, I was sort of jolted out of any comfort that I had in remaining in this little bubble of friends. It was then that I was like, whoa, there are a lot of people out there reading, even as small as it was. “It wasn’t until after my husband had looked at our numbers and we had been approached by a couple of advertising networks, that we saw we could make as much money [running ads on the blog] as he made as a creative director. “I did it for four and a half years until I made a dime out of it, just out of love for my audience.”Armstrong says that deciding to put ads on her blog was controversial.“Then the commerce part came around and the conversations started about are you a sell-out if you are a blogger who takes advertising? That seems laughable now but in 2005 I was one of the first personal bloggers who took advertising. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a big backlash or a small one but thankfully it was small. I don’t know if people even know that conversation happened.”On Facebook and its impact on blogging“I think my success has been a combination of several factors: one of the big ones is that I’ve been around for a long time, I’ve stuck with it, I’ve had a lot of life events that made the trajectory interesting. I’m not sure that what I’ve been doing is easily replicable.”center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Blogging#web last_img read more