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I’m a pathetic blogger.

Many years ago, I created a blog. Over the course of about 4 years or so, I realized that I was terrible at blogging. I consider myself a strong writer, but a world of difference exists between writing and blogging. I’m a pathetic blogger, I really am. I closed my blog down in January 2011 and made podcasting my full-time gig. Turns out, I’m pretty good at it.

I do blog here at QAQN occasionally, though. With a week between shows, I often think of things to write that I don’t want to sit on until the next recording day, so, here we are. The QAQN blog features a diverse range of topics, from affiliate marketing to comic books, movies & television, family life and site news & updates.

I’m back, baby. Well, I mean, sort of. I’m in the process of being back. Working toward it. I’ll probably actually be back in a couple of weeks. I didn’t think I was gone that long. It certainly doesn’t feel like I was gone that long. We’re coming up on the sixth anniversary of my first foray into podcasting. The first episode of anything I ever recorded was posted on December 22, 2008. I plan to be back on-air in time to celebrate that milestone.

Last night—or perhaps last year, depending on when you’re reading this—I had the supreme pleasure of appearing on a recent episode of Nick Seuberling’s START podcast to talk about podcast art. Nick and I met when were simultaneously guests on Ray Ortega’s Podcasters Roundtable not long ago, and when he (Nick, not Ray) read my NMX article about podcast art, he decided to invite me on his show to talk more about it!

I was a guest on two great podcasts recently: Comic Book Fury and The Podcasters’ Studio. Read about each, then go have a listen—I had a great time on both and I think you’ll really enjoy them.

With millions of people who are already seasoned veterans when it comes to fantasy sports, it might seem a bit daunting when it comes to trying to get involved for the very first time. Any competitive person though will strive to have a certain level of success, even in their first season of fantasy football, basketball, baseball or any other sport. Here’s some simple, yet essential tips to get the most out of your team when you prepare for a draft.

Five Networking+ passes are also up for grabs!

It’s that time of year again—time for a few awesome Affiliate Summit passes to be given to a few lucky winners. This time though, we’re doing it a little bit differently. You see, this time, I am in charge of the Summit Newcomer Program and I specifically asked for a VIP pass that I could give away in conjunction with that program. What does that mean?

If you are a first-time attendee of Affiliate Summit and you are willing to sign up and participate in the Newcomer Program, you are eligible to win the VIP pass!

If you are not a newcomer, or do not want to participate in the program, you may still win a Networking+ pass!

It’s that time of year again—my turn to organize the Affiliate Summit Newcomer Program! Now through December 30th, sign up to participate in the program at the Affiliate Summit website. Registration is open for newcomers who have never attended an Affiliate Summit before and for veteran volunteers who have been to at least one.

I’ve seen it both ways—you probably have, too. Some folks will tell you to automate your social media efforts. Always autopost blog entries to Facebook and Twitter (and others… there are others, right?). Use plugins to manage the autoposting. No problem, just get everything in the pipeline. Other folks will tell you never to automate. It’s impersonal. It’s amateurish. It’s not social and you’re not a robot.

Me? I don’t care a whit if something is automated, and here’s why.

In a strange, but welcome, twist to how things have been done here at QAQN over the past almost-two years, I’m not hosting the next show to join the roster! I will be co-hosting Affiliate Marketing Fanatics, the long-running show hosted by Trisha Lyn Fawver and Mike Buechele. Mike retired from the show earlier this year, and in talking about the future of the series, Trisha and I started talking about bringing it here to QAQN. Episodes will be recorded on Tuesday evenings and posted Wednesdays. Topics? Anything of interest to folks in the affiliate marketing industry. We’ll have some news, some interviews, some reviews of industry events and lots more.

In this final part of the Affiliate Summit East 2012 diary series, I cover the remainder of the show: Sunday to Tuesday. I know that seems like it’s the entirety of the show, and yes, technically ASE12 ran from August 12th to August 14th, but my trip was six days long. Just roll with it, okay? I’m covering sessions, food, friends and baseball in this update. It’s awesome.

Affiliate Summit East 2012, days two and three – it’s been fantastic. Read on to learn more about my trip, and keep an eye out for more updates as the week progresses! Food, fun, education… great stuff.