Why Your Email Pitch Sucks (and how to fix it…)

I wrote this post recently over on another site and wanted to point to it here, because I think it’s incredibly relevant for bloggers everywhere. Knowing how to pitch well is one of the most crucial skills bloggers can learn, and one of the most falling-down-on-the-job skills I see bloggers grapple with everywhere.

If you learn how to pitch well, you’ll make huge strides in your efforts to blog well.

Here’s the first part of the article copied below, and click on the full link below to read the entire thing:

Whether you are the one pitching, or Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about pitches.

The pitches I get, the pitches I send, and the sad world that is people-wanting-things-from-people-and-not-knowing-how-to-ask.

To start, let me say that no discussion of pitch failures would be complete without a shout-out to this amazing video the Mashable folks posted. Entitled, “Hardly Working: Start Up Guys“, I both died laughing and died realizing how many times my real life has imitated (this) art…

Read the full post here

What Jobs Used to Be Like

In 1905, if you wanted to make money in the city, you had a few clear options. Doctor, lawyer, businessman. Unfortunately, most of them involved wearing a hat and suit, and most of them involved being a man. These days, the work world is a completely different animal, and navigating what you can do is almost as important as what you want to do.

Today, though, here’s a little reminder of what the work world used to be like. This is a video showing a video clip of Market Street in San Francisco (yes, right near where I work!) in 1905: