Left Coast Voices

"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

Archive for the day “February 27, 2011”

Blog Musings

I recently wrote about a Q&A at Borders in Pleasanton that focused around the blog strategy that I am following. According to the model, I need to reach 1,000 posts to create a sustaining platform that will stimulate regular cold book sales.

There are between 250-300 million blogs out there. Yesterday, I reached 250 posts – a quarter of the way to my goal – and I decided to peek at Left Coast Voice’s world rankings on Alexa.

My blog now stands at 9,644,958, which means inside the top 10 million (bear with me). The goal is to reach the top 0.5% as these are the blogs that generate income. So, even allowing for only 250 million blogs in the world, I have comfortably entered the top 5%.

I’m moving up!

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/

Army Dreamers

Since digging up my Hazel O’ Connor songs from ye olde dayes, I have been going over songs from the early 80′s that meant something to me. Kate Bush kept me awake at nights, not just because I was a naturally, testosterone-directed teenager, and she was, well kinda perfect. I was also driven by political music as well.

When I read through the lyrics from Army Dreamers, I was struck at how relevant they are today, a sad indictment of how far we really haven’t come. Where are the Kate Bush’s of today?

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/.

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