Clients need to understand the differences between SMEs and writers and put adequate budget behind expert level work.
Where can you find freelance writing gigs? Here are some places to try.
Beggars can’t be choosers. Unless they’re operating guest blogs, that is.
Writing on Medium has been great, but, going forward, I’m focusing my efforts elsewhere.
Can going into flight mode and taking a break from the daily flurry of phone calls make you happier and more productive? I set out to find out.
Can you grow professionally while working as a full time freelance writer? These are some of my thoughts as to why I think the answer is ‘yes’
A couple of steps I take to make it easier to onboard new freelance writing clients.
When does freelance writing make sense and when is it a bad deal? Here are some guides.
Picking slightly uncomfortable topics is one of the best ways to grow as a freelance writer.
Marketing is a fascinating field. There’s so much to learn. So many emerging practices and technologies to keep up with. And yet, for freelancer writers,…
Secret to divulge: I sort of hate what LinkedIn has become. Here’s why I’m opting out of most of it.
A review of ‘Save The Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need’ by B Snyder.
Redshift is a blue light filtering tool for Ubuntu Linux. Some commands to maximize your viewing comfort!
How to tell genuine Doar Yisrael (Israel Post) notifications from phishing scams.
How and where to find really large quantities of bulk products for your pantry
A review of Tim Prizeman’s The Thought Leadership Manual
Ronen Bergman’s Rise And Kill First recounts the gritty history of Israel’s targeted assassinations program
Overall, the collective suffering we experience due to the pandemic could be a lot worse
It’s both the best of times and the worst of times to start a freelance writing business. If you freelance, here’s how you can work with those dynamics.
One of the strange facets of freelancing is regularly fielding job “recommendations” even when you’re incredibly busy with a full book of business. Here’s a template I developed!
Many guides have been written on Medium and elsewhere online about how to find email addresses. Common methodologies such as running WHOIS lookups and using…
WhatsApp voices notes are great. When you don’t feel like typing, or just want your friends to hear your voice without having to bother them…
A calendar to help you manage your backup routine.
I got to talking about consumer SaaS backup with the hosts of the Restore It All Podcast.
Are most freelance writers and content marketers doomed to languish in obscurity?
Can a HDD survive being driven around in a car? I’m about to find out!
How to take full disk images using Clonezilla to a network server LAN over SSH.
A summary of the AWS tech certification providers which I have found so far in my bid to study for the Certified Cloud Practitioner exam.
Last month, I spoke with Tolu Balogun abou how to get into freelance writing and ghostwriting. Listen to our conversation!
I’m Redditing publicly. Feel free to follow me!
My review of Veerotech, the webhost I have been using for the past 16 months.
Updated documentation for my approach for backing up my Ubuntu desktop.
Some of my favorite (read: most hated) forms of corporate expression.
Some minor updates to my overall backup approach.
How big is Ireland relative to Israel? Guess no more!
Some YouTube videos about Cork’s Jewish history.
Could Israelis’ mortal aversion to being labelled a freier be at the heart of the country’s struggle with the pandemic?
My feelings about being an Irish Jew.
A patient intended resource about impaired gastric accommodation (IGA) which afflicts up to 40% of functional dyspepsia (FD) patients.
Some websites and Android apps to help you stay within the coronavirus radius
Technology is changing the world. Here’s my curated selection of explainer videos showing some of the ways how.
Some photos and notes from several years of visiting Israel’s borders with its surrounding neighbors.
I was pleased to appear on the Career Journey Podcast to discuss how to get started in ghostwriting.
A proposed system for minimal news consumption during the pandemic involving two people.
People commonly claim that making a living as a freelancer in Israel is inordinately expensive and complicated. Is that really the case?
I believe that stronger contracts build better relationships. Here are four terms I have found necessary to integrate to my standard terms and conditions over the years.
Earlier this summer, I spoke with Joel Schaubert of Devchat.tv about some of the new choices that those getting started in freelancing need to make.…
My secret weapon for responding to occasional terrible customer service from Israeli franchisees
Here’s my secret formula for computing an hourly freelance rate (hint: don’t forget those unbillable hours!)
Freelancing is not supposed to be easy. Paradoxically, I have found that accepting that actually makes it easier.
What I think is one of the least discussed aspects of the conflict in Israel
If you want to take a conventional offsite backup rather than a cloud one, Synology has the features to make the process quick and easy.
Some ideas for how to overcome my cloud backup hurdle
Doner kebab has finally arrived to Jerusalem! I highly recommend Aka right by the Mahane Yehuda market.
Could embracing a long term pandemic mindset by the key to keeping sane and maximizing its upsides?
My standing recommendations for restaurants and bars in Jerusalem
Tourism will eventually return to these shores. And when it does, I want to be ready with a map of my favorite eateries and drinkeries in Jerusalem after five years in the city.
What’s it like living in Israel? And how do Israeli and Irish culture compare? This podcast accompanies my comparison post.
Jerusalem is home to 2 embassies, several consulates, and a few honorary consulates. Here is a map of them.
Crowdsourced package requests to Israel are becoming a thing. I believe it is a terrible idea. So I felt compelled to post this.
‘Content’ and ‘freelancing’ are the two words I try to never use to describe myself. For posterity, here’s why.
The extra skills that today’s freelancers need to succeed in this competitive marketplace
I am on a renewed mission to improve my Hebrew. I went in search of Hebrew TTS apps and found both an app and a desktop accessible tool.
Using checklists is a great way to reduce human error while performing repetitive tasks. Checklists can be used by small businesses too.
I have written a lot about backups in recent months. So much so that I reckon that there is probably an entire book’s worth of material about…
I spoke with Scott Bowers this week for his podcast profiling expats around the world.
Some thinking about what social media sources to cut back on this week — and which to continue to engage in
The value of being less responsive and some measures I have instituted towards this objective.
The internet can be an angry place and good debates can quickly turn into hostile mud-slinging matches. Some phrases I like to cool tempers and reach for the exit button.
I took a look at ThunderVPN for Android
An index to the videos about backups that I have recorded in recent months on my YouTube channel.
Links to YouTube playlists about trending technology subjects.
I took a look at TorGuard earlier in the week – and was surprised to find an actual functional GUI for Ubuntu!
Backups aren’t boring! And here are three reasons why you should think about instituting a proper backup strategy for all mission-critical data.
The biggest lesson I have learned freelancing: trust your gut feeling.
Accompanying blog post: How To Become Comfortable With Criticism, As A Writer I had what I think was an interesting revelation last week: virtually anybody…
The Jerusalem Municipality is running an (almost) nightly street festival during a pandemic. My thoughts on the disruption.
Something I once heard about the value of authenticity from a guest at a wedding
After five years of living in the country, 10 things I would change about Israel if I could
A YouTube video I recorded about why every computer user should think, at least periodically, about their backup strategy.
How to create a backup system for your shared hosting environment on a Linux host.
How many Israelis speak Arabic?
What are some myths about Israel that bother you?
If Israelis could speak Arabic, would that help things?
Do you need a special grinder to achieve Turkish-fine coffee?
Could freelancing be more secure than regular employment in some ways?
Is it ethical to hire a ghostwriter?
How is the Mossad regarded domestically?
Do governments’ foreign affairs offices maintain massive flag collections?
Why can’t Israel win the propaganda war it is engaged in?
How can you transition from full time employment into full time freelancing?
What’s the best way to develop a strong portfolio?
Somebody on Quora asked: What is the point of being a Ghostwriter? Aren’t you just writing things for other people to take credit for? I…
Is there something that Israel could learn from Ireland?
How do the UN missions and the IDF get along day to day?
Living in Israel – as compared to a Birthright trip!
Should you go into consulting without any prior expereince?
How has Hebrew changed since ancient times?
“We tried to call you but you didn’t pick up.” Rude?
Has Israel reached its potential as a tourist destination?
How can you ensure your career evolution as a freelancer?
Is Israel part theocracy?
How does defamation law in Israel compared to elsewhere in the world?
Does anonymity make the internet a worse place?
Immigrants to Israel and army service: are you destined to be an outcast if you don’t do it?
My feelings about calling writing ‘content’!
Writers: how do you feel when people tell you that ‘anybody can write’?
Why I’ve been using Linux on the desktop for about the past 10 years
Many online coursegivers are charlatans. My thoughts on this subject.
Does Israel need hasbara?
My thoughts on the now commonplace practice of attempting to charge people for guest blogging.
Somebody on Quora charged: the Irish are anti-Semitic. My answer.
How did Israel revive Hebrew when Ireland hasn’t been able to revive Irish?
A Quora answer on the value of intuition and trusting your natural instinct.
My guide to pricing, and selling, your work as a freelance writer.
The Jerusalem Municipality’s spectacularly stupid street party initiative
How to run some basic Google searches to download media lists left on peoples’ public-facing web servers.
A quick video demonstrating of AuoKey GTK — a nice keyboard-based text macro entry utility for Ubuntu
A nice new Android app I’ve found that brings me one step closer to operating all social interactions as a bot
My first collection of thoughts on shopping from the wonderfully bizarre haven of Chinese e-commerce known as Aliexpress
A DIY method for forwarding 2FA SMS and calls I came up with after getting locked out of Paypal
After more than 10 years of using Ubuntu, it was time that I rolled out my very own Linux distro. Introducing: Danbuntu 18.04 LTS!
Some podcasts I am enjoying listening to at the moment
A few apps I use to make running two separate SIMs on one Android handset a breeze.
Some thoughts on my latest CRM: using AutoGTK to input text macros!
I’ve surpassed 1,000 orders on Aliexpress. Some random late night musings on the very best of what I’ve purchased there.
Want to know how I backup my Ubuntu desktop and cloud infrastructure? Here’s my latest attempt at documenting it.
Another upgrade. Another almost bricked system. Another incremental improvement towards the unbreakable Ubuntu box.
A couple of ideas for doing more with Google Groups than simply setting up email lists
Introducing my Github repository (a work in progress) to document my Ubuntu configuration edits.
Apparently I’m blowing through $1600 a year on sales technology. Here’s the “stack in progress” documented
The enormous pantry / dried goods collection
Today’s tech stack documentation effort: communications tools and email proclivities
An earnest warning about Agile CRM, a buggy Indian CRM provider with extremely dubious billing practices.
Reviewing CRM two of the day: Salesmate
Some default configuration steps I take whenever I’m setting up a new CRM
Some comical jobs posts from the infamous Nefesh b’Nefesh jobs board.
The epic #weddingofalifetime PR campaign documented!
My personal branding journey so far, name changes, fake profiles, and keeping a low profile online.
Another nightmare hosting experience with Host4Geeks. One week to find a new host!
Documented; The Great Malware Meltdown of 5779i
Why Zoho CRM was a bad fit and what I’ve found instead
This year-round pantry-pleaser with exotic spices is sure to please the family
I document my typical due diligence process when identifying new agencies to pitch to for business.
If you’re thinking about purchasing reseller or VPS hosting from Host4Geeks, please do yourself a favor and read this before whipping out your credit card.
Thought that sliced pan was the only bread you could put in a toasted sandwich maker? Think again!
My bylined writing archive: what is it? Where is it?
Demonstrating a phishing scam received over LinkedIn message
My love of Gastronorm pans — the best cooking storage pans on the planet.
Doar Yisrael have introduced email alerts — a world exclusive!
The current state of my domain collection and some thoughts on the merits of reseller hosting packages.
In praise of email: my (still) favorite communications tool.
The Borderliners Podcast has resumed production. Our second interview subject: a young cat lady.
My interest in Kaizen and the Kaizen diary I’ve just started! My attempt at explaining the psychology behind my bulk buying fascination.
Some recommendations and strategies for availing of Amazon’s current free shipping offer for Israeli customers.
So after having described, at length, the Amazon Free Shipping Extravaganza yesterday, I came to the realization that the “bug” I was seeing was related…
Some more free shipping to Israel eligible products from Amazon. Get them before the party ends!
Some more great deals I found on Amazon this week!
My current podcasting initiatives, including The Borderliners Podcast and The DSR Ghostwriting Podcast.
Four international FinTech products I would love to see available in Israel
What do I think about “Irish” bars in Israel — and how could they be better? Here’s my outline.
How to block incoming calls from the PA areas, including Gaza.
Today’s improvements to my communications stack
How many Irish people visit Israel every month, on average? Thanks to the power of Quora, I now have the answer!
I’ve been on something of a flag kick for the last twelve months. Don’t ask. Here are some of my first designs.
My current selection of Android apps I deem indispensable.
Here’s my current workstation with its peripherals.
Introducing: cocktail shaker coffee — two times the caffeine of regular coffee!
My new graphics card has been installed. So it’s already time to start sizing up the hardware required for the next upgrade, starting with a 6 monitor capable GPU.
Some recollections from a random chat with a random guy at a wedding
As I approach the 3,000 order milestone, some more thoughts about the ridiculousness that is buying products on Aliexpress
Using Zoho CRM to create a system for sending out project updates to clients.
A review of
A failed experiment to attempt to find completed contact forms lurking on the open web.
S01/E03 of The Borderliners Podcast is out. Here are some of the peripheral characters we have talked to do date — and what we hope to do with the podcast.
Some observations about cultural differences and my experience working with Israelis.
My gallbladder surgery, about bile reflux gastritis, and my “Water Project” invite friends out for glasses of water.
A couple of months ago, I wrote what (as far as I can tell) is the only round-up / reference for the various VESA multi…
A typical example of an imported and marked up Alibaba product sold in Israel
Will the coronavirus lead to a staycation revolution in Israel? Some reasons to be optimistic – and some not to be.
Did you know that you can order prescription medications online via Super Pharm? Here’s how – in English.To help people #stayhome, here’s how.
Facebook Community Standards sucks. Here’s why.
How to change the default Shift +3 combination on the standard Irish keyboard layout to mimic that of American layouts. (Ubuntu).
Socially isolating? There are tons of great webinars, virtual networking meetings, and learning opportunities taking place on Zoom. Here’s a guide to finding some.
How to set up OpenDNS on the Arris TG1652S telephony gateway — as issued by Partner Israel.
A method for piping all registrations to a Google Group rather than you inbox.
How to backup your web hosting and cloud storage in a 3-2-1 compliant manner.
An overview of the GUI tools currently available for managing S3 buckets on Ubuntu Linux.
How to use Multcloud to create a backup sync job between two clouds.
Using Mailchimp to send custom wedding videos to your guests
How to use the data request features in Quora and Reddit to receive a download of your data.
A run through of how some common SaaS / cloud platforms rank in how well they let users export their own data.
V1.2 of my master backup strategy, encompassing both local storage and everything on the cloud.
My system for automatically organizing digital bills in my GSuite.
Using rclone and EC2 to back up a Gsuite Takeout to the Cloud.
A workaround for backing up pCloud cloud to cloud using EC2 and rclone (because of the rclone pCloud 2FA issue).
How to use Cloudberry to push a Clonezilla disk image to cloud object storage
The issues that I take with disguised affiliate marketing pushing groups on Facebook!
An overview of several websites that have Hebrew fonts available for free public download.
Backup strategy V1.3 in full including both local and cloud backups.
If you’re still running LXDE, or are using Openbox through some other lightweight desktop environment (DE) then you might be interested in creating custom keybindings…
An initial comparison of the data export approaches of SaaS services and cloud providers
Finding great reading material for your Kindle doesn’t have to cost you much — or anything!
A review of ‘Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy’ — one of the most well-known texts in the corporate intelligence canon.
How to frustrate commonly employed pixel tracking to hide open and clickthrough activity
Some common myths about VPNs — and realities.
Some customer service style phrases that can be deployed if you are battling online trolls.
My three year long non-fiction reading list (and challenge!)
On the positive effect that writing directed notes of appreciation to writers and businesses can have.
Some of the colorful characters one finds populating Facebook medical support groups.
Lesson learned: do not use shady file sharing sites to send your ebook to reviewers!
Coming soon …. Synology DS920+ NAS review (and Linux backups)
Updated documentation (V1.3) for my desktop backup approach for Ubuntu Linux.
A screencast walking through V1.3 of my 3-2-1 compliant Ubuntu desktop backup approach.
Unboxing and setting up the Synology DS920+ NAS
4 methodologies for backing your Linux desktop/workstation onto a Synology NAS over the LAN
A review of Seth Godin’s short read ‘The Dip’
Does Ireland hate Israel? My views on the matter – via Quora.
A summary of today’s distracting question: how much wine did the Ancient Israelites really drink?
A summary of my first 100+ posts on Medium.com
Are you a generalist or a specialist? Do you have to decide between either or is there a middle ground? Some of my thoughts.
My solution to dealing with angry criticism as a writer. From Quora.
If you’re navigating the freelance pricing minefield, here are some guidelines about the advantages of per word, per hour, and per project.
How to back up your Linux desktop computer onto a Synology NAS
V2 of my desktop specced out in one place. For reference to /r/buildapc.
Anti-freier culture prevails strong in Israel. But could the PM have made freiers out of his own people?
Some thoughts about customer service in Israel and my whitelists and blacklists.
If you’re involved in producing a podcast, then you’re probably interested in using syndication channels and other services to maximize your show’s reach. One channel…
I contend: “high tech” is a meaningless word.
Some changes I would like to see in Israel in ten years’ time.
You’re looking to join the self-employed madhouse? Here are some things that might be useful to know.
Here’s how I use AWS S3 object storage to keep my Gsuite and cloud storage running lean and free of old email and files.
Want to share your rantings and ravings about the virus with other non-experts? Now you have an online home!
As I can’t take an actual Quora backup, here are some of my answers from the past 12 months or so.
How to use xdotool and some Bash scripting to automatically launch programs from a home media server.
If you’re a freelancer, then you’ll need to have a portfolio to show off your work. Here are some tips to make it successful!
Building an OTP-protected staging environment for a Wordpress site isn’t that complicated. I demonstrate how using Softaculous and Cloudflare.
How to work from Israel with various world time zones.
Some basic technical preparations you can take to keep working … even when the lights go out.
A new methodology I’m using to make working with clients over Google Docs more straightforward!
My methodology for calculating a target freelance hourly rate.
Israel, Ireland, and the respective merits of both
A summary of a recent reported coronavirus exposure in Jerusalem
An account of my first week in isolation.
A video screencast on YouTube about the latest COVID-19 developments in Israel.
I’m using the “home time” to try improve my Hebrew. Here are the shows I could find that – at the time of writing – have Hebrew audio and English subtitles.
A shortened version of my earlier post comparing the pros and cons of living in Israel.
Why dropping into flight mode everyday has been the best enhancement to productivity and focus that I have ever made.
Kosher for Passover tuna on matza pizza!
Here’s a look inside the weird world of Zoom bombing. Where do Zoom raiders coordinate and plan their “raids”. I take a look inside.
My top technology recommendations for noise-adverse people working from home
Five occupations that use excellent multimonitor workstations.
Today’s curry: rice and misir wot (Ethiopian lentil curry).
My takeaways from the third LinkedIn/Edelman B2B Thought Leadership Impact Study
I’m studying towards passing the LPIC Essentials certifications!
I’m back currying! Stay tuned for more updates.
Some common things I get asked about ghostwriting — and some answers.
An outline of internal referrals — and why I think they’re a great and underutilized means of growing a freelancing or consulting business.
My thoughts about responsiveness. And why I’m choosing to swim in the opposite direction of it.
Some red flags to avoid potential bad fit freelance clients.
A crazy sales experiment I’m running to attract slightly higher intent leads.
Some of the coolest setups I have come across on /r/battlestations recently.
If you’re sizing up freelance clients for the next business quarter or year, check out some due diligence tips to make that search easier.
KVMs, MST Hubs: the other bits and pieces you need for a great multimonitor workstation.
A quick run through of the various VESA computer monitor stands on the market.
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A cross-post from my bylined writing page outlining my thoughts on the current election quagmire.