They Like You! They Really Like You!

Congrats to my favorite business blogger, Anita Campbell, for being chosen as Internet Marketing Report‘s Marketer of the Week!

Julie Power also interviews Anita:

JP – What is the one thing that a small business MUST have online to succeed?

AC – Perseverance. Many small businesses give up too soon. It’s easy to go out of business when you hit a rough patch, because the alternative — facing down the challenges — is so ugly and unpleasant.

Perseverance is especially important online, because it takes months (being wildly optimistic) or years to draw significant traffic and build an online brand today. There’s so much more competition on the Web.

So you have to be in it for the long haul – have a long term plan and work your plan everyday, even if sometimes you question whether you are making progress.

It’s stuff like that that keeps Small Business Trends at the top of my feed reader.

(BTW, Julie, did you know you’re a superhero?)

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Fies 2.0

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Brian Fies’ Mom’s Cancer pretty much set the standard for me as graphic novels go.

I don’t read a lot of them, and having come into the genre with the bar set that high (only American Born Chinese and The New Frontier, and The Amulet have similarly satisfied), I’m really REALLY excited for his next effort.

Go check it out!

And Brian… Please hurry!!!

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Webcomic Fundraising

Cartoon200Just heard this on NPR:

Democratic strategists in Kansas told first-time political candidate Sean Tevis earlier this summer that he would need at least $26,000 to have a shot at beating a Republican incumbent. So Tevis pounded the pavement, but after two weeks of knocking on doors, he had collected only $25 — and two dog bites.

So he put his skill running corporate Web sites to work and posted online a stick-figure comic strip he drew that served as his fundraising appeal. The cartoon went live July 16, and in a week and a half, it paid off. Big time.

Go read/listen more! Hooray internet! Hooray cartoons!

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