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We’re All Business Bloggers Now

I’ve been wanting to kick of my return to blogging here – but with posts of substance rather than the CotC stuff now elsewhere – with a post observing/opining that business blogging is not only not unusual or niche anymore, but that it’s rampant in this economy or lack thereof.

The boundaries between political and business/economics blogging has also blurred further. Again, the circumstances we are in make it inevitable. Government always affects the business and economic climate and activities, if seldom so negatively, and whether it ought to or not. That’s shown up in my selections for what now passes for CotC.

At any rate, it sometimes feels as if anything I can add or opine here would be superfluous, and perhaps there won’t be much or often, but the itch is getting more intense. Time to scratch it.

Felicia Meets Business

I’ve become a Felicia Day fan after seeing her in Dr. Horrible, which you should watch on Hulu if you’ve not seen it, and then in her own web series, The Guild.

How is this relevant to a business blog? She recently posted about her crash course in business, dealing with the nuts and bolts of DVD production and order fulfillment. In writing, producing and starring in her own series, she gets to wear the business hats as well. You could say it’s a brand new day. As Deb and I have been known to discuss, these days the Internet is TV. Her experience are and will hardly be isolated.

What Economic Type Are You?

Via Rob Sama, who came out as Rubinomics (I was torn and might have had I gone with my other response), this is a fun economic profile test.

I came out as moderate supply side economics, which means:

Supply Side Economics holds that capital accumulation drives growth, and that the most important role for government is to remove disincentives to capital formation, especially by reducing taxes on capital and earnings. It holds that markets generally get it right, and that government intervention should be limited, including through a simple tax code with low rates and few deductions. But markets only get it right if they get the right price signals, so supply-side economics focuses on making sure that there are as few distortions to the market as possible. Finally, the overriding goal of supply-side economics growth; equity issues are best left to the market.

I’m not sure I liked the way the answers boxed me in, but its point was to match you with one of a small set of types, so what the heck.

Terminating a Great Performer?

This post on terminating a great performer is good and all, but it made me think “what about great performers who are not recognized as such and are terminated.” Of course, that doesn’t need advice to managers on how to handle it, because to them it’s just a termination. It still struck me funny.

I’ve never looked at an employer or even a client the same way since the job I had where I was exceptional, poured my heart into it, and wound up terminated because the only people who mattered were seemingly oblivious. Going on 20 years later, I have never put the same kind of effort in for and extended time, and never regained my trust in employers or that hard work and dedication would be rewarded. The closest I’ve come to forgetting that is in my absurd degree of loyalty to my former large client, which might explain why I feel so jaded currently.

May Prices Up More Than Expected

Well, that’s not what the article title says: May Retail Sales Up More Than Expected.

Rebate checks? More money on hand? Do the people who write these things actually do any shopping?

I could easily buy retail prices being up by the 0.8% stated, after factoring out certain big ticket items and gas. There’s just no factoring out the cost of fuel from the cost of groceries and other goods.

Painting this as rosy sales news is almost like thinking that the same percentage profit on $138 that you made on $50 is a “windfall.”