How much do sponsored guest posts pay?

We don’t actually know the answer to this question, but we’re super curious.

We get lots of offers for “free” guest posts from sketchy places, but we always delete them.  We’re guessing that “free” is less than many of these places are willing to pay for some exposure.

Save spend splurge mentioned the other day that she’d be making a lot more money if she accepted sponsored posts, and we’ve noticed that PF bloggers who post that they are making mint from the blogging tend to have bizarrely boring guest posts with links to random places. We’re guessing that’s connected, even though only a few bloggers actually put (sponsored) someplace in the title.

We did a little of the googling, and found this article from being reese discussing the question and another from babble that interviewed several bloggers about what they charge.

We’re not asking for us, of course. Our friend, um, Steve, he wants to know.

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Link love

Delegar discusses actual evidence in evolutionary psychology.   Nurture ftw.

A comic:  if Ender were gay.

Insomniac lab rat talks about family and cultural influences that silence and don’t encourage women.

How many children has Jenny McCarthy killed so far?

Rhreality check suggests that feminists stop debating the minor stuff and focus on the important stuff.  Divide and conquer seems to be working for the patriarchy.

Media matters discusses why women need access to abortion after 20 weeks.

Jessica Valenti shows a nifty new ad campaign.

Slate talks about how Massachusetts is avoiding deaths from domestic violence.

NY Magazine with a generic “women you meet in stupid hookup culture articles.”  Ah media, why ya gotta be tools?  Historiann asks the question more broadly and points at a great Salon article.

PBS with some new showsRon Pickles has twitter.

The toast says you will be going to wizard summer camp.

Musey Me talks about life as chair, week 3.

Academic cog with some packing photos.

Hyperbole and 5/8ths coming soon.  Click here for a “special” offer.

Isis shows reviewer 3 hard at work.

Anthem of the sfwa fascists.

If a google googles a google googling through the rye…

Q:  is boredom useful

A:  as a torture device, yup!  Thankfully our agents are skilled at avoiding it.  Even during meetings…

Q:  what is the big word for peeing

A:  We like micturating.

Q:  what other name can i use to introduce my boyfriend

A:  how about International Man of Mystery

Q:  can money buy a lovely wife

A:  Not for our definition of lovely.

Q:  how much do i need to spend for a wedding present for a relative i hate

A:  Nothing.  Also you don’t have to go to the wedding.

Q:  why does mary & vincent price’s come into the kitchen cook book have so many different covers

A:  Some of them are different volumes of a 5-volume set or different cookbooks.  Some of them are reprints of the same book.

Q:  why do people need comfort

A:  Because people are social creatures and the world is a cold cruel place.

Q:  what happens when authoritative parenting kids rebel

A:  They sometimes do very stupid things, often to themselves.  And sometimes they go whole-hog the other direction and become kind and gentle parents with well-brought-up kids.

Q:  is equifax having computer problems today?

A:  probably

Q:  are children normal grumpy when potty training

A:  It depends on when you do it and how you’re doing it.  You are more likely to avoid the grumpy if you start early, before the terrible 2/3s set in, or, alternatively, if you wait until they’re interested.  You are also more likely to avoid grumpy if you are gentle with your approach, never get upset about messes or accidents or “willfully” not going in the potty, and you focus the idea that the kid is going potty for hirself, not for you.  (It sure feels good to go potty in the potty, doesn’t it?)

On Flash Cards

One of the things parents of gifted kids get accused of a lot is forcing flashcards on their children.  In reality, that doesn’t happen a whole lot.  Gifted kids tend to learn to read and count without flashcards.  Many of them learn basic arithmetic and other facts just through repetition in day to day school stuff.

However, flashcards do have their place.

DC1 is ready to move on from 2nd grade math to 3rd grade.  There’s all sorts of neat new things to learn.  Unfortunately we started hitting perfectionist melt-down road-blocks.  DH finally figured out that these melt-downs were happening when multiplication was involved.  Coincidentally, DC1’s end of the year report-card came with a note to practice DC1’s multiplication facts over the summer.  (She also sent a reading fluency workbook that ze loved so much ze’s finished it, links to suggested booklists, and some handwriting practice.)

So I sat down and had a chat with DC1 about maybe learning hir times tables this summer.  At first ze was resistant, but I explained that when I was in 2nd or maybe 3rd grade, I had trouble with my times tables too and my mom had to eventually sit me down and drill me with them until I got them.  (And then I became the fastest in the class, sometimes tying with but usually beating another kid named Ahmed at Around the World, but I didn’t tell DC1 that.  Competition is out these days.)  I’ve also helped tons of people learn their times tables with flash cards, including DC1’s aunt.  So grudgingly ze agreed to try, and I promised ze’d know the times tables by the end of the summer, which was 2 months off.  Ze figured that was a good goal and was a little excited by it.

Day 1 went smoothly with DC1 giggling at already knowing all the times 0s.  Day 2 with the times 1s went similarly.  We had a few hiccups with times 2s on day 3, especially with 12.  Anytime ze didn’t know one, we’d stop and figure out how to get the answer.  Then I would put it back in the pack randomly.  If ze didn’t get it a second time, I’d put it back in the pack one card away so ze would see it again almost immediately.  We’d go through the entire deck once, removing cards ze got immediately and repeating cards ze got wrong or took time to get until the entire deck was gone through correctly and immediately.  The cards that ze didn’t know right away would show up the next day too as review.

On the times 3s, we had to take a break, but got through.  Ze started being able to figure out how to get 3*6 if ze already knew 3*5 using the techniques we’d used for times twos.

On the times 4s, we had a full blown melt-down.  Tears, daddy-intervention cuddles time, not knowing, snack breaks, the whole thing.  Horrible.  But when cajoled back, I showed hir 7*4 (a sticking point), and ze said immediately “28, but I’m just guessing”, and then 4*4 was “16 but I’m just guessing” and we explained that that’s how memorization works.  It was truly a lightbulb moment for DC1 and ze flipped through the times 4s as if ze had always known them.  Suddenly they were easy.  Ze ran off to get quizzed by DH, who was appropriately impressed.  “I’m just guessing and I get the answer,” DC1 explained.

Next day times 5s, which ze mostly knew and could easily figure out on hir own via skip counting.  A couple of the times 4s still giving trouble, but nothing major– more like 4*3 = 16 no? 12.

Times 6s were mostly unfamiliar (starting with 6*6, but reviewing 0-5*6), but we got through them without any fussing.  DC1 had gone through a mindset change, the likes of which ze probably hasn’t done since learning to ride a bike or finally being able to swim.  (Both of which happened long enough ago ze may not really remember.)  Ze realized that ze could do the seemingly impossible if ze just worked at it and practiced enough.

Next day we took a break from new numbers in order to clear out all the legacy times that could use more review.  To my surprise, after the first go-round only 6*6 remained.  DC1 was very proud of hirself and eager to do the times 7s the next day.  We also spent two days on the times 7s, with only one remaining.

And so on until we got through the times 12s.  (Honesty compels me to admit another small meltdown on the times 8s, though not as bad as the 4s.)  Then general review through all the cards, keeping the ones ze didn’t know automatically.  Then the pages of multiplication tables the teacher sent home, 5 minutes a day.

And now we can go onto more interesting math stuff.

So… flashcards.  Much maligned, but useful.  Even rote memorization can sometimes teach a real lesson about persistence and growth.

Do you have strong feelings about flash cards one way or another?

Why I paid off my student loans early

My student loans had a really low interest rate– even lower than a super-low mortgage rate.  We don’t have a house yet, but eventually we might get one, so it makes sense to keep lower interest rate debt.  There’s even a reasonable chance that the market would out-perform the risk-adjusted return to paying back the loans if the interest rate is low enough (#2 wrote that sentence).

I was working on building up an emergency fund in my steady t-t job (after recovering from the debt of moving here and having to buy a car, which I had already paid off in under 18 months).  BUT, I got annoyed and wanted to get rid of the loans, so I did.

I was lucky to have only federally subsidized loans.  I had no problem with how things were going at http://www.direct.ed.gov/ — I was getting the interest-rate discount for having automatic payments, the payments were an amount that I could handle, and it was easy to change anything through their website or make a one-time extra payment.  I did this sometimes, because I wanted to pay off my student loans before tenure (I am goal-oriented).  But mostly I let it chug along on its own.

But my student loans got sold to this stupid mohela place and their website is stupid.  If you will recall, they made it a huge PITA to do anything, especially making one-time pre-payments.

So the short story is, mohela pissed me off so much that I threw savings at them to make them go away.

Sometimes throwing money at an annoyance is well worth the expense.  Like getting a cleaning person, only in this case with paying off low-interest debt.

#2 says:  Can we get some kudos for #1 paying off her loans?

If you had student loans, did you pay them off early or on time (or are they still going)?  Why?

link love

A raw and powerful post from Dr. Isis.

Ferule and Fescue discusses how academia is like baseball.

Chacha discusses why you might not want long term care insurance.

Tampons confiscated in TX, Guns ok.

LeVar Burton discusses driving while black.

A strip on generational differences and the economy and stuff.

Dustin Hoffman gets all weepy about the patriarchy.

What should you do if you find an athiest?

I feel like link loves recently could be a post titled “things that are worrying me”… but then we’d have to ask what’s worrying you all and that would just add to the worry load!

What have we got that’s light and fluffy?  Anything?  Bueller?

Laura Vanderkam asks what your kids are doing this summer.

Pictures of important moments.

We want the secret hidden staircase one.

I would love to talk with this person. But not live with them.

holy TERRIFYING Canadians, Batman:  (Caution:  beastiality, sort of)

How to live with introverts:  a guide.

John Scalzi is… the most interesting man in the world.

We hate everything too.

In case you were wondering if wordads from wordpress were worth it

Ask the grumpies: Present for a new TT prof?

Jennifer asks:

My friend has landed a (TT, I think) professorship position for the fall, and her birthday will be here soon.  I’d love to get her a gift that somehow gives a nod to her new job (which she is understandably excited about), or will at least, be helpful.

She’s already purchased [NAME OF SCHOOL] clothing for herself, and I hesitate to purchase any more school paraphernalia, since I don’t know what she already has.  I’m also not sure if she is going to be doing mostly teaching or mostly research, or a roughly equal amount of both (if it makes a difference).
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

Hm… let us think… what are things we have found useful…

A clock.  Boice’s Advice for New Faculty Members.  Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion.  A french press and ground coffee (or beans an electric grinder).  Chocolate.  Hand towels.

My MIL has a lot of precious memories stuff specific to the discipline she teaches.  You probably don’t want to go down that route.  However, depending on her discipline, discipline-specific earrings or funky t-shirts etc. would not be a terrible idea.

#2 notes Ferule and Fescue’s recent post about unexpected expenses and delays in payment and suggests money.  #1 thinks that money’s probably not a good idea because it’s a friend and not a relative, but maybe a gift certificate instead of money. But a gift card to where?  Someplace to buy work clothing?  Places in town to get take-out?  #2 suggests for a maid service or for massage.  (But only if your friend likes such things.)