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May 02, 2011 – Comments (50)

I am looking for a few good bloggers for a website that I'm working on.

What I'm offering...

A free place to blog with the ability to upload pictures, videos etc...

A blog site that is pre-made. All you have to do is to add content. No computer skills are necessary. 

A network system that will hopefully generate traffic from other bloggers like yourself.

The opportunity to make money off of your blog.  


What I am looking for...

Someone that will focus on a niche topic. 

Someone that is willing to add content for an undetermined amount of time before the site goes live while I continue to add to the site and work out any bugs.

Someone that will be patient with the development of a new site.  

I am looking for diverse topics, so don't be afraid to apply with any topic.


If you are interested, post a reply here with the topic that you want to blog about.

I will choose a handful of bloggers by examining the blogs that you have written on CAPS. I'll then contact you to discuss it further and we'll find out if it will work for both of us.

For those of you that don't get chosen right away, please be patient as I'll be opening the site up to the public very shortly.


Also, if you have any marketing skills or computer skills, I may be looking for people in those positions very shortly as well. Please post here now so I can contact you as well.


To describe the site...

I intend it to be something like Huffington Post meets Facebook. It has a social media framework and content blogs will be integrated into that framework.

Users of the site will have a personal page just like facebook where you can add friends and family and there will also be group discussion pages where people with like interests can meet.

For anyone that has suggestions for what you would like to see on such a site, please post those ideas here as well.

I'm hoping that this site fills a need that other social media sites are overlooking.

Last, if anyone has computer skills and would like to volunteer a little time to help out please post here as well. 

I thank everyone ahead of time,








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#1) On May 02, 2011 at 3:57 PM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

That sounds interesting, Chris. I enjoy beating my drum and thumbing my nose from the remote cave I share with Bigfoot to go mainstream.

Best of luck to you. I hope you get some good responses.


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#2) On May 02, 2011 at 5:10 PM, smartmuffin (< 20) wrote:

Hmmm, I could blog about the NHL, and that's pretty much it.  Although you can't review my CAPS blogs because they won't approve me to have one  =(

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#3) On May 02, 2011 at 5:16 PM, AltData (32.15) wrote:

I'm not much of a blogger, but I will be very interested in visiting your site when it opens to the public. :-)

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#4) On May 02, 2011 at 5:38 PM, Varchild2008 (84.06) wrote:

I might be interested although my politics are more like

Alcoholic Energy Drink meets Superman denouncing his citizenship


So maybe politics is not the way you want to go with your blog perhaps?

In that case can I recommend some alternative topics?

1)  Independent Artists   (bands/painters/web designers/etc.)

Basically....Since I spend time checking out independant artists I'd be perfect to blog about all things Indie!

I live in Electric Six, White Stripes, land known as Michigan.
Although we seem to be evacuating the city of Detroit...

2)  Technology!

Not just the fancy stuff but also the boring kind....
By boring.. I mean real boring stuff like staplers....paper shredders....and of course new innovations in pencil sharpening!

I'll blog about iPhones and whether *Netcast* is worth the $80 and so on...

But...noooooo politics from me....:-0

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#5) On May 02, 2011 at 6:22 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

smartmuffin, we can't let something like that stand in our way! Write me a short paragraph here on something about the NHL.

Varichild, Politics is a fine category, but I need to be able to categorize your beliefs or people will not be able to find your blog. How about you pick the category and I'll use it. The other 2 topics are fine as well. Let me know your choice.

Cato, We currently don't have anyone blogging about the Fair Tax. ;)

blesto, I will eventually need people to sign up for personal pages and test that out. I'll let you be one of the first to have a test drive.

This is funny. I was expecting 100 people wanting to blog about investing. 

It's refreshing to see such a diverse amount of knowledge.

Also I'm hoping that someone of the fairer sex may want to blog about fashion. I have some technical things I would like to try out with that type of blog.

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#6) On May 02, 2011 at 6:22 PM, whereaminow (< 20) wrote:


Email Me

David in Qatar

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#7) On May 02, 2011 at 6:27 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

In fact blesto, I might have an idea. I will contact you about getting in the site when I contact the bloggers.

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#8) On May 02, 2011 at 6:37 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

Sent David

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#9) On May 02, 2011 at 7:14 PM, Varchild2008 (84.06) wrote:

My Choice is to bring the Indie scene to your blog.

You'd be surprised what you'd end up seeing...
Could become a "Fun things to do" section to your blog.

From: Robot salt and pepper shakers,  to creepy but fun to look at sculptures and wall paintings...Michigan's got it all:-)

If interested send me an e-mail:

e-mail me

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#10) On May 02, 2011 at 7:16 PM, FleaBagger (27.50) wrote:

I could blog about life. How to live, how to treat people. How to ignore the news.

I could do one installment about investing, but how much is there to say, really? Exchange your money for nickels before the government changes their composition and you have to sort them out. That's your investment for the next two to four years.

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#11) On May 02, 2011 at 7:23 PM, FleaBagger (27.50) wrote:

I guess I should give you an email address I actually use. Read between the 9's: 99999cleverd@gmail.com99999. 

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#12) On May 02, 2011 at 7:55 PM, AltData (32.15) wrote:

Why am I nervous?

Reply to this post and just uncheck "Post this reply to the board"

and check "E-mail this reply to author"

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#13) On May 02, 2011 at 7:57 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

Good choice Varichild.

I was hoping for someone to do a music blog. How are your computer skills? If I gave you the ability to upload music to your blog would you be able to do something like that? Could you make a simple html page that looked like it was part of my site for people to click and listen to the music?

FleaBagger I am intrigued about the topic. If you were to give this blog a 1 word category what would it be?

Have you read any Tim Ferris' books and would this be similar?

I'm going to hold off emailing everyone else until I decide who all the bloggers will be. That way I don't have to have 30 different email discussions.

If anyone does have questions please post here and I'll answer them. 

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#14) On May 02, 2011 at 8:12 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

Don't worry blesto, it will be pretty tame.

Just be willing to put up with a website under construction for a while. 

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#15) On May 02, 2011 at 8:44 PM, rexlove (99.58) wrote:

please take alstry with you!

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#16) On May 02, 2011 at 9:41 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

rexlove (99.18) wrote:


please take alstry with you! 

LOL, I don't think the website is big enough.

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#17) On May 02, 2011 at 10:07 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

I just made my own first blog post on the site...

OK, time to start the ball rolling! As I write this there is exactly one member on the website and that member is myself. Soon, I hope to invite a few people to test out starting their own blogs. If this is successful, I will then open the site to the public. The website is far from being complete, but the blogs work and the blog content is the most important part of this site. Please remember that when you sign up, you get a personal blog and this blog should be for you to enjoy with your friends and family. If you would like to blog another specific topic, you should create another blog to do just that. Also you should join groups and promote those specific blogs in like minded groups. What I'm hoping for is an information platform that is free and useful to the population. I will strive to not limit freedom of speech provided that freedom of speech does not infringe on the freedom of others. I want to include all viewpoints. I want to encourage thought and not restrict it. I will not limit political beliefs, religious beliefs, or any other beliefs provided that posts of those beliefs are not invasive to another individual, group, or blog. I want a freedom of information that I find so rare in the rest of the world. I want people to feel free to post their beliefs without reprisal. If it's legal, you can probably post it here if you do so responsibly. The key to such a site working is the responsibility of the individual so my hopes rest with you. I will take action if you abuse the rights of others, but I'll respect your rights to have your own opinion. This site is dependent on what you make it out to be. I hope for something big. 

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#18) On May 02, 2011 at 11:00 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.77) wrote:

Hey, Chris.

I might be able to provide satirical elements to your site, but judgeing on the amount of recs I receive you might want to take a pass : )

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#19) On May 02, 2011 at 11:55 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

hmm... A blog that's completly satire or a satirical view of something in particular?

don't worry about recs, that isn't really what I'm looking for in your blog.



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#20) On May 03, 2011 at 12:55 AM, smartmuffin (< 20) wrote:

Not sure how you define "short"  Here's a brief summary of an argument I was having with some friends the other night.  My posts could easily have a wide range to some very hockey-specific inside stat stuff to more general philsophical sports-related topics (have a lot of fun with those ones).


Lately, I've been hearing a lot of support from some intelligent hockey fans I know for Pekka Rinne, which is well deserved.  He's a great player who had a great season, and deserves to be considered among the top goaltenders in the game today.  However, any suggestion that he merits any award over Tim Thomas is incredibly misguided.  Let's just review the statistics very quicikly.  Thomas appeared in 55 games, went 35-11-9 with a GAA of 2.00 and a SV% of .938.  Rinne appeared in 64 games, went 33-22-9 with a GAA of 2.12 and a SV% of .930.  Rinne's numbers are excellent, but Thomas' are better across the board.  He won more games in fewer attempts, and has better ratios.  The only argument the Rinne supporters have is that he's "more valuable" to his team, but that doesn't stand up to any serious scrutiny either.  Did Rinne have it tougher because he played for a worse team?  Boston finished the regular season with 103 points, Nashville with 99 (a difference of a mere two wins).  Although Boston did well in team goals scored, they aren't exactly loaded with dynamic offensive talent, and they're defense, while good, if anything is worse than Nashville's.  But the real question is, how did the two teams do WITHOUT their #1 goalies?  Well, the #2 in Nashville, went 11-5-2 in 18 appearances with a GAA of 2.60 and a SV% of .915.  Tukka Rask; however, went 11-14-2 in 27 appearances with a GAA of 2.67 and a SV% of .918.  Rask and Lindback have similar ratios, but Lindback has a much greater winning percentage.  Nashville continued to win at a high rate with Rinne was on the bench, but Boston went from a winning team to a losing team when they substituted Thomas for Rask.  All of these numbers paint a clear picture.  Thomas had, unquestionably, a better year than Rinne, and deserves to win the Vezina handily, and *any* consideration of a goalie for the Hart stops and ends with Tim Thomas.

Kind of an insider topic, but as I said, I enjoy more macro topics a lot more.  Also, any sports blog will have a long off-season of inactivity.  Just something to keep in mind.  One question though, would we be free to occasionally stray off-topic if the mood strikes us?

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#21) On May 03, 2011 at 7:56 AM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

I've thought of a title for my nationally syndicated blog spot. I will call it Virtual Lemonade.

Fleabagger's column can be called FleaBytes.

Varchild's can be called Indie-Var.

You get the picture.

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#22) On May 03, 2011 at 8:22 AM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

And what would your topic be lemoneater?

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#23) On May 03, 2011 at 8:58 AM, catoismymotor (< 20) wrote:

I would want my weekly blog to be one long rant, well written and cleverly conceived. Since I do not write well and my conceptions are half baked tripe I'll just have to keep subjecting you nice people to my mental eruptions.

Besides, even if I thought I was good enough to crank out a blog I don't think I would go through with it. Dennis Miller at the top of his game could launch into a rant that held me spellbound. George Carlin, who was always at the top of his game, was the master. Lenny Bruce, an unapprecated pioneer, although raw, was powerful. 

I've never considered myself a writer, but enjoy the craftsmanship of others. If you believe you have what it takes to deliver to Chris what he needs for his project I encourage you to step forward. I will enjoy reading your contributions. 


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#24) On May 03, 2011 at 9:15 AM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

Virtual Lemonade is all about finding solutions to problems in life: all the way from minor matters like basic household tips to major matters like managing discouragement.

I think I'd have to have a lot of guests since I don't have all the answers:)

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#25) On May 03, 2011 at 12:14 PM, FleaBagger (27.50) wrote:

With all due respect to lemoneater, my one word topic description: Integrity.

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#26) On May 03, 2011 at 12:44 PM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

I like Integrity as a title, FleaBagger, it succintly states the focus of your column.

FleaBytes was much too cutesy. Just a random fact, a small chip on a piece of Depression glass is called a flea bite.


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#27) On May 03, 2011 at 2:19 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

I'm hoping for a few more volunteers.

keep em coming guys.

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#28) On May 03, 2011 at 5:05 PM, outoffocus (22.87) wrote:

It sounds like a good idea but I'm not sure if I'll be able to provide enough content.  Even here I tend to only blog once in a while.

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#29) On May 03, 2011 at 5:14 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

You might want to wait until I open the site to the public then outoffocus. I need a few people to try and break the site.




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#30) On May 03, 2011 at 6:35 PM, AltData (32.15) wrote:

"I need a few people to try and break the site."

I've been told I'm good at breaking things.  :P

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#31) On May 03, 2011 at 7:57 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

lol I know that you would not want me. I don't blog well at all. Let me know how it goes I would love to read it. Thank you.

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#32) On May 03, 2011 at 10:39 PM, FleaBagger (27.50) wrote:

Thanks, lemoneater. I didn't know that.

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#33) On May 03, 2011 at 10:39 PM, FleaBagger (27.50) wrote:

Thanks, lemoneater. I didn't know that.

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#34) On May 04, 2011 at 8:29 AM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

lquadland, on the contrary, your blogs definately fit a niche.

Give yourself more credit. 


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#35) On May 04, 2011 at 9:47 AM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

@ #32 FleaBagger, I start new hobbies partly for the pleasure of learning new terms. Investing and collecting Depression glass  have both been very rewarding in how they have enriched my vocabulary.

Perhaps I should give up my Virtual Lemonade idea and do All that Glass instead.


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#36) On May 04, 2011 at 4:09 PM, rfaramir (28.65) wrote:

"I need a few people to try and break the site."

Ooh, ooh! I know someone who would be great at that. He broke my software within seconds (years ago). I'll point him at you in some fashion.

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#37) On May 04, 2011 at 4:16 PM, rfaramir (28.65) wrote:

"I need a few people to try and break the site."

Ooh, ooh! I know someone who would be great at that. He broke my software within seconds (years ago). I'll point him at you in some fashion.

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#38) On May 04, 2011 at 4:17 PM, rfaramir (28.65) wrote:

Sorry for the dupe. The first one the Motley Fool claimed may have been eaten by a monkey on a goat on a tightrope. (They neglected to mention the platform the goat was standing on.)

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#39) On May 04, 2011 at 5:31 PM, von12 (< 20) wrote:

Ah, now I'm on. I'm the guy. I have a blog that would be good to move over.. that would be a test, eh?

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#40) On May 05, 2011 at 8:08 AM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

OK, everyone I'm going to send out emails this weekend.

Post your email here if you haven't done so already.


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#41) On May 05, 2011 at 8:11 AM, von12 (< 20) wrote:

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#42) On May 05, 2011 at 9:56 AM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

I created a new e-mail just in for this. There are no spaces in the actual address limon eater @ g mail. com Lemon was already taken!

I'm not certain how often I will be able to write a quality piece for you, Chris. Probably once a month at best. I'm not a professional writer, so if my skill doesn't meet your standards I won't be devastated. 


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#43) On May 05, 2011 at 7:41 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.77) wrote:

hmm... A blog that's completly satire or a satirical view of something in particular?

Sorry Chris, just saw that now, I'm such a slacker. What I was thinking about was more of a anything goes kind of blog.

I've been racking my brain to see what I would blog about and in general it would suck the majority of the time. I have'nt even started and I already have writers block. So I'll have to pass.

I would be interested in reading though.

I wish you great success in your endevour. 

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#44) On May 06, 2011 at 10:27 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:


You beat yourself up before you even had the chance to make an error!

Think about it a second time. You can do this if you want.  

If you can finish any of the following sentences, you can blog.

"I'm good at..."

"I like to..."

"I admire..."

"I'm reasearching.."

"I just read this book about..."

If you would like to pass, that's fine, and I don't want to twist your arm, but don't sell yourself short. You don't have to write the next best seller, just talk about what you talk about with your friends.

If you would like to sit out that's fine, but don't sell yourself short.

Feeling "not good enough" leads to not trying. A man's success requires trying new things.

Don't quit before you start. Don't sell yourself short. And remember that if you want to grow, you have to expand your horizons.

I wish you well in all that you do.

As a young man, I've had many fears in my life, but the only times I've made strides in my life were when I risked a lot on things I wasn't sure about. I can't take the same risks now that I'm older, but I'm standing on the platforms made by my younger self. I have friends that were faster, smarter, stronger and better connected in my youth that didn't have the same success only because they were afraid to take the same chances when they were young.

Don't scare yourself out of trying something new over embarrasement. Money can scare you. Your health can scare you. Embarrasement from failure should never scare you.

Don't let this post sway you into signing up for this, but think about this post the next time. Someone in your life is gonna give you an offer that's going to require risk on your part and you might have to make a quick decision. Don't sell yourself short by thinking of failure, when the results of failure will not result in great personal loss. You won't be able to take as much risk when you're older. Even though I did take risks in my youth, my biggest regrets were the risks that I didn't take.  

You make a lot of choices in your life. Don't complicate those choices by selling yourself short. You can do more than you think and what you can't do now, you can do later if you put in the effort.

I hope this doesn't come off as preaching to you. The more I re-read it, the more that I think that it does. It's not my intent and I actually could care less if you sign up to blog on the site.

What I really care about is that you don't tell yourself that you can't do something before you try. 

You can do more than you give youself credit for. 

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#45) On May 07, 2011 at 1:12 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.77) wrote:

Thanks Chris,

That was very inspiring. I think I'll remember your words for the rest of my days.

 Heres the finish to those sentances.

"I'm good at..."

Sign fabrication and installation, Drumming.

"I like to..."

Watch sports, drink beer.

"I admire..."

Albert Einstein, Jim Morrisson.

"I'm reasearching.."

Stock Market in general.

"I just read this book about..."

Well it was a magazine about Fantasy Baseball to be honest... :)


I'm sure you've checked out my Caps blog does that writing style fit into what your looking for?

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#46) On May 07, 2011 at 11:34 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.77) wrote:

I'm willing to take the risk, If your interested heres an address that was unused but I have been checking lately weiser.bud91 at Gmail. com (no spaces).

I could use some editorial help in narrowing down the subject matter : )

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#47) On May 07, 2011 at 5:13 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

So you could actually write a blog about...

sign installation/fabrication, drumming, Albert Einstein, Jim Morrison, the stock market, or fantasy baseball.

I think you have plenty of subjects to choose from and your writing style is fine.




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#48) On May 07, 2011 at 6:31 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (86.77) wrote:

If chosen, could I just call my blog Whatever!

I could do a blog on any of those subjects but it would get boring pretty quick if I had to do it again the next week.

For me the anything goes approach is probably the best chance.



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#49) On May 07, 2011 at 7:15 PM, ChrisGraley (28.50) wrote:

Ok, I'm sending the intial emails.

Smartmuffin and anyone else interested please post your emails so I can set you up. 

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#50) On May 09, 2011 at 1:26 PM, lemoneater (56.97) wrote:

Chris, I just e-mailed you on my touch. Now that my husband is off the Mac blogging is possible again. I'm on vacation this week so I have no excuse to not start writing.

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