Thanks to Amy Chiu!

Amy Chiu gives great advice:

  • Be brave — try new foods!
  • Learn to laugh at yourself.
  • There’s always tomorrow.
  • End a slow day with a laugh.
  • Dance, dance, dance!

And now, in addition to offering advice about staying ahead of the happiness curve on her blog A Dose of Good, Amy is branching out into interviews — starting with yours truly. (Me.) If you’ve ever wondered what I look like in Gene Simmons KISS makeup, you won’t want to miss it. But I should also apologize to all Twitter users in advance — I’m sorry! (You’ll see why when you get to question number six.) And after the interview, check out the rest of Amy’s posts. There’s always something positive to read on A Dose of Good!

Click here to read Amy’s interview with me!

Harness The Power of Pitying the Fool to Increase Your Blog Traffic!

The funny thing I’ve learned about blogging over the past few years is that the number of hits a post receives has nothing to do with the amount of thought or effort I’ve put into it. It actually hinges on random things like making references to pop culture icons like Mr. T and Steve Urkel. And if you include photos, then so much the better. For example:

This photo is guaranteed to bring traffic to your blog.

Speaking from experience, I’ve noticed that I get somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 hits a week from people Googling Mr. T, the A-Team, and B.A. Baracus, and about 50 or 60 hits a week from people Googling Steve Urkel and/or Family Matters — all because I mentioned them in passing.

As a side note, I can only imagine how many hits this post will get for mentioning Mr. T and Steve Urkel at the same time.

And for including this clip of the commercial for Urkel-Os cereal…

…and — while we’re on the subject — this one for Mr. T cereal:

So take a cue from the Quaker Oats companyand  team up with Mr. T (or Steve Urkel) every morning to increase traffic to your blog! And for even more traffic, don’t forget to mention Pee Wee Herman.