Rob Nevilles FireStats Popular Plugin – This plugin allows you to highlight a number of your most popular posts, in a sidebar widget, based on the data collected by the FireStats plugin. Since that reporting tool was one of the first plugins I installed, it covers all of my posts from the past 5 months. Finding a way to highlight these posts to new readers was long overdue. See the left sidebar for my current top 5 most popular posts (based on total page views).
Brave New Traveler's post about two travel writers getting a new TV show in Canada turned me on to two great sites for those interested in long term travel. I subscribed to both of them at work today.
The first is Modern Gonzo, which is my favorite of the two. The author/traveler writes with in the style of original gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and his website is darn well designed too. Sometimes I look at others who've gone before me in the ‘Round the World realm with envy. So many seem to successfully transfer their experience into motivational speaking, and travel writing careers. It doesn't take me long to snap out of it though, given I'm making my adventure travels a reality as I write!
The Travel Junkie (aka Julia Dimon) also seems full of great advice. She is one of those travel writer/speaker combos I just mentioned, currently living in Vancouver. She's a hottie too. Julia…if you're reading…email me and maybe we can get a soda pop sometime!
7 Things That Every Blogger Should Know About Tax – This post is solid gold for us bloggers. Specifically, tip 3 caught my attention, and I confirmed it's accuracy with a friend of mine who is a CFO and CPA (but neither my, nor the poster's advice, should take the place of professional tax advice).
3. Expenses related to your blogging are deductible so long as they are “˜ordinary and necessary' and only then to the extent that the expenses are attributable to your blogging. In other words, if you mix business and personal, you must be able to separate out the business use in order to claim a deduction. Examples of potentially deductible expenses for bloggers include internet connections, hosting fees, cell phone connections, back-up tapes and computer software.
You better believe I'm going to itemize my home internet and website expenses before leaving so I can help offset the money I'm earning from Text Link Ads and other advertising on my taxes! Tip 7 goes on to say if blogging is a hobby (as opposed to a business), you cannot deduct more in expenses than you earned in income.
My Week in Review
I hit 100 subscribers to GoBackpacking's RSS feed for the first time today! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed, and/or reads this blog daily. Knowing you're out there keeps me energized and enthusiastic about sharing my past and present experiences while encouraging others to try backpacking as an approach to short and long term travel!