Monday’s Link Roundup.

This Monday’s Link Roundup has some great articles to support the business side of your personal history work. Don’t miss To get paid, take a tip from a waiter. And if you’re still wondering if you need to take part in social media, you’ll want to look at How do Boomers and Seniors Use the Internet?

  • How Do Boomers and Seniors Use the Internet? “According to a report Older Adults and Social Media (Pew Internet and American Life Project), over50s are the fastest growing social media demographic. Social networking use among Internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010.”
  • Should I Become an Entrepreneur? “I have concluded that being an entrepreneur is an irrational state of being. If human beings were purely rational, evaluative, value maximizing individuals (see HBS Prof Michael Jensen’s paper on self-interest and human behavior (link PDF)), they would not start companies. If they sat down and did the expected value calculation by laying out the probability-weighted outcomes of being an entrepreneur as compared to taking a safe job, it would not pencil out.”
  • To get paid, take a tip from a waiter. “Here’s a column for the hundreds of thousands of lawyers, accountants, consultants and other professional service providers in Canada who are in private practice –private practice meaning you are in the business of providing services and advice to people who are also in business; you bill for it; and, you expect to get paid for it.” [Thanks to Philip Sherwood of Lifewriters for alerting me to this item.]
  • Ten Steps to Writing Your Memoir in 2011. “…writing memoir is all about change; it is an act of transformation. When you look at your past and write a story about those events, you change your future. There’s no way around it. Every writer I’ve worked with comes to understand at some point that the process of narrative, the actual making of a story line from little pieces of memory, assigns meaning to memory.”
  • 5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future of Publishing.“Without a doubt, the e-book is practically the biggest thing that’s hit the publishing industry since the invention of movable type…Publishers and e-book resellers are reporting astronomical growth…From the front lines of the e-book revolution, here are five trends I’m watching.”
  • Store Your Digital Data Forever. “Like every other dad with a digital camera, Kai Pommerenke started taking lots of photos after his daughter was born. But the more he researched, the less convinced he became that those pictures would still be around when she grew up. Hard drives crash. CDs and DVDs warp. Companies that store your photos online can go out of business. Pommerenke wanted a solution that would last forever.”

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