Tag Archives: DailyFinance

Loose Cig Tobacco Now for Pipes, Manufacturers Fight for Survival

In this interview with Ron Melendi, General Manager of De La Concha, you’ll learn about the differences between pipe and loose cigarette tobacco … not to mention how these products are taxed. The regulatory environment is driving a lot of change in the tobacco industry, and this will help you get a sense of it. You can read the full article on DailyFinance.

Where I Write

working1A friend of mine e-mailed me last week to ask where I write. He can’t sort it out through all the tweets and links and so on. I can understand; I’m all over the place. So, if you’re interested in following my work, see the following links:

Gadling (travel): http://www.gadling.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (If you want to read about hostels and backpacking, go read someone else. I tend to roll upscale)

Luxist (art and cigars): http://www.luxist.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer/ (Occasionally, I do a luxury travel or real estate story here, too)

BloggingStocks (finance, economics and markets): http://www.bloggingstocks.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (I do a bit on the clean technology sector, venture capital, private equity, hedge funds and social media for this blog, in addition to all my work as a generalist)

DailyFinance (finance and economics): http://www.dailyfinance.com/bloggers/tom-johansmeyer (I don’t have a specific beat, though I do write a lot about cleantech, social media and the alternative investment space)

Envy (travel): http://envymags.com/index.php?s=johansmeyer (It’s not a regular gig, but I am starting to do more with this magazine)

Gotta Love the Ayn Rand Crowd

lens1521675_resizejohngaltThe so-called “Objectivists” are easy to manipulate. All you need to do is post a story with the slightest dig at Ayn Rand, and they mobilize online, rewarding your rudeness with plenty of traffic and comments. Whenever one of my sites needs a little surge, I write about Ayn Rand (as I’m doing now). So, when I had the chance to cover a private equity fund named for Howard Roark for DailyFinance, I jumped at the opportunity.

It didn’t take long for me to pick up a few Ayn Rand-related followers on Twitter, and several comments materialized on the website almost immediately. Fun stuff.

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Dealing with a Slow News Weekend

dsc03039It’s been a few months since I’ve hit the road, and I’m starting to feel the effects. For my work on Gadling, I’ve been relying on other news stories for reblog fodder, and my ol’ standby sites just aren’t delivering. It’s been pretty slow – which wouldn’t be a problem if I’d had some travel under my belt. Fortunately, I have a trip to Montreal coming on Thursday, so new material is only a few days away.

This small situation, limited to me, could indicate a future problem in the blogging world, though. As most blogs still rely heavily on reblogging to fill their pages, the decline of the traditional media space will put more pressure on people like me to originate content. Coming up with new stuff requires a significant commitment of time and resources, which would turn the existing blog business model on its head. Bloggers at sites across the market know this and are reacting to it, but a solution will take time.

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Five Tips for Pitching Me

working1I write for a lot of publications. I contribute regularly to four blogs and infrequently to a few magazines. And, I have my two personal blogs (this one and UWS Dad), both of which I’ve been neglecting lately. So, I get pitched a lot. That’s fine with me; I actually like it. I’d rather choose what I’m going to pursue than have a publicist make the choice for me (i.e., by not pitching). I like doing my job, and I really don’t need any help. I do read (or at least scan) every pitch I receive. But, the scanning becomes shorter for some publicists who just don’t get what I do. I get a surprisingly small amount of off-topic (and otherwise bad) pitches, but every now and then, someone does something stupid.

And, I realize I have a role in the process – one that I haven’t fulfilled as well as I should.

After the jump, you’ll find a few tips for pitching me. They really aren’t all that difficult. Hell, most of them are common sense. Since common sense ain’t so common, I’m spelling it out for everyone. Read the list once and you’ll be set for a long time. When in doubt, ask. I’d much rather get an e-mail from someone trying to understand what I do than just get a random pitch that has nothing to do with me. And, you’ll get the opportunity to grow the relationship a bit.

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