For me, this has always been the hardest time of the year.
Late August afternoons are called dog days for many reasons. It's hot, the air is still, except for the mosquitoes, and everything seems to slow to a crawl.
That's true in the freelance writing business (I'm currently available for weddings and bar mitzvahs), but it's also true in the Internet commerce business. The fall in stock prices last spring, coupled with a "consolidation" trend favoring brick-and-mortar merchants, has greatly slowed interest in what we're doing here.
Now is the time when we learn who is here for the long haul and who was just here for the money. Because there are still big, big questions left to be decided - lots of technologies have yet to reach their markets.
Here are 10 questions to ponder tonight over a nice cold glass of iced tea (Long Island or otherwise):
Once you finish daydreaming about these stories, it will be Labor Day, and we can get back to serious business.
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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business reporter for more than 20 years. He has written parts of five books and currently contributes to Advertising Age, Business Marketing, NetMarketing, the Chicago Tribune, Boardwatch, CLEC Magazine, and other publications. His own newsletter, A-Clue.Com, is published weekly.
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