Name: Julian Abagond
Email: abagond at gmail dot com
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If you want to ask me a question, it might be one of these (yes, welcome to my FAQ):
Q: How come my comment did not appear?
I have a comment policy. If you use a bad word or have more than two links, then there is a good chance it will either get thrown to moderation or get stuck in my spam filter. In either case you will have to wait till I fish it out. If it is in moderation, there is a chance I will kill it. The most commonly used bad words: piss and idiot.
Q: What is your real name, street address, etc? Are you Haitian? Nigerian?
Q: I want to use your post in my school report, newspaper, etc. What is your real name?
See above. Julian Abagond is my pen name, the name I always write under. I write under a pen name the same as Wonkette, Cringely, Lenin, Voltaire and George Orwell. I was just Abagond, but I added Julian for the sake of bibliographies for school reports.
Q: Why do you write about race so much?
I got drawn into it over time because those posts require the least research and get the most comments by far. Underlying that, of course, are more personal reasons.
Q: Can I send you my manuscript?
Yes, but it will have to be by email. I do not give out my street address (see above). Maybe you could just send me the first chapter and then bits of it (like Google Books).
Q: Can I use one of your images?
Be my guest. They are not my pictures, but just stuff I found on the Internet. I try to link back to the place where I got it from. If I did, then follow the link and ask the person at the other end.
Q: Can I cross post one of your posts?
So long as you link back to the original, I am cool with that. Just drop me an email so I know.
Q: How can I do a guest post on your blog?
You email me with a suggestion: “I would like to do a guest post on.…” If I like it, you write at least 480 words and email it to me. If you send more than 500 words, I will edit it down to 500. Send any pictures you want to go with it too. If you send no pictures, I will find at least one to put at the top of the post. I will edit it into a post, send it back to you for any changes you want to make. Nothing gets posted until we are both happy with it. More.
Q: How do I start a blog? What advice do you have?
Go to blogger.com or wordpress.com and sign up. Blogger is easier, but WordPress is nicer. They do the hard computer work (layouts, etc): you just have to fill in the blanks during sign-up and then show up to write the posts. The most important thing by far is to stick to a weekly or daily schedule.
More at this post: Advice for new bloggers.
Q: How do I increase traffic on my blog?
There are certain tricks of web design and search engine optimization that help, but nothing can take the place of providing plenty of original content every day or every week. The more original content you have, the more traffic you will get. It also takes time for your blog to catch on – maybe like six months (mine took over a year). Also: write the truth – it is so much more interesting to readers.
Q: Can I advertise on your blog?
As far as I know WordPress does not allow that. I am thinking of moving it, though.
Q: Why do you use boldfaced words everywhere?
To make skimming easier. I write my posts to be read from beginning to end, but I also know that many people will come here looking for something in particular. The boldface makes it easier for them to find it.
Q: Why do you misspell the word “colour”?
I use the “Concise Oxford English Dictionary” (2008) and follow its spellings. I am not British or even an Anglophile particularly, though it might be a West Indian thing on my part. I see the Oxford dictionary as the closest thing to a world standard. More here: Oxford spelling.