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Why I’m Dumping the Time Sucking LinkedIn

Like many people looking to expand their brand, I joined LInkedIn years ago. After about nine years of LinkedIn’s updates and an inane amount of requests from people to join my LinkedIn network, I’m pulling the plug.

The “world’s largest professional network” has 10 Aaron Crowes, and I’m no longer one of them.

Why? The reason is simple: It hasn’t led to any business for me.

In fact, it has led to more hassles as more and more people contact me on LinkedIn to ask if they can join my network. I’ve ignored them for years after finding that none of result in any business for me.

I originally joined with the hope of landing a job through a LinkedIn contact. That never happened. Then I hoped it would lead to writing or editing assignments. That never happened either.

If it’s friendship these people want, they can find me on Facebook. If they want to do business with me, then this site,, is the best place to find me.

There are also the two personal finance blogs I own, CashSmarter and Add-Vodka. Or find me on Twitter.

Unfortunately, LinkedIn became one of those social profile sites where I felt that if I didn’t participate enough in it — such as responding to invitations — then I was giving people the wrong message. And that’s OK if we’re not going to work together in a business relationship.

But if your point of contacting me via LinkedIn is to work together professionally, then you were probably disappointed by my lack of response.

As further proof that LinkedIn is a time suck, only minutes after disabling my account I was sent a survey invitation by LinkedIn about how to help companies retain top talent.

No thanks.


Looking for a new business logo

I’m looking for a new business logo for, and the blue one above is my favorite so far.

Here’s another version:







Below is the current one, which I still like a lot, but I’m thinking of changing it because I want to better use the phrase “Rent a Journalist” in my logo:



I like the reporter’s notebook part of it, but I think the tagline should be more prominent.






There’s also this:

Rent logo







I’m not a big fan of it, but wonder what others think. I’ve commissioned one two more logo, which shouldn’t be ready until next week.

Updated April 22, 2016. Here are the final two:











Let me know what you think so far, and I’ll update with a final decision within a few weeks.


Report for State Department

In April I got a chance to again work for Correlation Consultation, editing and rewriting an executive summary of a report for the US Secretary of State’s Global Impact Economy Forum.

The study is called: A Global Study of Impact Investing + Insititutional Investors.

As Correlation Consulting says in its announcement of the report: “In this report, 51 of the world’s foremost institutional and institutional-sized asset owners — pension plans, corporations, foundations, ultra-high net worth individuals and families and development finance institutions — provide insight into their impact investing activities, case studies that can be used as successful models, and tips for those investors beginning or deepening their impact investing programs.  Participating asset owners represent more than $2.5 trillion of combined assets. This report focuses on those impact investments that create a return of capital and competitive, market-rate and premium (above-market rate) financial returns.”

About a year ago, I covered a forum on impact investing for this San Francisco firm. I wrote stories about the event for its website during the three-day event.