It’s been something of an odd week here in yetilandia. That Tricks Of The Trade article I had in the Morning News went Internet Supernova, occupying the #1 spot on both Blogdex and Daypop for most of the week and receiving mention on, Metafilter, Boing Boing, Waxy and Kottke. All this for an article that I told my Morning News editor that I’d happily to scrap if he, like me, thought that “no one else would really be interested in this.”

The strangest moment came while listening to the nationally broadcast NPR program “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and hearing Dr. Ruth Westheimer get quizzed on the article I wrote. (Yes, this really happened, and you can hear it on their website.) Surrealismwise, that’s gonna be a hard one to top.

Anyway, since then I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the hundreds of great Trade Tricks I received that didn’t get used in the article. Just compiling them into a single, massive text file somewhere was an option, but I didn’t think that would really do them justice. Plus, I haven’t really had the time to edit, sort and format 300 entries in the last few days. But tackling one entry a day — ah, now that’s a project I can handle. So, I’ll be posting the remaining submissions over at, in handy blog-format.

Also, several people wrote to suggest that I turn the who kit ‘n’ caboodle into small book, and I think I might take a stab at that. So I’m now asking for more Tricks of the Trade. If you have one that you’d like to contribute, head on over here. Even better, get your spouse or partner to send one in — a lot of my visitors have similar profession, but I figure if I can get entries from folks who are one step removed from my readership, I should wind up with a huge cross-section of occupations.

Finally, foremost, and again, thanks to everyone who responded to my original call for Trade Tricks — I really appreciate it. (Also, if you submitted something for the article but object to my using it on the new website or in this we’ll-see-if-it-actually-happens book, please let me know.)

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  1. Blogger trick of the trade…..ask people to submit things to you and then compile it into a book and make tons of money!

    Dang, why didn’t I think of that.

  2. Heh. yeah, that what I thought when I solicited ideas for the article. Actually, though, going through all the submissions, selecting 30, and then rewriting them all to get them in the same tense and voice turned out to take about three times as long as it would have taken me just to churn out another essay mocking cable news shows. So, I dunno …

  3. One word:

  4. Don’t let this put you off, but there was a BBC series in the UK called “Tricks of the Trade” where in each episode a number of professionals would demonstrate a number of tricks. This was then turned into a book available from Marks & Spencers (a retail chain that mainly sells clothing and food, but does sell other things as well).

  5. Of course, not only did I forget my name in that last post, but I forgot to say that your article was funnier (and had a slightly different slant) than the TV series and book.

  6. Wow – Making “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” – that’s fabulous. Try to get Daniel Shore to leave an outgoing message. used to do a great thing on jobs, interviewing people about their work (whatever happened to them?)
    Anyway, I vote for a book.

  7. Matt – Hey — if you’re interested in humerous illustrations for the book, check my work out at my cartoon website. It would be fun to work on a project like this. Cheers, CM

  8. Very well done agent X. The first step in our evil blogger plan to take over the physical world is complete. Now it’s time for step two…

  9. I skimmed the metafilter discussion pretty quickly, but it made me think that it might be advisable to be very picky about food-service-related tricks. Too many people have been waitrons (and even more people are defensive about their tipping decisions) for any “get a bigger tip” trick to be (a) a true trick known only to a few, or (b) simply appreciated without an argument about its morality.

  10. I only wish mine had been credited with my name (since I was one of the few who did include it). My one chance at renown . . . gone. [sniff!]

  11. Here’s an old bartender trick of the trade: when you notice a server using “Tricks” like blaming other staffers for their mistakes, put that server on your enemies list and do what you can to see that they don’t last long enough to BLAME you.

  12. I think that a book is a GREAT idea. I’d buy it. Well, I’d buy it if I could afford it on my Graduate Student Loans. Nah, I’m joking: I’d eat Mac’n’Cheez for a few weeks to get the book. What can I say, I’m a fan. Both of defectiveyeti AND Kraft Dinner.

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