Grammar

Grammar

The other day a really good friend of mine, called and pointed out several grammar errors in a couple of my older posts.  I responded “I’m Rusty … or maybe I was in a rush!”.  You used to be such a great writer, when we were in college…he reminded me.  I began to think back to those days…I attended a small liberal arts college in the mid west. I was president of my Fraternity, member of Student Government, member of the Debate Team and a member of the Pre-Law Club.  Most of my classmates did not realizes, that I was also an English Major.  My major was not determined by my love of writing, but for my love of reading.  That love would last for the next ten years, I used to cuddle up with a good book weekly…even after I got married and had a couple of kids.  My turnoff came from reading work related books…what a drag to read about Javascript and PHP?

I read many of my past blog…grammar is an issue.  I could correct them, but I wanted to see how I got into this pickle.  I came up with four items that will be put in practice beginning today.

*Write Daily
I used to write every day. I would read a newspaper article and list pros and cons of what I read. This was a practice developed during my debate team days.  I loved reading the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Sport’s Illustrators, Detroit Free Pres and Pittsburgh Post Gazette.  I would spend hours in the library.  I had several favorite columnist, who ironic are TV commentators.  Maybe  that’s the reason for not writing daily…most blogs are boring! Yea boring…I said it! I am going to begin searching for some good non-work related blogs.  I am going to subscribe to my local paper.  I am going to subscribe to my college paper.  I am looking for some good columnist.  I am going to write two to three times a week.  Feeling very excited….

*Basic Never Change
One of my favorite teachers in college,  Dr. Martin, used to always preach “Grammar does not change”.  English is a very basic language.  Subject – Verb – Noun – Adjective – Adverb .  Do not make your writing too complicated?  I need to get back to the basic. I remember writing paper after paper in college…some of my friends, would have writer’s block…always amazed me.  During my college days, give me a pencil and some paper…tell me the subject.  I would have you a masterpiece within a couple of hours.

*Proofread, Rest, Proofread, Rest & Publish
My father used to tell me all the time, when you cross the street.  Look to the left, then to the right and then back to the left…if the path is clear, then you can proceed.  That is the same process with writing a blog post.  I need to proofread, rest, proofread, rest and then publish.  I am really looking forward to creating some cleaner post.

*Avid Reader
As I mentioned earlier, I am an avid reader.  I was just kidding with the work books stories.  I just fell off the wagon.  I need to get back to reading a book on a weekly basis.  The funny thing is…, I love going to Barnes and Noble. I have been taking my kids since they were toddlers.  I would pick out about five or six books and begin reading stories to them.  It was one of my favorite pastimes before baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, golf, basketball and wrestling snatched my kids attention.

 

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Favorite Plugins…

Favorite Plugins…

It has been a great week.  I have launched several web sites. I have developed some great relationships with several new clients, I am a lifestyle designer.  Building relationships, is one of my favorite things.  I have build a job directory for veterans.  The client was amazing.  He knew what he wanted and how it was to work.  Next, I had the pleasure of creating a web site for a local author.  She is truly amazing…she has overcome a lot of struggles and has such a great deposition for life.  It is truly amazing to just speak with her for 10 minutes. It will change your life, or at least, it has mine.  Finally, I have been working on a site for a father of special needs child.  He is trying to secure an awesome wheel chair, some of you will be getting an link to help.  We need dollars and not pennies.  I am working on a site to push traffic to this awesome wheel chair.  It is actually better than most autos…whatever you can think about, this chair can accomplish.  You want to fish…you can do it.  You want to go on the beach…it can take you for a ride.  You want to play in the snow…okay, no problem.  Totally awesome…

Well, that is my excuse for the last couple of weeks….

A couple days ago, I was at my favorite watering hole.  I was enjoying  a fresh cup of coffee [ thanks Nicholas] and working on a couple of projects.  I was working on my newest client’s training manual.  I began thinking about what are my favorite plugins…

*Akismet
*Contact Form 7
*NextGen Gallery
*Google Analytics
*VaultPress

Which I will share in my training manual…

Onward and Upward,

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Bloggers Beware

Bloggers Beware

An interesting job proposition came across my email, an wordpress company [ that is what I will call them ] had been soliciting a customer service/sales position.  In a moment of weakness, I apply.

Within three days, I was greeted by an email from the organization.  I had made the 1st cut and the organization wanted me to review the backend of the product and write my pros and cons.  This was going to be the second stage of the hiring process.  I was given log in credentials, like I was a client.  I had a week to provide a detail report.  Having worked in wordpress for close to five years,  it was very easy to write an 1000 word report on the pros and cons.  After writing my report [ felt like I was in school ], I waited a couple of weeks for a response.  Nothing!!!  I email my contact person.  I was advised…that I did not make the cut.  Wow!!! Really!!! Okay, I reached out to several of my wordpress colleagues.  They had applied for the same position.  They had the same experience.  Then one of my colleagues stated “it is the new trend…instead of paying for research and development.  Post a position…asking for wordpress free lance designer…and get them to tell you the pros and cons of the product…make the changes and then launch.”   Guess what, you get free input from experts.

Okay!!!! Beware!!! We are on to you!! And if this continues! Then we are going to put you on front street, buster.  Remember, it is the free lance designers who promote your products.  We are at meets up on a weekly basis, telling our colleagues about your plugins.  We are at WordCamp, talking to total strangers about how we like this new plugin and that feature. It is one of the best part of being an open source…you can create a plugin / theme and we can promote it for free or limited resources.  If you continue to have this hiring or non-hiring  practice, then it will be us to bring you down!  Be afraid, be very afraid!!!

LOL…

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April…

April…

As I slip on some fresh coffee and think about this past month … to say it has been a busy one, is an understand statement.  I had four launches this month.  My goal is to complete at least 6 – 8 projects a month.  Did I forget to mention that I am rolling out Allie Alley? It will be very similar to web.com .  I am looking at small business owners, hobbyist and bloggers with limited cash flow.  Some of the great features…

  • Custom Design Template
  • 7 – 10 Pages
  • 5 forms
  • Gallery Page
  • Event Calendar
  • Social Media Package
  • SEO
  • Hosting included
  • Domain Name included
  • 24 hour / 7 Days a week / 365 day support

All for $100.00 to begin and $25.00 a month.  I have been slammed with request.  I will be creating the sites during the Month of May.   For more information, click here .   Another  product, building my brand…

On my way to Greatness

 

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Post Office Drama

Post Office Drama

I must admit, that I have a post office box.  I use it for getting secured mail. I visit my local post office about once a week.  There is a really nice older black women, who always smiles and greets me with “Good Morning Sir!”.   I learned a few years ago, that she has a weakness for Honey Buns.  I always give her a honey bun…she just smiles and gives me a good old “Grandmother” Hug.  It humbles me and makes my day.

Yesterday, I went to pick up some papers from my CPA.  It is tax season for me.  I had a couple of letters to mail and need to pick up some stamps.  There was two lines open.  One line had a young Hispanic lady, who needed to get some information about getting a passport.  The other line had an older black man, he was a little confused about why his mail was not coming to his house.  Seem like someone had put a hold on it, and never took it off.  The clerk asked him, if he need some stamps or anything from the post office.  Each questions made him go back to why his mail was not being delivered, my heart went out to him…getting old can be cruel sometimes.  He looked back at the line…I smiled and he just wipe his brow almost in shame.  It was five of us in line.  I was fourth.  There was an elderly couple, who were talking about a recent vacation trip.  And there was a young women, she was not happy about the delays.  And behind me, was the rudest person on the face of the earth.   He kept huffing and puffing.  He had two pieces of mail and a small box in his hand.  I asked if he needed stamps, then he could go to the self-stamp section. He asked me if I was a post office employee.  Wow!!! Really…

The young lady finally got all her questions answered.  She apologizes to us and left.  The elderly couple asked for there mail and got some stamps…out the door in 5 minutes.  Next the young lady, she asked for some stamps [ guess, she did not know about self-stamp area ].  My favorite clerk [ older black women ], politely told her about the self-stamp section. She was greeted with “Well if you did not ask so many questions…then we could get out of here in less than 2 minutes!  Gov’t jobs need to be eliminated…”  An officer walked into the Post Office and heard every thing.  The manager, who was in the back sorting mail, came out to help the young lady.  He walked her over to the self stamp section.  He tried to explain the station.  She began laying every profanity know to man…the police officer walked over and asked the lady to leave.   I went up to my favorite, and handed her a honeybun…got my certified mail.  She asked about my family and business.  As we were talking the elderly black man was leaving.  The elderly man went to the next clerk.

The elderly man had a couple of questions about mailing options.  He was confused about which would be the best option to send a birthday gift to his grandson.  It was his 5th birthday.  He was not able to visit them this year…next day, priority mail, certified…does it have any hazardous material.  He was hit with all the standard questions. I finished my business.  I went to my box and got some mail…mainly junk.  I went out side the front door and the officer was talking to the young lady and manager.  The officer’s patience was wearing thin, the manager asked me about my experience.  I responded “IT WAS GREAT!” …folks do not have any patience for anyone, but want special attention for their needs.  The officer smiled.  The young lady stomped off…complaining.  Not realizing it, the elderly man was behind me.  He went back into the post office and apologizes for his behavior.

As I left the post office, I went by one of my favorite watering hole.  STARBUCK.  The elderly man tap me on my shoulder.  He apologized for his behavior.  I told him it was okay…but we have become a patience less society.  I bought him a coffee and we chat for about 20 minutes.  He recently lost his wife.  He is not able to fly.  His only grandson birthday is next week.  He did not feel like his present would make it on time…I told him about a story, my kids told me.  It is the McDonald fries stories.  My oldest son, loves to get McDonald to go.  He will eat everything and then reach into his bag to get the 4 or 5 fries in the bag.  It is like a special treat.  The elderly man did not get my story at first, then I told him.  If your grandson gets his present on time or a day or two late…it is like a special treat.  He smiled, excused himself and came back with a couple of breakfast sandwiches.

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