Looking for work…

Looking for work…

As I enjoy a fresh brew cup of coffee, I was approached by one of my kids.

” Y0u looking for your next project!” …actually I was not.  ”No…I am thinking about how to spend the holidays with you and the family!” …”Great…hay, daddy wants to hang out with us today.”

Instant smile on my face, then I ponder the prior conversation.  Do I work that much?  Yes!!!  I have so many responsibilities…tithing, mortgage, car note,kids education, food, bills associated with house,
kids needs, wife needs, business needs…it is enough to give a person a headache.

In 2014, I am looking at new ways to build my revenue stream.  I am leaning on current clients for referrals.  I am trying to work less.  I have a great portfolio.  I have some great clients.  I just need to
maximum my efforts.  I like spending time with my family.  I have cut out working on the weekends…need my family time.

 

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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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