Puppeteer Blogger vs. Puppet

This post is for bloggers who want to be different and break away from the trappings of “what everyone else does.”

This post is for bloggers who want to be different and break away from the trappings of “what everyone else does.” Every time a blogger logs on to his/her computer, he/she looks for stimulus. This can be through Facebook or Twitter or most recently, Google Plus. This can also come from emails or notifications from a service one subscribes to. All too often these external stimuli only serve to sap energy and distract from the artistry and professionalism that is blogging. What do you do when no one has replied? How about when your peers have tons more followers than you. Do you get discouraged? If the external stimuli is your motivation then definitely you do. You become downright depressed. Because external stimuli is a bad indicator of success and a poor navigator to the future, a blogger should make effort to BE external stimuli. By this I mean: Start conversations, create content of value to readers, comment on quality blogs, and add to the web in your own special way. Blogging might be compared to puppetry. If you rely on externals to motivate and guide you, you are a puppet. On the other hand, if you aim to create content that will affect people, you are running the show and you are the puppeteer.

As you create your task list, pay attention to how much you are channeling external stimuli as opposed to creating your own, meant to affect people. Anyone can set up a blog these days. Many can make it look good. But that is only a shell. The rubber meets the road when you can sit down comfortably and write something of value for someone else. If you can do that, you should do it. Then, translate that “creative” energy into your social networks. I can guarantee you if you are thinking about adding value, your work will be better than 90% of what’s out there. The social networks and “free” services want you to give them traffic. If you visit Facebook and other social media more than twice a day, you are padding their pockets. Not only that but you’ll probably log out somewhat discouraged. The chances are not in your favor you’ll become a hit there.

In short, try to avoid being a puppet blogger who hopes for a high email and comment count. Instead, you’ll have a better chance getting these things and more if you pull the strings and act more as a puppeteer blogger.

Get Away Spend Big and Splurge

Chicago Style pizza night w Tatonka brews.

One day before Christmas I went out shopping with the intention of buying my wife UGG boots. Considering it was snowing that day, I went with a more practical option women’s rain boots. There is a time when practicality is good. More often than not it seems that sentimental=romantic. This is also true about taking your wife or date out to eat: spare no expense and watch magic happen.

This one goes out to the couples that are feeling somewhat “well done” with regards to the heat of life and it’s demands. Of course, the title has told you

I am recommending a small scale vacation as an antidote to the stress of life.

My wife and I went down to Irvine in one of those ruts to see an independent film. We had an awesome time and caught ourselves doing silly romantic things such as: holding hands, kissing too long, cuddling in our seats (with that arm rest thingie “up,” )  and other stuff you might see only people half our age doing. So, you might ask, what made it so much fun? Simple:

We went AWAY! We spent BIG! We SPLURGED!

I purposefully picked a theater 50 miles away. This opened our hearts and minds to a new place and therefore new experiences. We got lunch while down there, had some frozen yogurt, and generally enjoyed ourselves as we normally do close to home. There was one big difference:

The backgrounds were different!

My wife and I found that traveling outside our normal “stomping grounds” was very healthy for our relationship. That’s why I am recommending it to you. If you think the drive might be too much of a hassle, think again. Why not make a music mix of all your favorite songs, or better yet HER favorite ones. I think the magic of getting away is less of a cliche and more of a time tested reality in my life. I need to make the effort to get away with my wife as much as possible. I know it can be done on the cheap as well so don’t let financial constraints stop you.

This weekend or sometime soon, why not venture out of your town with your wife, husband, or significant other, wherever it may be and just get away. It could be to Disneyland or just a movie 50 miles away! I recommend you do it and watch what happens in your relationship. Food tastes better when you drive a while to get it! To answer the question below, I would drive as far as it takes to get the best food and have a great time on a date!

Some people eat to live, while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?

Source: Live to Eat | The Daily Post

I Didn't Realize Google Gave Free Images to Bloggers!

Just ran across this on Twitter. This looks like a cool feature for getting fair use photos for free through Google. Google rocks, I must bow down. This is an excerpt and then a link to the original article below that.

I like to use images in most of my blog posts. Whether it’s for my own blog or a client’s, the use of the right image can enhance the post and compliment it perfectly.

Whilst in some instances it does require for a stock image to be purchased, more often than not there are suitable royalty free images available to use online – it’s just finding them that’s often the problem.

Fortunately, Google Images makes the process so simple that you can be presented with a screen of suitable images in a matter of seconds and all you have to do is go to the ‘Images’ section of Google’s search engine, click on the ‘Advanced Image Search’ link and then choose ‘labeled for reuse’ from the ‘Usage Rights’ dropdown box.

via 5 Reasons Why Google Rocks My Freelance Writing World | Get Paid to Write Online.

How I do WordPress Blog Backups

Restoring your blog’s files or database after a crash or something else is something you hope you’ll never have to do. Still, it is something you probably will have to do at some point. You need to know your method to get it done.I currently run 8 valuable blogs so I can’t afford to just say, “Oh well.”

After years of trial and error backing up databses (mostly error) I have finally arrived to a method I feel is superior to any I’ve yet run across. It involves no plugins and I use it for my WordPress self-hosted blogs.

1) Login to Cpanel (this assumes you have a Cpanel interface).

2) Go to File Manager

3) Select the Worpress blog folders you want to backup and click “compress”

4) Click to reorder the files by type so you see all the compressed folders at top.

5) Select the wordpress blog folders you want to download for backup, download them to your computer.

6) Now for the databases … go to the backup wizard selecting sql files. My path to it looks like this:

http://www.rileycentral.net:2082/frontend/rvblue/backup/wizard-backup-type.html?type=mysql

7) One by one, click and download zipped files of each.

8) Organize all zipped files according to blog. hint: You find out the name of the database for each blog in the wp-config file of a blog.

There is a lot of help on the web restoring these files but there is no help in the universe that can get files back you don’t have. Something to remember.