You are a “BLUE”

Here we go again, tryin’ to keep on track with so many hats. When you wear as many hats as myself, it is extremely hard to keep track of which hat to wear on what day and with what task….and more often than not you will catch me wearing more than one hat at a time. The struggle is real 😉 Through it all, I have spent too much time thinking about what I want to do, and just not enough time “DOING”. So I decided the best place to start is here, now, wanting to reconnect with all of you. I recently took a “what color expresses you?” questionaire. Silly – maybe, but their is something to be said about all those mindless (at least until we take one) quizes posted by friends and friends of friends on facebook….

And I’m BACK!

I Know I have been completely MIA, but I am back and ready to blog my little heart out!!! I have had a lot happen since the last time I was here. My son E just turned 3 a few weeks ago, and I now have a second beautiful son L who will be 6 months on the 18th. Boy do they keep me busy! Lately I have been dealing with a lot of screaming and kicking and throwing and big attitude from my 3yr old. I tried my hardest to figure out if this was simply a stage or if it was from lack of socialization with other children or my lack of parenting know-how. Well I put him into a few different classes and programs and there was absolutely no change, and he most certainly did not learn…

Google’s “20.5” Hour Blogger Meltdown

Millions of blog publishers using Google’s Blogger.com service were unable to use the service mid-afternoon Thursday (including Google itself). Service has since been restored after 20.5 hours of issues. According to Google, during scheduled maintenance work Wednesday night, the service experienced some “data corruption” that impacted its behavior. As the near 24-hour long meltdown continued, bloggers and readers were experiencing a variety of anomalies including “intermittent outages, disappearing posts, and arriving at unintended blogs or error pages” according to the official announcement post. Google did indicate that a small subset of Blogger users (estimated at 0.16%) may have encountered additional problems specific to their accounts. Yesterday Google rolled back to a pre-maintenance state/version of Blogger – from Wednesday May 2011 – and is currently restoring posts which may have been temporarily removed around that time. WM will provide more information…

Increasing Time on Site – 3 Simple Steps

The Time Has Come to Increase Your Time on Site Most online marketers and website owners tend to measure the success of their online business by the amount of traffic they are able to generate (and, of course, revenue). While increasing the number of unique visitors is most definitely important (and something that everyone should be concerned with), it is arguably only half the battle. Unique visitors and visits alone should not be the only means by which you are measuring success. It is easy to understand that there is little in the way of benefit from attracting a visitor to your website that quickly clicks the back button and leaves. Often, website owners and online marketers spend more time thinking about how to attract people to a site and less on how to encourage those visitors to spend considerably…

Online Writers Take a Hit in Q1 Jobs Report

Freelancer.com has released the Freelancer Fast 50, which is the company’s findings on the fastest-growing online outsourcing jobs of the first quarter of 2011. The Freelancer.com Fast 50 charts the top 50 rising job categories in the online labor market quarter by quarter, providing a rolling, up-to-the-minute account of online freelance job trends. The top three trends for the quarter included the following: • Panda Pounds Writers: The most noticeable digital labor shift this quarter was not seen in what went up, but what went down. Freelancer.com has cited a massive decline in content writing jobs all across the board in the wake of Google adjusting its search algorithm. Article Submission jobs are down 29 percent, copywriting is down 19 percent and ghostwriting is down by 12 percent. • Hardware Design Booming: Every category related to hardware product design is…

Still alive … I swear!

So I’ve been floating around the internet for the past couple of days and I’ve decided that if I can get myself on a set schedule I can figure out a way to add some blogging into my day so I can at least make it seem as though I own the websites that I’m still actively paying for.  I did come across a few templates that I’m interested in using, I really have no drive to create something from scratch but I could always recreate something I did in the past.  I did really like the CNN style template that was previously up here but considering I’m not really in the design world anymore and am more interested in blogging than anything, it make make more sense to just keep it simple and go from there. I will be…

Patiently Waiting

I’ve been pretty busy for the past couple of days, mainly with work.  I’m working on a new site now that’s proving to be a bit more difficult to code than I’d originally thought it would.  I’m working on another template that’s so beyond my experience it’s unreal.  I’ve been able to get somewhere with it, I’ve just never had to use so many div layers to accomplish everything. On top of that, I’m waiting to hear from at least ONE of the jobs I’ve recently applied to.  I’m waiting on about 7 design positions and a few clerical ones as well, the biggest being one at the Hospital.  Even though it’s per-diem (call you when they need you) if you have your foot in the door and have your shit together, then you’ll more than likely be on their…

What are your plans?

Thanksgiving is around the corner, Sean and I are going to spend a quiet evening at home with a Turkey, all the fixings and of course Bella waiting patiently under the table for scraps of food to fall.  I’m still behind on getting things accomplished due to a lack of a computer these days.  We’re in the process of packing up the house so we can bomb and my only computer as of right now is the desktop, so that’s why I’m sitting on Sean’s right now.  My laptop is on the verge of death, the battery is dying on me and the wireless doesn’t wish to work for me.  The desktop is completely packed up so there’s only one option for getting anything done and that’s waiting very patiently until Sean goes to bed so I can hop online…

Upgrades

I just upgraded WordPress to the latest stable version (via Fantastico at least).  I’m waiting patiently for version 2.3 to be made available for Fantastico so I can play around with that version, there were a lot of interesting features added that I’m interested in trying out.  Most of it is TinyMCE based because there are supposedly hidden features in earlier versions that you can now access with 2.3.  It’s worth checking out for all of you wordpress fans.  I’ve been using WordPress for years, I started using it when it was first created by Cafelog as B2.  Now there’s B2Evolution which is nice and all but when you’re only running one blog and you have the features of a complete CMS program – WordPress is really the way to go. Technorati: WordPress, Upgrades

Resources: Feed Burner

I honestly enjoy plugging resources that I feel would benefit many people. A resource that not many of my visitors are aware of is a nifty little site named FeedBurner.