Fine, everything is just fine

It has been a minute since my last post and since I had to renew my SSL Certificates I figured I might as well pop in and post an update. I use ZeroSSL, and if you follow the link you’ll be clicking on my affiliate link and helping to support this site if you use a paid plan. I highly recommend that you try the free option first, see if it works for you and then when you renew you have the option of using a paid plan.

It was a rough summer, this whole year sucks so much. My bright spot has been the wildlife.

This whole summer we were practically plagued with bunnies and had a sharp increase in the number of hummingbirds at the single feeder hanging at the front of the house. Because hummingbirds are so aggressive with each other we bought four extra feeders  and spaced them out under the porch awning and the eves. I think right now we have six or seven regulars, about an even split of Anna’s and Rufus but there might be more.

Stop rewriting what everyone else has written

While researching for a personal finance post I came across the same advice, phrased in slightly different ways on maybe a couple dozen blogs and websites. Since I wasn’t exactly in the position to follow the advice to the letter, I tried it by skipping a step. And guess what happened? I got the desired results without needing to follow what is heavily inferred to be that crucial first step.

What does that mean?

It means that good research for writing is not just doing a quick search, picking the most effective keywords and rehashing the same information. Continue Reading

Break the Ice: Write don’t Freeze

You’d be more productive and your career more profitable if you could just sit down and write. Instead you agonize over the title. You write and delete, start over. You do a little more research on your topic. You play with your phone, text, clean your desk, read emails. After you’ve returned phone calls, scheduled meetings, rewired the electrical in your entire office and patched the drywall you realize you never got around to writing an actual post or article. Then you realize you really never forgot to write it. The task hangs there, unfinished. Continue Reading

Blogging, ‘Expose Yourself’ Edition

Due to the Covid19 pandemic career paths shifted significantly although not entirely unpredictably. Pop-culture mentally prepped us for a world deprived of technology filled with hand-to-hand combat and dog-eat-dog competition for resources like clean water and secure undisclosed locations.

Then reality rolled in all casual and was like, “Nah y’all. Stay at home, drink lots of water, work online and wash your hands.” Then it rifled through your fridge, ate the leftovers you were planning on having for dinner and crashed on your couch without asking. Continue Reading

SEO and You

In this post I’ll explain why SEO matters and how to implement good SEO practices.

Your website is Patrick Swayze in Ghost. Your target audience is Demi Moore. Demi can’t see your website, she doesn’t even know where to look but she desperately needs to know what your website has to tell her. Your website needs to get Whoopi Goldberg on board. Whoopi Goldberg is a search engine. This metaphor is strained but my point is your website needs to get the search engines to pay attention to it before the search engines will tell your target audience about it.

Otherwise it’s just another angry poltergeist in the subway. Continue Reading

I was busier today than I planned to be

One of my old domain names became available and I was able to register it last night. I promised myself no new domains, but this isn’t really a new domain is it?

Back in olden times, I dipped my toe into the freshly formed blogging pool by starting a knitting blog called PointySticks. It was hosted on Blogspot. I poked around different platforms for a bit before deciding I was a WordPress woman. I ended up with dot-net top level domain because some other web savvy knitter was more forward thinking and had registered the dot-com. Continue Reading

Not feeling good about Upwork

Upwork is a rescaled and rebranded eLance.

Upwork is a platform for clients and freelancers to find each other, collaborate and trade money for (deliverable) goods and services. They have a desktop app, iOS and Android apps, website and community support forum.

Upwork provides a variety of useful services to freelancers. Freelancers can set their own hourly and flat fees, offer projects and deliverables and respond to work offers. Upwork verifies users identities and payment methods, acting as an escrow between parties. Continue Reading

Real Company, Fake Job

There are real data-entry jobs. Data-entry is a real thing. Online data-entry work is a real thing.

Unfortunately, recently it feels like 90% of the ads for online data-entry work actually lead to grind (I still love you mTurk) or survey sites.

Now there’s a wave of hiring scams that are targeting data-entry, clerical, and transcription workers with the promise of freelance work from home. The story is pretty slick, the ads are varied and look official and they present as a big corporation that needs to adjust to the current pandemic. This scam is extra cold because it targets people recently laid off or unemployed trying to be industrious. Continue Reading

Bringing Your “A” Game..

…when there’s no one in the stadium is disheartening. You spend your precious time and pour your professional qualifications into profile after profile and submit bids on jobs to be passed over again and again. It can make you want to shed your business casual attire and slip into something more comfortable like day drinking and Twitter feeds.

I know the feeling all too well. Way too well to be entirely comfortable writing about it at any given moment but I have something to tell you about that feeling. Continue Reading

Staying Productive (even when there’s nothing to do)

Just kidding, there’s always something to do.

Clean up your desktop, organize files into clearly labelled folders and delete unnecessary files. I organize by my folders by project type, date and project name and move them to my documents folder.

Make all your devices talk to each other. If you do this make sure to remove any devices you no longer use (or even have) and double check your security and home network administration settings. Follow up by making your all your security updates are updated and installed. Give yourself an extra special pat on the back if you can fire up your printer from every device in the house. Continue Reading

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