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Weekend Plans June 26, 2009

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Even though Central Florida has had a *lot* of rain over the past few weeks (although it has slowed down a bit), I almost hope that the weekend is a rainy one. Sure, I would like to get outside, do some gardening, relax in the pool and get some sun… But I have a lot to do and if I don’t have the option of going outside, I have nothing else to do but my work!

Makes sense, right?

I would like to take some time and really read the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog emails that Darren Rowse sent out during the program. I want to immerse myself in them. To understand them, and put them to good use. He put a lot of work into that 31 day challenge, and I feel it’s only fair to take advantage of that by using the information he was so willing to hand out.

I have also found some good, basic information through the Become A Blogger website.  I downloaded two great reports that I look forward to reading – Roadmap to Become a Blogger and Blog Profits Blueprint – and they have 10 free videos that I would like to watch that are pretty much a step-by-step guide to setting up a blog.  Yes, I *know* that I already have a blog, but this is a good tutorial for when I decide to get a domain name and find a web host.  I had tried this a few years ago, but I don’t remember much about what I did. 

On that note, I need to brainstorm.  I need a catchy domain name.  I like what I have now, and DariasBlog.com might actually work, but I would like to be sure of that.  I also need to find some good, fairly inexpensive web hosts.  I found a few, but have to decide on which ones meet my particular needs.  At the moment, that should be very simple, but eventually I would like to create a website/blog with a checkout process.

I have a lot to think about and research, but, should there be rain, I will have no problem getting it all done!  I wouldn’t mind teaching myself how to use Joomla!, either.  I tried that last week and failed miserably…  I’m thinking WordPress is still the way to go, but we shall see! 

Any suggestions on where to register my domain name?  What do you use?  What about a web host?

 

It’s been Forever June 2, 2009

John Chow
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And I am sorry..

No excuses.  I got off my track and lost focus.  I’m sure it has happened to most everyone in the past.  I was so excited to begin the Problogger 31 day challenge!  Work, wedding and life in general got in the way.

Today, I got home, checked my TweetDeck,  and looked at my computer’s desktop.  That was when I realized that there was an icon on there that I hadn’t really read yet.  It was a .pdf of John Chow’s eBook “How to Make Money Online.”  I opened it, read most of it (I will definitely go back and read it again and again), and got a new look at things.  Or, more of a renewed look at blogging and the lifestyle.  I guess it gave me a bit of a kick in the pants.

Anyway, I have decided to take a day or so and re-start the 31 Day Challenge.  I have all the emails, so why not?

There are a lot of things I want to revisit in my life.  Blogging is a big one, followed closely by my desire to work at home full time.  Or even part time for that matter!  For some time, I was under the impression that working from home made me seem like I was taking the ‘lazy way out’ of actually working.  Boy was I wrong!

I had never really thought about the start-up stuff…  The decision to work at home, the choice of what kinds of things I can actually *do* from home, how to get my name out there and trusted, and the list just goes on and on.  (By the way, I would LOVE to hear from any of you out there that currently work from home!  Tips, advice, etc.!!!)  There is a LOT of work to be done, and my feeling is – Bring it!

I think I need to sit down and write a list of things I can do, skills I have, that would help me out with this endeavor…  And maybe, IF I am motivated enough (hehe), I could blog about the experience!  Wouldn’t that be fun?

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The Top 5 SuperHero Powers I Would Love to Have April 8, 2009

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I know you have done this:

You watch a movie or tv show – a’la X-Men, Spider-Man, Heroes, and the like;  You see a cool/funny move (like when Peter Parker tries to figure out how to get the web to fly out of his wrists);  You walk into the next room and say something like, “Hey Babe! I’m a web-spinner!” and you flick your wrist like you saw on the movie.  More than likely, your friend or significant other cocked their head and looked at you with a kind of blank face.  Well, unless they are also comic book geeks..    =)

Anyway, I have had more than one of these episodes occur in my home over the past few years, so I know what you’re feeling!  And so, I am using that fodder to give you an insight onto which Super Hero powers I would love to have – be it all at one time, or grouped together to make me INVINCIBLE!  ::Insert generic evil laugh here::

  1. Time Travel – This isn’t all that exciting, but I love history.  I wasn’t all that great in my history classes, but I would love to live for a month or so in the Dark Ages, during the Italian Renaissance, and maybe even during the Ice Age…  But that would take way more research!
  2. Weather Control – Okay, it’s not your run-of-the-mill power, but watching Storm do some crazy stuff in the X-Men flicks really pushed me in that direction.  It would be pretty badass to be able to strike something with lightning, or blow down an evil building!
  3. I had Water Control as my number three, but I think I am going to replace that with Flying.  I am not one for heights, but when you think of it, if you can fly – you don’t need to be that high off the ground!  Besides, if you have flight as an ability, do you really need to fear falling?
  4. Shape Shifting.  I think I would like to be able to shape myself into different beings – rather than objects.  Well, as long as I was able to mimic them perfectly.  I wouldn’t want to look like another person, or a dog, without being able to exactly what they know how to do.  It could cause some precarious situations.
  5. Teleportation. My last superpower would be the ability to Teleport to anywhere of my choosing.  Think ‘Jumper’ but with less work.  He had to see where he was going beforehand.  I don’t want to bother with that stuff.  Show me a picture and I am there!  MUCH easier!

So, there you have it.  If I were to have any type of super power, these are my top five.  And believe me, I had a pretty long list of what I would choose.  These just happened to win out.

What about you?  Let your inner geek out and tell me what  you would choose for your top five!

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It's Day Three of The ProBlogger Challenge

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And I have not done so well. 

Luckilly, it *is* only day three, and I have some time tonight to make up for what I have missed.  I did write the ‘elevator statement’ as advised on Day 1, but I did it on Day 2. 

Day 2’s assignment was to write a ‘list post’ – which I spent all day thinking about, but haven’t gotten to post it yet.  I have all of my notes at home, sitting in front of my computer, just waiting to be put into a blog post.  Alas, it was not meant to be yesterday.

Today’s assignment is to promote the post.  I fully intend on doing just that via Twitter, the Problogger Comment sections and probably on my FaceBook page.  I am sure more thoughts will come to me, but I haven’t really gotten into that part yet.  First, I need to get my post up, right? 

I am also thinking of another idea for a completely different blog.  This one is obviously going the more personal route – which is fine, but when it comes down to it – who (other than people who know me), really cares about what I do on a daily basis?  I think I need to make my blog a bit more infomational.  I want people to look at what I write and say, “Hey, I didn’t know that before I stumbled across that girl’s blog!”

I am hoping that this 31 Day challenge helps me to do just that!  Or if it cannot help this particular blog, I can apply what I have learned to a different blog.  (Probably under a pseudonym, as to not turn off readers who may have seen this one!)     =)

 

Problogger’s 31 Day Challenge March 26, 2009

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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

Problogger's 31 Day Challenge

Filed under: blogging,Computers — Daria @ 1:01 pm
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PhotobucketBy now, I am sure you have heard of, if not joined, Darren Rowse’s new challenge.  Well, I am under the assumption that it is a ‘challege’ – but more of a personal one.  The point is to spend 31 days building a better blog.  Beginning on April 1st, Darren will be sending out hints and suggestions on what to do to make your blog better! 

I know that he has done things like this in the past, but I was not into blogging then, so I am very excited about this opportunity!  If you are interested, you can sign up here.  I did this last night.  I got an email with a confirmation link, and that was it.

I hope that it helps me out, because as you might be able to tell – I need it!  I don’t plan on using this particular blog to make money or anything, but I would like to start a money-making blog somewhere in the near future!  This could be the stepping stone I need!  Wish me luck!

 

A Little Link Love for Friday March 20, 2009

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I don’t have much time to post anything to in depths right now, but I will later.  However, I was strolling through the blogosphere and found a really cool blog by a gentleman named Larry Fire (I believe that’s his name).  The blog is titled Fire Wire and what caught my attention was his post about the Marvel character, Wolverine.

I am not a *huge* comic book fan, but the X-Men movies are some of my favorites, and come on, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine?  Who wouldn’t fall in love with the character??  Anyway, apparently there are going to be pictures released throughout April, focusing in Wolverine.  What’s the big deal?  They are going to be drawn/ painted in the style of some very famous artists – Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, etc… 

It’s a really cool post, and the artwork is just fantastic!  I have subscribed to his feed and look forward to reading more of his previous posts.  I am a big fan of blogs that I can relate to.  I know, that sounds obvious, but I had to point it out.