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Greetings from Last Year!

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

It is now July 15, 2017 and it’s pretty much now or never for this post so here goes . . . As another update, while Little Too is still around, unfortunately Ink Spot, who is mentioned in the part of this post originally written in 2009, passed away on November 18, 2013.

It is now January 1, 2013 and I am postponing it again.

It is now January 7, 2012 and I am postponing it again.

So, I am postponing it again. Here it is, January 12, 2011 (2:32 p.m.), and I’ve opted to put this one off for yet another year. Hopefully, by then, the situation will have improved economically, which, at this point, it has not.

The below post was originally written in 2009 and scheduled 2010. Well, here it is on January 15, 2010 (12:44 a.m.), and I’ve decided to push this back yet another year. It was entirely by coincidence that I caught this post. Earlier in the month, I knew it was set to be published this year, but remained undecided as to whether to let it go out or not. Here it is 22 hours before it was scheduled to go live, and I’ve decided to bump it for another year.

You see, at this point, things really haven’t gotten better economically. In fact, to a degree, they’ve gotten worse. Right now, though, with the situation in Haiti, I really don’t want this post to go out. I am certainly not as bad off as a lot of people right now, especially since I still have a home and my life and my family.

So, here’s hoping things change for the better in yet another year. So, greetings from 2010! And, following is the original post written in 2009:

Last year on this day, I had a post that had been written and scheduled the year prior. I had almost forgotten about it, and was happy it had appeared, thus saving me the trouble of writing a post today. So, I’ll do my future self the same favor by writing a post now and scheduling it to appear on January 15, 2010. So, for you reading this, that’s today. For me, that will be today when I get up and try to figure out what to post and see, hey, I wrote a post already! Yay!

Oh, and on that time traveling post, Meleah seemed to like it too. Speedy insisted his blog was all about time travel, and Terence wondered when I would change my tagline. And Teeni was disappointed this blog wasn’t about knitting; apparently, she’s been under that impression for a while. LOL!

So, with this “blast from the past,” let’s compare notes. Right now, as I type this, my cat Ink Spot is sitting… never mind, she left. But, she was sitting under my chair. Little Too is upstairs playing with her birthday toy.

Right now, I have 10,201 followers on Twitter. I wonder how that will have changed in a year? Is Twitter still around? Did it get bought out? Am I still using it? Good questions.

I hope the economy has gotten better. This post is also somewhat of an act of faith that it has because, if it hasn’t, you probably won’t even be reading this because this blog may not be here anymore! What you don’t know, and what I haven’t told anyone and I may later opt to even delete mention of it from this post before it appears, is that, with the economy such that it is, I have been essentially living without an income for nearly two months. Money trickles in, but not reliably so, and sometimes I get bursts of money coming in, but, generally, I’m about two months behind my normal income.

So, it’s not just Twitter that’s kept me from visiting blogs as often as I used to do. When you’re wondering how you’re going to pay a bill that’s due (just this week, I managed to pay one of my web hosting bills just hours before it would have been taken down), commenting on blogs isn’t real easy to do, I’m sorry to say.

Of course, I realize a lot of people are in worse shape than I am, so I just choose not to say anything about it. I have no desire to draw attention away from people that are really struggling or are completely out of work.

At any rate, I hope that now, in 2010, things have gotten better for everyone. It’s a challenge to remain optimistic at times, but I’ll continue to hold out hope. And hope that the tough times don’t get any worse, or don’t get much worse, and that things will be better by the time you read this post.

Now, I am off to work on another blog. I am renaming and rebranding The Thrifty Entrepreneur dot Com. As of this writing, I have not yet revealed the new name of the blog. I will announce that in a few days, maybe as soon as tomorrow. Of course, those of you reading this in the future know that I changed the name to the Canville Business Community. Did I add the “dot Com” to the end of that as part of the name? We’ll see! (But I don’t plan on it!)

So, once again, hello from January 15, 2009!

Knock, Knock

Saturday, July 15th, 2017

Is anyone there? Ha ha. Nope.

Blast from the Past: My Website

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

DCR Website 1999

 

That’s how my personal website appeared after it’s then most recent redesign on July 7, 1999. (The page count doesn’t show because this screenshot was taken from my archived HTML and not from the page as it was running on a server, so the script that gave the view count doesn’t run and would have been wrong anyway. I do probably have the final view count somewhere since I usually take note of that before shutting down a site.)

I had a GeoCities page back in the day too. Not sure if I have any screenshots from that. Haven’t stumbled across any yet when going through old files.

No blog back then. Just a simple webpage. Oh, and I had my photo on the About Me page and probably too much info about myself, an mistake I’ve remedied in subsequent websites and blogs.

How to Make One Million Dollars with a Blog

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I’ve had this on my To Do list for way too long: “article on making $1mill blogging.” I think it’s been floating there for about six years. And, no, it’s not to be confused with the article I already wrote, “How to Make $1,000,000 Blogging.”

So, anyway, you don’t care about all that history as you just want to know how to make a million dollars blogging. Let’s get right down to it.

Now, I know you’ve probably heard the advice to have several blogs. The more, the merrier. And all that. But that’s a farce. You only need one. You could do more if you like, but unless you’re really into the different subjects, you’ll probably just wear yourself thin and bore yourself silly and then blogs will suffer. Heck, all of them may suffer as the brain drain from some blogs expands to others.

So, just do one blog. Don’t try to go overboard and start up 100 of them, hoping each will earn $1 a day like some Internet marketers will try to tell you. Can you write 100 articles a day? Probably not, which means you’ll either be paying someone to write articles, which means you’ll need to find someone willing to write them for less than $1 each, which means they will probably be useless or incoherent or both. Or you could use PLR, like hundreds of others do, which means your sites will have the same content as hundreds of others, which makes them about next to worthless.

Now, if you’re thinking you could pound out 100 articles a day, think again. Even if you do a paltry 300 words an article, that’s 30,000 words you would have to write every day. If you could write publishable material that quickly, you could write a novel or book every three days and be publishing 121 books a year. Do you know anyone that writes 121 books per year? By themselves?

So, wipe that idea from your thoughts. Just do one blog.

Okay, what next? Well, the typical Internet marketer will tell you that you need to monetize your site right away. You load it up with Google ads and affiliate offers and all that jazz. Well, that’s a fool’s game. Google ads pay pennies and has all sorts of weird algorithms that seem to me to be designed to minimize the payouts they give you and maximize the amount they keep for themselves, while hitting you with vague “quality” scores and other nonsense. If you think writing 100 articles a day is a challenge, just try keeping up with Google’s ever changing and vague requirements.

Not worth the hassle.

And affiliate offers? Meh. You have to worry about cookie stuffing by competitors and who knows what else, all for a small percentage of a sale. Internet marketers will argue it’s all about volume. Yeah, sure, if you can get like billions of people to your blog every month, you might be able to make $50 a day if a tiny percentage of them buy something but at those levels your hosting and bandwidth charges will probably be through the roof and you’ll be swimming in the red wondering where these riches are that you were promised.

The other way of monetization that Internet marketers will tell you about is to create your own product. Of course, what they mean by a product isn’t a real product per se that actually helps people do anything other than watch money vanish from their wallets, but instead a crummy eBook that reads like it was written by a third grader who forgot to take his ADHD medication.

And then you can be hit by refunds and enter a world where no one admits their products suck but instead complain about people they label serial refunders, complainers, collectors, thieves and so on, and spend hours on discussion boards trying to figure out how to deal with people like that, instead of doing the obvious thing and creating a useful information product that actually contains useful information instead of the theorizing ramblings of a bunch of self-proclaimed know-it-alls who turn down paying jobs in the real world in order to live in their mother’s basement creating very special reports to teach people how they think money could be made online.

Oh, and then you can talk about having product launches and stuff. You know, like Steve Jobs did. Only instead of launching something akin to an iPod, iPhone, iPad or various iWhatnots, you’d be “launching” your brand new training system on how to make money online which consists of a bunch of videos where you ramble on about nothing in particular, hoping the audience will click away or fall asleep and never notice you never actually teach them anything useful along with your very special report which will be a ten page PDF outlining everything you will learn by watching the videos which is, to say, nothing at all. And it will be $99 and be a bargain because you could be charging $499 for all that information. And $499 will be the regular price once the launch is over. Sure, you could charge $499 but no one would buy it at $499 because it’s not even worth $1.29, but some people will buy it for $99 because you’ve made it sound like a deal.

And no one will buy it after the launch, because, even in the Internet marketing world, there aren’t a lot of people that are that stupid that they would spend $499 on a half dozen crummy videos and a PDF.

So forget all that.

Just do one blog. And it doesn’t matter what you put up there. Look at mine. Yesterday, I posted gibberish. That’s right… gibberish.

And still I get traffic.

And still traffic increases.

Because search engines are dumb.

So, now you’ve got a blog, you’ve got none of the typical monetization strategies in place and you’re updating it with nonsense on a daily basis. How the heck are you going to make one million dollars with that blog?

Exactly.

The Possible Return of the Blogging Schedule

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Many moons ago, or four years ago, which is roughly 4 1/2 years ago or 50.4 moons ago, I came up with a blogging schedule, which I hardly ever followed, but that was beside the point.

This blogging schedule was as follows:

  • Sunday Screening – Short films and animations. How-to’s may still be posted on Tech Tuesday, but Sunday Screening will be focused on viewing and not creating.
  • Mundane Monday – (Click the link for examples.)
  • Tech Tuesday – Technical stuff, which may range from animation techniques to blog plug-ins. I realize that’s only technically A-B but we’ll cover the whole A-Z range of tech stuff.
  • Wordless Wednesday – Pictures. Usually.
  • Thoughtful Thursday – Thoughts, which were previously posted on any ol’ day, but now we’ll limit the thinking to one day a week. Why tax our brains? ;-)
  • Photo Phriday – Photos.
  • Success Saturday – Tips and stuff on achieving success, making more money, etc.

Photo Phriday was originally Foto Friday, but apparently I changed it at some point. And Wordless Wednesday started as Wordy Wednesday, but I can see why that was changed. For those who don’t, the assumption is based on the fact that it’s typically easier to be wordless, as you well know from reading this blog, when there is something to read, that is, which isn’t often.

So, I’m considering implementing that again, or some variant thereof, of which variant might not include Sunday Screening because I haven’t made many videos lately, but perhaps that should change.

We’ll see.

No sense starting this week–as (1) why? and (2) everyone else is still on holiday probably and (3) I don’t feel like it–unless I start on Saturday, which is December 1st.

We shall see.

Good idea, or not? Hit the comments and let me know.

Oh, maybe Photo Phriday or Foto Friday could be Fiction Friday. That way, I don’t have to pick a misspelled word and I can still do photos on Wednesday. I used to do a Fiction Friday. Well, twice.