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I’m so far behind . . .

5 Aug

alarmclock.jpgI’m so far behind on the Challenge . . . I’m still on Day 2. Hopefully I can finish it today as well as Days 3 and possibly 4. I think Day 5 will have to wait until tomorrow.

So far, the Market Samurai looks like an awesome tool. I’ve watched about the half of the Day 2 videos with GuruBob. It looks amazing! I can’t wait to get the point where I can try it out. Hopefully soon.

I’ve put my little guy (who is going to be 4 next week!!!) down for a nap and the other kids are all occupied with activities and I put some chicken in the crockpot for dinner so I can concentrate on the 30dc this afternoon with – hopefully – no interruptions.

Hey, it could happen . . . 😉

Experiencing the awesomeness,

(lsandrsn on the 30dc forum)
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It’s only day 3 and I’ve already fallen behind!

3 Aug

Well, here it is, only the 3rd day of the Thirty Day Challenge and I’ve already fallen behind. I’m still on Day 2. 😦

Although I’ve had a little trouble with downloading the videos for Day 2, the real reason I’m behind is because of this.

As soon as I get through Day 2, I’ll post my thoughts and then move on to Day 3. Hopefully, I can get through both of those plus Day 4 on Monday.

I had a moment yesterday to download the Market Samurai tool and it looks awesome and I did watch the Intro video but that’s it. How are you doing so far? I’ve heard on the forums that MS rocks! Can’t wait to dig in.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend as much as I did. Check out that link for details. 😉

Rant: Partial Feeds

6 Sep

Ok – here’s my currant rant – partial feeds. I hate partial feeds! It’s annoying. I mean, I use a feed reader to make it easier and faster to read all the blogs I love and enjoy. But ya know, when you only offer a partial feed, I have to break my momentum to go to your page and finish reading.

Small annoyance? Hardly. My time is just as valuable as yours. If you’re going to take the time to write the blasted thing, have some respect for my time too and allow full feeds.

Really. It’s gotten to be that I’m deleting feeds from my Bloglines because even though I love the blogs, I just can’t take a bunch of extra time to go surfing all over the place to read them. That *IS* why I use a feed reader to begin with – to save time so I can read all the blogs I like. Not just yours.

So – please. Do your readers a favor and allow full blog feeds so those using a reader can be as efficient as they need to be. I doubt you’ll lose any readers over it.

But I bet you WILL lose readers over partial feeds. Like me.

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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Web design

27 Aug

As if I didn’t already have enough to do, I just applied to the Art Institute Online for the web design program.

Since I learned graphic design BEFORE the internet, I’m not very adept at creating websites without the aid of a program like Adobe GoLive or – God forbid, Micrsoft FrontPage – so it’s probably getting critical that I learn true web design so I can keep up with the industry adequately and hopefully explode my design business.

Just thought I’d share.

And by the way – a little shameless self-promotion here – I design logos, book covers (both print and eBook), business cards, blog headers, and many other things if you have something you need a design for.

~Annie (lsandrsn on the forum)
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Review: Tumblr, part 2

21 Aug

You know, it’s really too bad Marco is so narrow minded because the Tumblr interface is so nice and easy to work with. I really wouldn’t mind having a regular blog there.

And I know I said I was going to steer clear of Tumblr yesterday in my little rant, but it’s hard to be mad at something you like. It’s like being mad at one of your kids – you’re mad for a while but you still love them nonetheless and pretty soon, all is well again. You can’t even find a little spark there later on and whatever was done, falls by the wayside, to be forgotten.

Not that I’m forgetting Tumblr’s mash slashing anytime soon. I don’t love them that much. But I *may* consider using them for stuff I want to keep track of that just doesn’t fit anywhere else.

Unless someone can tell me of another service that is as clean and user friendly . . . ?

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The Thirty Day Challenge vs Harry Potter

4 Aug

Now, I must confess that I have not yet finished reading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows yet. I know – that’s a crime and I feel really bad – but The Thirty Day Challenge has me totally occupied.

I’d like to take a moment to answer a few questions –

1. Why are you doing The Thirty Day Challenge?
> To learn some better steps in a more organized fashion that will allow me to take my business (and life) to the next level.

2. What do you hope will happen by doing The Thirty Day Challenge?
> Again, I hope to take my business to the next level. But more than that, I really hope to fully learn how to use all of the tools I’ve been learning about in other forums and courses I’ve taken in the past few years.

3. Why do you want to work online?
> I already do work online, actually. I’ve owned my own graphic design and writing firm for almost 10 years now and I also am a real estate investor. But all of that stuff is so hands on that I really don’t have the kind of time to spend with my family and doing the things I truly love that I wanted in the first place.

4. What have you learned so far?
> Our education really started during the “pre-season” where Ed Dale discussed such things as Facebook, Stumbleupon, Firefox, del.icio.us, and other tools we’ll be using. We also have learned the 4 fundamentals we’ll be covering in the course of the 30 days as well as 7 ways to research niches. You can see my notes on those in the previous 2 posts below. Check out the slideshares there.

5. What niches are you considering?
> I’m considering many of the niches (I’ll narrow them down later, but this is a broad overview of the main topics) in which I have an active enthusiasm – those include:
* real estate investing
* home schooling
* health and nutrition
* travel (local)
* coaching
* writing
* teaching

And there’s probably more, but I think I’ll leave it at that for this post. I’ll break these all down later on a spreadsheet, though I must admit, I don’t really like spreadsheets (I wonder if that’s common amongst graphic designers??) – I’d rather use something else like my Backpack or Basecamp account.

Speaking of that, a couple days I posted on some of the tools I use regularly and mentioned I’d add more later, which I have not had a chance to do yet but I will do so this weekend sometime.

So, take a moment to consider the questions I’ve posed above for yourself. It will help give you some direction if you have no idea where you’re headed with this yet and if you do know, it’ll help give some additional edge to your participation in the Challenge.

Good luck! Have a great Saturday!

~ Annie

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