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September 9, 2007

Open Book Secrets?

Filed under: Blogging,Happiness,Meditation,Reason for Breathing,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 11:57 am

Why reveal yourself to the world?

A couple of my friends have wondered why I blog, and why I write about my thoughts (and feelings) for the world to see. I am not sure if I have given a complete and satisfactory answer to them. I know that I have given them an honest answer/explanation. Most of the things I share, are inconsequential to me (and them). People will know something about me, my thoughts and reflections, and then what? I understand the fear of sharing your life with “strangers”, but I am not sure there is anything a stranger can do with the info I provide. So I have no fears or misgivings about my thoughts/life being out there, even though I am a private (and introverted) individual. The thing that made me start blogging is that I have all these ideas that come into my mind that I never really share with anyone. Some could be helpful, some are just interesting that they even crossed my mind, some is just knowledge that I may come back to later, and some of it is just a way for me to let out the pressure, emotions, feelings, ideas, etc. I could have made it all private, where nobody could see it, but that would mean things that can help somebody would be hoarded. I am not sure I want to keep information that is useful for the general populace to myself. A way to overcome that would be to have several blogs… private and public. Kinda a pain. But that’s what I am doing… I have a private journal/diary… online! and I have a public blog. I share some of my thoughts and feelings at this blog. But not nearly enough. There are things that I cannot write here at all. What are my fears, desires, deepest thoughts, memories, food for thought, reactions, etc. Those are things that I have determined, I cannot share with the public because they are so so so… private and personal to me. I have also determined they would do nobody good if they saw it. May be people could take advantage of me then. May be some would be mad that I thought this of them. etc. So what people see here is not all that I am. I am not sure it is possible to figure out a person even if you read their most private diaries or journals. You will have a very good idea, and then what?

Why go online?

I have been transforming to having most of my stuff online for a while. Leo, at zenhabits.net made me realize that this was the right thing to do. He had his own reasons for doing what he does. He didn’t mention journaling. He, however, mentioned things like saving his photos and (other) files online. Of course, you can make these public or private too. You just need to spend some time thinking things over and learning about the system and yourself to see what’s best for you. Anyway, why go online? Well, several reasons. It is portable, as long as you have Internet connection. Thus you don’t have to carry a ton of things around and worry about losing any of it etc. I think it is secure. You don’t have to worry about somebody finding your stuff if you don’t want them to. Well, for the most part! Hackers or system failures or whatever can end up making your info open to the public or you can even lose it all. But I would rather have a stranger read my info and not know what to do with it, that somebody whom I have considered a friend or best friend, do the same and use it against me or get hurt or ask me a million questions or misinterpret what I wrote 10 years ago. I don’t have to worry about where I kept my diary/journal at all or who has access to it. If somebody figures out my username and password, props to them!

Why keep a journal at all?

You can look it up online to see why it is important to keep a journal. For me, there are several reasons. First, I forget important things all the time. Sometimes people get hurt when I don’t remember stuff. Sometimes I just appear dumb. etc. Keeping a journal and reviewing it every so often, enables me to help my brain remember things that are important or interesting, that I would otherwise not remember. Second, it helps me keep track of my goals, thoughts, visions, etc. David Allen said it best in Getting Things Done: “There is no reason for you to have the same thought twice, unless you really like that thought”… (or something like that). I want to record things and free my mind for the next thought, idea, vision, emotion, etc. Third, I think that when I write, I feel better… I know myself better… I understand my life better… I guess because I have to explain things – for example, why I feel a certain way, instead of just accepting the final product/emotion/thought/decision. There are more reasons, but that’s all I can think of right now. Oh, well, one more reason…. What proof is there that I existed at one time? If I look back to my great grandpa… the only proof of his existence is my grandparents and my parents and me.. I guess. There is no other record for me to see them. No pictures, no journals, no stories that anyone can repeat to me or let me read/see; nothing to tell me that he even envisioned my presence some day… well, I don’t mean to set a high standard or judge them harshly. May be it is not even important! But I would like to leave some traces behind. My thoughts as to how I would want to raise my kids and why. Why I would like my kids and grandkids to have a better life than I did/do, and what I am doing about it. May be in the future, somebody will discover how xgq3445(&&(>> (I don’t know what they will call us at that time!) thought. I don’t know. I think, therefore I am. I write, I am.

I may change my mind about all this some day!

August 31, 2007

Monetizing your blog with the power of search

Filed under: Blogging,Money — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:19 pm

It is a no-brainer that Google’s fame is a result of people’s need for information that they don’t have. Thus, they go the quickest, most accurate search engine they can find: Google. Almost everybody uses Google to search. When I go to a blog and I find some information that I need to research further, or I just want to leave the site and go somewhere else, I almost always type http://www.google.com if there is no Google search box on the website I am at. Even though I have no stats, I am sure I am not the only one who does this.

How do you monetize your blog off this?

First, you need to have Google AdSense for Search on your blog.

Second, you need to position in such that people can use it easily. Position the search box at the top where it is easily accessible and usable. Sometimes people may come to your blog or website and they don’t like what you have written that day… they are about to leave. They may search on their way out! Think and grow rich! (Click here for an example of what I mean)

Of course, most browsers have search boxes. But is the default search engine, Google? Does the user use that box? Who knows?!

August 12, 2007

The Best of The Best WordPress Links, Plug-ins, Articles, How-To’s, and more… Over 25 tips and links to make your WordPress blog a success!

Filed under: Blogging — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:45 am

I started blogging a few weeks ago, and since I do not have a technical background at all, there was a lot to learn, a lot to read, tons of mistakes to make, a lot of searching and researching, and going around in circles trying to figure out how to do the simplest of things. I am still learning.

I figured that if I had found a list of all or most of the things that I needed to do, or where I needed to go to get this or that plug-in, I would have focused my attention on what I really need to do, write great stuff! So I decided that I could provide that service to people who are trying to find WordPress (and other blogging platform) stuff online, all on one page. You just have to click a link, and if you want some more stuff or something different, click a different link. If you find something that is great or helpful, you can send me an email at my website, I will check it out, and I will add it to the list, and I will put a link to your blog next to your contribution. Or you can leave a comment, hopefully people will read your comment and find the info they need. Hope this helps!

0a. Intro to WordPress: http://wordpress.org/
0b. Sign-up for a WordPress blog: http://wordpress.com/signup/
0c. WordPress support http://wordpress.com/contact-support/ and Frequently Asked Questions: http://faq.wordpress.com/

1. THE QUEEN OF WORDPRESS! Lorelle has great monetizing plug-ins for pretty much everything and everybody: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2007/02/25/monetizing-wordpress-plugins/

2. Find broken links on your blog: http://validator.w3.org/checklink

3. Search Engine Optimization and Website Marketing… http://www.seo-writer.com/blog/

4. Build a better blog for (2007) http://www.thesimpledollar.com/category/blogging/ This guy is a financial guru, in my opinion… but if you are just starting out or you just want to improve your blog the logic and originality of his posts under the category “Blogging” will help you a great deal.

5. Blog Carnivals, to maximize exposure to your posts and blog. http://blogcarnival.com/bc/

6. The King of WordPress: http://alexking.org/ Take your pick on what you want. I usually go to the WordPress Plug-ins to see what’s new. (http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress)

7. You can find a lot of WordPress Themes here: http://themes.wordpress.net/

8. WebHosting: www.lunarpages.com you can go to my site: http://chessthinking.com and click on the Ad.. I spent several days checking out webhosting deals, and reading reviews. I finally settled with this. I am not very technical at all, but the learning curve has been pretty quick for me. I had to call customer service one time, because I was missing something- my fault – and they fixed it in 25 seconds. They had to delete some mess that I had created – and my domain went live while I was on the phone! If you have better deals, let me know… Lunarpages FAQs: https://desk.lunarpages.com/faq.php

9. Sitemap for Google, yahoo, etc: http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/ – if your blog is not yet indexed by Google and other search engines, this is a good place to start!

10. Google webmaster tools: http://www.google.com/webmasters/ – you will use your info from 9. above, and you will also find a lot of useful tools.

11. Add your blog to Google: http://www.google.com/addurl/?continue=/addurl

12. Tubetorial: It is easier to learn when you see things and then do them, than if you just read… At least that is true for me. Here is the best of the best that helped me on my launch:

12a. backup your blog or risk losing it all: http://www.tubetorial.com/wordpress-database-backup/

12b. 7 essential wordpress hacks: http://www.tubetorial.com/7-essential-wordpress-hacks/ More search engine traffic, stop comment spam, RSS feed, Adsense, and more. Great stuff, especially if you are just starting off.

12c. HTML 101: http://www.tubetorial.com/learn-html/

13. Google adsense: https://www.google.com/adsense/login/en_US/ (STOP, see LORELLE in 1. above!)

14. Social Bookmark Links WordPress Plug-in (instructions and actual plug-in)http://www.twistermc.com/blog/social-bookmark-plugin/

15. More social bookmarking detail from elamb.org: http://www.elamb.org/howto/social_bookmarks2.htm

16. Feedburner http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/home

17. If doing what Steve Pavlina (#23 below) says is hard, but you have some time that you can use to make money online: http://www.doshdosh.com/101-ways-to-make-money-online/

18. John Chow’s recommended money makers: http://www.johnchow.com/make-money-online-recommended-money-makers/

19. Backup your blog or risk losing it all: http://www.tubetorial.com/wordpress-database-backup/ I had to repeat this (from 12a. above). Very important!

20. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools Resources page from “SEOBomb”: http://www.seobomb.com/seo-tools-and-resources-page/

21. The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Blog Search Engine Friendly: http://www.seobomb.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-make-your-blog-search-engine-friendly/

22. Stupid WordPress Tricks: http://www.irakrakow.com/wptips/

23. Keep the best for last, Steve Pavlina on how to Build a High Traffic Website: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/01/how-to-build-a-high-traffic-web-site-or-blog/ This applies to everybody, regardless of whether you are using WordPress or not.

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