I’m gonna let you in on a secret of mine. Don’t tell anyone else okay? I suck at the whole “getting stuff done” thing. Not just a little. I mean like 13 shades of suck. I was born without the “time management” gene. I truly admire people who can juggle work, kids, hobbies, and 5 to-do lists and still have time to pee and sleep. Amazing. I’m not one of those people.
If you can relate, then read on. I may have (finally!) found a solution to help me get on track, stay on track, and get things done before the proverbial “hell freezes over” scenario. If you’re struggling with getting things done, maybe it’ll help you out too. No affiliate links here, just a really awesome program I found that I wanted to pass along to you in case you’re struggling with time management.
If you’re kind of a newb at web or blog design (like we are), this may be a revelation to you: That awesome-looking website that you just spent the last month of your life creating may very well look like crap to half of your visitors. I know, life does occasionally suck. Undoubtedly your mama mentioned that life ain’t always fair, right? Well, this is one of those occasions. They say “variety is the spice of life,” but in this case variety can be a big ol’ pain in the…umm…elbow. In this case, variety means that there are a bunch of variables that can drastically affect the way your website looks to your visitors. A lot of these variables are completely out of your control because these days it’s all about user preference and usability. If your rebel visitors really want to view your website in a postage-stamp sized browser window using a browser you’ve never even heard of, there’s not much you can do about it. Ok, don’t panic. Good news is, there are some easy and free tools you can use to do some cross-browser testing so you can at least know what your users are seeing when they visit your site. Armed with that insight, you can make your best attempt at designing your site to appeal to the vast majority of your users. Continue reading →
I recently took a long trip into the world of WordPress plugins. I was specifically looking for plugins related to social media bookmarking and networking. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook can help you build a community of like-minded people, which is particularly important if you’re trying to monetize your blog. As I learned, there’s a ridiculous number of plugins, widgets, gadgets, sidebar whatchamacallits, and bright, shiny thingamajiggers for WordPress. Hopefully this list will save you some time if you’re looking for a way to make your WordPress blog more social. This post lists 13 WordPress plugins that make it easy for your readers to share and distribute your content
For those of you who are planning to start your own Internet-based businesses, you’re going to need a blog because you’ll more than likely be using a blog to promoting your product or service. What I covered in part 1 should give you a firm starting point in blog design for beginners. I covered many questions that you should ask yourself when you begin to think about how your blog will look and function, as well as the purpose of your blog. But when you’re new to blog design, it can be overwhelming and can leave you confused at times. And when we are confused, we’re less likely to follow through. But you want to have a successful Online business with a blog that gives you credibility and authority, right? So, in order to help you do that, I’m going to share some resources for taking the basics of blog design and expanding on them. The tools and resources provided here will be a companion to blog design theory from part 1. You’re not going to want to miss these resources, they are some of the best on the Internet! Please note that some links are affiliate links (as noted by hovering over the link) and simply give us credit for referring you. So let’s get right into some awesome resources…
Listen up, folks! There’s a contest going on that you’re NOT going to want to miss! I discovered it while browsing around on Corey Freeman’s Headway Hacks website. Three lucky people are going to win a FREE copy of Headway 1.5! Not only that, but your site will be customized for you by a professional designer!! This is like the contest of the century. Not familiar with Headway? Check out the Headway 1.5 preview video below and be dazzled!
How to Enter the Contest
For full rules of entry and an entry form, go to the Contest page at Headway Hacks. The contest is being judged by the Headway developers themselves! Basically, for entry into the contest, you have to submit the answer to this question: What kind of Website would YOU build with Headway? The top 3 ideas will get their Websites created (using Headway) for FREE! This is so totally awesome! The contest ends December 10, 2009. And for crying out loud…check out Headway Hacks and hire Corey for Headway design and coaching! Let us know if you’re one of the winners so we can check out your Website. Good Luck!
For this week’s Web Candy, I decided to research Twitter tools for finding people to follow. I could think of no better way to start than to contact web pioneer, and digital marketer and podcaster for the Quick and Dirty Tips Network, Aliza Sherman, for her suggestions. She offered the following:
MrTweet | “The one I use for finding people to follow is MrTweet although I don’t actively use it. When I do, I find nice matches. I find that I do get a lot of followers through it, too.” [There is a Firefox Plugin for MrTweet but when I installed it, it seemed to not be working correctly so I uninstalled it. However, Mr. Tweet is still in beta. The plugin looks cool, so I’ll try it again at a later time. -SQ]
Friend or Follow | “I’ve started using Friend or Follow actually to see who I follow who isn’t following me back to actually strategically unfollow people who I don’t really need to be following. There are some people who I will continue to follow who don’t follow me back such as celebrity types where I have no expectation of reciprocity or social media luminaries whose tweetstream is of interest to me.
We recently got the latest issue of PC World and it’s all about one of our favorite things: FREE Stuff! So, in case you don’t subscribe to PC World, we wanted to pass along some of the free goodies that look like they’d be the most interesting and useful to our fellow Quitters. Because we’re nice like that, and because that’s what Web Candy is all about. Feel free to post your favorite free goodies in the comments section. Enjoy!