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The New Newsletter

If you head over to TheJackB and scroll down to the bottom left of the page you'll find the registration form for the "new" newsletter. Get in early and learn what the fuss is all about. It is far more exciting than  Fifty Shades of Grey.  And don't forget to check out these recent posts either: Telemarketers, Newsletters & Living Your Dream Don’t Regret Not Living Your Life How To Write Funny Posts That No One Will Read What Is The Most Important Page On Your Blog The Song Of My Heart Makes My Soul Sing How To Become a Better Writer In Three Easy Steps The Best Bloggers Are Storytellers Part 2 Sweep The Leg The Rhythm Of Life

Carry The Load

Almost 5 PM here and I am stuck in a tiny room, earphones on my ears and Springsteen keeping me company. Got a boatload of work to do and endless interruptions. Reminds me of days long gone when I was all of 17 and desperate to move away and live on my own. Bruce kept me company then too but his words had different meaning to me then. There was a different sort of hope and speculation about the future that drove me. Now these tunes about the common man make me think of a guy punching a clock day in and day out with nothing much to look forward to. He doesn't smile or walk under blue skies, this man I see. No, his existence is dull, drab and gray and I am concerned. Concerned because this is not how I see the world. This is not my normal perspective but lately it has become far more comfortable and familiar. Lately it feels like I have to look harder to see the shiny things in life instead of that which is old and tired. It is not supposed to be this way. We're not suppo

Google Drive- Online Storage

It is an intriguing proposition, this Google Drive. If you want to have access to your files wherever you go and whenever you want this might be one potential option to consider. Here is what Google has to say : With Google Drive, you can: Create and collaborate.  Google Docs is built right into Google Drive, so youcan work with others in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Once you choose to share content with others, you can add and reply to comments on  anything  (PDF, image, video file, etc.) and receive notifications when other people comment on shared items. Store everything safely and access it anywhere (especially while on the go).  All your stuff is just...  there . You can access your stuff from anywhere—on the web, in your home, at the office, while running errands and from all of your devices. You can install Drive on your Mac or PC and can download the  Drive app  to your Android phone or tablet. We’re also working hard on a Drive app for yo

Shameless Promotion

It is shameless promotion time. I am busting my ass trying to build the subscriber base and community for both TheJackB and Words Left Unspoken . That is because I have taken a very active role in trying to live my dreams and not dream my life away. Some people are content to pass the time away. Even though they say they aren't happy they just tread water and figure one day something will change. Not me, I don't want to end wherever the current takes me. I am trying to steer the ship as best I can. I am working on several books right now. Some of them will be published as eBooks but the story at WUL is something that I have bigger dreams for. I am pitching agents and exploring publishing options. If nothing else I can self publish, but I have received enough positive feedback to think I can find someone to publish it. It is not quite done yet but it is close. Someone once told me that they would work so that I could write. I wish that I had followed up on that f

Remember- 2012

Making It Happen

This video is going to be part of a larger and longer post over on the main blog but it resonated so strongly with me I decided to include it here. Later on this evening I'll have that other post ready to go. In the interim take a look at this video and think about the message. I don't think that merely saying "'I want" is enough to make things happen but you don't always have to have the most detailed playbook either. Stay tuned, more to come.

Books and Newsletters

I have a number of professional goals that are tied into this blogging gig. I alluded to some of them over here but in case you haven't had the chance to read that post let me sum it up for you. Kindle Singles, ebooks and "real books." I want to take my writing and publish it in all of the formats I just mentioned. As part of the process I am working on building a platform that initially will be tied into the main blog . If it works the way that I want it to it will eventually need its own space, but we are not at that point yet. Right now we are working on learning how to walk so that we can move on to the learning how to run stage. This is why I anticipate that I am going to create a newsletter that I'll use to connect with the people who are most interested in my writing. At the moment I am exploring different newsletter providers like Mailchimp and Aweber and starting to figure out how to build my list of subscribers. If it works the way that I want it

One Of the Best Blogging Tools I Have Come Across

CommentLuv Premium is one of the best blogging tools I have come across. It is a plugin that I highly recommend for self hosted blogs. I use it on my main blog and have been very pleased with its performance. It helps build traffic, cut down on spam and has been a very useful tool for building community. I highly recommend it and would love for you to check it out. That is an affiliate link above so if you are interested I would ask that you click on my link so that if you choose to purchase it I will get credit for it.

Headlines You Won't Read

Almost midnight on Sunday night and it is time for me to roll out a new post here on the old blog. Here is where it all started, this wild and woolly ride into the blogosphere. This joint is where I reinvented myself a dozen times and more importantly found what I had lost. This is the old home that I sometimes visit because I find it familiar and comfortable. It is a mix of faces here, those familiar and those that aren't. Sometimes when I come through here I feel like I am wandering among the ghosts of the past. This is where I see you who used to hang with me and I wonder if I see you or just a shadow. Does it matter. Should I be concerned that the ghosts of the pasts are wandering among my present. Or is it possible that I have mistaken the past for the future. I sometimes wonder about that and think that it could be possible that I have made a mistake. But if I want my children  to walk through fields of fire without fear I have to do the same. I have to move through,

Those Old Familiar Places

Dear Junebug, Well I keep running into you in places familiar and those less so. When I look for the quiet places where I can just be I discover new connections between us and wonder if that damn universe is messing with me again. You see, I keep telling you that I am not buying what you are selling because I am not. But I am also swamped right now- got a boatload of crap flinging monkeys attacking me so I can't do anything but focus on them. It is frustrating because I miss my girl and I miss the woman who used to support me. It is not the first time that I have said this to you but I notice your absence and I fight my battles alone. Since there is no reason to expect that to change any time soon I have been working hard to put myself in the best possible position to fight. I look for high ground and try to find some shelter that I can use to cover my back side. That is the sensible thing to do, the reasonable thing to do. It is what I focus on and then these fercockteh

Google+ redesigned

Venture Beat shared the following : Google has started rolling out a fresh new redesign of its Google+ social network ,with enhancements like better navigation and larger photos, the company announced in a  blog post  today. “We’ve just begun the worldwide rollout of a more functional and flexible version of Google+,” wrote Google Senior VP Vic Gundotra on his  Google+ page . “We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.” Google has bet the entire company on social, for better or worse — with Google+ tying in to other services like YouTube and Docs. In a recent company update, CEO Larry Page said Google+ had  more than 100 million active users , a sign the strategy is working. Of course, one caveat is how the company defines “active.” If a person accidentally finds themselves on Google+ once a month (which is easy to do), is he or she an active user? Now if I can only

Show Me The Money

It is noon on Tuesday afternoon. The sun is shining and my kids are on break. Me? Well I have spent a chunk of time today trying to collect on money that people owe me. These dollars that I am chasing aren't in the pockets of friends or family nor are they loans to other people. No, it is money I am due for work that I provided for others. Companies hired me to do freelance work months ago and didn't pay on a timely basis for no other reason than because they can. They know that I am one person and that it is unlikely that I will bombard them with daily calls and or hire attorneys/collection agencies. It is irritating, infuriating and unprofessional. I won't work for them again, but that doesn't take care of the interest that I am not earning or the bills that I haven't tended to yet because they haven't paid me. My work was turned in on time and published. It was used immediately. It was of good quality but even had it not been they still owe me. We

Relationships

Sometimes I am amazed by how relationships evolve and change through time. There are people we promise the world too because in our eyes they deserve it. They deserve all that we can give and then a little bit more for no other reason than because we care for them. When it works the way it is supposed to you feel a little bit like God is smiling down upon you and you can't help but believe that the sunshine and blue skies are there just for you. It is natural and normal for things to turn and evolve. It is not unexpected to see relationships move like the tide. There are moments where it is like high tide and then low tide comes. Nothing wrong with low tide other than when you find yourself waiting for high tide and discover that it doesn't seem to be coming back. If you are smart you don't panic because there are a million different reasons why that tide isn't coming back the way you want it to. So you head out into the sea and search for the thing that is bloc

Hello, Goodbye

I am listening to Pavarotti sing and working on a variety of projects both personal and professional when suddenly I am hit by this thought: One day you'll wake up and someone important will be gone from your life forever. Telephone calls, texting, email, Facebook, blogging and every other form of communication not called memory will be useless. What will you do when that happens. It is not the first time that I have thought about this but today it hits me harder than normal. That is probably because it is the first Passover without some of the more important people in my life. It is not unexpected or surprising and I have always known that this would be coming. But it is another reminder to me that time is short and that we have a limited window of opportunity to do certain things with friends and family. Since this is a time of year in which we do a bit of spring cleaning it is also a time when I sit down and look at the physical and mental things in my life. I

Just For Fun

Distractions

Sometimes people say things they don't mean. Sometimes the things they say are really sweet or really mean. It is our choice to decide how we wish to respond to these words and how much weight we should assign to them. It is something that I have been thinking about because recently some of those words have gotten stuck inside my head and I have felt them bouncing back and forth like a ping pong ball. That damn thing ricochets off of this and that and I feel myself growing ever more irritated. That fire that burns inside never goes out and when shit like that starts I feel the temperature go up a few notches. The words inside my mind aren't unleashed. I don't say everything that I am thinking. I don't unload the way that I can because it doesn't make sense. I have learned to take a breath when heart battles head. If I set those words free I can guarantee that they will find their way under the skin. They cut to the quick and they are painful. Lashing

Heavy Construction

There is heavy construction going on over at the main blog. Blew the hole damn thing up and rebuilt it again. Slowly but surely it is coming along. I am really begin to like the way it looks I think it is a big improvement over the old look and I hope you do too. Here is a sample of some recent posts over there: Dad’s Field of Dreams Doesn’t Recognize Failure Tear Down The Blog How To Use Video Games To Build Quality Time With The Kids What Happens When Your Blog Blows Up The Challenge That Every Blogger Faces And here are a few more thrown in for good luck Write What You Know She Dances Mean Girls Come From Mean Moms