Starting a WordPress Blog

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BLOG IDEAS
When starting a blog on wordpress there is a variety of functions you can use to create the perfect blog for you or your company. From design layouts to color schemes you can use whatever you need to thoroughly express any idea you have. One of the best ways to enhance any blog is to add plugins, Continue reading

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CAREER TRANSITION COACH

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So I met with the career coach today.  She turned out to be an interesting entrepreneur who runs several businesses, consulting, facilitating,  and otherwise.  Although very busy, she eeks out some time every week to counsel others thru the program.  Althought I’m definitely interested in the Entrepreneur track, I have not totally discounted the track for Traditional Job Search.  She recommended taking several courses thru the company:  “Be Your Own Boss,” “Building a Target List,” “Effective Networking,” “Networking with LinkedIn,” and “Advanced LinkedIn.”  In orientation yesterday, we learned that 85% of recruiters find people assets thru LinkedIn, so that’s definitely a social avenue to be pursued. 

Apparently the team meetings(reference WAKING UP TO CAREER TRANSITION) have been suspended for the summer.  Since being part of a team is so integral to the success of the program, it might be wise for me to put the program on hold until fall.  I’ll take a few classes and then decide if that’s the best course for now.

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WAKING UP TO CAREER TRANSITION

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 As part of the layoff package, my ex-employer has sponsored three months membership at a company that specializes in career transitions. I’ve been reluctant to start the clock ticking on that benny because I don’t want another traditional j o b, however the initial orientation has to be completed within sixty days of termination, or the benefit is lost. I’ve been happily existing in a bubble of fantasy, collecting and saving “job available” emails from well wishing friends and working on monetizing the websites. In this fantasy, I’m bringing in enough money to compensate for a full time and might I add lucrative job, have plenty of time for socializing and fitness, and have even more time to pursue wonderfully interesting hobbies, activities and interests. Ha ha, fantasy is the operative word here.
While this fantasy is working for my conscience self, the smarter sub-conscious self is keeping watch in the real world. It tricked me into going to orientation by whispering “maybe they will have tips on becoming an entrepreneur, and becoming a successful website marketer.” At the orientation yesterday, it appeared that everyone in the room was almost forty and older, more men than women. That is a whole ‘nother topic in itself. We learned this company has the responsibility not to find us a job, but to ensure that 1)we have an eye grabbing resume, 2) we are uber prepared for interviewing whether it be a 30 second schpeel tag, or formal interview situation, 3) that we have access to all the tools we need for focused searches. We will be assigned a personal coach specific to the track we want to follow:
1. Possible retirement and part time work
2. Don’t know where to focus
3. Traditional Job Search
4. Entrepreneur and self employment.

Low and behold, my sub-conscience hit the nail on the head for me with #4. There will be assignments into a team of peers; team will meet weekly to discuss and provide feedback on individual’s goals, and success paths. Apparently the team dynamic is all about accountability to the team and to one’s self; it keeps pressure on the members to stay focused and on track, joy joy.
I have a meeting scheduled with my coach tomorrow; will report back.

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First Pay Off

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Working on my websites has been an all-consuming, OCD venture. I’ve been layed off for several weeks and despite hard work, I made all of $.63 last month from Google Adsense.   Not that  lots of mula was my expectation, but come onnnnnnnnnnnnn, $.63??   Today, I’m estatic!  I made $4.63 from someone clicking two Google ads Monday!  Whoo-hoo!  Something is working.

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DODGY ADVERTISERS

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I generally don’t believe in giving energy to negatives, butI feel obligated to make a mention since I’m posting my “becoming  a website publisher” learning curve here.  I was excited to receive an email from an advertiser director offering an incentive payment if  listed some ads on my site.  I placed a banner, and two product ads in very visible positions on my site:  www.DewDropShop.com    I sent an email back to the advertiser, confirming site locations, but didn’t hear back and didn’t find any payments in my account.  I waited a several days, then sent a few more query emails to the director to no avail.  Being a noob, I sent a help email to the on-line company which brought us together asking for recommendations.  They replied back within hours advising if the advertiser  was unresponsive, then I should take the ads down.  I did delete the ads with a little reluctance because they had a great price on their product, but if they were unresponsive to me, what would be my customer’s experience after they bought product?  It’s not worth taking the risk.

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