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Writer's Notes - January 2008


My Entry

I wrote a guest post over at Blogging Fingers a short while back, called Five Ways to Make Other Bloggers Absolutely Adore You! The post was an entry to a contest Matt Jones is running (which just closed). Here's the original announcement: Guest Author on Blogging Fingers and Win $100! ($10 Guaranteed!)


The Contest

In this contest, the guest post that receives the most traffic (aka unique visitors) before February 14th wins $50--which would make a great Valentine's Day gift! Each of the first five guest posters also win $10, and I am among them. (In fact, the contest drew surprisingly few guest posts, which was disappointing.)


Why Am I Asking for a Stumble?

I actually wasn't planning to mention the contest on my blog, because I felt it only fair not to attempt to manipulate organic traffic to the post; however, other contest entrants are promoting their posts on StumbleUpon and Matt is encouraging this. And, while I definitely don't believe in Stumbling my own posts, I suppose that letting my readers know about my entry to the contest and asking you to consider Stumbling it if you like it and/or want to support me (though I hope you will like it) would be only fair, under the circumstances.

(And by the way, Stumbling this post would also help spread the word about my contest entry to StumbleUpon users, who might just decide to click the link and visit my contest post. To Stumble this post, click either the post title, above, or one of the Comments buttons at the end of the post. Each will take you to the post's permalink page and a row of social bookmarking site buttons, including a StumbleUpon button.)


Help Keep My Post in the Running

My post is a satire, which presents five "wonderful" ways you can make your fellow bloggers "adore" (translation: despise) you. Hope you'll enjoy reading it, and if you're so inclined, Stumbling and reviewing it on StumbleUpon. You'd be helping to keep me in the running for the $50 "grand" prize.

And, while you're at it, why not leave me a comment over at Blogging Fingers? I'd sure enjoy hearing from you!

Thanks!
Jeanne



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How Often Does Google Crawl Your Site?

January 31st 2008 00:12

Google Crawl Cycle: An Important Metric

Would you like to know how often Google crawls your site? If not, why not? According to the folks at SEOmeter.com, "How often search engine [sic] visits and crawls website content is an often neglected, but important metric for search engine optimization." They explain that a site's Crawl Cycle, or CC, is an important indicator of how much the search engines "trust" a particular website. The shorter the website's CC, the more trusted the site.


Why Is Crawl Cycle Important?

The main reason you might want to pay attention to this metric is that the degree of trust your website enjoys with the search engines is directly reflected in your site's search engine ranking. SEOmeter offers a free tool (free at least for your top-level domain and/or sub-domain) which will help you track your own site's Google Crawl Cycle. (If you'd like to track internal URLs using this tool, however, there is an annual payment.) The SEOmeter site has been in operation for about a month, so far. To read more about the site and the SEOmeter tool, visit the site's blog.


SEO Meter's Widgets

Here are examples of some of the nifty widget styles you may choose when you use SEOmeter on your website:


80 x 15 pixel button:


writersnotes.net - SEOmeter SEO tools


120 x 60 pixel button:


writersnotes.net - SEOmeter SEO tools


120 x 90 pixel button:


writersnotes.net - SEOmeter SEO tools


125 x 125 pixel button:


writersnotes.net - SEOmeter SEO tools



Other SEO Meter Features

Another neat thing about this site is that you can compare the Crawl Cycle of different websites, which are broken down into categories, with the top 20 in each category conveniently listed on the Top-20 Most Crawled Sites on the Web page.

You can also display the Crawl Cycle of your site and two others on a line graph, if you'd like to see a visual of the comparative CCs of the three sites to find out where your site ranks in relation to others in your niche.


Ease of Use/Benefits

The SEOmeter and other handy features of this website are easy--and even fun--to use and can help you keep track of your site's popularity with the search engines, since any attention your website or blog receives from Google is likely to be reflected in Yahoo! and other search engines, as well.

What could be easier than placing the SEOmeter tool on your site and simply watching it continuously recalculate your website's Crawl Cycle? Though I've only had mine for a few days, I have a feeling that, as I continually monitor it, I can expect to learn a lot.


Want to do the same?
Jeanne


NOTE: The only thing I had trouble figuring out was why all four of the widgets used as examples above weren't displaying the same Crawl Cycle. I'd wondered whether this indicated inaccuracy in the tool or something else. After e-mailing SEOmeter, I received the following explanation from Peter:

To reduce our server load, we do not calculate the statistics on the widget for each page refresh on your blog, but store (cache) the previously calculated stats somewhere in our server, and show it on the widget. And this caching thing happens for each size of widgets independently. So in this case, 1.9 was an outdated number, which was previously cached.

I just tried clearing the stat cache on your widgets, and they are now corrected. The stats on the widget get updated once every 24 hours, so even if you see an outdated/mismatching number, dont worry about it. It will be self corrected within the next 24 hours.

I certainly appreciated that explanation! Thanks, Peter!




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Masculine Version of Nice Matters Award

January 30th 2008 22:15

A Nice Matters Award Version I Wasn't Aware Of

A little while back, I awarded the Nice Matters badge to a number of bloggers whom I considered to be some of the more friendly and kind bloggers I'd "met" during the past year that I've been blogging. (See my earlier post, Nice Matters Award: A Blogger's Gift.) At the time, I was aware of only one version of the award--the very feminine-looking version which I have in my blog's sidebar. I therefore made my apologies to the fellas and offered it to them anyway. However, I'm now happy to report that, thanks to Krissy Knox of Sometimes I Think, I now have the masculine version to offer the guys I nominated for the award back then.


The Guys' ReAward, If You Will

I'll repost the list of guys to whom I gave the award, so they can come on by and pick up the new (to me, at least) "Gentlemen's version" of the Nice Matters Award badge.


Here they are, in no particular order:

Dan, at dcr Blogs

Brad Shorr, at Word Sell, Inc.

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

Michael Martin, at Pro Blog Design

K-IntheHouse, at ShanKri-la

Raven, at Alaska Chronicle

Tom Colvin, at Becoming a Writer Seriously


The "New" Badge

Here's the new badge, fellas. Hope you'll like it better than the other one--and hopefully this will mean that those of you who didn't post it to your blogs because of the feminine style/color will be inclined to do so now that you've got a more gentlemanly version.


The Guys' Badge:


Nice Matters Gentlemen's Badge
Here you go, guys!



A Note to My Readers

Be sure to check out the blogs of the above Nice Matters Award recipients. You'll find much to like there--not the least of which will be the bloggers themselves! Also, check out my original Nice Matters post, where you'll find links to the female bloggers to whom I presented this award, as well as those to whom I would have presented it, had they not already received it. Like the guys, these women will make you feel welcome whenever you visit--and also offer you a great deal of "food for thought" to make your visit a pleasant one.

Always remember: Nice Matters!
Jeanne



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UPDATE: I've been advised by Sponsored Reviews to remove the Max Web Directory post from my blog and have done so. Though they haven't yet confirmed that this company is fraudulent, they are about 90% sure that the credit card used in conjunction with the account is stolen. They aren't 100% sure, because the card's owner has not yet reported it stolen. However, all attempts to verify the identity of the advertiser have failed, and thus its account has been frozen.

While they are not yet positive of fraud, they advise erring on the side of caution. IF YOU HAVE USED A CREDIT CARD TO MAKE A PAYMENT TO THIS ADVERTISER, YOU WOULD BE WISE TO CONTACT YOUR BANK AND REQUEST TIGHTENED SECURITY FOR YOUR ACCOUNT.

They again emphasize that they cannot yet confirm that the company is fraudulent--only that they haven't responded to attempts to confirm their identity. They state, "We do not want to call them Thieves until we have proof, but at this point we are 90% sure."




WRITTEN EARLIER:

I'VE JUST LEARNED FROM SPONSORED REVIEWS THAT THIS COMPANY APPEARS TO BE FRAUDULENT. (I LEARNED THIS THROUGH THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM, RATHER THAN FROM A LIVE PERSON.) WHILE ITS ACCOUNT IS UNDER INVESTIGATION, I WANT TO WARN MY READERS TO REFRAIN FROM LISTING WITH THIS DIRECTORY. FOR YOUR SAFETY, I'VE DECIDED NOT TO WAIT UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE TO INFORM YOU OF THIS POSSIBILITY. WHILE I DON'T WANT TO CAUSE A PANIC, I DO FEEL THAT MY READERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS SITUATION WITHOUT DELAY.

IF THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION TURN OUT TO BE IN THE COMPANY'S FAVOR, I'LL BE SURE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT'S SAFE TO DO BUSINESS WITH THEM. BUT, IN THE MEANTIME, IT WOULD BE BEST TO REFRAIN. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DEALT WITH THEM, PLEASE CONSIDER TAKING STEPS TO ENSURE THAT YOUR ACCOUNT IS SECURE. SHOULD THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION NOT TURN OUT TO BE IN THE COMPANY'S FAVOR, I WILL REMOVE MY RECENT POST ABOUT THEM FROM MY BLOG.

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES FOR HAVING TO POST THIS NEWS!



Regretfully,
Jeanne


P.S. I've also added this warning to my earlier post about this company.



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Blog Birthday Neon Sign - Writer's Notes



Happy First Birthday to Writer's Notes!

Writer's Notes is one year old today, and what a great year it's been! I've learned so much and made so many wonderful blogging friends! I have to say it's been a blast! Thanks so much, everyone, for making my first year of blogging so much fun!


Some Gifts for My Friends

I know, I know, it's my blog birthday--but I still want to give away a few gifts to show my blogging friends how much I appreciate each one of you! Call them "party favors" if you like, but here are a few gifts I'd like to present to my friends and fellow bloggers. (These gifts and recipients are in no particular order.)


Blogging Gem Award

This award is for the female bloggers who have had the most impact on me during my first year of blogging. Please feel free to take this gift home to your blog, ladies--and thanks for being such great friends and shining--or glittering--examples to me!


Blogging Gem Award



This award is proudly given to the following (rockin') girl bloggers:

Liz Strauss, at Successful Blog

Joanna Young, at Confident Writing

Michele Tune, at Writing the Cyber Highway

Sharon Hurley Hall, at Get Paid to Write Online

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Amy Derby, at Write-from-Home Blog

Krissy Knox, at Sometimes I Think

Lis Garrett, at Woolgatherings

Cindy Nichols, at Kaleidoscope

Yvonne Russell, at Grow Your Writing Business

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Danielle, The Bipolar Diaries

Robyn McMaster, at Brain Based Biz

You, rock, ladies!


Star Blogger Award

This award is for the (rockin') guy bloggers I know, who have had a profound effect on me and my blogging over the past year. You'll always be stars, to me, fellas! I'd be honored if you'd take this one home to your blog--even if you only display it inside a post!


Star Blogger Neon Sign



These are the guy bloggers to whom I proudly present this gift:

Brad Shorr, at WordSell, Inc.

Dan, at dcrBlogs

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

K-IntheHouse, at ShanKri-la

Vernon, at The Idea Dude

You're the best, guys!


Comment Star Award

This gift is for the people who have faithfully commented here at Writer's Notes on a regular basis, helping me not to feel as if I'm talking to myself! Thanks, everyone! You are what this blog is all about! (You might notice that some people from the above lists are here, too. That's because many of the people in the above two categories deserve this award, too! Just couldn't resist giving it to them, as well!)


Comment Star Award



These are the bloggers that I'm happily inducting into my Comment Star Walk of Fame:

Raven, at Alaska Chronicle

AmyHuang, at Travel String

Lynn Smythe, at Freelance Online Work

Michele Tune, at Writing the Cyber Highway

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Cindy Nichols, at Kaleidoscope

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Brad Shorr, at WordSell, Inc.

Lis Garrett, at Woolgatherings

Thanks for all your friendly and insightful comments that help keep the conversation vital here are Writer's Notes!


Writer's Notes Friend Award

This gift is for everyone else who visits Writer's Notes on a regular basis to read what I have to say here. You may not comment extremely often--and some of you maybe not at all--but you keep coming back! Perhaps you take some of my ideas back to your own blog, or maybe elsewhere into the blogosphere. But, even if you don't, I appreciate you! You are such an important part of this blog! Thanks for being you and visiting me!


Writer's Notes Friend Badge



Honorable Mentions

Here are a few people I want to specifically give the Writer's Notes Friend Award to because they do comment whenever they can:

Tracy, at Movies and Life

Mark Antony, at Hotel Mark

Howard, at Real Crash

Kerith Collins, at Freelancing, My Road Less Traveled

Thanks, guys! I appreciate it! (Of course, all the people who received the above awards also deserve the Writer's Notes Friend Award, too!)


Thanks, Everyone for a Fantastic First Year!

Many, many thanks to everyone, for making my first year of blogging such a special period of my life by being such an important part of the Writer's Notes community and welcoming me into your own blogs' communities with open arms! I'm looking forward to another great year of blogging with all my friends!

Love you all!
Jeanne

P.S. Hope everyone's enjoyed the party as much as I have! Thanks for joining in on the festivities! And please don't forget to take your awards--er, party favors--home when you leave. Thanks for a great blog birthday!



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Life's Realities in 2008

The following is a copy of an e-mail I received today, which I believe most of us modern writers/bloggers--and even non-writers/bloggers--will be able to relate to. I don't mind telling you that it really had me chuckling. See if it doesn't do the same for you.


An E-Mail That Says It All!

Here it is:


YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2008 when...

1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you.

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses .

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.

14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.

15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.

AND NOW U R LAUGHING at yourself.


Hopefully that little list brought a smile to your face, as it did mine. Perhaps it's even helped to bring a bit more perspective to your life, which is never a bad thing!

Here's to "progress"!
Jeanne



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Google Research Study Participants Sought

Would you be interested in participating in a Google Research Study and getting paid to do it? If so, check out the link that follows. It will take you to a site where you'll be able to fill out the Google User Experience Research Form--the first step in the process. The form asks for various information about you to help Google decide whether--and when--you might be a suitable candidate for a particular study. In addition to the info requested on the main form, you'll be asked for information about the types of products you use, though you needn't have used Google products in the past to qualify. The opportunity to try new Google software and other products to participate in a study could actually prove quite fascinating and enlightening.


Study Types and Compensation Details

You'll need to be 18 or older to participate in a study, and there are various study types/research-gathering methods you may opt into (or out of): traveling to a Google office, participating by phone, having a Google researcher come to you (field study), or participating remotely by computer over the internet.

Google pays $75 per hour for time spent with a researcher, either in person or on the phone. Most surveys take about one-and-a-half hours. For surveys filled out online, compensation varies, depending on the length of the survey.


No Guarantees

Google does warn, however, that there's no guarantee that you'll be chosen to participate in a study simply because you've filled out the form and that, if you are chosen, it could be some time before you're contacted to take part in a study. (I can vouch for this statement, because it's been four months since I applied and I've heard nothing as yet. Of course, that may not be the case for you, so I think it would probably be worth applying if you're at all interested. The worst that could happen would be that you'd never be contacted.)


For Further Information

Further information about the program can be found by visiting the Google Research Study FAQ page, which will answer many of the questions you may have about the program.

I originally learned about this opportunity at Net Hustlin' in Get Paid to Try Google Products.


It Might Just Be Worth a Try

Why not check it out. If you're contacted and offered the opportunity to participate, great! You'll not only earn a few bucks but possibly help shape future Google products. And if you're not invited to participate, you've lost little more than a few minutes of your time reading the info, filling out the form, and learning some fascinating info about the way Google does its market research. And that's an education in itself.

Good luck!
Jeanne



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A True Honor!

Liz Strauss, of Successful Blog has made it official: I'm an SOB! (See Thanks to Week 117 SOBs.)

Now, normally, when people call you an SOB, it isn't a compliment; but when Liz calls you that, you know that a very high honor has been bestowed; because at Successful Blog, SOB stands for Successful and Outstanding Blogger!


The SOB Award

You've no doubt already noticed the SOB badge in my sidebar. Nevertheless I'll reproduce it here, because, to be honest, you can never display this award too often!

Here it is:


Successful & Outstanding Blogger Badge



You may have even been a bit curious about the newest badge to appear in my sidebar, if you aren't familiar with it or with Liz's blog. I'll let Liz herself explain the purpose of the SOB award in her own words.


A Few Words From Liz About the Award

Here are a few things Liz has to say about those bloggers who have, as she puts it, "earned this official badge of achievement":

They take the conversation to their readers, contribute great ideas, challenge us, make us better, and make our businesses stronger.

I thank all of our SOBs for thinking what we say is worth passing on. Good conversation shared can only improve the blogging community.


How I Shared Liz's Blog Conversation

My own manner of passing on Liz's blog conversation was through my post, My Journey to Becoming Positively Me, which I prepared back in November, 2007, in response to Liz's own Positively Me post.

I also flung this conversation a bit farther out into the blogosphere more recently by making it part of my What I Learned From 2007 post, which I entered into Robert Hruzek's Blogapalooza group writing project at Middle Zone Musings.


Do Yourself a Favor: Visit Successful Blog

If you've never visited Successful Blog--and even if you have--do yourself a favor and drop by. You'll be glad you did! (You'll find links in the first paragraph of this post and in my bottom left sidebar.) Liz's blog is loaded with helpful information to make your blog successful--amazing wisdom from a truly successful and highly respected blogger! This is one reason I'm truly honored to have received this award! (The other is that I'm definitely in good company! Liz's extensive list of SOB's is a veritable Who's Who of bloggers--and an excellent resource if you happen to be seeking some excellent blogs to read and learn from! Check out her SOB Hall of Fame--A-Z Directory.)

Happy reading!
Jeanne



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Another Generous dcrBlogs Gift

January 17th 2008 01:51

The Contest

Wanted to share a gift, of sorts, given to me by Dan at dcrBlogs. Actually it's more of a consolation prize for my non-winning entry to his recent What is This Blog All About? contest. In this contest, Dan asked his writer-readers to write a description of his blog and offered a $10 prize to the blogger whose description he chose as most accurate and well-written. (Entries were left in comments and may be read at the above post.)


The Winner

In a later post, What You Think This Blog is All About, Dan reveals his choice for the winning entry: the one submitted by my blogging friend, Lillie Ammann of A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye. (Congrats, Lillie on a job well-done!)


The Consolation Prize

In the above post Dan generously offers the Good Buzzz Blog Award to the non-winners:



Brad the Blog Bee Award
Good Buzzz Blog Award




This award is “for blogs that have generated a happy hum in the blogosphere. Whether it be for their blog in general, one outstanding, unusual or controversial post, or for something cool the blogger has done. Or even for recognizing some promising, brand-new blogs.” Dan received it back in November, and he's kindly decided to pass it on to us, because he considers our taking the time to submit our entries to the contest to be "cool."


Thanks, Dan!

I'd like to thank Dan for the consolation prize, as well as the lesson learned through my submission of an overly lengthy entry--despite what my intuition tried to tell me! Nevertheless, like Dan, I, too, love Lillie's description and readily concede that the best entry did indeed win! Many congratulations to Lillie Ammann on an excellent description of an excellent blog: dcrBlogs!

Till next time,
Jeanne



How much thought have you given to your blog's description? If your blog is listed on Technorati or anywhere else, that description represents your blog. Does it make people want to visit? Any thoughts to share about this topic?



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Blogapalooza



The Perfect Group Writing Project to Cap 2007

I just had to get in on Robert Hruzek's end-of-year WILF (What I Learned From) group writing project, Blogapalooza: What I Learned From 2007. One reason was that I needed to make up for all the WILFs that I've missed over at Middle Zone Musings due to excessive busy-ness. I've felt bad about missing them, and I wanted to show Robert that I really do care. Another reason: This is a really fantastic project, bringing together the lessons learned by a whole spectrum of bloggers over the past year: What a wealth of wisdom is there for the taking for those who take the time to read this group of posts!


What Blogapalooza Is All About

The best way to explain to you what Blogapalooza is all about is to let Robert do it! So, without further ado...he-e-e-e-re's Robert!

Looking back at your archives for the year 2007, choose one post from every month you’ve been blogging that best represents a lesson learned. And you don’t have to use your old (should you *ahem* have any) WILF entries; it’s your choice (you can, of course; but you don’t have to).

So what was the most amazing, profound, surprising, whacky, etc. thing you learned in the month of March? How about July? Anything in October? Hey, you get to choose something different from each month! Now that’s a blogapalooza!

Here’s all you have to do (please notice the procedure is a bit different than usual):

1. Choose one post from every month you’ve been blogging in 2007. (For example, if you’ve been blogging all year, you get to choose up to 12; if only since July, choose up to 6. Got it?) Use whatever criteria you like: your favorite post, most commented upon, the funniest, most outrageous, or “what you thought was your best work but ended up being a huge flop”, etc.; hey, knock yourself out!

2. Write a sentence or two describing each post you’ve chosen and why. Don’t forget to include the post title and imbed a link to it (you may laugh at that instruction; but if I don’t spell it out, well…). Compile it all into a single article. Please (and if you want to) also include a few sentences about yourself and your blog (and again, don’t forget the link).

3. Choose how your entry gets posted (here’s where it gets fun!)

3.1. The Blogapalooza Way (sound of crowd cheering): Instead of posting it at your blog – allow me to host it for you right here at Middle ZoneMusings! Here’s how:

3.1.1. Send your post to me anytime (in .doc or .rtf format only – please don’t send a .pdf!) at rhruzek@sbcglobal.net right up until the end (operators are ‘standing by’) and I’ll post it here at the Zone, including all the links. (NOTE: I will edit if necessary, but as little as possible, and only to make you look better.)

3.1.2. So your readers know how to find your entry, post a notice (write a teaser, summary, whatever) at your blog and point to your entry here at Middle Zone Musings (I’ll provide the link for you).

OR -

3.2. The (ho-hum) Usual Way: Post your entry at your own blog and send me the link as usual. Please include the phrase “What I Learned From…” in your post title.


My Entry Added at the Eleventh Hour

Well, I barely made it into the project, e-mailing my entry at pretty near the eleventh hour! But, as they say, "Woo-hoo, I'm in!" (Do they really say that?) At any rate, if you'd like to read it, you'll find my entry, What I Learned From 2007--Jeanne Dininni, at the Zone. I highly recommend you check out the other entries, as well--and while you're at it, bookmark Robert's site, because it's definitely one you'll want to visit again and again. Why that rascal is already planning his next WILF project, which you won't want to miss. Maybe you might even decide to join in the next time around! If you do, I guarantee you'll have a ball!

Here's to learning!
Jeanne



Did you enjoy this post? Sure hope so! Have you checked out Robert's Blogapalooza Extravaganza? (See, I told you it was fun!) We'd love to hear your thoughts about the project!



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Part Two of My Albert Einstein Quotation-Sharing Project

Here's the second group of Albert Einstein quotes I've collected to share with you, so you can join me in plumbing the depths of the incredible wisdom of a most prolific scientific genius and intellectual giant.


Einstein's Definitions, Explanations, Perspectives, and Clarifications

Einstein had very definite ideas about many things--ideas that were incisive, frank, opinionated, yet totally lacking in arrogance, and incredibly altruistic for a man of science. A list of these follows:

1. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

2. “Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

3. “Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.”

4. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

5. “I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.”

6. “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.”

7. “It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.”

8. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

9. “All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.”

10. “The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.”


Einstein's Views on Teaching and Education

A man of learning, to be sure, Einstein was, nevertheless, not a believer in education for its own sake and was obviously of the opinion that education should open realms of interest and wonder for the student, rather than representing a duty which should be fulfilled or a burden to be borne, as can so often be the case in educational institutions. Here are a few of his quotes on the topic:

1. "Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."

2. “Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing.”

3. “The aim (of education) must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, can see in the service to the community their highest life achievement.”

4. "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."


Einstein's More Enigmatic, Profound, or Clever Sayings

Albert Einstein was certainly a man of great depth and multiple dimensions, as can be readily seen by the following group of his deeper, wittier, and often more-ironic quotes:

1. "Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

2. “If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.”

3. “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”

4. “Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”

5. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once.”

6. “When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.”

7. "If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut."

8. "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

9. “The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”

10. "Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."

11. “I believe that the horrifying deterioration in the ethical conduct of people today stems from the mechanization and dehumanization of our lives - the disastrous by-product of the scientific and technical mentality. Nostra culpa. Man grows cold faster than the planet he inhabits.”


A Final Word from One Who Deciphered Many Mysteries of the Universe

As we consider the many wise words of this great man of science, we can benefit from yet one more declaration from one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived--a declaration which can encourage us in our feelings of ineptitude as we prepare for a certain inevitable season of our working lives:

“The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.”

If even Albert Einstein believed that, we writers can certainly breathe a sigh of relief!

Hope you've enjoyed Round Two of the quotes of Albert Einstein!

Thanks for reading!
Jeanne



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Save Money By Buying Prescription Glasses Online

If you're in the market for an inexpensive pair of prescription eyeglasses to see you through your next writing project--or perhaps to use as a backup when you've misplaced your main pair--you might want to look into buying your glasses online, which can save you money.


Prescription Glasses for $8.00 a Pair? How is this Possible?

Zenni Optical, an online seller of prescription glasses, offers a variety of eyeglass types and styles, as well as a number of added features/treatments at very reasonable prices, which can help stretch your eyeglass budget. Their basic, single-vision lens eyeglasses, which are available in a wide variety of frame styles, start at only $8.00 a pair complete. This very competitive price is possible not only because Zenni Optical sells direct to the customer, eliminating the middleman, but also because the company's advertising budget is virtually non-existent.


A Few Details About What You Get from Zenni Optical

At Zenni Optical, all eyeglasses come with free anti-scratch coating, UV protection, lens edge polishing and beveling, hard case, and lens cleaning cloth. In addition to single-vision glasses, Zenni Optical also offers bi-focals and progressive eyeglasses, as well as a number of different lens and treatment upgrades for your chosen style, at various prices. Shipping charges are a flat rate of $4.95, regardless of how many pairs of eyeglasses you order.


Zenni Optical: A Company Well Worth Checking Out

All in all, this company's prices, practices, perks, and product choices appear quite reasonable, and they look, to me, like a company which would be well worth checking out. The only downside I can see here is that you wouldn't be able to try the glasses on prior to purchase to be sure you like the style; but I think this could be fairly easily overcome by experimenting with different frame shapes/styles at your local optical outlet to find out which eyeglass shapes and frame types look best on you. At any rate, it would be hard to go wrong for $8.00 a pair.

So, why not check out this Great Discovery: www.ZenniOptical.com, and see if it doesn't save you money on prescription eyeglass purchases in 2008.






Here's to clarity in 2008!
Jeanne



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The New Year: A Perfect Time to Assess My Blog's Worth

As it had been a while since I 'd checked the monetary value of Writer's Notes--and since the beginning of the year seemed the perfect time for an assessment--I decided to visit Dane Carlson's Business Opportunities Weblog yesterday to find out how much my blog is worth these days. So I clicked on over to Dane's How Much Is Your Blog Worth? post, typed my blog's URL into the box, and waited with bated breath to see just how much my blog had grown in value since the last time I'd checked.


A Little Background on the Blog Value Calculator Tool

For those who may not have seen it before, a bit of background follows. It will allow you to delve more deeply into the rationale behind the calculations that are involved. And what better way to provide a little background than to quote the creator of the blog value calculator tool, allowing him to point you to the sources/formulas he used in its creation.

Here's what Dane Carlson has to say about the tool he himself has created and uses to determine a blog's worth:

Inspired by Tristan Louis's research into the value of each link to Weblogs Inc, I've created this little applet using Technorati's API which computes and displays your blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.


Writer's Notes' Latest Blog Value Calculation

Here's the graphic containing the latest value for Writer's Notes:



My blog is worth $88,632.78.
How much is your blog worth?



A Few Words About My Blog's Growth in Value

The value of my blog has grown considerably since the first time I used the tool back in late July, 2007 (July 23rd, to be exact), at which time it stood at $22,017.06--still impressive for a six-month-young blog, I thought. (My first post on the topic, How Much Is Your Blog Worth? contains the original graphic, as well as info on where I first learned about Dane Carlson's tool.)

Eleven days from today will mark six months since the first time I used the tool. This means that, in less than six months, my blog's value has increased by $66,615.72 (from $22,017.06 to $88,632.78)--which represents an over four-fold increase. Another way of looking at it would be that Writer's Notes' value has increased by an average of over $11,000 a month during the past close-to-six-month period.


As My First Year of Blogging Draws to a Close, I Feel Satisfied

While mine is far from the most valuable blog in the blogosphere, I'm pretty happy with my numbers! I would say without a moment's hesitation that, along with all the fun I've had finding and sharing resources, writing blog posts, and connecting with my readers via comments, those numbers constitute success for a blogger just about ready to celebrate her first blogging anniversary (January 28, 2008)!

And, do you know what? If I had it to do over again--I would! Thanks to all my readers for helping to make the journey so much fun--and for helping to make my blog's value constitute so much more than mere money!

I couldn't have done it without you!

Many thanks!
Jeanne

P.S. While you're at it, why not visit Dane's blog and check out your own blog's value? Just click the "How much is your blog worth?" link in the above graphic or the link in the first paragraph of this post.



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My Inspiration for this Post

While checking the current value of my blog over at Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog (the results of which I'll report in another post), I came across Dane's latest blog entry, posted earlier, which I found highly appropriate for writers/bloggers as we head into a new year. In his post, Dane shares 10 Golden Lessons from Albert Einstein. Check out the words of wisdom that Dane has chosen to share from the great store of sayings which originated in the mind of this great scientist and creative thinker.


Additional Gems of Einsteinian Wisdom

After reading Dane's post, I became inspired to search for additional Einstein quotes and was by no means disappointed. The following are some of the incredible words spoken by a man of great intelligence, a dedicated scientist and thinker, prolific in articulating his insights about life.


Albert's Advice for Writers to Take to Heart

The first group of five Einstein quotes offers excellent advice which, though not directed specifically at writers, is nonetheless applicable to our creative literary pursuits and every bit as much to our attempts to achieve success in our chosen discipline. Read and reap the benefits of some of the potent life lessons learned by Einstein during his many years of intellectual inquiry:

1. "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."

2. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

3. “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

4. “We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.”

5. “Never regard your study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.”


More Einsteinian Truths to Inspire Us

The additional 21 Einsteinian gems of wisdom which follow can further inspire us to reach the heights of our own personal creativity, imagination, idealism, and intellect. No doubt certain of these sayings will resonate with each of us more than others will; but all seem to me to have great significance for those of us who seek to express ourselves through our literary endeavors. Which of them have special meaning for you?

1. “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

2. “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

3. “Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.”

4. “Information is not knowledge.”

5. “Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”

6. “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

7. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.”

8. “The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”

9. “The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”

10. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”

11. “The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.”

12. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”

13. “There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.”

14. “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.”

15. “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

16. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

17. "It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure."

18. “If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

19. “Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.”

20. “People do not grow old no matter how long we live. We never cease to stand like curious children before the great Mystery into which we were born.”

21. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”


Not All, But Enough for Now

The above are by no means all the Einstein quotes I've collected during my fascinating foray into the mind of this intellectual giant; yet, they are enough, I think, to stimulate our minds, hearts, and imaginations for the moment. Even these are quite a lot to absorb at one sitting and will likely require rereading a time or two for lasting impact; so I'll stop here to allow them sufficient time to sink in and save the rest for a later post.

Hopefully, these quotes have been a source of inspiration to you and will continue to resonate with you as you look forward to another year of reading, thinking, learning, feeling, and sharing with your readers all that you discover and absorb in the year ahead.

Happy learning--and writing!
Jeanne



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Attitude Is a Choice: What's Yours?

January 9th 2008 12:02

The Writing Life Can Be Tough

Are you having a bad day? Perhaps you’re facing writer’s block, rejection slips, noisy neighbors, whining children, demanding clients. You may be wondering how you’ll hang in there…how you’ll remain positive…how you’ll tough it out.


A Story to Inspire You Not to Give Up

The following story was sent to me in one of those inspirational e-mails that always manage to find their way into our inboxes, whether we want them or not. I have no idea who wrote it. (Do we ever?) But I do feel that it offers some valuable insights that can help us during those times when we wonder whether writing is really worth the trouble. Hopefully, after you’ve read it, you’ll view the challenges you face as you pursue your writing dream—and indeed all the other challenges you face in life—in an altogether different light.


The Story

I’ve reproduced the story pretty much as written in the original e-mail message, though I’ve made several minor grammar and punctuation corrections and formatting changes to improve the readability and layout of the piece.


Here it is:

READ THIS. LET IT REALLY SINK IN. THEN CHOOSE.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it! You can't be a positive person all the time. How do you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, 'You have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.' I choose to be in a good mood.

“Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

“Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy," I protested.

"Yes, it is," he said. "Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon thereafter, I left to start my own business and lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins. Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place.

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or...I could choose to die. I chose to live."

"Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness?" I asked.

He continued, "The paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read, 'He's a dead man.' I knew I needed to take action."

"What did you do?" I asked.

"Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me," said John. "She asked if I was allergic to anything. 'Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, 'Gravity.'

“Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.’"

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything.


What’s Your Attitude?

How do you choose to look at life? What mood do you clothe yourself in when you wake up in the morning? What attitude do you adopt when a tight deadline looms as you incessantly stare at a blank screen and words fail you? What response do you choose when editors reject your work, potential clients don’t call back, payments arrive late or don't arrive at all, difficult clients criticize and demand changes to your painstakingly prepared projects, job ads ask for the moon and stars and offer pathetic pittances in return which insult not only your intelligence but your professionalism, talent, and expertise?

Do you choose to be in a good mood…to refuse to be a victim…to look at the bright side of a situation…to demonstrate a positive attitude toward life…to view your circumstances philosophically…to work toward solving problems rather than complaining about them…to learn from your mistakes and challenges...to cultivate a sense of humor and a sense of wonder…to let your trials foster growth...to think outside yourself…and to make the most of the moment?

If not, it’s never too late to start; because attitude is a choice--a choice we make each and every day. And that's very good news; because it means that, no matter what attitude we chose yesterday...or even earlier today...we can choose a better one right now...and we can continue choosing a positive attitude tomorrow...and the next day...and the next...

May 2008 be the year that you choose to live fully each and every day—no matter what obstacles life might throw into your path! And may you enjoy a positive, productive, and prosperous year--one...day...at a time!

Best wishes,
Jeanne


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A Little Late, But with Lots of Link Love!

Since the first of the year, I've been planning (and working on) this post to thank all who commented at Writer's Notes in 2007. I'd hoped to have it finished sooner but simply couldn't manage it, and for that I apologize.

I would have liked to go into more detail than I have here, also (i.e., listing the number of comments each person left and giving special recognition to those who commented often); but, since I don't have an efficient method of doing this at the moment--and since I also don't want this post to be any later than it already is--I'll limit myself to identifying individual commenters and linking to their blogs in the same way I do in my monthly comment recognition posts.

Perhaps later, when I can find the time to delve more deeply into my blog's 2007 comments and analyze them more closely, I'll be able to compile a list of exactly how many comments each person left and include it in a follow-up post. For the time being, though, I'll settle for one big link-love post!


Writer's Notes' 2007 Comments

During 2007, Writer's Notes received a grand total of 1,072 comments--though roughly half were my own replies to reader comments; therefore I'll adjust that total to 536 net comments received from 98 readers during the year. (Well, actually, it was less than a year. See next paragraph.)

Because I began blogging at the very end of January (January 28th), I actually only blogged for an eleven-month period during 2007, which likely cut down on the number of comments I would have received had I blogged all year. (Oh, well, this year should be different.)

Also, being totally new to blogging, I got off to a rather slow start, taking a good few months to learn the ropes and begin publishing a substantial number of posts each month. (For example, in February, 2007, I only posted four entries, in March, five, and in April, just one--though I made up for it after finally developing my blogging rhythm in May, 2007, posting 29 entries that month. I'm sure that my blogging infrequency from February through April didn't help encourage many comments during that first quarter of my first blogging year!)


Writer's Notes' 2007 Commenters

At any rate, here's a list of all the readers who left comments at Writer's Notes during 2007 and for whom I am so very grateful! (Order of list is totally random.)

Ad Tracker, at AdSenseTracker

Sonya 1, at Writing Words

Lynn Smythe, at I Love Herbs

Joanne, at Open Book

Always Eighteen, at Always Eighteen

Harry, at Sydney Diary Star

Toni, at What's Your Story?

Roberta Rosenberg, at The Copywriting Maven

Liz Strauss, at Successful Blog

David

Lidia, at Simple Looks

Chris Kitamura, at Dude, Check Out My Site

Joanna Young, at Confident Writing

AmyHuang, at Travel String

Michele Tune, at Writing the Cyber Highway

Raven, at Shifting Realities

Tom Colvin, at Becoming A Writer Seriously

Sharon Hurley Hall, at Get Paid to Write Online

James Rickard, at Angling Fish

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Brad Shorr, at WordSell, Inc.

JD, at I Do Things So You Don't Have To

Mark Antony, at Hotel Mark

Amy Derby, at Write-from-Home Blog

Krissy Knox, at Sometimes I Think

Dan, at dcrBlogs

Mark Goodyear, at GoodWordEditing

Sylvia C, at Sylvia's Insight

Lis Garrett, at A Writer's Woolgatherings

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

Courtney Ramirez, at Web Writing Info

Fiar

K-IntheHouse, at ShanKri-la

Kerith Collins, at Freelancing, My Road Less Traveled

Tracy, at Movies and Life

Cindy Nichols, at Kaleidoscope

Michael Martin, at Pro Blog Design

Yvonne Russell, at Grow Your Writing Business

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Wendi

Howard, at Real Crash

Calvin Warr, at CalvinWarr.com

Louie, at Climate Red

Jon, Tech News

Lilla, Enviro Warrior

Danielle, The Bipolar Diaries

Bob, Every Every Minute

Julee Ann, Write of Passage

PetulaW, It's a Woman's World

Kleonaptra

John Doe, Film & TV on DVD

BigMike, N.A.D.S.

Wild Bill, at Passionate Blogger

Mandy, Pop! In the Name of Love

Charles Young, Top Site of the Day

Phil, Contest Blogger

Chic Critique, Fashion.org.au

Loz, Written Life

Malathy, Blog Avenues

Lily, Ars Poetica

Ash, Australian Traveller

Faisca

Mark-Blogger, ProBloggers Matrix

Tavi Nemet, Loop 44

Lara M

Robyn McMaster, at Brain Based Biz

Grace, at Web Stripe

Roger Harris, at Jesus Christ—Altogether Lovely

Vernon, at The Idea Dude

Stephen Hopson, at Adversity University

Byron Twain, at Hunt Headlines

Cibbuano, at Science News

Diogenes, at Fine Art of Blogging

Gary Hudson, at Christian Connection

MJ (aka The Novice Writer), at WritingExpress

Lily, at Ars Poetica

Oil Offshore Marine, at Oil Offshore Marine Blog

Denise Grier, at Freelancing Journey

Damo, at My Apologetics

Frank2

Katyzzz, at MS Paint Art

Marti, at Movie and Film Reviews

Ahmed, at techy.Bytes

Shyreen

Brenton, at Dr. Spin

Mrs M, at Mum’s Word

Tammy, at Life’s Little Slices

Kris, at Wonder Mom

Ambient Decay, at The Decayed Chronicles

Ash, at Flashes of Memories

Ashley, at College of Cash

Rosemary, at Alpaca Notes

Stormy Sleep, at Out of a Stormy Sleep

JoH, at Persistent Parent

Dana, at Simple Pleasures

Chayne de Cairns

Lewis, at Lewis Empire

Quasar9, at Quasar9


Many Thanks to Each and Every Commenter!

Thanks so much, everybody, for taking the time to leave your thoughts at Writer's Notes during the 11 months that I've been blogging! You have made this blog a lively, friendly community, and your insights, kind words, and generous good wishes have been greatly appreciated! Hope you'll help make the Writer's Notes Year Two conversation as fascinating as its Year One interaction has been!


And Many Thanks to All My Readers!

If you have visited Writer's Notes during 2007, subscribed to my RSS feed, or signed up for e-mail notification of new posts to my blog--even if you didn't leave comments--I so appreciate you, as well! I know how hectic life can be, and I understand that there are many other reasons, besides being busy, for not getting around to commenting on the blogs we visit.


I'd Love to Hear from You in 2008!

If you are a regular Writer's Notes reader--and even if you aren't--I'd sure love to get to know you during the coming year; so, if you could possibly find the time, it would be wonderful to hear from you! I promise that you'll receive a personal reply. That's one thing I always do here at Writer's Notes: respond to comments! That's because each and every one of you--and each and every one of your thoughts--is important to me! You may have noticed the "iReply" logo in my sidebar: You Comment, iReply! Why not try me this year!

Best wishes to each of you in the New Year!
Jeanne


NOTE: If I haven't included a link for a commenter, it's because I either don't have a URL for that commenter or I noticed certain content on the commenter's site which ran counter to the G-rating of this blog.



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Developing Our Writing Goals for 2008 Is a Great Start

As we enter a new year, each of us has our own personal list of writing, blogging, and marketing goals which we hope will make 2008 even better than 2007 was. And this is a wonderful thing! Each new year is like a brand new beginning--like starting fresh. It can help inspire us and jump-start our enthusiasm for using our creative gifts in exciting new ways, for branching out into new areas of endeavor, for building our brand, for marketing ourselves and our work with renewed vigor, and perhaps most exciting of all, for increasing our writing income.


But Intellectual Exercise Isn't Enough

The above are all excellent goals to focus our energies on in the new year. Yet, as most of us would be quick to admit, while writing is one of the most rewarding of intellectual endeavors, it is precisely that: intellectual, which translates into many hours spent seated before our computers doing research, planning, writing, editing, rewriting, seeking markets for, and selling our work. In other words, as wonderful as writing is--and as wonderful as it is that we can sell so much of our work online from the comfort of our home offices--writing is definitely not an activity that contributes to our physical fitness; and it can, in fact, detract from it, if we don't find ways to counteract the often excessive amounts of time we spend in front of our computers.


A Blog to Help You Add Physical Fitness to Your List of 2008 Goals

One way that we can help motivate ourselves to add physical fitness to our list of New Year's resolutions this year--and make it a resolution that we actually keep--is by visiting the Simply Fitness Blog, where we'll find posts such as the following to help move us toward better fitness in 2008:

27 Ways to Get Fit for Free

Fitness Motivation: 6 Simple Steps to the Point of No Return

Fitness Success Tip 1: Have a Plan

These three posts, along with the others offered on this great blog, can help inspire us to make fitness happen for us this year.


More Information on Fitness and Fitness Gear on the Main Website

In addition to the great advice you'll find on the Simply Fitness Blog, you'll also discover a ton of other excellent fitness information on the main site, SimplyFitnessGear.com. This site presents comprehensive info on and reviews of the many different types and brands of fitness gear available and can help you decide which equipment is right for your fitness needs.

The Fitness Equipment Quiz offered at SimplyFitnessGear.com can also help you determine which type of fitness gear will give you the workout you need, based on your own current level of fitness.


Two Sites to Give You the Fitness Info You Need

Even if you aren't in the market for fitness equipment, you'll learn a great deal from both the blog and the main site. If you'd like to develop your own exercise regimen but don't know quite where to begin, definitely check out the blog for information, motivation, and inspiration. If your goal is to learn more about the equipment you may currently be using--or not using--either at home or at the gym, be sure to look over the main site.

Simply Fitness might just provide the push you need to help you balance your current regimen of intellectual exercise with a whole new physical fitness routine, making you healthier, happier, and more creative in the new year.

To a happy and healthy 2008!
Jeanne


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New, Positive Thought Patterns for the New Year

Here are a few things we would all do well to take to heart as we enter a new year:

1. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

2. Laugh every day; it's like inner jogging.

3. The most important things in your home are the people.

4. Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional.

5. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in.

6. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

7. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

8. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

9. Nothing is real to you until you experience it; otherwise it's just hearsay.

10. Surveying and living your life successfully requires courage.

11. The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle; it only makes progress when it sticks its neck out.

12. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is who you really are, whereas your reputation is merely who others think you are.

Wishing you success in the New Year!
Jeanne

NOTE: In my haste, I neglected to mention that I didn't actually write these gems of wisdom myself, but reproduced them from an e-mail I recently received--you know the ones that are always making the rounds. It consisted of 24 ways to prosper in the new year, but I culled the 12 that I felt were most appropriate for posting to this blog.


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Writer's Notes' December Commenters

Here's a list, in no particular order, of those who have shared their thoughts and insights at Writer's Notes via comments during the month of December:

Joanna Young, at Confident Writing

AmyHuang, at Travel String

Michele Tune, at Writing the Cyber Highway

Raven, at Shifting Realities

Tom Colvin, at Becoming A Writer Seriously

Sharon Hurley Hall, at Get Paid to Write Online

James Rickard, at Angling Fish

Laura Spencer, at Writing Thoughts

Brad Shorr, at WordSell, Inc.

JD, at I Do Things So You Don't Have To

Mark Antony, at Hotel Mark

Amy Derby, at Write-from-Home Blog

Krissy Knox, at Sometimes I Think

Dan, at DCR Blogs

Mark Goodyear, at GoodWordEditing

Sylvia C, at Sylvia's Insight

Lis Garrett, at A Writer's Woolgatherings

Robert Hruzek, at Middle Zone Musings

Courtney Ramirez, at Web Writing Info

K-IntheHouse, at ShanKri-la

Kerith Collins, at Freelancing, My Road Less Traveled

Tracy, at Movies and Life

Cindy Nichols, at Kaleidoscope

Michael Martin, at Pro Blog Design

Yvonne Russell, at Grow Your Writing Business

Lillie Ammann, at A Writer's Words, An Editor's Eye

Howard, at Real Crash


Thanks, everyone, for making December another fascinating month here at Writer's Notes through your very welcome feedback!

And a Happy, Healthy New Year to All!

Gratefully yours,
Jeanne


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