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Finally! There really is an app for that!

Google has finally released an official Blogger app. I’m trying it out now. It’s very clean and took two seps to set up. Try it out, http://t.co/5ckmbi3 .
Now nothing can stop us from blogging. (mwuah-ha-hah)

NaBloPoMo – Why are they hounding me? Why? Why? Why?

Its that time of year again. A time that I have to face reality. A time that I sometimes dread and other times can’t wait to sit down to my keyboard. It’s NaBloPoMo. Well, it officially starts tomorrow. What in the world makes them hang this over my head? Why are they so cruel? I can’t even remember to take my one-a-day vitamins, so why do they think I can do this every day? Why are they hounding me? Why? Why? Why?
For those who don’t know. NaBloPoMo is National Blog Posting Month and it starts September 1st. You sign in and make a commitment to post at least once a day. My problems with it are many. First, I HATE, with a capital H-A-T-E, any one telling me I HAVE to do something. Telling me I have to do something is like telling me to do the opposite. Are you like that?

Second, I’m not a disciplined person. I’m easily distracted. I start on one project and a couple of hours later, I find that I’ve wandered around tackling three or four completely different projects without making any advancements on the original project. You might find that surprising about me, because I am known for getting a lot done and I do, but I don’t do it in an orderly fashion. In fact, one of my genealogy friends, said she “wishes” she was as organized as I was. Huh? OK. I can tell anyone who asks what day and time I sent an email dating back to 1989 when I started archiving them. All I have to do is fire up my trusty FileMaker email archive, search for the topic and can quote you verbatim the entire conversation. However, any attachments or other documents that were mentioned, will take a while to find as they are buried in my massive CD backup archives. That’s another “one day I’ll get around to it” item. I need to condense the CDs and copy them all onto an external. I know that by doing this, I can save a lot of time and be much more organized. My excuse for not doing this is that I don’t have the time. Funny. I don’t have the time to do something that will save me a lot of time.

And, the third problem I keep having with NaBloPoMo is that I have more than one blog. There’s the genealogy blog, this personal blog, the Web Developer blog — and the yet-to-be revived Geekesse blog. Like I said, I’m all over the map and the blogs I have show that. So, this month. I will concentrate on Notes While Surfing. I’m not saying that I’ll abandon the other blogs, but if I focus on just one, I might be able to do keep my 1-a-day commitment.

As a website developer, I have new clients who point to some great blog and tell me “I want a blog like that.” When I ask them what they like about it, it really comes down to content. Inevitably, I tell them “The only way you can get a blog like that is to post regularly like they do.” So, I’m going to take my own advice and try to keep my commitment to NaBloPoMo this September.
Why don’t you join me?

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Time to Put my Clothes on And Use Skype

One of the great things about working from home is the ability to slob-out and wear pajamas or sweats. Lately I’ve really been tempted to get those Pajama Jeans so I won’t have to chose between them. I’ve recently installed Skype, so that’s going to change. Although Skype has been around for years, I’ve put off adding it. When a client from New Zealand practically begged me to get on board, I decided it was time. The phone bill from here to New Zealand had to be getting as large as the distance between us.
Image representing Skype as depicted in CrunchBaseImage via CrunchBaseI’m not really a Instant Message type of person. I had so many accounts that I finally got Adium so that I could see them all in one place, but even with that I rarely even start the app. When I have Instant Messaging on, and my status is viewable, I feel as though I’m bombarded by spam messages–most from people I don’t know. Having it on makes me feel as though I am on call 24/7.
Skype isn’t really about instant messaging, although that’s one of their features. I guess I should explain, for those who aren’t familiar with Skype, that its software that allows you to make calls for free. Not just that, but video calls, instant messaging, voice messaging, phone calls, etc. Installing it is easy, just download the software, Mac or PC, and create an account.
¬†Login and you’re off. When you first start the software, it asks you if you want to import your address book. I decided against it as I have over 500 contacts in my address book and I only wanted access to the specific people I know have Skype.When I first turned it on I was instantly bombarded with connection requests. Luckily, if you go to preferences, it allows you to select the option to only accept calls from people in your contact list. Since I was in preferences already, I immediately went to the Video option and turned off my camera. Call me narcissistic, but I wasn’t ready for Prime-Time.
Next I added my clients to the contact list. I had their usernames, but you can also search for the person. When you do, it tells you a little about the person, like where they are located in case you need to narrow the search.
So, once I got the software, changed the preferences and added contacts, I had a blank screen. Now what?
What else could the answer be for a web surfer? I headed to youtube and searched for Skype tutorials. Luckily, I found Aymee Buckhannon’s video (see below).

Aymee invited watchers to add her as a contact and I took her up on the offer. What a lucky break! Not only was she available, but she took the time to chat with me, help me with all my questions, and also shared links to her blog, Facebook page and more. Thanks Aymee.
Self, Aymee is a Blogging, Branding and Video Marketing Consultant. She has many excellent video’s on YouTube also. Check them out…after you’ve called your customer with your Skype account, of course.

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