07 AM | 13 Sep

And…

And, I find that my new template is also basically responsive.  Bonus!!!  That mean that it re-formats itself to match the platform.  Meaning it looks good on my Samsung phone too!   Yay!

 

07 PM | 10 Sep

Hello!

Yeah, it’s me…

You know me.  Forever mucking about with my environment.  Decided to try a new format for Eldergeek, and I can’t really decide if I like it.  Or not.  Definitely a LOT newer than the old template I’ve run here forever.  I don’t believe in online surveys, so I’ll just take a voice count.  Let me know if you like it.  Let me know if you don’t.  You can email me here to tell me what you think…

The blog layout is about the same as it used to be.  I think maybe my biggest question has to do with the white print on black background.  Haven’t found a way yet to change that, but I may keep looking…

Video Membership, Alas…

If you read last month’s entry, you saw that I was looking into some video membership WordPress-based software.  The kit I bought from 1WD.tv actually installed pretty easily.   (You can see it at http://members.netpalouse.com  “Sign up for a little bit of geek”)

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But I hit the wall when it became time to make an online video.  I know what I look like (old and geekish) so I even set it up so I could just do voice-over for some online training.   I even wrote down a general script to follow, but I STILL couldn’t do it.  I must have started and restarted the danged voice-over 50 different times, and chickened out every time…  Could barely get past “Hello!”…

I thought my voice would be okay, but now I’m not so sure…   It’s not like I was expecting anyone to actually pay me for the privilege of listening to my dulcet tones.  I just wanted to come up with a few demo tapes that I could use to show people how the software would function.  I was simply not prepared for the depth of my own insecurity…

So I will start back at Hello!, and I will keep at it until I trudge my way through a few minutes of embarrassment.  I’m usually begging for your comments, but this time I think I’ll ask you to keep them to yourselves.  Thanks!

12 PM | 10 Aug

Lessons

Hello, everybody! I ended my last blog with an unanswered question:  “Would the fun of writing turn itself into a job?”  I think I’ve decided that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing.  Not if I love my job…

My blog is built using WordPress.  That used to be just a blogging software, but it has become more of a generalized web site builder.  Recently, I’ve been working on a couple of sites using WordPress, along with taking some online classes to learn more about it.

The best teacher I’ve found so far is at 1WD.tv.  One of the first courses I took from them gave me the tools to be able to build WordPress web sites that take someone who is giving on-site lessons and allows them to transition to online video lessons.  Just think of someone who is teaching (in their shop) yoga, dance, cooking, quilting etc. etc. etc….

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Now think of how much they can increase their income by opening their class lessons to the internet.  By simply converting their teaching style to a video-based format, they can use a web site to bring in customers from virtually anywhere!

This feels like a good product to be able to offer my customers.  I just need to find out how to get it out there.  I know I don’t have the readership here to get it off the ground, but I’ve got to start somewhere.  I’m wondering if my best idea might be to add it to my Netpalouse web site – a few geek videos to show people what can be done…

I might not attract any customers to my lessons, but at least it would let me get comfortable with the software.  And it would give me something to show people who might be interested in that kind of web site.  Yeah, that’s the ticket…

08 PM | 25 Jul

Blog

Decided it was time to remove my “5 Year Anniversary” picture.   I started this blog on the 4th of July, 2008.  That means it’s been active for over 6 years now…

I like to write.  I have always liked to write.  I have just a few friends and family and customers who read this blog regularly, and I do appreciate them for following me.  But mostly, I just write for myself.  That’s what got me started on this, and that’s what keeps me adding new posts once or even twice a month.

If there’s anything that makes me feel like a successful blogger, however, it’s the amount of spam I see.  Right now I have 155 comments in my spam queue.  That’s a new record.  Most of them (the ones in English anyhow) say nice things about my blog, but they’re still trying to sell me SEO services or such.  The fact that I’m on their radar at all, though, makes me feel like at least I’m getting read…

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I do see a lot online about blogging, and how I should be using it to promote my business, and how I should be making a good profit at it.  But I’m afraid I don’t really understand enough about promotion to take it in that direction.  Profitability aside, I think I would like to be able to use this to promote Netpalouse Web Services.  I just don’t know how.

As I said, I started this blog just writing for myself.  A garage blog, not intended for a larger audience.  If I could figure out how to promote it into something bigger, would I lose something in the process?  Would the fun of writing turn itself into a job?  Oh my, don’t know, don’t know…

09 AM | 21 Jul

Lists

My last Newsletter talked about how much I rely on lists to keep my life organized.

One list I failed to mention contains software renewals that are due once a year.  I have several subscriptions that I keep active because I use the software regularly.  Not all of them, however.  I just dropped one last week that was first off very expensive, and second off was something that I had never used, not once.  It also ticked me off that they billed me for the renewal without ever sending me a notice that it was coming.  No compunction at all about dropping that one…

This morning, however, I got an email from another software company that said something like “hey, just so you know, your software subscription expires next week.  If you want to renew it, just do this….”  I use that software, and that’s a much nicer way to do business, so I renewed it immediately!

This company supports “Yuuguu” – an online web conferencing application.  I’ve only used it a few times in the past year, but I advertise the service, and it’s a feature that I want to make available to my customers.

yuuguuYuuguu lets me run demos, perform training, or do online support services.  I’ve only used the support service, as it makes it very easy to connect and share someone’s computer screen remotely.  I pay an annual fee to use the application, but it doesn’t cost a cent for my customers to accept a connection.  Free is good!  (Though you may get charged for some of my time…)

If you’re interested in learning more about this feature, just go to my Connections page and look in the middle for a box titled “I now offer Online Web Conferencing”.

I’m not really looking for more work (busy, busy) but I do like being able to offer my customers as many options as I can.  Even if I only use a piece of software a few times a year, it’s worth every penny I pay if it helps even one of my great customers.