Archive for June, 2008

Welcome to the Family, Melissa

Posted By Twyla on June 15, 2008 @ 11:55 am

My husband’s brother is getting married in October. We are excited because Melissa is the most normal girl he has ever dated. He has a knack for finding needy losers to date and we were awed and amazed when he brought her home for the first time.

We were even more shocked to find out that he had met her through free online dating sites. I have never known anybody that had this work for them, successfully. I was very happy that he found someone who seemed to have it all together. She had a career, a house and she didn’t have half a dozen kids from her previous four relationships.

It made me have a new respect for sites that advertise that you can find local singles. I am pleased to say that neither one of them is a local single anymore and we all want to welcome Melissa to the family.

Show Me the Money!

Posted By Deb Gallardo on June 14, 2008 @ 2:34 am

I have a friend who hates the Internet, complains every time her computer at school hiccups and has to be rebooted (it’s a Mac, so it’s not a Windows issue), and except for finding information online — and even that’s an issue with her — and email, takes every opportunity to put down the very medium I’ve chosen as my business platform. Makes for some interesting conversations.

I’m not seeking MLM success and I’m not using the Internet for MLM lead generation. I’m also not exactly blogging for profit, so it’s difficult to explain to her (or anyone else) exactly what it is I do and why I’m not yet making money at it when I’ve been working on a web business for three years.

I’ve tried to explain how many facets there are to setting up an online business. A well-respected online marketer — one to whom the top marketers go to for advice — created a graphical representation of all the tasks necessary for starting and then growing and maintaining an online business. I’m so glad that I didn’t see that when I first started out, or we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now, because I probably wouldn’t be online.

Figuring out the Best Route for Hosting

Posted By Misty Mountain on June 11, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

I have been trying to figure out what I should do when it comes to website hosting.  You see, the paid web hosting company that I was with closed their doors and disappeared, leaving me high and dry in the process.

Now, I thought that I could maybe find another paid hosting provider, but after my last experience, I have felt very leery about spending any more money.  It could be that I am just too cheap to get quality, expensive hosting, but I need to find something that I am comfortable with.

One of my good friends suggested that I use some free web hosting in the meantime to tide my sites over until I find a permanent solution.  I don’t know if that is the right way to go either, as you hear so many horror stories about free web hosting companies disappearing as well.

Even though I have no idea as to what I am going to do, I will have to make a decision quick – every minute that those sites are down is costing me money that I just can’t get back.

Wholehearted Effort

Posted By Twyla on June 10, 2008 @ 4:13 pm

My sons’ school recently ran a contest, seeing who could sell the most magazine subscriptions. My son has never really been into these fundraisers and usually just sells to us and Grandma. This one was a little bit different, as the student who sold the most got a free PSP.

I have never seen him work so hard at anything in my life. He went to everyone we knew and when that was done, he started going door to door. He ended up selling over seventy subscriptions and I was very proud of him. I was sure he would have way more than any other kid in the school.

I forgot to take into consideration that there were other boys his age who wanted it just as badly as he did and he ended up losing by only three subscriptions. I decided that I would get him one myself, as it had been a good learning experience for him and I was happy to see him put so much effort into something.

A Very Un-Merry Christmas

Posted By Twyla on June 9, 2008 @ 4:52 pm

We finally broke down and bought our son a video gaming system for Christmas this past year. He has been begging us for three years to get him one and we just now decided that he was old enough to own one. We told him, when he opened it, that it came with a large set of rules, but he was so excited that this did not seem to phase him one little bit.

Imagine his dismay when we hooked it all up and it did not work. Being it was Christmas Day and nothing was open, we decided to try and call the toll free service for the company and see if there was something that we were not doing properly.

After calling about four different toll free numbers, we deduced that it was actually a problem with the system and that we were going to have to send it in to the company for a replacement. What was supposed to be the happiest Christmas of my son’s life turned out to be the most disappointing.

Web Design and Coffee

Posted By Misty Mountain on June 8, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

I have been working on a website design for the past five hours and I am getting tired.  What started as a rough sketch on paper has taken a life of its own and the site is almost done.  In fact, if the completed product looks as good as what I sketched out, it will be the most impressive website that I have created yet.

But, I cannot take credit for the whole thing.  Sure, I came up with the concept, but I didn’t make the site from scratch.  I used a JavaScript menu builder and some quick and easy web design software to make my dream a reality.

I am still ironing out some kinks as I don’t really think that the header that I came up with is as perfect as I would like, though it is coming close.  Hopefully, I will be able to get it done tonight before I fall asleep – then I can show off my masterpiece in the morning.

Better than Bankruptcy

Posted By Misty Mountain on June 7, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

I have always been proud of my ability to take care of my finances.  I figured that once I moved out of my parents house, that I should be responsible enough to take care of my own needs, and no longer depend on my parents for money.

A couple of years ago, I just about turned to my parents for help.  I had a period where I couldn’t find work, but the bills kept piling up to the point where I was in big trouble.  In fact, I was looking at having to go bankrupt if I didn’t figure something out quickly.

A good friend of mine at the time suggested I look into bill consolidation to get my bills under control.  I had never heard of it before and I made an appointment to talk to someone about it.

As it turns out, it was one of the best decisions that I made in my life.  I was able to get everything under control, find a job, and not have to ask my parents for help.  I just feel good knowing that I was able to take control and remain independent from them.

More than Photos

Posted By Jenn Brockman on June 6, 2008 @ 9:12 am

Many couples are opting for wedding videos now in addition to photographs to commemorate their special day. Whether the couple is looking for traditional style or a more funky and edgy production, there are many videographers to choose from.

Most can take photos from other sources like friends and family or even video and put them all together into one beautiful quality production video that will last a lifetime. They can add the music of your choice and by putting together the photos and videos can tell a story of your relationship and the special wedding day all together.

If you want night time shots, it shouldn’t be a problem either and most companies can provide professional equipment to take original video footage for you. One really cool way to send unique invitations is to send a video DVD made from photos and video of the couple. It is actually quite reasonable when it comes to cost, and will certainly be remembered by the guests.

Connected to the World

Posted By Misty Mountain on June 5, 2008 @ 10:01 am

When I look down at my mobile phone, I am amazed that it is so powerful.  Sure, it has only been in my life for a few years, but I never realized how important it was until today.

You see, I was just sitting down today contributing to a mobile community while doing some mobile file sharing with some friends.  It wasn’t until I realized that this little thing in my hands was letting me do all this that I realized how valuable my phone was to my life.

I can’t live without it.

In fact, I would say that my cell phone has more of an impact on my life than my computer.  It goes with me wherever I go, and is with me throughout the day.  You might even go as far as saying that it is my lifeline to the world – without it, I don’t know what I would do.

Learning New Things

Posted By Twyla on June 4, 2008 @ 5:01 pm

I am having a lot of fun learning new things about websites, the Internet and how to make money online. I thought that I was pretty knowledgeable about the web, but it turns out that I have a lot to learn. I guess this is a good thing because I love to learn.

I have been teaching myself a lot about Internet marketing and what it can do for your Internet business. I have not attempted to make money online, as I would love to learn a lot more about it before I try my hand at it. I think that knowledge is power and I would like to be powerful when I put my mind to something.

I know that I will one day attempt to start my own online business, but for now I am happy to be learning and it give me time to decide exactly what I want to do.

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