2015 in review

Good Day to You,

The stats below are not very impressive and THAT’S OK!

We all need to learn, help and grow at our own pace.

Improvement is happening, my pace is slow, but sometimes something worth doing takes time.

May your 2016 be full of good life, good things, with great family and friends.

My Best to You
Arth

And now the WordPress 2015 Review:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Starting a Business Resources Blogroll and Images

Good day to You,

Since my last post, I’ve been asking myself the following question:

How can the side bars best be used to consistently provide the most needed Resources and Information, regardless of the current content of my posts?

We got off to a good start understanding what tools can be used, and even talked about what best works for me. We talked about the three (3) new blogrolls started.

If you missed the last post here is a link:

BlogRoll Anyone?

Not only has more resources been added to the STARTING A BUSINESS Blogroll, but images have been added as well.

A word about Images

One of my many shortfalls is not being particularly artistic. My wife will be the first to tell you:

“Don’t trust him to match his colors right when he gets dressed”.

I admit it, she may not “technically” help me get dressed, but without her expert arrangement, the “fashion police” would arrest me for sure!

Another thing I don’t really get, is seeing images displayed on websites, and no credit given to the source.

I know about “public domain” and not being “obligated” to display details about the image, including the source. Please Excuse Me, if I do, even if it isn’t as “pretty”.

Thank you so much, to all the wonderful people who help us make our sites more appealing through the use of your images. I will be sharing the images placed above each of the Blogrolls in the sidebars in this post as well.

Little Shop – with sign fixed By finchweb - Click/Tap image to view the source.
Little Shop – with sign fixed By finchweb – Click/Tap image to view the source.

New “STARTING A BUSINESS” Resources

If you look to the far right side bar, you will see the above image, and under it the Blogroll called “STARTING A BUSINESS.

The first two links listed are not new, but are important, so I will list them for you first, followed by all the new Resource links after.

BusinessUSA – This is the Federal governments’ “centralized, one-stop platform”. Here you will find “the full range of business programs and services”.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – This is your Federal government Resource for learning about “loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions”, and more.

Explore State and Local Resources – BusinessUSA – Select your State or Territory on the map, or scroll down and click on your jurisdiction’s name. – You will be presented with a host of resources to choose from.

Start a Business – BusinessUSA – Try this “Start a Business Wizard”. Answer a series of questions to get focused. The results will provide you with a list of links to resources you can take advantage of.

Training Materials – BusinessUSA – Find out what training is available from many different government agencies and categories. Each title has a description and lists the government agency providing the training. You have access to “Chat”, “Online Training” and “Video”.

Accessing Financing – BusinessUSA – Use the “Access Financing Tool”. Answer a series of questions to get “tailored information on various financial programs”.

Explore Government Contracting – BusinessUSA – This Tool can help you “explore federal government procurement opportunities”. “There are plenty of federal contracting opportunities” in “all U.S. states and territories”.

U.S. Export Assistance Centers – BusinessUSA – Need to learn about Exporting? Learn about “trade counseling, advocacy, market intelligence and business matchmaking services”.

Now, no matter how many posts, and how varied the topics, these resources will always be available in the sidebar.

More Image Credits

“A word about Images” above, talked about wanting to be sure to give proper credit to the wonderful people who supply us with images to use on our sites.

Below I want to give honorable mention by presenting more images newly added to the site.

Above “ONLINE TEACHERS”

Online Presentation (male) by ousia - Click/Tap the image to view the source.
Online Presentation (male) by ousia – Click/Tap the image to view the source.

Above “TWITTER”

 

Online Presentation (male) by ousia - Click/Tap the image to view the source.
Online Presentation (male) by ousia – Click/Tap the image to view the source.

Blogging 101

The Automatic team, who host this site at WordPress.com and provide classes through Blogging University, deserve honorable mention.

A new Blogging 101 class is being offered after the New Year, and on a monthly basis.

Here is a link to the Blogging University page at “THE DAILY POST”:

BLOGGING UNIVERSITY – THE DAILY POST

Thank You Automatic!

I hope you find these resources helpful.

Be sure and let me know, if you have a suggestion for a product or service you would like to see provided on this site.

Remember, “Helper” is the most important word in the title of this blog.

Happy Holidays!

My Best to You
Arth

BlogRoll Anyone?

Good Day to You,

Doesn’t that sound delicious!

Of course, we aren’t talking about feeding our hunger pains here.

We can satisfy our visitor’s hunger for resources in a lot of ways.

If you own a WordPress blog, you have a distinct advantage, when it comes to feeding your reader’s hunger for resources. At the same time, you have the opportunity to share a little bit (or a whole lot) about yourself, by what you share using a Blogroll. Any combination of three (3) widgets can be used on your WordPress.com site.

Don’t have a WordPress site? You can learn more about that at WordPress.com.

You can scroll down the page and learn a lot. You can learn even more by going to their support page at Instant answers, just for you. – WordPress.com.

I’m sure you can manage this using other web hosts and plans, on a lot of different hosting platforms…if you know how to code a style sheet and are proficient using HTML.

Business card template - By Alicee – Click/tap the image to view the source
Business card template – By Alicee – Click/tap the image to view the source

My first impressions of Blogrolls

I’ve seen a lot of blogs, where the owner seemed to think it was a good idea to list a bunch of “affiliate” links, going to locations where the visitor gets the “hard sell”. If the blog owner was lucky enough, this sales strategy would earn them a commission on sales.

I don’t want you to get the impression that I have something against Internet Marketing, specifically, “Affiliate” Marketing.

It is very possible that someday, I may find a product or service that seems worth my efforts to sell on commission. Heck, who couldn’t use a little extra income?

I’m against the “Hard Sell”. We need to consider how best to serve our visitors with the content on our blog/website. We want our visitor to have a positive experience, finding value, and feeling like they can trust us. Indeed, building that trust should be at the top of our content building list.

Take a moment, think about what blogs/websites you follow and who you consider to be truthful, a good source to tell people about, and who can benefit.

How much consideration do you give the last part of the last sentence?

Who can benefit?

The people who benefit from the content you provide should be your first consideration.

If your content is not useful to your visitors, they will give you a quick “hello and goodbye”.

By the end of this post, we will have discussed the changes I’ve made on this site to help benefit you, my visitor. Hopefully, some of the people who provide information and resources I find valuable will benefit you as well.

By continuing to improve on the quality of this site, and expanding on the resources available to you, while benefiting the people who provide quality resources to me, I hope to benefit from the loyalty earned through the quality provided.

We’ll talk more about this a little later.

Are you a “one person show”?

No one is an “island”. None of us are capable of providing our visitors with “everything they need under the sun”. If we could all be self-sufficient, interdependency just wouldn’t exist and humans would have no need to be “social”.

We all have our sources of information, and resources we use to reach our goals.

By sharing our sources with our “target” audience, we are enriching their experience and being of more worth.

Now, we are no longer perceived as someone with limited resources, or someone who is not ready to provide what our visitors are hoping to find on our blog/website.

You don’t have to be ready to offer those resources yourself, on a “first hand” basis. You may not even be ready to provide a product or service yourself.

Take a good look at this blog. It is definitely a “work in progress”. I may have been a customer service representative, working for my state government for a long time, but I’m no expert in providing online services from my own “resource center”.

How can I expect to ever earn the respect of you, my visitor?

I expect to EARN your respect, by showing you RESPECT, and by providing you with quality content to help you. Professional Licensing is more involved than just applying for a license. You need to know what the education requirements are, before you are even able to qualify for the exam. Many professionals need to know about becoming incorporated.

Does anyone reading this really believe that I can provide all those resources without help?

Of course I can…NOT!

I may create close to one hundred (100) pages of resource links, as tools to help you find the licensing resources you need.

I can’t create a blog that you will want to continue to read and visit, without using the resources provided by others.

How much more valuable will this project be to you if I help you become aware of the wonderful learning experience, provided by the originators of WordPress? The people at Automatic provide such a wealth of guidance through the courses at Blogging University, why shouldn’t you be able to take advantage of that resource too? This post is part of sharing their lessons with you.

In the case of this project, the resource link pages are being worked on. They will be a great help to people needing to find the resources they will link to. It will be a “work in progress” for a long time.

Those resource link pages will not be enough, by themselves.

Want an easy way to share recommended resources and information, found on other websites you follow?

If you have a WordPress site, widgets can help!

Below, we will talk about three (3) widgets available to owners of sites hosted with WordPress.com.

I’m sure those of you who own a WordPress site through WordPress.org, and are using a third party host, can find and use widgets as well. You can look for them at:

Plugin Directory – Plugins – WordPress.org

Business card template - By Alicee – Click/tap the image to view the source
Business card template – By Alicee – Click/tap the image to view the source

“Blogs I Follow” Widget

Of the three (3) widgets being discussed here, this is the only one I’m not using.

This widget “will automatically display a list of the WordPress.com blogs you follow via the WordPress.com Reader”.

If you only follow blogs in your niche, this widget may be a good choice for you. How many of us really follow only WordPress.com blogs in our niche?

How many blogs do you follow, that are not a good match for your niche?

To give you an example, go to my post “Searching the Reader – Long Tail Tags,” and look under the heading “#1 Tag: “Social Media” from the Reader “Cloud”.

I dedicate a lot of that post to the author’s articles on Twitter. Because of those articles, I now have an active Twitter account that I understand.

Although the blog posts are relative to helping us learn about and improve our social media presence, Allison Maruska is really an author of books. Her blog is usually more about being an author and talking about “authorship”, writing tips, and much more.

Allison’s’ blog is not always focused on Twitter, or social media, I still follow her.

Do I want to recommend her blog?

Yes!

I want to continue to share her wonderful advice about Twitter.

The “Blogs I Follow” widget will not help me make that distinction, because it will not allow me to target those specific posts.

You can learn more about the “Blogs I Follow” widget at:

Widgets >> Blogs I Follow Widget – Widgets & Sidebars – Support – WordPress.com

“Links” Widget

The Support article describes the different field settings.

I will provide you with a link to the support article here and at the end of this section:

Widgets >> Links Widget – Widgets & Sidebars – Support – WordPress.com

To learn more about Adding Links to the widget you can click on “adding a link” at the end of the line starting with “Note:” under the title “Settings”.

Let me help you find the instructions for Adding Links to the “Links” widget:

Links Menu (Blogroll) >> Add a Blogroll Link – Links – Support – WordPress.com

MAKING A CATEGORY: WHICH FIRST? CATEGORY, LINK OR WIDGET?

After adding my first “Link” widget to my sidebar, something interesting happened. A list of links appeared in my sidebar that I hadn’t even created. I had no idea how they got there, unless they were part of my theme. I now know that they needed a “links” widget in order to be displayed.

Another point of frustration, was not knowing how to change my choice of categories in the widget. The only choices available were “All Links” and “Blogroll”.

I was able to get rid of the extra links by going to the same screen we use to add a link, and deleting them. If I had understood why they had showed up unexpectedly in the beginning, my approach would have been different.

It turns out that when we use the Links Menu in the WP Admin section of our Dashboard, we are not adding the links directly to our “Links” widget, but creating a list of links.

The Links Menu helps us to create a “list of links” and a “new Link Category”.

We need the “Links” widget to display them.

With a little more experience, I now realize that I could have created a new Category in the Categories Module of the Links Menu first.

The first widget being added was for the “Twitter” Blogroll. I discovered that by adding a New Category called “Twitter”, I could go back to the Customize screen, and “Twitter” was now available as a category choice in the “Links” widget.

Now, when a new “Links” widget is being considered for my blog, I will be sure to create a new link category, before creating the first link in the Links Menu, or adding a new “links” widget to my sidebar.

After adding the new Link Category, we can create our links, and assign the new Links Category to each link, then go to the Customize screen to add the new “Links” widget.

The new category will now be available, in the new “Links” widget drop-down menu.

My eye sight is not the best, so I sometimes will miss a “piece of the puzzle”. This is one of those times. In the last instruction linked to above on adding a Blogroll link, at the end of the paragraph under “Categories Module” is a link to the following instructions on Managing Link Categories:

Links Menu (Blogroll) >> Link Categories – Links – Support – WordPress.com

Now I have a “Twitter” Blogroll in the far right column of my site (on pc, sized screens), and all the helpful posts that have helped me to create and manage my own Twitter account are listed in it.

Now everyone has easy access to this valuable information and the value to my visitors is greatly improved.

More Blogrolls can now be added to “showcase” valuable resources and information, while continuing to add value to the project in other ways.

I decided to recreate the “case of too many links” so that you can see the “before and after” effect of the above experience.

Extra Links showing with no category assigned.
Extra Links showing with no category assigned.
The Extra Links disappear with a category added.
The Extra Links disappear with a category added.

You can read more about the “Links” widget at:

Widgets >> Links Widget – Widgets & Sidebars – Support – WordPress.com

“Text” Widget

According to the Support documentation the Text widget is the most popular, “because of its power and flexibility”. It can “display text, links, images, or any combination”.

This is by far the most versatile widget.

You will also need to use some HTML in order to take full advantage of everything it can do.

This widget accepts HTML, so you can use it to display and describe links.

Hmm, did that just say “HTML”?

Don’t worry, we won’t be doing anything with our “Style Sheet”, or anything else that will mess up the code. The HTML code is placed directly into the widget. If you can’t get it to work correctly, just remove the widget.

Before we get too far into talking about using HTML, let me share with you some information found in the support article referenced below, describing some “does” and “don’ts” on using Code.

A list of HTML Tags

Under the heading “HTML Tags” you will find a list of HTML code that WordPress.com allows us to use.

Why JavaScript, Flash and Other Embeds are not allowed.

Why JavaScript is not allowed, and how WordPress.com handles it from trusted partners like YouTube and Google Video.

The article links to various resources for safely posting Videos, Audio, how to “easily post source code on your blog” and more.

Here is the support article on the WordPress code security restrictions:

Code – Writing & Editing – Support – WordPress.com

Help using HTML

Whenever possible, I avoid using Code or HTML. I did use it in one text widget on this blog, and I’ll share that with you, after sharing some resource links to the following Support Documentation:

Beginning and Advanced HTML

Beginning HTML – Writing & Editing – Support – WordPress.com

Advanced HTML – Writing & Editing – Support – WordPress.com

Image Widget

Widgets >> Image Widget – Widgets & Sidebars – Support – WordPress.com

HTML Troubleshooting

HTML Troubleshooting – Appearance, Writing & Editing – Support – WordPress.com

I decided not to use the “Text” widget for my Blogrolls. Using the “Links” widget will work best for me.

How I used the “Text” widget

At the top of the middle sidebar, just under the header image (on pc sized screens), you will find “HEADER IMAGE SOURCE”, as the title of my “Text” widget. “openclipart” is the link that will take you to the source.

Below is a screenshot:

Text Widget used as the description and source link for my Header Image.
Text Widget used as the description and source link for my Header Image.

The resource that I have found the most helpful and easiest to use is where the code for the “openclipart” link in my “Text” widget came from.

You will find the code I used, and be able to create and test the code as well here:

HTML Links – w3schools.com

I still had to play around with the HTML code a little before some extra text stopped being displayed. Doing this was easy. Once the extra text I saw after previewing the site was removed, the link displayed and worked, just as I intended.

Here is the HTML reference from the Support article Code – Writing & Editing – Support – WordPress.com, referenced above, under “Why JavaScript, Flash and Other Embeds are not allowed“.

You will find a lot of useful HTML examples, including the one I referenced above:

HTML Element Reference – w3schools.com

Here is the Support article on using the “Text” widget:

Widgets >> Text Widget – Widgets & Sidebars – Support – WordPress.com

Share Our Blogroll(s) with the Site Owner(s)

Sharing the Blogrolls we create with the owner of the site we are linking to is very important.

If they are aware of our Blogroll, they will know to inform us, should their source page change.

They may like our blog and recommend it to others, possibly creating a Blogroll on their site, linking back to ours, which helps to mutually build trust, authority and traffic.

Who Benefits from Blogrolls?

When we create a “value driven” Blogroll, benefits are provided in three (3) ways:

  1. Our visitors are able to benefit from the added value, delivered in a convenient way, and are able to take positive action.
  2. The blog/website owner, where the links in our Blogroll will take our visitor will benefit. We are sending “targeted traffic” to their site. They will also benefit from the “good will” and trust being built through the recommendation.
  3. We as blog owners will also benefit from the “good will” and added trust that our visitors, will give us, because they have found something on our blog that helps. As our visitors learn to trust us, they may recommend our blog to someone they know, who can also benefit. We may also benefit from recommendations by the other blog/website owner(s), who may send “targeted traffic” to our blog.

Building Natural Backlinks

Benefit number three (3) is also a highly recommended Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practice, called creating “Natural Backlinks”

This type of backlink is the very best kind you can build, because it is shared between websites with a similar interest.

This is an excellent way of building Search Engine Respected Backlinks.

Our blog’s standings in the search results may improve due to all this positive and supportive activity.

This can sometimes be more effective than the standard “keyword” method of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

Now we can really start to share resources, while building trust.

Now everyone WINS!

But wait! We have more to talk about.

Blogrolls added here (so far)

STARTING A BUSINESS
ONLINE TEACHERS
TWITTER

Blogging 101

The email instructions from Blogging University, as part of this Blogging 101 assignment say:

“Why do this?”

“You tell readers more about yourself through what you choose to share.”

“Giving readers recommendations turns you into a trustworthy source of great stuff.”

“When other bloggers see you referring them traffic, they’re likely to drop in on you – a traffic win-win.”

Once again, the Blogging 101 class at Blogging University has proven so helpful and informative. Without them, this blog would never have managed to provide so many resources on the home page, while presenting current information in the body of the page, as a blog post.

Do I think the $299 annual fee for my Business Hosting Account at WordPress.com is worth the money?

Absolutely, without question.

I hope you have found this post to be helpful and informative. May the personal experiences shared in this article help you to avoid some of the frustration I felt, while trying to solve the “extra links” mystery.

Do you use a Blogroll on your blog/website?

Have I helped make the process easier for you to understand and implement on your site?

Do you have a suggestion for another specialized Blogroll on this site?

Want to share how you use Blogrolls on your site?

Please leave a comment and share your experiences using a Blogroll on your site.

My Best to You
Arth

Security Vulnerability on Dell Computers!

Good Day to You,

November 27, 2015 Update:

I received an update to my previous newsletter from US-CERT. The update narrows down the time frame we need to be aware of concerning this vulnerability:

August 18, 2015 – “Dell Foundation Services (DFS) application”

November 20-23 2015 – “Certificate was preinstalled on some systems”

Below is a paste from the newsletter dated “Friday, November 27, 2015 5:14 PM”.

“The eDellRoot certificate originated from an update to the Dell Foundation Services (DFS) application on August 18, 2015. As of November 23, that update is no longer being provided. The certificate was also preinstalled on some systems November 20–23, 2015. Dell is pushing a DFS software update to remove the vulnerable certificate from affected systems.”

A friend tested the tool

On Thanksgiving Day, we spent time with friends who happen to have two (2) Dell laptops. One of them is my old one. We installed the removal tool on that computer and ran it.

The result was that the tool couldn’t find the file (not an exact quote). The removal tool had no effect on the performance of the laptop. We watch streaming music videos for a good part of the day.

Since this is an older laptop, it isn’t surprising that the tool didn’t find the file. My friend does not allow “automatic updates” on this pc (yes, he does know what he is doing).

We didn’t take the time to test the newer computer, but it does have Windows 10, which automatically updates the Windows Security Patches. I’m not sure about the Dell Application.

End of Update – Original Post is below:

I am straying away from talking about Professional Licensing, or Blogging 101 in this post for a very important public service notice.

This post is directed to anyone who owns a Dell computer.

I just received a newsletter update from one of my Federal Agency website email subscriptions that, as a former Dell computer owner really made me take notice.

I just purchased a new computer that replaced my older Dell laptop. This is too important not to post about it.

The newsletters’ contents are posted on the US-CERT website:

Dell Computers Contain CA Root Certificate Vulnerability – UNITED STATES COMPUTER EMERGENCY READINESS TEAM (US-CERT).

I’m not a particularly technical person, so instead of trying to explain what this security vulnerability is, here is a link to the Vulnerability Note:

Vulnerability Note VU#870761 – Dell Foundation Services installs root certificate and private key (dDellRoot) – Vulnerability Notes Database – Homeland Security.

Digital Encryption Icon By Dustin – Click/tap the image to view the source.
Digital Encryption Icon By Dustin – Click/tap the image to view the source.

REVOKING THE CERTIFICATE

The above Vulnerability Note lists two (2) Solutions:

The webpage talks about how to “Revoke eDellRoot certificate”.

I prefer the other recommendation.

REMOVING THE CERTIFICATE (WHAT I WOULD DO)

The Vulnerability Note lists a way to “Remove eDellRoot certificate” and provides a link to the Removal Tool.

When I clicked on the link in the Vulnerability Note, the tool automatically downloaded. I have copied the link, and you can use it here: DOWNLOAD THE TOOL.

Dell also has this post on their blog:

Response to Concerns Regarding eDellroot Certificate – Direct2Dell – The Official Dell Corporate Blog

ATTACK SCENARIOS

Under “Impact” the Vulnerability Note tells us that “Common attack scenarios include”:

“Impersonating a web site”

“Performing a MiTM attack to decrypt HTTPS traffic” – This can allow an attacker to read all encrypted web browser traffic, like our usernames and passwords.

“Installing malicious software”

I hope those of you who own a Dell computer will take the appropriate steps listed above to keep your computer and privacy safe from attack.

I’m including the Blogging 101 tag with this post, in the hope that this will be of help to the folks at Blogging University as well.

My Best to You
Arth

Welcome Licensee!

Good Day to You,

Relax, be comfortable.

You have just arrived at a HELPING place.

It doesn’t matter if you are only considering becoming a professional, or are currently a licensee. You can look for links to information and resources, using the tools on this site (still a “work in progress”), or simply use the Contact Form to ask for one-on-one help.

Consumers can find help here as well. You can find links to “License Searches”. You can look up licensee information, to check if the person or company you are considering to hire, has a clean license history, free from disciplinary action. You will find links to license searches, located on the official websites, where it is possible to get those answers, often at no fee.

You can get help finding answers to questions relating to everything from educational requirements and finding accredited schools, to asking where to find laws and regulations. You can even ask for help finding resources to Start a Business in your State or Territory.

Professional-People-Silhouette - Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.
Professional-People-Silhouette – Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.

Not Official, just Experienced

No, this is not an OFFICIAL website. The owner has no ties to any government agency.

You can benefit from my 20+ years as a customer service representative, working for the State of Maine, as a state employee. Now that I’m retired, I’m no longer bound by restrictions to give information that “only relates to the specialized resources” attached to one specific “piece of the puzzle”, the one in which I worked. I am not restricted by any “conflicts of interests”, now that I’m retired.

No Hard Sell

Helping you, while avoiding the ever growing practice of the “HARD SELL”.

You don’t have to worry about being BOMBARDED with advertising and promotional emails. Blog posts are intended to be helpful and informative, not a platform to SELL.

Know that you can ask questions, seek help finding a resource and request a service, without being concerned about hidden costs or a long wait, after payment, for your service to be delivered. I am not “fast”, and you will not be charged until your product or service is ready for delivery.

Even better, you have the opportunity to help improve this site, when your request helps me author something that can be repurposed to generate income. You will not only receive the service at no cost, but are encouraged to give feedback, telling me how I can do better. You can even suggest an appropriate fee, that you feel should be charged for that product or service.

Be encouraged, when you don’t see a specific product or service listed. Consider this your opportunity to contribute to this “work in progress”.

Helping works both ways here. Your questions and suggestions will help with the development of this site, and the improvement of the tools you find here. While your input helps me to “focus” on your needs, you will get help finding the resources and answers you need. I am not the “official”, just an “enabler” or “helper”.

Together, we can help each other.

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Professional-People-Silhouette – Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.

Maine licensees are especially lucky!

Most Maine administrative agencies maintain webpages with specialized information and resources for each License Type, associated with each Profession. You will find a special links page for Maine Professional Licensing, in the Main Menu.

Remember, if you don’t see what you need, just ask me. It will take a long time to put together all the Resource Links Tool Pages. You don’t have to wait for that to get the answers you need, just use the Contact Form.

Help for licensees from any U.S. State or Territory.

The “Professions” Menu, located to the right (and after the comments on smaller screens), is where you connect with the links pages, listed by Profession, in Alphabetical order. Where possible, each page, dedicated to that Profession, will list each U.S. State and Territory, having relative official resource webpages.

The “Maine Professional Licensing” and “Professions” pages make up the Resource Links Page Tool.

Professional-People-Silhouette - Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.
Professional-People-Silhouette – Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.

Using the Resource Links Tool Pages

Isn’t it refreshing to know that, alphabetically indexed link pages are in the process of being created, to help you locate the information and resources that can be buried in the maze of official government websites?

Think of the Link Pages as your tool, created to take you directly to the official’s page, where that specific resource is located, without having to search their site to get there.

Use the Main Menu to access the Maine Professional Licensing resource tool, if you need to find resources and information specific to Maine.

Use the “Professions” Menu on the right (and under the comments on smaller screens), if you need to find resources and information in another U.S. State or Territory. The “Profession” names link you to that dedicated Resource Links Page. New Professions will be added as the dedicated Resource Links Page is published.

A Work In Progress

Developing these tools is a “work in progress”. You don’t have to wait for these tools to be published. Take advantage of the Contact Form to tell me how I can help.

Rest assured, all answers to questions and resources provided, come directly from official sources. All answers are provided, complete with “reference links”.

Protecting Your Privacy

You can protect your privacy by using the Contact Form to ask for help (without making a “public” comment under a post), knowing that your email address will not be shared, and only used in response to your request. Not only will your privacy be protected, but you will get one-on-one help from me.

You will only receive update emails if you subscribe to posts. You can always unsubscribe, at any time.

Professional-People-Silhouette - Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.
Professional-People-Silhouette – Go to the Source by clicking/taping the picture.

Share this Resource

Do you know someone who needs answers to professional licensing questions? They are welcome to ask questions ‘unofficially” here first, and benefit from this HELPING place.

Reassure them that the resources they find here are real, without a “sales pitch” and operated by someone with experience dealing with government resources. Someone who can find the hidden resources and information buried within those webpages.

THE BLOGGING 101 CONNECTION

This post reflects three (3) days of assignments.

ASSIGNMENT:

“Publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.”

The first part of this post is a little more targeted toward my “ideal audience”. I try to engage you with a supportive “tone”, inviting you to relax and reassuring you that this is a “HELPING” site.

This assignment was easy. I hope you always feel welcome here, and are encouraged to ask, when you need help.

I will do my best to provide you with helpful and relative content, using my experience to help guide me in the direction you need to go, bring you the information you need.

You will also notice that images have been added to today’s post, they are the “new –to-you element” part of the assignment.

This exercise feels like a really good idea. Now you should have a better understanding for what this blog is for, how to use the Resource Links Page Tool, and how you can ask for help.

ASSIGNMENT:

“Create and publish your “About” page, then either adapt it into the widget on our home page or add it to your menu.

My “About” pages are already part of the main menu.

My Gravatar has been updated.

Both the About P-L-H, and the About Arth pages have been re-written.

I’ve added something else new to the bottom of the “About Arth” page.

You’ve been reading about my years of experience. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the proof.

ASSIGNMENT:

“Try out at least three other themes – even if you’re happy with the one you first chose. Try one you’re drawn to, and one you would never use.”

Below is a screen shot, showing how this site looked using the Twenty Twelve Theme:

The previous Twenty Twelve Theme - Click/Tap image to view source.
The previous Twenty Twelve Theme – Click/Tap image to view source.

One of the big problems with the old theme was trying to figure out how best to create a second menu for the “Professions” links pages. The purpose of this second menu is to provide an easy way to access all the Resource Links Tool Pages that are planned.

The email instructions from our Blogging 101 instructor always arrive complete with links to helpful support documents, helping us succeed with our assignments.

This helpful article does a really good job, walking us through the process of finding, and selecting a WordPress theme:

Get Personality – PICK A THEME – Learn WordPress.com

The above article explains some important things for you to consider. One consideration that helped me narrow down my search for a new theme, is to narrow down your possibilities by customizing your search perimeters. You do this in the Theme Showcase by selecting “…MORE” in the main menu.

The “…MORE” link opens a box with columns of radio buttons that we can select to narrow our results, to show only the themes that have the features we need most.

The column headings include:
“TYPES”
“FEATURES”
“LAYOUTS” (Be sure to select “Responsive” to look good on all size screens.)
“COLORS”
“PRICE”

One thing I love about my WordPress Business hosting account is that I don’t have to worry about how much a theme costs. This plan allows us to choose freely between all the themes, without limits. Our $299 per year subscription cost covers being able to use any Premium theme with no additional cost.

Want to skip the support documentation and get right to looking at themes?

Here is a link to the Theme Showcase:

WordPress Themes – WordPress.com

Here is a direct link to the home page of my new theme called “Cerauno”:

Cerauno – WordPress Themes – WordPress.com

Once again, it has taken a long time to complete my Blogging 101 assignments. This time I have combined three (3) assignments into one.

Professional-People-Silhouette - Click/Tap image to view source.
Professional-People-Silhouette – Click/Tap image to view source.

Closing Words

I want you to know that everything written in the first part of this post is sincere. You are very welcome here and I want you to feel my helpful attitude in every post published.

I have left off a lot of detail regarding my experience changing my theme.

One very time consuming and challenging issue was finding the right image for my header (including finding one that fits).

Another time consuming process was figuring out how to come up with code for the link in the text widget, going to the source of the image used for my header. I am happy to share more (including the html code used) with anyone who asks.

Thanks for visiting and reading this post. I hope you’ve found it helpful.

My Best to You
Arth

Searching the Reader – Long Tail Tags

Good Day to You,

Day 3’s (11/04/15) assignment at Blogging 101 is to “follow five new tags in the Reader and five new blogs”.

This was a bit of a challenge for me, mostly because of the time it takes for me to read (due to Glaucoma). I have tried researching for other related blogs using the Reader Tags before, without much success, using terms that seemed most relevant to Professional Licensing.

Doing similar research has been on my “to do” list for retirement, in order to expand on the original ideas for monetization on this project and to make connections.

The reasons given for doing this assignment are:

“Publishing posts is only half of blogging – engaging with the community is the other.”

“Considering what other bloggers write will inspire you and sharpen your thoughts.”

For those of you who are not familiar with the WordPress Dashboard, when we sign in to our account, the Reader is the first place we “land”. It is a lot like an RSS reader, but better in a few ways. The Reader allows us to search for and connect with other blogs of similar interest (like social media), we have full access to our stats, our Dashboard, and Technical Support. “Reader” is really an understatement.

In the Reader “Tags” are how topics are organized. The “TAGS” section lets us browse by Exploring Topics. We can see a “cloud of the most popular tags”, and click on one to view the latest posts, using that tag. We can also type in our own Tag/Search Term, to explore posts that we may not otherwise find.

After “sleeping on it”, it seems to me that this may be a very good way to explore Long-tail-possibilities. By “Long-tail-possibilities, I mean looking for possible ways to expand on and perhaps identify areas of my niche where something is needed by the public, and doesn’t seem to be generally or overly addressed. Finding these less used tags, helps find areas with less competition from already established sites. This can be especially important in terms of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

It can be so hard to try to place well on the search engines if we try to compete with other well established and successful websites in a niche. If you can find something that is needed, that does not have a lot of competition, but is very valuable, you’ve found that “Long-tail-possibility”. My name for these tags is “Long tail tag”.

We can find a lot on the web about “long-tail keywords” in relation to Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

More recently, it has become common practice to try and find “broken links” on webpages in your niche, then contact the site owner and parlay an agreement for the site owner to replace the “broken” link with one that goes to a relevant page on your site. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term “Broken Link”, it refers to a link that brings a visitor who clicks on it to an error page instead of the expected webpage.

The search engines pay more attention to websites with relevant “natural” backlinks from other websites. Relevant “natural” links, are ones that are not artificially acquired by purchasing them through “link farms” or other artificial methods, but are links to your site from related sites, relevant comments in posts on other sites, and by webmasters linking to related information on your site from theirs.

What I did, was start by using the “cloud of tags” in the Reader first. When a blog had potential, in relation to my niche, I paid attention to all the tags used by the author. These tags are the beginning of my “Long Tale Tag List”. A document has been created with that title, just for keeping track of the tags.

Our email instructions from the Blogging 101 class encourages us to inventively investigate the tags, and using one of my “Long Tail Tags”, I managed to connect with unique and helpful blogs, and with an author who is not afraid of being herself with her writing. You will find her under “#2 Long Tail Tag: “Career decisions”.

You can learn more about how the Reader works here: Reader – Following – Support – WordPress.com.

#1 Tag: “Social Media” from the Reader “Cloud”

This post is especially helpful for those of us (including myself) who haven’t created an account with Twitter. She gives outstanding instructions in her post for creating a Twitter account, along with advice on what to avoid and how to make your Twitter presence standout and uniquely yours. Her blog is very helpful, and following it will be an education.

The post that inspired me to look closer at this blog is:

Can Twitter Really Help An Author? A Beginner’s Guide – Allison Maruska – Author Website and Blog

But wait!

The post I linked to above is only the beginning of Allison’s wonderful and very helpful series on Twitter.

TWITTER HASHTAGS

Did you know this?

“Hashtags are categories. They attach your tweet to the group under that hashtag, so parties interested in that category can see your tweet. No hashtag, and only your followers can see the tweet.” (Taken from this next post.)

So, we can just start posting “tweets”, and get read by people who are already following us, which is fine for communicating with our “group”.

What about connecting to a larger audience?

When we need to get the attention of a larger, and targeted audience, while still communicating with our followers, we should use the hashtag. In this way our followers will still see the tweet, but so will anyone following that tag.

This is similar to following tags in your post. When someone follows the tag in the Reader of their WordPress Dashboard, they are more likely to find your post, because you used that tag. This is all about making CONNECTIONS.

Using hashtags, seems to be a good way to attract the attention of others, without wasting our time, or spamming the heck out of people, by trying to type tweet after tweet, in the hopes of gaining traffic.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the time or inclination to “beat a broken drum”.

By the way, if you check the comments on any of Allison’s posts, you will see just how wonderful and supportive she is.

You could just find these gems of wonderful information by navigating her blog, or just follow the link below:

Can Twitter Hashtags Grow Your Following? – Allison Maruska – Author Website and Blog

As I’m writing this part of the post (in MS Word), my new Twitter account is logged in and ready for this new information from her newest post.

PINNED TWEETS

When we tweet, the shelf life of that tweet lasts until it is buried under the next few tweets being sent in Twitter. It isn’t long before the tweet disappears at the bottom of the page, as new ones populate the feed. This is a HUGE problem for those of us who want to REALLY COMMUNICATE, without the communication disappearing. I like watching a good magician, but really?

Pining a tweet allows us to permanently attach it to the top of our profile page.

Now, your message can “stay put”, until you decide to replace it with a new one.

Don’t forget the HASHTAG!

Here is a link to the tweet I just pinned to my profile (I pined it in honor of the author, Allison Maruska.)

Note: This link was removed, because the tweet is no longer pinned.

TWITTER LIST CREATION

I just love what we call people who tweet on Twitter!

TWEEPS!!!

The idea of creating a list in Twitter is to save us from the bombardment of advertisements, put out by spammers using automated programs called “bots”.

I responded to some “followed” notifications by respectfully “following” them back, as a courtesy. You can even check out their website to see if you want to follow them, from their profile page.

A couple of those “follows” have a good looking website, but following them ended up with a constant barrage of continuous tweets on my feed. Good Grief!

Creating a Twitter List, allows us to add “only the tweets from the Tweeps we add to the list”. We can create more than one list.

I called my first list “No Noise”, with the description “Keeping the spammers out”.

INCREASE ENGAGEMENT

Allison gives us some advice on what she finds works for her. She addresses this common complaint she gets about Twitter:

“It’s hard to engage with other tweeps. It feels like you’re yelling into the void with no answer”

Here is a link to the post:

Can twitter Really Help An Author? – Part 2 – Allison Maruska – Author Website and Blog

SHOULD I THANK YOU OR NOT?

One thing that makes Twitter hard for me to look at for a long period of time is the Feed. We have to scroll constantly through lines of “Tweets”, of 140 characters or less. The tweets keep coming and never seems to stop. It is just TOO MUCH WHITE NOISE!!!

Creating a Twitter List, as discussed above definitely helps. I’m still a bit overwhelmed, simply because even the helpful people whom I feel are a must to follow, can have multiple lines in a row of these mini conversations, when they are very active.

So, along with creating our lists, what else can help with all that NOISE?

Allison has a really good post on that. She basically discusses some of the responses we can use to thank people for the positive actions they take. These actions include following the person that follows you, Re-tweeting (RT), and other variations of saying “thanks”.

I found her take on this an interesting read, with good points being made for both saying “thanks”, and why there are times that “the excessive favoriting and RTing becomes annoying.”

You will find the comments interesting here as well, and may want to share your views.

You can find this interesting post at:

Twitterquette: To Thank Or Not To Thank? – Allison Maruska – Author Website and Blog

HOLLY OVERLOAD FACTOR!

Yes, I agree, this post has gotten longer than intended, but why should we write a post with links to other posts, unless we give a clear picture regarding their importance?

The above title is not intended to be a reference to the length of this post.

What the title is referring to is one of the biggest reasons (other than privacy) that I have avoided having any social media accounts for years.

In this post Allison talks about practices we are subjected to that may not necessarily be intended as SPAM, but are very annoying. Sometimes we are subjected to so much of the HARD SELL, that it can be a huge mistake to try it in social media (or anywhere else in my humble opinion).

This post touches upon schemes to “raise awareness”, using social media to complain, complain…complain, and the wonderful spam bots (sure).

You will find interesting comments following this post. Many of them have important value for us as users and even more for business users.

To find out what mistakes you may be making and hopefully make your engagement on social media more effective (and profitable) read this post:

Do You Punish People With Your Social Media Practices? – Allison Maruska – Author Website and Blog

I now have a new Twitter account that is manageable and targeted. Thank your Allison!

COMMENT SPAM

I’m injecting one more addition to ways in which we “Punish People”, not in Social Media, but by making the mistake of commenting “off topic”, after posts. When we don’t stay on topic while commenting, we tend to interrupt the flow of conversation and more.

We run the risk of our comment not being approved by the administrator.

Even worse, between the WordPress algorithms and widgets that are intended to filter out legitimate comments from spammers, can work against us. Be careful not to overdo linking in your comments. Although I’m not sure what the threshold is, use caution.

At the bottom of my posts you will find a “Please Note”.

It is directed to anyone who leaves a comment, to help if your comment does not show up in a reasonable period of time. Some days I will have pages of “spam” in my Comment Spam Folder of the WordPress Dashboard. This simply overwhelms me.

#2 Long Tail Tag: “Career decisions”.

I came up with the “Career decisions” tag because it fits my niche. I want to do more than just help people find resources to getting a professional license, but also help future professionals learn about the different license types related to a given career, and help them understand the process from the beginning, educational requirements through actually obtaining a professional license.

Not only do I consider everything in the above paragraph to be a critical part of my niche, but also helping you find resources to incorporate your business, connect to state and federal tax information, and anything else you want my help with.

The “Career decisions” tag brought me to this blog, belonging to a person who is Passionate about her niche. She says her blog helps “people discover who they are and their aspirations for a living”. She is the founder and CEO of “Creating Futures”. The About page explains that Creating Futures is a “startup with a vision to build the upcoming generation of Africa’s human capital”.

The post on this blog isn’t chosen because her writing is “picture perfect”, but because this post, and others on her site show a willingness to help, provides very useful advice, and (in my humble estimation) is brimming with her own passion for her project. Here is the post:

BUILDING A CAREER FROM YOUR PASSION – ZED TELLIS

#3 Tag, is used by one of the authors listed above: “Online Presence”.

This time, the tag brought me to a real online professional who gets paid for providing Online Copywriting and Content Marketing. His content is interesting, informative, shows a willingness to teach and is very supportive. He also has a video on this post that explains how important it is for us to engage with the people who comment on our posts. It really does help us get better recognition on Facebook and other social media platforms.

You can find his post at:

Your content marketing plan is only as good as your Business’s social media presence. – Tommy Scanlan – COPYTHAT – SEO Copywriting and Content Marketing

#4 Long Tail Tag: “Social media help”.

The owner of this blog, Steve Goldner has twenty (20) years of experience. His “About” page reads like a professional resume.

I had been looking at another blog where the owner has twenty five (25) years of experience. That blog was a lot more businesslike, and less engaging. The post was very informative, but Steve won me over because his approach speaks to the way I aspire to grow my project.
I recommend reading Three Social Marketing Fundamentals – SocialSteve’s Blog.

Under “Content Marketing with Social Marketing”, in the above article, Steve has an image of a target listing Brand; Content; Sharing; and Advocates.

Under the target he goes into great detail describing the importance of each.

He also talks about “Holistic Social Marketing” and “Meaningful Social Metrics”.

Something that I think is very profound in his approach:

Under “Meaningful Social Metrics, Steve says “notice “conversion” is not part of the social media activities”.

He talks about our brand being “shared” than “promoted” by the people with whom we build helpful relationships. Over time, trust builds and our brand’s helpful content is shared by our followers, who become our Advocates. What I get out of this is that we are better off being an advocate ourselves, positively sharing valuable content, along with our own. It is through our “good works” that our brand becomes recognized and trusted. To me this is the best example of “natural link building” I have ever read.

I’m far from mastering the sharing tools, here on WordPress and in social media. The farther along I progress in the Blogging 101 course, the need to better understand how to properly use these tools, becomes more evident.

In this next post, Steve explains that “There is nothing better than getting the feeling of helping someone.” He follows that statement with “Are you doing this with your social presence?”

This is also the post I found, following the tag:

Here is an Example of Why I Love My Social Marketing Job – SocialSteve’s Blog

#5 Professionals – not a “Long Tail Tag”, but a relevant tag I added

Theo van der Krogt is the author of this web book. He is from Europe, and has extensive experience as an educator, having taught public management at the University of Twente. He was secretary-general of the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA), from its start in 1999 until 2013. In 1972 he wrote his PhD dissertation on “professionalization and collective power” (in Dutch). – Taken from the blog book’s “About” page.

Professional Licensing Helper is based in the United States (home state of Maine), but this web book is a wonderful read and is very helpful in explaining many of the dynamics regarding the difference between a “professional” and an “expert”. Types of professional organizations (from a theoretical point of view), the virtues and ethics involved, regulation, drawbacks of regulation, and much more. It is relevant in Europe, the United States, and internationally.

This is a very interesting read, for those of you who are already educated and are licensed. Future and potential professionals can learn a lot about why a license is required and why not everyone supports licensing, to just scratch the surface.

To be sure, the reading level required to understand parts of this web book, may be a bit advanced for some. I may be retired after 30 years, 20 years specific to being a customer service representative, but my level of reading as a high school graduate, makes parts of the web book (especially some of the theoretical sections in the first couple chapters) a bit challenging.

The links in the author’s Table of Contents make it easy to identify specific sections of interest.

Education plays a huge part in Professional Licensing. Part of being a Professional Licensing Helper, is to help you find the educational requirements you need to fulfill, in order to qualify for testing and licensing.

After you qualify and receive your professional license, you will have to keep up with the continuing education requirements.

This blog book is a wonderful resource for you to get a good understanding regarding what being a “professional” means in our society. Even if you have no intention of becoming a professional, you will find this well worth the read.

In relation to Professional Licensing (including the need for ethics, education, laws and regulation), I would like to call attention to Chapter 5. “The control over and regulation of professional work”. Specifically, the post, “Why regulation? Unprofessional behavior”.

To me, the issue of unprofessional behavior, the effect this behavior has on the consumer (called “clients” in his web book), and the need to protect the public from damages this fraudulent and irresponsible element can cause, makes the regulation of professionals, essential.

The author lists some excellent examples of how, in certain circumstances, professional regulation can in fact have negative effects on both the consumer and the professional.

The above paragraphs are indeed an over simplification in relation to the author’s writing. The post goes into great detail regarding other forms of unprofessional behavior, which he calls “Professional deformation” and “Non-individual unprofessional behavior”. Chapter 5 goes on to discuss “Regulation of professional services”, “Instruments of regulation” and “Drawbacks of professional regulation”.

The great majority of professional license types require testing, regulated by national and international organizations that have spent years, even decades standardizing the tests. They assure a uniform standard of practice. In Europe, here in the U.S., and internationally. While different jurisdictions may have some differences in laws and regulations, the uniformity of standards in testing and other requirements, ensures that the consumer is protected from less than favorable, even dangerous results.

I want to respectfully thank the author, for such a fine contribution to the blogosphere!

Below is a link to this Blog Book:

BLOG BOOK “PROFESSIONALS AND THEIR WORK” – (I’m linking to first post, with a short overview, and Table of Contents of this “work in progress”, that will turn into hyperlinks to each new post as they are completed.)

Commenting on posts, while logged into your WordPress Account

When I first started commenting no posts, while logged into my WordPress Dashboard, a message appeared that made me wonder if there could be a security risk. I emailed the wonderful happiness engineers at Automatic, the creators of WordPress, our webmaster, Technical Support, and much more. Below, I will share the conversation we had:

To Support:

“I have noticed the following message when starting to comment on a post:
“Arth: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. (Log Out / Change )” – I get the impression that this is something to avoid? – I’m making it a practice to logout before commenting, but could you please explain the risk?”

Response from Support:

“This notice is just there to notify you which account you will be commenting from – it is not something you should avoid. Some users have multiple accounts, and when commenting, find it convenient to see what username they’re currently logged into before commenting.

This is simply there for informative purposes, not to warn you against it.

To Support:

“I would like to expand on this subject just a little more.

My “online name” and my “user name” for my login are not the same, in order to help keep my account secure.

I want to be sure that my “online name” of “Arth” is the one that will identify me in a comment, not my account user name, if I stay logged into my WordPress Dashboard.

Please reframe from disclosing my WordPress “user name” in your replay, because I would like to share this information as part of my next post.”

Response from Support:

“Sure thing – the good news is, you can select how you want to appear publicly when interacting on your site and on the Writing 101 site. If you go here:

https://wordpress.com/me (requires login)

You can edit how your name and information shows when you post and comment.”

I want to thank happiness engineers Daniel and Gracie for their help.

Now we can all feel secure, when commenting on a post, and we see that message.

A Few Closing Words:

From the amount of time it has taken for me to finally publish this post, it should be clear to you that this really hasn’t been an easy assignment for me. However what has been learned and the new quality resources now followed have been worth all the “hit & miss” attempts to find the right fit for my niche.

Not only have I learned a great deal, started a new social media account (with a new supportive resource), but broadened my thinking, regarding the possible directions this project may take. My sense of “relativeness” has been enlightened, enabling me to take into consideration other related ways to help current and future professional licensees.

I plan to continue using the Reader to research other “Long Tail Tags”, leading to more relevant and valuable connections in the blogosphere as a critical part of growing my brand.

A Side Note about Being Pressured:

At the end of my first week of retirement, and staring the Blogging 101 class at Blogging University, my wife made the comment, as I “sleepily” crawled into bed (after midnight again).

“If you don’t stop living to get back to your computer, every time something makes you walk away, you will burn out before you know it.”

I’m far from “burning out” and so happy to be finding a focus. On the other hand, I’ll admit to beginning to feel “pressured”, as all this time has passed (just over a week), before being able to identify “five (5) tags to follow and five (5) blogs to follow in the Reader”. Of course, writing this post also required a great deal of time.

Being able to complete the assignment, is much more important to me than staying on a timeline and “hurriedly” having to “just grab” something to call “close enough”.

We try to manage time, but often have circumstances in life that allows our time to be managed for us. So I summit to you the importance of staying FOCUSED, not PRESSURED.

If you are really interested in my posts, “follow” this blog. It will be much easier to be notified when a new post is published, rather than checking back all the time, or anticipating me to publish on a “time line”.

You can ask a question or request help from me at any time by using the Contact Form. I am always willing to try to help. The ending word in the blog’s title is genuine. You are welcome to contact me.

I will always respond to a contact request quicker than I can write a post.

My Best to You
Arth

Don’t be afraid – GO FOR IT!!!

Good Day to You,

Today’s assignment with Blogging 101, is to “edit your Title and Tagline”.

My first reaction to this was to just “sit this one out” because my website/blog already has a title and tagline.

That was late last night, the new assignment had already showed up in my inbox plus a few technical issues decided to make it an added requirement to contact tech support at WordPress (via email because it was after “chat” hours).

On top of that the forum for the Blogging 101 class has become very active, but my physical limitations (slow reading eyes), were also taking a toll.

Today has been up at 7 am to medicate my eyes, walk the dog, work on the budget, have breakfast with my wonderful better half, and then run errands. – Hello 12:30 pm!

It’s a good thing I’m retired! I’d never be able to handle all this and work full time, take care of……you know what I mean!

I’m going to share a screenshot with you showing my Title & Tagline before the changes that you now see at the top of the site. Here it is:

Title & Tagline Before Screenshot
Title & Tagline Before Screenshot

Side Note for those of you using Windows 10:

Before automatically using the old faithful method of capturing a screen shot (alt>print screen), I typed “How do I capture a screen shot?” into Cortana’s’ search box. The result was an online Bing Search result, leading to information about a new screen capture tool that comes with Windows 10, called the “Snipping Tool” I think it worked really well. If you are running Windows 10, type “Snipping Tool” in Cortana’s search box (or if you are talking to her, try saying “Hay Cortana, open the Snipping Tool”), then select “Snipping Tool” from the list. (You may not experience the exact results as described here, but you’ll get it.) The help menu in the app is really helpful. I now have the tool pinned to my taskbar.

Back to my Title & Tagline assignment:

My first thought was to simply change the background color, because I’m no artist.

But, I want this site to be able to inspire others to be empowered in the pursuit of a better existence for you, while providing links pages, to help you find the resources that can otherwise be difficult to locate, in an organized and alphabetical index.

Then I read a new blog post by an online teacher and successful Internet Marketer that reminded me of why the years go by and I still follow her. Her name is Lisa Irby. All the years (many years) that I have followed her blog, and followed her in other ways, lets me tell you in all confidence that she always gives more than she asks for, and constantly teaches. You will also see from her blog post, just how encouraging she can be. If you are at the crossroads of doubt and discouragement right now, watching her video on this post is a “must see”.

Lisa recently sent everyone in her mailing list this question:

“What is the one thing you struggle with the MOST with your website right now?”

She started responding to those answers in her last two (2) blog posts.

This post has really good timing for this project, and it is a wonderful way for me to provide you with a real person who really knows about finding your way on the Internet. Read the post, watch the short and encouraging video – and then consider doing something positive, to get closer to living your dream:

Does the Fear of Your Website Failing Paralyze You? – 2 Create a Website.com Blog – By Lisa Irby

As for my new tag line:

“Don’t be afraid – GO FOR IT!!!” has more dream to the meaning and a much better starting point for anyone who dreams.

Can I help you find resources to build your dream?

My Best to You
Arth