Kentucky Derby 5.9.21

Sometimes you get good hunches and don’t pull the trigger. Other times you make a mistake in the bets. I had the exacta right, but if I had only added the trifecta the third horse was in the mix. I will pay closer attention to the exotic bets next time.

Happy Mother’s Day! Glad to have the parents in town for a couple days. At some point they will be off and on the road. Going to enjoy the dinner with them.

4.17.21

Another work from home order. Glad our company has still remained in business. It can be tough out there for work. We had one employee leave last month and the new hire has started.

I did win the company NCAA office pool with Baylor defeating Gonzaga in the National Championship. I will take bragging rights for the year. Snow yesterday. We’ll see what the next few weeks bring.

Merry Christmas 12.22.20

I hope everyone has survived the lockdown/shutdown. It was a strange 2020. I’m looking forward to the New Year. I hope the resolutions are in order by then. I’ve sent a few cards in the mail. Hopefully everyone still gets the postal mail now. No big plans for the Holidays. Keeping a low profile in Colorado. Meanwhile I don’t believe the Governor or Mayor have any clue on how to run things. Can’t wait to vote them out of office. Have a safe and healthy break if you are off work the next week.

Still working from home

Still working from home. A change from the normal commute to the office across town. Now it is about 4 feet to the computer, a few commands, and it’s teleporting to work.

Some photos from outdoor trips. Some from Yellowstone.

New setup on Word Press

I finally got around to fixing the site where it will work rather than get a login error. So I have a little bit of file maintenance and house cleanup. Hopefully I can get up and running on the old stuff.

Whether it was a lack of time or effort, I figured out a simpler solution. You can fiddle around with the back end stuff you know little about or start over from scratch. So far so good.

Tips For Better Writing

Plan Your Content

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If you’re considering adding a blog to your site, you’ll want to have a plan beforehand. Planning your blog will help your subject matter remain consistent over time. It’ll also help you determine whether or not there’s enough material to maintain a steady stream of posts.

One pitfall many new bloggers run into is starting a blog that isn’t posted to frequently enough. A shortage of recent posts can give your visitors a bad impression of your business. One may think “I wonder if they’re still in business” or “they may want to hire a writer.”

A blog, like any other customer facing aspect of your business, communicates your brand. If it isn’t maintained and given proper attention, people will notice. Post regularly and keep your content fresh. Give your audience a reason to visit often.

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Basic Taxonomies

Categories and Tags

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If you write about a variety of subjects, categories can help your readers find the posts that are most relevant to them. For instance, if you run a consulting business, you may want some of your posts to reflect work you’ve done with previous clients, while having other posts act as informational resources. In this particular case, you can set up 2 categories: one labeled Projects and another labeled Resources. You’d then place your posts in their respective categories.

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Blogging 101

Pages vs. Posts

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If you’re new to WordPress you may be wondering what’s the big deal behind Pages and Posts. At first glance they appear to be one and the same: if you were to create either a new page or a new post you’d be presented with nearly identical interfaces and in many cases the public appearance of pages and posts will look the same.

Don’t let this fool you. There’s a very fundamental difference between the two and that difference is what makes CMSs, like WordPress, great platforms for integrating blogs with traditional websites.

Pages

Think about the kind of pages that make up a typical website. Most often you’ll see pages like “Home”, “About Us”, “Services”, “Contact Us”, etc. Within WordPress these are often treated as Pages; documents that have no particular regard for the time they were posted.

For example, when you visit the “About Us” page of your favorite company’s website you don’t expect the content to be very different from what was available there a week ago.

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