Setting stuff up

Today was a highly productive day. This morning, I was looking down the long path into an anxiety-filled obliteration, since I logged onto the paid blog site and for the life of me, I couldn’t find anyone I wanted to write for. Two nitpicky edit requests and I decided at some point, I will probably starve if I have to make a minimum amount of money every day. This morning was a little rough. Part of me thinks it was the four hours of sleep I got before having to wake up early to pick up my son (don’t drink green tea late at night, kids!)

We got home and I began to mainline coffee, answering all of his questions about things I changed around the house. Gone was the day job workstation, and in my writing room was the new computer. There were many changes he immediately noted, from the carnation the nice young lady at Scooters gave me on Mother’s Day to some pictures and items I moved around the house. He notices EVERYTHING.

I drank coffee. Started the edits. Looked for more clients. Texted my mom so she could talk me off a ledge. Then I decided to start making little lists. I’m only putting three things on the list each day.

Today, this was my list:

  • Write resume
  • Start work on rebuilding travel site
  • Work on the book

I got none of these done. A big reason was that an unexpected 1500 word post came through and I spent the next hour writing that. I picked up lunch for my son and I and then we went on a bike ride for an hour or so. We probably rode about four miles. It was nice to get some sunshine. Vitamin D deficiency is supposedly one of the big contributors to not doing well with coronavirus. I’ve been coughing and hacking enough lately. Could be COVID, could just be May and everything is in bloom. Either way, I’ve been unable to shake this cough since pneumonia in September. The cigars probably aren’t helping. Those were fun while they lasted.

I have to be able to let plans go, even when I make lists of things to do. I have two days worth of lists to cross things off. I realize that building a business at home isn’t going to happen overnight. I was going to work on the book tonight, but I’m tired. Even after my hour nap after the bike ride. The heat just sucked the energy right out of me. But it was good to get some exercise and spend time with my kiddo.

I’m looking forward to my chair arriving from Ikea in the next few days. The folding metal chair I’ve been using at my desk is painful after a while of sitting and writing. So much, in fact, that I have to twist and pop my back from the stress it puts on my spine between my shoulder blades.

Soon I will have to send out query letters, hit up magazines, businesses, and chisel away at the paid blogs. I have some content from the old site that I can revise and reattach pictures so at least I have the beginnings of my Gettingoutmore site again. This week might see another podcast with my son. Those are a good way to spend time together, but maybe I need a way to warn my listeners that a lot of the stuff he talks about is half-remembered stuff he’s seen on YouTube and he is not a bonafide source of information.

I’m heading off to bed now. The chair is pinching my back. I’m not sure if sitting on them or getting hit with one does more damage. I’d have to ask a professional wrestler.

Resources

Today I’m working on figuring out my computer. After a ten minute call with AppleCare, I learned how to change my Photos Library back from my external hard drive to my internal on the new computer. From there it should synch up with the iCloud and things should be easier to use.

RMNP 2017? Lawn Lake Trail

So I’m getting the hang of importing photos from my iMac into WordPress, so that should snazz things up. In the past, I’ve had problems with pics coming in rotated or freakishly large, so please let me know in the comments if things don’t look right.

This is a double cheeseburger.
Lotaburger, Las Vegas, NM. 2019.

Now I’m trying to figure out justification with Block type website building. This is pretty much counter-intuitive to anything that I’ve ever worked with before, and a general pain in my ass. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. I honestly can’t see the advantage of using block formatting over the old way it was done.

But here we are.

For the most part, the iPhotos library is useless when it comes to WordPress. I have to select my pics from the albums and then upload them into WordPress. So it’s an additional step. Something that makes it pretty clean for the Mac to work is once again a multiple step process for everything else. But the good news is that I don’t have to upload pics to my Media Files gallery in Word Press every time, and I can just upload the images directly into the blog posts from my Mac. The Media Files can be used for frequently used pics, or if I am using other computers to post blogs.

Either way, I’ll have to be mindful when it comes to which pics I choose, which can actually be a good thing. ANyway, these are all just experiments for when I get my travel blog/writing/podcasting blog up and running again. I hope you have enjoyed me fumbling around with this as much as I have!

I think I am getting this figured out. Maybe…

Persistance

A former colleague informed me that a bunch of my gettingoutmore.org posts were cached in BING! Thanks to the lesser known red headed stepchild of search browsers, I was able to recover around 15 of my travelblog posts! YES! Thanks, Sue, if you happen to be reading!

Last night I hit a wall of creativity when I thought of the daunting task of rebuilding my website. This was one of those live and learn moments. I trusted that my content would be moved over from the domain host I had been using, to my wordpress site. It was not. When I queried about this, I got an automated response. When I pushed the issue further, I was curtly informed that all of my content was deleted from their servers as soon as my subscription ended. Which was dated to about two months before it actually ended.

Back up your files, people. I cannot stress this enough. Put your content on a hard drive someplace. Don’t trust the myth that “Once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever.” I think this only counts with sexy pics and inflammatory shit you tell people in internet forums. The good stuff has a very short shelf life.

I’m not sure how great my posts were. I was still trying to find my voice. Now that nobody can go anywhere for the foreseeable future, I don’t know how much traction my travel blog will get. But at least it is on wordpress, which is better so far than that private domain host.

My iMac is killing it when it comes to getting things done. I’m loving it and today, I have the dubious honors of reformatting my MacBook Pro and sending it back to Apple for an exchange/recycling. There is still a lot to do and I have 11 paid posts that are due tomorrow, so I need to stop monkeying around with the travel blogs and take care of those.

I feel extremely productive today. Accomplished. I need to tweak my time management to make sure I don’t starve to death in the upcoming months. It is all doable. Even though I didn’t have to punch a clock today, I got up at a respectable time. Last night I fixed my LinkedIn posts from this site too.

I need to go outside and get some Vitamin D today though. Maybe a little exercise. It’s all going to be a balance of work and self-care from here on out.