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Teaching a new blogger to blog

I have planted a seed. And a good seed needs nurturing, pruning and water. So I am enlisting the he help of my faithful readers to help this seed to grow.

My son Mark has talent. Real, pure, undeniable talent. Anyone that is his friend on MySpace already knows that when he writes, you are drawn to read his words. I have always found his writing to be deep, honest and emotional, yet sometimes riddled with unnecessary words that discount the impact of the writing. So, with all that talent, his aspirations of being a photojournalist, and him being on his way ‘out’ of school, I thought it was time to teach him about being a blogger, and doing it right.

I am going to be offering him subjects to create articles on and then post them on this blog for you to comment on, review and critique. This will be the water he needs to grow.

We begin today, and the subject I offered up first was Gas Prices & The Economy. I asked him to shoot at least one photo for his article, and asked that I receive it by 2:00 pm today to post here for you to see.

Here is his writing on the subject:

Things Are Getting Worse

BP Station for blog postAt least thats what Barrack Obama said. Of course from the looks of things, we all are getting a big relief from the recent pricing of many things. Gas, for instance, starting in the beginning of 08 was on a steady rise to around $2.50 per gallon. Somewhere halfway along the year, those prices rocketed up to maxes of at least five dollars within the United States. And now? We are back where we began if not in better positioning to help ourselves and the national economy as well. Gas prices have fallen back below two dollars. Some, like this American-owned BP here are near the dollar-fifty marker. With this new found glory of sales, many have found it easier than previously thought for a family outing to a well-kept restaurant for the holidays. Others can now get by with their overwhelming lists for groceries. Whatever the bargain is for us these days, from the looks of things, were comfy with a dollar-fifty per gallon.

Here are my thoughts on his first offering:

  • On the whole, I really liked it, especially since there was not even a single curse word in it – a first for him I think :)
  • I like that really put HIS thoughts into what HE felt about the prices, and how they impact him.
  • I am not keen on his title. While it is engaging to me, it does not fit fully with the article subject.
  • I would have liked to seen some sort of explanation, or a link to Senator Obama’s specific words on that headline.

I made many suggestions to him about how we could better enhance his blog title, and article, and thought I would post the edited version, however, I opted to leave his fully intact and post it here for more opinions so as to better lead him to his professional blogger status.

Your thoughts and opinions?

Zenful Creations Christmas Theme I love the holiday season!

Several years ago I found this beautiful photograph on iStockphoto.com and decided to create a Christmas Theme for my site. Since my site is created with web standards in mind, it only took a few minutes to slice up the image and create the theme by just changing a few lines in my stylesheet.

I sat down to read some email just about an hour ago, and it dawned on me to put on my Christmas look. Yeah!

If you have created your site the RIGHT way, it is simple to spread some Christmas Cheer with a few color tweaks in your stylesheet and the addition of a festive photo, and still maintain a professional look and feel.

Do you change your site for the holiday?

Times are tough. There is no denying that fact.

Just this morning before leaving for work, my husband pointed out that this economy is adding years to the time he gets to retire, which he was hoping to do in just a few more years. I learned that it took more than 20 years for the markets to recover from the Great Depression. Yikes, that will cut into what he has been working toward!

I have not been very busy the past few weeks, though I have not much desired to design anything after totally getting screwed by John Paul Cambert (I will elaborate on that in a different posting), other than working on the All Quality Heating & Air website. So, when Denny mentioned that this morning, and knowing Christmas is on the way, I set my sights on trying to make a few extra bucks.

I set to Googling work-at-home opportunities (which I really hate looking through, because most things are scams), and perused a few websites that had some information that I really already knew… I am NOT the ‘salesgal with the never ending little black book’, so that nixes all those ‘party’ type of businesses such as Pampered Chef, PartyLite, PureRomance or the plethora of others there are.

I went to Craigslist checking out what was posted in the Design & Development area for Chattanooga, and came up with a bunch of nothing. I should probably check out LOTS more cities, but when I am on that site I always get trailed off.

Took a few minutes on CrowdSpring and Design Outpost looking at what they had going on, but I just have a hard time designing with no guarantee of compensation. Maybe if I was uber-broke, I would, but I am not, so I won’t.

Finally from my searching I stumbled upon ProBlogger, and saw all the “Bloggers wanted” jobs. Talk about a ‘dugh! moment’. I DO have blogs (that I hardly write in, shame shame) that I could be pumping out musings on and would possibly see a Google check in the mail. I could write for others. Hey, now that was an idea.

So, I signed up to be a blogger at Today.com (as listed on the ProBlogger Jobs site) let’s see how that works out.

I am still hunting for designY things to do to fill the stockings, so if you need a good designer, I am your girl… unless you are JP Cambert!

Vacation – July 3rd – 14th

We are on Vacation from July 3rd to July14th. We will be traveling to Tybee Island, St. Augustine, Daytona and Port St. Lucie, FL. I will be on from time to time, but you can keep up with our adventures on http://www.dennyandlori.com




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