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Previous passing thoughts of a Pageminder

04.30.04 - 11:52 am (CT)
I always get a kick out of finding out that someone on the other side of wherever — in this particular case it was the other side of the Atlantic — is getting something out of MindBlog. The other day I received an email from a guy in Ireland thanking me for the solution to an error message with Microsoft® PhotoDraw™, as he was ready to trash the software until he ran a search and came across MindBlog's solution to his problem.

 
"…Marie and I will be in the pool taking a snooze"
 
 
On another happy note, keep an eye on Pool Watch 2004, as the cover came off the pool the day before yesterday, the pump and filter got hooked up yesterday, and by Sunday at the latest, I hope to stoke up the heater, so that by Monday or Tuesday afternoon MindBlog will be back to its summer hours… YES!!! So please remember, if it's 80º F more or less, then don't bother trying to get a hold of me between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., because Marie and I will be in the pool taking a snooze.

And last, but not least, I ran across an excellent article, All About Title Tags by Jill Whalen on the importance of the <title> tag when optimizing a webpage for the search engines. She explains why "Title tags… are equally as important as your visible text copy and the links pointing to your pages." Plus she gives you solid tips on composing the title to your page, which makes it definitely worth your while to take a couple of minutes to read the entire article, so you too can optimize with the best of them.
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04.27.04 - 9:36 am (CT)
I ran across an interesting site — courtesy of Peg at Peg's Picks — that gives just about every statistic you can think of for cities all over America. At City-Data.com they have "…profiles of thousands of U.S. cities… thousands of pictures, maps, satellite photos, stats about residents, geographical data, crime data, weather, hospitals, schools, libraries, airports, radio and TV stations, zip codes, area codes, user-submitted facts, similar cities list, comparisons to averages…" — it's just a treasure trove of info that you could link to from your site about whatever.

For instance, I suggested to Deb at HelpQuest.com that she could use the specific links to the City-Data pages about Joliet and New Lenox at her business directory sites, JolietBiz.com and NewLenoxBiz.com. I just suggested that this morning, so give her some time to mull it over and I'll bet she sees the brilliance in the suggestion and uses it sooner rather than later. Or I could just be dying for you to discover the pleasantness of small town living and use the City-Data link to get you more info on little Manhattan, IL — the possibilities are (almost) endless.

This is what the Web is all about — you don't have to reinvent the wheel — just link to another site that has already done the work for you, that way you can fill your pages with your own "inventions". As not an aside at all, it also supplies you with one more "quality, relevant link" from your site, which will up your page rank with the search engines… see, here at MindBlog, we're always thinking… so you don't have to (just kidding).
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04.21.04 - 10:14 am (CT)
Well, I didn't think I could pull an all-nighter anymore, but I managed to pull one off the other night to finish up a project… don't want to do that too often, or maybe not ever again. I suppose it could have been avoided had I just stayed up late several nights in a row, or skipped a few meetings last week, or even had I not spent Sunday pretty much resting… oh well, maybe next time.
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04.11.04 - 6:37 pm (CT)
A day of renewal… making the possibilities of life endless in more ways than you could possibly imagine… or maybe you can, and in that case, I'll see you there.
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04.09.04 - 4:42 pm (CT)
Yowser, I'm becoming a slacker blogwise — between snagging two new clients, working on two more that are looking good, coming up with a starter site for a "plantscaper", going to business and what seems to be the never-ending networking meetings, and catching up on stuff (laundry comes to mind) that I let slide for way too long, I just haven't taken the time to pass on my passing thoughts. Gee, time sure flies when you're doing… way too much!

 
 
"One of these days I would like to do absolutely nothing…"
 

One of these days I would like to do absolutely nothing, which means not even checking my messages and email, but I know that won't happen, so I'll settle for a day where I only check my email. However, right now I need to decide what I should let slide so that I have time to do this blog. Making dinner sounds like an excellent choice to me, although, since a person has to eat, I'll need to go out for my sustenance, so doing the dishes that aren't going to get dirty because I'm going out to eat sounds like an even better choice.

Wow, I just realized I haven't had a "jammie to jammie" day — the ultimate luxury of going from jammie to shower and back to jammie without ever getting dressed for the day — in so long that I can't even remember when it possibly could have been. Definitely too many meetings… definitely need to cut back… definitely need to squeeze in a jammie day now and then, but for now, I need to get back to work.

BTW, have a Good Friday!
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04.01.04 - 6:30 am (CT)
The other day I was threatening to take my life's savings, use some of it to buy an ATV (All Terrain Vehicle), move to Montana, and live in a hole in the ground when I wasn't riding my four-wheeler — all because the government thinks it needs my money more than me. I started off mad, but the more things that I added to what I was going to do because I was mad, the sillier I sounded to myself, so I had a good chuckle and went on about my day. The problem is not solved, but I feel better about… myself.
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