Before we get started today, I would like to give a shout-out and say thank you to Brenda C, Sherry S for their generous donations via Paypal this week and to Brent for his package of goodies that was sent via snail mail. Thank you.
As I mentioned a few days ago, and that you’ve probably noticed, I’ve made some changes to the blog, changes that should make the blog easier for readers to use and navigate and also more SEO friendly, for the search engines to find and rank and more secure.
If you find any bugs in the system, or have any suggestions on how to make it even better please email me.
The new blog is published using the Genesis Framework (on WordPress of course) on the Prose skin / theme – the Genesis Framework and the Prose skin / theme are premium products, meaning I had to pay to use them.
Over the years, I’ve had several people suggest that it costs nothing to run a blog or website and while that’s true if you’re on a platform like blogger, but the fact is that Google owns blogger and can shut you down or just delete your site anytime they want…
So I pay for the domain, hosting, several premium plugins, backup storage of files, security, and as mentioned above the frameworks and theme. Most of these I pay on a yearly or month-by-month basis.
A couple of changes that you should like are the thumbs up / thumbs down feature in the comments area, this will allow readers to rate each comment with a thumbs up / down depending on the content. You’ll also notice the floating social bar to the left side of the blog, this feature will allow you to easily share content that you like with your social media contacts or other services like StumbleUpon.
Also over the past two weeks, I’ve spent just over $500 on advertising for our Facebook fan page to build followers there – we went from just over 3,000 followers there to over 9,000 in that short time, my goal was 10,000 but we didn’t make it.
My goal (also my calling in life and I think the reason that God put me here) is to get everyone that I can reach to prepping, because the more people prepping the easier it will be for all of us to pull through after the balloon goes up. Please help me spread the word anyway you can…
Okay, now let me see what did I do to prep this week?
Well folks that’s it for me this week… what about YOU? What did YOU do to prep this week?