3 Health Goals

Three letter acronyms like UFO and VHF have been used through time to make terms memorable. I create my own acronyms in various aspects of my life to define goals and set thereby set more focused priorities. As a personal blogger I really have no more or no less to offer my readers than my personal areas of knowledge. I have a large array of bits of information on an exclusive set of things. Up to now, that has included teaching, blogging (the nuts and bolts), movie reviews, humor, and some others.

Recently, health has, by chronic necessity, become a study of mine. I am by no means an expert on health and relaxation but I am gathering crucial and valuable information on it daily. It is for this reason, I am attempting to start a new category here called appropriately “health.” Since health affects every human alive, I am hopeful it will interest some. I also know that most, myself included, find the topic dull until they are in the throes of a health scare. I hope those in the healthy and disinterested camp will read these posts but if they don’t, I will fully understand if they pass this category by. I will try to keep these posts as universally relevant as possible.

Today, in the post of introduction of my new category I want to share the three essential health goals I have for myself these days (they are not in order of importance):

Relaxation
Exercise
Diet

The acronym “RED” has a lot to do will well being and health. I look forward to sharing what I am learning in these areas. How do you feel about the topic of health?

Announcing My Three Projects

It’s been a while since I shared my projects with you all. I think now is a good time to since I have some exciting ones going on. I maintain several sites but for the next year my primary projects are the urls listed below. I am working at all sites to create content of value for my readers. Stop by and say hello.

Teacher Cannibalism

Recently I was in a situation where a parent asked me whether she should file a complaint against a teacher, not at my school. Of course, I listened to the complaint carefully before giving my opinion. It was a hard decision to make because I know that some teachers definitely do the wrong thing while others are often misunderstood and falsely accused. Plus, it just feels odd supporting a complaint about a teacher. Working with people you are always subject to that.

After I heard what was at issue, I understood both sides. My advice was to approach the teacher first directly and if that did not yield the desired results, contact the supervisor and request a meeting with the three parties. In this case I didn’t feel I was committing “teacher cannibalism” while at the same time I was able to suggest what I feel is a healthy first step towards resolution.

There is always a temptation when hearing about a teacher in trouble to jump on the bandwagon against her/him. There is also a feeling of kinship (of sorts) that leads me to want to explain the teacher. That is, unless the actions shared are really weird and need reporting on the face of it.

You can avoid feeling feeling like a teacher cannibal by not joining in feeding frenzies. Be calm cool and collected as we try to be in this profession and you’ll be helping everyone involved.

I Didn’t Realize Google Gave Free Images to Bloggers!

Just ran across this on Twitter. This looks like a cool feature for getting fair use photos for free through Google. Google rocks, I must bow down. This is an excerpt and then a link to the original article below that.

I like to use images in most of my blog posts. Whether it’s for my own blog or a client’s, the use of the right image can enhance the post and compliment it perfectly.

Whilst in some instances it does require for a stock image to be purchased, more often than not there are suitable royalty free images available to use online – it’s just finding them that’s often the problem.

Fortunately, Google Images makes the process so simple that you can be presented with a screen of suitable images in a matter of seconds and all you have to do is go to the ‘Images’ section of Google’s search engine, click on the ‘Advanced Image Search’ link and then choose ‘labeled for reuse’ from the ‘Usage Rights’ dropdown box.

via 5 Reasons Why Google Rocks My Freelance Writing World | Get Paid to Write Online.

How to Monitor the Analytics of Your Blog

This is a quick way to check the daily visits, or analytics, to your blog and how you’re doing compared to your monthly average.

Nowadays, a lot of people have blogs. At the same time, not as many know how to check and monitor their stats in a productive way. This is a quick way to check the daily visits, or analytics, to your blog and how you’re doing compared to your monthly average. Just like custom address labels are there when you need them, so a few tools can help you check your analytics quickly on demand.

What you need (materials):
A Google Analytics account for each if you have multiple blogs.
Optional: Mozilla Firefox (for ease of shortcuts)

Steps:
1) Make a new folder on your shortcut bar entitled Analytics (or whatever you choose).

2) Go to your blogs “Overview” page in Google Analytics.

3) Drag that url into your new Analytics folder on the toolbar.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 with any other blogs you wish to monitor.

5) Click on the folder. When all GA shortcuts drop down. click “Open all in tabs.”

6) Start on the left tab. Look at your graph. Note yesterday’s number of visits by scrolling over the point. (ie; 151 etc.)

7) Now find the monthly number of visits on the bottom left of the graph (ie; 4,846 visits etc.) Click on that.

8) In the same area you will now see a visits / day number. That is your daily average for the past 30 days. (ie; 156.32 etc.)

So, if you had 151 visits yesterday, you were about 6 visits lower than your monthly average.

9) Go back to step moving one tab to the right and repeat the rest of the steps until you’ve monitored all your blog analytics.

10) Note the changes or lack thereof. Make tasks for the week that will help you raise your analytics or keep them high.

This is an excellent way to monitor the “A” in my acronym CAN. CAN is a method I created of improving blog stats through setting strategic goals.

my Can Blog Stats July 2010

I listed my blog earnings for July 2010 as well as some things I learned about making money blogging.

C – circulation, inlinks: 108 Links in, Alexa Rank: 346,523

A – analytics, traffic: 4,526 Visits, 146 Visits / Day Average and 291 Feed subscribers (per Feedburner)

N – net: $80 in-text-links / $4.63 Adsense / $0 Amazon Associates

I had the Summer to think about my blog quite a bit with an un-distracted mind. I decided to make changes to the way I was presenting ads. I am hopeful this will pay off down the road. I am trying out the Amazon Associates banners at the foot of my index and single pages. These changes along with better keyword research and good seo picked titles will hopefully increase my net. The inlinks and traffic are up up up. I see that as a good step in the right direction. If you have any questions let me know. I hope you find these CAN blog stats posts on making money online interesting and helpful. If not, kindly let them pass by. Thanks!

C and A are way up. Net is lagging a bit. I’ve made template ad changes I think will help. Until next time, make the most of your blogging time. And remember this, the best fat burners are activities that earn you money.

my CAN Blog Stats – June 2010

Sometimes I wonder if these come across as bragging. If that’s the case, please trust me that is not why I do them. Most all my blogging friends do better than I do these days in stats. I do it because it helps me clarify what is going on with my blog. I think blogs themselves can help people make sense of what’s going on in their lives if they give them a try.

June marked my leap into Twitter head-first. I don’t know how much it will help my blog traffic and income long-term, but I am networking like crazy and meeting a lot of new online friends. My daily traffic was up. I think interacting on Twitter in a tasteful way where you are saying cool interesting things and posting cool interesting links in between promotion of your blog, it really can increase your traffic.

I actually got another vice this past month, namely Tumblr. It’s weird because I tried to downsize when I took my three blogs down to this one but now I have that entrepeneurial spirit of growth once again. In July I will be rebuilding Dynamite Lesson Plan and I’ll explain more on that next month when everything is sorted and back in place. But I digress, here are my results for June 2010:

Circulation: 81 Links in, Alexa Rank: 256,725

Analytics: 3,726 visits, Average: 124 visits/day

Net:  $165 Source: PayU2Blog

I’ve taken two steps to try and increase income in July. I’ve already mentioned Dynamite Lesson Plan. The other one is: I am trying a few different adsense layouts to see how they fare.

my CAN Blog Stats May 2010

My goals were high in May and the fact that my hosting company crashed a disk losing all my data and keeping me offline for over a week didn’t help. Having said that, it was a great month for rearranging things and adjusting the way I do my blogroll. I’ve focused more on following people I can learn from and whom I enjoy. I no longer do reciprocal blogrolling just to keep friends. This has been a habit in the past and it really isn’t a win for anyone. Here’s my blog stats for May 2010!

Inbound Links (total): 6,459 Continue reading “my CAN Blog Stats May 2010”

Blog Stats for March 2010

March 2010

Circulation
Yahoo inlinks: 6695

Analytics
Absolute Unique Visitors: 7,024
Average Visits/Day: 248
Feed Subscribers: 463

Net
PayU2Blog:$ 75.00
Adsense: $ 23.64

Total: $ 98.64

Reflection: While the month’s payout isn’t even my usual minimum of $200, I feel more successful than ever. I found 2 good companies to work with that I can rely on and who I think have staying power. I used to get so many nickels and dimes from a variety of sources and it wears on you after a while. I have hope that my “one” blog now will eventually get the traffic and inlinks it needs to get larger offers from advertisers. I want to say thank you to my feed subscribers, I hope you guys are enjoying the content. I should get some write some good articles in the next 10 days while I am on Spring Break. In addition, my 3 months off for Summer are right around the corner. I hope to “modernize” my blog a bit during that time. I also really like the “Announcements” category and top subheading section. It’s a way to keep people up with “Damien at the Speed of Life.”