I am a firm believer that everyone should have a (or some) personal project(s) that consume a small percentage of their time. I'm not talking about home projects like cleaning the garage or building that shelf in the utility room. I am talking about side gigs, a passion project - something you enjoy doing outside of your job that already makes a little extra money, or could real soon.
Few things have rattled me in my career more than recently becoming a 'team lead.' I’ve been fortunate, so to speak, to be able to pretty much just sit in the weeds and do work I enjoy and avoid all the orchestration that comes with management. Being 10+ years into my post-college life, I knew that I couldn’t always skirt around the additional responsibility that would inevitably be coming my way. People who take great pride in and have a passion for their everyday work, typically get sucked into leadership roles rather they like it or not.
At the writting of this post, I'm fairly certain no one reads these posts anyway. If you somehow stumbled upon this post or this excerpt, I appreciate you. I'm wiriting this post particually to just get started again and map out my plan for where content will belong from this point foward. In this post I share no goals for my future writing; I simply share my new direction and how I plan to syndicate what I beleive is worth sharing.
Feedly is a great tool for aggregating data into one location. It doesn't really matter what category of information you are trying to collect, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs sharing information about whatever interests you. Keeping bookmark after bookmark in your browser is ridiculous. You'd spend more time waiting for the web pages to load than you would actually consuming the content.
It’s pretty simple to get overwhelmed with everything that life requires of us these days. I don’t know what it was like way back when, but I do remember just a decade ago things didn’t seem as complicated as they are now. That's not including the obvious responsibilities either.
Sometimes there's an opportunity to use a service that is free (nothing is ever free BTW) but you are limited to the number of 'features' the service offers in their free plan. For instance Buffer. Buffer is a social media sharing app that allows you to connect to social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. and schedule postings to go out at times...
Staying organized with events and reminders across multiple accounts and contexts is very difficult. The busier people get and the more people take on, the harder it becomes. Especially if you are running a side gig or a busy entrepreneur not quite ready to take the leap and quit your full-time job.
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There are three things that are the most coveted. Ask anyone and you’ll know. More money, More time, More(better) health. Of those three things you can choose what ultimately is the most important.You can prioritize what you will focus on the most. But be careful how you review the progress you make. You may have two of the three locked down, but struggled with the third.
Don't take it personally. It’s just a matter of fact. Sorry, not sorry. I’m a successful mother fucker. Not because I have millions in the bank (I don’t) and not because I’ve built some ridiculous empire (I haven’t). It's because I’m constantly in pursuit of something. A better body, optimal health, and time/financial freedom.
I sometimes have folks around me ask what they should do or how they can get started if they have an idea or want to start building a following online. I’ll never tout myself as an expert in this area but I have gathered plenty of information on the topic and found certain points to be of great value.
Progress, not perfection. Profound huh?... How do we start something new? How do we really start to build new habits? I'll share what has been working for me. I sometimes don't get it though. I'm pretty sure most don’t. This idea of just doing something to get the ball rolling. Usually, before I sit down to start writing a post or program some silly code for something I am working on I have to “be in the zone,” or have everything just right.
A few years ago I started hearing things about how important it was to network. Statements like “connect with people” and “it’s not what you know but, who you know.” We’ve all heard that one before and I have to say that it seems to reign true. More recently I hear this quote thrown around quite a bit. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. –Jim Rohn
Growing up I hated reading. I wasn’t good at it so I avoided it at all costs. There likely was an actual learning disability there. In all honesty, I’m pretty sure I graduated high school with about a 6th-grade reading level. I never read any of my assignments, somehow cheated on my literature reports and just snuck by. I seriously never read a whole book cover-to-cover until I was out of college. Couldn’t remember what I just read anyway so what was the point?
I've been gone awhile. I reset everything and here's why. This year start off like every other year previous. I set goals and resolutions, or whatever you want to call them, but this year was different. In past years, I set out to achieve something, build, create, deign, you name it. 2014 started off by me saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity which was quickly railroaded. 2016 was the year of 'resetting,' and then creating lots of content.
I did it again. I can't really tell you why yet, aside from the fact that I just haven't found my groove, 'flow', niche, or even myself honestly. As my domain is name is up for renewal again I realize that I purchased rosswickman.com at the end of 2012. I thought I was a pretty neat bigshot back then. My own name as a domain and just venturing into the wonderful world of entrepreneurialism.
Without free tools, services, and resource some of the most amazing content published online today wouldn't exist. I believe everyone should be able to have a place online to share their knowledge and build a following in their own corner of the internet. In this first official episode of the Technically Living Podcast, I go over the best free tools to get started creating online.
Maybe I am a little tardy to the party but the second we saw that Google had a custom iOS keyboard, we were on-board. It’s called Gboard.This thing is great! You can search from anywhere. You can send ridiculous gifs to anywhere you are sending a message. And not just any random gif, you get whatever you want whenever you want it. It is a wonderful beast.
Getting online today is easy. It's as simple as creating a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. You pick one of the many free providers and start dragging and dropping your content where you want it. It's really simple. I've always said anyone can have a website and everyone should. Here are some things to consider when getting started.
We are just under 6 months away from "National Change Your Password Day" on February 1st. Do you know what that means? You should probably change your passwords today if you haven't already in the last month. At a minimum you should change your main email account password.
Webcam hacking hasn't been in the cyber security news sphere very much lately but that doesn't mean it's something that shouldn't still be a huge concern. This is still a major security risk. Protecting your personal information is one thing, but protecting your personal space and privacy is a completely different topic.
Remember the mid-to-late 90s when the internet started blowing up in homes across the nation, the days of dialing-in with a modem and tying up your phone line for hours after you receive the month's AOL disk, and having an email address ending in whatever Internet Service Provider (ISP) name you were using (i.e. @rapidnet.com, @aol.com, @compuserv.com)? Those were the days huh?
Has your computer all of the sudden start to act really weird? Does it seem like ghosts are making changes to your computer. Maybe you hear the fan running on your laptop at all hours. Maybe the date/time keeps changing at random. Worse yet, you notice the mouse randomly moving or programs randomly opening and you are starting to think you are going crazy.
That's right. It's time to change your passwords. The internet needs to start looking at this topic as if it were daylight savings time. We all know it is a pain in the ass but it truly is a necessary evil. People like to take this time to replace the batteries in their smoke alarms, change the filter in the furnace, or swap out their snow tires. Let's all add changing our passwords to the list.
There are many steps one may take to securing a brand new computer after purchase. An individual may buy into the retail store's up-sale of some security software anti-virus/firewall suite, or purchase extended service warranties to have their machine 'cleaned' when needed. They could also make sure their shiny new computer was properly configured to automatically install updates.
Having a secure home network today is vital to protecting your personal, family, and home business information. At the very least you want to have your wireless network be secured with WPA, or greater encryption, and change the default passwords associated with whatever device you are using. If you are curious as to why it matters so much, READ THIS for a quick explanation of why.
Keloland News in Sioux Falls contacted Comrade Technology shortly after our recent blog post below about how internet scammers work to get money for falsely claiming your computer is sending viruses. Here is the link to the news story on Keloland.com
In my previous post I explained and shared phone recordings from an experience I had with some internet scammers. I would like to take this post to show a few of the tactics they used or may use if they were to call you.
To the novice computer user, a call from a "Microsoft Certified Professional" about your computer contacting a server with viruses could really concern a person. Almost enough to get them to pay for a non-existent or even a free service. Late in 2012, I received a call from a customer who had this exact situation happen to them. IT WAS A SCAM.
Earlier last month this crazy meme flooded internet pop-culture. It spread everywhere from small family reunions and school dances to corporate auditoriums. It didn't take long until some of the most creative minds on the internet coded a nice little script to "Harlem Shake" and website. It kept us entertained for a few minutes. Hopefully, you will enjoy it too.