Month: October 2011

30 Day Writing Challenge In A Few Days

So early next week, on Tuesday in fact, will be the beginning of my 30 day Writing Challenge. It has come up relatively quickly, but then I did only begin talking about it a little over a week ago. We all know just how fast a week can go by. My biggest challenge at the moment though lies in actually knowing if I will be able to succeed or not. If the previous week is anything to go by I am going to be pushing up hill to make it through. However until I am actually working through the day to day of it, I guess I will not really know how it will go at all. Writing the past week In the past week I really have been all over the map with my writing, there were some days (in fact three days) where I did not write a single productive word. Which really is what is worrying me about my challenge to somewhat. This is not something that I want to be forcing my way through it is something that I know I will enjoy once I get the rhythm going of writing daily. Then there are other days like last Sunday, where I wrote a total of 2,190 words. This was for the most part a post about my upcoming trip to Europe at 1760 words...

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Put The SPAM On Hold

Just about anyone that has run a blog of their own, will know that one of the biggest hassles can be the amount of SPAM Comments. I doubt that my case is really that severe, however it was enough to get me fairly annoyed and off to find a solution. A solution that would not just put the comments into a queue to be moderated, but a solution that would stop them all together. The biggest problem in fighting spam comments is that you just do not know that it is something you have to fight until you are already fighting it. By that time you just go with the quickest and easiest solution. For me this turned out to be Akismet, which comes as part of WordPress. While this is a good solution as it stops 98% of the spam comments ever making it to being visible by your visitors, at some stage you still have to take action on at least a portion of those comments. Whether it is reviewing them to be sure there are not real comments in their or just deleting them all anyway. This all came to a head for me about a week ago. When I logged in to do a bit of work on my blog and realised in the past ten days I had been hit with almost 1800 spam...

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30 Day Writing Challenge Word & Points Goal

A few days ago I discussed a small challenge that I will be taking on for the month of November. This is my 30 Day Writing Challenge. In this post I included the thought that rather then just challenging myself to write a certain number of words each day, I would also have a small points system that would go beyond just writing words. So I wanted to share with you today the word goal I have set and the point system that I plan to use. Word Goal for Writing Challenge After much deliberation I have settled on a target of 1,400 words per day. You may be asking why not a round amount like 1,000 or for a challenge 2,000. Well there are a number of reasons. In regards to a goal of 1,000 words, it really would not be a challenge for me. The majority of the time in a single post I will write between 500 and 600 words. So I could easily meet the 1,000 target without putting in much more effort then I already do on individual posts. While 1,000 I feel is maybe to easy for me, 2,000 words would be a considerable stretch. In total looking back at my post archives I have a total of maybe 20-30 posts which exceed 1,000 words. Which means ultimately I would be working on...

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Smart Diary Suite Review

In the past I have tried quite a number of different software and hard copy version’s of diaries, and journals. In almost all cases I have not continued past day one, and if I did day 2 was about it. I have found that there is one big reason for this, they do not suit the sort of process that I like. The software is either just a task scheduler or just a journal program, and to get it all together you end up duplicating information between two different programs and then you need to remember to update both if something changes. For me this is just to much complication. The hard copy versions are even worse, you write a journal entry with some things that may need to be done, and then have to copy them across to your to do list or diary and it is all time consuming and even more manual. As such I had pretty much given up on finding a solution that would work for me. Then without even really looking it is possible that I have found a solution. I was browsing a forum that I visit from time to time, and come across a thread “Your Favourite Productivity Softwares” the very first piece of software mentioned was Smart Diary Suite. The description that was given by the poster made it sound...

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30 Day Writing Challenge

I have been thinking about it for a while and thought it was about time that I actually got in an did a 30 day challenge for myself. I have discussed it a couple of times in the past and never actually put in the effort to get started with anything. But finally it has come to my notice that I need to do something to help with my writing and I thought what better way then a 30 day challenge. From the first of November I will be taking on a series of Challenges specifically in relation to my writing. Starting at the beginning of November makes the most sense to me at the moment, as I have a structure month to work within. For example if I started today or even tomorrow it is kind of just random, and more difficult to follow. At least that is the way that I look at it anyway. So November is going to be Writing month for me. Why A Writing Challenge Writing is something that has always been something I have worked on. If you look around my blog here, or any of my other blogs.(Joel Brown Travels – No Fixed Office – Double to a Million Project) You will see that I have written while not a lot, a resonable collection of posts and such. Some of the...

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