Monday, December 31, 2007

Never Blog on an Empty Stomach

I know we have all heard the tip about not shopping on an empty stomach, after visiting Food Network Musings, I must now add never blog on an empty stomach to that rule. I have to say just visiting the site for a review had made me extremely hungry. It is full of delightful recipes complete with pictures of foods that would make Ghandi end his hunger strike. This one site will be the cause of me gaining ten pounds tonight alone. Thank God that tomorrow is January 1st and I can then make a resolution to diet, or at least one to never blog hungry again.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Guide to Web Hosting Sites

I was just checking out in the event that I do buy a domain name and I was very impressed with what they could do to make my search easier. Instead of having to visit many different sites and peruse what was being offered by each, I was able to simply input my requirements in a host and what I am willing to spend each month and then simply click on the search bar and up popped a list of web host providers with all the data I needed to know such as cost per year, amount of storage, and even a web host rating. Their web hosting directory is beneficial to myself and probably many of you so before you sign on with the first web host you find, why not try Web Hosting Choice and see what they can do for you.

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Win An Ipod and More

Lets face it, we all like to win. It is ingrained someplace in the human DNA to like to win and although I am not holding a contest myself, I am going to tell you about a blog that will lead you on your quest for prizes. Over at A.B.C., you can read about all the latest and greatest contests that enter the blogosphere. From Ipods to free domain hosting, this blog covers it all. The blog itself has a very good theme and looks really professional making it so easy to check out prizes, deadlines for entering the contests, and instruction on what steps you must take to enter each contest. I encourage everyone to go check it out and enter all of the available contests and remember, if you win and don't want the prize you could always send it my way for referring you to this great blog.

Monetize with PayPerPost

Just because I give free blog reviews does not mean that I too wouldn't like to make a little money from blogging so as of today I am signed up and approved for PayPerPost. For anyone that has been living in the dark ages and has no idea what PayPerPost is, I will attempt to explain. It is where bloggers can sign up for and get paid to post about certain affiliates and in exchange the blogger will be paid a pre-set price. I heard about PayPerPost when I asked other bloggers around the blogosphere what steps they were doing to monetize their sites. Almost ever one of them mentioned PayPerPost. I hope to be able to make a little extra money through these postings. I will still be providing free blog reviews but every so often you will see a post that is strictly designed to make me money. I will try to limit these to stay in the true sense of my blog. Maybe I will eventually use some of my earnings to get paid hosting and my own domain name, or I may let it accumulate and hold a contest for my RSS subscribers. Either way I recommend any other bloggers that want to monetize their sites to check out PayPerPost, after all you're gonna post anyway, you may as well get paid for your trouble.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Biker Babes

I was asked to review Biker Chickz Blog and as soon as I saw it I was impressed. This blog is well written and had some awesome pictures to compliment the posts. This blog really hit home for me as my brother works at Rt. 17 Motorcycle Accessories in Portsmouth,Va and I have seen the very birth of that shop. I have gotten to personally meet Dana Doench, a top female Bike Builder that is a tomboy at heart but a real lady in the class department. It wasn't until that day that I knew females even built bikes but as any reader of Biker Chickz Blog can easily see, being a Biker is no longer a male thing. Anyone that has ever ridden or wanted to ride will enjoy this blog, male or female.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Christmas in Poland

I just read a very good post over at Himalman's Weblog that tells of what a Polish Christmas is like. I myself have never been to Poland but I did have the great fortune of working with many Polish people a few years back and I remember eating the traditional dish of bigos at Christmas time with them. It is made with Polish Sausage and saurkraut and is extremely good. Forget every Polish joke you have ever heard, I have met many Polish people and have yet to meet one that isn't fluent in at least 4 languages, that says a lot of the level of their intelligence and the ones I met were also some of the hardest workers I have ever seen. Just visiting this blog brought back many great memories for me. Jola, Kristoff, and Babishka...Happy Holidays wherever you are.

Politics and Blogging

The next blog I have been asked to review presents a challenge to me. It is and it is very political in my viewpoint. The blog is nicely laid out with interesting articles however it does not suit my personal choice as what I myself would want to blog about. The problem I see is that with politics as your niche, you end up alienating a large portion of your audience. I will not use this opportunity to voice my own personal political beliefs as I feel mine are no better than anyones. As I said there are interesting posts at the blog and I will allow you, my readers,to visit it and form your own opinions.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Optimize Your Adsense Revenue

I was over at arieshu and found a very well written post on Optimizing Your Adsense Revenue. Since I use Adsense in my own futile way to monetize this site, it caught my attention. After reading it I decided I should at least give some of this a try and hopefully I will start to see an increase in revenue coming from Adsense. Hey I gotta make extra money somehow, don't I? Anyone interested in reading the post should check it out and if anyone has any other useful ideas for me, please share.

Gadgets - You Gotta Love Them

I found this next blog to be one of those that I not only have to review, I have to subscribe too! It is and it is amazing from start to finish. From the interesting pictures of the portable helicopter to the retro look of the Pac Man hoodie to everything in between, this blog has something to interest everybody.The site is very easy to navigate with good link descriptions to help you find something to really catch your interest. I look forward to future posts coming out of this blog.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Add Captions to Normal Images

As anyone that views my blog can clearly see, I myself am not real big on adding images as they often play no part in a blog review however I do have friends with web sites that are what I refer to as image heavy. Recently, while visiting a friend I had noticed he had uploaded some pictures he had taken of his family on vacation that he had added cartoon like captions to. I was amazed because they really turned out great so I asked him to explain how he had done it. It was then that I first heard of The Bubblenator, a site that is designed to take all the work out of adding captions to your pictures. The site even allows you to choose whether to use speech bubbles or thought bubbles like you sometimes see in the comics section of the newspaper or even in comic books and it allows you to add up to three different bubbles to each picture. The possibilities are almost endless as you could use this for your own web site or with a little imagination, you could do as my wife did when I showed her the site. She added captions to our Christmas card photo and made really custom Christmas cards for all of our friends and family. I am sure she will think of many other uses as well and she has bookmarked The Bubblenator for future use.

Own or Buying a Laptop? Read This.

I have often thought of buying myself a laptop for the portability of it, my sister has one and loves hers of course the city she lives in provides free wireless internet to anyone living within range of the towers they recently erected.As with any purchase I make, I do my research beforehand to insure I will be buying quality. That is where comes in. This blog is a whole resource of knowledge on laptops and a must read for anyone that owns or is considering purchasing one. The blog is professionally laid out with many interesting posts about everything you could possibly want to know about Laptops and what some of the newer features are. I'm still not committed to buying mine just yet but I do know where to turn before I purchase.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Are You a Good Blogger?

The next blog up for review is The Interactive Blogger, one post in particular really grabbed my attention and make me think about whether or not I am a good blogger. That post is titled 16 Things You Need to be a good Blogger and as I read it I realized it could also be titled 16 Things You Need to be a Good Businessman as the same principles apply. I am sure these same 16 things could be applied to other things besides blogging and running a business as well. All in all, the site is very nice with informative articles and I do recommend bloggers and businessmen alike to visit it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Find the Perfect Apartment or Home

As this year draws to a close, I am preparing to move from one city to the next due to wanting a bigger place. I started looking online at several different realty sites and was just running into brick walls everyplace. Then I found The Real Estate Hunters and within a day I had located a place my wife and myself could not only afford but had everything we were looking for. Whether you are looking to rent or to buy I would highly recommend The Real Estate Hunters as a way of taking all the work out of finding your next apartment or home.

Wall Street Dollars

Prince of Wall Street is a blog being posted by a junior investment banker. It deals with the day to day workings of the financial world and offers some very sound advice from an expert in the game. I have often thought about the stock market trade and I know that when the time comes for me to start buying and selling I will want to be as knowledgeable as possible so I will read everything I can find before making any decisions that could affect my money. I believe this blog to be an excellent source of information for both the people wishing to dabble in the market as well as the hardcore investors.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Free Business Education

The only thing I regret about being a small business owner is that I have no formal business education, does that stop me? No, however I am sure it does slow me down and gives me a disadvantage not shared by many of my competitors. At Education Portal I was able to find a very interesting post that told me of 10 Places to Get a Free Business Education Online. I not only find this information extremely useful but also found this site extremely professional and think anyone wanting to further their education,even in the non-business environment,should stop in for a visit.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Free Blog Reviews

I have been unable to post in the last few weeks as I had workers out with the flu and had to step in and get jobs done. I will resume posting free blog reviews tomorrow. Interested bloggers should comment below so that I may find your blogs.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Improve Your Business

I am always willing to listen to anyone that can give me tips on how to grow my small business larger so it was a delight to stumble upon this next blog offering me Ten Smart Moves to Improve Your Business. I read the list carefully and have to admit that they all seem to be very good advice and I will be institutionalizing these into my own business with hopes that they succeed. As it stands now, I'm not doing too shabby however I am willing to try new ideas to do even better. I welcome comments from anyone that can offer additional business advice as well and I will gladly help mentor anyone that might be considering starting their own business.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cheap Scrub Set

Christmas is getting closer and I have decided to do most,if not all of my shopping this year online. I have been against doing this in the past due to wanting to protect my personal information however I just can not face standing in lines this year. I actually came to this decision when attempting to find a present for my niece who is currently in college studying to become a nurse. I wanted to get her something useful so I found scrubs at a very cheap price, something that won't break my wallet yet shows I put some thought into her gift.

These scrubs are the perfect gift and prices are really low compared to what she has been having to pay. Starting at just $9.99 per set and ranging in sizes from x-small to xxx large with 21 optional colors, these scrubs make a great gift for anyone in the medical field as well as anyone that just likes the comfort factor that comes with them. Now I am actually considering getting myself a set as well to sleep in or even just to sit at my computer and blog. Whatever your reason for purchasing scrubs, you will not go wrong by stopping in

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Start Your Own Business

In February of this year I decided I had worked too many years trying to make someone else rich and decided to start my own business. I spent the next 3 months almost starving as I tried to figure out what I was doing wrong, I had started a service related business that other companies in my area were turning a good profit at so what were they doing that was different than myself? One day as I was contemplating closing down, I received a call and instantly things clicked, I had been targeting too broad a range of potential clients while ignoring the one area that I could really make some money in. Since that day, I have watched my business expand by leaps and bounds. Over at EISAX you can read about over 100 service related businesses you can start. The odds are against new businesses but I am proof that if you stick with it and learn to recognize your strengths, weaknesses, and opportunity when it knocks, the world is yours. You are only limited by your own mind.

Improve Your Credit Score

The Better Credit Blog is a must read for anyone wanting to better understand FICO Scores and little things we as consumers can do to improve our credit ratings. It is a wealth of information that I wish I had ten years ago and am very thankful I have now. Most people fail to realize that each time someone runs a credit check on them, their FICO score is penalized points and that repeated checks over an extended period of time can actually hurt even the most stable of bill payers that never miss a payment. This blog is even awesome enough to offer advice on how and when to renegotiate credit limits and interest rates. I would urge you to read this blog whether you already have credit or even if you are just thinking of applying for credit in the future. Through the simple act of learning all that you can in advance, you are better preparing for your own financial future.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Caroline Middlebrook-A Blogging Success Story

This next blog I am reviewing is Caroline is a blogger that has taken to blogging like a duck to water. It seems as if one day she wasn't there at all and the next she was everyplace. Caroline has really embraced and mastered the art of drawing traffic to her blog and makes it all look easy. Caroline posts are very informative and over all a good read. I recommend her blog to anyone that seriously wants to see what a professional blog looks like.

25 Ways to Help Secure Your Financial Future

Money...that one word, five simple letters, is the difference between retiring to the Bahamas and working until the day you die. I myself have started looking at money more seriously as I grow older and wish I had the mindset at 18 as I do now at 37. At 18 money didn't matter, if I spent it all, I could always get more when the next weeks pay came. Now, I have started focusing on saving for my future which led me to stumble upon 25 Ways I Save Money. This post was full of great advice for anyone trying to save a few pennies and believe me those pennies start adding up fast. All that is left to do is bank the money saved and watch it grow.