Thanks to my new Sony Ericsson K770i I’ve just discovered the delights of photo blogging.
What is photo blogging? My definition is: ‘the ability to upload and publish online a series of seemingly unconnected and probably meaningless photographs’.
OK, that’s a bit cynical I know. More sensibly; as a blog is a written online journal so a photo blog is an online journal created with photographs. My new K770i has a really neat feature that allows me to publish a photo taken on the phone straight to a blog. Unfortunately it doesn’t support WordPress at present so I can’t publish direct to this blog. I’ve created a completely separate photo blog over at blogspot.
Much of my business time these days seems to be taken up with discussing networks. Questions like:
Should I use CAT5 or CAT6 cable?
What’s the difference between a LAN and a WAN?
Should I go for Wifi or mobile broadband?
Amongst all this technology small businesses often loose site of one form of network that is essential to their survival, and that is the small business network.
These are opportunities for business people to get together once a month to swap ideas, pass on information, make new contacts and just get out and meet other business people. For entrepreneurs like myself, running their business from home in a rural location, business networking forms a vital part of my marketing.
Here in West Cork we have an excellent networking service provided by the SOHO SOLO organization. I know the name sounds a bit like a dating agency; but the SOHO is an acronym for Small Office Home Office and so applies to anyone running a small business or working from home. Locally the group runs very informal meetings usually in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery.
So if you’re running a small business or working from home in West Cork why not some along to one of our meetings and start expanding your network of contacts. The next meeting is provisionally booked for Wednesday September 17th and will probably be a lunch meeting. To get more details why not check out the SOHO SOLO website today.
(By the way, if you’re looking for wired or wireless networking services of the computer variety please see my business Computer Troubleshooters – West Cork)
See what the boys in blue get up to when they’re on the beat.
Maybe it’s just me; but I really dislike those blog posts that start:
x Number Of Ways To…..
There seems to be a proliferation of these posts offering an ‘easy fix’ solution in any number of steps. Here’s a small selection from my news reader this morning:
- 21 more riddles to train lateral thinking
- 5 Reasons Why You Should Read History More Than News
- 10 Tips for Razor Sharp Concentration
- 18 Practical Tips for Living the Golden Rule
- 50 Frugal Blogs
- 7 Habits To Improve Posture
(Actually that last one is quite a good posting).
There’s something about these posts I don’t like that I can’t quite put my finger on. To me they lack substance – I don’t want my life reduced to a series of lists.
Maybe you like that type of posting, or maybe you prefer a post that’s more of a discussion than a list. Let me know your preferences and I can adapt my style appropriately.
When we set a goal it has to be a challenge. A goal that’s set too easy has little motivational impact; there’s little reward from achieving something that’s very easy and so there’s not much to motivate us.
On the other hand setting a goal that’s too hard is also demotivating. If we don’t believe we can achieve a goal then we won’t put any determination into getting them done.
Setting a goal is therefore a balance between setting it too easy and setting it too hard. This is where the A (Attainable) in SMART goals comes into play. We have to believe we can attain a goal and yet not set that goal too easy; it has to be a challenge.
How do you know when you’ve set a goal that’s too easy or too hard? Leave a comment and share your experiences.
Many thanks to Pat over at roam4free.ie for directing my attention to Hotel Ballymun. I’m sure staying in the Clarke Tower would have been preferable to the Ballymun Plaza.
The Tower has, indeed, been demolished now.
Or maybe they just repainted it and called it the Plaza?
If you’re like me then you need a gentle prod every so often to remind you to work on the targets you’ve set for yourself. If this is the case then the Hassle Me site might be good for you.
A very simple idea, you provide the frequency you want to be hassled in days, the text of the hassle, like “Go for a ride on your bike”; and a number of email addresses. HassleMe then emails you a reminder at roughly (not exactly) the number of days you’ve asked to be hassled. The slight randomness helps to prevent the hassle just becoming part of the routine “select / delete” part of email processing.
Try out the service (it’s free). If it works for you then great, if not then simply put it back on the shelf.