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Did I type “as the new year begins?”
Indeed I did!
September.
The new school year.
The new fall TV season.
The time when 2017 model cars come out.
I don’t know about you, but I had a really really good summer 2016! It started back in May for me.
I set a goal of having a great summer, writing down all the things I wanted to do, big and small, and then taking each day as it came, enjoying it whether at home, at work, or at play. I hope YOU had a great summer too!

This blog has been inactive for some time. Where did those 8 months go? Other social media and the time constraints of having a kick-ass summer prohibited me from taking the time to write and publish worthwhile material here. In fact, save for this paragraph, I’m trying out a twitter app called “TwitLonger” that lets you ramble on beyond 140 characters. Now that Autumn is approaching I believe I’ll have more time to get online in the late evening and carry on with serious blogging.

Fall should be really interesting: the presidential election in the United States between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is certainly going to be one for the record books. A political donnybrook if ever there was one, I suspect! I hope YOU continue to follow me on social media, read my blogs and of course if you’re in upstate New York – actually anywhere on earth – you can listen to my news reports via the internet on WAMC.org

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The page is about to turn on our calendar. Looking back, I had a darned good 2015. Better than a long stretch of previous years.

Now I have in place, written down, a 5-year plan in which I have outlined specific goals. And I believe I have what it takes to accomplish them.  Of course those three amigos, luck, fortune and circumstance will likely help determine how rocky or smooth the road ahead will be.

Happy New Year!

 

 

Kaavya Viswanathan was a Harvard sophomore who was featured in the New York Times for her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life, and then again when it was discovered that she plagiarized portions of the novel from two books by Megan McCafferty. Viswanathan apologized, saying that she was a “huge fan” of the books when she was in high school and that she “wasn’t aware of how much [she] may have internalized Ms. McCafferty’s words.”

Martinelli’s list of free plagiarism checkers has been one of IJNet’s most popular articles across all languages. It’s clear readers want to avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism, so they’ve updated the post with four of the best free online plagiarism checkers available to anyone, revised for 2015!

Click here for the full story!

I received this in my morning email:
Andrew Sullivan is retiring from blogging. He wants to have a real life. (The Dish) | Lots of people blogged about the news, and Twitter was wild with it. “That seems an appropriate send-off for a blogger whose work defined much of what we have come to see as normal in the age of social media.” (Mashable) | BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith writes, partly, about Sullivan’s place and influence in blogging. (BuzzFeed) | Blogging isn’t dead. “…a ‘blog’ is simply a publishing medium. It’s a way to put content on the Internet — usually a fast and, relatively, user-friendly way. But, the conflating a publishing medium with a sort of online writing — opinionated, snarky — that tends to be the preferred approach of many of its users is a mistake. (The Washington Post)

Are you running the blog or is the blog running you? Create a purposeful blog plan and take back your life!

Blogger Stéphanie Bonnet has posted 4 very concise, critical time-saving processes for bloggers. Do have a look.

Meantime, RANDOMTYPE walks you through 7 steps of creating an effective blog plan, including guides to setting goals, Audience, Tools, Research, Message and Timeline.

And while writing a business plan for your blog is definitely not mandatory, here’s a few starter tips for you!

Now, here’s a question for ya! How CAREFUL are YOU, blogger, about what you say on social media? Does your employer regulate or “own” your twitter and/or facebook accounts? Do you blog independently or are you “sanctioned” by the outlet you work for? Your thoughts?

Back in 2010 I posted an article entitled “Tweet Like A Rock Star,” to which I now shall add “Don’t tweet anything you’ll be sorry for later.” Like this young woman did.

Like CNN’s Jim Clancy did…

And what about all the hooptydoo about “Personal Brand” – you know I think the gal who innovated personally branding a blog was wendy Cheng, whose fave colour pink became her blogspot blog’s trademark! You’ll find Xiaxue in the list of blogs appearing on this page!

 

 

Aviators in the early age of flight were often warned “watch the clouds.” That bit of old analog advice is something every person online should take to heart.

One of the net’s recent techno marvels is the concept of “cloud computing” where everything is stored somewhere on some server in cyberspace. This is a blessing and a curse. If you can’t get online, or if the internet were to be hacked out of existence for a couple of weeks, you would have ZERO access to anything!

I prefer to have as much as possible STORED on my computer! That goes for emails, blogs, photos, videos, etc. Sure, I’ll have some of that stuff stowed away “up there” – but it is always best to keep files saved in the event you need to work on stuff if you cannot get online!

You can store and access gmail, your gmail calendar, your blog*spot or wordpress blog, right on your machine.

There are still brand-new laptops available that are NOT cloud-dependent. I suggest you purchase one before they’re gone.

As for those cloud-based Anti-Virus programs, I will continue to recommend keeping an “old-fashioned” AV program on your PC or laptop. If a virus or trojan strikes and disables your internet connection capabilities, you won’t be able to contact the cloud AV for assistance. That’s called “screwed.”

There is ONE cloud-based service I actually like and recommend: Maxthon Browser. (And I have THAT backed-up on a USB!)

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