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Roundup of February 2015 Comments

Did You Miss Any Updates?

thanks-paper-pxFebruary (of course!) is a short month, so I feel lazy, only having produced 3 posts.

But they obviously touched a few raw nerves and generated some valuable and informative comments.

If you missed them, here they are again, and I’ve added a few comments that emerged as a result of your very valued interactions.

Here are the posts:

  • I started the month in rant mode LOL about the real cost of a free website. And to the spammers who left comments thanking me for offering to produce them a free website – haha, you made it SO easy for me to decide what to do with your comments. But you’re not reading this are you?
  • A guest article from Jim Day, showing how to Control Your Day. After the initial comments on this article Jim added a fantastic offer to readers, so if you didn’t pick it up, or forgot, now’s your chance!
  • Finally I shared my experiences, both good and bad, of visiting local business groups. Obviously responses varied to this one, as some people are actively considering this, and others have no need of it. But I appreciated your support for the bad experience I had. One bad experience has been far outweighed by the good ones, and although visiting local business groups is still a work-in progress for me, I feel very positive about it. As an aside, a long-lost friend of my sister’s resurfaced recently to tell Heather about her new business. It’s not a business Heather and I have any interest in, but I am taking the lady along to the next Links 4 Growth meeting to expand her contacts.

Business Development

Beyond blogging I’m plugging away with my coaching from Neil Stafford. The EU VAT rules have been a set-back for me as I’ve had to move my products to VAT compliant platforms and I struggle with the technical bits. Thank goodness my coaching program includes technical support.

The software launch for my offline client is now behind me and it’s running successfully leaving me time to get back to my online business plans. Except that….

Life Happens….

Getting the “bad” out of the  way first, my Mum’s health continues to deteriorate, so I’m spending more time on the phone with her, and have a visit planned for Mothering Sunday (that’s much sooner in the UK than in the USA).

Continuing my purge of non-productive blogs that had been hacked, I never did manage to clean them up, so I took the radical decision to axe the hacked blogs completely and just redirect the domains to a suitable affiliate product. Sad to see so much work wasted, but I learned a lot from developing them and feel much happier focusing on passing on my lessons learned through this blog. They weren’t very productive, so “Cut your losses and run your profits” as my Dad says.

Good stuff…. Matt, Elke and Bailey have had two visits in February. Matt, bless his heart, finished off the revamp to my house by putting on the final two matching doors and I’m so thrilled with them that I just keep looking at them over again. I’ve not gone completely daft – it’s just a personal milestone and the physical manifestation of the end of a best forgotten era.

This coming week my grand-daughters will be staying here (0 and 2 years old). Not seen them in the flesh since Christmas, so can’t wait to see them and I’m planning a child-friendly shopping list and trying harder this time to child-proof the house. Not much computer time for me – far nicer plans.

I am trying to be kinder to myself and take more time away from the computer. The TV recording box was almost full, so I’ve relaxed a little and enjoyed some of the great serials I’d recorded. Broadchurch 2 and Wolf Hall, plus watching the business highs and lows of the Dragons Den. I even subscribed to one of the services backed by the Dragons. My “box” should be here on Monday.

jumper-smallBut of course sitting still watching TV is a bit of a challenge for me in itself, so I’ve taken up an old hobby of knitting again. I stopped when the boys finally rebelled against wearing Mum’s knitted jumpers, but I maybe have a few years grace before Alana and Lucy can protest.

It prevents the temptation of comfort eating too.

Here’s the results of my handiwork. Not sure who it will actually fit – but I’ll get a chance to try it on both girls in the next few days, and another one is already well in progress to “make them equal”!

Thanks to Epson Support

A bit of an odd-ball one here, but huge thanks to Epson UK support for spending almost two hours on the phone to get my Epson scanner set up correctly. Nothing wrong with the scanner – some conflict on my machine. They were so helpful, polite and patient until I finally got sorted. Superb customer service on a very low priced scanner that’s now doing exactly what it’s supposed to do!

Thanks To My Comment Authors

Finally, all that remains is for me to say thanks each and every one of you who dropped by – and to say how much I valued your interaction here – AND what I learned from visiting your blogs too.

Total Comments on this blog in February 2015

Hi, My name is Mark.
I made 9 awesome comments.
Hello, My name is Edward Thorpe.
I dropped 8 awesome comments.
Hi, My name is Harleena Singh.
I made 4 awesome comments.
Hi, My name is James McAllister.
I made 4 awesome comments.

 

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Sarah - March 1, 2015

Hi Joy!

sorry to hear about your mum..wishing her better health..my mum is arriving from New Zealand for a visit at the end of this month- so making my house mum friendly! Requires much tidying up..but at least she won’t pull ornaments off low shelves- remember toddlers can reach anything- so crawl around your house and see your treasured possessions are at adult height!

Thank you for your continued good articles and helpful posts..note to self- I shall post more thank you comments!

warmest regards
Sarah

    Joy - March 1, 2015

    Hi Sarah,

    Welcome back to my blog. I’m so pleased to see you here again.

    Having a last blast on my blog before I go into toddler-tidy mode. It’s scary – they climb too LOL! But can’t wait to see them again.

    I hope you enjoy your Mum’s visit, and thanks for your thoughts for my Mum.

    Take care. Joy

Enstine Muki - March 1, 2015

Wow! Thanks for this update Joy. I know last month was a crazy one and you kept your readers right in the know.

My prayer is still with your mom. She must be strong because you are not alone praying for her.

Right now, I’m compiling my report for tomorrow. I’ll be doing a mix of commenting and income.

Though being so busy, I still felt you so strong on my blog last month. I know better things are ahead of us this month. Let’s keep giving 😉

    Joy - March 2, 2015

    Hi Enstine

    Glad to see you here at the start of a new month, hopefully with better things ahead.

    You had lots of exciting offers on your blog last month, and I know there’ll be more to come – I would like to spend more time there as I learn so much.

    Mum is very tough deep down – stubborn like her daughter. Thanks for your good wishes.

    Looking forward to more posts in March.

    Joy

Harleena Singh - March 1, 2015

Hi Joy,

Nice roundup indeed 🙂

I guess this wonderful plugin makes us all meet up at the start of the month at least, as we otherwise tend to lead such busy lives.

I know your Mom isn’t well, and I am glad you’re there for her, prayers and wishes is all we can send from our end.

Good to know you’d have your grandkids with you – what more could you ask for! They are such bundles of joy, and it also means, less of your time online now as they need all your love and attention 🙂

Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice weekend 🙂

    Joy - March 2, 2015

    Hi Harleena

    Welcome back to my blog. I’m so pleased to see you here again.

    Even keeping in touch once a month (thanks to Enstine) is better than not at all. I have such good intentions, but when family arrive, they have to come first. I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like to with them, so I want to enjoy it while I can.

    By the way – I’ve now been using that “standing desk” you recommended for a couple of months and I really love it. As you suggested I don’t stand the whole day, and there are some jobs I just can’t seem to do standing – but overall I feel much better for using it. Thanks for the tip!

    Have a great week, Joy

Jan Kearney - March 1, 2015

Knitting! I never mastered it, unless you class holey scarves… I always envied people who had the skill and patience to create. I’m sure your grand-daughters will love the jumper (and of course you have to have matching ones to make them even!)

As for the hacked blogs. It’s a shame you couldn’t rescue the content but if the time to rescue far out ways anything they were making, I agree it’s probably best to cut your losses and move on to more profitable things.

I missed your local networking post, popped over and had a read. I’m not a networker. As someone who prefers life behind the screen and many horrendous (for me) experiences of being pitched at back when I had a “proper” job, networking is not top of my to-do list and BNI scares me senseless!

That said, I joined BizMums last month as they have several local to me. A bit worrying they are child friendly – they meet at ball park places etc so you can take the kids. I’m not a great kid person either!
I went to one in February with a friend just to check it out and was asked to speak at the March meeting – of course I agreed. Can do the talking about what I love (in this case Google Plus/Local) but I struggle with the 60 second pitch and mingling bit haha – I have been called weird for my preference to speak to groups.

I can’t believe you were fired from a womens network group. Any old assistant can’t do what you do or all these women would have fab websites kept up to date. Not to mention there’s more to a networking group than just what you actually do – do referrals and business not matter any more? Their loss Joy.

Finally, best wishes to your Mum. It must be very worrying. Mother’s Day is around the corner, I hope your visit goes well.

    Joy - March 2, 2015

    Hi Jan,

    LOL – your holey scarves reminds me of my Mum’s war effort…. to knit scarves for the soldiers overseas. The war was finished before the scarf. Her talents also lay in other areas. It will be good to remind her of all her charity work when I go up for Mother’s Day. She’d be amazed to hear how many of my blogging friends kindly send her good wishes from far and wide.

    Yes, irritating about the blogs. I tried recovering them, but the hackers kept coming back. As long as this and another couple (all hosted elsewhere) are OK, it’s probably good riddance for the others. WordFence seems to be doing a good job of keeping me alerted of updates required.

    Well, I’ll be honest – I’m happier behind the screen too, but I felt I should step outside the comfort zone a little. Actually, it might even have been you who encouraged me to try, by mentioning your talks!

    I can just about manage a 60-second pitch, but doing a group talk would have me running for the hills. Haha, I too only managed one BNI meeting.
    What was sad about the networking group was that the members actually said to me that they struggled with their blogging, so they were a receptive audience if the leader wasn’t. And, as you suggest, I saw businesses in that group I would have liked to have bought things from, so they lost my purchases too.

    Never mind – one rejection led to me finding two groups that seem far more promising.

    Ooh, not come across BizMums…. I must confess I think I’d find it too diverting to have kids around when trying to do business. Socialising with them in tow is hard enough, but business….? I can imagine a very entertaining post coming from your experiences in such a group, but then, I guess they’d read it, which might not be a good idea 🙁

    Have a great week, Joy

Lizz Riley - March 2, 2015

Seriously wish I could knit. That looks fab.
Also hope your mum is feeling better soon. Families are so special and should be cherished as much as possible.

    Joy - March 2, 2015

    Hi Lizz,

    Glad you like the little jumper – cardigan almost finished now. Just hope the intended wearer likes it too!

    March is going to be a bit of a family month, which is great as they’ve been rather neglected while I fought off some work crises 🙂

    Have a great week, Joy

Cararta - March 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

My first trip to your blog…a fellow member of Sue’s Socialites.

A busy life online and off from your round up. To bad about your
hacked blogs. I use a plugin to back mine up, because even with
all the security in the world, the best insurance is a recent
backup stored away from your server.
I have a usb plugin portable drive that I store them on.

A better solution would be cloud storage, but I haven’t
become quite that techie or decided which one to use!

From what I read, it is suggested that you should have at least
two copies, each stored in a separate place, not on your hosted
server because they can get hacked as well.

Hope your Mother improves. It is always
stressful when someone close is in distress.

Good luck with your many enterprises.

C.

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Cararta,

    Welcome to my blog, I am so pleased you found me via Sue and I hope you will find plenty of helpful information here:-)

    Yes, I always seem to be running at 100 miles an hour, but guess that’s the same for most people.

    I had my blogs backed up on cloud storage (Dropbox) using a free plugin, and as you say I have a second copy on my own machine, using paid software called WPTwin, so in theory I could have restored them, but I just made the decision that as they were no longer key to my business, rather than waste time on them I’d let them go.

    Thanks for your visit and I hope to see you and soon.

    Joy

Ed Akehurst - March 2, 2015

What a great day to find your blog – a recap of February. It’s now March and I’ll check back throughout the month – it looks like you have an interesting blog. I found you through Sue Worthington.

Sorry to hear about your mom. I am in the same situation. She is deteriorating quickly and it is hard to interact. She can’t talk on the phone more than a minute or two.

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Ed,

    Welcome to my blog, I am so pleased you found me through our mutual connection Sue. I hope you will find plenty of helpful information here:-)

    Sorry your Mum is also deteriorating. My Mum is also too tired to talk much and just wants to listen. Terribly sad. Things of you and your family.

    Joy

Edward Thorpe - March 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

“Life in the fast lane!” is what came to me after finishing your post. Better to wear out than rust out, also came to mind.

Sad your Mom’s still struggling. Hoping for the best for her and your Dad.

It’s wonderful you’re getting family time. Although you’d better rest up for your Grandkids visit…Especially at their ages 😉

BTW: What exactly IS a jumper? I could ‘google’ it, but would rather hear your particular version.

May March 2015 be your greatest month ever.
Edward

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Edward,

    Love the “Better to wear out than rust out” saying. I’ll remember that one! It certainly applied to my granddaughters’ visit.

    Ah, hadn’t realised a jumper was a UK term! The picture was a clue! Do you call them sweaters then? The size was wrong for the “target age group” (Alana at 2.5yrs) but will fit Lucy (under a year). Obviously my knitting is too tight, and no I don’t do sensible things like knit tension tester squares 🙂

    Alana and I spent a happy half hour going through my pattern book choosing a hat for my next project!

    Hope March is great for you too, Joy

      Edward Thorpe - March 6, 2015

      Hi Joy,

      It’s bittersweet to welcome you back: happy you’re online; sad your Grandkids have left the building.

      Ah, a jumper is a sweater! And, we’re supposed to speak the same language?

      Glad you enjoyed your time offline…
      Edward

donna merrill - March 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

Sorry to hear about your mother. I had to take mine in to live with us so we can keep a good eye on her. She’s OK, but had a few heart attacks in the past, so it is much easier for us to live with her and make sure she is eating well and taking her medication Phew..

Gosh there were so many things you had to deal with, but you are here and that is what so important. Getting ready for your grandchildren to come visit is a blessing. Mine are all on the other side of the country and we do IChat a lot, but not the same as being together.

Enjoy them as much as you can Joy, they grow so fast! Ohhh You knit! I always wanted to do that. I gave it a few tries, came out with holes all over the place and got frustrated. There is nothing like hand made knitted clothing. I have to look high and low to purchase them for my grand kids.

Thanks for keeping us up to date and I will keep your mom in my prayers.

-Donna

    Joy - March 2, 2015

    Hi Donna

    Mum and Dad live 5hrs away so it’s tough. They should have moved closer years ago, but wouldn’t because their business is up north. (Err, yes, they are still in business in their 90s LOL. Much of it is done through an agent but Daddy likes to keep his eye on everything!) Thanks for your kind words – Mum can’t conceive of how many of my online friends have her in their prayers!

    That was the first knitting I’d done for ages so I did something easy and pleased to say it came out fine. I used to do pretty complicated stuff at one time, but simple was good to get me started again. I thought I might have forgotten, but it all came back once I got started. eBay was my friend, as I’d thrown all my needles etc away.

    Well, this afternoon I did the “big shop” – it was nice to be shopping for a family for a change. Off now to child-proof the room, and have a few treats and visitors lined up, so can’t wait to see them!

    I’ll be in-and-out online, so catch up again soon.

    Have a great week, Joy

Joe Cheray - March 2, 2015

Gotta love the trolls eh Joy? They are indeed useful for comedic relief. So far this month I have had the Viagra spam 🙂 They make me laugh.

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Joe,

    Yes, that certainly gave me a laugh. I wonder if it’s the same people doing it over and over again with such a tiny % success rate but at such huge volume that it’s still worth their time – or is it just a whole new bunch of innocents abroad?

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Dita - March 2, 2015

Hi Joy,

it’s been a while, sad to say. First, let me say that I am sorry to hear about your mom. It always is so hard. I went through that with my mom a few years back.

On the happier note, I am jealous (in a good way) about your toddler time. How exciting! Mine are no longer toddlers. Boy, how time flies.

It was a good idea to dump the blogs that are not working (and by the way sorry to hear that you were hacked), despite the fact you put so much effort into them. The best is to concentrate on what is working for you.

I had to chuckle when you said that sitting still was a challenge for you because I can completely relate!

Anyway, take care

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Dita,

    I’m glad to see you back on my blog – sorry we’ve been missing each other for a while.

    Clearing down the blogs has been a good idea, to free up some much needed time and brain power!

    Things are tough with Mum, but my granddaughters have been a very welcome diversion. No chance to sit still over the last few days.

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Nanda Rahmanius - March 4, 2015

Hi Joy,

Thank you for this post!
I am honored to be mentioned in your article. I love being able to comment here. 🙂

In February, I published 5 articles. Perhaps, because I was too excited. I hope you can create more articles in March, Joy. 😀

I also pray for the health of your mother. May her be given a good health. 🙂

By the way, I also mention you in my latest article for having commented on my blog. It as an expression of my gratitude for your engagement in my blog. 🙂

Thanks for sharing, Joy.
All the best for you!

~Nanda

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Hi Nanda

    Great to see you on my blog again, and well done for publishing 5 articles. I know how much work that takes up.

    Thanks for mentioning me on your blog and your good wishes for my Mum.

    Look forward to catching up again in March,

    Joy

Sandy - March 6, 2015

Hi Joy,
It is always a pleasure to visit your blog. And boy, you are really super highly efficient! Kudos!! Your spirit and getting things done well is so admirable!

Glad you are sharing the networking platform with your sister’s friend. Trust it is helpful. Just one tip in networking. Focus on “How can I help you” instead of “How you can help me”.

Nice sweater! Like I said earlier, admirable! As good as those sold in store! 😉

Wishing your mum well!

Have a great weekend ahead!

    Joy - March 6, 2015

    Thanks Sandy,

    You are right about the “help others” networking tip…. just as in blogging really, we are all one community helping each other.

    Have a great weekend. Joy

Carol Amato - March 18, 2015

Hello, Joy,

I love these roundup posts from you! I was able to enjoy two of your three posts, not too shabby. 🙂 I so enjoy reading your articles.

So sorry to hear your mom’s health is getting worse. My mother died when she was just 66, so can’t even fathom having a mom to care for in her old age! It’s a blessing with many challenges, I’m sure. However, we cared for my mother-in-law for a while in her mid 80s, so I know it’s a real job. With your mother far away, it’s probably worse than having her with you.

Wonderful your grandkids are visiting….Well, the visit is probably over by now, but so glad you could enjoy them.

Your sweater is beautiful and what a lovely color! Great idea to relax by the TV yet keep your hands busy. I’m afraid I would need that as well because I’m not used to sitting for that long of a time frame with just ‘watching’ to do. I do enjoy it occasionally – a good movie that is.

I used to crochet doilies and things – cotton with a fine hook. I never crocheted anything with the larger cotton or wool, so I should try that. You’ve inspired me to pick it back up!

What a lovely shout out to Epson UK Support – made me smile.

Thanks for sharing, and hope to talk to you again soon.
˜Carol

    Joy - March 18, 2015

    Hi Carol

    I’m so glad I’ve rekindled your interest in crochet and I hope you will enjoy taking up the hobby again. Funnily enough just today I discovered a creative knitting class I can go to – so you might be seeing more imaginative creations over the months to come. Perhaps I should aim for one for each “roundup post”! Bet Enstine didn’t have that in his mind when he created his plugin 🙂

    It was lovely to see my grand-daughters; the elder is at the age when she’s getting to be real fun. We made cakes!! Mind you I was exhausted by the time they left; you forget how hard it is to look after them, even for a short time.

    Thanks for your kind words about my Mum – I’ve just come back from spending (UK) Mothering Sunday with her, and with my son too. My lovely daughter-in-law cooked us all a really nice meal as Mum isn’t well enough to go out for meals now. It was a long way to travel but lovely to have all three generations together for a very memorable day.

    Great to welcome you back to my blog, Carol, and we’ll catch up again soon.

    Joy

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