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"Autumn sunsets"

portland sunset on TwitPic

A nice time of the year to see the sky here on portland, the pic here (click on it for larger version) is just behind my home.

Seems to be the sky is never the same twice, could be true of anywhere but it is so noticable here. :o)

Why we never tire of seeing or taking pictures of the sunset here.

Wouldn't you?

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"A hidden gem of Portland"



Church Ope Cove, a place we spent many a summer when we were kids, not being far from where we lived and with it being the realtively "safer 70s" in some peoples eyes it was a great place to be.

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"Why are you even USING twitter?"

I ask because because the twits on twitter I wrote about a few post ago had a few comments and obviously I wasn't the only one thinking this way, is that a good or bad thing?

Then a commenter said on the last post below and I quote,

"Oh, by the way - my Twitter grade is a lousy 37, and I'm proud of that. If you're above a 90, you're spending too much time online, becoming a hamster on a wheel.

PROVE to me it improved your bottom line measurably, I might rethink that - but I need proof. Not a grade from a bot."

The bot was twitter grader which tweeters know about. ;o)
I replied and quote below,

"As for your twitter grade.

Look at it this way, your comment made me think..
"Is ALL you think of the bottom line being in monetary terms?"

Well look at this blog here, revamped with help of twitters, is that not helping my bottom line in one way or another?

Without twitter I wouldn't have got it right.

With twitter it's about the QUALITY of those you follow and interact with, rather than what time you spend there.
Relationship building IS what builds your bottom line. ;o)

Use twitter as a way of connecting to the right people for your business and see what it does to your business? ;o)

I think you miss out by NOT using it. :O)

Regardless, it's whatever you feel best for you and your business and I won't say it WILL help as I have no idea if it will.
I think it depends alot on your relationship with those on there more than anything.

That grader bot is a good example of social proof in action. ;o) regardless of whether we see it as worthless or not.

It's tapping into it the right way ;o) "

My short blunt answer to this is...

Twitter is NOT THERE to make YOU money.
It's a TOOL for CONNECTING, nothing more nothing less.

The web is NOT THERE to make YOU money, its a TOOL too.

You can USE them to generate something of value to swap with money, but how you do that is the key ;o)

So the real question is WHY are you using twitter?

As I said above I got this blog revamped with help of a few tweeters on twitter (thanks guys) and have made some good "friends" on there, i say friends as in online friends, nevertheless nice and helpful , fun, interesting people.

I get to find links to blogs and sites of interest from twitter, get news on twitter at times faster than I could otherwise.

I find that twitter is something pretty amazing in that where else can you get an INSTANT response to a problem just by "tweeting" about it?

I have now over 560 followers and I follow over 650 people, therefor there is ALWAYS someone on there to respond and there is always someone there I can respond to, help, advise, whatever.

Where else can you do that?
Where else can you have a "live personal feed" like that?

What I mean by that is it's a LIVE feed, you get the tweet as soon as the other person wrote it, and vice versa, if using devices like a phone they can ANYWHERE!

Imagine you have 5000 followers, think you could get a response to a problem anytime?
Think there is someone who has that knowledge you are seeking on whatever it is? :O)

I do, I bet on it too.

So I use twitter as it should be used.

So what are YOU using twitter for?


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"Internet Marketing, MAKES you GREEDY?"

IMers, "Internet marketers" for short, you know them, they promise secrets to easy make money online riches all for a princely sum of $27 or something.

Upon delivery you see details on "getting rich selling ebooks about getting rich selling ebooks"... and!!

Huh wait a minute!

That's Crap!

Not that all IMers are like this, but lets be honest.
Isn't it this that sticks in most "newbies" throats?

I have no bone with ANYONE in particular, I just notice some things that ARE getting talked about in this way, more than usual from my experience, some have no idea I was ever in that "niche" if you like.

It's nothing new as such, but sheesh it sure looks worse from some angles.

That way of generating cash, short term gains was a successful one for some of them, some have moved onto better things, other niches etc.

Without naming people as there is no need to do that, I gotta say some of them are relentless in what they do.
Some of them brag about their fortunes yet CONTINUE to push a link everywhere they are, go, whatever, for a crappy product at times.

Let me ask...Are YOU greedy?

If you have made so much money online anyway, why are you CHASING it?

Why misuse things for that small benefit you gain in the short term?

Why when you should have built a base of fans big enough to spread your work for you, do you continue to push stuff into our faces?

Why do you continue to try and grab a big market share, shoving your aff links (spamming in many ways) everywhere, including asking others who are also in some way YOUR competition to spread the word about things you mainly benefit from?

How are those "under you" on the chain supposed to grow when those who do things like this who are above them (like you) stifle them?

Don't talk about "abundance attitude" I KNOW there is enough for everyone, but where do you STOP?

Not talking mainly of ethics, just where do you draw the line?

Have you even thought about it?

The big guys have a great opportunity to do it right in my eyes but many miss the right way, they don't CARE, they ONLY want MAKE MORE MONEY ONLINE!
Social networking sites are being used badly if you ask me.

This user generated web that is now here more than ever will spread that bad word about the greedy ones fast and far.

Vice versa with the good ones and the generosity.

What price a reputation now?

I think there is going to be a big shake up somewhere regarding all the IMers out there.

Some are good some not, some are greedy, some not... where are YOU?

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"50 great pictures"


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"A great FREE traffic tips ebook"

When I got an email not to long ago with a free report for traffic tips, in all honesty I thought, "not another free ebook for me to read"!

I will read them of course, you never know where you get a good tips from, incraesed traffic should mean we make more money online if that is an aim.

But this was different, no fluff and filler with it, just short easy to digest tips, often one line is all that's needed to say it.

You get 247 good tips.

Some I knew, some not, some I would NEVER have though about!

I found at least 5 I can try out easily offline in the next few days, at least 2 tomorrow!

A warning though, this is ONLY FREE until end of Sept!
So while you can you should grab this, it's made for people like you, me, bloggers, home businesses, etc.

In fact offline could be the place to sell this book if the author does sell it that is. ;o)

I am glad to have grabbed it and think you should too, if you can generate ten new visits to your site, blog, a day, how many is that at Christmas?

99 days till Christmas is it??

Worth grabbing for free is it not?

Click and grab your FREE (LINK REMOVED).

I'll bet you get at LEAST 5 good tips you can implement immediately and grow your traffic.

From 247 of them you have a huge choice.

NOTE :: Edited to remove link as it is no longer free. Will be sold for $7. If anyone wants to grab this for that $7 let me know in the comments. :o)

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"Twits on twitter"

There are a few.... ;o)

They obviously don't know it themselves, else they wouldn't carry on being twits!
Maybe they will soon ;o)

Twitter, a great idea which I don't think is going to die out anytime soon with devices capabilities so you can use your phone with it etc will most likely help it grow massively as more people hear about it, try it and like it.

Why use twitter?

For the same reason we live...to build relationships, be connected, to share, to talk, to help, to teach, to laugh, to support and to be there for.

If you doubt that, you don't grasp it as you should.

People who use twitter often get "news" online fast, like the current IKE issue, people posting updates on twitter were doing so in REAL time.

There is a lady who is in LABOUR, giving birth, keeping everyone updated on twitter...in REAL time. Best of luck there to you too. ;o)

It's like a mini RRS feed of someones going on's as it happens. :o)

Where else do you see that? See the potential with that?

Yet so many who should know better get it wrong.

Here is the dilemma with the twits, they see it as ONLY a marketing tool, inevitably be to be abused like other things that go the same way.

Marketing IS a part of life, we all do it, but not all the correct way, or in the most beneficial way.

Unintentional marketing is usually the best marketing.

Hard to do when all you intend is to market and IMO end up spamming the place with links in almost every "tweat" (each 140 character response made) you make.
If that is YOU, you don't "get it at all" IMO...you are a twit!

Don't get me wrong there are some marketers who do use it well.

Tweaters on the other hand, "get it" ;o)

It's a connection tool first, they follow who they like, while others who like them follow them. :o)

One good advantage with twitter is you can add the RSS feed to a blog, website, lens which means freshly updated content each time you tweat.

Your biggest advantage on twitter is to be YOURSELF.

Just as it is in life.

If twitter is ONE part of your social networking efforts, be careful not to ruin it with a dirty great footprint which could be counter productive, as Lynn terry elaborated on too.

It's not all bad though as Lynn shared with us a good port on doing it successfully.

I point you to them as it means I need not explain it myself, and also I am doing what we should be doing.

Sharing good content which will help others, and freely.

I am not taking away from my own success doing this, as others would have you believe when they say, "you may LOSE readers, as they may prefer the blogs you share over yours".

Well, if that is the case, it means I need to DO better with my content rather than STOP sharing great content of others... does it not?

But hang on, I AM sharing content here, but improving it by linking to great content elsewhere because I feel MY readers deserve it. ;o)

That IS the essence of the web after all.

Lynn will be pleased lol...don't take Lynn's or my word for it, read the what those who use twitter say.

Who better to read than those who say what makes you "get it", than those who say it ON twitter.

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"WHY we live here, there is NO-WHERE else QUITE like it!


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"Matter of creation, creation of matter"

Are we doomed?

With that massive experiment underground on the French and Swiss border happening tomorrow there seems to be alot of publicity on it lately.

Even a matter of a court case to try and stop it going ahead.

Is it a big risk?

Who knows, in my opinion the scientist just want to DO it, they are not going to say YES a massive risk if it stops it happening, they want to do it to find out because of the sheer potential of what it could teach them about anything and everything.

The say they guarantee it will be safe, but if they are wrong, will we even know about it?

That is part of the reason I feel they care more that it works than not, that sounds strange, but what I mean is they are NOT going to be bothered if it doesn't work and the earth gets swallowed up, after all, they will be gone as much as we will!

If they are wrong, to late, if they are right... it could change things as we know it for the better.

Playing GOD, or whatever your world view on that is?

Any opinions on this experiment?

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"What do YOU want?"

Been a few days since I have posted here, though I have been writing up some post to show I will post those over the next few days.

That's the beauty of blogging, you don't have to post as you write, so if you get into a "writing mode" and you feel on a roll, go with it and just write, just save them for posting later.

I often do this and it means I "get ahead" of myself, if tomorrow I don't write I still have something to share.

Instead of posting what I have done, I wanted to ask for YOUR opinion.

I am going to revamp the blog as well as set in motion plans I have made...could be some big changes but I would rather hear what you have to say first as it's you that gets to read it.

Are there topics you would like to see more off on this blog?

Are there topics you would like to see me drop?

Are there topics you would like me to blog about that I don't already blog about?

More pics?

What do you want to see here?

It's exciting times online, I can see the massive changes from a few years ago, when it was harder to get yourself noticed online.

With the social networking sites like facebook...(which most of you seem addicted too!) we have never had it so good.

So, what would you like me to do here?

Tips or... ?

If you have any opinions please comment below.

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