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I know #3 "focusing on interaction you haven’t had time to cultivate" is the biggest discourager for me. I think I'm less patient with my blog because I had such easy and pretty much overnight success with my first blog. But that was also luck. I wrote a guide on that site that got picked up and linked by a huge site which drove traffic and google rank. It was just a bit of luck (and one really well written post).
5 days, 23 hours ago on 4 Reasons Staying Motivated to Blog May Be Hard
Patrick, I came across another blog on this topic and I thought I would share it with you. This blog doesn't necessarily represent my views, but I thought it would add to the discussion.
1 week, 4 days ago on Should It Be Legal to Refuse Same-Sex Couples Service?
@brettapearson Recently Jon Acruff posted that it is difficult to be a Christian online. You can read it here: http://stuffchristianslike.net/2014/02/19/hard-christian-online/#sthash.6nYPtRiF.uxfs
He contrasts writing about Business principles and writing about Christian principles and comes to the following conclusion:
"When the business world disagrees with your idea, they critique your idea.
When Christians disagree with your idea, they critique your soul."
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Should Churches Host Easter Egg Hunts?
It was an editorial so I have no problem with the anchor giving his opinion. That is what an editorial is for.
But here's the thing I think has to be added to the information you present here. Sam was thought to be a 3rd to 5th round pick BEFORE he came out. His evaluation hasn't really changed all that much. In anything, he's up a round or or so from the early projection.
At 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, Sam lacks prototype size to play defensive end, and might not be fluid enough to play linebacker, and drop into coverage. He’s a pass-rusher (who had 10.5 sacks last year), and that has value. That value is 3rd to 5th round.
Mike Mayock who covers the draft for NFL Network says "“Depending on your scheme and what you’re looking for, he’s not an every-down play. The best case for me is he’s a four-team special teams player and a situational pass-rusher. It just depends on where you value that kind of guy.’’
College performance doesn't always equal NFL performance. There have been Heisman Trophy winners (trophy given the best college athelete that year) who went in the 3rd to 5th round. (2006 Troy Smith, 2002 Eric Couch, 2001 Chris Weinke, etc).
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Sports Anchor Attacks Fans’ Double Standard
The Coke ad was one of my favorites of the Super Bowl (the Muppets Toyota ad, and the Radio Shack 80s add were also favorites).
While I don't understand the outrage, I'm not surprised by it. I had a feeling some would be upset by it. It does, at first, suprise you that the lyrics change languages. But as I watched the spot and the wonderful diversity of people they showed I was more and more impressed.
Presumably, every single person shown in that spot, red and yellow, black and what, was an American. Is their claim on the title 'American' any less valid because of their ethncity or their language?
The message of the ad is one I very much agree with. American is beautiful because of our diversity, not inspite of it.
I'll raise a Coke and drink to that.
1 month ago on Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad Blasted Over Non-English Lyrics
@Andi Roo Thank you for the courage to post your comment. My heart goes out to you. I hope you will find complete healing in every way, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
1 month ago on Guest Post: Why the ‘Deathbed Confession’ Works
@DianaCT I am also against the death penalty for many of the same
reasons Diana so eloquently enumerated. Death is final. There have been far too many documented cases of prosecutors doing whatever it takes to get a conviction.
As horrible as it is to
spend decades in prison for a crime you didn't commit, at least there is still
the possibility of living life once you are exonerated. Even one innocent man executed is one too many.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on In Capital Punishment, Shouldn’t the Death be Enough?
I'd echo @alexshook and @59NationalParks concerning G+ and Pintrest.
My goals are to
1. Post more consistently
2. Settle on my genre/niche/topic
3. Increase my readership
4. Grow the community around my blog
2 months ago on My 10 Top Blogging Goals for 2014
I would add White Christmas (1954). It is one of our Christmas traditions to watch it each year, and its a wonderful way for us to get into the holiday spirit.
3 months, 1 week ago on 6 Christmas Movies That Should Be Left Alone
@patricksplace @TedtheThird I was 14 (7th grade) for Challenger and even younger for Regan. Those didn't stick with me the way 9/11 did. 9/11 stopped life as usual, and signaled our world had changed.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on JFK Assassination Birthed Breaking News Coverage
As I am not yet 50 years of age, I wasn't around for JFK assassination. For our generation, the "never forget where you were" event is 9/11.
"We are not retreating - we are advancing in another Direction."
-- General Douglas MacArthur
3 months, 2 weeks ago on ‘Revert Back’ and 7 Other Redundancies
I don't run guest posts on my blog yet for two reasons. First, I haven't really established my niche. It would be difficult for a guest poster to know what kind of content might work best for my audience. The second issue is that I don't really have that big of an audience. I want a guest poster to get some great exposure from my blog and I just can't offer that yet.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on My 2 Biggest Roadblocks to Guest Posts
I love dogs for their honesty, their innocence and their ability to prioritize with that perfect mix of carpe diem and desire for a snack. They are beasts of the heart. Unfortunately, all things remaining equal, we outlive our dogs (or furry kids if you prefer). It’s the only relationship we enter into that we know two things: There will be unconditional love and loyalty flowing in both directions, and it will end with heartbreak.
—The Rev. Bob Severson
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Too Short a Life
1. Which store is your
favorite place to buy the most of your groceries?
As much as I hate to say so, it’s Wal-Mart.
2. Does that store
offer some sort of discount card and, if so, do you have one?
3. What’s the number
one reason this grocery store happens to be your favorite?
Prices are better on the majority of stuff I buy.
4. Do you wipe off
your shopping cart with one of those sanitizing wipes stores now place next to
the carts, or do you secretly snigger at those who do?
Sometimes I’ll wipe the cart off. I don’t snigger. You shouldn’t either.
5. Do you prefer
paper, plastic or reusable cloth bags?
Reusable cloth bags. I’m not some huge environmentalist or anything, they
are just easier to carry, and I love having the insulated ones for my frozens.
6. Which section of
the store (i.e., frozen, produce, meat, etc.) do you buy from most often?
Tough one. I hardly ever buy produce there. I like
going to another store for produce. Bilo or Publix. Everything else is pretty
What started it all was the diapers and formula.
They were my gateway drug. Then I started looking at other stuff I buy and next
thing you know, I’m buying the majority of groceries at what we affectionately
call ‘Wally World’. Yes, it’s a National Lampoon Vacation reference.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Six #497
Full disclosure before you read my comment. My views don't align well with either party so I consider myself an Independent.
The Facebook posts from last night on the shutdown that I didn't understand were some of my friends insisting that the process didn't work. The more extreme ones went so far as to declare we now live in something akin to a dictatorship. The reason being that both the comprimise and ObamalamaCare were passed without a single republican vote.
Maybe I'm misinformed on how the process works, but it only takes a majority of Congress to pass something. There's nothing in there about each party having to pass it (gracious, if that was the case NOTHING would get passed).
I think it would serve those who lean more to the right better to spend some time considering how the Democrats got enough votes in Congress to pass something without your party.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Covering the Shutdown: The Media’s No-Win Scenario
@patricksplace @TedtheThird Under most circumstances I tend to agree that the market left to itself will handle most stuff pretty well. But I tend to think that there are some things (education, healthcare, others) that don't fit the laissez faire model all that well.
To borrow an example from your world, the Nielsons are a great way to measure television. When you to, as some have, apply them to websites, there are some important differences in reality of the two services (TV versus Internet) that cause the model to not work as well.
We see the same thin in healthcare. There are certain aspects to it that cause the laissez faire model to not work as well as it does in say manufacturing or retail.
5 months ago on 4 Problems That Lead to the Government Shutdown
What I don't see discussed often (if ever) is the role of Health Insurerers in this mess.
For years (yes, even before Obamalama was elected) I could count on every other year my employer having a big meeting and telling us that our because our current insurer was raising rates 15, 20 or 30 percent we were moving to another plan. No explanation was ever given for the increase in rates other than my own speculation that they needed to make more money for stockholders. At the same time, more and more out of pocket expenses were required (High deductible plans, higher co-pays etc).
Then there were the draconian pre-existing conditions rules. If you went even 1 day without coverage, everything you ever had became a pre-existing condition and no longer covered. It was like they were looking for ways to not live up to their obligations.
ObamalamaCare might not be the answer, but the Insurance Companies created a big part of this mess themselves with their own decisions.
5 months, 1 week ago on 4 Problems That Lead to the Government Shutdown
@patricksplace @TedtheThird That sounds right to me. Nobody expected Fox to come in with the offer they. Fox essentially had to overbid to convince the NFL to go with them over their long time broadcast partner.
5 months, 1 week ago on 20 Longest-Running Network TV Shows Still On the Air
I'm not sure how this should factor in, but NFL on CBS did not broadcast from 1994 to 1997. Fox outbid them for the NFC games and CBS had to wait to snatch the AFC away from NBC.