Who Stole my Meatloaf?

All names have been changed to protect the guilty

 

It was 3:00 pm in the afternoon.  Five thirsty employees saw it….the sprite…staring them in the face on the top shelf. It was a communal fridge. Each day they saw it…sitting there…unmoved, and unclaimed.  Finally, on an especially brutal Friday, the torture continued.  At break time, each one of them, silently, reasoned with themselves on why their secret sin would be okay. No one was claiming this pop. Someone else will take it if I don’t. Joe is fat, and I need more. Marci’s a diabetic, and she’s tempted…gotta save her.

Is it any wonder that no one was very compassionate on the day that the temp came back to the plant to work on Thursday? They hadn’t seen her in weeks and frankly, everyone had forgotten about the pop. They didn’t really even know is she still worked there.

Here’s what she said ” the other day, I came into work and found FIFTY CENTS instead of my pop. And I went ‘argh.! I don’t want fifty cents, I want my pop!”

It was almost as bad as they guy who rented a room with me in a dump back in my earlier days. Bulging from side to side, the veins bursting on his sweating neck, we all knew it was time to run

“Who stole my meatloaf??????”

If you’ve ever gone into the break room at work and heard someone wailing this, it’s a scene in entertainment you don’t want to miss.

The offended will thrash about like a wild animal screaming explicatives while DEMANDING that the guilty party produces their food. I mean, like what?do they want the thief to get a barf bag and retrieve it?

The funniest thing is the absolute resolute chirp of crickets you hear from the peanut gallery. I mean, people are LOYAL in covering. No one even utters a theory on who MIGHT have done it (I think they’re in cahoots with one another).

And people are shameless with this. When I was a locker room attendant at a health club, workers would grab my health shakes which I sold on the side and slug them down when I turned my back for a moment.

If all of this seems surreal, consider what happens on the World Wide Web. Poor writers rip off content all the time.

Can you blame them? Can you blame the person in the story above who was dehydrating while lusting after that sprite that seemed…abandoned?

Or the hungry person who was eyeing Earl’s meatloaf all week long thinking, “Is this Joker ever going to eat this thing? Or is he done with it all ready”?

I guess in the end, feigned ignorance coupled with hunger and a disdain of waste makes it seem all right.

Reader, have you ever had your content ripped off? I know I have. Once I went on line and discovered that there was a mega site that had posted my beautiful article for my husband’s Business Blog, I was livid. Until. I looked and observed that the telephone number to my husband’s business was intact. Untouched. What? Turns out the webmaster could not speak english…only asian characters…and had NO IDEA he was promoting my husband’s business.

He couldn’t read english. He was desperate. And while that might not describe most “scrapers”, it is true of many poor writers. There’s all that beautiful content. “I wish I could write like that”  “This guy has abandoned his blog…he hasn’t posted in ages” “Anyway, no will know” and, click, the copy and paste forgery begins.

I would like to to tell you that this doesn’t happen, but the better I rank, the more scrapers seem to show up. One day I’ll write an article showing how to shut them down. But in the meantime, I want to talk about content creation.

Whenever you see one of these link farms with scraped content, you can be sure that the person is doing one of three things

a. experiencing low self esteem about their blog

b. has convinced his or herself that they have nothing important to say

c. really believes that they can’t write.

In my series “Blogging Basics” I go into intricate detail on the mechanics of creating  a viewable blog and developing fantastic content. If you’ve ever thought

I can’t write

I can’t spell or

My content is boring

Then this is for you. but before I continue pitching it, let me make a suggestion to all the best and worst writers out there…make an outline. Make sub outlines. Fill them in.

Can you do that please? If you write great or naturally, you can still benefit from this tip when thoughts flow too quickly to organize.

And if you think your writing could use some intensive help, Check out my tutorial.

Now (and this is the truth) I’m off to hide the evidence of the quick swipe I made of someone’s stack

(forgive me, family….)

It was talking to me.

You had more steak then I did last night

It isn’t fair anyway, because your older sister is doing her no meat for lent thing and anyway, you all have been hogging all the food.

And I guess I’m not too sorry, but I want you to love me.

Because I’m the one that does the cooking every night.

And buys your snacks  which you grab and run away with and anyway, I wanted some quality time with you while we have a stay at home order. And here you all are bonding with me and providing me with content for my website and, well, gee, I know you are learning Karate at the school which is at home now, but could you just maybe, like, get over it

(okay, students, that’s going to be my final example in “self revealing writing” for this season).

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How to enable the “follow” feature on your blog

Did you know that a lot of people run across your blog on the WordPress platform?

And did you know that a lot of those people would love to “follow” your blog. But they can’t because you haven’t enabled the “following” setting.

Here’s how you do it.

From you dashboard, go to Settings.  Click on it. You should see a drop down menu (it might display on the side of the tab, rather than “dropping down”). Hover your mouse over the Word discussions and left click. A page will display, labeled, “Discussions”. On the left hand column will be a series of choices, with check boxes. Scroll down to find the option that says “Follow Blog”. It must say “Follow Blog” and not something similar.

Click on the check box, and don’t forget to save your settings.

Settings > Discussions> Follow blog.

That’s the sequence you need to click in order to enable your fans, like myself, to follow your blog.

Once you do, we will all be able to follow your blog and read your latest post in our reader.

Happy Blogging!

The Fruitful Online Business

I have found that while most believers truly believe that they should bear fruit in their spiritual life and even in their earthly relationships, they struggle with the idea that the their Heavenly Father is pleased when they experience increase in their business.

And that puzzles me, because the Bible has so much to say about this topic.

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Prosperity is Spiritual, Material, and Physical

1 Corinthians 16:2 | Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Zechariah 8:12 | For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.

It’s God’s will for you to prosper:

3 John 1:2 | Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Psalms 118:25 | Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

Meditating on God’s word is important

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Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. NOTE: It doesn’t say that if you buy my internet marketing program you shall prosper. It says if you meditate in God’s word, then everything you do will succeed!

Meditation prepares us to keep God’s word

Joshua 1:8 | This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Keeping God’s law is the first step to prosperity

Deuteronomy 29:9| Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.

Joshua 1:7 |Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

1 Kings 2:3| And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:

1 Chronicles 22:13| Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.

These People Prospered Because the LORD Was with Them

2 Kings 18:7 | And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

1 Chronicles 22:11 | Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.

Solomon prospered when he was in his position of authority

1 Chronicles 29:23 | Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father, and prospered; and all Israel obeyed him.

We also must recognize TRUE spiritual authority (authority that God has approved of and confirmed to us as our authority)…not authority that a man claims, pushes toward, or takes upon himself.


2 Chronicles 20:20| And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

These are just some of the fundamentals of how to use spiritual principles in your finances.


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Help with Internet Marketing

The first thing to realize when looking for help with your online business is that most internet marketing programs are self-serving.

See, MANY  online educators design their internet marketing programs in such a way to keep you constantly buying from them, instead of keeping the focus on really training you. So that’s why when you sign up for one training program, they tell you that you must also order another training program in order to make sense of the one they already sold you.

Which is not to say that you shouldn’t be constantly learning. Of course you should. Nor am I suggesting that any program out there can teach you everything about everything.

But when you purchase an internet marketing program, you need to make sure of exactly what you are going to be learning, before you purchase it.

A lot of internet marketers say things like “buy my online marketing course and CRUSH the competition” but are they really going to teach you that? Are they even promising that?

To avoid being taken advantage of, there’s only one way to protect yourself :

Assess Your Internet Marketing Program

Find out what goals the course is designed to meet. Will this course be above your level of knowledge? Will it be “old news” to you or will you actually be learning something? A lot of programs are filled with nothing but recycled information. Make sure that it isn’t information you are solid on already.

You can read an overview of our course < here

How to get whatever you want out of life.

First, decide what it is you really want. Be very specific about your goal. A goal is what you want to achieve.

Next, research exactly what it’s going to take for you to reach this goal. Try to find the most thorough and timely way to do it. Some ways will cost more and take less time. Some routes to your goal will cost less, but will take longer. Balancing time and money in deciding upon your route is a disclipline that all marketers most do if they want to succeed.

Once you think you have a fairly good idea of what it will take to reach your goal, do some research– how many other marketers were able to achieve success following your proposed method?  What advice would you give someone else hoping to successfully follow your plan? It’s easy to get overly-optimistic about our own chance of success—lottery players do this all the time. But how likely, really, do you think the average person would be at making your plan work?  Good plans must be optmimistic AND realistic.

After you’ve thought about it and are fairly certain that your plan is achievable, determine what steps you will need to take each day in order to get there.

Will your plan involve calling potential clients? Creating and offering lead magnets?

A lot of marketers find it is helpful to get a second brain working with them. Consulting with other successful marketers is a good place to start.