Lifehack

TypeIt4Me – Don't Waste Time Typing Things Twice

I get asked all the time how I can get so many things done. One of my favorite tools to help get things done is a text macro program on the Mac called TypeIt4Me. Everyone who sits in front of a computer for extended periods of time or who answers a number of emails should …

Blogging

Increase WordPress Website Speed for Free (using .htaccess and robots.txt)

I run this websites and a few others, including my more popular Amateur Traveler website on a bluehost.com account. I started to run into problems with performance as my site started to push past 2000 page views a day, especially when I would get bursts of traffic from sites like StumbleUpon. I started to get …

Lifehack

Organized is the not the same as Productive

I had a number of things that I needed to get done today. I had 2-3 podcasts to produce and a few blog posts I wanted to write. It was not my intention that this be a lazy Saturday. But while I still lay in bed I had the overwhelming desire to re-organize the apps …

Blogging

Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

I had a non-profit pitch a story for the Amateur Traveler recently and in the process of getting that story ready for publication I think there is a valuable lesson. What the author had missed was the chance to make the story personable and therefore more memorable. The first version of the story about volunteer …

technology

The Internet Is Like Your TV – Explaining the Internet to My Father

My father is 84 years old and grew up, for obvious reasons, without computers and the internet. So I sometimes get requests from him that I can’t accomplish because he does not understand how the internet works. My father will ask me to change something on the Yahoo mail site (I setup his browser to …

Business

Running a Community is like Throwing a Party

Running an online community is like throwing a party. That’s what Jenna Woodul LiveWorld’s Chief Community Officer told me sometime in the 1990s. I have always liked the analogy. I attended my first meeting of a particular meetup group recently. I arrived with my artichoke dip and entered into a house full of strangers. I …

Blogging

Anyone Can Make A Live Internet "TV" Call-in Show

Last month I had the opportunity to join airline pilot / podcaster Joe d’Eon on his new live video show on uStream.tv – Fly with Me Live. It used to be that production of a live broadcast video show would require at least a cable access studio with thousands of dollars of hardware. And even …

Fun

The 71 Best Podcasts – Confessions of a Podcast Addict

They say that the first step in dealing with an addiction is admitting that you have a problem. I have a problem. The list of 71 podcasts below are shows that I listen to or watch. I do occasionally skip an episode but generally consume every episode of the following shows. I do actually subscribe …