The first week of June is National Sun Safety Week. More than one million people will be diagnosed with Skin Cancer this year. And if you break the numbers down even further, Skin Cancer is responsible for taking the life of one person ever hour.
I don’t believe the idea of National Sun Safety Week is to deter people from going outside in the sun. Everyone loves hitting the beach on a bright sunny day, hanging out by the pool or simply just the enjoyment of being outside on a beautiful day. I do think the idea is to encourage people not to over do their exposure to harmful UV Rays and when out in the sun to use precautions. Below is a list of suggested precautions from Dr. Michelle Sell, which should be implemented into everyday routines:
– Here’s one more suggestion – If you don’t already have a Dermatologist, find one and make an appointment for a routine checkup.
All the tables from the main page have been removed and replaced with div tags. Now the same has to be done to the rest of the this site. Web sites that use tables incorrectly aren’t penalized (at least not yet) by search engines and still work in web browsers. However, tables are no longer intended to be used as part of the – design of a web site – in HTML5. So it is time to bring this site into the 21st century and avoid potential problems in the future.
An e-mail subscription form has been added to NewsStop.us – So please subscribe to the newsletter! This has been a long time coming and the idea is that it will help to increase readership.
Two new news stories have also been added to News Stop:
The Week Ahead
I’m hoping to apply a bit more time to social media marking in the week to come – especially regarding News Stop and Wowzers. The long-term plan is to generate revenue from the two sites via adsense. Right now neither site generates much traffic. One site is new and the other one never gained much momentum and has been dormant for around a year. So I have my work cut out for me when it comes to building up readers / users / traffic.
I am far from an expert in marketing, but I do understand social media to an extent. Currently, I’m only using Twitter to drive traffic towards the two websites. And in regards to Twitter, I try to use it as intended, meaning I don’t use programs to add thousands of followers at once. This makes it a bit less effective in the beginning because it takes more time to build up followers.
Going forward I am hoping to start using additional social media sites including Reddit, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Google+, Newsvine, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Delicious, Facebook, and Youtube. I believe I have accounts for most of these sites, but not many followers / connections. The great thing about promoting a site via social media is the cost: Free. At least if you don’t outsource. The bad thing is it can take up a lot of time if you decide to post to all the top social media sites. Moreover, it is very important to add followers / connections in order to maximize the amount of users who see the content and links posted.
With that said, I did discover one way to help save time when when submitting content to multiple social media sites. And that is to use a FireFox extension called ProfileSwitcher. ProfileSwitcher lets users switch between social media profiles without having to log-in and out of each social site. This saves a substantial amount of time.
I also plan on commenting more on other peoples blogs and within message boards. When the opportunity presents itself and if ones comments are legit and relevant, both blog and forum links can be very valuable. Plus, they are a great way to make connections around the web.
GreenTeaBreak.com – one of my favorite sites hasn’t been updated since February. I do have a new post in the works, but it is still a ways away because of additional research that needs to be completed.
The two e-commerce sites I ran before I got sick are very far from going back online. Mostly, because I am just not in a position to get them up and running properly. Even when I get into a situation where it is feasible to put The Dusty Loft back online, I’ll need to build up inventory beforehand.
The other e-commerce site I ran was MagicCity.us. That site was a mess even before I got sick. It is made up of an e-commerce website, a blog and a directory – none of which mesh well together with the current design. I’d defiantly want to redesign the whole thing so it fits together better. I figure at worst I can work on a new design and contribute to the blog portion of the site until it makes sense to re-open the e-commerce store.
Currently, all the projects I create online and basically everything I do computer related is on a 2009 Acer Aspire One D250 Netbook. In the past I always considered myself fortunate because I had the opportunity to work with either fairly current computers or in the case of my last computer an extremely fast computer.
So when it came time to downgrade to a 2009 netbook it is safe to say I was a little worried in regards to the overall abilities of this machine. I would be going from a top-of-the-line i7 to a much older 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N270 and from 16 gigabytes or ram to 2 gigabytes (upgraded from 1 gigabyte).
However, my worries didn’t last long. This machine has been an absolute dream and has exceeded my loftiest expectations. I’ve been using the Aspire One for about six months since I purchased it used. I take this little computer with me everywhere I go. Since I’m in Miami it is often exposed to extreme heat. And so far that hasn’t affected it in the slightest.
Surfing the web is a breeze. I usually have multiple browsers open with multiple tabs open in each browser. The computer rarely if ever freezes. I have Skype, an Office Suite, a PDF editor, pop3 e-mail client (with over 20K emails stored on the local drive) and a mass of other smaller programs I use from time-to-time. I even edited a few smallish videos with MS Movie Maker.
The last website I designed (Wowzers.us) I did entirely with this computer – including uploading almost all of the images (over 8K images).
The Aspire One I purchased is a bit scratched up because I purchased it used, but the overall design is modern, sleek and looks great even by today’s standards. I also did a bunch of things to make it run a bit smoother. I made sure no unnecessary programs were running in the background and I run CCleaner along with an antivirus scanner at least once a week. Plus, I have enough experience surfing-the-web to limit my exposure to malware as much as possible.
In the end, there is not much negative I can say about this netbook. The mouse pad is far from great, but rarely do I use it and I did know that before making the purchase. And really, very few laptops or netbooks meet my expectations as far as the mouse pad is concerned. The graphics by todays standards are not up to par. Though, since I use it mostly for web related projects, its not a big issue. Plus, the glossy 10.1-inch widescreen helps greatly. All-in-all as I am sure you can see by reading this post I have been very pleased with the everyday useability and durability of the Acer Aspire One D250.
Here comes another wildly exciting post. Well not really, just another test post / update.
Two new quotes have been added to the Wowzers.us quotes section along with a bunch of movie posters to the movie posters section. I created Wowzers a couple of months ago. It’s kind of hard to explain exactly what Wowzers is, but I’ll try. The site has a bunch of different areas containing images, videos and information. The idea of the site is to provide fun, interesting and informative content. Plus, users have access to upload their own content to the site or comment on the content that has already been uploaded. Wowzers is fully operational, but there are a few somewhat minor updates / changes that still need to be done.
Three new news stories have been added to NewsStop.us.
News Stop had been dormant for the better part of a year. As some of you know I was sick for a while and couldn’t keep up with all the web sites I run. News Stop was one of those sites that suffered. Its now being updated regularly and is fully operational.
With this being my first blog post – it is more so just to get things rolling and will be a bit cut and dry. For another words boring.
I have been thinking about making this site a bit more interactive for some time now. And as such the first step would be changing it over from mostly HTML to PHP. However, that has been such a low priority for me that I’ve put it off for the last few years. Anyways, a few days ago I found the motivation and now the main part of this site is PHP. This will make it much easier to update if needed in the future.
I also added a blog. I’ve always been a big fan of WordPress so that is what I used as the infrastructure of this blog. Though, until I get all the formatting correct there may be a few things that just don’t work or look correct. Please bare with me in that regard.
Furthermore, this site still needs quite a bit more work. I need to add a link to this blog in the header. I defiantly need to remove the tables from the main page. Yes, I taught myself HTML in the mid 1990’s and stuck with what worked over the years. Almost all the web development pages are outdated and need updating. And I need to make individual page(s) for photos. And possibly an area to sell some limited edition photos at some point.