Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Done. I’m so done.

thAs a Zero to Hero participant my 30th and last task (Thank God!) is to extend my brand.  And to think about a bigger strategic plan for promoting my online presence, and set a goal for the next 30 days.

I have never been so glad to complete a challenge.   What the hell is my “brand”?  I really don’t care about my online presence.   Nor do I have a goal for the next 30 days.   Except to rest.   Yes, I will take a few days off and enjoy the Super Bowl.

Thank you to the “team of Top Blogging Experts”.   As sarcastic as I am. I did actually learn a few things over the last 30 days.

 

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Event Calendar

Exquisite-Designs-Calendar-2014-9As a Zero to Hero participant my 29th (and almost final!) task is to continue to set myself up for post-Zero to Hero success by thinking through my editorial calendar and adding a regular feature if it works for my blog.

I have a sister blog (Every Day in 2014) that is somewhat structured as I post only in response to the 365 e-book of Writing Prompts.   I really enjoy that blog as it allows me to tell a little bit about myself each day based on the prompt.   I may get a little creative with it later, but for now I like the direction it is going.

As for this blog, I do try and post only a picture on Wordless Wednesdays and I have recently started the “Speakeasy” challenge over at Yeahwrite.  It has been fun and I would encourage other bloggers to sign up and join the fun.   Other than these two “regular features” I would rather keep my blog spontaneous, like I am.

 

What I hear when he says “Omaha”

Well, it is obvious that he does not come right out and tell you all what “Omaha” actually means.   I was going to wait until after the Superbowl, but I couldn’t hold it in any more.  This is what I hear when he screams “Omaha”:

Oh My Love
Marry me
And
Have
All my babies

I am pretty sure that this is what most women hear.  There’s just something about a man with a crooked smile.

Death

I’m surrounded by death.

A boy only twenty one
He fought a long battle
But cancer won the war

A mother of three
Ovarian cancer of all things
In hospice right now

An only son
Married his love one week
Buried his mother the next

A man in his mid forties
Never sick, throws up blood
And is told he has six weeks

I’m surrounded by death
Cancer eats at my soul
Just as it consumed their bodies

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Almost a Hero!

As a Zero to Hero participant, my 28th task is to start looking for patterns in my blog’s performance and build on my most popular content.  Today, I am to find the post that received the most views, likes and comments and write a related post.  The following post was in response to the weekly photo challenge:  Juxtaposition   A juxtaposition is “the act of placing things side by side, especially for the purpose of comparison or contrast”

I really don’t know how to elaborate much about a photo, other than that I knew immediately what picture I wanted to post in response to this challenge.   The photo taken in 2006 at the Monster Truck Jam in Houston.  My youngest son was 14 and we had a blast.   It was really loud in Reliant Stadium.   Next week I take his daughter, my granddaughter, back to the same location for Sesame Street Live!  I can’t wait!

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Wordless Wednesday

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My Prayer

Woman-Pulling-Hair-outAs a Zero to Hero participant my 27th task is to remember that we are constantly refining, evolving, and improving our sites as we go.  Today I am to pick one of the favorite tasks we have done so far and revisit it.

 

Oh God, please help me complete this Zero to Hero challenge.   Only three more days left.  It is a task to simply keep doing the same thing over and over.  My mind wants to grow.  I am stagnant.   I just got my hair done, please keep me from pulling it out.  Amen

 

I still waited …

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I allowed him into my brainibus
and let down the guard to my hearticuss

He smiled and said we were on autonever
Stupid me, I believed the assalever

Pardon my contrafibularities
There are simply no hilarities

We can all relate to the moronkaneller
He’s just another frankenfeller

Yet still, I sat there and waited, but he never came back

Brrr … what to do?

IMG_0898Last week we were freezing.  Another “Ice Storm” we had.   Over the weekend our temperatures reached in excess of 70 degrees.   Now we will freeze again.  This is ridiculous. This is what happens in Texas when it gets cold.  We are not able to function.  We go into a severe depression.   Our electric companies can’t handle the grids from the heat we are pulling.  Our skin dries out.  The schools shut down.   The government offices shut down.  And there is no line at Starbucks.   Why do Texans want their hot coffee when it is in the 90’s but not when it is in the 20’s?   We are spoiled.

Sometimes, you just have to laugh.

Sometimes, that’s all you can do.

 

Setting Myself Up for … Greatness?

almost doneAs a Zero to Hero participant my 26th task is to take stock of what I’ve published and set myself up for more greatness over the next 30 days.   Today I am to look over what I have published.   What have I been most proud of?  What are the common threads?  Which have been most popular?   I need to create and save at least two draft posts with ideas that come from those.  I am starting to realize that perhaps I was not quite a Zero because some of these “challenges” are not a challenge and are very redundant to me.   Nonetheless I am focused on finishing the challenge.  I am glad that it is almost complete and hope that there is a big-bang on the last day.   I did the challenge and will post the drafts at a later date.   Hint:  Before the Super Bowl this weekend.