One of the foods I really enjoy to eat is winter squash. Acorn squash, butternut squash, buttercup squash… all are similar in taste. One thing that I have never LIKED about the squash, however, was how difficult it can be to cook. So I was really glad when a cousin of mine told me that she microwaves them, and that it makes it really easy to do! So I decided to try it for myself, and really liked it. So that is how I do it now.
Wash the outside of the squash. Stab it with a big chef’s fork several times. Put it in the microwave for a couple of minutes on high. Turn it over and nuke it again for a couple of minutes. When it starts to feel soft, use oven mitts to take it out of the microwave and put it on a heat-resistant cutting board. Cut it in half lengthwise with a big sharp knife. Use a big spoon to scoop out the seeds and throw the seeds away. Scoop out the cooked “flesh” of the squash and put that in a big bowl. Add some butter and some brown sugar and mash it up with a potato masher or use a blender. I do this with butternut, buttercup, and acorn squash. All yummy to the max!
Posted in Family and Friends, Food, Health, Life and tagged buttercup, butternet, cook, microwave, microwave winter squash, squash, winter squash by Linda Bradshaw with .
Installment 9 in an opinion series by Linda Bradshaw about blogging and SEO.
So in a nutshell, if you find yourself getting only very low paying jobs, or no jobs at all, and you want that to change, then I encourage you to consider the techniques that you are using on your blog. Are you using a domain that already had PR when you bought it? Are you using a web hosting service that has your domain on a “bad neighborhood” server? Are you spinning/scraping content? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” and you want to start getting better paying jobs, then I suggest that you take a hard look at that and seriously consider changing your techniques so that the answer to all of the questions are “no.”
I believe that if you make those changes, and market your blogs so that you earn good Google page rank that you will find yourself being offered better paying blogging opportunities. I don’t know about you, but I would rather type one 200 word post for $10 or $15 or $20 dollars each than have to type twenty 200 word posts for $1 each. After all, for every post that I am paid to type I have to type a second non-paid post, and if I am typing one post for $20, then I am only typing one non-paid post, but if I am typing twenty posts for $1, then I am also typing twenty non-paid posts. And that, my friends, is a lot of typing!
The more you alter your blog to more closely follow the guidelines that Google likes, in the long run you may find yourself making more money with less effort. And in the end, isn’t that a good thing?
Please keep in mind the Google Guidelines about blogging for money. I am not going to go into those guidelines here.
So, I hope that these posts helps you in some way to scrutinize your blogging techniques and see if making any adjustments to your blogs would help you in any way in your quest to generate more income from your blogs. I wish all of you the best of luck in your pursuit of good Google Page Rank and income from your blogs!
Posted in Black Hat, Blogging and SEO, Gray Hat, Make money, Opinion, White Hat and tagged bad neighborhood, blogging, guidelines, nutshell, opinion, techniques by Linda Bradshaw with .
Yesterday I was scheduled to help the monthly Ruritan club’s pancake breakfast. I had sent an email out to the other members of the group asking them what time they wanted me to show up, but yesterday my email was off-line all day so as far as I know their answer may still be bouncing around “out there” somewhere.
Knowing that the breakfast starts at 8am and ends at 11am, I decided to just show up about 6:45. When I got to the community center, only three other Ruritan members were there. Two of them were already cooking bacon and sausage, and one of them was putting plastic serving ware in pouches and putting the pouches in a basket. Being new to the Ruritans, I did not remember meeting two of the folks, so I introduced myself to them and then just started pulling out the things that I knew we were going to need. As I was pulling out the mixing bowls and measuring cups, spatulas and I was wondering exactly how much help I was going to be able to be, with the limitations of my half-useless thumbs I knew that it was going to be a challenge!
Not very long afterwards more people started to come in and the kitchen became a very busy place! I ended up helping to prepare the eggs and shuttled the cooked food from the kitchen out to the dining hall.
After a while my hubby and parents showed up to eat breakfast, and I took a break and sat down to eat breakfast with them. There was some really great lemon poppy-seed bread there today – I had two slices of that!
There were a few times when I got the chance to chat a bit with the other people that came to help, and I was glad to be feeling less like an outsider than in the past.
The breakfast crowd died down pretty quickly after 10am, and I stayed until noon to help clean up. I basically manned the sinks, washing up the dishes while everyone else cleared the tables and dried the dishes and put things away. I figured that since I didn’t know where anything was supposed to go it would be better if I just did the washing up. Everyone was really grateful that I did the dish-washing – they said that was the hardest job to do. (And now I’m a bit sorry that I DID wash the dishes, my hands really hurt a lot from forcing my thumbs to do all that work!)
When I was finished up I bid goodbye to the other ladies that were still there and headed out. I had made it half way across the parking lot when they opened the door and called out to me “Would you like to take some flowers home?”
They had a handful of the flowers that had been donated by the local nursery to the breakfast, and were holding them out towards me. “Sure, that’d be great!” I replied. I walked back to the door, took the flowers. “Thanks” I said, turned, and headed back to the car. “Thanks again” they called out, and I waved. It was a good feeling. Maybe I’ll actually start to make some friends in this town after all.
Posted in Family and Friends, Food, Life and tagged breakfast, Community Center, Elks, Ruritans by Linda Bradshaw with .