My Summer Goals…

Spring break not only got me thinking, but also gave me time to think. I took that time to, it was much needed! That being said I have fully decided upon a few simple goals that I want to knock out before the end of summer.

First and foremost I am ready to invest more in this site, and plan to do so. I have purchased hunterjnelson.com and will soon be migrating over to it. It is there I plan to not only host this blog but also would like to (will) create an interface in which all of my activities can be ‘monitored’, this way myself and others can visibly see what I am doing, how, and why.

What do I mean exactly? Well, I will…

  1. Still share on my blog.
  2. Have my calendar visible, and allow others to schedule events with me through it .
  3. Import my activity on social media some how.
  4. List my goals in a big way, creating a long-term plan that is both timely and detailed.

Once in place I will layout other goals I have worked up recently, to briefly name a few…

  • #1 Services, my automated lawn care company that will be up and running shortly.
  • LuckyWings a non-profit I would like to start-up.
  • Various paragliding goals.
  • Finishing construction of my house. Finally!

Hunterjnelson.wordpress.com has given me a place to share what I am working on, and what I aspire to do. Soon it shall do so in a whole new way, in accomplishing this one goal I will bring to light all others, large and small.

 

Make your blog work for you

I am just amazed to see what blogging as capable of… did you know that I created this article in my spare time, along with many others, and set when I wanted it to post? I can create enough material in one sitting to successfully keep my blog active for a whole week! Not only that but I can reference several of my other posts to maximize both the efficiency and traffic with in my blog. I have made countless connection through it, foresee things only getting better, and can not get enough of it! If I could do nothing but blog all day I probably would!

I highly recommend investing in blogging!

What I put in versus what I get out is almost unfathomable… It seems as if each article I put out and each new thing I learn serves to make my life that much better! I can not wait to learn more!

Who inspires me?

It is very important to look toward people, see what they are doing, take inspiration from them, and learn from them. Most of those who fit this bill in my world are canopy sports athletes. Rob who gave me my first wing, Matt my instructorPál Takáts, Jeb Corliss, and so on…

They are people I aspire to be like, not only because they can and have done amazing things, but because I see how they are ambitiously pursuing life and taking it for all its worth. This is something that only comes with great determination, forethought, and the right mindset. The conditions in which they live day-to-day serves to be a true testament that they have what it takes, not only to get through the day but so see many more. It is not without great consideration they fly. It is not with out great consideration they make any choices.

Recently I have found yet another face to look toward; in my blogs infancy I was excited to get a few followers and likes, most of which I discovered were only looking for web site traffic (which I can understand and respect). One like however brought me to a blog that really struck me. The content was very genuine, Continue reading

A WordPress tip – automated posting

A few days ago I let out a post sharing that not only do I love blogging, but that have started using the timestamp feature to get out my posts on a regular schedule. If you do this already or want to start doing it (or interested regardless?) I have made some great headway in doing so and would like to share my takeaways!

If you don’t know what I am talking about, this is where you will find the timestamp…

timestamp area screen shotClicking edit located next to “Publish immediately” expands to show this amazing new text field. You are to set the date and time (military time) then select ok to lock in your “to be posted” time. If done successfully you will notice the “Publish” button below now displays “schedule”, which is what you will click when you are ready to finally commit to your posting time/date.

An issue I ran into…

After getting all excited I planned out days worth of posts, only of course! If you are using this same feature you will quickly realize (like I did) that keeping track of every “post to be”. How do I not overlap posts? How do I know when what is posting! I found myself crawling to my professor asking if there was a hidden calendar in WordPress that would help me. No such luck, but given the fact that she has posted literally thousands of times using this feature she was able to give a little “method to the madness”.  She recommended that I record what post, blog used, and time into my calendar. A great solution, but one I would certainty struggle to commit to. Posting as much as she does, it may be the only way to go… but I found a much more intuitive solution myself and it may help you out too!

Here is my solution…

Looking at your posts in the back-end of WordPress, as you surely have done before, you will notice many ways to filter what kind of posts you would like to view. If you are anything like me you have a good hand-full of to be posts under “drafts”.

screen shot of post section in back end
Look carefully and you will see “Scheduled” as one of the filter options, click it!

schedualed tab in page viewI discovered through experimentation that the hierarchy in which these are listed is relative to the time it is scheduled to post! Sadly this does not show the exact time (even in quick edit), but you can get a great idea as to when things are going out.

Currently I am getting out one post in the morning and another in the evening, so it’s quite clear to me that if I have two with the same date that the lower post is the morning one and so on through out the day. Furthermore I feel like a very post thick day would not be hard to make sense of.

I hope I was able to help you out! Feel free to leave a comment if you want to learn or talk more!

Simplify your life

 Each day I put great thought into how I spend each moment, will spend each moment, and want to spend each moment.

The projects I have taken on both embody and promote the life style I believe in.  This includes paragliding, my small and ultra efficient home I am building, my passion for web development and what I aspire to use it for, even this very blog.

I have looked to many places for inspiration, and finding great success in many places and wasting time in others. One of the most valuable tools I have found (ever) is the simple living manifesto. I can not stress enough that you should read this. At the very least you should skim it over and let it make you think. I personally revisit this article regularly… its a priceless piece of work and I could never manage to get enough people to look at. I truly hope you do and that it does for you what it has done for me!

Are you interested in web development?

For any one thats looking at getting  into web development I have some advice. In watching a video today I saw this in the comments…

i want to be a website desinger i am 19 turning 20 this year, i really wanna be a website designer,my brother advised me to go take classes, is it worth it?

I had been in this exact position before, so I left the following response.  I shared with him what I wish others would have shared with me as I stepped into coding.

Yes! Way worth it! I have some great insight give your situation. Im turning 20 this next month.

I was going through the standard 4 year business degree process, and not really liking it. I took an HTLM class (just because I was interested) and I am so happy about it. You should really do it!

Don’t be intimidated by everything, its not only easy to learn but also a very accessible field! You can get a start by doing one simple thing; learn HTML.

I would recommend taking a good class if possible of course. On top of that there we have a great you can get help from. Continue reading

Embracing policy use

In my WordPress class we were prompted to participate in a discussion. It was in regard to policies on websites, our area of study this week.  We started embracing policy use in our class blogs and I will soon also be embracing policy use in this blog aswell, its a very powerful tool that can be and often is over looked

My contribution for the discussion…

Question 1. Why are these policies required, and should they be required on every type of site from personal to commercial?

Well they are required because they do two critical things. The first and most influential too your site is that you create the basis on which you and other interact with the site. This directly translates to a cleaner site, the site you intend to build. Secondly you are creating a safeguard for not only yourself but also your  Continue reading