Blog, Start Business, WordPress

Have you gotten your free ticket yet? Geekapalooza

I’ve got my ticket for the first ever Geekapalooza happening October 18th – 21st and you’re invited, too!

This FREE online event features 50+ amazing guest speakers teaching you all kinds of skills that you can use to start (and grow) your online business with the power of code, community and confidence!

The goal of Geekapalooza is to support you wherever you’re at in your journey. That is why we have three ‘tracks’:

  1. NewbieGeek – These are fresh-faced, bright-eyed Geeks who are brand new to the online business world and are excited to dive into our Magical Geekdom! 
  2. ScalingGeek – These are seasoned Geeks who already have online businesses and are ready to take it to the next level!
  3. TechJunkieGeek – These are the geekiest of Geeks who may or may not already have an online business… But want to learn #AllTheTech!

Now the decision is yours.

You can just keep doing what you are doing and waking up a year from now most likely in the exact same place you are right now..

OR you can join me and attend Geekapalooza. Claim your FREE ticket here. 

The price for the ticket will go up soon so don’t wait.

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Blog, WordPress

Classic Editor for WP

Classic Editor is an official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous (“classic”) WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen. It makes it possible to use plugins that extend that screen, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor.

Classic Editor is an official WordPress plugin, and will be fully supported and maintained until at least 2022, or as long as is necessary.

At a glance, this plugin adds the following:

  • Administrators can select the default editor for all users.
  • Administrators can allow users to change their default editor.
  • When allowed, the users can choose which editor to use for each post.
  • Each post opens in the last editor used regardless of who edited it last. This is important for maintaining a consistent experience when editing content.

In addition, the Classic Editor plugin includes several filters that let other plugins control the settings, and the editor choice per post and per post type.

By default, this plugin hides all functionality available in the new block editor (“Gutenberg”).

If you can’t find the switch it is in the main block editor. See screenshot below.

If you using Classic Editor you may want to learn how to use the block editor since that will be the future when full site editing is rolled out for WordPressb and will the future for how editing is done for WordPress sites.

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Are you using all three types?

A complex attack is when a visitor makes a request to your site that is specifically crafted to exploit your site or find a vulnerability they can later exploit. Firewall rules block these types of attacks.

Brute force attacks are username/password guessing attempts. These attacks intend to log in to your WordPress admin.

Blocklist blocks are the number of times an IP has been preemptively blocked from accessing your site altogether.

Are you using all three types to protect your site? 

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It’s hard to believe that it is September already! Don’t know where the summer went except I know that I spent a lot of time trying to stay cool due to the excessive heat this summer. I don’t have air conditioning  so depended on a couple of floor fans to deal with the heat and humidity.  Gardening was just done in the early morning hours in hopes of being a little less oppressively warm and hot.

Since there are just a few months left in 2021, it’s time to refocus and plan and think about what is important in these last few months of the year. So much has changed (again!)

Fall is one of my favorite times of year due to the changing of the color of leaves in the Finger Lakes Region. Crisp apples, fresh cider, smell of the grapes in the vineyard, The garden is producing and I have been spending time canning peaches and pickling peppers and cucumbers. Tomatoes are slowly getting ripe and seem to be slow due to the amount of rain we have had.

Digital work was put on hold for the summer so it is time to get back to business. With the latest release of WordPress and Gutenberg there are lots of updates needed to explore.  Thrive Themes released a new plugin that needs to be tested out and put into action.  Brian Gardner released a new theme called FROST that is block based.  Students are asking for help with understanding the block based options that came with the update to Word Press. So many changes!!!

Schools will be reopening soon and the drama about wearing or not wearing masks continues. Still not venturing out and about much due to the number of new cases being reported from the tourists to the area and the increase in visitors in the area. Just staying up on the Ridge and trying to stay cool.



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Learning to Blog Better

I have been doing some research and comparisons for what is out there to improve the writing of blog posts. It’s been interesting to compare the current offerings of on-line courses that are being promoted and recommended by folks. There are lots of folks who claim to have earned massive amounts of money by offering writing courses. There are many people who are offering different trainings and price points for blogging and writing courses. Some are specific to a certain niche and others are more general or targeted specifically to people who want to write and sell a book.

Since I have been around for a while, I have purchased a few courses and trainings over time. Some were worth the money I paid for the course.  Many were not helpful in making my own writing improve. I am exploring what is different now that the world has changed and virtual learning has changed.  Writing has changed due to overwhelm and too many choices. Writing courses used to be a more passive sort of thing of just reading recommendations for grammar, engagement and flow of words.  Now there are lots more “packages” of content, webinars, dripped e-mails, videos, and some offer actual personal recommendations for improvement. Some include downloadable resources and yet others ignore accessibility of content or the ability to have a good internet connection. There is a wide difference in the quality of courses being offered. Writing and blogging has changed. It’s hard to stand out and get a loyal following to make it worth the time it takes to create content.

Learning how to captivate, educate, and inspire readers has changed. Some offers make you go thru a sales funnel with the main goal of selling you something with various price points. The sales funnel is focused on telling you how great the course author is and how “you too can make millions writing like they have”.  Others are more genuine with a course that offers solid content for education, some actual practice exercises of the skills and concepts being taught, flexible templates to shape ideas and even get specific feedback from the course instructor. Some courses are from authors who have great coaching skills, great guided activities, and some are downright just a sales pitch to get you to buy.

My favorites so far in my research are:

Henneke Duistermaat who has several books and courses related to writing on her site Enchanting Marketing 

She still comes out as one of my top recommendations for writing better business content. She is one of the best business writing coaches that is out there and she has solid teaching and coaching skills.

She has a new blog-writing course called Enchanting Blog Writing and offers several books thru eBook formats. I have purchased several of her books and several of her courses. I love her style and her way with words. Her art work is amazing too.  I only wish she had an affiliate program so that I could earn some tips off the recommendation to buy and use her books and suggestions.


Men With Pens by James Chartrand
James Chartrand is the founder and owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words.  She (yes, she) manages the entire team with quick wit and a level head, personally overseeing every single client project for high-quality results.  Damn Fine Words opens twice a year, in February and September. This was one of the first writing courses I bought years ago and it has been updated and is current for the times.

I am currently reviewing my past purchases for writing courses and trying to establish a daily writing habit. It’s still a struggle to have this daily habit but it is getting easier. My inner critic still is present that keeps throwing up road blocks to get over. I still hate having my picture taken and still hate putting stuff out there for internet trolls to attack.

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New Automator Plugin from Thrive Themes Released

Thrive Automator is a workflow automation tool, that interconnects all Thrive Suite plugins with each other and with 3rd party plugins and services.  Released in August 2021.

Each Automation consists of a trigger and an action (along with optional filters and delays) that allows backend functionality to intelligently pass data when unique conditions are met.

Although the new plugin stole was just released in August, another 5 new features slipped into Thrive Suite, focusing on increased design flexibility, ecommerce, and website speed.

So thankful that I support and use ThriveThemes.


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Backup with BackBlaze

I can’t stress how important having a backup of your site is.  With the amount of hacks and security issues that are out there having a back up of what is important is a “no brainer”.

There are so many choices for making backups of your computer and files.  The best recommendation is to have at least three different sources.

If you are a “digital hoarder” like me and like to keep everything in electronic format it is so important to have a good backup because you never know what might happen.

I trust BackBlaze for keeping my laptop backed up. I have been using them for a couple of years now and I have never been sorry. When I was traveling if something happened to my laptop and I needed that critical presentation for the training that I was teaching I could get a backup/restore really easy on a borrowed computer to be able to keep teaching and working.  They could then ship me a complete backup of all of my files a external hard drive or flash depending on size.  So if I needed to deal with hardware problem when I got home and needed to replace the hard drive on the laptop it was so easy.
BackBlaze also “saved my bacon” a couple of times when doing remote web site work for a customer and needed a backup of the entire site after the site was hacked.  The ISP for this customer did not do daily backups so I could depend on them for a restore version.  Not all web hosting provider handle backups the same way.

I do get credits for referrals to Backblaze. (being transparent)

For each friend I refer to Backblaze, I get a free month of service when you sign up. You get a free month too. If I refer 12 friends and you chose to subscribe I can get Backblaze free for a year!

Please use this link and check it out yourself. Backblaze is worth the subscription cost:

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Blog, Personal

Free Metal Scrap Removal in the Finger Lakes

I recently took advantage of a free metal scrap removal service to get rid of some metal stuff that we no longer wanted around.  JayJay and Chance (two brothers) started a scrap metal business since they were needing to produce income after the COVID affected most employment options in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. They did an excellent job of removing an old wood stove, old freezer, broken exercise bicycle, assorted old lawnmowers, broken bicycles, old kitchen sink, broken water pumps, and assorted metal pipes. They took things that were just sitting around in our barn and cellar after we  had done house renovation several years ago. Yep – been trying to deal with years of accumulation of stuff around the house and barn. It’s gone now and they earned a few dollars for thier time and effort.

They are just starting up in business and helped me out a great deal. I would recommend to call them to see if they can help you with their free service of removing metal scrap.

Check out their web site for more details.

Cell Phone: 585-794-0141


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Blog, Following Series

Who I Follow Series

Who I Follow Series  – a series of posts showcasing people/sites that I follow in no particular order or ranking. This series was created in response to a frequently asked question of who I follow for things such as coding, web development, web design, training, and teaching advice.   I thought creating a series of posts would be a good way to respond to this question. Telling WHY I follow a person or site helps folks understand the reasons that I follow them and what my experiences have been.  This is totally just my experience and thoughts. Some of these links may be affiliate links which means I may earn a commission if you purchase something from them using my affiliate link.  

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