Friday, July 31, 2009

Are Your Tweets Disappearing Into Outer Space?

Have you ever gone back to do a search on your Twitter tweets to find that one particular tweet that you sent earlier in the day, only to find it NOT searchable? Have your tweets been disappearing seemingly into outer space or maybe the Bermuda Triangle?

There has been some discussion recently about certain Twitter members having their tweets not appearing or registering in searches. You can find that Twitter has addressed those issues in their blog.

For me today, there was one particular tweet that I went searching for and could simply NOT locate no matter how I configured my Twitter search. That got me a little concerned! I love Twitter and have been telling every one I meet how much it is such a great resource. Guy Kawasaki, a master twitterer has touted the merits of Twitter at length. Today, Guy Kawasaki stands at nearly 28,000 tweets to my meager 5,300. I wonder if Guy ever considers that maybe not all of his tweets are registering to be searchable.

How did I detect that my tweets weren't registering to be searchable today? It was maybe 1:15pm or so in the afternoon. I had been following @twittyquestions clues for the daily competition. I was zeroing in on the answer with the help of the two clues:

"While you can't see me...""you'll quickly know if I'm not there"

Then along came this clue that cinched it for me: "What do Colbie Caillat, Jesse McCartney, and the Spice Girls have in common?" I knew the answer was "oxygen" as that was a common denonimator amongst those three people!

So, I tweeted my answer: "oxygen #twittyquestions #contest" -- you can see the tweet in the screen capture below which I uploaded to twitpic.

jaguarjulie twitter tweet oxygen #twittyquestions #contest
However, when I went back to twitter search to search on twittyquestions, #twittyquestions, jaguarjulie, oxygen -- I tried lots of combinations -- I could simply NOT pull that tweet up in the search results. I tried a number of times, and then noticed someone else came along to play -- first with the answer "water" and then "oxygen" -- that was a full 16-20 minutes after my tweet! Well, by the end of the afternoon, since my tweet wasn't registering in search, the other player got the prize today for the correct answer.

Bah Humbug indeed. Outer space or the Bermuda Triangle coming into play -- whatever happened, don't you wonder if all your tweets, no matter how priceless, are registering?

I'm an optimist I keep telling myself -- I am of the thinking that there will be a reindexing of all the Twitter tweets today and that missing tweet of mine might fall into position! Gosh, I sure hope so.

Does Guy Kawasaki ever notice that he is missing tweets? I'll have to ask him. How about you? Has this happened to you? Oh, say -- wanna follow me on twitter and watch if this happens again. Follow JaguarJulie!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Let's get analytical and look at that bottom line

Normally, an analytical type blog post such as this one would be earmarked to appear on the Topicability blog, but today is a special day -- July 29th is the one year anniversary of Seth Godin's remarkable Triiibes! For me, having that opportunity to be a part of such a remarkable group -- well, I have been changed and it is all good. Thank you Seth Godin. Thank you fellow Triiibesmates!

So, let's get analytical and look at that bottom line shall we? How many times have you read a lens, article, or blog post from someone saying that they've earned hundreds of dollars in a day online. Really? Well, I know it can be done -- want to sell a quality book, an art print, poster, or maybe a mousepad? Pick the right one and you might see a hundred dollars in royalties for that sale or sales.

For me, I'm looking at the moment at my bottomline and putting the other side of my brain into drive to get analytical. For those of you following along, I'm looking at my big earners of all my lenses. That's a handy tab that can do some summary calculations to give you an idea of how well you are doing in banked royalties.

Some interesting tidbits that I am willing to share today:
  • 2 big earner lenses are in the top tier for additional royalties
  • 9 big earner lenses are in the second tier for additional royalties
  • 2-3 big earner lenses are lowly ranked to be out of the additional royalties
  • The remainder of big earner lenses are in the third tier to earn $0.08 perhaps each!
  • Average LR of all big earner lenses = 29,344

Monday, July 27, 2009

How to create your own DIY patio with stone pavers

I recently put together a do it yourself article on How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers. It was our first joint project between hubby and myself. We had been waiting the entire year, well seven months precisely, to be able to start the work on our patio. You see, we had undergone a home renovation project to enclose our screened patio. The screens had taken a beating from all the country club cats who loved to climb to the roof via our patio screens. When those crazy cats would decide to come off the roof, they'd scale down the sides of the screens, leaving some mighty long cut marks from their claws.

So, we opted to have our patio enclosed ... and much to our delight, the letter recently arrived from the Architectural Review Board who performed the final inspection of the sunroom. Finally, some good news as they wrote, "found it to be in substantial compliance with the approved plans." Wow, we both said, "substantial compliance" -- now isn't that just about the nicest warm fuzzy you could get? Interestingly enough, today as I sit at my computer writing this blog post, I am awaiting the Jacksonville building inspector for our final inspection.

creating our patio with stone paversWell, back to the DIY patio! Hubby and I went to work big time on this patio project one warm Saturday. Home Depot had delivered a pallet of the patio base, leveling sand, and two types of stone pavers. The pallet had been parked in our front driveway for a couple of days awaiting the weekend. I volunteered to be the muscle ;) as I grabbed a hand truck and stacked two columns of stone pavers -- averaging probably 20 per carry. You can see the stack of stone pavers in this picture on the right. Hubby is smack dab in the middle of the project which took the most of that Saturday to finalize.

Hubby and I had so much fun creating our patio with the stone pavers, that we opted to do a how to article to show everyone how to do a patio! The very day after we published How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers, it was awarded a purple star for its quality content.

If you are looking for an easy to follow guide with step-by-step instructions and big pictures to show you how to create your very own DIY patio, you need to read my How to Create a Patio With Stone Pavers. Please take a moment to leave me a comment and let me know if I've answered any of your questions about doing such a do it yourself project.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

What is your primary color

What is your primary color -- have your taken the test? This morning I received an email from Sarah Martin of The Institute for Personal Growth which introduced me to Rick Smith who is debuting his new Primary Color Assessment. There was the invitation to take 15 minutes of my time to answer a series of questions, by selecting what was most like me and conversely what was least like me. I must admit, I don't always have an easy time with these types of questions, but I gave it the old college-try. The hook? I was asked, "Are you willing to invest 15 minutes of your day to potentially change the direction (and outcome) of your career?" Ah, yes! That was my answer.

So I took the challenge! So what is my primary color at the moment? Well I was a bit surprised because I love the color red and also the color yellow and the color fuchsia and other BRIGHT colors. My primary color? Hey, I am New Fallen Snow! What does that mean? Well according to my color assessment,

People who fall in to this color group are relatively new and far between. You have an excellent balance among the primary colors combining Leadership, Curiosity and Execution. It is likely that you enjoy and are good at most of the primary aspects of general management, though you may sometmes have difficulty making a firm decision and moving on.

new fallen snow
Did you know that New Fallen Snow is smack dab in the middle of that color spectrum? That's pretty interesting. According to the percentage results, I'm 91% curiosity, 91% execution, and 90% leadership.

The snapshot below shows you your results when you complete the primary color assessment test. You know, I remember taking a test when I was in college -- something about what color is my parachute!

At the moment, I'm checking out the "So What" and "Now What" to figure out what New Fallen Snow means -- and if I need an action plan! So, what is your primary color -- hey, why not take that test and then come back here and leave me a comment -- I'm interested to hear what the primary color is for my friends and fellow Squidoo lensmasters!

my primary color is new fallen snow

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

We will miss you Michael Jackson RIP

Hold Me
Like The River Jordan
And I Will Then Say To Thee
You Are My Friend

Carry Me
Like You Are My Brother
Love Me Like A Mother
Would You Be There?

Tell Me Will You Hold Me
When Wrong, Will You Scold Me
When Lost Will You Find Me?

But They Told Me
A Man Should Be Faithful
And Walk When Not Able
And Fight Till The End
But I'm Only Human

Everyone's Taking Control Of Me
Seems That The World's
Got A Role For Me
I'm So Confused
Will You Show To Me
You'll Be There For Me
And Care Enough To Bear Me

Hold Me
show me

Lay Your Head Lowly
told me
Softly Then Boldly
Carry Me There
I'm Only Human

Lead Me
hold me
Love Me And Feed Me
ye yeah
Kiss Me And Free Me
I Will Feel Blessed
I'm Only Human

Carry Me Boldly
Carry me
Lift Me Up Slowly
Carry Me There
I'm Only Human

Save Me
need me
Heal Me And Bathe Me
lift me up lift me up
Softly You Say To Me
I Will Be There
I Will Be There

Lift Me
I'm gonna care
Lift Me Up Slowly
Carry Me Boldly
Show Me You Care!
Show Me You Care!

Hold Me
Lay Your Head Lowly
I get lonely some times
Softly Then Boldly
I get lonely

Carry Me There
yeah yeah carry me there
yeah yeah yeah

In Our Darkest Hour
In My Deepest Despair
Will You Still Care?
Will You Be There?
In My Trials
And My Tribulations
Through Our Doubts
And Frustrations
In My Violence
In My Turbulence
Through My Fear
And My Confessions
In My Anguish And My Pain
Through My Joy And My Sorrow
In The Promise Of Another Tomorrow
I'll Never Let You Part
For You're Always In My Heart!