Ask Yourself, How Much Time, Money and Energy?

time-money-energyAre you thinking about starting a new project, joining a new club or learning a new hobby? Are you always being asked to serve as a volunteer, on a board or committee? The first question you should ask yourself is how much time, money, and energy will this cost? Make sure you have a good idea of the actual costs before you say yes.

How much time? How much time does the commitment require? Are there meetings to attend (weekly, monthly, quarterly, etc.)? How long are the meetings? Are the meetings during the workday, after hours or on the weekend? In addition to meetings, how much time does the average person spend reviewing documents or working on tasks between meetings? You want to make sure you have a complete count of the time needs vs. your availability. Time is valuable. You only get 24 hours daily minus sleep. Protect it! Say no if it requires too much time.

How much money? Will you be required to pay dues, fees or make donations? Will you have to buy tickets to anything (an annual gala, conferences, concerts, shows or games, etc.)? Are there other expenses? Do you have to contribute to a soup kitchen, food drive, shelter supply closet, or team uniforms? Will you have to travel? Small costs can add up quickly. Can you afford it all?

I served on a board once that served a lite meal at each board meeting. The committees took turns providing the food. If it was my committee’s turn, I had to share in the cost. Also, I had to make an annual donation plus the price of tickets to two events each year. Bottom line – try to get a realistic idea of the costs for the commitment. I have seen good people forced to resign or stop a commitment due to the financial burden. Say no if it requires too much money.

How much energy? This is the hardest one of all. Most people don’t think about energy cost. Have you heard the saying, “A meeting of the minds but the minds didn’t show.” Well each of us has a finite amount of mental energy to spend each day. All commitments require mental energy. Sometimes, a lot of mental energy! It’s important to show up to commitments with a clear, well-rested mind. If you’re asked to serve on a committee or board, they want you to do more than show up and keep the chair warm. Don’t forget to add stress to mental energy for a total score. Say no if the mental score is too high.

Why did I write this? There are always needs to serve on committees, boards, sports teams, church groups and the like. It’s a great way to learn, grow, network, give back or make a difference. However, I have seen people get involved in projects and it not work out. In most cases, the relationship failed due to a misunderstanding of time, money or energy commitments. I don’t want it to happen to you.


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31 Days to Build a Better Blog from ProBlogger

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The Problogger Podcast has 267 episodes as I write this post.  However, it’s the first 32 episodes that caught my attention when I was looking for blogging podcasts to listen to. Episodes 2 through 32 feature a program for new bloggers, ‘31 Days to Build a Better Blog.’

Challenge accepted!

I’d love to have a better blog. I will listen to each of the 31 episodes and try to implement the ideas in my blog. To give you an idea of the tips in the program, here are the first five episodes:

  1. PB001: Create an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog
  2. PB002: Write and Publish a List Post
  3. PB003: Promote Your Blog
  4. PB004: Analyze Another Blog
  5. PB005: Email One of Your Blog’s Readers

ProBlogger has updated the program into a course you can purchase. The details are here.

I’m looking forward to this!

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Why I’m Writing a Blog: Braggables, Passion and Love!

blog-photoI’m a fan of Tom Peters. He’s a world-class speaker and business consultant.  He’s considered an authority on management and organization effectiveness.  He wrote an article in Fast Company Magazine called, “The Brand Called You.” There’s a quote in the article that explains the term ‘braggables.’

“One key to growing your power is to recognize the simple fact that we now live in a project world. Almost all work today is organized into bite-sized packets called projects. A project-based world is ideal for growing your brand: projects exist around deliverables, they create measurables, and they leave you with braggables.”

– Tom Peters

Even in the short time I’ve been blogging, I find I’m working on a series of small research projects to create my posts.  I’m learning new skills and gaining knowledge in new areas during the process.  Most importantly, I’m gaining BRAGGABLES!

This is a new blog. However, I’ve been blogging, on and off, for over ten years. I’m surprised at people’s reaction when I say I’m blogging.  I get peppered with questions on how I create my content. It makes for great conversation at social and networking events. Plus, it looks good on a resume or an online profile. Reason 1 … Braggables!

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey said it better than I could have. When you have a passion for something, research becomes fun. (Believe it or not.) I like reading and listening to podcasts about subjects I enjoy. Now I get to write about those subjects as well. Energy is no problem when you’re writing about topics you care about. Reason 2 … Passion!

I once had a co-worker who spent most of his time working from home. We had business calls and emails. However, I rarely saw him in the office. Something changed, and I started seeing him every day. I asked him why he gave up working from home? His response … “I’m not getting the love!

Now I know what you’re thinking … “That’s crazy! What love?” Funny thing is, I understood. He did excellent work. As a result, he got a great deal of positive feedback and compliments at the office. When working from home, all he received was generic call and emails. His compliment ratio dropped dramatically. No love. Clearly, the compliments were vital to him. He had to stop working from home to get them back.

Here’s another example. Years ago, I once found a woman on Yelp who has amusing reviews. Yelp has a system for giving feedback on a review. You can click ‘Useful,’ ‘Funny’ or ‘Cool’ if you like the review. I clicked funny or cool for most of her reviews as I read them. A couple days later, I got a reply from her. All she said was, “Thanks for all the love!

This blog is only a few weeks old. You can read my post on getting love from my fellow bloggers in that short time.

With these examples in mind, I get ‘love‘ when I blog! It’s very cool to get likes, emails or text messages letting me know someone likes what I post. Reason 3 … Love!

There are two more reasons not included in the title … career and money! I’m in the project management field. It’s a field I want to grow in. I know blogging can help with that.

As for money from blogging. I’m not getting that benefit, but I know bloggers that do. If I get added to that list someday … yay!!

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Thanks for the Love!

Thanks for the Love_1My blog still has that new car smell. I started working on it maybe two weeks ago. My first post was a week ago. The blog is small potatoes right now. No, tiny potatoes. Drop in the bucket potatoes?

Anyway, today I have ten followers and less than ten posts. Baby steps. This is wonderful for me. Baby steps are still steps, and I’m having fun with this project. There’s a benefit to blogging I didn’t think about. Thanks to my fellow bloggers, I had a moment that caused a big smile for me.

I usually write my posts after I get home from work. One day last week, I was thinking about an idea before work. I decided, “why not.” I typed the post and hit the publish button just before getting into the car for work.

I had an early morning status meeting this day. My cell phone is always quiet in the morning, so I didn’t turn it off. The meeting starts. I few minutes in my cell starts pinging. Surprised, I look at my phone and a big smile forms on my face. It was the notifications of people liking my post! Love from my fellow bloggers!

My boss hears my cell. He sees my smile and asks, “What’s happening?” I apologized for the noise and turned my cell off. The smile stays on my face.

Thanks for the love fellow bloggers!!! I have to start liking more posts so I can spread this love around!

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Business Cards for Your Blog? Moo Cards for You.

IMG_0580[1306]I know. Not the best picture. That’s what happens when you are working on a blog post at 1AM after a long day at work. The brain gets cooking with ideas, so I’m at my computer instead of hugging my pillow.

Do you have business cards for your blog? I ordered business cards for my last blog. The cards have come in handy. I’ve order standard size business cards, and I’ve ordered the smaller Moo Cards (see photo). Both have my blog domain one side and my contact information on the other. The cards are easy to hand out at meetups, networking events, and conferences. (I’ve ordered cards for this blog, but they haven’t arrived yet.)

If my blog comes up in conversation, people are impressed when I hand them a card with the domain printed. I include a QR Code so the person can scan the code from their cell. Anything to get a new follower or impress my future boss.

Moo cards are a brand. You can order them from I’ve ordered cards from and Vistaprint. Both are inexpensive and reliable.

I’m looking forward to showing off my new cards!

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You Need Tools to Blog

dreamstime_xs_54518106-blog-tools-represents-world-wide-webYou need tools to blog. Here are some of the tools I find helpful:

WordPress – WordPress is my favorite blogging platform by far. It’s easy to use. There’s tons of training and information available. Plus, you can manage multiple blogs at the same time. I found two WordPress podcasts to get ideas, and keep up with changes. Free version available. – I use Dreamstime for photo and graphic content. It has a large selection, and the interface is easy to use. The graphic in the post came from the service. – Need help with graphic design or marketing ideas, this is an excellent place to start. – My favorite online photo editing site. – I’m using Grammarly for checking grammar. Its saved my butt a few times! Free version available.

Well, my list of tools for blogging. Any recommendations?

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My Blogging History

dreamstime_xs_73677459 - BloggingI said in my last post that I’ve been blogging for over ten years. I’ve had different blogs as my interests changed or I was going through an experience I wanted to write about. Most of those blogs are still online. A tiny drop in the sea of abandoned blogs on the internet. I thought it would be interesting to find those old blogs and list them in one spot.

I have four blogs on WordPress including this one. (Three really. One blog I started, but I didn’t do anything with):

  • Maryland Travel Stories – I haven’t posted to this blog in a few months, but I’ll get back to it. I love to take road trips. Just been busy lately.
  • Low Voltage Install – This is the blog I didn’t do anything with. It’s a funny tale, but I can’t share it without revealing work secrets. I only made one post to this blog. I will re-post it here. It’s a good post!
  • Wheel Life Thinking – I had fun with this blog.

I have five old blogs on Tumblr:

Looking at all these old blogs brings back memories!

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