It’s a New Year: Time to Find Out if Your Website is Doing You Any Damn Good

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Many of us own our own websites, whether to sell products, promote services, or build a following for a blog or upcoming book. But do we know if it’s doing us any good? Luckily, it’s pretty easy to answer that question with Alexa.

Alexa Will Tell You How Your Website Is Performing

“Alexa, turn up my music. Alexa, dim the…” Nope. Not that Alexa. I’m talking about the “other” Alexa – a website and online tool that will tell you how your website is doing compared to all ... 

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Max’ing Out, Karma, Chaos, and A Thousand Hail Mary’s – My Laptop Dies and I Might Have Started the End of Civilization

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I may ask my doctor for a permanent prescription for anti-anxiety medication, or maybe just a heavy-duty tranquilizer. Last year at this time I had to buy and configure a new laptop starting at 6 pm the night before my early-morning flight to the annual 8-day retreat I host in Woodstock, because my laptop just gave up and died. Didn’t get to research, look for bargains, order what I wanted, etc. Got something ... 

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Just Stop It – Boomerang’s “Pause” Button for Gmail

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I have to get my oil changed. I hate to get my oil changed. So I planned ahead; I would do this detested chore in the least time possible with a minimum of psychic pain.

My Plan for My Day 

Here was my plan: I always start my workday early – around 6:30 am, so no big deal to work for an hour, shut down my laptop, and then leave for Big O Tires. I’d arrive 10 minutes before they open, holding at the ready my special discount coupon that arrived in the mail last week. I’d be first ... 

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I Love Grammarly Because It Pats Me On The Head


Here’s another installment in my “Best Thing Since Sliced Bread” series: an app called Grammarly. It’s awesome. Why? Because it makes me look smarter and more accurate than I really am. Gotta love that, right?

Plus, Grammarly pats me on the head occasionally, and at my age, a pat on the head doesn’t occur very often. Remember that feeling back in first grade when your teacher put a gold star on your paper? Or wrote “good job!” in red pencil at the top of the page? Yep, Grammarly ... 

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Back Up To the Cloud – I Beg You

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A friend wrote to me about the agony she was suffering trying to transfer all the files from her almost-dead computer to her new one. She was using flash drives and it was taking days.

I wrote back to her with this:

“I urge you to throw down those flash drives and do this instead: Set up a backup and storage account with a cloud-based service. It’s an elegant and almost painless solution. Backup up from the almost-dead computer; then restore to the new computer. Literally just a couple of ... 

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Jerk Alert – If You Own A Website, Beware of this Ripoff

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Let me amend that title: If you simply own a domain; you know, like “,” even if you haven’t built a website on it yet, watch out. You might get a bogus invoice in the mail one day from a company claiming you’re a customer. One of my clients got one this week:

Thank goodness my client is a smart cookie. Rather than just paying the bill, she took a shot of it and emailed it to me, asking, “Do I need to pay this?”

Absolutely not.

Since I’m ... 

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Manterruptions – It’s Not Just You

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Just sayin’. Or trying to, anyway… Women are interrupted far more often than men are. Mostly it’s men who do it, but women do it too. So if you’re interrupted often, it’s not just you. It’s a persistent and pervasive gender bias. Not complaining. Just sayin’. Be aware. Learn to adapt. And don’t perpetuate it yourself.

Read “How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women,” by Yonja Jacobi and Dylan Schweers, on Big Think.

Interesting ... 

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Password Hell

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Here’s what they all tell you:

  • Never use a password that includes names, numbers, or places from your life.
  • Never use the same password twice.
  • Never write down your passwords.
  • Never store your passwords on your computer or your phone.
  • Never give your passwords to anyone else.

Password Rules Are Hell

According to the rules above, you’re supposed to:

  • Use a different password for every account you have online
  • Use passwords that don’t contain anything from your life – i.e. people, pets, places you’ve been, favorite teams, or anything else that somebody might guess you would use
  • Keep no record of your passwords, anywhere
  • Trust absolutely no one with your passwords

Um, does that sound doable to you?

Heck no. It’s classic circular logic. Catch-22. Absurd. Impossible.

It’s Password Hell.

Most of Us Break the Password Best-Practice Rules

All these great rules leave us right where we started: Nowhere.

So most of us do what humans will do – we cheat. Either we use names and places that mean something to us to help us remember our passwords, or we use the ... 

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Nancy Shenker Did A Funny Thing For Business

Nancy Shenker - puppet

Last week I got an email from Nancy Shenker, guru of theONSwitch, and in it she announced that she’s starting a video series on business. Did I say just a video series? I should have said a puppet show video series on business. What?

I gave it a watch and I thought it was awesome. There’s Nancy all right, in person on camera, so no, it’s not an entire puppet show. But there’s also this great puppet Mimi who provides a light tone and comic relief. It’s the perfect ... 

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