Pressing On…

I’m pressing on and at it again.


First off, I created an eCommerce website using WordPress and Woocommerce. I’m going to cross my fingers and see how it goes. If you want to see what it looks like go to Good Wearables.

New eBook

Next, I’ve been busy re-purposing a lot of the articles I’ve written about DevOps. DevOps is a service delivery style I’ve been using during my day job to solve service delivery issue between IT and development. It definitely makes a deference. I’ve turned these articles into an eBook called Shades of DevOps, and published it on DevOps eBook.

New Blog Theme

And finally, I have been upgrading my main blog, VM Install. For the longest time I was using Artisteer for my theme framework, and it was fine for the longest time. But I noticed my page open times were slow and it was mostly due to all the extra lines of code Artisteer adds to make the pages transferable between difference platforms. It’s cool how it works but it adds overhead. So now I am running on Genesis and I have the Sample Theme customize to closely match what my site looked like with VMiblu, which was the theme I created in Artisteer.

A New DevOps Guide for IT Service Delivery

devops Transformation GuideFor years I have been dealing with the daily problems associated with managing IT service delivery. And I finally think I have figure it out.

Here are a couple of solutions being used for service delivery:

  • ITIL is one which I have participated in implementing various components of the framework. Overall it works but is too heavy for small operations.
  • Another is DevOps which is a leaner solution and focuses more on changing the culture and using common sense. This one, I like.

As I said, it’s been a few years now and I have seen the Pros and Cons of both. But as of recently I have really grown to understand the value of DevOps and how to get it rolling.

This post is to announce the release of a simple  guide I have written. It’s called the DevOps Transformation Guide. There are five steps covered that focus on the real areas which require attention before true improvement can occur.

Anomaly In Web Traffic Turns 40 Visitors Daily Into 840 (What’s Up Google?)

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It was cool while it lasted!

I have no idea what caused this anomaly but in January one of my websites about QA tester jobs went off the rails and bounced from a measly 40 visitors a day to 840 before mysteriously dropping back down to 50. I know I didn’t do anything to cause this but it shows the POWER Google has.

Do you have an experience like this to share?

Lips and Eyes eBook

Lips and EyesLips & Eyes is a collection of Heartbreak love songs (Psalms), I’ve written over the years.

These nine Psalms embellish the kind of LOVE that hurts like a son-of-a-gun.

My inspiration for each Psalm comes from my own youthful experiences, 28 years of marriage, and nurturing a daughter through teenage years.

Reflected in these pages are the tough lessons love has taught.

Why publish a book of song lyrics and call them Psalms?

Well, LOVE is a BIG part of life and if you’ve been alive long enough, you can relate to what I am musing about.

…And, even if these song lyrics aren’t being performed with music, they still have a powerful emotional effect.

Why the title, Lips and Eyes?

Take a deep breath and think for a minute how painful life would be if you were reminded of a “LOST” love by every set of Lips and Eyes you see!

This is the kind of Heartbreak these Psalms are about.

Let’s see if you can get to the end of this eBook without feeling a personal connection with these Psalms and taking-in how VICIOUS love can be…

Listen to Smoke and Mirrors Demo on YouTube

Read more about Lips and Eyes eBook on Amazon

Practicing SEO Almost Makes Perfect Sense

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SEO for Beginners

Lately I’ve been toying around with a new SEO tool I found while researching on Youtube for SEO tips for 2013.

I’ve decided I’m not wasting my time on the old SEO stuff anymore and I will start focusing and practicing SEO for the new search world we now live in.

Traffic Travis vs Market Samurai

The tool is called Traffic Travis and for now I am only using the FREE version…

…and compared to Market Samurai, it seems to be faster and easier to use.

The only draw back to Traffic Travis is it’s subscription based where MS was a flat fee…that was until lately when Market Samurai started wanting a subscription fees for features that used to be bundled.

I can honestly say I haven’t opened MS for 2 weeks now and have enjoyed my experience with Traffic Travis, even with it’s limited trail version. Max of 5 site you can track, 100 pages, limited keyword searches and a few other things.

Here’s how easy Traffic Travis was to use:

After 3 days of practicing SEO for beginners, I was able to get a new website with no ranking to rank on Bing and Yahoo for Best Phoenix Auto Repair, the jury is still out for when it will rank in Google.

It makes perfect sense to continue using this new SEO tool and see what benefits I find.

Although the proof will be if it helps to rank in Google - then I will pay the $97 a 1 year subscription for the full version.

Finally, one note of caution!

I did notice a lot of people have mentioned they have been blocked by Google when using Traffic Travis because of the SERP and keyword searches.

This can also happen with Market Samurai when you don’t use a proxy IP address.

I guess another new reality is practicing SEO is risky business…

The Ramblings of Joe

I found another great blog and podcast to help me learn online marketing, check out SocialTriggers! Derek has the best interviews on the topic.

A couple of new projects I’m working on lately are:

Homer’s Christian Auto Care

ScapeKing Premium Litchfield Park Lawn Care

Both sites are new and it will be interesting to see if either of them will rank with all the changes Google and Bing have been doing.

Other interesting things going on are:

The crazy news about North Korea, wow!

…and the US job market has improved, Yahoo!!!

To think, Romney would have taken credit for the improved economy if he would have been elected!

Also, I’ve learned some new blog writing tactics on formatting and choosing post titles, you can never be too careful with Google’s prying eyes about these two subjects.

Finally, I did a collection post on VM Install called VMware for Beginners: A collection of 16 Virtualization Basics. This post summarizes all my blog posts related to VMware such as: P2V Checklist, Resume Tip, VM Templates, etc…

Prepared for Luck…

prepared for luckWhile thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013, I thought about the idea of just being “Prepared for Luck.”

As I see it, history books and current day news are full of people that were prepared when luck arrived! 

These people weren’t as special as we’d like to think, mostly they were “Lucky” to be in the right place, at the right time, and most importantly in the right mindset!

Let me explain what I mean…

Think for a moment about famous men and women who found themselves in a moment of opportunity to perform acts of greatness, what I see are normal people. And, aside from those individuals whom are unmatched in talent, brains or athletic abilities, most of these lucky people were just willing to risk – act – and learned as they went.

Take the Wright Brothers for example, do you think the flying machine would not have been invented by someone else had Wilbur and Orville not been first?

Or take the Model A & T. Would we still be riding in the horse and buggy if Henry Ford didn’t succeed? I’m sorry but I believe the automobile and the production line would have been invented anyways, maybe not when they were, or by Henry, but still invented.

Fast forward things to today. Sorry if you’re a die hard Apple fan, but I also believe an iPhone type device would have been invented – and – I believe there’s something even better than an iPhone still waiting to be invented….maybe it’s an idea still in the inventor’s mind waiting for them to act on it?

Point of this post…an Excuse to Let you off the Hook…

Aside from all the unique cases, to me it’s an excuse to think the people that invent or do great things are special.

You may ask why I feel this way?

Here’s why – because I think it lets us off the hook from acting ourselves. If we convince ourselves it requires us to be perfect or special in some way then we have an excuse for not acting…

Timing Luck

The real reason these famous people are special is because they acted when Luck presented itself.

The fact that Steve Jobs’ ideas are awesome is trivial, what made Steve great was because he was a man who acted at the right time and was not afraid to fail, or – maybe failing in the bigger picture to Steve was his greater fear, and that’s what motivated him to act?

Risk failure because you’re afraid to risk failure…

So how do you time luck?

Daily there’s opportunities that happen for all of us. Maybe it’s an idea for your job, or maybe it’s a book you’ve been wanting to write, or maybe it’s to help someone in need, or … maybe it’s something crazy that nobody has ever heard about but you’ve seen it in your minds-eye.

This stuff is always going on.

For example maybe we have an epiphany and it get’s our adrenaline running for just a moment before we rationalize it out of our thoughts because of fear and because it’s something we could never do, right? Wrong!

I agree if you’re always starting and never finishing stuff that you don’t waste your time.

But think about this – how many super cool things – might have been – if they were finished. How many super cool things – will still be – because those special people that are prepared for luck are ready to act when the moment of opportunity or inspiration meets up with them on their way to work or in a dream?

The secret is, luck times you so be ready…

Make your Goal to be Prepared for Luck

For my New Year’s goal, I’ve decide to just be prepared for luck!

Will you join me and let’s do something to be remembered by…


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