One of my favorite apps: Skitch

Skitch Skitchlogo is my favorite clipping tool. I'm running it on my MacBook as well as my phone. There is nothing out there (that I have found) that is as convenient as this app to grab a screenshot. Use the annotation feature to share ideas or quickly explain an edit. As you know, a picture's worth a thousand words. Use this app when only a picture will do.

If you are looking for something free and easy-to-use, try it.  

Do you have other clipping tools that you rave about? Please share with us...


Need a Friendly Reminder?

How many times have you started something new and before it became a habit, you stopped doing it? Well, here's a great tool to help you stay on track with new habits. And it's free, my favorite.

HabitforgeIt's called habitforge. Working on the premise that it takes 21 days to create a new habit, you enter your goal and receive a daily email from habitforge asking if you were successful. All that is required is a "yes" or "no" response.

If you miss a day, you're back to day one. Once you complete 21 successful days you are on a monitoring mode. But by then you have probably successfully incorporated this new habit into your routine. How will you use this tool? Have you made resolutions that you are trying to keep on track with?


Who do you know that likes to save time and money?

This app will help you save time and money. And if you are a distributor you can earn income in two ways including affiliate income and business building income.

Check out the new corporate video and then go out to my personal My Shopping Genie site and download and install your f.r.e.e. Genie. Here's how it works or you can contact me and I'll help you get it installed.

 

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Writer, the Internet Typewriter

I was searching for a minimal word processor. I didn't want a lot of formatting bells and whistles - just text. Microsoft Word has a lot of hidden code that can really mess up your blog if you copy and paste.

Writer,the Internet Typewriter Writer, the internet typewriter, by John Watson is one tool that I found. I love it! I can concentrate on writing and not be distracted by any of the usual clutter on my screen. Use the F11 key to expand to full screen mode. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

And you can save the text, count it, upload it, PDF it, print it, send it to your email account or post it to a blog.

The default is this great green type on a black background or you can change the preferences for color, line spacing or font.

What word processor do you use?


Top Social Media Tools

Purplewrench There are a lot of tools out there and many of them are free or low cost. Thanks to Steve Dale for listing the Top 100 Social Media Tools. How many of them have you tried? Maybe there's a solution that fits your need.

You can list your top ten picks at the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.

One thing I like about lists is we have a chance to check out any tools that we might not have noticed yet. Are there any of them that are new to you?


Evaluating a Course

I'm evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology.  For a while, they're letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I'll let you know what I think once I've had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it's still free.


WAH Expo Presentation

WahexpobuttonI'm supposed to be sharing my presentation at the WAH Expo shortly, and due to unexplained technical difficulties - most likely my computer - I can't join the conference. So far I've missed both days of the expo.

My apologies to all.

Here is my presentation. I'm with you in spirit!



Backyard Wildlife in Iowa

Sharing some of my backyard images with you on Picturetrail - one of my favorite tools. There are so many neat gadgets and tools to make sharing photos easy. I used another design to share photos at AroundDesMoines.

Cool Slideshows!

What About Google Page Rank?

It's almost time again for the Google PageRank update. I'm like most many people. If there is a rating system, I want to be at the top.

A lot of people ask me what PageRank is. PageRank is displayed as a whole number between 0 and 10, with the most popular websites having a PR of 10 and the least having zero. These updates are published every three months or so.

There's a lot of discussion about how important PageRank is. Here are a few links to more reading:

Thanks to Kyle for pointing out the Google PageRank Prediction tool where you can see what your PR might be. Interesting! What's the prediction for your site?

I don't always take time or remember to check the PR rating for this site - that's why I put that little PR checker on my right sidebar (near the bottom). And I have to admit that I occasionally look at it to be sure I'm not dropping. The first time www.PurpleWren.com was ranked about six months ago it was a "4" and the rank didn't change last time. According to the predictor, maybe this time it will be higher!

Meanwhile, I try to concentrate on posting interesting content and figure the site will grow - or not.

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I can tell by looking at these predictions that IowaBizEvents.com has suffered because of the transition we're going through and AroundDesMoines.com needs some promotion. Not a surprise, but an affirmation.

What do you think? Do you pay attention to these tools and how do they impact your actions?


The Enneagram

Liz Strauss over at Successful-Blog recently featured a series on the Enneagram written by Mark McGuinness of Wishful Thinking (and illustrated by Sandy Renshaw). Thanks to Mark and Liz!

And now it's a free e-book. Download EnneagramMarkMcGuinness.pdf (432.5K)


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