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This will be our first conference call.  This feature will eventually be a premium member activity, but for now it is open to all members.  There are a few things you need to know about this conference call as well as future calls:

  • Conference calls will be recorded so that we may provide them for users to download.
  • Although we would love to have every forum member on the call, our service is limited to a maximum of 94 attendees.  If you are not able to join the call, it means we have met our threshold for participants.
  • The dial-in number is NOT toll-free.  This means that you will accrue long distance charges for the time you spend on the call.

     You will need the following information to access the call:

    When:  Wednesday, April 25th @ 7:00 PM (CDT)  -  TIME ZONE CONVERSION
     Conference Call Dial-In Number:  (218) 632-0550
     Participant Access Code: 1051467#
     Call Length: Approximately 1 hour
     Subject:  This will be Q & A With Jack

Jack recommended that we set up a place for you guys to get together to find help with your projects.  This board is designed for both people who can offer their services as well as folks who need help. 

Be sure to provide a descriptive subject line with something like:  "HELP WANTED: Need a logo design"   
or if you are a developer, maybe put something like.  "LOGO DESIGNER FOR HIRE"

Please do not add your projects to this post, or tag a project on to an existing post.   You run the risk of your entry not being found.


How are you guys keeping up with your favorite blogs' posts?   I'm trying to come up with the best way to stay on top of content for my own site, plus I'd like a way to help monitor some of your sites (those of you who would like help..) and also help promote your sites. 

I have been just signing up for email alerts, but that's getting to be too cumbersome ... so I am thinking of switching to feeds.   Any advice based on your own experiences?


Article Writing and Blogging / Speaking The Truth In Blog Posts
« on: February 06, 2012, 01:33:13 PM »
This is a question that I just presented to Jack to maybe talk about on one of his 5 Minutes with Jack podcasts.   I'd love to hear your advice as well.

This question deals with blog article content.

Dear Jack,

As an avid listener to both of your podcasts, I know that you tackle some very controversial topics as well as go head-to-head with individuals on a variety of subjects.  I find this very difficult to do.  I feel like I have some strong opinions I'd like to share, but I avoid the controversy that I know will follow.  I think my biggest issue is that I gain most of experiences from people that I've directly worked with and I really don't want to hurt or offend them.. but the mistakes that they've made sometimes is the perfect content to help me teach someone else not to to the very same thing.  In fairness, I'm willing to put my own mistakes out on display to help people learn as well....
So, how do I learn to grow a backbone and take the licks that sometimes come with speaking the truth?   And is truth-speaking worth it if it damages relationships?

Motivational Mania / New Guest Blogger/Contributor - I'm so happy!
« on: January 31, 2012, 11:07:23 AM »
I just posted my first guest blogger's post on my site today  http://www.countryconsultant.com/blogspot/?p=2627   - please go by and share some love by leaving a comment for her if you feel so inclined.   

I have one more person who has agreed to do some posts for me, and I'd like to extend the invitation to others who like to blog on subjects like preparedness, self-sufficiency, gardening, etc... please get in touch with me and let's work together to help drive some traffic your way.

  • In your subject heading, avoid vague titles like "Website Critique". Be specific with your request. Include the company name or url and what type of critique
       you are asking for in the subject heading.

       Example: Country Consultant  - content strategy

  • State the goals of your website and briefly let us know what your
       business is about. What do you hope to achieve from the site? Do you have a
       strategy? How does it fit in with your business?

  • Post the url to the site in the text (or the subject heading) and make it
       clickable..you'll get better responses if you make it easy.

  • What platform are you using? Most of the folks here at TRT100K are
       using Wordpress, but don't make us assume...

  • Try not to be offended.. Understandably, it`s your baby and no one
       likes to feel like they are being bashed, but give those who give you a
       critique the benefit of the doubt that they are just trying to help.

  • When you get feedback, let us know what you think and thank your friends for caring enough to give you their time.

Motivational Mania / It Has Been Sheer Blogging Madness At My Place..
« on: January 26, 2012, 12:21:44 PM »
I have been so busy this past two weeks - I think my head might explode, so please step back from the monitor and wear safety glasses while reading this post.

First, I totally revamped the 'website' portion of my countryconsultant.com site utilizing wordpress as the backend, but configuring it as a website with static pages.  I have a plan.. it's an awesome plan... and I'm documenting it to share with you guys in the near future so stay tuned.

Second, I'm trying to tie up loose ends on a project so that I can hand more control back over to my partner on the paracordcity.com project.  This will free up more time to work here on the forum and start working on some of the things Jack would like to see here.   I'm probably going to be giving a shout out pretty soon for some moderators, so be thinking about it and if you'd like to help out, I'd appreciate the help.. :)

Third, OMG.  I have like 100 emails a day now, not even counting my junk mail and notifications.  If you have emailed me and I haven't responded yet, please forgive me and I promise I will get back with you.

I'm super happy about a guest blogger that has agreed to write some articles for me..  she's a YA Fiction author who has a unique perspective.. we met in a bizarre way, exchanged a few emails, and it looks like she may be working with me soon.   More on that to come.. but I wanted to extend an invitation to other bloggers here at TRT100K who might want to write a post for the blog, or possibly a "how to" that would remain as a static page on my main website.   I'm working on the first section right now, which is food storage basics, but will also have a module on Emergency Preparedness, and another that is tentatively titled Designing Your Path.  If you would like some exposure and a linkback to your own site, let me know what you have in mind article-wise and maybe we can do some collaboration.

I've also opened up some advertising space on the main website if anyone is interested.  I'm not placing paid ads on the blog just yet because I plan to give the entire thing a facelift and decided it would be best just to wait.    Right now the ads I have at the blog are my affiliate banners and a couple of my super-favorite sites that I post just because I love the guys who run them and they have helped me out sooo much.

So that's my motivational mania report for the day...     

WordPress Wizardry / Adding A Custom Default Avatar to Wordpress
« on: January 12, 2012, 10:14:17 AM »
I never liked the comment avatar selection that display by default for comments without a gravatar, so a few years back I found a website that had a code snippet that would allow you to create your own default avatar.  Well, a few days ago I ran across a plugin that does this as well, so I made a short video to share with you if you are interested in doing these kinds of customizations.

Adding A Custom Default Avatar To WordPress

Here's a link to the podcast if you haven't heard it yet:  www.jackspirko.com/ins-outs-and-risks-of-buying-and-selling-links

Do You Know Jack? / New Board -- By Request...
« on: January 09, 2012, 03:03:16 PM »
There have been some requests for a board that specifically addresses the topics that Jack Spirko discusses on his podcast Five Minutes With Jack.  

Well, this is the place!  I'll be adding threads for each episode where we can slice-and-dice what we have learned and share some how-to's, links, additional resources, etc...

Motivational Mania / Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone
« on: January 06, 2012, 02:55:24 PM »
If any of you are old "self-help" junkies like me, you might remember a book by Dr. Wayne Dyer called "YOUR ERRONEOUS ZONES" where the good Doctor teaches that we need to ease out of our comfort zones and have new experiences if we really want to GROW. 

So, I'm giving that a try.. I've totally revamped an old site and created a place to talk about the things I have learned in the wonderful world of blogging with wordpress, and I'm trying to do most of the posts with videos.  I'm not quite ready to dive into full-fledge podcasting, and I REALLY don't want to point the camera directly at myself (EEEK!!!) so I'm using screen capture software to film short clips about tools I have used that I think will be helpful to other bloggers and e-business entrepreneurial folks.

Anyone else doing something new to get out of your comfort zones?  I'd love to hear what you are up to!!

Where to start.. let me back up to the VERY beginning.

Between the ages of 0 and 15, life was pretty darn good.  My Dad was an entrepreneur and while we were not rich, we definitely were not poor.  My mom was a stay-at-home variety and helped Dad with his business.

Then, it happened.  My Dad very unexpectedly became disabled from a stroke.  No more income.  The end.  My Mom insisted on taking care of him at home for the next 20 years until she became physically unable to do so. 

It's important for me to tell you this because the events from the beginning of my life to age 15 showed me what it looks like to be financially independent, self-motivated, hard-working and self-employed.  My Dad was the embodiment of what it means to be an entrepreneur.. and he was my first mentor on being a "prepper".  I jokingly call him the "accidental prepper" as a matter of fact, which has recently motivated me to talk more about my experiences growing up in that environment... new blog forthcoming...

After age 15, watching the events unfold where my Mother really didn't know what to do with herself, how to support the family without Dad's physical abilities.  It was enlightening to say the least.   Somehow she made it, and without government assistance.  It was hard.  We were poor.  But we did it.  That experience showed me how important it is for women to be self-sufficient and prepared.  I want to be able to take care of my family if something were to happen to my husband (God forbid).   

My web experience came about by accident.. seems there are lots of little happy accidents in my life.

I had always had a personal website, but I was no expert.  I did my first web design work for a church who needed a web presence.  I did it for free.  My first paid website work was for a hospital where I was an Analyst.  Once the word got out that I kinda knew how to do those things (and I was really flying by the seat of my pants, folks..)  I got an offer from a web developer to help pick up some of his work overflow.  I've built sites for doctors, radiology clinics, local municipalities, accountants, self-help guru's, even a sex therapist/hypnotist (that one was interesting..!) 

But that's not my passion.. building sites for people for money.  However, I do love to help people find their own way in life, whether that be by building a website or a business or even building a homestead.

So that's why I'm here, trying to find my way to integrate who I am with what I do. 

And that wasn't brief at all.. was it?

Email Marketing / Capturing Visitor's Email Addresses
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:47:28 AM »
How do you motivate your website viewers to sign up for newsletters, rss, feedburner, or whatever tool you use on your site for lead capture?  I'm purposefully leaving social media out of this question to be discussed later.  I'm primarily interested how you entice readers to commit to receiving more news from your site with an email address submission.  

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