Sunday Morning Ramblings

English: French Press

English: French Press (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sitting here drinking a bit of coffee. I so enjoy coffee made by a french press.  Over the years, I’ve tried drip and the Kuerig pods.  They make acceptable coffee.  I’ve obviously had coffee in restaurants and coffee houses; where they mostly use a drip method.  I saw a very small french press for a really cheap price, and figured I wouldn’t be throwing away a lot of money if I didn’t like it.  It’s so good, I even made my wife a convert.

One thing to note, there is sediment in the bottom of your cup after drinking, unless you pour it through a filter first.  Personally, I don’t notice the very fine sediment while drinking the coffee.  The mouth feel isn’t that much different due to the fine particulates.  But, the taste is at least twice as good, assuming you start with ah good coffee.

I could go on for several more paragraphs about coffee, grinding beans, types and roasts of coffee, but, I’ll leave that for another post.  I’ve been cross posting between WordPress and Blogger.com, and I’m beginning to notice a trend, and I wanted to jot down a couple of the pros and cons from a newbie freelancer.

The free versions of WordPress & Blogger.com are what I’ve started with; I may go paid on one or the other, eventually.  I have no conclusions so far about which is better. Here’s what I’ve observed to date, just looking at the plain vanilla free versions:

  • First comment left on WordPress and first reblog too
  • Both sites seem easy to navigate and publish a blog
  • Blogger.com offers a lot of both Google tools & third-party addons
  • WordPress.com offers more in some areas without having to go the third-party route
  • Both sites won’t let you monetize your site, easily without having your own domain name at least
  • Integration with social sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Google+ and more seems about the same, give or take a few social sites
  • Both offer apps for blogging via your phone or tablet.  I haven’t tried to blog, but, I have read blogs this way.

Now, on to to my other ramblings for this post, technical writing training.  I mentioned in a earlier post about iTunes U, and a training course.  There were about 10 or 12 lectures, but, all audio.  It seemed like a very nice university professor, and I’m sure it would have been better in person as opposed to just audio.  So, I went looking at YouTube.  Wow, what a wealth of videos on that one subject.  Of course, I’m having to weed out those that are just advertising their services.  Still, I did find one complete course, and I’ve watched the first three out of about 20.  If I like it, I’ll link it in a future post.

To those of you who actually read to the end, thanks.  I think you are very tough and determined people.  Happy Sunday!

My To Do List

I’m getting overwhelmed with the number of things I think I ought to learn about to become a freelancer.  There are so many applications to learn.  I’m already experimenting with Blogger.com & WordPress.  I still need to upgrade my skills with Excel, so that I can better market my skills in Elance.  But, I’m thinking also about doing technical writing.  So, I need to spend time on making sure I know the latest techniques for that line of work.

Here’s my list so far, of what I think will be worth my time:

  • iTunes Technical Writing course
  • Excel Pivot tables, just need to learn about changes in Excel 2013
  • Blogger.com — I have an Adsense account, but, will I do enough blogging and get enough readership to bother trying to monetize it.
  • WordPress — This seems to be the top-tier in blogging platforms, at least the free version seems that way, but, unless I buy a private domain, I can’t monetize it.
  • Elance — The free version of Elance only allows a person to bid jobs in one job category; I think I might like to try bidding in 2 or 3 categories.

The primary thing I struggle against is investing in myself, versus throwing money down the drain.  I can use various free sources to pick up skills, and market myself; it only costs time. If I invest money in training, Elance, WordPress, etc. will it be worthwhile?  I guess time will tell.  For now, I’ll stick with free.

Blogger

Yesterday, I watched a free training video from Udemy about Blogger, which is a blogging website by Google.  The video has a lot more in it including including YouTube videos in your Blogger.com blog.

This particular blog is hosted, as you can see in Blogger.com.  But, today I started to learn about WordPress.  I just started watching a YouTube video about it.  You need to have access to a website where you can install it, or that already has it.  The video shows you how to buy a website with a domain name.

I’ll review this more after finishing to watch it.  Stay tuned.