Saturday, September 4, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
a book by Lisa Genova
For a really long time, I've heard about two "Best Practics" for websites. This advice applies across all Internet sites:
- Limit menus to 5-7 choices
- Write with short sentences
The Science is In!
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Blended / HybridVirtual Meetings
People are eager to return to live in-person meetings, and many still want to enjoy joining sessions across the country without actually traveling there.
I had previously explored the "why" of having blended / hybrid meetings.
Now I want to explore the "how" to use Zoom meetings
Friday, April 30, 2021
Blended / HybridVirtual Meetings
We have a new challenge as the world moves from virtual online meetings to live meetings. There are several "dots" to connect as I explore what these post-pandemic meetings will look like.
First, there continues to be a strong interest in live meetings that have a Q&A session. That has not gone away. If anything, the demand has increased because so many people have been restricted to the confines of their homes.
This article discusses the background and the why of Blended / Hybrid meetings.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Playing with Software
This article is based on a phrase I found in a book by John Cleese titled "creativity" (yes, the title is in lower case). The book was published in 2020 by Crown Publishing company.
Friday, February 19, 2021
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
WP User Groups
WP Meetup Meetings
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Zoom Training Videos
Rick's curated video list
YouTube has collected thousands of tutorial videos from Zoom meetings and webinars. Some are excellent and some are terrible. Occasionally these YouTube videos even present bad/wrong information.
Many videos have a tendency to just ramble as the presenter adds their oh-by-the-way comments. While this is great for 1:1 training, the comments may not be appropriate for a tutorial.
I am building a curated list of tutorial videos for Zoom administrators...
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Kudos to the WordPress gang in NE Arkansas!
What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
One of the attendees at last night's meetup was close to my age, and she was trying to understand the computer jargon and Internet terms that were being thrown her way...
A New Analogy:
A Grocery Store ~ A Restaurant ~ A Kitchen
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursday, September 17, 2020
By Austin Kleon
I do not know who to credit this recommendation, but Thank You!
When I stumble across something on the Internet that looks interesting, I log onto my local library's website. If it's available, then I request a copy and continue with whatever reading I was doing. Anywhere from a week to a month later my local library sends me a notification that my book is ready to be picked up. Since I'll have several books in the queue, I usually don't remember why a particular book intrigued me.
This is one of those books!
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
How To Use
I want to share how I learned to use Gutenberg...
The only alternative to Gutenberg and block editing is the WordPress "Classic Editor" It was designed by WordPress contributors and is available as a plugin.
Unfortunately, support for the Classic Editor will end on December 31, 2021.
What to do by Dec 31?!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Do I have WordPress.com or am I using WordPress.org?
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
What Kind of Website
Do You Need?
A Blog? ECommerce? Informational?
ABCInc and the PickRick brand are rebuilding the MyWordPressWebPage website. Our intent is to simply the process, yet provide flexible directions. I visited over a dozen sites (see Bibliography below) to collect and distill this information.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
Prepend & Append Video Snippets
I continue to explore how to create videos for my "Pick Rick" brand.
I revisited my Wave.video account to select and create video snippets that I can use without further payment or copyright problems. I created a file and downloaded it to my local computer.
Next, I used Windows Move Make to slice it into snippets. Here they are:
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Block Editing is a new way to look at data!
"Block editing" is a new phrase in WordPress, but it actually describes a massive shift in the way we look at content.
The idea of block editors has been around for a long time (a long time in "Internet time" BTW) with page builders and plugins. Divi, Beaver Builder and Elementor are familiar names within the WP community.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
I read a lot. I visit a lot of websites. I watch a lot of videos (mostly on YouTube).
I've built a curated list of tools you may find handy. When I update or add to the list, I will publish/re-publish this article on a Tuesday. ("Tuesday Tips" ~ get it?)
Sunday, April 26, 2020
SEO: What are Key Words?"The definition of a keyword is a significant word, or a word used to find information when researching. When you are looking for resume examples and you type "resume examples" into Google, the words "resume examples" are an example of keywords."
Uh-oh: What are my key words?
Sunday, April 19, 2020
The Book of the Internet
Google visits every site it can find - billions! - and adds every word on every page to a master index. Then it also evaluates the content and context of each page.
What Google considers is actually a trade secret because it wants to return the best, most current information to its visitors.
Google invites you to enter a word, a phrase, or a question in whatever format you choose!
Sunday, April 12, 2020
Zoom Security Concerns
We are hearing A LOT about security flaws in Zoom. Most headlines are over-hyped to encourage readership. This article explores the major threats and how to easily fix them.
Zoom security is a popular topic because Zoom has become the go-to software-as-a-service application for meetings online.
This article is mostly for people who are hosting/organizing virtual meetings, but it has value for people invited to attend them.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
Here is how to avoid giving your email address to a website that might not stop sending you follow-up, "unsolicited" email. (That's also known as SPAM.)
A frustrating practice is that a website will offer you something that you are curious about, but you haven't decided whether you want to have a long-term relationship with that company.
So, they ask for your email address before they give you access to something, whether that something is a TV show or a free PDF booklet. They do that to put you into their "sales funnel" and follow up with emails that contain "Hey buy this..." messages. But...