People Shop

I recently started using EasyAzon and WebSimon. I learned about them from Lisa Irby’s post: Amazon Publisher Studio. For the technical nitty gritty, read her excellent tutorial.
SalesCreative Commons License
Alan Cleaver via Compfight

My original takeaway from her post was, “Finally, I can easily make cool tables!” However, I soon realized that I could also update my Amazon.com launch page, which I had created way back in 2007 for my family.

Here’s something you may want to consider. You may not be able to get Aunt Tilly to read your epic post, but you should have no trouble asking her to shop on Amazon via your affiliate link. I’ll never forget the day I opened my email and learned that I had received a commission of about 11.00 from some books my cousin had purchased. My private launch page idea worked! Whee!

Like Lisa wrote, you won’t get rich from this, but it’s nice to get something, even if you’re not promoting a product to your readers. My updated strategy is to take what I learned from Chris Guthrie’s sales page. My links now send Aunt Tilly to the shopping cart, because Amazon currently extends the commission period by 89 days!

So, people shop. Help yourself by creating a page for your family. Here’s mine.

Portraying Everyday Children

Hal Roach broke new ground in cinema with his series of comedy shorts. The Wikipedia entry for Little Rascals gives plenty of examples.
Little Imposters
Stand-ins? (Proctor Archives)
On this blog, we’re just trying to get through the week. Can you help? The crossword puzzle below is really just a cryptic substitution for a well-known sequence. After you get the words, can you put them in the proper order? (All but one will be in a different position from their place in the crossword puzzle clue list!)
Crossword Puzzle
John Steinbeck would be pleased


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Hints:

  • Decipher the Post Title (Google Cryptic Crosswords but keep in mind, I usually violate the rules in the interest of having a catchier title!)
  • Look at the Picture!
  • Look at the Caption below the puzzle!
  • Remember, these are wordplay puzzles.

Solution: Try to catch me on Google Plus
(If you still see a status linking to the puzzle, you probably won't get the answer that day.)

The more people who bug me request the answer, the more likely I will cave in!


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Did Eve Acclaim Odd Medical Advice?

We’ll never know for sure. However, some folks believe that she needed help to fend off her knuckle-dragging, rib-challenged garden mate. The evidence points to a powerful potion inscribed on an alchemist’s parchment.
Eve
jaci Lopes dos Santos via Compfight
The full list of ingredients is lost to antiquity; however, these fragments were recovered:
Cryptic Clues
“Not tonight, honey …”

If you can solve this cryptic puzzle, let me know.


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Hints:

  • Decipher the Post Title (Google Cryptic Crosswords but keep in mind, I usually violate the rules in the interest of having a catchier title!)
  • Look at the Picture!
  • Look at the Caption below the puzzle!
  • Remember, these are wordplay puzzles.

Solution: Try to catch me on Google Plus
(If you still see a status linking to the puzzle, you probably won't get the answer that day.)

The more people who bug me request the answer, the more likely I will cave in!


I'd love to hear from you! No email address required (feel free to leave it if you really want a reply.)

* indicates required field

EasyAzon Test

By the way ...

I just installed EasyAzon. Whew! Setup is straightforward but getting to that point can be tricky.
For whatever reason, I couldn’t log in to the EasyAzon Website until after Tech Support set me up.
Once that was cleared up, I downloaded the files and followed all the steps.

Let’s see how this looks:

I am reading the second book in a series by Cary Caffrey. The Girls From Alcyone is the first one and I loved it!

I think a popup is supposed to show when you hover over the link above (it didn’t work for me.) For my next test, I’ll add an image of the second book!

Actually, I used an Info Block, which should be more, well, informative.

As always, I’m looking forward to playing with this new toy!

[Edit: I use AdBlock Plus on Chrome. The book image did not show up until I disabled it for my site. Oops, right?]

People Play

Games are everywhere. Yet, playfulness goes beyond boards, dice and funny money. Play-acting, tinkering, doodling and clowning around give folks creative outlets to explore.
Setting the Shot Thomas Hawk via Compfight
When I have time, I like to tinker with my blog layout. One of the most time-saving tweaks I’ve ever done was to add a Flickr image search tool called Compfight. Finding the perfect image for a post is fun!
Thanks to Lisa Irby’s blog post about Amazon’s Publisher Studio, I decided to play around with a related blog plugin called WebSimon. I love this nifty table-maker! Take a look:

Over the years, I have hard-coded a few tables in HTML.

TablePost DescriptionRead it!
Freecell?Creating an editorial calendar is more fun than playing 52 Pickup. I show how I brainstormed a year's worth of blog posts - even though more than half of them never got written.52 Ideas
Breaking Bad?Everything I know about chemistry, I learned from Walter White. That explains the weird preamble to what is basically a list post of domain names based on the Periodic Table of Elements.Chemical Domains
Photo Booth?The difference between thanking people and honoring them is embodied in the sentiment of a handshake versus a hug. You thank the mail carrier; you hug your poppa for the check he sent with your birthday card.
This post uses a marquee to scroll a table of images.
Zeppole Peoplez

If I wanted something really nice, though, I made it in Photoshop and took a screen shot.

Screen ShotPost DescriptionRead It!
Spirograph?A post that talks about talking. That may sound like a blog about blogging but the article is a bit more esoteric than that. A skeleton slouched in a chair attests to that. Ironically, the post comments are closed!Conversation Starter Pistols
Toolbox?Bold self-challenge that many readers found tedious. You have been warned. Just enjoy the little graphic to the left and move on...Million Product Challenge
Bullseye?An outdated rant on the state of the browser. The table is my all-time favorite.Web Browser Wheel of Torture

Time will tell if WebSimon becomes as useful as Compfight.