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Why I'm Moving I Moved My Blog To Google+

In my last article, I shared with you that I'm in the process of moving my blog over to this Google+ page full time, and exclusively. I wanted to devote an entire article as to the why behind it, because there's a lot that went into this decision.

It's not like my blog is that big of a deal to begin with. I joked that I have like 3 readers of my blog and that anything I write pretty much gets ignored and undiscovered in the vastness that is the blogosphere anyway.

However, if you'll bear with me, I'd be happy to share with you the major reasons behind moving my blog over to Google+ exclusively.

1. I'm Lazy. Yeah, I figured I'd start off with a huge doze of reality right off the bat. I'm not lazy in the negative sense, I'm lazy in the I don't have time to mess with stuff sense. I have a life. I've got a wife and kids, I've got interests outside of blogging (like my beautiful roadster), and I'd much rather spend my precious little time doing stuff I enjoy instead of doing stuff I dread.

My blog is currently on Wordpress. It's self-hosted on a shared hosting account. The server is plenty fast, I've optimized the server for some pretty fast load times, and I've done all I can to tweak and compress the crap out of Wordpress so it loads fast.

 However, as with any self-hosted solution, it requires care and feeding. It requires updates to new versions, patches, etc. These are things I'm not interested in doing for my blog any longer.

My blog is an aside, it's an outlet for what I really like to do, which is write. However, I'm spending more time securing and updating Wordpress than I am actually writing. Moving to Google+ takes away all distraction and allows me to do what I enjoy doing, writing. It also allows me to have a life.

So, in that I'm lazy, I prefer to have stuff that just works, with minimal intervention or maintenance. With Google+ as my blog, it just works, and I'm not the one having to drop what I'm doing to update, upgrade, or maintain. Done. Easy.

2. It's Secure. Yes, it really is. I have two-factor authentication enabled, and as far as I know, that's pretty hard to bypass. I wrote articles about two-factor authentication on my personal Google+ page sharing the benefits of enabling such a feature.

Right now, my Wordpress site gets attacked several hundred times a day. I have security software running on it that tells me whenever someone is trying to guess my password or use some sneaky method to trick my Wordpress site into sending them the change password link. While it doesn't work, my fear is that one day it might.

With Google+, my content is protected by the same security measures as my email, my cloud services, and all my other Google services.  While some doubters and naysayers may say that's not very secure, and that's not a 100% guaranteed solution, I would say that I feel better knowing my content is stored on Google's ecosystem.

Call me silly or shortsighted, but hey, I can live with it. The best thing is, that it's all there and taken care of for me. Two-factor authentication is pretty hard to beat, and well, see number 1 above. It sure beats me having to install plugins, monitor the alerts, then drop everything to make sure they're not chipping away at the gates that protect the castle.

3. It's Minimal. I touched on this briefly in item 1 as well, but the minimal interface offers ease, and speed. I can format text, but only a few different ways. That's a good thing. I can get my point across without fussing with typefaces and code that can get messed up, making the text on my blog look funky.

Then, when that happens, I'd have to find the offending code or plugin that's causing it and fix it. Why have to do all that when all I want to do is write?

Add to that pictures and text, forget it, it's an all day affair just posting one article. With Google+, writing an article is just about the writing. I can share a photo and/or a link to a website and I'm done.

If you were to go to my blog at www.helpfuladvisor.com, you'd notice that the blog hasn't been updated in a year. Yet, if you go to my Google+ personal profile page, my Twitter feed, even my Facebook page, you'd see I'm way more active on there.

Reason is, with social media, I can just write and share stuff, without a lot of time needed to futz over how it looks. With Google+ as my blog, I can write, and attach a photo, even attach a photo album if I want, link to an article or some web content, and share it out. Easy. Done.

Plus, I can truly write anywhere and on any device. I have Google+ on my browser, my phone, and my tablets. I can write from anywhere.

Now, to be fair, if I went all in and really tricked out my Wordpress site, I'm sure I could blog while mobile, and I'm sure my formatting times could be cut down if I spent some time tweaking the code that formats the site... but the thing with Google+ is that I don't have to.

I can link, write, post. Or, I can write, link, post. Or, I can share content from Internet, add thoughts or comments, post. Too easy.

And since I don't have any grand SEO aspirations and I know I'm not going to make any money blogging, I just don't need all the hassle that goes into creating even one post on a self-hosted content management system. Again, see item 1 above. ;-)

4. I was inspired. As I was researching on the Internet to see if anyone had done this before, I came across this ComputerWorld article from +Mike Elganhttp://www.computerworld.com/article/2492324/social-media/why-i-blog-on-google---and-how-.html

Mike has been a longtime Google+ evangelist, and he took the plunge. I've read several of his articles about how flexible Google+ is as a social platform, and after reading his article about moving his blog to Google+ I was all in.

5. It Was Time.  Sometimes something just feels right, and moving my blog to Google+ felt right the moment I thought about doing it.

Sadly, my blog had become this unused old toy that just sits in the closet neglected. The content is old, and every time I went to the site to update it, I kept thinking, "You know I should write some new content for it." Then I'd tell myself that this Saturday morning (any Saturday for that matter), I'm going to sit down with a cup of coffee and write.

The thing is, writing in a blog is so deliberate, and so wrapped in process for formatting, adding photos, keywords, etc., that it's more than just a Saturday morning ritual... it's a few hours at least.

Again, as I'm not out to set the world on fire with SEO magic, or make my living from blogging, I can just share what I want and write whenever I want as a spontaneous act when everything is on social media.

 I'm not the kind of guy that snaps photos and shares them the instant I take them, but I'm also not the kind of guy that has 2 to 4 hours on a Saturday to spend getting out one article. I have to feel like I can write, share, opine, rant, do whatever, at the moment I'm feeling it.

Again, the volume of my social media contributions outweighs my blog contributions by an immeasurable amount. So, yeah, it's time to just make the move and embrace what works for me.

Don't get me wrong, I have a couple of articles that are first page of Google searches, but that wasn't because of my SEO acumen, or even because I set out to do that.

My "About" page that nobody reads on my blog even says I was deliberately doing it all the hard way as an experiment to see if my blog would get noticed. I wasn't going to sprinkle any SEO magic dust on my articles, and wanted them the be found truly organically and by word of mouth.

So, to a large degree, my experiment worked and good content bubbled to the surface. However, as someone who likes to write, I'd like to contribute more often than once in a blue moon.

And, therefore, this is the way to get that done without feeling like it's a chore.

A Final Thought

So, I hope this shed some light on my rationale behind this, and while I'm not trying to convince anyone, I wonder if my sharing my reasons for doing this echo anyone else's sentiments when it comes to writing/blogging.

The origin of the word "blog" comes from weblog, which was meant to journal or chronicle a project, an initiative, or even a period of time. To me, taking my blog to social media full time bring back the purpose and meaning of "blogging" back to it's roots. At least for me.

So, have you done something similar? Share in the comments below. Would you not do something like this ever? Please do share below, I'd love to hear your perspective on this as well.

Thanks!

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How To Spot, And Avoid, Ads Disguised As Download Buttons

Thought this would be helpful for most...

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This Post is For Bloggers and Users of Social Media

If you're a social media user, come over to my blog at http://www.helpfuladvisor.com and click the "+1" button for this post to be added to my Blogging and Social Media circle.

As an example, I just shared some content on how to vastly improve your Facebook feed that only members of that circle can see.

I'll be sharing content exclusively with just members of that circle that can help improve their blogging and social media experience. Hints and tips to maximize social media, ways to get the most out of blogging, and even how-to videos are some of the things I'll be sharing with my readers who are in that circle.

So, if you'd like to learn how to better leverage blogging and social media to build your brand, or to simply be safer online as a casual user, click the "+1" button and I'll be sure to include you.

Look forward to sharing some great content with you!

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How To Get The Most From The HelpfulAdvisor Blog

By now it's no secret that my blog, HelpfulAdvisor has been moved to Google+. And while anyone can read my blog posts, even if you don't have a Google+ account, there's some cool ways you can leverage my blog to your best benefit.

Read The Stream

All my public articles are available to anyone visiting my blog at http://www.helpfuladvisor.com. So, if you bookmark that URL, you can stop by anytime and read my public articles. I'll be covering topics ranging from how to better use email to improving your security while browsing the web and everything in-between.

Just know, however, that reading the public stream is only part of what you can have access to with my blog. I also post videos, how-to video playlists, and content just for specific topics that only Google+ users can see. More on that further in the article.

Search Topics That Interest You

While this has been a new habit for me to get into, I've started adding hashtags to all my articles and content shares. This means you can search the HelpfulAdvisor blog for articles that pertain to your interest. Since Google+ is also powered by the same search engine technology that powers your Google searches, you'll be able to find what interests you from the top of my Google+ page.

Here's how to do that:

1. Go to my blog at http://www.helpfuladvisor.com

2. At the top of the page, in the search box, type "HelpfulAdvisor AND your search term". You can replace "your search term" with whatever interests you. For example, email. If you typed in "HelpfulAdvisor AND email", my articles that are about email will appear in the search results.

3. Search for anything you like with "HelpfulAdvisor AND" before the topic you'd like to read about.

Special Content Just For Google+ Users

While it's not necessary for you to be a Google+ user to read my public content, I have several "circles" set up that pertain to specific topics that may interest you. What that means is that if you like articles that pertain to Gadgets or Productivity tips, you can send me a direct message via Google+ to request I add you to a circle that pertains to a certain topic.

All you have to do is create a post and make it specific only to +Helpfuladvisor, and it will come directly to me. Include the topics you'd like to be included in, and I'll add you to those specific circles.

What happens then is if you have me in your "Following" circle, you'll see my posts in that stream that pertain to those topics, along with my public posts. If you'd really like to just keep my articles separate, you can also create a dedicated circle on your end and add +Helpfuladvisor as the only person in that circle. Then, all my posts will be in one dedicated circle for you to read without any other posts in that circle's stream.

Here are the topics I'm currently writing for:

• Email tips and tricks: Ways to leverage email as a useful tool to save you time.
• Productivity: Useful hacks for increasing efficiency and saving time, giving you back more time out of your day.
• Getting Ahead: Self-help type articles that help you improve yourself your personal and business life.
• Microsoft: Articles and information specific to Microsoft products.
• Apple: Articles and information specific to Apple products.
• Google: Articles and information specific to Google products.
• Security: Ways to help you be more secure when on networks and the Internet.
• Blogging and Social Media: Tips and news that help you get the most out of blogging and interacting on social media.
• Useful Gadgets: Articles, news, and how-to get the most out of cool gadgets you may or may not have heard about.
• Mobile: News, tips, and tricks that pertain to mobile devices. Android, iPhone, even Blackberry are covered here.
• Laptop and Desktop: News, tips, and tricks that pertain to laptop and desktop computers. Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook are covered here.
• Fun Stuff: Tech humor, interesting tidbits, and silly stuff all around.

I may add more topics as time goes on, to which you can be added to any new topics I add as I'll announce when a new topic gets created via a blog post. In the meantime, you can request to be added to any of the above specific topics for exclusive access to content meant for just those Google+ circle members.

My Social Media Portal

I'm active on various social media services, including Twitter and Facebook. And while, I make Google+ my hub of online activity, I do share content on the other social media outlets that is exclusive to each platform.

The best way to see what I'm up to across the spectrum of social media outlets, is to visit my RebelMouse portal page. You can see it here: http://www.rebelmouse.com/helpfuladvisor. From there, you can see all my content being shared across all my social media accounts.

It's All About Keeping In Touch

As you can see, there's a variety of ways in which you can use this blog to your best benefit. And, whichever your method of choice for keeping up with HelpfulAdvisor, whether it's via web, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or even LinkedIn, I'm in all those places, too.

Therefore, just because my blog is on Google+, you're not limited to only being able to consume content from the blog via Google+. Personally, I think that's pretty cool in that I can leverage my favorite social and interaction platform to bring you the content you're interested in via your social media platform of choice.

I hope you'll keep in touch, feel free to comment on my articles, and even message me directly via Google+, or even send me an email (visible in my blog profile) and give me some feedback or even some article topic ideas.

Thanks for reading!
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How I Use Google+

As Google+ is my newly adopted platform for blogging, and has been my longtime favorite social media platform for overall interaction, I wanted to share with you the ways in which I use Google+.

Perhaps you're new to Google+, or maybe you're a longtime user, or maybe you hadn't really thought about using Google+ just yet. Whichever of these might describe you, I'm hoping that if I share with you the ways in which I use Google+, maybe you'll be inspired to use Google+ more often. Or if you already do, maybe you can increase your productivity and efficiency when using this amazing social platform.

As A Blogging Platform

I use Google+ as my blog because of the simplicity of being able to write and share thoughts and opinions, and most of all, sharing helpful articles with anyone who'd like to read them.

It's really increased my joy of blogging again, as I can now just focus on writing, and don't have to spend any time at all fussing with all the minutiae that goes into keeping a self-hosted blog afloat.

You can read more about why I moved my blog to Google+ here: https://plus.google.com/107051557597547646791/posts/hNMU8nFhD88

A Content Curation Tool

There are many apps to which you can share content you come across when browsing the web. On your phone or tablet, you can hit a "Share…" option from your browser and a variety of places you can share that content to will show up.

Anything from an email, to your favorite social media app, to even your favorite note taking app (like OneNote) will appear in a list of options. I choose Google+ to share content with others because it attaches the page or article to the Google+ entry, along with a link, and allows me to share with the public, or any of my circles (groups of people), individuals, or several individuals without necessarily selecting an entire circle.

This means I can share content any way I choose. I can share it publicly, with a group via my circles, or with select individuals only. And most of all, it's secure. If I choose exactly who I want to share content with, no one else other than who I specify will see that content.

There is no other social media platform that gives me this kind of control on the fly, at the time I'm sharing it. Don't get me wrong, other social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter allow sharing of content, but Google+ has a great way of handling privacy and access controls to the content I'm sharing in an intuitive way.

A Messaging System

Because I can share content with the public, groups, or individuals, I can leverage Google+ in some pretty cool ways as a messaging system. I can share content, or even just text with individuals. I can either include one person or several individually to a message using Google+, and then something cool happens.

The people I shared that message with will get notified. If they have Gmail, my message will appear in their inbox, as well as in their Google+. They can "+1" my post, or reply to it, and when they do, all the people I included in the original post will be able to see any replies.

As well, users who are using Gmail can reply directly within the email, without having to go to Google+. It's fully integrated. Also, if I wanted to edit my post, or even my content share, I can edit it at any time, which makes this way better than an email thread.

So, whether I'm sharing or messaging my friends, family, or co-workers, this method becomes a more powerful way to carry on a conversation that is threaded (tied to the original topic).

The original post plus any comments are able to be viewed directly in Gmail, and can be edited at any time, making this way more powerful than email.

A Bookmarking Tool

For both my Google+ page and my personal Google+ account, I create an empty circle called "Bookmarks". When I find interesting content I want to consume later, or perhaps share with the public or my circles at a later time after I've had a chance to read it, I'll just "share" that content with my empty circle called "Bookmarks".

Then, later on, I can select the "Bookmarks" tab at the top of my Google+ stream, and all the items I've shared to my empty Bookmarks circle will be there. Then, I can browse the content I've placed in there and from there, process the content any way I want.

A Hub of Interactivity

I use Google+ to share content, communicate with the public, friends, family, co-workers, etc. Plus, when I share content with the public, I've set up Google+ to use select third party tools to be able to share my public content with my other social media accounts, automatically.

This means I can spread my blog posts, my content shares, anything I want, across different social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

And while my own content that I generate or share from Google+ will automatically get sent to my other accounts, I also share other content specific to those outlets directly with my followers and friends specific to each platform.

The thing is, though, that I spend a lot less time managing my social media because I set up an efficient method of centralizing my content through Google+. If you stick with me and check in often, I'll share with you in another article exactly how I do that.

And when it comes to being interactive, I also am a member of several Google+ communities, which is a lot like Facebook Groups, only better, in my opinion. I even started and manage a Google+ community centered around my passion for roadsters. You can find that here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105551018349367947025

Let's also not forget that Google Hangouts can also be managed from Google+, making face-to-face chats and visits with one to several people at one time totally possible.

A Tool For Many Purposes

Hopefully this article was able to show you the many uses of Google+ as not just a social media outlet, but as a fabric for accomplishing many things through a multi-faceted tool.

While the ways I use Google+ are by no means the only ways you can use it, I'm hoping this may inspire some imagination on how this great tool that also is tied very well to Google's search engine, can be used to your best benefit.

Do you use Google+ in some creative ways? If so, share with us in the comments how you use it, and maybe we can all learn something new together. Thanks for reading, I hope this helps!

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Wishing You And Your Loved Ones A Very Happy And Prosperous New Year!

May your 2015 be filled with love, joy, prosperity, and blessings each and every day!
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Just For Beginners: Installing Free And Effective Antivirus Software

Here's a great tip for those that don't consider themselves computer experts. Installing a good and effective anti-virus is essential, and something you should do right away if you haven't already.

Not being an "expert" is no reason to skip having a good anti-virus on your computer. Experts and non-experts alike can get virus and malware on their computers, so it's best to be prepared.

As such, here's a real easy way to get that done. Hope this helps!
Anyone running a Windows computer knows how important it is to have good anti-virus software--but you don't need to pay for good protection! If someone you know still doesn't have anti-virus software running, here's a quick guide you can send them to help them set it up.
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Pretty cool, and practical in that it skips the middleman by eliminating the "box" and goes from UI device straight to monitor.
 
AWESOME !! This Mouse-box has an entire PC inside it — All You Need Is A Monitor. Checkout the Hardware details: http://thn.li/p3fz

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Google Safety Tips Offers a Primer in Online Security

Google is offering some easy to understand tips on how to be safer online. With Google, they don't take up too much of your time with their tutorials, so it's definitely worth checking out this article from Lifehacker on how this can benefit you.

Like I keep saying, hackers are getting better at what they do all the time, so you should get better at how you protect yourself online, or else you could possibly be making things very easy for the wrong people.

Hope this helps! :-)
Google has offered tips for how to use its service for a while. A newly-added section now provides online security tips. This is useful if you want to check out your own account, or teach someone else the basics.
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Qik is a Fun Mobile Video Messaging App

Texting and instant messaging via SMS, MMS, Facebook, Whatsapp, or Viber are all the rage these days, as you can send text-based messages and even attach pics to quickly reach the person or groups of people you want to get word to very quickly.

Well, Skype (now owned by Microsoft) aims to help you up your messaging game by merging society's fascination with selfies with the speed and ease of instant messaging, by bringing us Qik video messaging.

Qik is a very simple and easy to use mobile app, and works on iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. It enables users to take quick videos of themselves or anything around them and send them to your contacts. What makes this possible to do over your cellular data connection or wi-fi is that the videos are very short in duration, about 42 seconds per video, and they self-delete after two weeks.

That makes this app extremely easy to use, and it won't eat up all your storage space with videos.

It's a great concept that allows you to get a little more personal with your messages by showing yourself or something you're doing to share with others in your contacts. There's a service somewhat similar to this that's been around for several years, called Eyejot (www.eyejot.com).

The difference is that Eyejot's free option has ads. There's paid options to Eyejot that can make it a marketing tool as well, but with Qik, it's free, it's simple, and it's just for connecting with your peeps in your contact list for fun, not profit.

Give Qik a try and let me know how you like it. I'm having a blast with it myself, and I'm not much a selfie-guy, either.

Qik Video Messaging App | http://www.skype.com/en/qik/
Send video messages from your mobile to groups of friends with Skype Qik. Share your fun moments and delete them from everyone’s Qik timeline—or wait two weeks and they disappear.
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What 2014 Taught Us About Social Media

Over at ReadWrite, there's a great article that helps encapsulate what we've collectively learned in 2014 about the state of social media. If one thing could be said about 2014, it would be that people are looking for a viable social alternative to Facebook.

You Are The Product

From its inception, Facebook has always seemed to treat privacy as an afterthought. And while the article does more than lightly touch on the data mining that takes place on Facebook, and how rampant it is to the point where the users are the "product", I would contend that all free social media services do this.

What's meant by making the users the "product" is that the activities, comments, likes, and any other interaction are monitored and stored and compiled as data that is sold to advertisers. This means that you as a person are the product that Facebook and other social media outlets leverage in exchange for revenue from advertisers to keep the virtual and physical lights on at the respective offices of your social media outlet of choice.

Again, it's not just Facebook that does this, all of the social media outlets are guilty of this to one extent or another. Even my beloved Google+ is not exempt. However, there is a difference here. On Google+, there are no ads in your stream. There aren't even ads in the sidebar. Google's data gets used for search results and the resultant advertising that takes place on your search sessions.

Does that make Google+ less evil than Facebook? I tend to think so, but you may feel differently, and that's ok.

Looking For A Viable Alternative

The thing is, in 2014, a lot of Facebook's practices in particular, came to a head. And as a result, people are deserting Facebook, and searching for alternatives. Ello is an example cited in the article as an "anti-Facebook" alternative. The problem is, it lacks legs and may not even get out of beta.

Ello's got some funding, but if it aims to take on Facebook, and professes to not shove ads down your throat via your news feed, it WILL have to find a revenue model somehow. Especially if investors are throwing money at Ello to help get it off the ground.

And while this isn't meant to be an advertisement for Google+, my feelings about this as a social media prescription to all the negative aspects that plague Facebook, for me, make it a true viable alternative.

If you were to make a checklist of the things that Facebook falls down on, I would say Google+ fixes it handily.

• Facebook ads plaguing the newsfeed/stream: Google+ doesn't serve ads anywhere on the Google+ site.

• Facebook's lack of privacy leaking content, comments, and activities to other users unintentionally: Google+ builds in privacy controls as part of the posting process, and doesn't leak content across designated "circles" of contacts and users.

• Facebook changes privacy policies and settings at-will, with no notice, arbitrarily changing settings to a less secure setting without users' knowledge: Google+ users' privacy settings remain in place, and when changes to policy are made, it's up to the user to change settings. Any new settings introduced are automatically defaulted to the most secure setting, leaving it up to the user to make a change to a setting.

Does Social Media Utopia Exist?

All in all, I wanted to share this article with you because I too have had just about enough with Facebook. It was a great idea in that I can use it to keep in touch with people I know, but the problem is that people I don't know can find out an awful lot about me even if I didn't want them to.

Google+ is a great alternative, and while I do wish more of my friends and family would use it, if they don't, that's ok. Despite ill-informed articles to the contrary, Google+ is a thriving community, and I can still share what I like with my friends and family via Google+ along with people I don't really know yet.

Whether or not they pay attention to it because it's not Facebook is up to them. But, for me, Google+ is a great way to safely and securely keep in touch with those I know, and to safely and securely make new contacts and friendships with people I don't know yet by way of coming together over common interests.

The bottom line is, 2014 taught us a lot about what doesn't work when it comes to social media. For me, my 2015 will be even brighter as I embrace the use of Google+ even more than I did in 2014.

I hope your 2015 finds you in a more secure and privacy-driven environment when it comes to your social media, regardless of which platform you choose, as that should be a top priority of any of the services we use.

ReadWrite: 5 Big Trends That Shaped Social Media in 2014 | http://bit.ly/1BpmQ4V

Ello Social Media Beta | https://ello.co/beta-public-profiles

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Four Cool Ways To Get The Most From Your Chromecast Device

I'm a Chromecast owner, and love the ability to be able to spontaneously stream to my television, but I didn't even know you could do these things with it. Very cool!
Google's Chromecast is a great way to stream anything in your living room, but mastering its intricacies can really make it shine. There are some hidden Chromecast capabilities many people don't know exist, and here are some of the best ones.
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Hi and welcome to my blog! Yup, I said blog. I'm using Google+ exclusively as my blogging platform, and I'm loving the simplicity and ease at which I can focus on writing. 

My name is Jay Medina, and I’m a lifelong technology professional.  I’ve been in the IT world for all of my adult life, and I’m absolutely in love with what I do.  I’m also passionate about technology and addicted to it at the same time.

I’m hoping that perhaps my passion for technology and my lifelong learning can translate into something helpful and useful for you, my dear reader.  This blog is kind of my way of giving back, but it’s also a sort of a message in a bottle.  In other words, I’m glad to impart knowledge, ideas, and even opinions, the question is, is anyone actually reading it?

My new blog is both an outlet and an experiment to find out if anyone is out there.  In fact, to add a little spice to things, I’m going to make it even harder on myself by ignoring all the rules, complications, tweaks, and tricks that are supposed to take place when trying to get a blog noticed.

Yeah, it’s called SEO and I plan to ignore all the rules regarding it - hence my move to Google+.  Instead, I prefer to focus on my writing, and to helping you, should you be one who reads my blog.  I’m not going to employ any tricks or tactics to get people to find me on the web.  My feeling is that if my content is good, entertaining, helpful, and solid, people will find me somehow.

So, as I’m not deliberately trying to get people to my site, that doesn’t mean I don’t want anyone to actually read my blog.  In fact, the opposite is true.  I plan to write from the heart, about topics that are somewhat technical, but helpful to the average reader, across varying skill levels.  From the complete novice to the seasoned expert.

Hopefully there’s something for everybody here, and if there is, that is how my readership will grow.  I’m counting on someone just like you to let others know about this blog.

So now, in an effort to be completely open and up front, let’s talk about links and products and recommendations.  This blog is not a fake marketing piece for some company or entrepreneur posing as some guy who just wants to write.  Well, the some guy who just wants to write part is true, but the fake marketing thing just isn’t the focus of this blog.

With that said, there may be instances where I’ll recommend a product, will mention a product, or even suggest that you have a look at a product yourself and see if it meets your needs.  If I do that, there may be some products that are free, and some that you pay for.  Some times, I may have an affiliation with that organization and some times I may not.

For the times that I do have an affiliation with the company or product I’m writing about, I’ll be sure to place a link to that product with the words “My Affiliate Link Is Here:” for you to see clearly.  The reason I do that is because if you do click an affiliate link of mine, I’ll get some sort of compensation from that company or person with whom I’m affiliated.

See, I told you, I’m breaking all the rules here by not hiding my affiliations.  The reason I’m doing that is because even if I have an affiliation with that company, I don’t want to hide that because if I am recommending something or making you aware of it, I may or may not have used that product.  So, I want you to decide for yourself if it is worth it to you to click a link and investigate for yourself.

My recommendation or mentioning of a product is not driven by the few cents I would make on a commission if the product is actually purchased, it’s recommended by whether or not that product, whatever it is, would actually be useful to you in some way.

It has to have context, it has to have meaning, it has to solve a problem and it has to be useful.  It can’t be and won’t be some random product that has nothing to do with the discussion taking place on this blog.

Well, as I’ve said before, usually this is the least read page of any blog.  Hopefully you’ve taken the time to read it, so that you can get to know me a little better, and I can perhaps inspire you to look around, read some postings, and engage in some discussion.

Thank you for taking the time to read, and if my message in a bottle has been received, let others know, engage in discussion, and most of all, just say hi.

Best regards,

-Jay