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David Pancost
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Anybody got an idea why my site isn't accepting any changes in my style.css file.  Currently I'm running the site locally on my Mac using Mamp.  I just have the raw template files with no css at all (just the comments at the top to make the theme work).  When I try to apply some css nothing shows up.  I even tried something simple like p{ color:red;} but no changes at all.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks.
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OK.  Now I feel really stupid.  I forgot to include the link to the stylesheet in my header.php file.  Problem fixed.  Nothing bruised except my ego. :-)  Thanks +Jose Carlos for your response. 
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Hi, 

I'm new here and have been hanging around for a little bit.  I like the place and hope to learn lots and eventually share some of my experiences down the road.  

I've got some questions for you all.  

I've been reading about freelance blogging and am drawn to it, but I'm also somewhat skeptical about the claims I read.  Is it really possible to make $100 per post?  How may here are actually doing that?  How long are those posts and how are you finding clients that will pay that?  

I've been to several blogs lately that used to pay for posts but they are not any more?  How has the downturn in the economy affected your ability to make money freelance blogging?

Anybody feel like jumping in with some thoughts?
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Hi David, these are excellent questions!

- Yes, it really is possible to make $100 per post. I just got a new contract yesterday to write 800-word posts for $300 apiece.
- How many bloggers here are making hundreds per post, I don't know. We'll have to wait and see what others say. 
- For me, a $100 post is typically between 250 and 500 words.
- I get most of my clients through word-of-mouth, but I also pick up high-paying gigs through a couple of websites like PeoplePerHour.com and ProBlogger.net. 
- Some blogs have stopped paying for posts, others have recently started paying as they realise that better content is more effective. Many blogs that pay for posts simply don't mention money until you query them.
- The economy has had little to no effect on my business. I lost one big client back in April 2012 after Google's search updates knocked them into obscurity ovenight, but I've had as much work as ever and at somewhat better rates than last year...

Hope this helps. :)
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One of the Most Absurd Statements I've Heard in Years.

From the Hill: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/293601-rep-stockman-if-babies-had-guns-they-wouldnt-be-aborted.

Absolutely amazing...and completely disgusting.  The more I watch politicians the more I believe that in order to be successful in politics you must first submit to a frontal lobotomy.  

This is nothing more than an attempt to build a sound bite for self-promotion. That’s what disgusts me.

Look, I don’t personally like abortion and I’m not a fan of bad guys having guns. But I embrace enough realism to know that human nature is not controllable by law.  Did no one learn anything from the Prohibition Era? 

Illegal abortions have occurred well before Roe vs. Wade and did untold damage to women.  And guns?  My dad used to say “Locks only keep the honest people out.”  Gun laws only keep the honest people vulnerable.  Bad guys don’t care about gun laws.  They will always find a way.  

Stockman is counting on the controversy to keep him in the public eye in his bid for re-election.  I get that it’s part of a marketing campaign, but come on.  Babies and guns?  Baby’s owning guns?  Why do we keep putting up with sound bites that are simply absurd?  Why do we put up with sound bites at all?  Aren’t you getting tired of issues being reduced to moronic bumper sticker cuteness?  What happened to actually discussing the issues in a civil manner?  Is that even possible anymore? 

 I’m tired of politicians who incessantly spit out simplistic answers to questions that need to be explored with intelligence and patience.  I’m tired of the internet trolls who only wish to antagonize and can’t think past their own stupid sound bites.  I keep wondering when we’ll grow up and start thinking before we speak.  

But that’s just my opinion.  What’s yours?  I’d like to hear.  
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+David Pancost I think we need more conversations that are layered and nuanced. I don't mind seeing glossy photos with catchy phrases...well I do get tired of them just a bit. But some of them are fun, pretty, funny, etc. What really irks me (and it happens on both sides) when a couple of ideologues enter a discussion and start personal digs, using borderline foul language against anyone they perceive as an opponent. And two or more gang up on these said opponents and they ruin what could've been a valuable discussion.
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Back yard visitors this morning.
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Wow, I wish I had a backyard like this.  We attract small wildlife in our back yard and our cats and we just enjoy watching them tremendously. Of course, we have different reasons.   I guess I'm a libertarian in this regard David; too live and let live is a wonderful way to live.  I think we have different political philosophies, but I think we like many of the same things.  I love writing and sharing and I love the great outdoors.  I love my  iMac too.  My wife is an educator in one of the top public schools in the nation and one of the very top in Minnesota.   They are doing so much right, stimulating critical thinking, and giving the children excellent teachers and resources.  Also, the parents are very, very involved.  They help raise tens of thousands of dollars each year for the school library. Cooperation and working together for the good of the children is one of their most important themes.   G+ is my social home too.  What I enjoy so much is friendship, interesting and intelligent people, and a sense of community.   Thank you for adding me to your circles.  I have added you back.  I am far behind on doing this as you know, but get to it eventually. Hope every morning is like the one you show us today. +David Pancost 
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Great idea for thinning the gene pool. Love it. Now where's that damned asteroid. (Keep coming up with them +Andy Ihnatko - funny stuff) :-)
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Over on Twitter, I have learned how we can eliminate the most useless part of the human population. It's a reverse-Golgafrincham "D" Ark scam:

Step 1: Wait for some sort of planetary crisis that requires rapid evacuation of the entire planet;

Step 2: Issue the evacuation order and instructions via the Internet, but insert an absolutely trivial error into the text that in no way obscures or effects the message itself;

Step 3: Evacuate the useful majority of the planet while the rest waste time at their keyboards, angrily pointing out the mistake and demanding a full acknowledgement of this shameful and inexcusable carelessness.

Step 4: Enjoy a complementary beverage in the starliner, smiling at the thought that everyone who ever griefed you online will slowly axphyxiate after the asteroid hits Earth. It's all going to be OK; yes, many of the people on the escape ships know that a tomato is classified as a fruit, not a vegetable, but no surviving human is willing to make an issue out of it.

This brilliant idea came to me when I retweeted a local weather warning from a respected local meteorologist. Respondent 1 questioned the meteorologist's use of National Hurricane Center data and Respondent 2 incorrectly criticized him for using "overnight" as a verb. It's a brilliant scheme and I confess that I felt like Dr. Who when I came up with it.

Incidentally, this post contains several intentional errors:

1) "Useless" is a superlative; nothing can be "most useless."

2) In "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," it's the Golgafrincham "B" ark that contains the useless part of the Golgafrincham society, not the "D" Ark.

3) Though "effect" can be used as a noun or a verb, in "Step 2" the correct word is "affect."

4) It's always "Doctor Who" or "The Doctor." Never "Dr."

If you already leaped to post a response pointing out any of these errors...enjoy the apocalypse. :)
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This is an amazing video. Though, I don't have any children, I'm definitely in agreement with what is spoken here.  Our educational system is fundamentally broken.  It is in serious need of change.  Politicians won't do it.  Only parents can.  Listen to this and learn...
 
This 5 minute video is a MUST watch

I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate||Spoken Word
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+David Pancost I think we agree on more than we disagree on. The way "standards" are define now is not my idea of standards. One of my daughters chooses to attend public high school and she's an honor student. I homeschool the other. When I was in HS honor roll was 90 and above. In her HS, one of the best in Brooklyn, honor roll is 80 and above. A lowering of standards. In addition to that, all they do is teach for the city-wide testing. Well, not all, but a significant percentage of classroom time is devoted to drilling for the tests. The science "homework" she's getting is ALL the type of questions that will be on the NYS regents exam. Math as well is devoted to passing the regents exam. I'm all for studying for exams and I recall an age old tradition of cramming for exams...but I don't recall teachers teaching test prep a good 30-40% of class time. Meanwhile, a goodly portion of the kids can't read. My daughter is artistic and has an imagination. She made this huge and hilariously funny sign directed toward me and my husband with skulls on it. It said something akin to "Stay Out! Danger! Enter At Your Own Risk! Many Who Entered Perished!" Twice, kids from her school (HS, one of the supposed best in the borough) who came over could not read the sign. This is so sad. For me standards are reading, writing, history (without history we're not connected to those humans who came before us and aren't exposed to the lessons they can pass on), basic math. I don't care about algebra (except for kids going into math and the sciences...and there should be more of those), but I think kids should know about budgeting, balancing a check book, basic economics, earth science, and some good old fashioned PE. They need to work their bodies, exercise, engage in some sports where there are winners and losers...like in life.
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+J.C. Kendall shared these thoughts and they should be considered.  They are so true.
 
A moment?

I've been thinking about Kevin Ware, laying up in a hospital bed tonight, wondering about his future, and the thoughts going through my mind informed me about a few things I want to share with you. 

You might think that you have lots of years left on this earth, lots of opportunities, options galore, but the truth is, you just dont know. 

You might think that waiting one more year for that dream vacation you've been wanting to share with your family is a prudent economic decision. 

You might think that what went on in Cypress cant happen in the western world, that when it comes down to it, politicians will choose you over the banks that fund their campaigns. 

You might think that the person you neglect, ignore, and say harsh things to, will keep on forgiving you and remain patiently by your side. 

You might think there is some kind of honor in working like a madman to make someone else rich while you can barely pay your bills. 

You might think that crazy idea you have is just the product of a wandering mind, and has no chance of success. 

What I am trying to say, is that today is all you know that you have. You have no idea about tomorrow, and what it might bring.

You may think you have it all figured out, when in fact, tomorrow might screw up your entire life's plan.

My advice, whether you want it or not, is to love those you love, like tomorrow is not promised to you, because it aint.

Take that trip, buy that house, marry that woman/man, get that degree, start that business, have that baby, buy that puppy, learn to do that thing you always dreamed of, and whatever you do, love your people like you might never see them again.

Make it happen, because in reality, nobody is stopping you, but you. 

Just go for it. 

Thanks for reading. 
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Thanks, +Lolly Daskal for sharing this. It's an awesome quote. Certainly one that we all need to keep uppermost in our minds. Steve was obviously a man that lead from within -- from his heart. A true inspiration.
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Wow! Now this is a quote that will hit you:
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." - Steve Jobs
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Thank you Steve for being the inspiration you were. Thank you for sharing your genius with the rest of the world. May you rest in peace.
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Ya know sometimes it doesn't pay to be a super hero. :-)
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Progress is made one intentional step at a time. Be patient and persistent.
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Hi, my name is David Pancost and I’m a freelance writer.  I hope that didn’t sound too much like an AA introduction, though writing can be addictive.

I discovered writing late in life after many work experiences.  I’ve been an associate pastor, a music director, a maintenance person, a customer service representative, a computer programmer and web developer.  Most of these jobs were okay. Some were even enjoyable, but none of them ever really satisfied.  

For me, writing scratches the itch. The power of words to persuade, lead, entertain and communicate constantly amazes me.  I am grateful, and excited to be able use mine to help others communicate there value to the world.

I've been screwing around with computers since my mid-twenties.  Love 'em -- especially my iMac. 

I'm a science-fiction geek, especially when it comes to novels.  I'm also a mystery/thriller fan.

Passionate about America and her history.  I'm a libertarian in my politics, believing in very small Federal government.  

I haven't been on G+ for a while, but I'm back now and have decided to make this my permanent social media home.  I don't do too much social media because of time constraints but I really like G+.  So it looks like I'm here to stay. 


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