Disclaimer: None of this writing is intended to be a judgment toward you or any of my readers… especially you extreme lovers of Facebook. :) These are merely thoughts and self-reflections I’ve had that I’ve decided to share openly. If they get you thinking and reflecting as well, even better.  This writing came, not out of a need to explain myself, but merely out of a desire to express myself. Feel free to come along for the ride.

What would you do without your Facebook account for one day (assuming you currently have one)?

What would you do without your Facebook account for one week?

For a month? A year?

ForEVER?!!

Okay, now I’m just being dramatic. But what are the feelings you just had in your gut just thinking about life without access to Facebook?

Ten months ago to the day, I deactivated my Facebook account and deleted the app off my iPhone. Yes, “deactivating” is technically still having an account, but the point is I stopped using it cold turkey. Click Here to Read More →

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In this episode of Building a Website Pro, we get to the core of WordPress plugins. With over 27,000+ plugins in the WordPress.org database alone (and growing), it’s easy to get lost in analysis paralysis in terms of what to actually install in your WordPress website. I cut through the clutter answering (hopefully most) of your burning plugin questions as well as share the essential plugins I recommend (and even a few “non-essential” ones I really appreciate).

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In this episode of Building a Website Pro, we bond with WordPress themes. We discuss free themes, my choices for best WordPress theme companies, and how to install themes. Plus, we look at some helpful recommendations for images on your website.

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This will be a short post, but I really wanted to share this with you.

Have you heard the tale of the old man, boy and donkey? This passage / quote comes from Michael Port’s excellent Book Yourself Solid.

An old man, a boy and a donkey were going to town. The boy rode on the donkey and the old man walked. As they went along they passed some people who remarked it was a shame the old man was walking and the boy was riding. The man and boy thought maybe the critics were right, so they changed positions.

Later, they passed some people that remarked: “What a shame, he makes that little boy walk.” They then decided they both would walk!

Soon they passed some more people who thought they were stupid to walk when they had a decent donkey to ride. So, they both rode the donkey.

Now they passed some people that shamed them by saying how awful to put such a load on a poor donkey. The boy and man said they were probably right, so they decided to carry the donkey. As they crossed the bridge, they lost their grip on the animal and he fell into the river and drowned.

The moral of the story? In Marketing, if you try to please everyone, you might as well… Kiss your ass good-bye.

Hope you enjoyed this as I have.

Michael

 

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In this episode of Building a Website Pro, I share with you my Top 5 Tips for WordPress Themes: What I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me About Themes When I Started Learning WordPress.

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How to Make an Eportfolio Website and Actually GET NOTICED by Job Employers

August 31, 2013
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Take Your Resume, Light a Match, and BURN IT Now, while your resume is turning to ash, do yourself a favor. Give yourself an advantage over 99% (making that up, but it’s high) of your career competition. Make an eportfolio. (Also known as an “electronic portfolio,” or “online portfolio”) Nobody Cares About Your Black and White […]

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BAWP 005: Must-Know Settings for a New WordPress Installation

August 30, 2013

Podcast Episode Overview In this episode of Building a Website Pro, I share with you the must-know settings for a new WordPress installation. Where are they, which ones you should focus on, and what I suggest for setting them up. More specifically, in this session you’ll find out about:

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What Being on the Show “How I Met Your Mother” Taught Me About Web Design

August 23, 2013

Pictured from left to right: Allison Hannigan, ME! (Michael Szapkiw), Neil Patrick Harris, Jason Segel, my lovely wife (Amanda), Cobie Smulders, and Josh Radnor. The Story Kids, I’m excited to tell you the story of how I met, “How I Met Your Mother” actors and actresses, directors and crew from the show. It’s true. My […]

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BAWP 004: WordPress Login and WordPress Dashboard Overview

August 23, 2013
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Podcast Episode Overview In this episode of the Building a Website Pro podcast, we continue our journey together in building a website by discussing how to log in to your WordPress website. I also give a thorough overview of all the tabs and buttons in the WordPress administration area and the WordPress dashboard. This is […]

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BAWP 003: The What, Why and How of a WordPress Website

August 16, 2013
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Podcast Episode Overview In this episode of the Building a Website Pro podcast, we continue our journey together in building a website starting with the basics. I introduce to you the online blogging software, website software, content management system, and any of the other terms used for it, WordPress. I discuss the what, why and […]

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