PS:153 – Saturday

I have to take a break. I need a break. I’m going to take one. Train to LA then SD, praying somewhere in there rest will come. I’m insanely tired. Leave tomorrow at 3:45AM to drop off a card at my parents, on the road by 4:30 at the absolute latest, then a quick drive to get the train and pray I can rest some on route to LA with maybe a kiddo sleeping on me.

Happy Father’s day tomorrow. Hope everyone has a good one!

PS:152 – Piggy Bank

I’m printing Lilly a piggy bank, it’s going to be orange and semi-transparent. I’m hoping it’ll turn out good, then fill it with only quarters since it won’t empty (no bottom that opens) I want to make a few that she can save up then I’m going to print a BIG pig for eating them all one day.

This weekend is fathers day, not sure how I feel about that. I’m stressed beyond stressed. I have no desire to do anything, I have great desire to just sleep. Something has got to give soon.

PS:151 – Back to School (Sort of!)

So I’ve gone back to school by taking an online course in basically marketing, SEO, community building, and possibly the gateway to a revenue stream that a few folks have told me I’d be good at which is: Teaching.

Apparently the world is all about digital learning, I mean I’m taking it! So if I’m cool enough why not everyone else?

If some of the numbers out there are real, then who knows, an extra $1000 or so may be in my monthly budget in the next 6 months.

The one thing I love about this teacher is she is very much a “Be Patient” pusher. See I’ve always known the web to be a slow rolling thing. Sure you hear about companies that are “overnight” success, but really are they? Even some names that come to mind they are in year 2 and unprofitable but very popular.

I want to grow a brand, TFH is a big thought to that same end, but even then it stretches out to too FlockHosting’s blog which is my only other blog – I’d love to make it into an option for some e-learning at a fair cost, really market my knowledge.

Like my last post, change is needed. If folks aren’t just lying to me and I’m kind of smart, then would folks pay a little something to learn what I know if it’s so valuable? I mean less and less are wanting to pay for it in the form of a paycheck, but hey maybe if I teach folks, I can get a little something back. Time will tell!

PS:149 – No Love.

We live in a world of the web being “free” and as a provider of internet type services sadly folks look at my skill set as something that should be free.

I suppose I should have called this “Some” Love vs. No Love, because there are those who are happy with services, but then there are those who just take the wind out of my sails and just dig in because in sadly 99.9% of the time error in their haste.

For instance short of his name and domain let’s talk about a recent customer, he pays $18 a year for hosting and $11 a year for the domain. Total he pays me $29 a year. Cheap. He’s been a customer since 2008, so eight years of business and I’ve made $232. Total tickets ever made: 13.

Now the old saying is you get what you pay for, right? Well with me, I go above and beyond. I’ve remote logged into this customer’s computer, I’ve set up everything that was broke, and it just worked. Now as he’s been trying to set up his iPhone (using the wrong password likely a CaPS issue) he’s sent me this email:

I am blocked from the server again… This is awful…
How can i change hosting companies and email accounts? I dont have time for this, it is an awful end user experience that id be happy to pass along unless i get some real fixing here.Please call me [redacted]
This is absurd!

Or the most recent

I DON’T HAVE EMAIL ONCE AGAIN… CALL ME!  I either want to change hosting companies so i don’t consistently have email trouble, or I really need your fixing this…

Now I’ve offered help, I’ve re-configured a desktop, the reason the desktop stops is his iPhone’s SMTP settings are wrong. Sadly since there is no remote login option, I have no way to login and fix it. Apple Genius bar folks told him “Your host sucks” and his “Webguy” said the same, which I think is likely the problem is the new webguy is wanting to say “Move to my hosting.”

I’ve done this for over 15 years. These guys are not new but doesn’t mean it doesn’t make a kick in the gut with recent events. One of my larger clients is “re-thinking” what he is doing in the web space, to the point that he let me know “I’ve researched other server options.”. That is what I do for him. Instead, he wants to bring me on in other capacities, which are not my strong suit, nor strong desire to do.

Ever feel like the nest is just uncomfortable? Lately, just every area of my life is wrong. I have ideas to jump into things, but no real drive/energy to do so, and no real support to make it all happen. I keep starting the day off with “Chin up! You can do this!” however honestly? By day’s end, I am drained, feeling defeated and wanting to just throw up my hands and say “Done.” I then see this little girl who relies on me for much and know I must push forward.

I have to change things up in some regards. Cut the fat, make some changes. Something needs to change because I can’t survive with the feeling that every area of my life sucks.

PS:148 – Staying Positive

Nothing like waking up to a bit of news which may be bad, just seems like lately the pile of bad outweighs the good – so vs. talking about it, let’s do some positive re-cap from the Instagram photos I posted last night:

By far one of my biggest prints, nearly broke the extruder assembly as I forgot to adjust the limits as I added a surface to the bed, so everything, when leveled, is off a bit, but it survived and came out nicely!

3D Printing has been great; it’s one of the few things lately, I feel like I’ve got nearly working. A few folks have asked about the cost of prints, and I have a few colors of filament I want to get, but going to move slowly on things until folks confirm what they want.

TechFriendly.help is live, mainly just the “what we are doing” setup, I still need to build out a form that lets me accept questions, and to get the facebook page updated and online so folks can ask questions from social media – I hope this site takes off, I love talking tech!

I’m going to wrap up because I’m at the 2 o’clock hour and this day is quickly running out of hours. More stuff soon – check Instagram for more 3D printed goodies.