PS:307 – The PS Project

While the idea was to PS (Post Something) for 365 days in a row, I obviously failed. Some might be able to balance all of life, six companies, 2.5yr old, bills, cooking, driving, trips, etc. – Sadly in that wild-life timeline, Posting to a blog didn’t fit in the top priority listing. Which has given me pause to writing as a side job, maybe it isn’t the right time.

I need a lot more scheduling and planning if I hope to launch a site in which the primary content is my writing. Long ago with HappyPalm and others, it was easy, I was passionate about what came on my phone, what news was a trend, it was in my face, and my responsibilities were fewer.

I want to get to the point where I can write, where I can do what I’m doing right now – typing, getting my thoughts out there, or the steady improvement of recording a vLog style video to produce and handle monthly for customers, but maybe find a way to do it nightly. I need a stronger schedule. Soon.

Taxes are coming. I am dreading them on the one hand, however this next week I’m going to sit down, crunch the numbers, get it all lined up so all I need to do? Plugin numbers, add all of it into Turbo Tax, see the good or the bad, get it sorted out and got it done. I don’t want to dread till the 18th; I need to find an accountant, likely need to re-structure how I do business – anyone knows anyone trustworthy and reliable?

Work has been a tad nuts, really working to get things ironed out smoother and smoother, just been one of those things where just when you think it’s going to get easier? Monkeywrench. Last week got one of those, and this week still sadly sitting waiting on one contract I have to pay out 3, going on four invoices – all of which I had hoped would be in the bank already, one is 60 days overdue today. Oi. Not the first time a customer’s done that – again I need to find a better way to handle these sorts of things.

I want to get back into the swing of the PS project; I want to get back into the swing of trying to write something every-day. I have pondered the start of the day and the end of the day, at the moment? Leaning towards the start, but imagining it’ll stick to the end. For now? Wrapping it up.

PS:306 – I’m not old, I’m 37.

What a month. Heck what a year.

I’ve decided I really don’t want to do anything for my birthday. I’m tired. I’m achy. I’m just not in the “celebration” mood. Tomorrow will just be another day. Lots of work likely. I mean if I can wing it and not loose too many hours, I’d love to rest, no house work, no cooking, no major responsibilities, just zone out.

I already got my best gift yet:

Awesome right? Lilly got it for me, she and I have been at Target lately and we looked through LED lights for outside, and she remembered and told her mom that I needed the red one 🙂

Tired. About 2 hours of work (if not more!) then it’s time for bed.

PS:305 – Friday’s are good right?

One thing that never fails in the 15+ years I’ve been doing this whole “Web Hosting” game I’m in is Friday’s for me? Tend to be work days that make work-weekends.

Never fails as 5PM draws near, I get the pile of projects. As it stands this is my 1AM break which allows me to clear my head before I head into a big server data swap + server build + software debug for customers.

I need a break, and I know Tuesday is on my radar if I can wing it for a “break” not sure entirely what that will be, but it will be hopefully at the very least semi-relaxing. Why Tuesday? It’s the 28th.

Sometimes I forget I’m going to be 37. How time flies. My birthday the last 10 years or so has been something of reflection more than celebration, so who knows what Tuesday will bring. I may just drive up the hill and chill, or maybe a nap? Time will tell.

My break is done. Time to get back to it. sigh I miss being a kid with no responsibilities.

PS:304 – Really? That’s 2 months?

How is it that here we are with nearly 2 months out of the year already?! I wish it was something more exciting to show for it thus far but really, it’s another month of exhaustion, stress, and a 2.5 year old who believes everything is hers! (Okay okay.. it is! But don’t tell her!)

Got the last of the my tax forms I think, still find it funny that some companies do give me a 1099, others don’t. Varies on the companies, but since being a LLC I get fewer, that’s nice, but I’d like to have taxes done and sorted by mid-march, likely going to have to do quarterly starting this year possibly, don’t want to. But should.

If I trusted an accountant, I’d go that route, but I can’t say any other businesses in town that have given me great confidence in an accountant, but maybe it’s the year to look into it and maybe even find someone outside of town who’s familiar with my industry who can really help chisel out a better plan.

Just moved this site to a new server for blogging, this is going to be my private one for assorted blogging projects, so a few more to move over and start some serious dev on over the next 3 months as that’s my personally slated deadline as some of these I want to draw some passive income if possible!

I got my comment from my mystery commenter who I have a rough idea who it is, but let’s not call out a loyal reader 🙂 but exercise is in my plan for the next 3 months too! So much to do, so little time though! You try running after a small girl who thinks its funny to run down the halls at target screaming 🙂 (sorry if anyone of you hear that, she’s excited!)

For now, off to get some more things going! Night all!

PS:303 – Unmotivated.

I just can’t seem to get myself really “hungry” to work right now. It has been a fairly blah week. I find myself exhausted. Seems like I run a ragged week only to run a busy weekend, only to start another week running.

I’m honestly so unmotivated to work lately if it wasn’t for the fact that bills must be paid, mouths must be filled, I’d probably just be a lump on the couch. I’m tired, and honestly? A bit sad.

Life never said on day one “It’s going to be easy! Enjoy the ride!” no it simply said “Here’s a life. Live it.” and that’s what we do.

Being a business owner sucks. Honestly, there are parts I’d give up in a heartbeat. For one? Finances. There are times I wish that the money part like invoicing, hardware payments, etc. all simply was not part of my job, but I’m a solo act at the moment, and until some larger revenue streams come into place to support the addition of another employee – it’s on my shoulders.

Not easy. Hopefully, though this year will present some additional revenue streams, maybe find a good service to manage my finances – would be nice to have everything DONE and simply focus/worry about making things work. I’m good at that! I’m good at making sure folks websites are online, repaired, fixed, running smoothly – but even then that work I do, it’s sad when the customer decides when is a good time to pay.

I’m dealing lately with a few customers who have my finances taking a punch in the gut as I invest time in a project, the idea is I get paid when it’s done, and then the customer decides “Nope!” and even now I have 2 invoices of a decent size from projects which are over a week overdue. 🙁 That’s not a motivation to do more work.

Again, maybe it’s time to be a lump on a log. Or maybe I just need to get more sleep. Time will tell.

PS:302 – I want a 3D Printer. Part 2.

So as of late, I’ve really wanted to pick up a new 3D Printer kit. I just got a “kids” 3D printer in a new style called a “delta” and it’s pretty nice, a little delicate, but I love the flow of how it works.

So I found one on eBay, I played with making an offer and the seller agreed to shave off $9 from the asking price, not much but best he said he could do – it’s a kit and looks like it’d be fun.

Now I have a decently ranked 3D printer from Wanhao USA it has done great in the past but prior to moving to the new house it had nothing but issues, and sadly even after the move, it is still really hard to get sorted – I’ve tried all the tricks and tips, even a customer who deals with them said they can be a pain lol.

I recently though have been thinking about this idea I had to make it into a functional business for printing things for customers + printing out cosplay gear for some folks I know to be active cosplayer’s – but sadly without the larger printer, I can’t do the big stuff.

So it leaves the question, do I want to pursue it as a job and invest some funds? or do I simply want a fun hobby that I can just print more fun things for me? What to do….

PS:301 – Creating Something

While I call this “Post Something” I have lately had my drive to create things again, and while I don’t always lately do the creating, I have LOVED kickstarting things! Also, I have done some Patreon for some amazing YouTuber’s who’s content I enjoy.

So for me lately, it’s not just what I’ve created, it’s what I’m helping create, in turn, some of these things help (or will help) me create and fuel my creativity.

I recently got my Hero 101 3D Printer. It’s not great, nowhere near my MP Mini, but honestly for $49 3d printer, once dialed in I imagine it can help in production if needed. 🙂

Photography though has always been a love, and I need to find more time, and too with it exercise a bit more! To that end, one of the most recent is a steady cam for my smartphone! It still has 50 days to go, but it’s already 325% funded – that should be fun for chasing Lilly 🙂 and two other projects should help me with panoramas and 360 shots! There is one for a wearable VR Camera… it’s got my eye, but not my wallet, one to watch, already funded though.

This year I am going to make things happen, the drone will fly again! I will take the camera out, heck with this new fancy iPhone 7 Plus camera I should be able to get some good shots and who knows after taxes and maybe getting hired (fingers crossed) I may save up for a nice new DSLR and sell all my old gear and get something nice 🙂

For now, going to check on this server tune-up and see if I can’t get to sleep soon.

PS:300 – This is Sparta!

Okay so I had to do it, there was no option to not do it. 300 posts in, 65 to go and I’ll have posted a full year’s worth of posting. Now I know I set out to do a post a day, but as I read recently on a “Being a pro blogger” article it’s not about posting every day, it’s about posting on a schedule you can maintain.

I still plan to continue the idea of post something (PS) it’s been fun, it’s giving me a way to really post, but I want to continue to grow content. Even this a new tool I picked up it’s a great writing tool called Bear for OSX/iOS and I already pro’d up because it allows me to build out content which is easily access via the app on computers, tablets, and phone. Granted if I ever go back to Android full time I’d loose it, but for now? It works.

Has been a couple of busy days. Low on sleep, already have 10+ hours in this week for admin time, and it’s just barely Thursday. Have a server quote nearly ready to go, a little excited about it if it goes through, but I fear the customer who says:

I trust you, do whatever it takes to make my site shine!

Then the follow-up email after a quote that’s even $20 more than he was paying previously you get the response:

Won’t the original idea work? It was cheaper, and it’ll work, right?

Sadly sites that grow don’t always realize that you reach a level of popularity, you need more resources, you need to design better, plan better, you need to really work and invest into your site not just try to scrape by on the shared hosting platform you used. Move up to VPS, move up to Dedicated, move up to load balancing. If you have a site that needs jet fuel to run, don’t put in two cycle gas from your weed whacker. It’s not the same.

Going to take my quote to bed and chill out, for a bit. Till the next post.

PS:299 – Jumping.

Sometimes in life things get to a point where you’ll run yourself in circles trying to sort out a choice. Do I do this? Do I need that? Should I buy 2 or 3? Lately for me, I’ve decided just to jump.

I have been trying to take a risk or two in business, I have made them before, and they’ve failed horribly, but if I don’t work, if I don’t attempt to grow it then it’ll just continue to stale and die.

I tried this in 2016 some with a jump to try Weebly – however for my customers, and even potential customers, even FREE customers, no one wanted it. Folks just didn’t see it as a fit – and that’s okay! Weebly crew was excellent, always supportive, and gave me a break in shutting down, so I would not ever say “DON’T USE THEM!” in fact, if it’s a good fit for your hosting business, give em a go.

Tonight as I’m looking at options for how I want to meet up with some customers tomorrow digitally and looked at costs – started to ponder “What else can I do with this?” and yet the primary need I do have it meets, and affordably. So I snagged a year of Zoom. The software is affordable, offers the ability for me to work on a project with two guys tomorrow who can chime in via their iOS Devices, desktop, etc. we can see each other, talk to each other, and heck we don’t have to wear pants.

Beyond that, I can see using Zoom to help customers and maybe webinar style gatherings to work on some educational stuff I want to do for business later this year – but for now, it meets the need, no need to over-think-it, just JUMP and do it. I know I’ll use it, and it ‘ll save my customers the hassle of the free stuff and limitations it may have.

This year is a lot of jumping, In fact just jumped into the shower and a wild night of John’s Incredible Pizza is rinsed off (burning calories while earning tickets! Boo-yah!). It’s time to wrap up all of the random tidbits, and aiming for bed by 2 am (if not sooner).

PS:298 – Step Forward

So I decided to give things a go.  The issue I sometimes have is I tend to overthink a step, so I said: “Take one”.

My day has far from wound down, it’s nearly 2 AM, and I’m exhausted but I sat down and drafted 3 t-shirts from quotes and old friend used to say – from there I made a very BASIC advertising commitment on Facebook to see if I can actually create a response, and maybe, just maybe make a profit.

I have other options for making shirts, but since I’ve used the platform TeeSpring before I figured why not.

The shirts are located here at the Awesomely Hardcore Store: