Blog Your Blessing : Lush Green Land

two pink flowers like bells
May flowers always line your path
and sunshine light your day.

May songbirds serenade you
every step along the way.

May a rainbow run beside you
in a sky that's always blue.

And may happiness fill your heart
each day your whole life through.

~Irish Blessing~

We saw these two flowers on our trip. I do not know the name. If you know, please leave me a comment. We saw many flowers we had never seen before. It was a lush green land we visited.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

Head on at 125 mph = 10+ Grenades

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energy expended in 125 mph head on collission2 cars meeting in head on collision at 125 mpg
6,968,000 joules

Wordless Wednesday : Crimson Clover

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This wildflower is actually clover. Crimson Clover.

Can You See the Fuzzy Heads in This Picture?
The clover looks like caterpillars before they turn red.

Wordless Wednesday

Building a Blogging Community

Over at SlogBite, there is an article about the 13 Rules of Blogger Etiquette. I think these items of netiquette should be adopted by all who want to be part of the blogging community. They should be taught to new bloggers, along with the best way to remove the NAV bar from Blogger.

Now, dropping your EntreCard is not conducive to exploring blogs and commenting on posts. I think memes are better, because you come to the blog to read the meme post. However, with the advent of Mr. Linky, sidebar busting blogrolls, most people are not visiting, from blog to blog, in a way that builds community.

Join Click and Comment Monday in the post below if you wish to build community.

WordPress Angels Rescued Me

I spent all day Saturday backing up my files for my WordPress blog on so that I could upgrade to the latest WordPress and get rid of some malicious code that had found its way into my template files.

Then I spent all day Sunday downloading and scanning all the content, themes and "stuff"--there is a lot of "stuff" with WordPress. Then I installed the new WordPress and uploaded my clean content and TA-DA . . . no blog.

I was just about out of my mind (what I have left of it) and was really discouraged and ready to delete the darn blog and restart it on blogger. I think if I could have transferred all the posts back to blogger, I would have done it.

Alas, that was not do-able, so I went begging for help on the WordPress forum on the CMF-Ads forum. Now, Lindi from Let's Talk WordPress had already told me how to upgrade and answered a lot of questions before I started upgrading.

However, the real HERO in this story is Jenny from Fabulously Jinxed. She went on my site and found the problem within minutes--MINUTES! This was at 10 PM on Mother's Day after she had worked all day.

I am humbled by the help that came my way on Mother's Day. God bless both these bloggers with their helpful hearts and technical knowledge.

CSC: Coming soon to a cell phone near you

Common Short Code (CSC)

Short code marketing uses text and multimedia messages sent through a common short code (CSC) of 5 or 6 digits. Short code marketing made a big splash when CSC user 62262 (Obama) sent a message about his vice-presidential choice last August. Nielsen estimates that this text message was received by 2.9 million mobile phone users over the last weekend in August of 2008.

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According to Nielsen:
. . . 57 percent of all mobile subscribers ages 13 and older use text messaging on a regular basis. Text messaging has become so popular, in fact, that U.S. mobile subscribers now send and receive more text messages in a month than they make phone calls.
According to the Common Short Code Association (CSCA):
Telenor, a European wireless carrier, generated $85 million in revenue from CSCs in less than a year after their introduction.
Short Code Marketing

Is it worth the price to sign up for a Common Short Code (CSC)? What type of cell phone users would the CSCs reach? How to begin sending CSCs?

The revenue opportunities for CSCs are in marketing, advertising, entertainment and commerce. See The Market for Common Short Codes on the Common Short Code Administration (CSCA) website.

Registering and leasing a CSC costs $1,000 per month for a vanity CSC (Obama) and $500 per month for each random CSC. The fees are due up front and are non refundable. Then, you must go through providers of content, applications or wireless services--or connection aggregators-- to use your CSC. It can be an expensive proposition.

Content providers are well-known media outlets. Application providers develop and host mobile messaging software. The CSC must be set up and tested to route from a wireless network to the application. Message routing is done through a connectivity aggregator or to the application provider directly. Connection aggregators have authorized connections to multiple wireless networks.

A complete marketing solution incorporates domestic acceptance of CSC, a premium billing capability and valuable content. I would expect that networks of marketers will form to share cost and revenue.

Marketers must comply with guidelines written by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA).

According to the MMA:
Current internet marketing and privacy standards do not adequately address the specific challenges faced by marketers when marketing through the mobile channel. Strong mobile industry privacy principles will protect the mobile channel from abuses by unethical marketers, and limit consumer backlash and additional regulatory scrutiny.

Blog Your Blessings : Mothers

Celtic Woman by Hastings

Happy Mother's Day

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

Is Your Blog Mobile Friendly?

In January 2009, 63.2 million people accessed the mobile Internet using their cell phones and handheld devices. Thirty-five percent of these people (22.4 million) reported they used the mobile Internet on a daily basis. This is more than double the size of the mobile Internet users (10.8 million) in January 2008.

Males, 18-34-years-old, account for half of mobile Internet users. Females in the same age group are beginning to use the mobile web; with 40 percent accessing the mobile Internet at least once in January 2009.

From comScore: Mobile Internet Becoming A Daily Activity For Many
Those who visited social networking sites or blogs grew even faster--up to 9.3 million from 1.8 million a year ago. The number of mobile subscribers accessing financial accounts and movie information roughly tripled to more than 3 million, while the number of users accessing business news and directories more than doubled to 2.4 million and 5.5 million, respectively.

Is your blog mobile friendly? If not, you may want to develop a mobile version of your blog. It is quick and easy at MoFuse. Below the steps are numbered and illustrated.

Figure 1
  1. visit the site:
  2. complete the short registration for blogs
  3. login for blogs

Figure 2

The first screen you see after login is shown above.
  1. enter your blog name
  2. decide on your .mobi URL and enter the name in the blank
  3. select a category for your blog
  4. type in a name for your RSS feed
  5. enter URL of blog feed -- the system will check to see if the feed is live
    -OR- skip this step for now
  6. check the boxes and click the Launch Your Mobile Site button

Figure 3

The next screen (above) has options for
  1. customizing the SMS widget
  2. downloading an automatic detect/redirect plug in (Word Press only)
  3. selecting a banner to publicize your new .mobi website.
    -OR- skip this step for now

Figure 4

Figure 4 above shows the screen on which you may customize your SMS widget colors to match your blog. The SMS widget is the best option for bookmarking your .mobi site. Generate, copy and paste the HTML code into your blog.

Add to Cell Phone

That is it! You are done! You may use a custom domain for your blog or opt to upgrade to a premium membership. However, if you want to be visible to over 60,000 mobile web users, get it up today!

Blog Your Blessings : Lakes

Stubblefield Lake, Sam Houston National Forest, TexasStubblefield Lake in Sam Houston National Forest

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.
It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder
measures the depth of his own nature.

~Henry David Thoreau~

Stubblefield Lake is an oxbow lake that was separated from Lake Conroe by the wanderings of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. It is quiet and peaceful, just as it is unexpected only miles away from the Stubblefield oil field.

The Blue Panther Experience is host for Blog Your Blessings Sunday. We are of all faiths, creeds and races, so everyone is welcome. Join us on any Sunday as we blog our blessings.

April's Top Entrecard Droppers

The blogs below continued to drop the Entrecard on this blog. I was traveling and unable to drop much at all. Through this post, these blogs each have a "do follow" link on this blog. Thank you!

The Pond - A mom of grown children who talks about everyday things such as quilting, books, movies, travel and owning a small business.

Ask Me Anything - Your chance to get exactly the blogs you want as I answer your questions or offer you support.

Anything Goes W/ Pahn - Anything Goes w/ Pahn is a personal website of Pahn to weblog his views, opinion and some story to the world wide web.

Online Social Networking - Thought-Provoking Outside-the-Box Articles on a Broad Range of Business and Social Strategies

Work-at-Home-Wealth - is your ultimate destination for free work at home resources, free affiliate resources, free affiliate marketing articles and reviews of top affiliate programs.

Rocket Scientist - I’m an engineer by accident. Since my field of choice tends to be science fiction and fantasy, I’m also interested in psychic power, dragons and faeries, magic, tarot, well, everything.

Trading Resource - Forex Trading and More Online Opportunities

Article Marketing Methods - Making Money Online Using Articles

My Opinion Counts - I have opinions about just about everything.

My Christian Diary - Before Christ I was into so many things that was a danger to my life, and GOD came and saved my life in more ways than one.