Dear parents of Internet geeks

Hi. You probably don’t know me from a hole in the ground, but I might know one of your kids. See, I’m on the internet a lot. Like, all day a lot. Oh no, I’m not a creepy horrible addicted junkie, I SWEAR!

Wait! Come back!

Erm, let me explain this better… I work on the Internet. Yes, it’s legit. Yes, it’s FINE! Okay, one last try – I help build people build websites on the Internet.

(there. sounds perfectly normal).

Okay, I work on the Internet in a great community. If you become a member of the community, and you help people, you get known for your work. Especially for your work. If it’s really good work, you get really well known. You could say you’ve made a name for yourself.

Sometimes this work involves a lot of free work. Yes, work you don’t get paid for. It leads to work you DO get paid for, sometimes quite a bit. And like I said above, if you do good work and people know it, you get recognized and then you’re able to do well-paying jobs for other people.

This is how I got my job today. In fact (since maybe you don’t know me) both my husband and I work from home doing this very thing.

Well that’s all fine and dandy, you may be thinking, what’s this got to do with my kid?

I know your kid.

Yeah, YOUR kid. No! Not in a creepy way! See up there where I wrote about community? You might think your kid spends too much time on his computer, not enough time on homework. Your kid is also spending time helping other people. He’s also working. Yes, it’s a real job for some people, and your kid has done it on his own too. Pretty adult and mature of him, really.

And I know you’ve said to him he has to study hard to go to college to get a good job and make money.. but…

He is.

He has a good job, though right now it’s part time because he has school. He makes good money. Or, at least he could make more if he had more time. There’s a few things he even does better than I do. I’ve seen his work.

He can’t learn this in university or college. Well, some of it he can, and maybe it’d be useful eventually, but he’s learning right now. He’s working right now. All on his own.

You should be really proud.

And lighten up, will ya? He’s a good kid, and he’s smart. Let him take a year off after graduation. I bet he’ll earn enough to pay for at least one year of university – if not two – and maybe by then you’ll see he doesn’t really need that at all.

But mostly? Maybe you’ll see he loves what he’s doing.

When I am rich, part 2523

I recently upgraded the blgo software to WordPress 2.5. Yes, I know I said I hated the backend, but it kinda grew on me. I also wanted to use the Batch Categories plugin.

Only problem is, while I can filter entries by category, I can’t actually batch edit categories on entires, like you can in MovableType. I swear, that the only thing I miss about MT. If I am presented with a list of entries to edit, I should not have to go to each single entry and change one thing.

I also now have tags, but you don;t know it by reading the entires, but just by the inadequate sampling of some converted categories-to-tags in the sidebar tag cloud.

So. When I win a bajillion dollars, one thing I will do is hire myself a personal editor to read through my entire blog, correcting my spelling & grammer, categorize and tagging all my entries. Partly so I can find things later when I go looking for something. (Why yes, my blogs *is* my personal memory bank.)

I suspect I will make someone very wealthy.

Thursday already

And there’s all kinds of UGH. My get up and go got up and went. All kinds of schedule finagling all over, just minor household stuff but feels juggling-like all the same.

Also a heads up: If you have a blog, there’s a site out there touting itself as a blog search engine. It’s a feed-republisher, mostly. That’s just really bad form. Their advice if you don’t want to be on their site? Stop publishing your feed. Yeah right, like that’ll happen.

My advice, especially if you’re using WordPress, is to use a plugin like Feed Copyright or . At least them visitors at the other site will know it’s been ganked, and hopefully the site owners will be embarrassed enough to quit it. (They do this for the Google rankings.)

WordPress tip: bookmarklets

When using WordPress as you blog publishing platform of choice, there a couple of handy quick features for writing posts AND for adding links to the ever-important blogroll.

In the Write Post area, scroll way down to the bottom of the page. There’s a link there to right-click and add to your favorites. I added mine to my toolbar, that way when I am surfing and find a great link, I can click on the “Press it!” link on my toolbar, up pops a little Write window. I fill in a quick blurb, hit the button – and my blog is updated, all while still surfing.

Same think with Links. Let me point it out if you didn’t know, that a list of links on your sidebar is called a blogroll, after the popular Blogrolling service. WordPress has one integrated that is much easier to use and doesn’t take a kajillion years to load. Plus you can have multiple categories of links.

Anyway. It has a Bookmarklet too. Go to the Add Link sub-menu and scroll way down to the bottom again. There’s a link there that this time you can drag to your toolbar. Now when you’re on an awesome site you want to add to your links list/blogroll on your sidebar, click the button, up pops the window again and better yet – the fields are all filled in. All you have to do is click Update.