Monday, March 01, 2010

Terms of Service on your site

My dog walking directory is set up. I went to the 2nd Annual Dog Fair in San Diego, California. Shared my dog walking ideas with other dog friendly people and received great feed back. One of the pieces of advice was to add zip codes to the dog walking directory for customer to use to search.

Another thing I found after replicating the add a Dog Walker process is that the dog walker information requested either redundant or unnecessary. So I am going through it and adding more dog walker specific information. Dog Walker city, state, and zip code (in a pull down menu to keep the database clean) as well as allowing either a logo or picture but not both (too much information on my server which may slow it down).

Additionally on the bottom of the add a Dog Walker entry form lists a Terms of Service link. I am not a lawyer, and for the most part believe them to be unnecessary. I am sure many of you are going to disagree with me, but I think anyone who has an hourly bill rate at 10x what the average American gets paid is overkill. So I am searching for a quick and simple Terms of Service just to cover myself.

Here is a great Terms of Service article, but more specifically the comments are great. Will keep you posted on what type of terms a dog walker directory needs.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Joomla Joomla Everywhere!

I have been developing internet site, dog walking directory, since August 2009 using Joomla as my CMS (Content Management System). Having a background in budgets and finance, and most recently a construction project manager developing a website, particularly in Joomla is new to me.

A friend has been assisting me in using SOBI2, business directory plug in for Joomla, for my dog walking directory. Let's just say that SOBI2 and Joomla isn't plug and play ready. Both Joomla and SOBI2 take some tweaking and playing with and time to get up and running. That said both are great tools to use if you are building a internet directory.

After another couple hours of work yesterday, Kendall has SOBI2 running without my dog walking directory looking busy and so the SEO and navigation works well! So the work for today is to clean up my menus in Joomla and figure out how to customers can pay for advertisement.

Visitors will search the dog walking directory based on city or neighborhood. This feature makes it the most comprehensive dog walking directory on the internet. All other sites only give dog walkers the ability to advertise at the city level. Most people search in their local neighborhoods for a dog walker.

I will keep you posted on Joomla, SOBI2, dog walkers, and finding how to add payments to my site.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Following Bliss

"The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die" is following along with the direction I have been taken the past several months. 

Following Bliss.


Friday, December 05, 2008

My picture of the National Archives is included on Schmap!

I have enjoyed taking pictures for years but never found them useful from a small business or micro business until now.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Went to a Zoomla developers group meeting. Great meeting Zoomla folks are very nice and passionate about what they do. Over 50 ppl at the Zoomla group, there is even a Zoomla social networking component that is free!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Recycling- Green Uses for your Clothes

During my internet surfing and research I found a great website Earth 911. The site includes a search engine for finding local places to recycle your old stuff.

Because of my interest in construction project management, I found the following article of interest. Have you ever considered using your old blue jeans for home insulation? I never would have thought of using non-fiberglass insulation. Purportedly one of the uses for your old blue jeans is for housing insulation. Green construction materials are not only beneficial for the environment, but will also allow more flexibility in construction in the coming decade as the increased population requires additional natural resources.

Here is the article....

Blue Jeans Gone Green
by Ashley Schiller

It might be time to accept it: you are never going to fit into your old “skinny jeans” from freshman year of college. Toss those acai berries, love yourself as you are and get rid of those menacing pants!

We go through dozens of denims in a lifetime-whether we grow out of them or they become simply too worn to pass off as anything but part of a Halloween costume. What should you do with your old blues? Are they recyclable? You bet.

The rest of the article can be read here.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Life Map

About a month ago I checked out several books from my local library. These books proportedly help with finding my passion and how to leverage this into a job. Reading these books have been enjoyable, but still have not lead to me my answer. Recently I have enrolled into a life coaching class and meeting with a life coach to help speed up the process and get me to my end game.

Here are a listing of the books I have been reading.

"Finding Your Perfect Work" by Paul and Sarah Edwards.
"How to Get a Job in Chicago" by Robert Sanborn and Susan Schwartz
"Go Put Your Strengths to Work" Marcus Buckingham
"Find Your Calling, Love Your Life" Martha Finney and Deborah Dasch

Take a look at one of these books they will help you find what you are passionate about.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

Learning Guitar

I just bought myself a Yamaha (solid spruce top) acoutic guitar and trying to teach myself to play. It has been 15 years since I played any music instrument and miss playing alot. My goal is to post each song I learn on and eventually to find a singer to accompany.

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Animal Handling Class

Today I have finished my final class at the Anti-Cruelty Society and can start volunteering. The class reiterated about reading cat and dog behavior, things like a wagging tail doesn't always mean "friendly". A stiff slow wag of the tail means the dog is aroused and to read the other signs to see is the dog could bite.

Anytime I get to take a class and learn I enjoy myself. Especially when it has to do with animals.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Free Music

I don't know what kind of music you prefer, but my tastes run wide and deep. Classic rock with an edge gets. If you haven't seen "Across the Universe" you are definitely missing out on a great moviea and even better soundtrack!

Dana Fuchs plays a Janis Joplin type character in the movie, where she sings "Helter Skelter" made again popular in the past couple decades by U2. All I have to say is listen to this........ her voice is amazing, Chris Cornell and her would make beautiful music together.

This song is also great without all of the edgyness but still great.

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