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    Thumbs up Back To Business!

    Hello NetBuilder folks!

    Tomorrow, my exams will be finished. In 24 hours I'm going to be hanging around in a bar probably, drinking, smoking.. all the stuff I shouldn't be doing!

    But that isn't the thing we're here for right? Right! Now that I'm partly finished with all work for school, I'm having some spare time to start building some websites again. I have some major plans, and would like to see them getting succeeded. I'm going to work at the following hours:

    1. 9.30 - 12.00 (9.30 - 12.00)
    2. 13.00 - 15.00 (1.00 - 3.00)
    3. 15.00 - 17.00 (3.00 - 5.00)
    4. 20.00 - 22.00 (8.00 - 10.00)

    The normal hours are my hours, the hours between brackets is for the American people. I don't know if it's AM or PM but that doesn't matter

    Ok here are the things I would like to get done by the 9th of January:

    1. Build a blog on my personal website, find a good template & place a post per day with webmaster information.
    2. Do some thinking for a great hosting company Leon & I are going to start in a few months.
    3. Do some more work, promotion & support for InfinitumHost. Also learn more about working with a VPS, dedicated server etc.
    4. Start a blog that could possibly get some media attention, let's hope it pays off.
    5. Offering two new services.

    Ok so as you see there is a lot to do, if I do have some time left I'm going to start another project I would like to do to help webmasters. It's not really about sharing knowledge or something (as I do need to learn a lot myself, still), but actually something awesome to do.

    Now a few questions so it was actually worth reading all these lines of text:

    • Are these good hours to work? What do you use as working hours (if you are a fulltime webmaster, or if part-time, what hours do you use).
    • Would I do one project at a time or start some and if I get bored start another one etc? Or is that a wrong way of doing stuff?
    • What cool WordPress layout would you suggest for a personal blog where I'd share some of the stuff I know about?


    Thanks in advance for answering all/some questions. I'm going to keep you folks updated with the latest news and will try not to fail at this!
    |Nico Lawsons

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    Good luck with your projects.

    To find a good working schedule isn't easy but I guess with the current weather here in BE you have more time to spend on the net

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    If I am home and awake, and nothing else is going on here, I am on the net.
    Thus that is when I updated my blogs and sites.

    But I stopped working on new sites/blogs.

    At least until after I sell off a bunch of sites/blogs I now have come next month.

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    You're in an interesting position. You have a lot of time--I just finished school myself--and you are able to do so many things. But, because there are so many things that you want to do, you suddenly run into this sort of action paralysis. Do I do this or that? Should I write for this site or that site? Suddenly, too much time has gone by and your friends want to go to the bar.

    What I would do in this situation is divvy the time up. If you are working from 9:30-12:00, for example, then work on one project during those hours. Then, in the next block, work on the other project. Every week, determine which project is growing better and allocate more time to it. It's important not to get overwhelmed with projects and not start new ones before the other ones are at least growing.

    As for a great WordPress theme. I tell everyone and I'll tell you. Go to StudioPress and get a theme from them. They're a little expensive, but in the long run, it's going to help so much. They have some very professional ones and then their Prose theme is great for personal blogs. It's like Thesis only better...And unlimited. So, I'd go check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loko View Post
    Good luck with your projects.

    To find a good working schedule isn't easy but I guess with the current weather here in BE you have more time to spend on the net
    Thanks! And yup, but the snow is melting already so.. I'm currently working in a computer store though, earns me more in the short-term and I also learn new stuff -- but I'd like to build websites to get money in the long-term. I might be using some of the money I earned to invest actually

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    If I am home and awake, and nothing else is going on here, I am on the net.
    Thus that is when I updated my blogs and sites.

    But I stopped working on new sites/blogs.

    At least until after I sell off a bunch of sites/blogs I now have come next month.
    The problem is that I have always something to do. My room is a mess, my drum wants me to use it, I'm building a new room -office-type- and I'm having 18946 e-books to read about programming and so on. That's why I should set up a schedule like this

    I'm going to concentrate on the hosting company now first all the time I have, I'll see what happens afterwards.
    |Nico Lawsons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafiamaster View Post
    You're in an interesting position. You have a lot of time--I just finished school myself--and you are able to do so many things. But, because there are so many things that you want to do, you suddenly run into this sort of action paralysis. Do I do this or that? Should I write for this site or that site? Suddenly, too much time has gone by and your friends want to go to the bar.

    What I would do in this situation is divvy the time up. If you are working from 9:30-12:00, for example, then work on one project during those hours. Then, in the next block, work on the other project. Every week, determine which project is growing better and allocate more time to it. It's important not to get overwhelmed with projects and not start new ones before the other ones are at least growing.

    As for a great WordPress theme. I tell everyone and I'll tell you. Go to StudioPress and get a theme from them. They're a little expensive, but in the long run, it's going to help so much. They have some very professional ones and then their Prose theme is great for personal blogs. It's like Thesis only better...And unlimited. So, I'd go check them out.
    I like the part about working longer on projects that grow faster than others. I've never thought about it that much actually. How many hours per day should be good to work on your sites? Keeping in mind that I would also like to spend 1 or 2 hours daily on reading ebooks about SEO, programming etc..

    Thanks in advance!

    I'm currently checking out StudioPress, hopefully I can find what I need!
    |Nico Lawsons

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    You know, it's interesting. You can say "I want to work this many hours," but then suddenly you forget that you're doing it. I think that you need to dedicate enough time to get what you need done. But, during those--for example--two hours, you need to have a check list. And start at the top and work your way down. Even if you did ten menial tasks for those two hours, it might mean the difference between $xxx and $x,xxx earnings.

    As for the 1 or 2 hours daily reading about SEO and programming. Personally, I think that is a waste. You're wasting precious time reading so much. Experiment. Practice that way. By spending so much time a day (that's 10 hours a week) trying to learn, you're not implementing. Take the book and work along with it. But, I'd be hesitant to trust half those e-books. Instead, just DO!

    StudioPress is amazing. A bit pricey, but since you get unlimited use (especially if you get their developer package) and all future themes they release, it's an incredible investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mafiamaster View Post
    You know, it's interesting. You can say "I want to work this many hours," but then suddenly you forget that you're doing it. I think that you need to dedicate enough time to get what you need done. But, during those--for example--two hours, you need to have a check list. And start at the top and work your way down. Even if you did ten menial tasks for those two hours, it might mean the difference between $xxx and $x,xxx earnings.
    I see the point, I'd try the check-list out and hopefully it turns out good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mafiamaster View Post
    As for the 1 or 2 hours daily reading about SEO and programming. Personally, I think that is a waste. You're wasting precious time reading so much. Experiment. Practice that way. By spending so much time a day (that's 10 hours a week) trying to learn, you're not implementing. Take the book and work along with it. But, I'd be hesitant to trust half those e-books. Instead, just DO!
    True, but you need to start somewhere, if there is nothing you know about it. I do learn the hard way usually by just starting something from scratch, it works the best indeed (especially for programming, designing etc.)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mafiamaster View Post
    StudioPress is amazing. A bit pricey, but since you get unlimited use (especially if you get their developer package) and all future themes they release, it's an incredible investment.
    Yep, I didn't fully understand the Genesis stuff, but now I do. I'll go for the Genesis + Prose though, I'll try that and maybe later on buy the developers license

    Thanks!
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    When it comes to setting strict working hours it hardly ever works out that way. What I will say though is this:

    You need to set working hours as a guideline, lets say a standard 9-5 working day. This will get you into the mentality of work. Instead of simply sitting at home in front of your computer doing what you fancy.

    Other problems such as using the same computer for other activities can cause issues. Lets say such as playing games in the evening. The best way around this I've found is simply diverting as much work as possible to my laptop.

    It also really helps to get out of your 'office' from time to time, coffee shops are good for this, although kinda expensive once you've ordered to many drinks lol!

    I just took a look at your Old Republic site Mafiamaster, maybe we could start up a private conversation on how you've been promoting the site since I have a similar World of Warcraft site? (check my signature out).

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    talking about being diverting form doing website stuff well dont really have that problem yet as I start editing my sites instead of doing my univeristy work or doing my final year project

    got a question how do you find time to do this as I had a games website and well just did not have time to work on it and sold give me some ideas i do have university during the week and work on the weekend

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