Notice Anything Different About Me?

I am not the type of person who likes to “theme hop”. I like to choose one style and stick with it. But here I am and I have changed my theme twice this year. However my previous theme (the blue one) never was quite what I needed it to be. For one thing it did not support widgets. If you are a WordPress user you know how frustrating that could be. If you wanted the sidebar to change you have to dive into the code and I know enough CSS and HTML to be dangerous, but not much more than that. Also the “blue theme” just was not interesting enough for my taste. I don’t feel like it reflected my personality at all, but with this new look uses colors and patterns that I like (ok, let’s change topics before I start sounding like HGTV).

Speaking of CSS, HTML and being dangerous, I want to once again thank my good friend Ray Williams for his assistance. He was instrumental my being able to transfer my logo (which he designed) over to this new theme. “Don’t tase me, bro!”

Finally, many of you have read my posts dealing with blog monetization (i.e. gettin’ paid fer writin’ stuff). To this point this has mostly consisted of posts here and on my Content Producer page at Associated Content. Well I have also sought out ways to monetize the actual blog itself. But at the same time I wanted any ads or other tools that I feature here to be ones that are useful to you and not random ads or other things that may get in your way. That being said, I have chosen to become an Amazon Associate because Amazon is a trustworthy company that many of us know and use. So for starters I have included an Amazon search box here at The Smoak House. Whenever you use this to search to link to Amazon and then subsequently purchase something, I will receive a referral fee. As I have mentioned in an earlier post, I am raising money for a very good cause: the Me Want Macbook Foundation. Yes, you will be helping me to purchase a new laptop. And allow me digress for a moment. I would encourage anyone to use some of the blog monetizing tools out there like Amazon, Associated Content and PayPerPost. It’s an easy way to make money on something you would do anyway. So if you’re going to be making Amazon purchases for Christmas or otherwise, I would greatly appreciate your using the Amazon search function here. Once you see the results you search for you can click them to go view them on Amazon. So hook me up with some H.B.O. (help a brother out).

Josh H.

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