WordPress Calendar Plugins

I wanted a holiday calendar. I did not find anything which really did what I wanted. (Just a simple way to keep track of holidays and all those odd international and national days for odd, but interesting and sometimes relevant, things). But, today I found a new list of reviews. Quite sure I have already looked at most of them, but there might be something new.

Chronosly looks good but it has a lot of features I don’t need and that could make it complicated to work with when I just want something simple.

I’d recommend The Events Calendar (Pro, or not) for most people who want a way to list or track events. The developers were quick to write back when I had a question when I tried the plugin earlier. It has good features and I might try it again. Last time it wasn’t quite right for me but I know it hasn’t been left to stagnate in the mean time.

Premium Calendar Plugins

  • Events Calendar Pro
  • Community Events
  • Facebook Events
  • Event Calendar WD
  • EventOn WordPress Event Calendar
  • Business Calendar – WordPress Internal Calendar
  • WordPress Pro Event Calendar
  • Sugar Event Calendar
  • StacheThemes Event Calendar

Free Calendar Plugins

  • Google Calendar Events
  • The Events Calendar
  • Chronosly Events Calendar
  • All-in-One Event Calendar
  • My Calendar

List via  wpmayor.com – Best Calendar Plugins for WordPress (2016).

Applying for Wisdom Pills

Yonder crazy woman who is she? Where and what her dwelling?

Good King Wencelas has been on my mind over the holidays. Is it true that people don’t know the lyrics beyond the first couple of sentences? It’s one of my favourites but, I admit, I’d have to have the words in front of me to get very far. (It’s a long song!)

Anyway, tonight I impulsively looked at Craiglist. Not for good reasons. I started with the platonic friends and it went down from there. But, I thought I would check the writing/ editing job posts before I left. Usually it’s a lot of freebie work, scams, etc. But, tonight I found and looked into, Wisdom Pills. I read the site, checked the author bios to see what kind of space they get and I read a few posts. The site looks good. This from someone who has reviewed about 500 writer sites in the past two days with dmoz.org.

I had a good feeling about it and… I applied for the job posted. I applied for the midlife topic at BellaOnline this week too. But, I knew that was more about fixing and saving the current topic than something I really wanted to do for myself. It wasn’t a good kind of challenge for me. (I haven’t heard back from them, and likely won’t for awhile, but I’m not going to do it for other reasons too).

Meanwhile… there is Wisdom Pills. It’s a challenge that gives me a bit to worry about and I need something I’m not sure and confident about because I’m letting myself be ok with less, under achieving and just taking on challenges I’m sure of. They aren’t really challenges if there isn’t at least some hint of risk and danger and possible failure. I don’t really think I will fail but… I don’t feel sure about it.

This is what I sent to them tonight:

wisdompills

Wisdom Pills – Something For Your Soul?.

Power Up your About Page or Profile

Some time over the holidays, while you’re thinking about New Year’s Resolutions, talking with family and trying not to snack on too many goodies… think about updating your online profiles, your bio pages on web sites (dating sites included) and your about page on any blogs you keep. Information changes. If you haven’t updated the information about yourself in a year or longer, some things you wrote last time will be out of date.
If you are online as a professional you should be updating profiles and about pages at least once a year. Even if you don’t change so much as one word, change the date to show the information is recent rather than stagnating.

Happy December!

December is my favourite month. It’s not just because Christmas is this month. If anything I can think of several things (like my birthday now that I’m 40+) that could take away the luster of December, if I let them. There is just something about the month of December, the first snowfall (even though it started in November this year, if you want to get technical). I like the freshness of December. It’s the first month that feels like winter. It gives us a cold snap to sharpen our senses. December brings all the traditions like building a snowman, drinking hot chocolate and thinking about Christmas holidays and birthday getaways (if you happen to be born this month).

What do you like, or not like, about December?

Happy New Month!

Give a Blank for Christmas

Dear  _______________,

I’m   ___________  that I can’t be with you for the holidays.  I really   _____________  you both. Thanks for your  ___________  and your  __________  the past year. You are always  ___________  when I need ______________.  I don’t  ___________  what I would do without you.  I’m looking __________  to seeing you with a new  ___________  in the New Year.

Come up with something pretty outrageous to fill in all the blanks. Just for fun.

Personal Shoppers Get Retail Therapy for Hire

How nice does it sound to spend a lot of time shopping, bargain hunting, day tripping around town and not spending any of your own money? In fact, you get paid to do it!

I doubt the actual job is as deluxe as it sounds. Working for someone else is still working for someone else, following rules, having a schedule, meeting a budget and so on. But, it does sound like an ideal job for a shopoholic or a hoarder. Lots of window shopping without stacking up your credit card debt or having a home full of clutter.

Your clients would range from business people too busy to get all their errands run, senior citizens or others who can’t get around easily, and others who don’t want to do the research to decide what the best buy would be. It would be a busy around holidays like Christmas. Still, a career you could keep up all year, taking advantage wedding season and other times when people traditionally buy more.

Would it be a creative job? Possibly. The research (looking for the item at the best price or something harder to find) could be interesting and creative. Helping clients come up with colours and designs that would would give you a creative outlet too. You might get some travel in it, if you need to drive into an urban area to stock up for someone or buy more exclusive items.

eHow: How to Become a Personal Shopper
Entrepreneur.com: Starting a Business as a Personal Shopper and How to Become a Personal Concierge
FabJob.com: Become a Personal Shopper and Get Paid to Shop and Start a Personal Concierge Service Business
Suite101: Start a Personal Concierge Service
101 Ways to Make Money: How to Make Money Becoming a Personal Concierge
Monster Guide: How to Become a Personal Concierge
PRLog: The Rise of the Personal Concierge

Have a look at some Personal Shoppers:

  • Run My Errand – Errand and concierge services based in Ontario.
  • Let Me Help You – Make up and hair shopper based in Alberta.
  • The Errand Girls – Personal concierge, home staging and virtual assistants based in B.C.

Two Lines are Deep Enough

Better than Haiku: When two lines are deep enough

The mission statement: There are too many rules when you want to write a haiku, each line has to be a certain amount of syllables and you can’t repeat any words twice, and a whole bunch of other mess. We have 3 rules, they are sweet, simple, and involve zero clapping. Haiku is boring, we are better and witty. Who doesn’t want to be witty!?

What lines can you come up with? Most are sarcastic on the site. A real challenge might be to write something that isn’t pessimistic or sarcastic in a cutting way? Can you be clever in a positive way in just two lines?

Young people want less time, it takes too long to get old.
When they get older they want that time back.

Holidays are for families
But I need a bigger closet for all those skeletons.

I’m too good to be true,
Just ask me.

Mine are kind of blah. What can you come up with?

Plan Your own Nation

If you had your own country what would your national anthem be? What would you pick as the national flower? The national animal that goes on your loose change? What would the national holidays be, special to just your country? How would your flag look and what capital building would it be flying over? Would your capital city be in the middle of the big population area or out of the way somewhere?