As much as I hated to say goodbye to my ancient-papers theme, I opted to let it go in exchange for a new theme, specifically designed to equally accommodate desktops and laptops as well as smaller mobile devices, like phones, tablets and smart-watches.
So far, Weebly isn't providing us with the awesome backgrounds from their old theme stock, but I'm hoping in time they'll get a bit more creative and bring back some of the older-theme nuances that many of us love so much and hate to loose when transitioning to the new ones. I estimate the majority of our readership is done via mobile devices. It's not my preferred method for blog-hopping but the opposite is true for many, if not most, others.
And so, although things look different on flashPress today, I assure you, you're in the right place. You'll see similar changes developing soon with On Story Street as soon as Alicia and I can sit down together and she can choose which theme she'd like to use on her own site.
On the plus side, I get to employ some of my favorite shots from my sister's photography collection, which helped to smooth my ruffled feathers over the limited choices in the new Weebly themes. I have to say, though, what they lack in background options, they more than make up for in customer service, at least most of the time.
A shout-out for some fav vloggers
In event you weren't in the know, flashPress and my sister-site, On Story Street, have a shared YouTube channel, appropriately titled, On Story Street & flashPress. We have our individual channels as well, but the large majority of our videos are housed on the shared channel. Easier for us. Easier for you. ☺
It's no secret that I'm a YouTube junkie. I mean that in a good way. YouTube is my free, mobile classroom for all sorts of schooling. Like bloggers vloggers are another group of independent business owners that are an awesome aspect of the indie biz community. And, like bloggers, the vloggers (video web-loggers) also earn their coin by providing quality content for their subscribers. Many of them have installed virtual tip jars or "buy me a coffee" option, which I'm thrilled to see as opposed to the charity buttons. These people work to produce their vids and flipping a charity coin at them is an insult, so, bravo to the ones who've realized this and have added tipping options to their channels.
These folks cover all sorts of things, from how to enucleate an eyeball (never know when you'll need that sort of data) to how to fashion a long-bow from pvc (much less-messy than eye enucleation).
Below are three of my fav YouTube vloggers I want to introduce to you, in hopes you'll check them out and perhaps consider subscribing to their channels yourself. If their content isn't the sort you'd find personally or professionally interesting, maybe you know someone else who might and will pass along the suggestion to them.
That's how networking works and keeps the indie biz community consistently growing.
For those of us who are avid fans of Sasquatch research, this guy is the bomb! ThinkerThunker is undoubtedly my fav vlogger in regards to breaking down propular Squatch vids and helping us to understand the possibilities of them being fradulent and misleading or possibly the real deal.
He's an expert videographer, fluent in blonde-speak (so even yours truly easily understands him) and his video narration is a hoot! I was especially excited to discover a brand new video on his channel added recently, when I went to get a screen-shot of it to include for you here. You can click the pic to get to his channel and yes, he has a tipping option installed on it (see the pink arrow). Good man!
Julia Dreads is another favorite. Don't be fooled by her channel's title regarding dreads. Yes, she has awesome dreadlocks, but her video content covers everything from organic farming, to hiking, to renovation, design and living sustainably in the vintage fifth-wheel camper she and her significant other reside in full time. He's cool too, and is also a pro-videographer.
The couple lives near Ashland, North Carolina and Julia's dreadlock journey is significant to me because of her background and because we share similar preferences to dread-care. Like me, she washes her locks frequently and is yet another voice in the dreadlock community adding to the knowledge that many of us manage to shampoo daily, or near daily, and still don't have buildup in our dreads.
She vlogs about vegan cooking, organic gardening, hikes in the Smokey Mountains and how to live big in a small space. Her channel is wonderful and as one of her subscriers, I get notified each time she publishes a new video. I hope you'll get acquainted with her work and pass on the web address to anyone else you think may enjoy it. Click the pic to visit her channel.
I've been a fan of the tiny-house and mobile living concept for nearly 30 years. I have several friends and colleagues who've transitioned to the tiny house or camper lifestyle and years later, they're still loving it. Many of us are also fans of the OffTheGrid lifestyle and often the two go hand-in-hand. I grew up in large homes, and as an adult have lived in both large and tiny quarters. At 51-years-old, given a choice of what to invest and live in, my preference would probably be a tiny house or camper.
It isn't a concept limited to people with little-to-no incomes. I have friends who earn excellent incomes and prefer tiny quarters to the traditional, larger homes. Like me, have been there, done that and we've figured out that for us, cozy is better than spacious.
The tiny-house concept isn't for everyone. Like most other things in life, it boils down to individual tastes and preferences. I share the philosophy of live and let live, and to each their own. For those of us who love tiny houses, this channel is an excellent resource for exterior and interior design ideas. Even the owners and builders are wonderful to point out what designs work and which ones don't. They include information on OffTheGrid options as well as on the grid capabilities, the differences and steps involved in accommodating both and the owners of the homes are usually the ones being interviewed sharing what they love about their quarters and even what things they wish they'd have designed differently.
I'm also happy to report that they've incorporated a tipping option on their site. (Note the pink arrow.) Sweet! Just click the pic to visit their channel and if you like it, please pass along their channel address to anyone else you think might enjoy their content.
Thanks for joining me today! Before you go, I have a couple of other linked articles I hope you'll check out.
God bless you, thanks for the read and see you next week!
The smallest tip goes the longest way--like a good cup of coffee.
marcoujor, Virtual Buskers Guild
flashPress is a totally free site, but, if you like it and would like to leave a tip, I'll surely put it to good use on things like food, clothes, fuel for my auto, soap to shower with, etc. I think those qualify for seriously good use. ☺
Thanks for your support of the indie biz community--Live long and prosper!
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