A No-Tech Way to Organize CDs, DVDs, or Books

I saw a colleague’s collection of CDs and flinched. What a mess! Here’s a quick way to organize items such as CDs, DVDs, or books.

Separate by:

        1. Genre, using broad categories (e.g., Mysteries, Technology, Jazz, etc.).
        2. Alpha order, by first name of artist/title/author.
        3. A colored dot, to denote the genre (e.g., red dot is mystery book).

With this system, when you need to put something back where it goes, it’s obvious where to start. When your system is logical, other people can also find something when they need it.

Have you created a system for organizing these items? If so, leave your tips in a comment.

 

PEACE.

What Do You Know That Can Be Packaged and Sold?

You know a lot about something…might even be an expert. Have you considered packaging your knowledge in small bites and selling it? Booklets might be one of your answers.

When I don’t have enough info for a whole book, I create little booklets. I just sent Finding Your Way on a PC with Windows 8 to press this week. I’m a professional speaker and have to have physical books/booklets to sell when I speak. I’ll also format for Kindle. My printed booklets are from 10-40 pages, various sizes, and packed full of no fluff content.

Here are a couple sample pages. I use Word for everything…it’s a powerful desktop publishing program. I can do everything myself so I always have the latest version of my stuff.

I use Word Styles for ease of formatting. The page size is changed to fit whatever size I want, plus .25 more for the trim. My Windows 8 booklet is sized at 3.75 x 8.75 with a finished size of 3.5 x 8.5.

Microsoft has always done a lousy job showing people just how powerful their software is in the real world. Table of contents, mirror margins, cross references, index…Word can do it all and keep up as page numbers change.

I create my booklet covers in PowerPoint. You’ll have to use special software, ImageExport, to bump up the dpi when you save as a picture (I have a video on YouTube about it and how to use it ImageExport (Part 1 of 3): Create High Resolution Graphics and Slides in PowerPoint?).

For printing, I use Smartpress.com. I love the prices, quality, the efficiency of their Website (no phone calls needed), fast work, paper choices, and they keep you posted every step of the way. I create high res PDF of inside pages and high res .jpg of covers, upload separate files, and they take it from there.? I always order an online proof.

So don’t let the fact that you don’t have enough information on a topic to write a book. Create a booklet instead.

Note: I might create an online course on using Word to create booklets. Join my private email list to stay connected.

PEACE.

Unfollow Posts That Have Lots of Comments–Google Plus

If you’ve ever commented on a post on Google Plus that’s popular, you may want to stop the notices you receive every time someone else comments. You can do this by muting the post…similar to Facebook’s Unfollow. This graphic shows you how easy it is to do it.

So don’t hold back your comments for fear of being inundated with updates. Listen in for awhile, add your two cents, then mute if you need to.

 

PEACE.

Example of Using Video to Promote an Event (with video)

On October 26, 2012, I’m presenting my first workshop on video basics, advanced PowerPoint for video graphics, basic editing, and building and optimizing a YouTube channel. Here’s a video I produced to showcase what attendees will learn. For details and registration, visit http://VideosYouMake.eventbrite.com/

This video was created using PowerPoint 2010 for graphics. I used my Logitech C920 Webcam with Camtasia 8 to record the on-camera piece. I added the other videos inside and the music using Camtasia. Then I put the finishing touches using Sony Vegas 12.

How to Block UNKNOWN (or Anonymous) Callers in Google Voice (with video)

I was inundated with junk calls that read UNKNOWN in the Caller ID with calls coming into Google Voice. That was driving me nuts. Three, four, eight times a day those calls would come in, and I’d just ignore them.

Fortunately, my Google Voice number is the one that I publicize. I’d tried the Block function for the caller, but it didn’t work at all.

Here’s what did. Here’s what did. I went into Google Settings and changed the option for anonymous callers. When the anonymous call comes in, Google Voice has no phone numbers to forward the calls to.

PEACE.

Online Video – How to Create Posts for Multiple Blogs Using Microsoft Windows Live Writer 2012 (with video)

Blogging with Windows Live Writer - video tutorialPainless blogging! One reason you might put off blogging or making updates to your site is the technology behind it. Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is a free, easy, WYSIWYG desktop application you can use to create and publish blog posts and pages whether you use WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, or TypePad. It syncs with your sites, and you can create posts and pages online or offline at the park. It’s included in the full download of Windows Essentials.

Are you maintaining multiple sites? No problem! You can access all of them from this one interface.

The timesaving features in this FREE software from Microsoft® are built for people who would rather do it themselves but don’t know how. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to do right from your Windows desktop.

  • Manage multiple blog accounts from one place and publish from your desktop.
  • Insert pictures or simply copy and paste them onto the page.
  • Set default properties once for objects you insert and forget it.
  • Insert videos from your computer or YouTube and other services.
  • Download its own set of plug-ins that make enhancing your posts easy.

Webmasters – You’ll be able to create your client’s blog or Website, direct them to this training, and move on to your next project.

Site Owners – You won’t have to wait or beg anyone to update your site because you’ll be able to easily do this yourself!

Learn How – Online Course Available

I’ve recorded an online course with multiple videos to show you how to use this timesaving software. I broke the information down into bite-sized chunks, and put them all in one place on my membership Website, TheDBI.com (short for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, my company). For only $47.00, you’ll have lifetime access to the video series so you can learn and do refreshers at your convenience.

Sample of What You Will Learn

The video below demos how to create a blog post in Windows Live Writer and insert a video from YouTube. To help you learn how to use everything Windows Live Writer has to offer, check out my video series that breaks everything down into small chunks that make learning easy!

PEACE.

Syncing Your Computer Files with Google Drive for Immediate Access

I’m using a mixture of cloud sites to store some of my files. I’m creating videos using two computers that aren’t networked, and having the raw files in the cloud sure does help. Google Drive (free with 5GB of storage) is the one I’m depending on the most.

One tip a colleague, Richard Byrd of RealSource Marketing, helped me with would have saved me a lot of time and frustration had I known upfront. I was adding files to the Google Drive folder on my computer, but they weren’t showing up online immediately when I switched to the other computer. Here’s Richard’s tip: “If I want something in Google Drive to be immediately available on all computers, then I will upload it directly to Google Drive instead of just putting it in the Google Drive folder on my desktop.” Ah-hah! So that’s what I was doing wrong. So many times, simple tips like this help us become so much more productive.

How To: To manually add files or folders to Google Drive online, click the Upload button (the blue arrow in this graphic). Or with the Google Drive folder you want to add the files/folders to open, just drag them from your computer to the Google Drive file manager (the red arrow in this graphic). Once the upload is complete, you’ll have immediate access.

Thanks, Richard!

How to Submit a Web Page or Site to Google for Indexing Using Webmaster Tool Google Fetch

I created a Webpage announcing a workshop I’m giving on building a YouTube channel. Google will index this page pretty quickly, but I wanted to hurry it along. I sent the page to them instead of waiting for them to index my site.

I don’t do this every time I add something because Google will take care of it pretty quickly. But I wanted this indexed right away because it’s time sensitive.

PEACE.

How to Use the Microsoft Office Picture Manager to Rotate, Crop, Resize, and Recolor Graphics and Set as Default Program (with online video)

If you currently open a picture and can only view it with the Windows Viewer, you will LOVE this option so much better. The Microsoft Office Picture Manager is another one of those free programs from Microsoft that many people are unaware of. This online video will show you how to use its various functions (crop, recolor, resize, compress, rotate, red eye removal), how to find the software on your computer, and how to make it your default picture editor.

 

PEACE.