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On Trying Again

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If at first you don’t succeed..well, you know the rest.

I was trying to create a site earlier today with wordpress and was having a heck of a time getting vaultpress to work right so I gave up and went for walk and decided to stick with Jekyll as my publishing tool of choice.

One reason I wanted to use wordpress was because I thought it might be easier as once you have it setup all you really have to do is write a title, the post and add an image or two and you’re good to go. But as I have written before I really like using Jekyll once I get my mind wrapped around how static site generators work as it reminds me of creating sites in the old days with just a text editor and some html.

So, once I decided that wordpress was out of the running and that for better or worse, I was stuck with Jekyll I decided to have another stab at designing the site I really wanted, and I have to tell you it’s really ugly and I am totally okay with that.

My new site has white background, zero images and black text with HTML links as the standard blue. It could not be more boring if I tried. And that’s a good thing.

I have no sharing buttons, related posts or any other crap - just content that I hope will be of use to somebody as much as it is to me. I’ve also changed my mindset some. Where I would once chase the money and made many crappy sites trying to do so - this little side hustle is fun and I think that’s more important. Would it be nice if I made a dollar or two? Sure, but I want to add a lot more content and value before I worry about monetizing this.

I’m happy with the day’s efforts and that’s all I could ask. I tried again and I won this time.

Eat, Play, Sleep

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I have come to realize that the child really has only 3 modes:

  • eat
  • play
  • sleep

The trick is to figure out what she needs of the three, and they keep on changing all the time but I have found that if she eats every 3 hours, and then plays for an hour and then sleeps for an hour (when I can find time to write this) then we’re in pretty good shape when it becomes caring for her.

It’s interesting that even at this young age she’s developed habits and a pattern to her growing and learning.

The Side Hustle

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It’s important to have a hobby site. When I started ramseeker way back when it started as a side hustle or hobby site and I hope to do this again.

I have started another site that I hope to sucessful but as it’s still early days I have no way of knowing yet. In fact, I have a long way to go before it’s all set up in any fashion. I have the design setup and the hosting figured out.

As always, I am going with Jekyll and Google’s firebase for my publishing and hosting need because fast and free are hard to beat.

With that in mind the only thing will cost me is time. I have tried some other hustles and always gave up/got bored if I didn’t have instant success so I want to try and be more patient this time. I’m going to give this site some time and I don’t exect to have any success until the first year.

In the meantime, it’s a lot fun and everybody should have a hobby or side hustle they can work on.

Donald

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If you don’t yet have a wubbanub you’re missing out if you have a kid that still need a pacifier.

I know, it’s a cheap stuff toy stapled to the end of a 1 dollar pacifier and they sell for close to $20 but they work well. My little one is still a little too young for figuring out that if you hold it the pacifier will stay in, but that will come eventually.

I love this because it’s a stuffed animal that is not only great for the child, but for the parents too. This seems to have a less chance of getting lost vs just the small pacifiers we are used to.

The Cost of Daycare

Holy smokes, is daycare expensive. I just enrolled our little one into daycard for the fall and it’s close to $65.00 per day to take care of my little one.

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Now, don’t get me wrong..I work just parttime and spend a lot of time with my child so I’m aware of how much work it is to take care of a kiddo and mine is still a baby that sleeps through the day!

But, she has a spot for 2 days a week when I can go to work and get a little time away from the kiddo. Fiscally, it doens’t make a whole lof of sense but it allows her to interact with others her own age and gives me some time away from fatherly duties.

This doesn’t happen until the fall so we have some time to change our plan of attack but so far she’s going to start daycare in August.