all things . . . VOICE !

A Little Make Over

Blogs surely take off quicker than ezoomvoice.com.  I’ll spare the litany of distractions that compete with my blogging.  Nevertheless the ‘shot in the arm’ I am excited about is a design tweak of my blog by Tom Ross at blogs.fanextra.com  As of today’s post a couple of Tom’s recommendations happened; both subtle and not so subtle.

In Tom’s “30-minute redesign” he presented my page as it was and gave credit for elements that appeared to work well.  I have to admit, it’s not a place of comfort to put yourself out there for scrutiny and makeover, but I am grateful for objective suggestions toward improvement.  Changes centered around more effectively targeting my blog to a niche of voice talent and the voice over profession, as well as a strong ‘About Me’ element to give the blog a more personal touch.

Less Is More

WordPress is a terrific platform with first-rate artwork for page headers. Out of the gate I chose a WordPress theme that displayed attractive alternating photography on opening. Glitzy as it is, it didn’t have anything to do with my niche and had a larger than desired presence, pushing my content down the page. My new header is still in need of scale-down, but I’m pleased with the original artwork in the new header created for me over on fiverr.com , “The world’s largest marketplace for small services, starting at $5”.      I must send a shout out to Pat Flynn for the fiverr tip, picked up on his Smart Passive Income Podcast . It’s become a favorite in my ear as I do my cardio on the track at the park.

So with a “little makeover” in place, now I can concentrate on social media links, back linking, and keyword research as next steps. Fun! For more on what Tom Ross (@blogsfan on Twitter) does in a 30-minute redesign, head on over to blogs.fanextra.com


April 16, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

And that’s the way it is . . .

   Among voices I remember vividly from youth is that of CBS anchor Walter Cronkite.  His is one of those voices when heard, has instant recognition across generational lines, certainly among baby boomers.  In my case, his distinctive sound accompanied a course image on black and white televisions that were the norm until just about when I left home.

I did not always have this appreciation for “America’s most trusted news man”.  How my siblings and I would wage war when Dad exercised authority over viewing content, switching to the news from cartoon episodes we enjoyed. ( Those were the days when one actually walked across the room to change to one of the other FOUR channels, perhaps adjusting aluminum foil on the antennae. )  Nevertheless, this deep rich voice presided over breaking news now in history books.  I do remember a strangely different Walter Cronkite as he reported the surreal events around the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Cronkite’s report ended nightly with ” . . and that’s the way it is”.  He died at the age of 92 at his home in New York.

Indulging my passion for the world of spoken word, public speaking and voice talent,  there is not surprisingly a virtual avalanche of discovery on the world wide web.  Really overwhelmed, I had the good fortune to stumble upon terrific, practical how-to blog building content in Pat Flynn’s podcast on Smartpassiveincome.com  ( follow Pat on Twitter @PatFlynn )

Though not viewing Pat’s site content with the same game plan as much of his online community, I did get much needed organization tips and a jump start in the direction I want to take my blog.  It is so often in just knowing how to start.

And that’s the way it is . . .

February 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment


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