Fashionable and Contemporary Free Crochet Patterns on the Web

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Fashionable and Contemporary Free Crochet Patterns on the Web

Fashionable and Contemporary Free Crochet Patterns on the WebFree crochet patterns abound on the Internet. The problem is most of these crochet patterns are not very stylish or attractive. Do you need another fun fur scarf? I don’t think so. Luckily, the popularity of crochet has spawned several new sites offering a more contemporary array of crochet patterns all at zero cost to you.

Crochet Me is an online crochet magazine which offers fashionable crochet patterns for the crochet divas among us. The nice thing about this site is the designers often accompany their patterns with different pictures of the project both finished and in progress. Contact information for the designers is included which is helpful if you have any questions about the pattern. You can search for the crochet pattern you need by pattern item (shirt, skirt, etc); yarn fiber (silk, hemp, etc.); pattern type (babies, kids, etc.); issue date; or yarn weight (fine, bulky, etc.). Crochet Me is an excellent resource for today’s hip and fashionable crocheters.

Like Interweave Crochet magazine? If so, you will love their online free pattern offerings. At this site you will find free crochet patterns that are designed by crochet designer heavy weights such as Lily Chin or Annie Modesitt. The patterns are all in .pdf form and rated by experience level. The crochet patterns are all categorized by pattern type. No search directory is available.

Berroco, a yarn company, has a great selection of free stylish crochet patterns. All patterns feature Berroco yarn, but yarn substitutes can easily be found. Each pattern has a schematic and is rated by experience level. The schematics are especially helpful because they allow you to see the different measurements of a sleeve or armhole. This allows you to easily adjust the pattern to fit your size. Berroco offers an e-mailed newsletter which keeps you up to date on the latest pattern (both free and paid) and yarn offerings.

A word of caution, some free patterns have not been tested by other crocheters. This can lead to a frustrating crocheting experience. An advanced crocheter will be able to work through any pattern bugs. A beginner will have to contact the designer or enlist the help of more experienced friends.

Once you find a fashionable crochet pattern I suggest plugging the pattern name into a search engine. This will allow you to find other crocheters who have tried the pattern before you. You will gain insight on any pattern mistakes, alternate yarn possibilities, and see more pictures of the finished product. Crocheters are very vocal about patterns they like or don’t like. Use their experience to your advantage.

Fashionable and hip crochet patterns do exist. As the popularity of crochet and hand crafted goods in general continues to rise, more and more resources will become available to satisfy your modern crafty needs.…

Lonely Meerkats Find Love Through the Internet

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Meerkats are very much in the news just now. It seems the world hasn’t had enough of them. Following on from the UK’s unlikely advertising phenomenon, the animatronic meerkat Alexander whose catchphrase, ‘seemples’, has swept the country, comes the story of Lilly, the lonely meerkat and her very modern search for romance.

Modern Romance: Lilly the Meerkat Seeks Love

Lilly lives at Twinlakes Family Theme Park in Leicestershire. When she was left without a mate after an arrangement to bring in a companion fell through, the park’s owners took what appeared to be, in this age of modern communications, the obvious step: they tried online dating. And as there aren’t that many dating sites for meerkats – or any other animals – they had to set up their own.

Meerkat Match proved an instant hit, attracting an estimated 74,000 hits in only a month (Belfast Telegraph). The story was covered worldwide and Lilly even acquired her own Facebook page on which she begged viewers to ‘visit ww.meerkatmatch.com and post something nice on my blog?! Its in aid of finding me true love!’.

Modern methodology paid off: on 27 April 2010 she changed her status and the world learned that ‘Lonely Lilly has found love’. The new beau has been named Mr Darcy in a nod to a more old-fashioned age of romance, and has settled into the park and been accepted by his prospective mate.

Online Protests: The Story of Chico the Meerkat

Lilly’s story, which has been reported round the world, is not, however, unique. In August 2008 the Los Angeles Times was reporting on the problems of Chico, another lonely meerkat. Chico was bereaved by the death of his partner, Spanky, some months before; but unlike Lilly’s owners the keepers at Los Angeles Zoo had made no attempt to find him a new friend.

 

Visitors were concerned that Chico was lonely. Although meerkats are generally gregarious creatures who live in groups of up to 30 individuals (Arkive.org), led by a dominant pair, the zoo’s owners maintained that it was perfectly possible for Chico to live happily by himself, as long as his conditions were carefully managed.

This argument didn’t go down well with the zoo’s visitors and so, almost inevitably, modern media were drafted into use. In this case an online petition was set up, calling for Chico to be found a suitable companion or else for him to be relocated to another zoo with a thriving meerkat colony. The petition eventually generated almost 4,000 signatures.

Chico’s story ended happily too, as the zoo responded positively to the online campaign and set out to find their lonely meerkat a friend. By the end of February 2009, not only did Chico have a companion called Barky, but the zoo had acquired four other young meerkats. In the end everyone was happy – Chico and Barky found each other; the zoo’s customers got more meerkats to watch – and the zoo picked up a lot of good publicity. And, just as in Lilly’ case, it was all thanks to the world wide web.…

Aftermarket Car Safety Features that Could Get You an Insurance Discount

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Aftermarket Car Safety Features that Could Get You an Insurance Discount

Aftermarket Car Safety Features that Could Get You an Insurance Discount

Sometimes vehicles aren’t equipped with the right kind of safety features. This is why many people choose to purchase aftermarket car safety equipment, which reduce the hazards of car operation while in some cases garnering you an insurance discount.

The danger, of course, is in buying poorly constructed aftermarket car safety features. Unless you are purchasing equipment from a reputable dealer with the appropriate certifications, your insurance company won’t lower your rates and you won’t be increasing the safety of your vehicle. In some cases, it is best to buy directly from the dealership, while in others, a reputable auto parts store will suffice.

Three-Point Safety Harnesses

Vehicles manufactured prior to 1974 might be equipped with lap belts instead of the modern safety harness. If you drive such a vehicle, you might want to purchase an aftermarket seatbelt kit to upgrade the safety of your car. This can result in an insurance discount because three-point safety harnesses are far more effective at reducing injuries in a collision.

Alarm System

Most vehicles can be retrofitted with aftermarket car safety features, such as alarm systems. In some cases, you’ll spend less on the aftermarket equipment than you would have by requesting that the dealership install one for you.

Keep in mind that alarm systems are constructed of complex equipment which requires changes to the electrical system in your car. This is why it is important to have a professional install it for you unless you are trained in doing it yourself. When installed correctly, alarm systems can earn an insurance discount because they reduce the possibility of vehicle theft.

Backup Cameras

Some cars can also be fitted with backup cameras to make collisions less likely. A backup camera provides a wide-angle view of the street, parking lot, or pedestrians behind you as you back up. If you watch the camera while in reverse, you are unlikely to hit someone or something else.

The problem is that cars with backup cameras are usually designed to accommodate this technology. Talk to an experienced mechanic who can outline the risks and benefits of aftermarket car safety features. Some cars are more easily equipped than others.

Risks of Aftermarket Car Safety Features

Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a third party, which means they don’t match the parts that the dealership would install in your car. Consequently, you must be careful which parts you buy and conduct research to ensure their reliability.

If you are looking specifically for an insurance discount, talk to your agent about what aftermarket car safety features are acceptable. Then research each part to find the optimum brand for your vehicle.…

The Internet and the Demise of Knowledge

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The Internet and the Demise of Knowledge

The Internet and the Demise of KnowledgeIt’s wonderful to have such an incredible wealth of information under one’s fingertips. Nothing brings such a feeling as using the World Wide Web; the speed of sound, the essays of George Orwell, the history of computer security: all can be found with very little effort on the Internet.

Unity of Minds Through the Internet

In bringing people together—whether it be academics, professionals, or simply friends—the Internet provides a great framework for collaboration. The collective mind is greater than the individual; forums provide professional and personal advice, instant messaging strengthens communication, and the Web acts as the biggest information resource ever seen. In the digital age, a vast goldmine of information readily available for all to use can only be a good thing. Or can it?

The Value of Information that Never Goes Away

Thirty years ago, should a musician have stumbled upon a library book teaching them several very important lessons about music, those lessons would be enthusiastically absorbed. After all, the book may have gone by tomorrow. When all that information is readily available on the Internet, though, why learn it now?

 

Wikipedia and Google: Research Skills?

A growing source of concern for university lecturers is the citing of Wikipedia in essays and dissertations. Either students do not realise that this isn’t a reliable source of information, or they don’t think it’s worth finding a back-up source; the Internet is either making students ignorant or lazy. It is barely worth pondering over which is the case, as, frankly, each is as bad as the other.

In good academic research, the Internet is now an invaluable tool. Sites such as Compendex, Nature, and SpringerLink have search tools that save a lifetime of manual searching. The problem is that Google can perform a partially adequate job all on its own.

Are future generations going to be able to find items in libraries or supermarkets without the help of Google? Do we really want to foster a society dependant on an ethically-sketchy, personal-data-and-money-obsessed organisation that seems hell-bent on knowing where we are and what we’re doing 24 hours a day? Hopefully not.

All these problems seem to be compounded by the fact that the Internet is slowly killing off books [1]. Borders (UK) Ltd. recently went into administration, and the high-street bookstore is becoming a rare commodity [2]. The Internet takes a stronger influence on our lives by the day. It’s still true that society controls the Internet, but this will not be the case forever; perhaps we should stop and think about what we’re doing before it knows more than we do.…

Internet Organizers–Helpful Tools: Frequented Sites Internet Tools

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Internet Organizers--Helpful Tools: Frequented Sites Internet Tools

There are many tools that can be used to organize your online experience. This article focuses on a handful of free online resources, and tips for using pen and paper. Using strategies to better manage time online will lead to more productivity.

Choosing Tools

Which tools or mix of resources you choose to help organize your online experience depend on your specific browsing habits. For example, some internet activities include social networking, information gathering, banking, shopping, blogging, gaming, dating, and business building. Consider personal preference. Some may prefer notebook and pen,

The Challenges of Keeping Track

Membership sites encourage members to create unique passwords and usernames. Online merchants also often require consumers to create usernames and passwords. Remembering all of these can be a challenge. Paid membership sites add one more item to keep track of in your personal and business bookkeeping. Social networking sites are proliferating and invitations to connect with friends on other social networks can become overwhelming. Writers, teachers and other professionals may work on more than one computer and may inadvertently create multiple versions of the same document. Sometimes finding a blogger again whose writing resonated with you may become difficult.

The Challenges of Keeping On-Track

Have you ever spent time doing research only to find yourself way off track? You don’t remember how you arrived at a particular website, and your computer’s cache doesn’t seem to be very helpful at getting you back to where you started. At the end of the day you might think you are more like the little child in the Family Circus comic strip that wandered all over the house and yard before doing the small errand his parents asked.

Internet Tools

(Later in this article you will find suggestions for using paper and pen as a strategy for some internet organizing tasks.) There are many free internet tools. Before purchasing software, search to see if you can find a free version. Here are just a few helpful internet organizers:

 

  • Password Management: Consider Password Safe for keeping track of passwords. They have a free open source version for keeping track of all of your passwords with one master password.
  • Writers and professionals might want to check out Dropbox. Install Dropbox on all of your computers. Upload documents directly into Dropbox on your desk top. The contents of Dropbox are updated online. You can access documents from any computer, or phone. Files are backed up on the Dropbox website so if all of your computers get a virus, you would not lose your files. You can share files with others using Dropbox. Dropbox is free up to a certain amount of storage.
  • To keep track and help you gather information in an organized way, consider Springpadit. Springpadit is free. You can create a personal space to clip and add anything you find. You can organize content, and make it available to others on Springpadit. There are apps such as weekly meal planner and notebook apps. Notebook App is versatile and allows you to create tabs and pages to keep notes and links in. You can keep anything you want private or make certain things available to others on Springpadit.
  • RSS feeds are a simple way to keep track of blogs and news sites you want to read on a regular basis. It’s a way to access all of your blogs and news in one place.
  • A very special way of keeping all of your internet activity in one place is Netvibes. All of the organizing tools listed here can be combined on Netvibes. Create tabs for different categories of internet activity. For example, create a tab for all of your social networking, and tabs for categories that are unique to you. Social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter will keep you signed in on netvibes so you can see comments all on one page. Place a to-do list to check off. Create or find a widget for everything you do online. For example, Netvibes has a widget for Dropbox, many social networking sites, and RSS feeds. Create a tab for your online banking and shopping.

Paper and Pen Strategies

Some people might prefer to find paper and pen strategies for staying organized. Although it is a little more labor-intensive, keeping track of your online activities could make your online experience more productive. Here are some tips for paper and pen:

  • Possible supplies: a timer, a special online notebook, pens of different colors, highlighters and/or colored pencils.
  • Jot down your goals, ideas or questions you are searching for in one color.
  • Use a second color to revise your question or totally change it.
  • Jot down websites you may want to return to. Write only the beginning of the URL. Later, when you go back to the site, you can type in the beginning of the URL and your history should bring up the rest of the URL.
  • Put stars, or highlight anything special.
  • When you are going off on a tangent, use the timer. Give yourself a time limit.
  • Draw a vertical line down each page in your notebook. On one side, keep track of where you go and which things to return to. On the other side, write new questions, new searches you want to pursue, and thoughts and ideas you get along the way.
  • On the last page of your notebook or on the back of it, keep passwords and usernames. Keep your notebook in a safe place.
  • If there are specific sites you visit regularly, create a list.

Putting it All Together

To get started with organizational changes, try using one new idea per day. Open a Netvibes account one day. Spend a few days organizing your tabs. Begin adding widgets; register for RSS feeds; Dropbox if needed; and other tools. Decide on an option for remembering usernames and passwords. Don’t forget you can also use paper, pen and timer to get started. If you find other useful tools, be sure to come back and share what you’ve found!…

Internet-Based Support for Mothers: How New Mothers Can Find Support and Information Online

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Internet-Based Support for Mothers: How New Mothers Can Find Support and Information Online

 

New mothers need support which their immediate family and friends are often unable to provide. In today’s increasingly fragmented society, the internet plays an important role in linking mothers with each other, giving them access to information, support and a vehicle for expressing opinions and issues.

New Motherhood: Difficult Emotions

Becoming a new mother can change your social world beyond recognition, especially if you have no friends with babies. Your partner may not necessarily understand, while relatives are often full of well-meaning but confusing advice. There is a tendency for everyone around the new mother to focus exclusively on the baby, which can be experienced as a loss of identity: suddenly, you are ‘just’ a mother, and all the other parts of you are ‘on the back burner’.

Our society has become increasingly isolated. Nuclear families, and often single-parent families, replace extended families and all the support that can bring. Without such help, parenting can feel like a heavy burden.

Parenting Books: Help or Hindrance?

This is where the parenting book industry steps in. Unfortunately, many of these books can have the effect of inducing confusion and self-doubt. No book can know every individual baby, and when mothers take the advice as gospel, the result can be unrealistic expectations, frustration and disappointment. If baby isn’t sleeping through the night by three months or conforming to a routine of naps and feeding times, mothers can feel like a failure.

Support Groups

Mother and baby groups can certainly be a welcome source of community support, but they can be competitive. Not everyone can get to them regularly, and not all mothers enjoy group situations.

The Internet as a Life-Line

In today’s increasingly rushed world, the internet has come to play a key role in our social lives. For a mother who is short of time and often in the home for long periods, this is a life-line. Typing can be done one-handed while holding a sleeping baby, and responses to posts are often more rapid than waiting for a friend to pick up the phone. The internet can, of course, also provide a way of finding out what groups and services are available in one’s area.

Forums for Moms

Forums provide an avenue for discussion about a huge variety of parenting topics. Forums are like ‘chat boards’ where, using an online pseudonym, moms can talk to each other. There are forums for expectant moms, new moms, and for parents who share particular philosophies of parenting – for example, Mothering supports ‘natural’ parenting. These forums give mothers all the options and information on everything from nappies to breastfeeding, to going back to work and childcare issues.

The Anonymous Factor

The anonymity of these forums can make mothers feel safe to share socially unacceptable things such as feeling angry at their ever-crying baby or feeling put off their partner. There is open discussion of potentially controversial parenting methods such as co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding (e.g. Kellymom), which will rarely be mentioned by a doctor or health visitor. Links to other sites with more information, are provided.

Empowering Choices

The internet is a wonderful tool for breaking the isolation that so many new mothers feel. While it can never replace an extended ‘tribe’, it gives mothers the opportunity to make more empowered choices, as well as to express their feelings and receive advice about a variety of issues.…

Internet Fax Provider Comparison

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Internet Fax Provider Comparison

Internet Fax Provider ComparisonIn the ‘old days’, sending faxes or receiving faxes meant desktop sized clunky machines that smelled of burning ink and sounded like a printing press. Today, internet faxing (also referred to as online fax service, email fax service, online faxing or efax), is becoming more and more main stream as companies look to cut costs and become more eco-friendly. Typically costing a fraction of the price of traditional fax methods, internet faxing is just too good a deal for most to pass up. Best of all, it’s secure.

Why Choose Internet Faxing

Setting aside cost factors for a moment, internet faxing means no more having to deal with paper. Faxes arrive just like an email allowing you to view and store your faxes without having to kill any trees. No more having to deal with paper jams, toner cartridges, busy signals or additional wires running to more machines which take up more space on the desk. Since internet faxing means being able to send and receive faxes from your email account, efaxes are mobile. Send faxes and receives faxes from anywhere and on any device able to access your email.

Referring back to the cost, there’s just no comparison. Internet faxing is literally so cost effective that any business, no matter how small, can now afford to send and receive faxes just about anywhere in the world. Let’s take a look at a couple of the more well known providers and their basic or introductory offers (in alphabetical order).

eFax

Owned by j2 Global Communications, eFax provides a 30 day trial for new customers during which you can send up to 100 outbound and receive up to 200 inbound fax pages. After the trial period, the monthly fee is $12.49 includes a fax number and up to 200 inbound faxes pages. Sending outbound faxes will cost $0.13 per page for faxes taking less than 60 seconds to complete. eFax offers service in multiple languages and currencies, offers service in 46 countries and boasts 11 million customers.

FaxAge

FaxAge, owned by EC Data Systems Inc is an 8-year old company offering internet fax service in Canada and The United States. FaxAge has no displayed discount offer for new customers but does boast 10 different plans designed to suit businesses of all sizes. FaxAge’s ‘Professional’ plan costs $7.95 per month and includes 150 inbound and 150 outbound fax pages. There is a one-time setup fee of $5.00 and a fax number will cost $8.49 a month.

 

myfax

First launched in 1997, myfax is owned by Protus IP Solutions and offers global faxing solutions. New customers will enjoy a 30-day trial period that includes 200 inbound and 100 outbound faxes and the ability to share a single fax number with up to 5 email addresses. Myfax offers 3 prices plans for personal and small business as well as customized discounted plans to large corporations. At only $10 per month (or $110/year), their basic plan includes all feature included in the trial offer plus a fax number, free setup and 1-year of online fax storage.

RapidFax

Owned by Rapid On Call Inc, RapidFax is geared to offer the best dollar value to American customers. A 30-day trial offer includes all the features that their only listed price plan includes; 300 inbound or outbound fax pages (available to only USA clients). There is no setup fee, includes a fax number and costs $9.95 per month.

RingCentral

Offering service in Canada, United Kingdome and The United States, new customers can take advantage of a 30-day trial offer within all 3 of their price plans. Their basic plan costs $7.99 a month (or $6.39/month when committing to 1-year of service), includes a fax number and 300 total inbound or outbound fax pages. There is no setup fee and RingCentral is currently offering a 20% discount on their basic Fax300 plan.

There are of course many more internet fax providers out there, though we simply cannot list them all. Hopefully there is enough basic information provided within this article to point you in the right direction towards finding an internet fax provider which suits your needs. Keep in mind that the cheapest price isn’t always the best deciding factor. Consider what your present and future needs will be, then ask questions and get straight answers. The last thing you would want is to find out your internet fax provider isn’t right for you, but that you’ve committed to a 1-year contract.…

2021: The Information Surplus

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2021: The Information Surplus

Most of what you think you know about the internet is probably wrong.

In 2021, posting quality content isn’t going to cut it. The challenge: make that quality obvious and compelling to readers in 3 seconds (and dropping). Just when you thought attention spans couldn’t get any shorter, 2010 shortened them even more.

The Information Age is dead. In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t need any more information. The challenge here is to help people find what they don’t know they’re looking for.

Google isn’t particularly good at solving these problems. Nor is anything else, yet. What’s a small business owner to do about this? Here’s where it gets simple.

Shift your communication strategy from talking-based to listening-based. This may not sound like rocket science, but there’s more to it than you might think.

For example, you might think it’s a given that collecting e-mail addresses and sending out a monthly newsletter will “keep you in front of your audience.” But what if you spend the same amount of time and energy reading other newsletters instead, making a point of responding to the good ones?

Instead of thinking of more ways to add noise to the already-cluttered information stream, think of ways to make full use of the best information that’s already out there. That doesn’t mean to stop creating content – it’s just about shifting some of your resources.

I assert that the businesses who make a priority of sharpening their listening skills will make the most money in 2021

Most of what you think you know about the internet is probably wrong.

In 2021, posting quality content isn’t going to cut it. The challenge: make that quality obvious and compelling to readers in 3 seconds (and dropping). Just when you thought attention spans couldn’t get any shorter, 2020 shortened them even more.

The Information Age is dead. In case you haven’t noticed, we don’t need any more information. The challenge here is to help people find what they don’t know they’re looking for.

Google isn’t particularly good at solving these problems. Nor is anything else, yet. What’s a small business owner to do about this? Here’s where it gets simple.

Shift your communication strategy from talking-based to listening-based. This may not sound like rocket science, but there’s more to it than you might think.

For example, you might think it’s a given that collecting e-mail addresses and sending out a monthly newsletter will “keep you in front of your audience.” But what if you spend the same amount of time and energy reading other newsletters instead, making a point of responding to the good ones?

Instead of thinking of more ways to add noise to the already-cluttered information stream, think of ways to make full use of the best information that’s already out there. That doesn’t mean to stop creating content – it’s just about shifting some of your resources.

I assert that the businesses who make a priority of sharpening their listening skills will make the most money in 2021.…

Chatting With Karl Staib Of Work Happy Now

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Chatting With Karl Staib Of Work Happy Now

Why Work Happy Now?

I have always struggled to enjoy various jobs. The memories were always enjoyable, but while I was working a job I had difficulty staying engaged. Most of it was my fault, so I began studying myself, books and other blogs to see if I could make a few connections. I started a personal development blog three years ago, but kept drifting toward work happiness. I knew other people had this problem too, so after a flop of a personal development blog I made the leap and started Work Happy Now. Best creative decision of my life.

How long has Work Happy Now been around?

Work Happy Now has been around for a little over a year. It’s still a work in progress. I’ve changed the look of my site, added video, launched an ebook “Work Happy the Google Way,” and I’m itching to expand some more. Like any business, I have to pick the strong return on investments and put the other ideas on the back burner. It’s not always easy to decide where to put my time, but that’s what creating a business is all about.

What sorts of struggles (if any) have you had to endure with your business over time?

The business is just in its infancy. I still work a full time job. My goal is to have Work Happy Now become a full time career by this time next year. To answer your question…I’ve lost count of the struggles. A brief synopsis would be cold-calling businesses, keeping up with regular blog posts, responding to every single reader question, staying outside my comfort zone and giving more and more value.

How did you come up with the name for your site?

I’m a big believer in branding. I wanted a name that would be easy to remember and would tell the exact story of how I wanted to help people. Voila – Work Happy Now. I really wanted WorkHappy.com, but it was taken. I actually like the “now” on the end because it’s all about maximizing our work happiness in the present moment.

If you could give advice to other people who are struggling with their entrepreneurial dreams, what would you say?

Be persistent. That means being so freak’n passionate about your concept that your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or whoever asks you to come to bed because you are working too hard. I have my days when I can’t sit in front of the computer, but they are few and far in between. Starting your own business is about chipping away at the mountain until you are on top. It has taken four years, but I’m finally reaching my stride.

Do you think it’s better to work from home or in an an office?

It’s all about knowing yourself. If you need an office to get away from distractions then do it. If you can’t afford an office then make the best of what you have.

What sorts of things do you do for fun when you’re not working?

Spend time with my wife, walk the dog every evening (great stress reliever), Yoga every morning, meditation to keep the gauge of my mental state fresh and hang out with friends and family.

Do you have any advice on how to keep things balanced?

My advice is to listen to your needs. I have a full time job (40 hours a week), and I’m also working about 25 hours a week on my blog. It’s a lot of hours, but I always find time to take breaks, exercise, and spend time with loved ones.

What’s one of the most challenging things you’ve had to deal with regarding Work Happy Now?

Building a community is the most challenging. I want to respond on every person’s blog who comments on mine, but I can’t. I have to pick the areas where I get the most bang for my time.

What was one of the most rewarding?

The most rewarding has been the feedback. The emails I get thanking me. The comments from people who I’ve helped has been the best part. They appreciate the value that I give. It just makes me want to work even harder and keep coming up with new ideas.

What are your feelings on social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.?

They are awesome tools. They help me reach new people without dropping any cash on advertising. It’s these relationships that I foster and support with all my energy. I don’t put a lot of money into Work Happy Now, less than $1,000, but I do that because I want Work Happy Now to grow organically. I want people to want me. The best way to do that is to be on social networks, trying to connect and share ideas.

About Karl:

You can read more about Karl here, on his website.  You can also follow Work Happy Now on Twitter or visit Karl on StumbleUpon.…