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    February 22nd, 2009HARTQuickies

    UPDATE: Cell Phones .org has just lifted the U.S. (only) rules, and now all bloggers are eligible to enter this contest! In fact … I have entered myself in this contest too! Pass it on.

    Attention Bloggers In The U.S.A.

    Cell Phones .org is holding a 2009 Blogger Appreciation Contest for U.S. Residents and you could win to have your cell phone bill paid up for a full year (up to $1,000 USD). Although I live in Canada, and host my sites in the United States, I am not eligible. But, if you live in the United States you can host your blog anywhere in the world.

    According to their contest page..

    Contest Requirements

    You must be an active blogger, on any subject. Active means you’ve been blogging for at least the last two months. Your blog can be hosted anywhere. No Spam or Automated Blogs. You need to live in the United States of America. If you win, you need to let us post your name and a link to your blog.’

    How To Enter:

    You or someone you know needs to submit your blog via our submission form on the bottom of this page.

    Prizes

    1. 1st Prize: 1 year of your cell phone bill on us (Cell Phones . Org) – up to $1000
    2. 2nd Prize: Free cell phone of your choosing (does not include plan, just the phone).
    3. 3rd Prize: $100 off your your next purchase at Cell Phones .org – this is transferable and never expires.

    Dates

    * Submissions Accepted until February 28th 2009.
    * Voting until March 17 2009
    * Final Results March 19 2009

    You can enter this contest and ask your own readers to nominate or vote for you here:
    cellphones.org/free-cell-phone-contest.php

    Unfortunately, you can’t nominate me .. but feel free to nominate yourself and your friends! $1,000 towards your cell phone bill? That’s gotta help 🙂

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    February 17th, 2009HARTHmmmm Things, Quickies

    There’s never enough time in the day, but there are a few things that I seem to do over and over again, that I think I can save a little time each day.

    Currently .. I have over 100 google alerts set up. Each is set as follows:

    * Type – “Comprehensive” (vs News, Blogs, Web, Video, Groups)
    * Deliver to – “Email” (vs Feed)
    * How Often – “As-It-Happens” (vs Once-A-Day, Once-A-Week)

    I find it necessary to have all of these google alerts. If people are talking about any of our domains, or writers, or on topics that are related to our blogs .. I want to know about it.

    But, I find that with all this information, I’m not really looking at these alerts that come into my email. I mean, I eventually look at them … and maybe browse through them a little – because I get a popup notice everytime I see a new email coming in on my Google Talk IM chat client. When I look inside my gmail, for terms that are curious to me, I also take a quick peak and see what the alert was all about.

    But – even if it is worth me looking into, and doing a follow up – (unless it’s something I really should take care of immediately, like mention of an author interview or something) – I tend to just mark it as “starred” and when I have time late at night, follow up on them anyway.

    Time Management Step: Reduce Time Reading These Emails Twice

    For the reasons .. I have decided to change all of my Google Alerts to “ONCE-A-DAY” delivery in my email.

    I’ll let you know how it goes for me .. Currently, I receive at least 70 email alerts a day.

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