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An Explanation for Expletives

5 Dec

As I was raising my kids, I was really careful about what kind of media I allowed in the house. When they’re small you worry about such things, their little minds are being shaped. I was okay with violence; I honestly don’t see a problem, especially raising boys, but profanity was off limits. They’ll eventually hear it all on the bus as they head off to school, but setting standards in the home is a crucial component to raising healthy adults.

As they get older they’ll struggle with it once in a while like most of us, especially during times of stress. Personally I think it makes you sound ignorant, and scripture warns against it.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

But to deny its existence in every day life, especially in this sin soaked culture, would be silly.

People are craving authentic. When I wrote, Boundless Devotion, I included some expletives within the dialog. Being a believer for the past thirty years, I’m certain that will marginalize some, but ultimately it’s a story of redemption.

There’s a, “method to the madness.”

I also included some heavy crime material so you may not want your first grader to read it, but I left the descriptive to the imagination. The protagonist and all of his allies are all duty bound and honorable, hence the title.

Here’s a portion of a speech I included from General Patten:

Be seated.

Men, all this stuff you hear about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of bullshit. Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That’s why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best . . . etc etc.

Again, I don’t want to offend your conscience if you’re a brother or sister in Christ, but it’s a military crime Thriller. There is nothing willy nilly about it I did tons of research. It’s just where the journey took me . . . it was inescapable.

Read a sample here

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Legacy of Tears

30 Nov

Looking around at all the foulness in the media lately, I was thinking of writing a book about the wickedness of the human heart. I even came up with a cool title for it, “Depth of Depravity.” However the more I pondered on the idea, I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin.

When I examine my own heart, it’s enough to scare anybody. I think that’s the case for most of us, but the dynamics have changed. Our eyes have adjusted to the darkness. We accept things as normal that should make us feel ashamed as a country; we’ve forgotten how to blush.

Overall Americans used to be on the same page in terms of morality. We enjoyed a, “community ethic.” where everybody knew the difference between right and wrong. Those days are over, which makes reading people a lot more challenging, and dangerous.

Nobody’s perfect, but ask those who know me and they’ll tell you, I’m one of the good guys. What about the other team?

If we’re truly honest with ourselves . . . goodness.

They used to say twenty or so years ago, that at any given moment there were at least a hundred serial killers walking around, living among us. I wonder what those numbers would look like today?

I’ve made many poor choices in my life, decisions that still affect me in many respects all these years later. Growing up in the chaos I was forced to call, “home” certainly didn’t help (long story). Nevertheless I took ownership of those choices, a skill sorely lacking in American culture. As a result I enjoy my freedom, I have a good relationship with my children, I’m relatively healthy, I have a roof over my head . . . there are consequences for good behavior as well as bad.

But my God what are we handing down to these kids?!

Braille — Changed Hearts

Boundless Devotion

25 Nov

A few folks who’ve read my new book have voiced concerns over some of the language. They wonder why, as a Christian, I thought it necessary to include expletives. My answer is simple; it can be summed up in one word, “authenticity.”

I’ve never served in the military, so I had to do my research. If you’re a veteran, know one, or have even spent any length of time in a locker room, you know what I’m talking about.

Meaningful dialog is hard to capture. I spent three years working on plots, subplots, developing characters, narrative propulsion, pouring over every word, every scene . . . every nuance, it’s a never ending process.

Even when you’re done you’re always second guessing yourself. However I tried hard to write it in such a way as to truly capture the imagination and bring honor to whom it’s due.

I’m sorry if the wording offends the conscience of some. It wasn’t my intent, I really mean that, but ultimately it’s a story of God’s sovereignty and His plan for redemption.

Boundless Devotion ©2017

Thanksgiving and the Bounty of Capitalism

23 Nov

Thanksgiving, good economic times or bad, is when we gather with our family and friends and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. It marks a remembrance of those early Pilgrim Fathers who crossed the uncharted ocean from Europe to make a new start in Plymouth, Massachusetts. What is less appreciated is that Thanksgiving is also a celebration of the birth of free enterprise in America.

The English Puritans, who left Great Britain and sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower in 1620, were not only escaping from religious persecution in their homeland. They also wanted to turn their backs on what they viewed as the materialistic and greedy corruption of the Old World.

In the New World, they wanted to erect a New Jerusalem that would not only be religiously devout, but be built on a new foundation of communal sharing and social altruism. Their goal was the communism of Plato’s Republic, in which all would work and share in common, knowing neither private property nor self-interested acquisitiveness.

What resulted is recorded in the journal of Governor William Bradford, the head of the colony. The colonists collectively cleared and worked land, but they brought forth neither the bountiful harvest they hoped for, nor did it create a spirit of shared and cheerful brotherhood.

The less industrious members of the colony came late to their work in the fields, and were slow and easy in their labors. Knowing that they and their families were to receive an equal share of whatever the group produced, they saw little reason to be more diligent their efforts. The harder working among the colonists became resentful that their efforts would be redistributed to the more malingering members of the colony. Soon they, too, were coming late to work and were less energetic in the fields.

As Governor Bradford explained in his old English (though with the spelling modernized):

For the young men that were able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men’s wives and children, without recompense. The strong, or men of parts, had no more division of food, clothes, etc. then he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice. The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labor, and food, clothes, etc. with the meaner and younger sort, thought it some indignant and disrespect unto them. And for men’s wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc. they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could their husbands brook it.

Because of the disincentives and resentments that spread among the population, crops were sparse and the rationed equal shares from the collective harvest were not enough to ward off starvation and death. Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists.

Realizing that another season like those that had just passed would mean the extinction of the entire community, the elders of the colony decided to try something radically different: the introduction of private property rights and the right of the individual families to keep the fruits of their own labor.

As Governor Bradford put it:

And so assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number for that end . . .This had a very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little-ones with them to set corn, which before would alledge weakness, and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.

The Plymouth Colony experienced a great bounty of food. Private ownership meant that there was now a close link between work and reward. Industry became the order of the day as the men and women in each family went to the fields on their separate private farms. When the harvest time came, not only did many families produce enough for their own needs, but they had surpluses that they could freely exchange with their neighbors for mutual benefit and improvement.

In Governor Bradford’s words:

By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the face of things was changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God. And the effect of their planting was well seen, for all had, one way or other, pretty well to bring the year about, and some of the abler sort and more industrious had to spare, and sell to others, so as any general want or famine hath not been amongst them since to this day.

Hard experience had taught the Plymouth colonists the fallacy and error in the ideas of that since the time of the ancient Greeks had promised paradise through collectivism rather than individualism. As Governor Bradford expressed it:

The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years, and that amongst the Godly and sober men, may well convince of the vanity and conceit of Plato’s and other ancients; — that the taking away of property, and bringing into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God. For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.

Was this realization that communism was incompatible with human nature and the prosperity of humanity to be despaired or be a cause for guilt? Not in Governor Bradford’s eyes. It was simply a matter of accepting that altruism and collectivism were inconsistent with the nature of man, and that human institutions should reflect the reality of man’s nature if he is to prosper. Said Governor Bradford:

Let none object this is man’s corruption, and nothing to the curse itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in his wisdom saw another course fitter for them.

The desire to “spread the wealth” and for government to plan and regulate people’s lives is as old as the utopian fantasy in Plato’s Republic. The Pilgrim Fathers tried and soon realized its bankruptcy and failure as a way for men to live together in society.

They, instead, accepted man as he is: hardworking, productive, and innovative when allowed the liberty to follow his own interests in improving his own circumstances and those of his family. And even more, out of his industry result the quantities of useful goods that enable men to trade to their mutual benefit.

In the wilderness of the New World, the Plymouth Pilgrims had progressed from the false dream of communism to the sound realism of capitalism. At a time of economic uncertainty, it is worthwhile recalling this beginning of the American experiment and experience with freedom.

This is the lesson of the First Thanksgiving. This year, when we sit around our dining table with our family and friends, let us also remember that what we are really celebrating is the birth of free men and free enterprise in that New World of America.

The real meaning of Thanksgiving, in other words, is the triumph of capitalism over the failure of collectivism in all its forms.

Richard M Ebeling

Secrets to Building a Profitable Email List – Part 2

17 Jul

SECRETS TO BUILDING A PROFITABLE EMAIL LIST

The Bare Essentials – What you’ll need to get started

The first thing you need to understand is this, building a profitable email list takes time; but don’t give up, give yourself about two or three months to really get going. Don’t be in a rush, you’re running a marathon not a sprint.

It also takes A LOT of attention to detail, careful thought, and most importantly, action.

 

The hardest part of any action plan is getting started, building a profitable email list is no different. Creating momentum always starts with a good plan; but it takes commitment to follow through and also a healthy dose of accountability. This isn’t like quitting a bad habit, it’s more like developing the right ones; just stay focused.

You can do this!

If this early stage process of list building seems boring and unproductive, like I said don’t give up. It takes time and effort, but you have to keep at it if you ever want to see progress. Just take it a bite at a time and you’ll get there.

So let’s start with some of the dry, boring stuff.

What are the bare essentials that you’ll need to master before you can start making money with your list?

Purchase a Domain and Get Hosting

Before you can do anything else, you’ll need to purchase a domain and get it hosted to set yourself apart with a working landing page.

You can do it in one of two ways, use a webpage-builder to create your website or do what a lot of top end marketers are doing nowadays, use a WordPress platform . . . like this one.

The best place to start is probably by determining the theme and URL for your website.

Your Theme and URL

Start by thinking about what niche your site will focus on.

A good rule of thumb is to keep a narrow focus. If you’ve ever seen “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson, you’ll remember the part when he and his young sons were planning an attack against the Brits after they’d come to their house and essentially kidnapped his oldest. He gave them guns and told them to, “..aim small, miss small”.

For instance, if you’re thinking about creating a niche site that markets retail products through affiliate links, drill down a little further and consider focusing only on one type of product, like fishing gear; preferably something your real familiar with, something you’re passionate about!

If you grow out of your niche in the future, you can always create another site or expand your current site. But for now, keep things narrow to avoid confusing your visitors.

The URL

Once you’ve settled on a theme, you’ll want to come up with unique URL for your site. Sometimes your first choice might already be taken, just get creative.

In the past, marketers used to select URLs that were actually the key phrase they were targeting (but with a dash between each word). That’s okay if you’re targeting a long tail keyword for a particular article or campaign; but if you plan to create a memorable, credible business, you’ll wanna avoid this for your main URL and opt for one that is short and as targeted as possible so that visitors won’t forget it.

Take careful notes about the theme you want and the specific URLs that you believe will fit well with your business model and niche (it’s that important).

Comparison Shop for Your Domain and Hosting

Most web hosting services like Go daddy for instance will allow you to purchase your domain and give you a unique domain related email address when you sign up.

It’s a lot easier to manage all of your information in one place. You can point the url wherever you want and also create sub-domains.

A good place to start on your search may be findmyhosting.com. This site lists an exhaustive break-down of 10 popular hosting services, which includes important details like:

  • The monthly payments
  • The setup fees related to your hosting, email, etc
  • Whether the domain registration is included at no additional cost
  • Whether you can setup email accounts through the domain
  • The plugins and features that come with the hosting service
  • Whether or not the hosting comes with a website building tool

Take some time and compare hosts to determine which one will work best for your particular needs.

Again, this is just the beginning so bear with me if this is already stuff you’re familiar with; but as a general rule of thumb (if you’re new to Internet business), you’ll want to look primarily at three items:

1. The ―Uptime Guarantee, which will give you a rough idea of whether a particular host has problems keeping sites up.

2. The price, as well as the various deals offered for locking in a 6- month or 12-month contract.

3. The site builder and plugins offered. Again, I recommend looking for a site that offers the WordPress capabilities like this one. It’ll greatly simplify the site-creation process.

I don’t wanna overwhelm you; but I just wanna finish my thoughts real quick lol.

Creating a website is important but for it to work effectively it needs to be marketable.

Create a Marketable Website

Before you even think about marketing your website, you’ll want to first spend the time to create a site that will sell itself well. It’s not critical that this site be flawless and expensive to build, but if you want it to close sales, then you should put in the time to make sure it’s attractive and will convert visitors into subscribers.

If you don’t wanna use a WordPress platform, you can go another route, it just takes longer and you need to get some tools.

A good place to start is by obtaining a WYSIWYG editor. It’ll allow you to make changes to your site on demand without learning HTML. It gives you a number of options.

If you’re able to pay upfront in order to make your life easier down the line, you may want to purchase something like XSitePro It’s a favorite among Internet marketers for a lot of reasons.

Not only will it allow you to build an attractive site, but it’ll also allow you to tweak the site in order to optimize it for search engine traffic (SEO).

Initially, I would just stick with something simple like WordPress though, it’s free and VERY user friendly. 🙂

Setup an Autoresponder Account

This is the last thing I’m gonna touch on today; but I just wanna start getting into the meat.

Whatever else you do with your site, you’ll also use it during the process of building a profitable email list (which is why you’re reading this blog lol). This means you’ll need an auto-responder.

An autoresponder is a tool that allows you to create mailing lists, manage member subscriptions, avoid spam complaints, and test and track results. With a regular email account you’re hands are tied because there are rules and regulatory laws and policies to protect people from spammers and invasions of privacy.

It’s a critical component to building a profitable email list campaign, an invaluable tool for all list owners; and as a new list-builder, you’re gonna wanna become intimately familiar with how they work.

Let’s start with the basics.

Selecting an Autoresponder Service

When it comes to selecting an autoresponder service, you have several choices.

I personally would send you to either Aweber, Get Response, or GVO.

You just follow the steps to create your list like this.

Let’s Review

So far you’ve created your website theme, selected an appropriate URL, purchased a domain name and hosting, got a WordPress site or selected a WYSIWYG editor, and picked an autoresponder service.

You’ve also created your first list, updated the subscription confirmation email, and created a form for your website, not bad. Congratulate yourself! You’ve just done what 98% of people don’t, you taken the first steps towards true financial freedom!

I know this seemed like a lot of information; but it’ll be here for you to go through again as many times as you need to. Thanks for stopping in, part three coming soon! 🙂

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