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Hypnotherapists – How Do You Do It?

Hypnotherapists – How Do You Do It?

 “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.”

Jesse Jackson

 “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” –

Albert Schweitzer.

How Can I Say This Without Sounding Schmoozy?    Not Sure – So I Just Have To Say It.  I Think You Guys Are Amazing and The Question Above is Right – I Don’t Know How You Do It?

I know a lot of Hypnotherpists. 

I am not a hypnotherapist myself but I have videoed hundreds of hours of Hypnotherapy Training in Adam Eason’s, College Of Hypnosis.  

One thing was obvious from the start, it was hard to find a student who wasn’t a great human being with an empathetic and caring disposition.

I was able to see the complexity of the training, especially in the advanced courses. 

I could ALSO see just how hard it is to get to know your clients, and maintain an empathetic and professional relationship.   It is hard for you !

Hypnotherapist Students have so much to learn because:

The demands from Clients are enormous.  Their mental issues can be very complex.  Communication can be awkward while the therapist and client are sussing each other out.  There are social skills and coping techniques to learn overcome any barriers,  There are so many exploratory conversations using things like Socrates Questioning (where did that memory come from)

The reason I am saying all of this to trained therapists is that I am wanting you to understand that I would never claim that any ‘one to one’ intervention is not better than therapy offered by qualified practitioners. 

I totally get that.

So the ideal thing for anyone with a phobia, addiction, behavioural issues and so on is to find a hypnotherapist to give them the necessary and personalised hypnosis sessions.

 

However(I guess that you knew I was going to make a different point) I want to make you think about this…

To throw the spanner in the works – from a clients point of view – that takes time, research for right therapist, money, traveling, evaluation all for one problem. 

When you think about all of this it is not surprising that many well qualified hypnotherapists actually have problems marketing in the right place to get enough one to one clients.

Bear all of this in mind when you see my section below about Advantage Of the Internet and Self-Hypnosis.

Your Clients – Special To You

‘What About Your Acquisition Of Clients.

I believe (please challenge me if I am wrong) the majority of your clients will have come through referrals from previous clients.

You will know the answer to this question – How many appointments are you completing every week?

I have already pointed out above that there are obstacles, time, money and so on.

AND yet we know – it is not the place to do it just now – but the figures of mental health need is enormous.

People are becoming much more open about there mental issues.  How many of those millions of people with needs will show at your door?

You want to help people like this and in a fraction of a percent you are meeting some need.

Now I stand outside your personal desires to provide the ideal ‘one to one’ solution BUT what about the fantastic (ok let us call it semi help) opportunity to help thousands of people with your knowledge and approach to mental therapies.

I believe that this is where your opportunity lies…

 

Your Clients – The Lessons You Learn and Leverage

,,My career was nursing so I hope you will understand that I understand the confidentiality of patients and all of their privacy.   Please understand that as you read the next bit.

 Please – Just Use and Leverage

The personal relationship that you have with your clients doesn’t stop you learning from the experience  and using in all future patient situations.

In fact I know you will be able to use all of that experiential knowledge to construct amazing insightful generic scripts.

 If you have battled with a difficult case client wanting help with say weight control and other inter-related mental issues  – you will have heard the narrative from the client, and witnessed, first hand, the emotions and descriptions given by your clients about how hard it was living with the obesity.

 The reality is that you would have written a specific script for your client and used different inductions, education  or whatever to specifically hit the right mental response. 

Your aim was to equip the client with the correct knowledge – you will have been working things so that the client will be able to own the answers and how to proceed alone.

 BUT…

the core of the interaction can be used by you for all future interactions

 ALSO…

it will enable you to write excellent topic specific content for self-hypnosis session scripts.

In fact – I would love you to write my sales pages for specific topics

I bet you could come and totally re-write my sales pages. You have heard the descriptions of the client problems and the emotional language and descriptions used.

Without any confidentiality issues, you can write hypnosis scripts that target the problems experienced by millions of people with identical problems to your client.  

I can recall so easily lessons I learned when nursing, that made me change my approach and improve my skills going forward. 

You of course are the same – AND it means that you can put together audio sessions that will help topic specific problems.

AND what an amazing thing it is when experienced therapists can share, and talk, to so many other people with similar problems.   

That is ONE of the reasons I am anxious to get more hypnotherapists on board. 

What are the Advantages of Online Purchases of Self Hypnosis?

1. Easy To Find Solutions

 The great advantage of the Internet is that someone looking for a solution to a troublesome behavioral issue can easily locate through search engines such as Google –

Furthermore the solution is available immediately even if it is the middle of the night. 

I fear that a lot of the solutions purchased are created by hypnotherapists that the purchaser is not interested in.  He wants the solution on offer and that is that.  Sorry that probably hurts you if you are a therapist – but reading all about you is not going to affect a purchase of a £2.99 audio download.

2. Privacy

 Not worth saying much about this – BUT to many people having a solution that is a private purchase is

I have talked to many of the people who have bought self-hypnosis download MP3 audios from our Hypnosis For Download website over the last five years.  The majority of the clients that I have spoken to tell me that they are using hypnosis for the first time.  That is just the people I have spoken to – not a researched finding.

However I have looked into repeat purchases and 65% of new clients buy several more products over the next year.

 3. Price – Cheap and Cheaper – That is the Reality

Over the last two or three years there has been a fall in the number of new clients purchasing our self-hypnosis audios for download. 

Mobile Apps

The trend was so noticeable that I put some of our products out as apps on Android, iTunes, Amazon.   What a nightmare as the set up was troublesome – oh I won’t go on with it.   After 6 months of messing around and trying meet the demands of the network platforms I packed up that approach.

Cheap and Cheaper – Holiday Discounts

Every now and then – over a holiday for example – I would reduce the price of our products by 50% to 70%.  Every time I did that the response was dramatic and visitors to the website were purchasing many products in one go. 

The positive point for me though was that the products bought were self-help (such as creativity, motivation, positivity, wealth mindset  for example)

 The temptation of course was to lower the prices permanently.  The problem is that if your competitors are selling their products at a higher price, then they would appear to have less worthy products.

 4. Timing – The Help Is Available Exactly When Clients Need It

When clients meet Hypnotherapists for an appointment the interaction is at a specific time – and the mood of the client is what it is!  The activities and pressures of the day can affect any hypnosis or talking therapy interaction.

Obviously the opposite is the case with therapy recordings as the user will have taken a positive action by deciding to use the audio.

 

Hypnosis Sessions and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CAN be Very Specific

I have been talking about the Self-Hypnosis Sessions for online downloads as generic because they are not written directly for a client.

When you, as a hypnotherapist, deal directly with the client, you can get down to the gritty details and write scripts specifically designed to meet their CURRENT needs

That is brilliant and it may put you off writing scripts that can be used by thousands of people.

However there is a place I believe for almost ‘keyword rich’ self-hypnosis scripts which have a very specific topic related focus. 

There are so many times that I hear people with mental issues on the morning Breakfast programme that I really want to help.  I know I have hypnosis scripts that would really work for them.

Topic, Story, and Well Described Hypnosis Session

This is an example of how specific the audio sessions can be. 

If you take a look at this set of hypnosis sessions available on my Hypnosis for download website you will see that Adam has produced a series of hypnosis sessions with a narrative introduction all about insomnia.  Each product has a related story.

  • How To Sleep and Be Totally Refreshed When You Awake
  • Deep Sleep
  • Drifting Back To Sleep
  • Quiet The Mind and Drift To Sleep
  • Utilise Your Regular Routine To Enhance Your Sleep
  • The Pond of Sleep – Letting Go Of Unwanted Thoughts and Drifting Deeply to Sleep
  • Using Noise to Lull to Sleep
  • Hypnotic Boredom to Lull You to Sleep

 

Specialist Hypnotherapists

In my New ‘Hypnosis For Streaming’ Membership we Have a Great Starting Team.

All of the Hypnotherapists who I am currently working with have special interests.  AND I am now on the recruit for others to join – (more about that below).

In particular I like adding material and speccial areas of interest.

What We Have Currently

Apart from all of the general self-hypnosis by Adam Eason,  he has a particular interest in running and has run several marathons – great charity work.

Dr Janet Hall specialises in Sex issues and Tom Smith in Addictions.

I am also adding this month several sessions recorded by Andrew Fogg who’s area of special interest is Golf.

In My Radar – Going Forward This Year

I am currently in conversation with a Hypnotherapist in America who specialises in Golf. 

I am really keen to find hypnotherapists to contribute topic related content.

Also I can identify hundreds of individual hypnosis sessions I would love to add to my membership vault.  For instance sessions aimed at the teenage market, such as, overcoming exam nerves, or relaxing going into exams – and so on.

Members Can Seek Out Hypnotherapists They Like and Relate To

How important this is.  You may well not know anything about me just now but if you are to want to join my venture you will certainly want to find out more about me.  So natural.

Are you male, female, what is your accent,  where are you based, what are your interests.

If you become a contributor to my Self-Hypnosis Streaming website I tell you now that i will not worry at all if you are the third or fourth contributor of a weight control programme.  Why not?  Some people will prefer one hypnotherapist over another because of things as basic as the dialect, voice, sex or style of presentation.

Why Self-Hypnosis Streaming –

  1. Make everything available therefore offering so much content at a very low price.  Great value low price.  Getting the resources out to as many people as possible.
  2. Introduction to new members to overcome poor knowledge about hypnosis. 
  3. Allow members to understand the scope and skills that can help them in their everyday lives.
  4. Simple, private confidential and easy access – login on any device, wherever there is internet access.
  5. There is also the ability to update audios and videos to everyone and there is very little support needed.
  6. All new additions and new hypnotherapists joining as venture partners will be availliable to members right away.
  7. Education – Get more people to have a better understanding of hypnosis and related therapies.
  8. The very first bit within the membership area is education including videos and self-hypnosis sessions based upon Adam Eason’s book ‘The Science Of Self-Hypnosis’ – The Evidence Based Way To Hypnotise Yourself.  You can even learn to write your own scripts.
  9. Hypnosis Sessions are there of course – but I am after countless numbers more.
  10. Addictions, Phobias, Simulated programmes (Hypnotic Gastric Band) Sex Issues etc
  11. There are Self-Improvement programmes, Self-Esteem, Creativity, Motivation, Wealth Mindset as examples.
  12. This is a project that can easily be promoted by members as affiliates.  Only members will be able to promote and they will get 50% commission recurring  for any new members they introduce.

What Improvements Do I Want Wish Self-Hypnosis Streaming?

  1. Lots of Hypnotherapists with their audios and videos.  I would like to double the content this year.
  2. I am very keen to add specialist interests.
  3. I really don’t mind if there are similar titled audios – people will choose the hypnotherapist they prefer, (male, female, old, young, accent and so on.)

  4. Self Branding – Each Hypnotherapist will be able to add as much about themselves as they like and include videos of themselves. 
  5. There is a private Facebook Group for members which will enable them to communicate with hypnotherapists and arrange online one-to-one sessions on places like Zoom or Skype.
  6. Stories about the audios and why they were created.
  7. Improve the lay out – I would prefer the products were in categories and a bit like Netflix with rows of special interest.
  8. Add a search facility.

How This Can Help Your Business

Your Business Income

Here is the most important point I can make.

The need out there for therapeutic mental support is enormous, and getting worse with the pressure of today’s lifestyles.

I know that it is not the complete answer, but I think that there is so much that can interest new users and help people as they try out the self-hypnosis sessions and the Self Development programmes. 

It is a bit like reading a book about the problems they are facing.

You as a Hypnotherapist can help people locally BUT there is a really important limitation on income because it is your TIME.

SO…

WHY stop there?

Second and Potentially Limited Online Income

One of the first things I learned when I was first looking at marketing on the internet was about limitless income. 

Why shouldn’t you share your knowledge, and help people, so that they can improve their lot by listening in to your programmes, and using the your self-hypnosis sessions.

BUT what about your income.

Remember that this is a high value, low priced vault of self-help.    How many people can you encourage to get this online support?

I am a inside mastermind member of a group that trains online marketers.  Please get in touch with me and we can work out how we can work together on this Self-Hypnosis Streaming project 

Read more in the next blog about joint venture partnership and affiliate commissions.

 

 

Have You Mindset Changing Positive New Year 2020 Goals

Have You Mindset Changing Positive New Year 2020 Goals

‘I Have Two Actions You Can Take Today Which I Hope Will Excite You…  But PLEASE Read Through This Blog Because I am Looking For ‘Go-For-It’ Venture Partners!!

Let me first of all wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year with the New Years greetings I sent to my friends with pictures of me and my family on Christmas Day.

I Mainly Want To Talk About YOU … BUT Let Me Briefly Explain What and Why I Am On This Retirement Project

The main reason that I wanted to start with that recent picture is that I am keen for you understand my current health situation. 

I want to work with some of you that are reading this so you should know all about me.

That is me up front, hopefully looking ok for a 72 year old guy,  with my daughter Zoe (Art Curator and University Lecturer), my son Tom (teacher – computer science) and my better half, Babs (Health Visitor) 

 So all is good…

Mmm – well not totally

We all have issues, be them health, relationships, money etc and I have my own specific personal challenge at the moment BUT it is not being allowed to get in my way.   I have to say that the family you see with me in the photo are the most supportive and caring family I could possibly have and are as positive as I am about my current health problem.

I have cancer and am having clinical trial immunotherapy treatment which I have been having at the Royal Free Hospital in London every two weeks for treatment. 

Many of you will NOT know me but it is easy to find out whatever you like in my blog where I write, hopefully with some humour about my life travels and travails. 

Try for instance this blog about dealing with some side effects of my cancer treatment.   
‘Explosion and Shock in My Cancer Treatment’

 I hope if you read that article, you will understand the ‘WHAT and WHY’ section below.

****[I had a scan on New Years eve and I will find out when I return for treatment on the 14th January, exactly what is the progress of my treatment and the cancer.]

The WHAT and WHY

I spent my main career working life as a registered nurse [physical and psychology and mental health]

When I retired from from general nursing in 1996 I set up a business developing websites. 

One of the websites I developed was for a Clinical Hypnotherapist Adam Eason [self-hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and so on]

And now I am getting the best training of all, about the link between mental and physical interaction, AS A PATIENT.

I now have accumulated knowledge about the incredibly intimate relationship between the physical and mental aspects of health.  The knowledge I have now I so wish that I had in my early nursing days.

BUT what I want is for you to have the same access to all the therapeutic resources that I have, to  to ‘on-the-shoulder’  support, advice and hypnosis sessions from top hypnotherapists. 

I am passionate about holistic care and want to get as much help as I have from trained talk therapists. 

‘Self-Hypnosis Streaming’ is the Membership website I am really pleased to introduce to as many people as possible. 

In other blog articles you will find why I think that this membership area can offer self-development and mental behavioural support. 

My 2020 Goal -To Be Bought With Online Income Only

Yes that is quite an ask – BUT the preparation has been done and I am ready to fly with this.   

I have set up a streaming service of Self-Hypnosis audios and videos which I want to promote with a team of Affiliates and Joint Venture partners.

YES – I am on the recruit!!  This blog is the start of my streaming project.

There is no way on earth that I could do this on my own, and every message I put out there, will be to find people with ambition and determination to overcome whatever is holding them back.

This is a Win-Win situation and I want to be paying YOU well

The reason – I will be getting closer to my motorhome.

There is no excuse – as you can see I am not letting health issues slow me down.  Just use whatever is available in the membership website to motivate you, make you more creativity, overcome any behaviour problems etc.  No excuses – just take action and things can change.

I told you about my health challenge so that you can see I am not letting anything get in the way of what I want to achieve this year.

My blog in two days time will tell you more about becoming an affiliate and working with me for 50% or higher commissions.

 

So What Is Your Goal?  Maybe …  Positive Mindset AND…

I nearly did a second image with a female on it.  He/She is only a cartoon though.

I really would love to hear from you. 

If one of your resolutions is to earn an online income.  Well do I need to say it? – Just keep tuned.

Start The Year With TWO Actions – Take Some Action Today – No Obligation

 Hypnosis is a word that is so misunderstood. 

You can find plenty of blogs where I rant on about this.  The subject is misunderstood .  Talk Therapies are great and help so many people get amazing support from talk therapy’s.   

Anyway I am not going to go into that further here.  

Let’s get back on Positive Ground…

What I would love you to do, is to go to our Hypnosis For Download website, where we have been selling hundreds of audios and videos. 

You will see some FREEBIES to download

Just go and fill in your e-mail address to get instant access.

ACTION ONE

Go to Hypnosis For Download website  for some free downloads and a pdf all about Hypnosis For Streaming and what you will get in the membership website. 

I will also send you a couple of offer voucher codes the next day.

 

ACTION TWO

I have set things up so that you can have a SEVEN DAY FREE (no obligation) trial membership of ‘Self-Hypnosis Streaming’.

You will be asked to set up for payment and membership after seven days – but in fact if you do not want to join you will be able to cancel before the first payment.

I will be adding further clarification and tell you about further advantages of being a Self-Hypnosis Streaming

FREE SEVEN Day Trial Membership of Self-Hypnosis Streaming.

 

Follow Up…

Do keep an eye to this blog as I will be writing next an open letter to Hypnotherapists.  

 

 

Hypnotic Affiliates

Hypnotic Affiliates

Hypnotic Affiliates – that is what I am after.  Yes – maybe you!

A few years ago, I began to sell other peoples products online.  In fact I used to spend about 1 hour a day doing all the bits you have to do – and I made a great part time income.

Some affiliates make it a full time occupation and I know a lot of very successful affiliates.

I didn’t get that involved – but – what is actually weird (but great of course!!)  is that I am still getting cheques for sales that I made a decade ago for ongoing long term online services.

Products have not been my priority for some time now.

I have been involved with Adam Eason building up a training college for hypnotherapists.  To tell you the truth the college work has been an incredible task as we have videoed and prepared all of the materials and resources for online training.  Yep – hundreds of hours!!

So the poor old products have sat there on our online ‘Hypnosis For Download’ store – actually selling – but by accident rather than by design.

NOW that is changing – the college marketing is under way with all of our courses in place BUT also our products are back on our radar and are part of our marketing plans.

How best to sell self-hypnosis audios and videos and promote them – with affiliates.

The best affiliates out there are people who have been selling marketing products for online selling.  Great they are with huge mailing lists – and OF COURSE I will welcome those aboard – in fact GET IN TOUCH.

The best affiliates for us will be people who are hypnotherapists or people that have used the audios.  Selling is all about knowing your products.  BUT there is something much more important.   A great affiliate is a personality who gets to know his potential customers.

So a successful affiliate will be somebody who uses social media and blogging to build the list.  He/she then builds a mailing list using the opportunities and traffic building techniques guided by us – the merchant.

On the right hand side of this blog post (in the right hand column) you will see a ‘Hypnosis For Download’ Offer.  I have put that there as a demonstration to our current affiliates.  The offer there is totally alive and if you fill in your e-mail you will get instructions sent to you to get the half price products.

Our affiliates need to create their own blog if they haven’t got one to do just the same – but to write posts and articles/reviews about the products etc.

You may be saying I can’t write a blog.  There are services out there to get the articles written (more about that another day)

Anyway I say stop those excuses.  If you want to you can take an hour a day to come and learn with me – how to sell these (evergreen products) and get an additional income –

Affiliate sign up.  – https://hypnosis-for-download.leaddyno.com/

ALSO…

If you want to get some self-hypnosis audios at half price then fill in the form on the right.  You will also get a free gift of “Hypnosis Revealed” if you buy an audio.  This is a great way to get some knowledge about the products if you want to sell them.

I hope to see some of you on board.  There are videos and training material in the affiliates area.

 

Hello Kristina – Found On Facebook

Hello Kristina – Found On Facebook

My children – bless them – live with their phones for ever in their hands to keep in touch.   Yes very much in touch – not only with people they meet daily and are friends with now; but also with people they were with at school, university etc.

How different that is to the way relationships worked in my younger years.  People moved into your life depending on your employment and where you were living.  To move on to a new job and location really was quite a wrench.  Settling down in the new area meant setting up a new set of friends.  Unfortunately apart from Christmas cards there were very few contacts with your past.

If I ever did meet up with anyone from my past I actually really appreciated it.  Nothing better than catching up and it was probably down to the large amount of wine involved but those catch up events were full of ho ho ho – good old belly laughs.

What a difference the Internet has made though and it came in at a really great time for me – because I was able to not just say goodbye to great friends for ever – but because contact was going to be possible when we came home from working abroad. (still no idea about Facebook of course – more about that in a minute)  The point was that I was able to follow up on one of the most important periods of my life – my Oman years – rich with wonderful friendships and stories galore.

I was out working abroad in Muscat, Oman.  I was helping set up a nurse training school at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital and my wife was a Sister in charge of a children’s ward.  Our daughter Zoe was just one years old when we moved out there and Tom was actually born out in Muscat.

[SIDELINE STORY
The hospital was being built and we were out there helping to get the new building set up with staff and commissioned.  The maternity unit was opened literally the day before my son Tom was born and he was patient number 000000002 and was really lucky.  We only just got my wife Babs to the unit in time – no time popping that pod.  If the unit had not been open we would have needed to drive some distance to the nearest maternity unit – in fact we wouldn’t have made it.]

Anyone who has worked abroad as an expat will tell you of the friendships in that situation. Incredible!!

Families totally live together and share everything.  In Oman –  we would get away at the weekends hundreds of miles in four wheel drives across the desserts, mountains, wadis, and coast.  No tents – just sleeping on camp beds looking up at stars.  I am getting nostalgic just thinking through some crazy lovely experiences.

The other thing was that the expats were from all over the world.  So even though we were there for eight years it was obvious that one day we would have to say long tearful goodbyes.

To name just a few: – Helen and Gordon to Australia;  Hilary and Jim to Portugal;  Asbjorn and Elsbeth to Denmark; Deborah and Andy – USA;  Murdo and Maggie –  WELL – OH?? they landed in Poole, Dorset just down the road – very nice.

The great thing is that we have kept in touch.  Not to chat daily on Skype – in fact that is rare.  No it is social media contact – and when it happens it is magic.  Doesn’t have to be too much.  Just being able to contact easily is all it needs.

However – what about Facebook.  I have really got that youngster attitude towards this social media.  I get it and use it.  I had a phone call from my daughter Zoe this morning, who is currently living in Manchester with her boyfriend Tom.    They have been cleaning their flat this morning because a University friend from three years ago is  coming over from Finland to stay.  Last week Zoe and Tom went to Madrid for the weekend to stay with a friend from university days.   Social media is really leading to social mobility of friendships.

However – I am not a youngster and like many other users my age we are adapting social media in other ways.

Above –  I mentioned that in the old days – during my young adult years – there were times when you moved on in your life to a new job, that friendships just had to be forgotten.  Sometimes those friendship were important at the time.  Sadly I only know of the location of two of my school friends – and yet those friendships then were mega important!   I really don’t think that will happen any more now that the internet exists and relationships can be much more flexible.  There is almost a second level of friendships – important but with different expectations.

What is different for us older facebook users is the ‘What the hell – what have I found here’ gobsmacked moment.

SO…

What if one of your old  friends surfaces on Facebook out of the blue – many – MANY years later.

Enter Kristina!

Six months ago I was flicking through Facebook when I saw a name that made jump.  Kristina was training as a nurse when I knew her – and what a great character she is. She gave up nursing sadly because there was a family business that needed her on board.  I say sadly because she was a good caring nurse who was  incredible with the patients and a joy to work with and be around.  We were friends and moved around in the same circle. Kristina is just a crazy, caring loving person.   However – as always in those days we moved on in our directions.  Contact stopped.

So what a surprise when I could just sit and catch up on Facebook – all about her brother – her mother had recently passed – but much to my delight I learned that she has recently married.

I haven’t actually contacted her yet – but I really need to say hello because a week or so ago I saw that Kristina and her husband have just been to Muscat Oman, and there is a picture of her husband at Al Bustan hotel.  They certainly know how to live as the Al Bustan doesn’t come cheap – it is an amazing building.  [I have some photos of it somewhere (somewhere is the word)].

Anyway all my old friends who have gone off of the radar – hope to chat to you soon if I can find you on Facebook.  I don’t care where you live I will be off in my motor-home to say hello.

Now I had better say hello to Kristina on Facebook.

 

 

I’ve Just Reblogged A Blog – It Went Where!!!?

OK – this is random.  I am well now so what is the excuse this time for not posting more blog posts?

That is a great question even though I posed it myself.  There is no answer really though except I haven’t.

So well done those who set a daily target and just do it.

One such person is Robin Ince who clearly has much more discipline than me – AND – I find his blog posts amusing and he is a great observer of the absurd.

I have just been reading a few blog posts by Robin who is an author and broadcaster (I first heard of him presenting a science radio programme with Professor Brian Cox)  I found the posts very amusing.  One post was about insomnia and as well as clicking that I liked it I saw a link at the top of the page that I had never seen before marked reblog.  Now I am familiar with retweeting so I thought go for it!

Mistake,

How many times have I told Tom (son) Zoe (daughter) Babs (the one who is to be obeyed – the missus) not to just click things to see what happens.

What I expected to happen and what transpired – you’ve guessed it – were totally different.

I expected to be asked to login to my blog – this one you are reading now – and for it to just land on my site with all the references back from where it came.

Wrong.

After a lot of clicking about I found it on one of my clients blogs (well I did and didn’t) – it turned out that for some reason I was still logged into one of my client’s websites which I finished setting up for him about two years ago – and that is where the blog was reblogged.  Huh!   Sorry Shaan.  Except the page was headed up with the insomnia title etc but with also a 404 message that the page couldn’t be found.

If you have just found that last paragraph confusing so did I.  What is it all about – we are losing control of where our data goes.

The web has certainly turned strange since social media has developed.  Now everything is linked up to each other – a whisper in Poole Dorset can end up on a Pinterest- -Instagram-Facebook-Twitter retweet on a Japanese website.  It’s all out there now but not necessarily where you want it or expect it.

Maybe I am beginning to show my age.

Bah Humbug.

Yes!  I’ve posted a message – NOW can I do the same tomorrow?  You’ll have to come back then to find out.

Oh and that post by Robin Ince can be found at:

http://robinince.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/staring-at-ceilings-cursing-at-walls

 

 

Delicious Data Transfer

Ever since the earliest days when it had a quirky spelling (I think it was de.l.icious – hmm doesn’t look right) I have loved ‘Delicious’ the social media site.  I was so impressed with the simple notion of having publicly available bookmarks of sites that you could share. Nothing better than recommended websites. Of course there are now a vast array of socially shared platforms but this was one of the first.

Well it was so delicious that it has finally been eaten – but not by a giant company but a newcomer albeit with owners who have been around a bit.  AVOS is a new Internet company founded by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen who, in 2005, founded YouTube, t he world’s largest online video platform.  Before that they were early employees of PayPal so they have some impressive online experience.

The important thing for us users of Delicious though is that it is you have to agree to transfer your stored bookmarks over to the new company or they will be lost.  The current site in its present form will run until July – but quite important to remember to do this or lose data for ever.


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