Joshua Wilner http://joshuawilner.com A Writer Writes Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:29:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 John Wooden Discusses The difference between winning & succeeding http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/30/john-wooden-discusses-difference-winning-succeeding/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=john-wooden-discusses-difference-winning-succeeding http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/30/john-wooden-discusses-difference-winning-succeeding/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:29:32 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3371 Every time I watch this I learn something from it. Coach Wooden knew more than a little about the difference between winning and succeeding. You could take his comments here and create a dozen or more presentations/posts from it, so many nuggets of wisdom.

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Every time I watch this I learn something from it. Coach Wooden knew more than a little about the difference between winning and succeeding.

You could take his comments here and create a dozen or more presentations/posts from it, so many nuggets of wisdom.

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Do You Still Read Books/Magazines? http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/27/still-read-booksmagazines/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=still-read-booksmagazines http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/27/still-read-booksmagazines/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:34:49 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3359 A while back I asked you to let me know how many magazines you read because I was curious to find out if the magazines you subscribed to were actually read of if they served as decorations or paper weights. Yesterday afternoon I overheard a conversation in which a woman told her friend that she […]

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A while back I asked you to let me know how many magazines you read because I was curious to find out if the magazines you subscribed to were actually read of if they served as decorations or paper weights.

Yesterday afternoon I overheard a conversation in which a woman told her friend that she won’t read anything that can’t be found on her Kindle, phone, tablet or computer.

I can’t tell you what reason she gave for this. It might be because she thinks the electronic version is better for the environment or maybe it is the convenience of carrying 983,732 books on a small electronic device.

And that my friends leads me to ask you if you still read books and magazines or do you do all of your reading on electronic devices?

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These 15 Posts Will Change The World http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/23/15-posts-will-change-world/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=15-posts-will-change-world http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/23/15-posts-will-change-world/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:19:31 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3347 My Facebook feed tends to be filled with a plethora of headlines that are similar to the one I used above. Certain colleagues of mine assure me the only way to get people to actually click on a post is to use something similar. I am not a big fan of that. It reminds me […]

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My Facebook feed tends to be filled with a plethora of headlines that are similar to the one I used above. Certain colleagues of mine assure me the only way to get people to actually click on a post is to use something similar.

I am not a big fan of that. It reminds me of the little boy who cried wolf.

Sooner or later you destroy the trust people have in you and they stop paying attention/responding to those headlines.

The ‘Importance of Analytics’

One of the things I try to do around here is a periodic analysis of what posts are the most popular. I base that upon the amount of traffic that is generated from them.

Since this blog isn’t designed to be solely about one topic I don’t have to focus on trying to make sure that it is ranked for one thing. It doesn’t have to be the best business, marketing or parenting blog.

Fact is it can rank for any or all of them but what I want to figure out is where the sweet spot is now. I want to know which of my posts generate the biggest response so that I can gain a better sense of if there is a particular topic that people like best.

Today there is a broad focus but I may decide that a niche works better for me which is why I grabbed the 15 posts below.

Those links are a representative sample of the most highly trafficked posts here.

  1. One Thing I Wish Every Blog Had
  2. A Knife In The Back
  3. How Many Magazines Do You Read?
  4. Death and Facebook
  5. How I Increased My Productivity By 100 Percent!
  6. When I Die
  7. Your Blog Is Killing Your Love For Writing
  8. Once We Were Kings
  9. How Much Does 50 Tons of Bagels Weigh?
  10. Some Styles Are Eternal- Long Live The ’80s
  11. How To Write a Speech For Your Son’s Bar Mitzvah
  12. Sometimes Heroes Fall
  13. There Are Places I Remember
  14. Some Things Are Best Left Unsaid
  15. Job Titles Are Not Impressive

The 5 Minute Analysis

The five minute analysis shows  the current style is working and that people respond well to the broad spectrum of topics that show up here.

So does that mean we don’t need to make any changes?

The answer to that is it depends on whether there is interest in growing the readership here because if the answer is yes than I need to focus on steps to continue to optimize for SEO and to improve the marketing efforts.

I have some ideas about how to do that but we’ll save those for a different post.

If you have th0ughts or comments to share please feel free to leave them in the comments.

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What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog? http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/18/best-layout-blog/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=best-layout-blog http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/18/best-layout-blog/#respond Sat, 19 Jul 2014 02:44:57 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3341 What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog? It is a question I ask with great regularity. I look at the themes I have and try to determine which ones provide me with the best tools and most effective ways to communicate with you. Which theme makes it easiest to read not only on the […]

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What Is the Best Layout For Your Blog?

It is a question I ask with great regularity. I look at the themes I have and try to determine which ones provide me with the best tools and most effective ways to communicate with you.

Which theme makes it easiest to read not only on the computer but on mobile devices. Responsive design is helpful for making sure that we have a uniform experience on all devices but I don’t just rely upon that.

I like to try and figure out who is reading the blog and to do some tests to make sure that what we are producing here is designed to make it easy for as many people as possible.

A Clean Look and Easy On The Eyes

Part of what I struggle with is trying to produce a clean look that is clutter free, with larger images and a text size that is easy to read for both young and older eyes.

In the midst of it all I think about widgets and how to use them to try and obtain more subscribers to the blog, more followers on Facebook and more people adding me to their circles on Google Plus, not to mention Twitter.

Does that sound like a lot to you?

It does to me so I wonder if it is spreading me too thin or if it is smart because I am communicating with my readers on their favorite platforms.

Change Is Easy

The good news about changing the layout and adding or subtracting widgets is that it is very simple. You can point and click your way into a new look and design with little to no effort.

The hardest part of it is trying to figure out what works and then giving yourself time to see if whatever you set up does. When it is so easy to change it can be hard not to spend more time than you need tinkering, but it is important not to.

Blogging is a marathon and not a sprint.

What do you think?

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Favourite Warning Sign

Eighteen months ago I sat in a job interview and listened to a man tell me he didn’t know why he asked me to come interview because he didn’t think I had the skill set to do the work.

He told me the deciding factor was my cover letter because it had an almost zany quality to it.

I did my best to leverage that moment and explained my goal was to overcome content shock and find a way to make sure someone took more than a quick glance at my resume,

He nodded his head and complimented me on a job well done and I did my best to maintain a poker face and not do a celebratory dance.  Not just because it would have been inappropriate but I march to beat of a different drummer and mine lacks rhythm.

Is Content Shock Killing Your Blog?

The blogosphere is in the middle of another summer and we are hearing the usual grumbling about whether the decrease in traffic can be attributed to vacation or if we blame the almighty scourge of blogging, content shock.

If you are not familiar with the term it is supposed to mean that people are overwhelmed by the amount of content that is competing for their eyeballs and consequently they are either not reading or being far more selective.

Content shock isn’t the traditional adversary of Danger Men and superheroes so consider my thoughts and advice today to be something that anyone can do/use.

Heck unless you are like me and you find swimming upstream to be more rewarding you’ll probably see some of these suggestions as being easy, albeit time consuming.

Is Content Shock Real?

Prior to offering thoughts and suggestions to what to do about content shock I’d suggest trying to determine if it is a real problem. Figure out if the people you are trying to reach see it as an issue or if there is a different reason why you have seen traffic drop.

During a recent conversation with a colleague he told me he was surprised to see that even though traffic had dropped they were still generating the same number of leads and conversions as before.

Those are important metrics and some people might argue this is indicative of their having fine tuned the content and product so that only the people who are truly interested are getting it.

If leads and conversions dropped alongside traffic there might be a different situation, but clearly this is not that.

But given how cluttered and chaotic things have become in the blogosphere and how many different social media platforms are vying for our attention it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that it has become another hurdle to overcome.

Ways To Adapt and Adjust

The most obvious and critical solution is to do all you can to provide content that your readers consider to be valuable. Publish content that makes their personal/professional life easier and is practical and your readers will continue to read your posts or open your newsletters.

But I would do more than that and go farther because there are additional resources we can use.

Slideshare. Infographics. Videos.

If you are not using Slideshare you are missing out on a very effective tool. It is a great resource because you can find presentations on almost anything and they are often produced by some of the finest minds around.

I use it to help educate myself on topics where my depth of knowledge isn’t quite as deep as I want it to be. Sometimes I find a presentation that I think the readers here will enjoy so I embed it in the blog and share it with you.

Or sometimes I put together a presentation and upload it to Slideshare so that others can either benefit and or share it on their blogs.

So how does Slideshare help fight content shock?

Embedding a great presentation helps you provide value to your readers. You don’t always have to be the expert. Sometimes you just have to be the person that knows where to find the answers to hard questions.

It also helps mix things up on your blog. It gives a different look and sometimes the change in routine provides people with a different perception.

Infographics do the same thing and serve some of the same purposes as Slideshare and so do videos.

The benefit and advantage of a video is that if you star in it you provide yourself with an opportunity to deepen the relationship between you and your readers.

When they can put a face/voice to the words that magically appear on screen you make yourself more human and easier to relate to.

A word of caution regarding Slideshare and Infographics.

Do yourself a favor and vet them before you embed them upon your blog. The last thing you want to do is find out the infographic or presentation you just put out is inaccurate.

That is the kind of hit on your credibility that you can and should do your best to avoid.

One More Comment

The other tool/resource you have for fighting content shock is engagement with other bloggers.

If you take the time to visit their blogs and leave smart comments you will gain their respect and their interest in what you have to say and or share.

It can be time consuming but there are many benefits beyond fighting content shock. Visiting other blogs is a smart way of helping to build a community on your own blog and once you have one you’ll find blogging becomes more fun and less work.

What do you think?

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Some people claim that free advice is worth as much as you paid for it but I can’t say I always agree with them because free is powerful.

Or maybe it is more accurate to say free is one of the most powerful words in the English language. Business discovered long ago the power of free which is why it is common to see businesses try and lure new customers in by providing them with a free something or other.

Sometimes people try to enhance the value of whatever free thing they are giving away by associating a dollar value to it. For example an attorney might offer 15 minutes of free consultation time and tell you that his hourly rate is $800 which means the 15 minutes you received is worth $200.00.

Hmm…lawyers make $800 per hour? Maybe I should rethink the decision not to go to law school. ;)

Free Advice Because You Need It

If you are wondering why I kept putting free in bold in part it is because the fine folks at Buffer provided some free advice in The Big List of 189 Words That Convert: Write Copy That Gets Your Customer’s Attention Every Time and I decided to try it out.

That old adage about free advice being worth what you paid for it isn’t completely inaccurate, like many sayings it has some roots in truth so it is up to the individual to determine how much risk they wish to assume.

My kids have heard me tell them more times than anyone wants to remember the importance of making smart choices about who they listen to and whose words they pay attention to.

The blogosphere is so cluttered and chaotic that people will do almost anything to gain readers and try to establish themselves as an authority figure. That is a big part of why the echo chamber exists and why there is some patently awful advice out there.

One of the most effective tools I have found to help weed out the bad and focus on the good is the wisdom of the crowd. I pay attention to the popular blogs and speak with my colleagues about who they read and what tools they use.

The time spent asking for their help and listening to their advice has saved me from wasting quite a bit of time. It has also been very effective in helping me figure out how to modify some of the tips and tools so that they are customized to meet my needs.

Remember that echo chamber I mentioned?

Well if you want to build a readership you need to establish your credibility and build authority on whatever topic(s) you are writing about. It is harder to do when your blog does nothing but regurgitate what the other guys are saying.

The trick is to write about things in your own voice and to try and add your own insight.

Free Advice For Businesses

I might have to make this a standalone post but one of the best pieces of advice I can offer business is to make a point to use whatever product/service you offer so that you understand what your customers are facing/dealing with.

During the past few days I have wrestled with various pieces of technology/software but you probably knew that because you could hear the screams of frustration and the soft whimpering that followed.

Once I pulled myself out of a fetal position I wondered if anyone at the company had actually tried using the product or if it was given to a bunch of salespeople who were supposed to introduce it to the market.

It was simply awful.

When you are testing out your product/service don’t forget to pay attention to the directions that your crew put together. I know it is hard to believe but sometimes we writers are to blame. Sometimes we take a misstep and produce content that isn’t as clear as it should be.

But that is a big part of why smart writers spend time working on our craft. It is why we look for resources we can use to help us improve and why when we find a credible source we take their free advice and integrate their power words into our copy.

What do you think?

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Shark in South Africa

I am not supposed to tell you about why the shark in the picture is screaming because it would violate three tenets of being a Danger Man and I don’t want to embarrass him.

But if you insist I suppose you ought to know that I punched that sucker in the nose and it made him cry. I am not really sure why he was such a baby about it because I used my left and did it while scuba diving.

That had to take some of the edge off of it.

Don’t ask me why I didn’t use my right, it is far too powerful and I didn’t want to be written up for killing a protected species.

Ask me what made me think about this and I’ll tell you it is because I made an appearance at an event.

I haven’t followed the mysterious benefactor real closely or ever tried to grab a piece of that pie but when someone posted that tweet on Facebook it caught my eye because it was close to where I was.

So I finished the summer camp drop off and made the 10 minute drive over thinking that maybe because I was so close I might get there before chaos erupted.

I was wrong.

The Treasure Hunter

Ask me to list some of my dream jobs and I am sure treasure hunter is on there but it is probably further down the list now than it was when I was 12.

But when you hear about free cash and you know that it is not a complete scam and you are practically next to it you show up because why not give it a shot.

And then you watch people lose their minds and after three cars almost broadside you because they aren’t watching where they are going. Being a determined sort of fellow and one who has a sturdy disposition I weaved my way into a parking space and proceeded to head in the same direction as the general masses still figuring I might see how it was all going.

A lady pushing a stroller with two kids and an older woman smacked into me three times and never bothered to acknowledge my presence or say excuse me.

Two teens tried to make sure I had matching sets of bruises by slamming into my other side and I decided I wasn’t interested in showing them how to properly box out and or tackle others so I left.

My competitive spirit was engaged and I didn’t want to give up so easily but I didn’t want to fight over a couple of bucks and that is what it felt like to me.

A fight.

Mind you a man who has entertained becoming the next Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t fear a fight but he also understands the benefits of picking and choosing his battles.

Even though I could have moved through the people there like that shark moves through a school of fish it just didn’t make sense, not for a few hundred dollars or less.

Sometimes you have to be like the Gambler, ya know. Know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em and know when to run.

Besides who wants to be like a shark that is a cry baby anyway.

You may say I passed on easy money but I say swimming upstream is more rewarding.

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The 987,928 Most Dangerous Job http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/08/987928-dangerous-job/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=987928-dangerous-job http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/08/987928-dangerous-job/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:57:51 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3281 They say confession is good for the soul so I must begin with my own. I didn’t grow up in a family that supported my goal to be a Danger Man. No sir, when I told my dad that I wanted to play high school football he said I was young, dumb and stupid and […]

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Danger Men Working Online sign, Bletchley Park, Bletchley, UK.JPGThey say confession is good for the soul so I must begin with my own. I didn’t grow up in a family that supported my goal to be a Danger Man.

No sir, when I told my dad that I wanted to play high school football he said I was young, dumb and stupid and that he was concerned about approving my request to play.

“But father, I am not afraid. I like the challenge. I like the contact.”

Apparently my protest was exactly the wrong thing to say because he told me that my desire to engage was precisely why he didn’t want me to play. It was because I had no fear or concern of getting hit or hitting someone else that he wouldn’t sign the release form.

Those of you who know me well might expect to learn that I forged his signature and went to play anyway. You might expect to hear the tale of how I became a high school All American linebacker and fullback but I am not going to share that story with you today.

Why?

Because it is just a story.

Instead I am going to tell you about how I became a Danger Man.

The Voice

The first time I heard the voice I was a 21 year-old man trying to drive my ’77 Camaro like I was on the Dukes of Hazzard or Burt Reynolds in Smokey and The Bandit.

It was a whisper at first that I could barely make out, so soft I figured I must have had the volume on the radio turned almost all the way off.

It got progressively louder and I began to wonder if the guys had hidden a tape recorder in the trunk or under the seat but I was too busy living the hard life of a college kid who had to go to the gym, fraternity parties and class so I just ignored it.

I thought about mentioning it to a friend but I didn’t want them to think I was any crazier than they already thought I was so I didn’t say anything. Besides I figured I was mentally strong enough to kill that thought, all I needed to do was focus on something else.

It didn’t work because the whisper was a virtual scream except I was on the only who could hear it. For a moment I considered headbutting a wall but in spite of my father’s concerns about my interest in protecting myself I had no masochistic tendencies.

Instead I did the next best thing, played two hours of basketball and helped the guys destroy a bottle of  Tequila.

As you can imagine the voice didn’t disappear and neither did the hangover. But honesty dictates that I tell you that recovering at 21 was still much easier than it would be today and the best part was having a metabolism that could consume 98,000 calories per day and not retain a single one.

But I digress.

The 987,928 Most Dangerous Job

I rolled out of bed, grabbed a quick shower and spent some time reading the classified ads. That Camaro of mine was an awesome car but at 86  cents per gallon of gas it wasn’t cheap to run and that 21 year-old metabolism demanded to bed fed constantly so employment wasn’t an option.

It is a good thing I wasn’t holding a hot cup coffee because when I saw the ad for  The 987,928 Most Dangerous Job I might have dropped the cup on myself.

Goddamn if that wasn’t what I kept hearing the voice talk about.

I read the ad, called the number and became a Danger Man.

Man oh man, if you only knew the stories. If we had the time I could tell you a tale or two. But the stories of my life as a Danger Man will have to wait for a bit, perhaps in a later post.

But I can tell you without question that we lived by Super Chicken’s motto, “You know the job was dangerous when you took it Fred.”

In Other News

If you remember my post about purchasing a FitBit I have a preliminary report to share with you about my experience with it.
Take a look at the graphic below and you’ll see some of the information the FitBit dashboard supplies you with.

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I haven’t begun to use all of the functionality yet. I am not using the food diaries or recording my BP but I am recording how much sleep I get.

I expect as I get deeper into things I will add the food log but I didn’t because my focus in purchasing this was becoming more aware of how much exercise I was getting as opposed to how much I thought I was.

That is happening now and overall I am very pleased with how it is all going.  To be clear, I never stopped exercising or working out but even Danger Men need to adjust their lifestyles to accommodate their current way of living versus how things used to be.

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What Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Remember http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/04/every-aspiring-writer-needs-remember-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=every-aspiring-writer-needs-remember-2 http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/04/every-aspiring-writer-needs-remember-2/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:50:31 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3277 This post was supposed to begin with an infographic that provided a list of famous writers complimenting insulting other famous writers. It was supposed to help drive home the idea that great writing is subjective. That infographic  would have helped illustrate it in simple terms and perhaps made you smile or gasp at what these […]

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NaNoWriMo: the home front

This post was supposed to begin with an infographic that provided a list of famous writers complimenting insulting other famous writers. It was supposed to help drive home the idea that great writing is subjective.

That infographic  would have helped illustrate it in simple terms and perhaps made you smile or gasp at what these men and women said about other authors except I couldn’t make the infographic work the way it was supposed to.

The designer built it in such a fashion it wouldn’t render properly and I decided I didn’t have time to try to figure out how to fix it and that offers its own lessons.

What Every Aspiring Writer Needs To Remember In The Digital Age

If you are publishing content that you want to be consumed on digital devices you need to figure out what devices your readers use and then test your content on those devices.

When your digital content has formatting issues it doesn’t matter if you just wrote the next Tom Sawyer or Tale of Two Cities because people aren’t going to spend much time trying to figure out why it doesn’t work, they are just going to push on to the next thing.

My kids hear me talk about this kind of thing all the time. If you are going to spend time working on putting something together you might as well take a few minutes more to make sure you did it right.

People run races for a variety of reasons and sometimes the goal is to just cross the finish line but most of the time it is more than that. Most of the time we are interested in not just finishing but trying to win the damn thing.

And if you can’t beat the entire field or placing in the top 10 it might be about beating those few people who have been running alongside of you.

One of the ways you do that is by taking the time to make sure your content is formatted properly otherwise you wasted your time. If you don’t care if people can read your work online you might as well just leave your words on paper in the diary you keep under your bed.

What do you think?

 

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How To Become A Superhero http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/02/become-superhero/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=become-superhero http://joshuawilner.com/2014/07/02/become-superhero/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:10:21 +0000 http://joshuawilner.com/?p=3265 They say everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and I am no different which is why you see a magical bracelet upon my wrist. With the powers granted from said bracelet I have no doubt that in no time I will have cleaned up the mean streets of cleveland, taken back the […]

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A Helping Hand

They say everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and I am no different which is why you see a magical bracelet upon my wrist.

With the powers granted from said bracelet I have no doubt that in no time I will have cleaned up the mean streets of cleveland, taken back the rough corners of Detroit and bestowed Wilner justice upon all who deserve it.

These powers were not given to me by Odin, Dr Strange, Stark Industries nor found alongside a red suit that would give me the ability to fly like the greatest American hero.

No, they were part of an ordinary purchase made by an average man with an above average imagination who used to make his mother smile by donning a cape and yelling, “I have got my power!”

Sadly I fear that what mom thought was cute forty years might not be considered such today. Granted I haven’t tested it out, but something tells me most people would be concerned if they saw me running down the street, cape flapping in the wind screaming ‘I have got my power!”

Although there is a chance that certain locations might yield a different response than others. I wonder what might happen if I did it at Universal Studios or on Hollywood Boulevard. Would people look for cameras? Would the police believe me if I said I was doing it for Jimmy Kimmel?

How To Become A Superhero

I confess I haven’t done any significant research into how to become a superhero but I did spend some time trying to figure out if there was a way to improve my physical fitness.

That research led to my acquisition of a FitBit Flex.

It is a device that is designed to help improve your physical fitness. It has a number of features that are supposed to help with this including tracking the amount of exercise and sleep you are receiving as well as calories consumed/burned.

I received mine earlier today, charged it and then put it on and in roughly 37 minutes or so here is what things look like:

 

And so it begins...

And so it begins…

That snapshot comes from taking the dog for a short walk and might I add if he didn’t insist on stopping to smell every bush along the way we would have more steps to report/show.

What I hope this will do is make me more mindful of how much I am really doing versus how much I think I am doing. I expect it to be a useful tool for pushing me to do more while eating less and that should help me fix things in the old waist size department.

I am tired of seeing pictures of what I used to look like and remembering how things used to be. Reminiscing is good for certain things and often quite enjoyable but I don’t take much pleasure in remembering the days when clothes fit more comfortably or when I didn’t have these mystery aches and pains.

Can’t say for certain that it will turn a 45 year-old man into someone 20 years younger but it will do a far better job of trying to make it happen than my prior method.

And that brings us to our question of the day, do you have a FitBit or similar device?

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