Sunday Brunch with Christine

Rock the world and make it your own! There may be times, on Money Funk, that I talk about upcoming projects, but have minimal to show for it. It’s always been an issue of mine because I get ultra excited about the start of projects. The reason they may not formulate to their full potential is because I research them to death, killjoy the issue and put it on the backburner for for another day.

How do I change this behavior? Well, I would assume it is putting matter before talk. It doesn’t hurt to put your strong suits forward in the process, too. Meaning let your strengths define the successful YOU by just getting out there and putting your foot forward! Or as Flexo says, “try everything” (still one of my favorite posts).

So today, that is just what I am going to do; not talk about future plans/endeavors, but just make progress/action putting one of my strong suits forward.

Recently, I received a question: “how do you get the adsense ads to be right justified in your post? but your post wraps around the adsense. WOuld u be up… to explain this to me?”

Sure! My tech savvy nerd persona would love to show you how with my recent screen capture software I bought (quite a fun toy). So, I hope you enjoy my first screencaptured commentary tutorial to answer your question.

Wrap Text Google Adsense from Money Funk on Vimeo.

So what did ya thing? Did I say, “um” too many times (try, try again to cut back on that)? After taking the video (“take 100″. LOL. teasing. maybe. ;)), using Blueberry software first (didn’t like allowable upload file extensions), retake with Camtasia software (love), then I had to find a video stream service that didn’t distort the video (You Tube, Viddler, Vimeo). Needless to say, trying something new can take a while to make it work.

The Code

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<script type="text/javascript" ><!--
google_ad_client = "pub-7242065940867087";
/* 300x250, created 11/12/09 */
google_ad_slot = "3260921291";
google_ad_width = 300;
google_ad_height = 250;
//-->
</script>
<script type="text/javascript"
src="http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show_ads.js">
</script>
</div>

What I’ve Been Up To

  • Updated a section of the “Get Out of Debt” Page
  • Made my first video for Money Funk (would love to hear your feedback)
  • Added a Privacy Link and added ‘rel=”nofollow”‘ to my advertisements

This Morning’s Breakfast

I have a whole bag of frozen pineapple I need to start using and a container of plain yogurt in my fridge. What better way to start the morning than with a fresh smoothie!

Ingredients: 1/2 c. orange juice, 1 c. frozen pineapple, 1/2 med. banana, 1 tsp. honey, few doll-ups of plain yogurt.

Combine all ingredients except yogurt in blender; process until smooth. Add yogurt and process until blended. Pour in glass and Enjoy!

To be enjoyed with fresh hulled strawberries and flaky croissants.

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Cool Resources

  • Derek Sisterhen (@DJSisterhen) hosts Past Due Radio – Talk show host, author, and financial coach helping you make the very most of your money and life.
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24 thoughts on “Sunday Brunch with Christine

  1. Karen

    Thanks to your nerdy-techy persona! I’m still conflicted as to whether or not I want to try out Ad Sense on my site, but if I do, I’m going to follow your directions. :)

    Reply
    1. money funk

      I was confused for the longest time, too. I think as your blog grows you will make that decision. My tip: if your content is good (meaning you’re not writing spam content; the topics are solid), then the ads listed are usually good ones. Just like if you write about ‘pineapple’ you’ll get ads for Dole and cooking recipe sites. Mix that with mature decisions on the part of the reader to make the decision to click… its okay to host Google ads.

      Don’t feel guilty for making some money to write. If people read your blog because of your good content, what is wrong for getting paid to write it? ;)

      Reply
  2. Dr Dean

    I think the video was great for your first try! I have been experimenting with my Flip, loading them to YouTube, then the blog-interviews so far.

    I am going to do the trial of Camtasia in the next few weeks.

    Sounds like you would recommend it?

    Reply
    1. money funk

      Thank you. My son said I might want to script some of it so that I don’t sound indecisive about what to say next.

      Very cool on your filming progress. I heard the flip works well for filming. YouTube didn’t do well converting my screen captured videos. Tried them all. ;) Vimeo did it for me. But You Tube for movies/video is great!

      Camtasia has a 30 day trial and its very easy to use. When I edited the video… it was super easy. Definitely recommend the software.

      Reply
    1. money funk

      You’re welcome. I am glad you liked the screen capture presentation. I hope to make something of this kind of think down a different avenue. But I won’t say anything until I take those steps to make something happen. :)

      Reply
  3. Forest

    That smoothie looks awesome, I have a yoghurt based breakfast most mornings.

    I didn’t get a chance to watch the vid yet but I like the tutorial, very useful for a lot of us bloggers.

    Reply
    1. money funk

      The yogurt gives a smoothie a great texture. Plus I buy a big tub, so I need to use it up. I also use the yogurt mixed with boondi and chili powder for a side to my Indian lunches. ;)

      Please let me know what you think of the video. Maybe i will do some more. :)

      Reply
      1. Forest

        Hey Christine, was a very good and concise tutorial and great advice for the W3 Schools editor… I am sure everyone will benefit from more.

        What is Boondi? I feel like I should know what that is :)

        Reply
        1. Money Funk

          You liked? Tres cool. W3 Schools is my pal. :D

          Boondi or boondhi is ‘is a fried Indian snack made from chickpea flour’. Tiny but yummy. Think I just like the crunch.

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    1. money funk

      Ah, thanks Girl Startup! And I am thinking of just doing that – tutorials online. But like I said, I want to get them done before I present as to not chase the idea away. Thanks for the feedback! :D

      Reply
    1. money funk

      Thanks! My own video channel… I wanted to see how this worked out. But am considering how I could take this to the next level. :) You’re welcome for the mention. Maybe I’ll post the Sangria recipe to compliment the grilled pizza. :)

      Great post from Flexo. By far, my fave.

      Reply
  4. Financial Samurai

    Fantastic tutorial! Genius Christine! Love what you’ve done to help morons like me and perhaps many many others figure things out.

    I really think you should do a series. They will have a long shelf life, and will really help your SEO segment I have to imagine.

    You can title it “Ask Christine” or “Ask Money Funk” or something like that.

    Cheers,

    Sam

    Reply
    1. money funk

      Ah thanks! LOL, morons like you, huh? Sometimes, its just easier to have someone else do it for you. Especially, for instance, you forget to put ‘closing div tags’ on your code, it could take you hours to find your prob if you don’t know what the heck your doin’ in the first place. Oh, maybe that is why I know all this stuff now; I had to find the answer to my technical mistakes.

      I think I finally have my ‘blogging step’ down. Tapping to the right tune w/out going stir crazy. And so far, it working really well. Will need to see how it can help raise me up.
      A series, huh? I am thinking I just might. And maybe one day, I’ll package it. :D

      Reply
  5. Dave Doolin

    Our culture is going to change as people turn their backs on debt. We’re already seeing it.

    Debt is a bluff, a deception, a way to increase social status very rapidly.

    Borrow a lot of money, get the big house, the big car, the hot chick (I am dude after all), have a couple of kids…

    and Nature declares victory.

    So you die bankrupt and in poverty. Doesn’t matter. You propogated. The bluff worked!

    Deception is an important weapon in most animals repertoire of tricks. As humans, we’re just smart enough to deceive ourselves!

    Thanks for stopping by my site.

    Reply
    1. money funk

      Well thanks for stopping by here, too! I thinks it great to see Frugal as the new green. Even if by necessity. I think people were just getting so out of hand with consumerism that it was bound to change. There is nothing wrong with needing to kick back on consumerism a bit and discover the most meaningful things in life w/out money; like spending time with family.

      Reply
  6. Darren

    Hey Christine,

    I clicked over from Ryan’s Planting Dollars blog. I haven’t implemented adsense yet, but am leaning more towards just going ahead with it.

    In your opinion, should I wait and build more of an audience and traffic, or just do it now like Ryan suggests?

    Thanks for putting this info together. Very useful!

    Reply
    1. money funk

      Hi Darren,

      Thanks for stopping by! Ah, I remember pondering this question myself. Mainly because I was against Adsense in the beginning. Then toyed with the idea on my site. And realized Adsense is based on your site’s content. If I talk about vegetarian food then I get links to Pillsbury and Dole. Reputable sites.

      When I did implement Adsense, I did see an initial drop in readership. Mainly because my audience was a No Ad group. But as time went on, I built and expanded that readership.

      So, if you are going with Adsense, I would go with it now. That way, when you have an increased audience, then you don’t spring it on them.

      Also, Google Adsense is pretty good at section targeting your website’s content. But if you’d like to find tune it a little more, consider using the Google Ad Wrap plugin.

      Best of luck with your Adsense success. :)

      Reply
  7. Darren

    Christine,

    Thanks for your input. I guess you and Ryan have similar opinions regarding adsense. After pondering it more over the last few days and reading your comment, you make a good point about not springing adsense onto your readers. So my conclusion is that I’m going to implement it soon, and continue trying to increase my traffic.

    I appreciate all your help!

    Reply

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