Five ways to have a Happy Blog!

Cattle feeding by grandparents trailer home

…I have learned a few things while configuring Glenn’s Way blog on WordPress.  The first way to have a happy blog is to use WordPress rather than Blogger.  WordPress has better free features and plenty of upgrade potential if you want to pay for more capabilities.  You need to be a little careful what you say on WordPress if you are not self-hosted because WordPress does not seem very tolerant of controversial opinions.  My ancient WordPress blog was turned off eons ago by an automatic process.  It was necessary to contact Lisa at WordPress to get my blog back online.  This irritated me at the time so I switched to Blogger but that was not the best idea I ever had.  Blogger proved to be a long lasting disappointment.

The second thing to consider is that you should use PayPal to collect any donations or payments.  PayPal is safe and easy to implement on WordPress.  Other forms of payment are a little risky and I wouldn’t use them on this blog however a large business/charity would also need to accept credit cards.

Third, do not expect to get rich quick from the proceeds of your blog. Keep your day job for awhile until you show a profit.  Maybe you will be the super blogger that hits it big but don’t bet the farm on it. Also, you can always sell the rights to your blog to someone else for cash if it does not strike it rich. Maybe they will have better fortune than you and you can show a little profit for your work.

Fourth, use a facebook business page to send traffic to your website.  I found the Amazon ebook   facebook marketing made (stupidly) easy to be very useful and I will probably implement many of the ideas in that book for my own facebook page and WordPress blog.

Lastly, have some type of premium content for profit.  Typically this could be an ebook on Amazon or possibly some type of course on your area of expertise.  It is a good idea to give some free samples to your readers so that they know what quality of product you have.

I have a ton or more ideas about blogging that I plan to share in future posts.  Please follow this blog by email if you don’t want to miss any!












Coffee is Good for You so have a Cup!


via WHO: Coffee Is Good For You – The Atlantic

I really like coffee so I’m glad the World Health Organization (WHO) finally got something right and said coffee is good for you.  When I used to travel for work and the company paid for my food I would indulge in some of the slightly more sophisticated coffee offerings.  Currently I’m happy if I have enough time to make myself some Maxwell house in the morning. WHO says that coffee may prevent cancer!  I didn’t even need that justification for indulging twice daily in this liquid ambrosia but its nice to know.

I’m not really in good health but I attribute most of that to Crohn’s disease and only a small amount to lifestyle.  This may not be entirely accurate but the thought makes me feel justified in enjoying a little coffee.  My lifestyle would be a lot more active anyways if I wasn’t a Crohny.  I figure that its a fairly good bet that I will die someday so I might as well enjoy a little food and drink while I still have a GI tract.  A cup of coffee with some flavored creamer is definitely on my To Do list every day.

In the distant past, while I was working alone in Ft Worth at the Dannon Yogurt plant I enjoyed stopping at the local coffee shop when I had the chance. I worked a combination of half days and whole days as required back then.  A half day is 12 hours long and a whole day is 24 hours.  I also ate at the same relatively expensive Cowboy/Surf themed restaurant every night dressed in my best dairy uniform with my name on the shirt.  The waiter figured out I was coming there every night at the same time so they were prepared for me.  I wasn’t quite dressed the same way as the rest of the clientele so they always ushered me over to a table in the darkest corner away from their average patron.

Since I wasn’t paying for it, I always ordered filet mignon with a shrimp gumbo soup at this restaurant.  One day they just started bringing me my usual even before I had ordered.  I was a little surprised when they simply put the food on my table so quickly without any input from me.  I had been considering changing my order that day but I didn’t have the heart to tell the waiter I didn’t want what he was bringing me.  I believe if I ate the same thing right now I would probably need a trip to a hospital at least.

When I have to pay for things myself, I choose McDonald’s coffee rather than Starbucks or I would soon run out of spending cash. They had a good group of engineers working at Dannon back then.  They worked long hours but they also liked to party a little.  Some of them kept inviting me to go to a local nude bar with them and engage in general debauchery but I had to decline.  I don’t drink alcohol and the bar probably didn’t even serve good coffee.  Also, I’m sure my wife wouldn’t have appreciated me going to these types of activities.

I was working there seven days a week for a while and one day the cheapskates said they couldn’t pay for the double time on Sundays and that there wasn’t enough time for me to fly home to Illinois for the weekend.  They asked me if I wanted to work for free on Sunday to help finish the project.  I declined this request and slept instead.  I may have enjoyed the work but I don’t work for free.

Now my activities are more limited in nature because of Crohn’s but I still enjoy a good cup of coffee.  I can now drink coffee for enjoyment rather than as an emergency anti-sleep aid.  Its too bad I don’t have an unlimited budget of someone else’s money to spend on fancy coffee like I did at Ft Worth but that’s OK.  Maxwell house with a creamer is still pretty good.


Happy St. Patricks Day


St Patrick is the Patron Saint of Engineers according to my former professors at Milwaukee School of Engineering.  A student used to be elected St Pat for the day and he had the power to shut down a class and dismiss it.  He would dress up in garb similar to the pope and have a court with people ringing bells and blowing smoke.  St Pat would go from class to class cutting the ties off of professors and dismissing the class.  If the professor refused to open the door to have his tie cut off the court would ring bells and blow smoke under the door of the classroom until the situation improved.  I don’t remember many of my classes at MSOE but I do remember when our advanced calculus topics  professor tried to delay the court of St Pat shutting down his class.  St  Pat eventually won.  I wonder what was in that smoke that they were blowing under the door because it always seemed to be effective at shutting down the class.  Engineers know how to have fun at least at MSOE.



No Automatic WordPress to Facebook tranfer


I stopped the automatic transfer function from my WordPress blog to Facebook.  Facebook is probably not a good place for some of my opinions and is more of a general audience.  On the other hand, if you want to see a little extra controversy just head over to my blog Glenn’s Way for more mature content that some people may find offensive.  I still transfer some things to facebook and I kept the automatic transfer to twitter because I get most of my followers from twitter.  Eventually I would like to advertise my bottle art on the blog so I like to build up a big audience.

Blogger is dead !

My black cat Engels 2017

Blogger is dead !  Long live WordPress !  I have stopped making additions to my old blog at Glenn’s Way on blogger (old blog) but I will keep it online for reference. I will now blog exclusively on WordPress. The new WordPress blog is a work in progress.

I have decided to split my blogging into two blogs …….


March 7, 2017 The WordPress hiatus overhaul has ended. I will allow my blogger blog to rest in peace and do all new posts on the revamped WordPress version of Glenn’s Way.

July 9, 2014  I have decided to split my blogging into two blogs.  One blog will be on WordPress and the other blog will be on Blogger. The WordPress blog will take a short hiatus while I evaluate its purpose and it undergoes a severe overhaul. The Blogger blog will now be my primary blog for more controversial subject matter and continuation of my typical past blog posts.

Mystery sores, what are you?

I finally got the doctors interested in fixing my painful intermittent mystery sores!  The sores may not kill me but the hurt like the devil poking me with his pitchfork.  Now the sores don’t appear because the doctors want to look at them. They think they may have something to do with the azathioprine I am taking for Crohn’s disease . Who knows? I am sure they will come up with some new torture test to root out the diagnosis for this elusive problem. Fun, fun and more fun !

USA TODAY: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her faith

The woman in this article is willing to die before renouncing Christ.  How many Christians in the United States would do this? The Islamic Sudanese willing to kill her have an evil faith, but they believe killing this woman is doing God’s will. There is a difference between the God I serve and the god they serve. I don’t know how to help her but I would if it was within my power.


Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her faith

27-year-old pregnant woman convicted on charges of “apostasy.”

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