Books Read in August 2016

I read three books in August:

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Image by Hermann (2014) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

The Incubated Author: 10 Steps to Start a Movement. I have to be honest and admit that I had trouble getting into this book. I did glean some insights but I didn’t like how she characterized Jesus in the book. I get why she portrayed Him that way but He is so much more than that.

The Paleo Manifesto.  I read this book before. There are some aspects of the book that I think are “out there” but I am looking to eat more “cleanly” and figured I could get some ideas from this book if I read it again. I did. The biggest takeaway is that I need to be more firm and committed to cutting out the sugar.

Profit First. I have also read this before. However, I am participating in Tina Forsyth‘s Profit First course and this book is the basis of the class. If you are looking to take control of your finances or looking to put together a budget that actually works, this book is a life changer.


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Awesome Authors: Shelley Hitz

*This post is part of the write 31 days writing challenge.

Awesome Authors: Shelley Hitz

Whew! Today is the last day of the writing challenge! It was a lot of fun; however, after writing consecutively for 31 days, write two or three days a week should now be a piece of cake!

In my last post, I am highlighting author Shelley Hitz. Not only has she written many books, she recently re-branded herself and she now produces a fantastic podcast. She deals with all sorts of writing topics, from the writing process, to publishing, to marketing, to finding inspiration, and everything in between.

I love that her advice is practical and down-to-earth. Hitz takes the concept of writing and self-publishing, which can seem daunting and complicated, and breaks them down into doable, “bite-sized” chunks.

Shelley Hitz’s blog and books are great resources, especially for newbie self-publishers.


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Simple Trick for Keeping Track of Online Passwords

As an author/solopreneur, there is no doubt that you spend a large amount of time online. Nowadays, we have to, right? Therefore, with all the websites and forums we belong to comes the task of keeping track of many different passwords.


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Some people handle this task by having only one password for all the sites they belong to. But, that’s *not* recommended. If, heaven forbid, one of the websites get hacked, the hacker would have access to any and all websites with that password.

A better way to keep track of your passwords is to use a service such as LastPass. LastPass remembers all of your passwords and all you need to remember is one – the password to LastPass. But this isn’t a good option for everyone. What if you lose access to LastPass for whatever reason?

In addition, as someone who has had her computer crash (3 times!), I don’t like to rely completely on LasPass or other online password service. Consider me old fashioned, if you must, but I really like the idea of keeping track of my passwords offline. And my simple, offline trick for keeping up with passwords is this:

Use a good-old address book

You know the kind: the physical book with tabs lettered A-Z for writing in peoples names and address. Yep. Each letter represents the name of the website, and on the other lines I write in the username, password, and any other information, such as security questions and answers.

I have been keeping track of my passwords like this for years and it works like a charm. I keep the book near the computer for quick updating. Yes, the initial task of entering in the information is a little time consuming, but worth it in my opinion.

The only drawback is that if you change your passwords every 6-8 months (and you should), it can get kind of messy. I get around this by using a larger-sized address book and writing small. 🙂

Now tell me, how do you handle your passwords? Do you use an online tracker or do you have your own offline system? Do share in the comments.


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