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Desert Camp Oasis in Pahrump Nevada

Just 120 miles to go

Some folks know about the Lakeside RV Resort south of Pahrump. For the hundreds of volunteers who help during the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay a foot race, many find the “oasis” just what they need after the race has moved on through. Even though I’ve mentioned this event before, it’s not one that is open to the public due to the runners, support teams, and stage personnel are all police and public service employees.

Cool shoreline

An oasis in the desert — a man-made lake to keep you cool

It is an accumulation of over 3000 dedicated folks helping to make the race safe and fun. And you must be invited and pay a hefty registration fee to run.

I never could understand how running through any terrain during a 103 temperature desert course for 6 miles would be fun. But they have for 32 years.

Team Work Gets the Job Done

You see, even though I’ve been volunteering for this race for 10+years and my husband for 15+, I don’t run. We just use our amateur radio skills to assist with the communications needed for a race covering 120 miles and elevations from 250 to 5000 feet. I’m on a team that monitors the runners. It’s exciting, rewarding and worth coming back because without enough help, the race would be cancelled.

fountain

Cool water fountain attracts children and birds

Suffering is not my plan. After the race, we travel over  to Lakeside RV Park and Casino to kick back and relax. The complex is dog-friendly with shady grounds, a lake in the middle with simple amenities: pool, beach, laundry, restaurant, and gas with convenience store. It’s a quiet refreshing place to be. Even with grackles and migratory bird visitors, the noise can be unnerving. By evening every bird visitor has settled down. The grassy knolls that surround the park help to deaden any loud noises from outside the complex.

grassy knolls

Grassy Knolls offer campers a quiet place

Take a look at their photos and list of amenities, and I bet if you’re in the area northwest of Las Vegas, you’ll be curious to see what the buzz is about.

You’ll enjoy it.

Rusty

How the Entrepreneur Can Learn How to Blog

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to learn how to blog?

High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway

Starting a small business can easily become overwhelming with lists of priorities and important tasks to keep up with. Add learning a blog to that list, and it will be put under the if-I-ever-get-to-it section. The High Desert has blogging and entrepreneur groups that are motivating to beginning and pro-bloggers. Whether new or experienced, all bloggers need motivation. Look online for a group like these to get you motivated. If there isn’t one, start one. Need help starting a group? Visit Meetup.com/High-Desert-Bloggers or Meetup.com/High-Desert-Entrepreneurs for ideas.

Networking with a like-minded individual is motivating and encouraging. That’s why groups like High Desert Bloggers and High Desert Entrepreneurs meet. High Desert’s Small Business Development Center is another wonderful help to the entrepreneur starting out.

Blogging workshops are also taught by HighDesertBlogging.com bloggers. Meetups are scheduled monthly to give bloggers a boost of inspiration and motivation and are usually free. Occasionally, however, paid workshops are offered. The workshop entry fees are reasonable.

Scheduled from August through October are poetry and entrepreneur workshops in the High Desert. Kicking off the poetry workshops, HighDesertBlogging.com will host a poetry contest this month. Contact us for more information, and check our blog daily as the contest will soon be posted. Also visit our Events Page for upcoming blogging, entrepreneur, and community events.

I’m so happy to have you visit our blog and hope that you will take a moment to leave us a comment. Let us know what blogging and entrepreneur information you are in need of. If you have a community event coming up, do let us know so that we can publish it on our blog.

Enjoy your summer!

High Desert Bloggers Meetup

Angie
HighDesertBlogging.com

 

 

 

 

New Basket Give-Away at Cadillac Antiques in Lucerne Valley

We just heard the news! Cadillac Antiques is gearing up for their first year anniversary with a Blog Basket Give-Away in July. It’s been nearly a year since the shop first opened in the Pueblo Building in Lucerne Valley. To celebrate, owners Patty, Ralph, Charlene and Dave have decided to fill a huge basket with everything donated from the store, its consignment vendors, and High Desert Blogging members.

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Cadillac Antiques has Car-lectibles and furniture, glassware, and paintings and great gifts

Watch here for the latest news as the basket begins to fill with collectible goodies, new and used gifts of all sorts, plus a few re-purposed “car-lectibles” — auto parts with a new lease on life as chromed gadgets, and what-nots. We don’t know what surprises are inside. READ MORE »

Autumn Basket Giveaway by High Desert Bloggers

Autumn Basket Giveaway by High Desert Bloggers

Pumpkins and more for Autumn Basket Giveaway in November

Autumn is an exciting time – cooler weather, pumpkins, candy corn, holidays, pumpkin pie, pecan pie! That’s not all. It’s nearing NaNoWriMo time. High Desert Therese Moore is encouraging all who want to write a book in 30 days to join her for the November writing event.

There’s more. Bloggers at www.highdesertblogging.com and www.meetup.com/high-desert-bloggers are inviting people in the High Desert to enter their Autumn Basket Giveaway(s). The number of baskets to be given away depends on the amount of donations by bloggers and businesses. The more the donations, the more the baskets, the more the winners. Grab this chance to get your business blogged about FREE of charge. Entries can be made at hdblogging@gmail.com by including your name and email address into the subject line of your email. Winners will be chosen by the email addresses sent in. Winners will be announced on Saturday, November 15th.

Items related to NaNoWriMo, Autumn, bloggers’ blog interests, and businesses participating in the giveaway(s) will be added to the baskets. Imagine the fun of winning one of these seasonal gift baskets.

Nina Amir’s book How to Blog a Book will be among the basket items. Nina lists eleven ways to use your blog to become an expert on her website. She offers coaching and training as well.

Now, before you leave this website, go to our email address, hdblogging@gmail.com, and sign up for this fun fall giveaway. Be sure to insert your name and email address into the subject line.

 

How Can Someone Else Write a Blog For Your Business?

 

Your business can rely on Blogging

Blogging is direct Internet connections for your business

I don’t believe it’s fear that holds back the idea of allowing an outsider to write for their business. I think it’s the concern that an outsider to any business, just won’t be true to the name, the brand, or have the depth of knowledge or nature of the company.

This is often the second question that comes up. The first question is: How much?

 

So how much to you pay for a good pair of shoes? Are you on the cheap end and figure $50 for a pair of sneakers or a page of content is enough? Are you the middle-of-the-road entrepreneur who wants to look good on the outside yet keeps the budget in mid-range of $75 per blog or dress boots? Or are you the dashing example of clean lines, solid foundation, and a leather loafer with over $100+ to spend on high-end shoes and a daily blog?

 

 a team of bloggers and writers

A team behind you 100%

A good content writer and blogger knows how to reach down deep and pull out some gems right away. Certain contract writers will not go after a blog position in, let’s say, the jet plane industry because they aren’t aware of the industries finer points. Research plays a large part in deciding if the content writer is even capable. It does take skill to write for someone else.

However, a content writer can excise information from a subject-matter person (SME) behind the scenes who can quickly assess and glean the best of the industry insider. There is a knack to extracting fine points.

Cavve is home for this Blogger

Your Blogger Can Live Almost Anywhere

 

A blogger will usually gain a good grasp of those items being sold or manufactured. So much so, that you as the reader would never know it was written by an outsider, often living in another state.

Judging a content or contract writer or a blogger for your business is just like hiring a new employee: you’ll check for examples of his work, his knowledge of the area of expertise, his ability to express himself, and then testing him for his writing ability to stand-in for your tone, brand, and voice.

Actually, the best way to consider a blogger is for her to offer a sample blog. She will be able to sample your online web site, talk to key employees that can “teach her the ropes,” and, may even talk to select customers who work directly with the company.

A blogger is a chameleon who can stand in place of your company’s field agent. They make every effort to blend in, while trying not to cause concern for those who hire them. One tool that helps is a “writing style guide.” These are often developed when several writers come onboard to help with advertising, web content, blogging, and PR outside the office. A second tool is a signed promise of non-competing, where a writer will not write for the competition, or share its secrets.

A Blogger is a Chameleon who can blend in easily

A Blogger is a Chameleon who can blend in easily

 

 

A second tool is a signed promise of non-competing, where a writer will not write for the competition, or share its secrets.

Will using third party writers be an effective strategy for getting a great amount work done while keeping staffing costs low? Yes, in most cases. By using the right content writing service, you can often save time, energy and money while building your brand with powerful content. You won’t need to provide insurance or paid vacations, either. Whether it’s a single writer or a writing service, your overall exposure on the Internet will increase the chances of more sales.

If the blogger’s entries, over time, improve your number of prospects while keeping your brand and company out in the public eye, then your choice to use a writer as an essential part of the team has paid off.

No one will really know until you try a business blogger.

 

 Rusty LaGrange

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and Old West Stagecoach.com

 

How to Meet People in a New Community

Feeling alone in a new community without close family and friends nearby is a terrible feeling. Finding the solutions to the loneliness begins when you go where the people are.

When my husband and I purchased a cabin in the High Desert of southern California, I didn’t know people in the community. My mother and mother-in-law had both just passed away. Grief hit and didn’t let up for a long season. Grief and loneliness became too much for me to deal with. Then I happened to read an article about the High Desert branch of California Writers Club (HDCWC) held at Apple Valley’s library the second Saturday of each month.

I went to the next meeting. No seats were available in the back. I had to go up to one of the front rows. Talk about intimidating! They even asked visitors to stand and introduce themselves, including their writing interests or publications.

You might feel intimidated at first like I did at the first HDCWC meeting. It’s okay to feel that way at first. Remember that it’s the beginning of finding solutions to your loneliness. Either you become a hermit or get out and meet people. I got out and met people. It worked, but it took time.

Look around your new community for places that look interesting. Do research online for hobbies you enjoy. Find a 5K to participate in. Visit churches until you find one that you feel is best for you and your family. Join an improv comedy, a scrapbook, or blogging group or start your own. Get involved in the community.

Darwin's A Team, Victorville, CA

Victorville’s Improv Comedy Troupe, Darwin’s A Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And there they go!

And there they go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High Desert Bloggers, Route 66 Molly Brown's

High Desert Bloggers at Molly Brown’s on National Trails Highway

 

 

 

Blogging — It’s What We Love

So many of us love to blog, to share our insights, to learn from others in the High Desert, and to develop a network of friends. It’s the networking that makes some of our goals attainable. For instance, if you don’t know about a specific subject, you can Google it, go to the local  library, check a resource book you might have, YouTube search, or call a friend.

 

With a large network of blogging friends who love to research on nearly every subject, it’s like having a revolving door to a never-ending list of friends “in-the-know.” Our bloggers at High Desert Blogging have learned how valuable the network of writing friends are: we cover a variety of subjects from Spring gardening to drought watering,

 

Happy Bloggers at Starbucks

Happy Bloggers at Starbucks

 

attractions for the family to attend, where some of the best vintage and antique shopping can be found, and where the High Desert’s business people offer the best — customer service, products and produce, home-made crafts and goodies, and without “the-big-box” competition.

 

 

 

Another aspect that bloggers love here is the camaraderie of our blogging network. We don’t just sit at home blogging, we get out and meet our members at

 

regular blogging Meet-Ups.

Face-to-face is one of the best benefits.

*we share ideas

*point out new sources

*give each other pointers for making money

*develop business-owner friendships

*and more

 

 

But the best is knowing that you are not alone in the blogosphere. So many of our members have, at times, felt isolated, unwanted or unappreciated, and need some face-time. We try to meet at least once a month. The meetings recharge our batteries with the spirit of enthusiasm and inevitably enrich our writing. And it shows.

Face to Face friendships

 

 

So, to start out the New Year, High Desert Blogging will be working on some new concepts to develop more blogger training, support more think-tank ideas, offer give-aways & contests, and be  the gateway to new business blogging opportunities.

It’s a new year, so stay tuned…

 Rusty LaGrange

Fighting Off the Blogging Vampires

When you create a blog, design it and then post regularly to it, it becomes part of your work schedule. Whether you blog several times a week, once a week or once in a while, it still is yours to manage.

You have some protection in the blogging format you use, whether you have an  ISP provider or own a template for your own blogging website. Hackers are everywhere. Like Vampires sneaking around at night trying to infiltrate any bit of software they can find. Why do they attack a basic, middle-of-the-road web site?

Because they can.BLOG-letters-in-lead

Your best garlic-defense against these vampires is to change your passwords several times a year. You can also ask your provider to review your web site process to see if you have easy hacker-access. Most will be diligent to keep your site secure. Sometimes you may need to purchase protection from your provider by upgrading your standard package.

But what happens when the computer you use is attacked by a series of angst-ridden pleas for help from a “friend stranded in the Philippines” … a common phishing email hitting many email addresses in the High Desert? What happens when you find your blog posts have been redirected to another location that you have nothing in common with? And what happens when someone posts a full-page advertisement on your site for a pricey diet formula that you’ve never heard of?

Yes, these have happened … to the chagrin of web site owners.

Sometimes vampires just lurk at night and never return at the light of day. Some of these high-jacking problems can be fixed by reloading your posts, or changing your password access, or stripping back the number of guests that you allow on your blogging web site. Have a conversation with your technician at your ISP location, wherever that might be.

As you learn to manage your blog and all the maintenance that comes with it, you might wonder why you even bother. But please be diligent and secure your site, your computer, and your email by using standard protection available from vendors,  your ISP or filters for your email.

The benefits of blogging will help you construct a stronger presence on the web, will help you develop more links among other businesses, and define a stronger platform for your voice and the services you provide.

Beat back the vampires with better anti-virus protection, password security, and a dash of garlic.

 Rusty LaGrange

a Flair For Words.com

 

Allow Thoughts to Percolate, Then Write

 As soon as the weather cooled and thoughts of seasonal foods popped up in the blogs, I began thinking of the cozy places I like to be on an Autumn day. Do you find that a place near a sunny window with a steamy cup of tea or coffee is just the right way to start the day?

But who wants to limit the morning to just coffee and steamy tea? Often I will sit and write a poem just because that cozy spot near the window helps my thoughts to flow. I may enjoy the coffee more than the raw verses I’m working on, but eventually the poem takes shape and I read it through one more time to be satisfied.

The question of “what do I write?” and “how can I be inspired to wri

A writer needs the time to think before writing

A writer needs the time to think before writing

te something?” can cause a new blogger to grow self-doubt. It’s better to be ready to write than to sit at a blank screen and struggle to produce something. Your mind can be tricked into working for you.

While you are busy doing other things your mind can be prompted to think of good topics for your blog. Let’s look at a few tactics that can help:

a) If you have a themed blog where you discuss and share ideas about a certain topic, then paying for a subscription to a magazine in that topic or field will be a handy tool to rely on.

b) When you are reading the newspaper or scanning through an online web paper, jot down short notes about topics that may be related to your theme. Always watch for the odd stories that can prompt your Muse in a heartbeat.

c) If you come across an email or a newsletter in your surface mail that may relate to your blog, write it down.

d) Once you have collected several of these leads, you’ll need to research them all a bit to produce a good starting idea.

e) Keeping a camera with you at all times, will make you rely on using it more often. So, if your blog is general news or trends, you’ll have a simple way to snap a photo and write about it. At HighDesertBlogging.com many of our guest bloggers come across new ideas without trying. Some of them go to public events, walk and talk to the people who are enjoying the event then ask for a photo and their name. In just a few minutes, you have a strong story idea, pictures to go with it, and sudden enthusiasm to get home and write.

f) Sometimes, no matter what you try, the words won’t come to you. It’s best to get up and walk away. Take a short walk outside for some fresh air, do a small chore that will take your mind off of the blog for a few minutes. But, never let yourself fall into the trap of procrastination for the blog’s sake. No, no.

All writers need time to allow their thoughts to percolate. They need the uncluttered space to let ideas swirl and combine until a creative action arrives. Relaying on a few researching tools had already prompted your mind to work on those topics. It primed the mind to focus, and while you were busy with other ideas, it focused more intently on your selected subject. Moments later the thought will arrive and your readers will be enriched by it.

And you know all of those ideas that you didn’t choose today, they can each be prompts for upcoming blogs. So you are that much ahead!

 

Rusty LaGrange

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Spent the Day on “RelyLocal Row” at the Fair and Look Who We Met!

Rainbow Colored Pinwheel by ausbar at morgueFileOkay, our row of tables just to the right of the Fair’s main entrance wasn’t officially dubbed RelyLocal Row, but it should have been. The organization spearheading the Shop Local Movement in Victorville was gracious enough to invite a very diverse group of local business owners and non-profit organizations to have a presence at the 66th Annual San Bernardino County Fair. I’m honored to be a part of the High Desert Bloggers Meetup, which was invited to share a space on RelyLocal Row at this weekend’s event. Not only did our presence allow us to tell the community about this blog and the High Desert Bloggers, but we also had the opportunity to make a few new friends in the community in the process.

Going With the Flow Was a Gift

While we’d advertised that we’d be live-blogging from the event, fate said otherwise. We didn’t have WiFi access and even though two of us have wireless hotspots, which multiple devices can connect to, neither one of our gadgets would cooperate. In retrospect, this was a good thing, though. Without being tethered to our laptops, we were able to learn about some of the most awesome indie businesses here in the High Desert. Such as:

Real-life private investigator, Rick Luginbill, from Luginbill Investigative Services, Inc. in Victorville.

Having just yesterday finished reading the latest mystery solved by the great but fictitious private eye, Easy Rawlins, I was thrilled to meet a real P.I. in the flesh. I’ve always admired the profession and after talking to Rick for a few minutes, I was impressed by his friendly, laid back demeanor and his open invitation to give him a call in relation to his services which we briefly discussed. While I’d originally imagined that a P.I.’s services would be expensive, not only did Rick quote me a very fair price (no pun intended), but he even offered a discount for being a RelyLocal member present at the Fair today. How cool is that?! Folks, if you’re trying to locate a missing person, need a background check on an individual or even need someone to go undercover to get intel on your behalf, know that we’ve got a professionally trained, licensed and experienced P.I. right here in our own backyard.

Personalized Gifts and a Local Opportunity

If you’ve got a baby shower, wedding, birthday or any other special event coming up in the near future, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to Meredith Lilly, Inc’s website. There, you’ll find all sorts of unique gifts, which can be personalized for your special occasion. During my afternoon visit, I had the pleasure of meeting Independent Founding Consultant, Inge Schon-Valdez, and learning that not only does Meredith Lilly, Inc. offer everything from beautifully embroidered tote bags to monogrammed iPhone cases to ruffled aprons and more– but the company also offers a really nice business opportunity which is free to join. New consultants don’t even have to buy a kit to get started!

A Photographer With an Unforgettable Style

Directly across from the High Desert Bloggers’ table were two ladies who I just knew were models of some sort and I was right…sort of. One of the elegant young women was none other than Nina Hart of Photography by Hart and the second was one of her stunning models. I have to tell you that I was very impressed with Nina’s work, which was very nicely displayed at her table. But I was even more impressed with the styles and themes that she specializes in, which is boudoir and pin-up photography. The latter being equal parts unique and nostalgic, I found it quite fitting that this style of photography was so nicely represented on Memorial Day Weekend, particularly since the niche was so wildly acclaimed during World War II (pin-up models were quite popular with American soldiers). Of course, Nina also does wedding photography and more, so be sure to check her site out and be on the lookout for her work around the High Desert and beyond!

Nina Hart Photography

 

The Coolest Invention…Ever!

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve never seen a 3D printer in action– that is, until meeting the fine folks at Windy Ridge Innovation today. For those of you who don’t know, a 3D printer is one which takes a digital rendition of an object and produces a three-dimensional copy of it. The possibilities here are seriously endless, but here are a few trinkets which were placed on display today:

Windy Ridge Innovation

 

The technology, itself, is proving to have promise above what most of us can think or imagine. Why, just last week a child’s life was saved by the creation of an airway splint which came from– you guessed it– a 3D printer! Seriously, what is cooler than that?

Many thanks to Steve and Debby Kurti of Windy Ridge Innovation for allowing us all a front row seat (Okay, I stood in front of their table, but you get the point) as we peered into the future at today’s Fair!

Lots of Local Sparkly Bling

Irene Gaulke is one of the first people that I met when I arrived in the High Desert nearly a year ago, so it was really nice to reconnect with her at today’s Fair. Irene is an independent distributor for Premier Designs Jewelry. Seriously, the pieces displayed at her table were simply elegant. Take a look:

Irene Gaulke Jewelry

 

Premier Designs Jewelry Irene Gaulke

 

Now, of course Irene sells jewelry, but she also offers two most outstanding opportunities, as well. One involves winning jewelry by hosting a party and the other involves starting your own business as a Premier Designs Jewelry independent rep. When I first met Irene a year ago, she was working part time on her new venture. Today, she is a full-time businesswoman in charge of her own enterprise while representing a brand that she truly believes in. Sweet, right?

More Local Goodness Coming Soon

Tune in later in the week to read about the rest of our adventure at the Fair while meeting some of RelyLocal’s finest indie business owners. A couple of our other bloggers will be logging in soon to bring you their unique impressions and interesting finds. And I’ve got a lot more to share with you about some of the community based organizations who were at the event and who are on the ground every day working to bring attention to some very important causes which exist right under our collective noses. Until then, please be sure to visit the websites of all of the businesses mentioned above. They’re all locally owned and operated by YOUR NEIGHBORS here in the HD, so remember to support them as much and as often as you can.

Once again, a huge thank you to RelyLocal for allowing High Desert Bloggers to be a part of this weekend’s event. RelyLocal, the High Desert Bloggers and every small business mentioned above will be at the Fair from its opening hours to closing tomorrow (Monday), too, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

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