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Membership Sites May 27, 2008

I have had my own social site for some time…I changed platforms and will be re introducing my updated site soon, but, in the meantime, I have been doing a great deal of research about membership sites, member recruiting, member retention, and how to engage my members to interact with one another and to bring their own friends in…I have recently found a website that has some great information about those very topics and is also tied to one of the most sought after membership software programs today. Mark Braunstein, is one of the Guru’s or Masters of online membership sites and is also quite the video guru…Knowing Mark a little, and having spoken to him about membership sites, I know that the information he provides is top notch!

Recently, Mark teamed up with another Guru…Mike Filsaime. These two men are leaders in the industry and have what it takes to make it online, they also won’t be jumping ship anytime soon. What I like about their product, VTribes, is that it is fully functional, and tailored to meet your individual needs. You do not have to be a coding expert to be able to run a membership site when you purchase your membership software from VTribes.

Below are links to some of my favorite posts on their website CommunityZen:

Recruiting New Members

Keeping Your New Members Engaged

More Tips for Engaging Your Members

Membership Retention Plan


Jamie Livingston – Photo of the Day May 26, 2008

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I was Stumbling (StumbleUpon) and found MentalFloss’s post about pics that he had found, and the research he had done. This is a very touching story and an awesome way for others to know more about Jamie.

Here is a little excerpt from MentalFloss:

What started for me as an amusing collection of photos — who takes photos every day for eighteen years? — ended with a shock. Who was this man? How did his photos end up on the web? I went on a two-day hunt, examined the source code of the website, and tried various Google tricks.

Finally my investigation turned up the photographer as Jamie Livingston, and he did indeed take a photo every day for eighteen years, until the day he died, using a Polaroid SX-70 camera. He called the project “Photo of the Day” and presumably planned to collect them at some point — had he lived. He died on October 25, 1997 — his 41st birthday.

And, in Reply to MentalFloss, Hugh Crawford (Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn: Jamie Livingston) a friend of Jaime’s this was written:

Yesterday because of the intense volume of traffic to Jamie Livingston’s Photo-of-the-Day site, the site crashed.

Hugh worked on it all day and night and it seems to be up and running. I hope it stays that way. “The site is barely able to deal with the number of people right now. Please be patient. If you experience a problem, just try again later.”

Jamie Livingston (1956-1997) took a Polaroid every day for 18 years, including the day he died in 1997.

He was an amazing artist who’s project seems to have captured the hearts of tens of thousands of people on the Internet.

I highly recommend that you visit this site, if for no other reason, just to see and share moments of another persons life, with all the joy and sadness we all encounter. I am hoping with my little snippet here, that it will help build the curiosity and the views to the website (only to allow others to share a moment of time).

There is also a YouTube video of some of the photos, which is an awesome representation.


Busy? Blogging? Writing…. January 26, 2008

I have so neglected my little blog here, and hope to get around to posting on a normal basis this year.  I currently write for several other clients which leaves me very little time.  I was able to hire some of my personal work out for my other sites, in order to help me catch up and get into a more regular posting schedule.  Hopefully that will allow me to post here on a more frequent basis.

 Currently, I have 3 sites, of which are:,, and  I also help my husband with his sites, and the sites of his partners, and those sites are listed below:

Bill’s Personal sites:

OSA Blog

OSA Forum

Bill’s & Partners Sites:

All of these sites are Authorities in their niche.  If you are looking for information and resources on keeping your children safe, online security, online dating and relationships, ID Theft, taking care of Aging Parents, a place to discuss online security issues and a place to discuss issues with MySpace and other social networking sites, craft and hobbies, resources for small businesses, answers to craft and hobby questions, online resources for mormon helps and many other resources visit one of the above sites, and watch here at my blog for resources and musings for me.


Have you seen these new sites? December 11, 2007

I have recently updated several of my websites and thought I would post them here for you to be able to go and check them out!

And, here are some sites that I have really been impressed with, and thought I would pass along to you, too!

These sites won’t apply to everyone, but, the information that they provide for their niche is truly impressive!  They have all gone to great lengths to provide their readership with valuable content, and have made it available to anyone who wants to learn more!

Thanks….to the above websites for providing great info that will definitely be of great help to those that are searching for it!


13 Youth Die on the street every day in America… October 24, 2007

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Vintage Scrapbooking September 23, 2007

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Anissa’s Vintage Scrapbooking Layout

I was over at my girlfriends house last night, she had called me over to give me  a truckload of Scrapbooking stuff, and we got talking about scrapbooking and how most of us don’t have money to go out every month and buy all the latest and greatest tools, paper, and embellishments.  Sunny, my girlfriend, said that she was going to post on her blog about Vintage Scrapbooking.  It got me to thinking about what the defenition of Vintage Scrapbooking was.  Honestly, I really like Sunny’s version, but, I see that other people might have a different definition. 

Vintage Scrapbooking:  Using up all the old scrapbooking products that you have in your stash!  And, not having to go out and buy all the new stuff, unless its used to incorporate into your vintage scrapbooking layout!

In the little over 15 years that I have been a serious scrapbooker, I have accumulated thousands of items whether its paper, stickers (of which I have been collecting for nearly 30 yrs), embellishments, and albums (and anything else you can think of).  There are so many things like a certain paper that I wish they would have brought back into production, or a sticker or die cut, or now, some of the ribbon and other embellishments.  I think there should be a call put out to all manufacturers past and present to bring back some of the older “Vintage Scrapbooking” products that we have all loved!  I also see the need to use some of the “Vintage” products that I have been saving and thinking I would use someday, but still haven’t had the heart to use yet.

For more information or if you have questions about crafts or hobbies, visit: AskAnissa

Also, Visit Sunny’s FaithBooking site and forum, you won’t be sorry!


Ask Anissa August 4, 2007

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I have not posted in months, but, I have another project in the works and would love it if you came over and checked out what I am currently doing and left a question or comment for me.  Here is my latest work: