Sherman County eNews #289


  1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

  2. What is a blog?

  3. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

  4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

  5. The Opportunity to Grow

  6. Thankful

  7. The Dalles Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

  8. Links: Things to Think About & Things to Do.

“It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors.” —Thomas Jefferson

“Give thanks for each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” —George Washington (1789)

1. Blogging Basics 101: How can I make money from my blog?

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You want to make money, right? Of course you do. Everyone wants – and needs -to make money. So you started a blog since you’ve heard it’s an easy way to make cash, but you’re not quite sure how to actually make money doing it. Or maybe you already have a blog and you’re exploring ways to monetize it.

“No matter which group you’re in, making money with a blog – whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog –is possible. It’s not a get rich quick ordeal, but if you do it right, you could make enough to support your family and more. Let’s dive in and see how you can make a profit with your blog.”

“How do I start a blog?”

2. What is a blog?

computer.keysA blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website.

There are many reasons for starting a personal blog and only a handful of strong ones for business blogging. Blogging for business, projects, or anything else that might bring you money has a very straightforward purpose – to rank your website higher in Google SERPs, a.k.a. increase your visibility.

As a business, you rely on consumers to keep buying your products and services. As a new business, you rely on blogging to help you get to these consumers and grab their attention. Without blogging, your website would remain invisible, whereas running a blog makes you searchable and competitive.

So, the main purpose of a blog is to connect you to the relevant audience. Another one is to boost your traffic and send quality leads to your website.

The more frequent and better your blog posts are, the higher the chances for your website to get discovered and visited by your target audience. Which means, a blog is an effective lead generation tool. Add a great call to action (CTA), and it will convert your website traffic into high-quality leads. But a blog also allows you to showcase your authority and build a brand.

When you use your niche knowledge for creating informative and engaging posts, it builds trust with your audience. Great blogging makes your business look more credible, which is especially important if your brand is still young and fairly unknown. It ensures presence and authority at the same time.

 3. Notice. North Central Public Health District Board Meeting, Dec. 10

The North Central Public Health District Full Board of Health will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at North Central Public Health District located at 419 E. 7th Street, in the main Meeting Room, in The Dalles, Oregon.  This meeting is open to the general public.

4. FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense with your Smart TV

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. Today: Building a digital defense with your TV.

Yes, I said your TV. Specifically – your smart TV… the one that is sitting in your living room right now. Or, the one that you plan to buy on super sale on Black Friday.

Smart TVs are called that because they connect to the internet. They allow you to use popular streaming services and apps. Many also have microphones for those of us who are too lazy to actually to pick up the remote. Just shout at your set that you want to change the channel or turn up the volume, and you are good to go.

A number of the newer TV’s also have built-in cameras. In some cases, the cameras are used for facial recognition so the TV knows who is watching and can suggest programming appropriately. Now – there are also devices coming to market that allow you to video chat with grandma in 42” glory.

Beyond the risk that your TV manufacturer and app developers may be listening and watching you, that television can also be a gateway for hackers to come into your home.  A bad cyber actor may not be able to access your locked-down computer directly, but it is possible that your unsecured TV can give him an easy way in the backdoor through your router.

Hackers can also take control of your unsecured TV. At the low end of the risk spectrum, he can change channels, play with the volume, and show your kids inappropriate videos. In a worst-case scenario, he can turn on the camera and microphone to that TV hanging in your bedroom and silently cyber stalk you.

TV’s and technology are a big part of our lives, and they aren’t going away.

So how can you protect your family?

  • Know exactly what features your TV has and how to control those features. Do a basic internet search with your model number and the words “microphone”, “camera”, and “privacy.”
  • Don’t depend on the default security settings. Change passwords if you can – and know how to turn off the microphones, cameras, and collection of personal information if possible. If you can’t turn them off, consider whether you are willing to take the risk of buying that model or using that service.
  • If you can’t turn off a camera but want to – a simple piece of black tape over the camera eye is a back-to-basics option.
  • Check the manufacturer’s ability to update your device with security patches. Can they do this? Have they done it in the past?
  • Check the privacy policy for the TV manufacturer and the streaming services you use. Confirm what data they collect, how they store that data, and what they do with it.

As always, if you have been victimized by a cyber fraud, be sure to report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at or call your local FBI office.

5. The Opportunity to Grow

To some extent, each of us is affected by the environment around us. But, when our happiness depends on what goes on around us, we are in trouble.

Have you ever thought about what happens when we let what goes on in our environment determine how we feel on the inside? When things are going well, we feel good, cheerful, positive, and full of enthusiasm. But, when the least little thing goes wrong, we start to unravel.

If this happens, we can start feeling like a victim, and when we feel like a victim, we give up control of our lives. There are those who believe that we are victims because we have chosen to be that way. This is a harsh critique, but there may be a grain of truth in it. We have chosen to not take the bull by the horns, and confront the obstacle.

Others say that if you are not having problems, you are missing an opportunity for growth. This is exactly the thing we are talking about, because you choose to take charge of how you respond and what you do, regardless of what is happening in your environment.

You know, there is only one thing in life over which we have complete control, and that is what goes on inside our minds. When you choose to take charge of your thoughts, of the things you tell yourself, you become very powerful. Certainly, you may feel disappointment when things go wrong, but you can choose to see all of the setbacks as temporary. You can choose to use them as opportunities to grow. You develop the ability to quickly bounce back when you hit an obstacle, as well as gaining the incredible strength that comes from standing up to adversity.

The choice really is yours to make – it always has been, and will continue to be in the future. You are in charge of you, your beliefs and the decisions you make. There is great strength in that, and, when harnessed, tremendous power for good. ~The Pacific Institute

6. Thankful

For the beauty of the earth,

For the beauty of the skies,

For the love which from our birth

Over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the beauty of each hour

Of the day and of the night,

Hill and vale, and tree and flower,

Sun and moon and stars of light,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For the joy of human love,

Brother, sister, parent, child,

Friends on earth, and friends above,

Pleasures pure and undefiled,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For each perfect gift of thine,

To our race so freely given,

Graces human and divine,

Flowers of earth and buds of heaven,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

For thy Church which evermore

Lifteth holy hands above,

Offering up on every shore

Her pure sacrifice of love,

Lord of all, to thee we raise

This our grateful hymn of praise.

~Folliott S. PIerpoint (1835-1917)

7. The Dalles’ Multi-Church Worship Choir, Dec. 6, 8, 13 & 15

music.notes (2)THE DALLES WORSHIP CHOIR will present four concerts, titled “WE CALL IT CHRISTMAS.”    A Columbia Gorge multi-church choir with approximately 40 members, this is the choir’s 16th year presenting within the community.

Please, come and listen to the choir as they celebrate the Christmas season.   The four performances, all in The Dalles, are:



The soloists are KRIS RIEFEL, CONNIE FORD, DUANE PURCELL, COLLEEN WORRELL, DUANE PATTON, and SHAWN LUTZ.  The narration will be by SHIRLEY HAMILTON.  The choir is under the direction of SHAWN LUTZ, a private music instructor in The Dalles.


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