Sherman County eNews #292


  1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

  2. Editorial. Hoping to become a news blogger?

  3. What is a blog? A Web Log | Sherman County eNews

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

  5. A Matter of Attitude

Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.” —Joseph Story (1833)

1. All County Prayer Meeting, Dec. 4

church.family1The All County Prayer Meeting is Wednesday December 4 @ the Wasco Methodist Church Fellowship starts at 6:30 PM, Pray time starts at 7:00 PM and ends at 8:30 PM.

Everyone is welcome to come and join the meeting, come and join in when you can get there and stay as long as you can. ~Red Gibbs

2. Editorial. Hoping to become a news blogger?

sherrycaricatureOn a personal note… Are you hoping to be a news blogger? Several eNews subscribers sent questions. Here are my thoughts in response.

How much time? As much as I want to spend. I estimate an average of 1-3 hours some days… none on others… generally 2-3 hours early in the day. While some think that I am at my computer 24/7 for eNews, I’m adept at multi-tasking and always have other projects in progress… right now a photo essay series for the historical society publication and a family history website.

Doing what? Receiving and reviewing news releases, notices, calendar dates, letters to the editor, classified ads and suggestions. Reviewing content, checking spelling and deciding what to use and when. Copying and pasting to a Word document before posting it to the blog, sometimes two or three posts in progress. Adjusting layout for Friday classifieds and calendar. Managing my email inbox! Responding to inquiries.

Sources? eNews has always been the result of a team effort: subscribers, organizations (school, churches, cities, special districts, county, nonprofits, 4-H, Cultural Coalition, Development League) and free public newsletters (state parks, Oregon heritage, law enforcement, and state government).

Qualifications? Good computer skills. Discipline. A commitment to contributing to the county community. Integrity.

How about making money with a blog? One has to wonder if anyone would pay for this service. If folks don’t subscribe to The Times-Journal or The Chronicle, would they pay for eNews? Ask your friends. Providing a free service worked for me because a commercial service was never my intent.

Costs? Domain name. Internet provider. Good advice at Blogging Basics 101:

Suggestions? Yes. Subscribers are offering suggestions that merit further investigation!  Perhaps an eNews service could be supported by sponsors who would benefit: individuals, local businesses, local government (county, school district, health district), ag organizations, a few The Dalles businesses that Sherman County folks support … perhaps, $100/month. So, if someone spent 2.5 hours a day 6 days a week = 15 hours a week, 60 hours a month @ say $15/hour = $900/month; $10,800/year, a decent supplemental income.


  • As I work I ask myself if the content is relevant, interesting, helpful and thought-provoking, a public benefit, and if my imaginary critics would be interested, critical or inspired?
  • I subscribe to the county’s newspaper of record, The Times-Journal, where local government is required to post legal notices, and The Dalles Chronicle. They, too, are team efforts. Both have had permission to use eNews content with the exception of letters to the editor and editorials.

3. What is a blog? A Web Log | Sherman County eNews

A blog is a regularly updated website or web page, typically 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. [For example, test “Sherman County, Oregon.”]

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.

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.

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

“ provides different guides about Blogging and Social Media. 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?”

5. A Matter of Attitude

Did you know that the secret to success could be summed up in one word? No? Well, read on.

For five decades, we at The Pacific Institute have been studying what comprises success. Some of the most successful people in the world have been students of our education, and in return, we have learned a great deal from them. We have also spent a lot of time in the company of some of the world’s most respected research psychologists, talking about what makes some people succeed and others collapse – the difference, in short, between the can’s and the can-nots, and the do’s and the do-nots.

So, after all these years of studying and researching, we can say this with the utmost confidence: The secret of success is “attitude.” That’s it – Attitude. And let’s face it, it isn’t really a secret. When working through every challenge, it’s the mindset that matters most, and an integral part of our mindset is our attitude.

People who succeed do not have fewer problems than other people. They do not start out with greater brainpower, or better parents, or more money, either. As a matter of fact, sometimes they start out working against incredible odds. But they have a way of looking at things, a way of seeing obstacles as possibilities, and a way of hanging in there and making the most of every opportunity, that almost guarantees success.

As celebrated climber Royal Robbins once reported, “When it’s been a long day of climbing, and I feel like I can’t go any farther, I concentrate on the next three feet. And then the next three feet; and then the next three feet. Pretty soon, I’m at the top.”

Successful people are flexible, optimistic and hard working. If you want to sum it up in a word, it is not difficult to do: Success, more than anything else and without a doubt, is a question of attitude. The good news about attitudes is that they can be changed, and we are in charge of our own attitudes.

So, what is your attitude toward your “next three feet?” ~The Pacific Institute