All About Me

I come from a large family by today's standards and with so many of us in one house, it always seems like someone's birthday was rolling around.  That means, not only have I been involved in a lot of birthdays over the years, but I've hosted and attended many family events.  Party planning, organizing and cooking for a crowd are part of my DNA ... and I love to do it!

Also, my parents were very social and it was rare to find our place empty on the weekends.  Usually, it was full of friends, laughter and good times. Then I met my mother-in-law who was Martha Stewart before anybody even knew who Martha Stewart was.  She did entertaining right and even had a cool gadget called a Cuisine Art!!  What I mean is, that was a few years ago (ahem).  So I've had party training from some of the best!

Some of you may notice I'm a new webmaster. I'm so pleased to be here. This is such a happy, wonderful site brimming with great ideas, I couldn't resist taking it over!

Now that I'm here, I'm at your service! Use my contact form if there's anything that you need or information you need, but cannot find. I'll do my best to help you.  I'll also be updating the articles where necessary and putting my own touches on things. I hope you'll like it!

I know a lot of people who visit here are the creative type and some of you have an entrepreneurial flare. This next part is for you:

You may or may not know that this site is a business that I run out of my kitchen. I just told you the story of how it came to be for me, but there's also more history that could help you.

I found this site using SBI, which stands for Solo Build It, which is a subscription service for folks who want to build an online business. I was in the member forums one day, which you can visit here, and that's where I found out about the site.

Now the forums are a place where people help each other with ideas, encouragement and inspiration as they build their online business with SBI.  You meet great people there and learn an abundance of very helpful information. It's like a group of friends, actually.

I'm telling about this, because if you're the creative type, like me, and want to find a way to use your talent to make extra money or even possibly replace a job at some point.  If that sounds like you, you really should give SBI a try.

I started Solo Build It back in 2006 and based the site on ghost stories.  I'm fairly good with computers, but I'd never built a website before. Due to SBI's training and the wonderful inspiration from the forums, my ghost stories site became very popular. I had amazing traffic levels and I made money in my sleep. Not bad for a complete newbie.

One day, someone approached me with an offer to buy my site. I turned them away because it was my baby, it was making money and I love it.  But they came back and asked me how much money it would take for me to be willing to sell.

I replied with a number I thought they'd never accept, but imagine my surprise when they did!  Wow! SBI not only gave my family improved finances, better vacations and better Christmases, and a brand new car, it had now helped me pay off all my debts!  It was never in my mind to think I could do that, and like magic, my debts were gone.  I joined the Debt-Free Club and it changed my life.

That was several years ago, and being debt-free opened a lot of doors for my family and me.  That was one of the happiest times in my life.

I know SBI is the best online business builder because I've proven it to myself. After I sold my site, I took time off site-building to move and buy a house. Then I decided to start again, but this time, I grabbed Wordpress and went off on my own. I'd learned enough at SBI to do some programming and build websites from scratch. So, I figured I'd apply my SBI knowledge to my new venture. That's when I found out SBI is the best online business builder anywhere.

I know a lot of people love Wordpress. It's an okay platform and it's definitely flexible, but it's lacking in ways that make business-building a headache. There are constantly updates to do and backups to make. Sure, you can use an auto-updater, but if there's a conflict, it can cause problems like having your site go down.  For. Days. Until you notice it.  Terrible!  So you get tied to your business, which, if you've ever owned one, can be like a prison sentence, if you never get away from work.

The plugins don’t always work together and there's lots of money-grubbing. It's an open source platform, so anybody can build modules for it and put them up for sale. That doesn't mean everybody is interested in quality and some people care more about the money than about you. So there is risk. As I said, there can be conflicts that make your site go down. Then you have to find the conflicting modules and deactivate it so you can get your site back up. Somebody could say that's not a big deal, but if you're busy it is the biggest pain in the derriere you could ever imagine. And stressful!!  There some very good modules, too, and very good people, too. But the bad apples make it unpredictable.

With SBI, you get everything in one place. Everything works together. The tech guys watch your site and make sure it doesn't go down.  You don't have to worry about hackers or bad guys attacking your site. You can leave it for days or weeks (even years) and it will be there when you get back. Although, it's not a good idea to leave your business unattended for that long. :-)

With SBI, you learn to get traffic. Some people get 10s of thousands of visitors a day and more. But you never get charged more. Your pricing never changes and SBI has not seen a price increase in a very, very long time. So prices don't go up every year like they do with other hosts.

You get the sitebuilder that allows you to create beautiful sites using highly customizable templates or you can create something from scratch. The dashboard and tools are so much easier to use than Wordpress, I can't even begin to tell you.  The only thing Wordpress does that SBI doesn't is you can't reach the backend of the site through the frontend of a page. But I live with that.

At any rate, I could go on, but I think you get the idea. If you're interested in finding out about SBI, use this link. It will take you to a page where you can learn more about it. 

Or you can contact me through my contact form here. I would be happy to share more information or answer questions.

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...

Thank you so much for visiting. Let's party, shall we?

-Brenda

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