About Kaptaink7
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Hey all !

As a busy freelance writer of 20-plus years, I've worked with people from all walks of life and from all areas of the U.S.
Part of the success I've found over the years has been a result of maintaining a solid list of happy clients -- the lifeblood all businesses -- satisfied customers. But, I'll be the first to admit, these clients I did not find easily.

For those who are interested in knowing more about me, and my struggles to build a small business online, you are more than welcome to read on (below) an informational piece of what I hope will be helpful to members of all ages and backgrounds, as well as current small-business owner/operators and hopeful "start-uppers" alike, here at WA.
In this piece, I discuss a couple of key customer retention methods I've used to grow my client base over time.
When it comes to customer retention -- "retention" being the operative word here -- clear communication is key. This should also be primary focus for ALL business operators, I would imagine.
These are just a few of the fundamentals and methods I have learned over decades past, and will strive to utilize in decades to come.

Or, feel free to come back and read it later, at your leisure. It includes a little bit of information about me, but it is more meant to offer a little bit of help for you, if you need it, at any level of operating a small business.
Just a bit easy-to take advice from a business guy who has been around the block a few times, and has learned some important lessons along the way to seeking small business success online.

Oh... and I'm still seeking, BTW -- I'll always a seeker.
I wish to learn every day, as a matter of fact. However, I am not only here to learn, I am also here to help others who wish to learn from my own, personal business experiences, which includes over 30 years working in several fields.

Thanks for reading to this point... but WAIT!
Before you run off, please let me know who YOU are, how you are doing, and if I can help you in any way.
By the same token, I'll probably have some questions for you at some point, down the road, too.

All the best for your longterm success!
Kaptain K


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(Note: gotta park this article here, 'till I find an appropriate location for it!)


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KEEPING THE BEST CUSTOMER BASE YOU CAN FIND ,
BY BUILDING ON THE CUSTOMER BASE YOU ALREADY HAVE
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On the specific topic of small-business owner/customer relationships, I'd like to share a couple of key points with my fellow WA members and "small-biz starters" that I have learned over years, in regard to a fundamental, yet highly-critical aspect of running a small online business___ or, ANY business for that matter___ it's one which is often overlooked, but is NEVER unimportant; it is: securing and maintaining customer/small business-owner relationships.

Now, it's one thing for you -- as a small-business owner -- to: a) merely keep a list of clients or customers on-hand, to periodically inundate their inboxes with a bunch of non-personal, automated e-mail notifications and lots of vague, monthly e-mails mentioning your latest & greatest current offers...
but, it's entirely different matter altogether to: b) maintain a solid list of actual clients over the longterm.
The former condition, (a), is what every other small-biz guy seemingly does online; it's often minimal; it's often meager; it's often insufficient -- i.e.: it's the competition.
The latter condition, (b,) is what I've personally worked hard to maintain.
Sure, the "b)-version" is the harder of the two, but it DOES bring real rewards.
Using "b)", I've been able to achieve success in my own craft over the years.

This is one way how "being different" can be better... let me tell you more:
By giving my clients plenty of personalized, relevant, individual attention over time, I've managed to keep these same customers coming back for additional orders, over and over again. This is the "secret" I've used to keep my clients truly satisfied over the years, more than anything else. Many have even told me so. But honestly, it's really no secret at all... it's just sounds better.

Of course, this process is much easier said than done -- even so, an awful lot of start-ups cannot grasp this concept -- they let their marketing software rule their business destiny. This is also where too many small businesses fail; they simply fail to fully-connect with their existing customers. Big mistake.
To be clear, this is nothing like keeping Facebook friends. It's not even close.
I'm not saying Facebook won't help -- it can. But, you must understand the limitations involved. The laws of math apply here; so, "more" must equal more, right? More customers to be gained thru greater numbers of exposure, right? Seems logical, yes?

Not so fast.
There are enormous differences between these two conditions, and if you run a small online business___ or, want to start one up___ you need to know why this is so. Frankly, these differences are so vast, I barely know where to begin.

But, for the sake of driving home this point, as one of my choicest and most relevant small-online-biz concerns to you, as the reader___ and current, new, or soon-to-be small-biz operator___ I'll direct my focus on this one, single issue for now: the task of building and maintaining solid customer/client relationships for the small business owner.
Truth-be-told, this task alone can take years of effort. It will seem monumental at times, and for good reason; it's no cakewalk.
Older guys like me know how much more difficult target-specific marketing was to accomplish online, back in the bad 'ol web days of early-to-mid 90's.
If you're in your 40's, 50's, or 60's, I'm sure you recall those early online days well. It certainly was tough-going, as compared to using today's technology.

Fortunately, we now have terrific new tools in our online biz-bilding arsenal.
But, the actual work involved in keeping satisfied customers banging your door-knocker for years to come still cannot be avoided.
The truth is, it's STILL gonna take plenty of that to get the results you want, in order to sustain your small business. There's just no two ways about it.

If you run a small business now, you probably already know how hard it is to consistently find new customers, and how hard you must work to keep your existing customers content and coming back to place more orders.
In fact, it's probably more important than anything else you do as you work at growing your small business, and it involves a heck of a lot more than just basic online marketing skills.

In my own case, I do my level-best to keep each and every one of my clients happy. I try to do this often. I let them know they can call me at any time of the day or night -- and yes, even on weekends. (Yeah, I know... ughhh!)
Of course, there's even more to it than this, if you really want to blast-off to longterm business success.
Make no mistake, the time spent on client communications alone can be a sizable drain on one's schedule. But, it's necessary, and will be well worth the vast effort down the road, believe me. It's also one of the very best ways to learn about your customers. Plus, it won't cost you lots of extra marketing fees. And it's only a handful or two of personalized e-mails away from the reality of finding your own small-biz success.

Of course, if you chose this path, it means you probably won't be able to go club-hopping each and every weekend -- that is, IF you want to find your small-biz success sooner rather than later.
In my own case, I realized early-on that I would need to sacrifice much of my usual "leisure time" (which quite honestly, wasn't all that much to begin with) as I had grown unhappy with working too hard at making other people rich.
And yes, I knew that this was precisely what I was signing-up for, back when I took such a considerable career step so long ago... it was a hard, fast, and straight-forward step into the online world of freelance writing, back in the early 90's. (Seems like THAT all happened something like a century ago!)

For me, keeping a vast roster of satisfied clients over the years has entailed watchful, consistent interactions with my customers, while providing useful feedback, and tactfully discussing project critiques whenever needed.
Basically, it means keeping steady contact with clients -- this means providing them with lots of reassurances and updates, offering meaningful, detailed discussions before, during, and at closing of finished individual projects -- as well as maintaining contact with clients well after the completed projects. That's how it worked (and still works) for me, anyhow.

Essentially, you can NEVER let your customers feel like they're all alone, or make them feel as if they're left to fend for themselves, especially if your work involves project collaborations, which would be akin to small-biz suicide.
For me, this includes (and has included) various "ghostwriting" gigs, which have constituted a good 50% of my bread & butter writing gigs for years.

The primary point I'm driving at, is this: you can never afford to become complacent in business, even when it seems like business is sailing smoothly.
What immediately comes to mind in this regard, is the 'ol "calm before the storm" analogy... you know, just when you think 'everything's cool' with your nice, neat, seemingly secure little business, that's the same time you'll most likely (and suddenly) discover one of those threatening, unexpected "storms" looming on the horizon. (These are also known as "rude awakenings".)
These nasty little storms can be, for instance, a service project you thought you'd already bagged, but hadn't quite gotten around to following-up with certain details with your client... and, that's when the hammer drops!
Suddenly, your client doesn't call you back or notify you, because you haven't been available for a few days. That client simply became frustrated at your untimely lack of attention. Doesn't take much with certain individuals, either.

And so the hammer falls -- you soon learn that you've suddenly lost that new customer even faster than you found 'em.
Then, multiply that by a factor of ten, all lost in the same fashion, over the SAME 4-to-6-week period, and you'll soon find yourself eating 69-cent cups of ramen noodles for the NEXT 4-to-6 weeks -- and that's if you're lucky.
So, get used to these eats if you fail to heed this friendly warning.

The point is, no business can ever completely exempt from such threats -- yet storms like these won't always be readily recognized, either.
But, as certain our daily sun rises, these storms are real. And they can act like a hungry puma, poised to pounce on your business, and devour your past efforts. It's just too risky to lose sight of such storms, because they can quickly undermine everything you've worked for.
These small-business "thunder-boomers" are not just some pesky little, run-of-the-mill cloudbursts to write-off; they're more the kind of thing that you really need to pay attention to, as they can be downright devastating to one's overall business stability -- and one's life -- not unlike an actual hurricane.

The takeaway here; never lose sight of your clients ongoing needs, because they'll almost certainly remind you of this when they "just happen to forget to call" when they begin their NEXT project, and decide to look for someone else to fill their needs. This is NOT the way to learn that you screwed-up.
The message they're trying to convey to you in such instances, is the fact that they want someone, a trusted pro like you, to hold their hand along the way.
After all, they ARE one of your current customers___ and, either you found them___ or, they found you... or, something thereabout. Don't sell them short.

The customers you'll lose more often than that, however, may never even tell you that they're not coming back to you. Most of these types don't. Or won't.
They may just stop calling, fail to return your e-mail, stop texting completely, or just opt-out of your e-mails quietly. Others will simply do nothing at all, which makes it tough for you to guess where things went wrong.
In fact, this latter condition is probably one of the more common way clients are lost by small-biz operators of all stripes. Those who fail at clear, careful communication with their clients will___ most likely, at some point___ lose to small-biz operators who DO deliver on this point.
And so, I can say this without any hesitation; clear words -- or, a lack of them -- are almost always the culprit in customer loss issues.
Losing any of your hard-earned clients really sucks... it's true.
Just remember; you CAN *fix this... it will take effort, but you can do it.
(*More on this in another article.)

Early on in my greenhorn writing days, I admittedly lost a few clients.
As I was a new guy on the block who was also hungry for work and couldn't afford to lose too many new customers in the first place, it didn't take too awfully long before I figured out "why" these losses occurred.
I soon learned that my losses were mainly due to the simple fact that___ as one of several new project 'technical' writers___ I basically didn't realize (or didn't appreciate) just how much assistance these clients would need along the way. I found that most of my new clients preferred___ and some even demanded___ frequent communication over the ENTIRE duration of a project, and that nothing short of this would be acceptable.
What seemed like insignificant insecurities to me were essentially some of my client's biggest fears. I recognized the problem, fixed it after employing a healthy doses of tactful care and diplomacy, and ultimately paved the way to critical salvation of my clients.
Lesson learned.

Points like these may not immediately register with small-biz owners. Too many operators fail to see this as an important issue. On the face of the issue, these folks may imply all the right moves, but in reality, they probably don't know any better.
If you don't believe that personalized, individualized communications are important to your customers, I can guarantee that your customers will tell you otherwise. You'd best listen to them.
I did just this many years ago, and have nothing but positive remarks about it.

Helpful Hints: Ask your customers intelligent, detailed questions about their specific needs at various stages and times. Ask their opinion about anything that seems important. This will show them that you sincerely care about their needs, that you value them as a customer, and that you want to deliver the best personal products and/or services they can find.
Still, keep in mind the fact that their needs can change over time -- just one more reason why you must ask them about their needs from time to time.
Let your customers "teach" you about their needs -- ask them, pointedly, exactly what they'd like to see or what you can do to improve a product or service. They'll likely tell others how helpful you are -- ultimately, this will create a huge advantage for you, because so few of your online competitors are willing to take this step to such an optimum level these days.
This is a killer, savvy "edge", and it's yours for the taking, if you only apply it!

I've found this the BEST way to find out what my own clients REALLY need and want. If you can make this SAME kind of straight-forward effort, you'll be letting your customers tell you directly what your competitors are probably missing! And it will only cost you a short while of your time to do it.
Again, don't go to the trouble of finding that new customer, and assume that you already "know" them just because you've established the 'initial contact'. That's a huge, rookie error, and it'll soon be regretted.

Finally; never forget to be all that you claim to be... if you're a pro -- you gotta act like one. But, don't take this too far by acting like a "know-it-all"... most folks hate that type of candor.
Instead, let your customers help you discover their true needs, individually, and as it becomes applicable. They'll help you do this rather easily -- that is, IF you let them do so.
I'll have to concede, this really is the best way I've found over the years to better understand my own target market, and learn about my clients needs. I'd be foolish to argue with such positive results.

Still, it hasn't always been the happiest of trails for me, especially back when I started out in this field. During my earliest years working my online business, I made some ignorant assumptions based upon my own beliefs at the time, in regard to customer relations.
As it was, I just didn't see the need for constant, ongoing interaction with my clients while crafting copy for their projects. There used to be an old, initial client call list that was utilized in my industry; this included: a uncomfortable sort of pre-emptive project commencement phone call, to establish details; then, a mid-point "touching-of-bases" call, about half-way thru the project; this, followed by a "wrap-up" message, at the project completion.
But, the reality was, this old-school method didn't seem to work anymore.
It wasn't cutting the proverbial mustard. It didn't for me, anyway.
The business world was rapidly changing and I had to get on board -- quickly!
(Turned-out, some of my early clients actually "required" several, personal contacts each week; a few even asked for daily word-count updates! Many of these projects were 1 to 3 months in duration -- 120 to 300 pages in length -- which, of course, made for countless e-mail messages and phone calls!)

After mistakenly believing otherwise, I discovered that a LACK OF continuous client contact with a handful of clients during my first year in business was flat-out wrong. Like a lot of guys, (and I'm referring to the male species here) I initially thought that these people wouldn't want to be "bothered"... turns out I couldn't have been more wrong. Guys seem to think less talk is better. Oops!
Fortunately, 97% of my early clients turned-out to be kind-hearted folks, and showed me where to focus, in terms of what their needs were along the way.
And I was therefore "schooled" on the subject of what I later coined to be : "The Four C's" -- aka; "Clear, Consistent Client Communication".
Thankfully, I learned my lesson within the first six months of being in business -- circa 1992 -- and because they made such an impression on me and my online business, I'll never forget these fundamentals of customer retention.

If you're just starting out, and happen to be experiencing less-than-stellar customer retention rates, chances are, you probably need to focus pointedly on your customer communications, retention skills, and other key web tools.
I did just this, back when I started my fledgling freelance writing services business over 25 years ago, and they really worked well for me.
I still utilize many of the same skills and tolls today, and will never take these important communication and relationship-building tools for granted.
Some things simply cannot be improved upon.

Although many marketing and customer retention methods (as I've described here) are decades old, most of these methods still have plenty of viable and applicable function today. They've never fallen out of fashion, and still bring big results in today's markets.
If you've done your research, plenty of people and businesses still have a tangible need for what you're selling, be it services or products.
Let them know that you wish to serve them on a personal, intimate level.
Let them tell you what their needs are, fill these needs, and you'll ultimately find your small-business success.

Thanks for reading, and see you 'round the community!

Best Always,
Kap'n K

(P.S. : Look for one of my blogs here, real soon -- I'll be posting updates.)


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I'm looking forward to long-term success with WA's online programs, and looking to help anyone I can, in order to help them find success here, as well.

All the best to you, and for all of your online business endeavors!

Kaptain K
(Eric)

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June 10th UPDATE : Recovering from knee surgery... had a terrific wipe-out while attempting an unfamiliar sport back in early April -- a bad idea when you're recovering from yet an earlier knee surgery! (No, this is one wipe-out that won't be posted to YouTube... sorry.)

I've also been away from WA over recent months (much more than anticipated) dealing with a couple of terrible, personal losses; one of a close family member, and the other, a close friend of 30-plus years.
I've been saddened for some time, but will be back here much more frequently in the weeks and months to come. Apologies for my absence.

I will be in contact with all who have followed real soon -- I promise!
And, I will hope for happier times to prevail over the near term.
Many thanks to all who've stood beside me during this difficult period.

Your Friend and WA Associate,
Kap'n K
(Eric)

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#2) I'd be ecstatic earning an extra $2,000.00 to $3,000.00 a month.
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diem / 20 to 30 hours per week, in order to achieve these goals!
Additionally, I will have no problem putting in as many hours as
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I WILL gladly jump up to extending 30 to 40 hours per week, once
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#1) I'd be happy earning an extra $300.00 to $400.00 a week.
#2) I'd be ecstatic earning an extra $2,000.00 to $3,000.00 a month.
#3) I WILL be extending a substantial effort here; 3 to 4 hours per
diem / 20 to 30 hours per week, in order to achieve these goals!
Additionally, I will have no problem putting in as many hours as
needed; 40-plus hours, in fact, once I have reached the HALF-way
point in regard to the amounts I've described in my projections !
I WILL gladly jump up to extending 30 to 40 hours per week, once
I've achieved this $200.00 extra per week / $1,000.00 per month
goal. I believe that these goals are both realistic AND doable!
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Hey Eric,

I'm glad to see that you are taking action here at WA by adding your goals. Success starts with a goal and we encourage everyone who is serious about earning money online and building an online business, to add their goals. Great work!

I know that you will be able to achieve these and I'll do everything I can to help out :)

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Hey Kaptain :)
How are things going for you?
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Hey girl!
Doing a whole LOT better at the present -- thanks for asking.
I'm understandably trying to get caught-up with all the things that have "accumulated" and remained unattended-to, ever since I've been out of commission. Four weeks proved to be an unbearably long time to be idle. Although my ops were badly needed, the extended downtime period was very difficult to bear, especially for a guy like me -- always on the go, and despises the very idea of time-wasting.
Conversely, it's been like a huge counter-weight being removed from my spirit; the fact that I've finally conquered my critical vision issues. I mean, that idea alone was uplifting for me in so many ways, the results of which provided me the will and determination to get past the ordeal. 'Sheer will' itself proved to be a highly-effective force for me... this force is a factor that should never be underestimated, in my opinion.

I also had several complications to endure over this period, associated with undergoing several consecutive operations over such a confined space of time, one of which put me into the hospital for a week.
My final (and most recent) surgery "sealed the deal", in terms of restoring my vision. Now, I only need to plan for a couple of laser surgeries, to correct my far-sightedness issues. But, THAT is gonna have to wait awhile -- in the meantime, money needs to be made!
This entire past month of downtime was enough for me.

Admittedly, it's been quite some time since I've been active here at the site -- that's my bit of "bad" news.
But, I have plenty of good news, too; I'm finally (and practically) fully recovered from all of these doggone surgeries -- oh, what a relief!
Indeed, I'm BACK -- and very soon, I'll be getting 'back-to-biz', too.
The business-at-hand is all about resuming a high level of my "normal" activities; two things in particular : my writing work (in order to put food on the table) and, my personal involvement at WA.

It seems like I've been away for many months (as opposed to several weeks) but, it won't be long before I kick-start this sucker and bang-it into "drive"... then, shift 'er into high gear and motor on ahead at breakneck speed! (This is an analogy of my needed "readjustment".)

And, during this "period of readjustment", I'll want to keep in touch with folks like you, Lunaria; so many terrific, like-minded members here at WA, both inspirational and helpful.
These positive-minded people possess kind spirits, while consistently offering insightful advice and sincere assistance.
Comparatively, WA's vast learning program itself, I believe, is second-to-none. There are simply none better to be found online today.

For these reasons and others, I plan on remaining an active, eager participant here within the WA community, and will happily utilize the learning programs offered through this wonderful program while I'm here... that should prove to be for a long, long time!

As I wrap this up, I'd like to offer you some more personal advice, Lunaria, as you seem to be receptive to the idea of learning all you can, in order to pursue your wishes of becoming a writer :
Plan on spending a LOT of time writing; devote as much time as you can, daily (or, at least several times weekly) and reading all that you've written... then, take it forth simply by repeating the process, over and over again. (I'll let you know more about this, specifically, later on.)
Sure, it does take an awful lot of repetition; it can even seem tedious at times. But, the sooner you realize that it's no cakewalk, the sooner you'll come to know what it really takes to write professionally -- meaning, getting paid for your work.
If this is, indeed, your goal, that's precisely where you'll need to "set the bar." Paid assignments will happen for you, when the time is right.
Typically, this takes quite a bit more effort than most budding writers seem to realize. But, if your will is strong and your goals are attainable, you should find success in due time. Just remember to practice your craft as much as you can -- do it whenever you have a free moment to spare -- scribble notes everywhere, on everything! Just keep at it.
Keep in mind; you'll get "out" of it whatever you put "in" to it.
I'll have much, much more to share with you in the near term, once I get my main site up-and-running. Hopefully, that won't be very long from now... BTW, I promise that you'll be one of the first to know!
Thanks for your kind thoughts, Lunaria -- and please, let me know how YOU are doing, too!
Kaptain K
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I'm glad you're doing better :) No problem.
Wow, I'm so happy for you. I'm glad your operations went well and you were able to recover swiftly.
That would explain a great deal why I haven't heard from you in awhile.

What happened to cause the need for eye surgery?

I see, I guess I'm doing it wrong then, I spent a lot of time thinking about writing instead of actually writing.
I will start practicing more, starting today. I'm making brownies =D
Can't wait to see your website :) I know it will be amazing
No problem Kaptain, Thanks for the advice!

Lately things have been hectic, I've been stressed out from work , haven't made much progress on either of my two websites. Just getting back into the groove of things myself. The ideas are there just have to share them :)

I'm disappointed with myself for letting life get the better of me. Life hasn't won yet, I'm going to keep fighting. I know I can do great things.

Started another website with another member here. It's on anime/manga. If you would like to read, this is my first and only post so far. http://freestyleanimation.com/wolf-children-movie-review

When working on that website with them I realized that I should be working on mine as well. My site's health went down which bummed me out because I started off so strong and now I have to work on fixing it. There's definitely traffic just not many people commenting.

School is stressful because I want to get out of this semester as soon as possible. There's just a lot of things in general stressing me out lol.

Which isn't helping with livelihood, however I'm watching Harry Potter 1-8

Happy to stay in touch,
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Same time my practice to run and the meetings to build the
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Hey Eric! Thanks for the follow! And I wish you the best here on WA... If you need any help or ideas on how to make money Online, or with your Smartphone.. I would be Happy to help you...I've just started and it has already changed my outlook on about making an income online There is nothing like a steady residual income and time to do the things you want to do and have the freedom to spend quality time with your family and friends it's happening for me, So good luck and Looking forward to connect with you! Best regards, Ted
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kaptaink7 Premium
It's my pleasure, Ted!
Thanks for the feedback and for joining my personal WA network -- I'm glad to have you. Cheers, my friend!
Eric
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rog37 Premium
Thank you for following me in ‘Wealthy Affiliate’ Eric
This is one of the very best places I have been in years and am sure it will be for you too!

Sincere best wishes for your Eye operation on Thursday. Let everyone know here how you got on.
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kaptaink7 Premium
You've got it, Roger! And, you've got a loyal friend in me, too!
I look forward to interacting with you in the future.
Thanks for the well wishes, BTW; can't wait to get this all behind me!
Eric
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rog37 Premium
I can full understand you wanting to get your operation over as quickly as possible Eric and wishing to having the day gone.

Whenever I had similar concerns i.e. an operation, a tooth extraction or even a job interview, I used to say to myself "This will all be over by (e.g. Friday) and I will be sitting at home thinking how silly I was to worry myself so much."

You have a wealth of friends around you all praying for your best of health. Incidentally, having had cancer myself some while ago, I joined something called "Go Sober for October" here in the UK to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support which involves me going without any alcohol for the whole of the coming October. And I love a drink! I did it last year and raised quite a bit of money for them.

Again, the best of wishes for Thursday Eric!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Very kind words, my friend! You speak the truth, and it's also perfect wisdom. The voice of experience never lies!
The support here has been tremendous; everybody's just terrific!
See you all real soon again____ and, under the circumstances, I mean that quite literally!
Thanks again, Roger. (BTW; congrats on whipping the dreaded "C"!)
Eric
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rog37 Premium
Yep... SEE you at the top Eric
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Martstervt Premium
Thanks for the follow,as a writer you will like "Street Atricles"also a Kyle and Carson endeaver............Nice to meet you,Marty
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kaptaink7 Premium
Sounds great, Marty! Thanks; I'll be sure to follow-up on that.
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secretmike Premium
Hi Eric, thanks for the follow, I can see from your profile that you will not have any trouble making it here at WA as you are blessed with writing skills. Getting websites ranked is predominantly to do with having good genuine content, I think you will find it just a stroll in the park.
Good luck

Mike
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kaptaink7 Premium
Howdy Mike!
Thanks for the encouraging words!
I do love my work, and hope it proves to help me achieve my goals, as well as provide some aid to many others at WA who care to read and grow along with me here, as you pointed-out.
My best thoughts are with you, my friend!
Eric
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Dmorrow Premium
Thanks for the follow. I'm following back and wishing you much success and many "rewards" here at WA!
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BelindaLeong Premium
Hi Eric, thanks for following me and welcome to WA. Yes indeed this is the place to learn and the community is extremely helpful. Loving every single bit. Wishing you all the best and to our success. Cheers, Bel :)
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cmjwood Premium
Hi Eric, thanks for the follow and so great to meet you! you will definitely find long-term success here as long as you don't give up! This is a wonderful place to be, you will learn so much and the people are great and very helpful! Wishing you great success! Cindy
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kaptaink7 Premium
Absolutely, Cindy -- I'm happy to do this!
You're spot-on in your comments, too!
WA is, indeed, a terrific place to be; it's also filled with terrific folks -- who really seem to care about helping fellow members, and creating mutually-beneficial networks -- which will undoubtedly lead to lots of success stories. WA truly IS the real deal!
My best wishes for you here, my friend!
Eric
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sdawson Premium
Hello Eric, Welcome and thanks for the follow. You're going to love this place. Shirley
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hi there, Shirley!
Hah! You're right about "the lovin' it"... even though I'm a rank newbie at WA, I ALREADY love it here!
No doubt, this IS my favorite place to be, and I've learned that a great many people ALSO feel this way, and it's not hard to see "why" that's the case!
"Positivity" is the key here. More to the point, though, it's the DEGREE of positivity (which is WAY up there, BTW) in terms of what you actually get when you sign-up for a Premium membership here.

What's more, WA is unsurpassed when it comes to programs with REAL, human support systems. Simply put, WA is the best there is... and that's saying a LOT, due to the sheer number of programs floating around the net these days. I mean, nobody else comes close!
I've honestly never seen anything quite like WA____ and, that's saying a mouthful_____ since I can honestly say that I've seen hundreds of programs over the years, 99% of which almost always fall WAY short of expectations.
I've seen so many programs (TOO many, in fact) that claim to offer plenty of "24/7 support" -- again, 99% of them typically fail to deliver on the claim.

I always say : "SHOW me -- don't TELL me!"
If you cannot deliver on your "promise", please don't waste my time.
That's where this WA organization is different. They DO show me!
Indeed, WA does "show"; moreover, they offer a refreshing break from so many of "those other programs."

I'm just so pleased to have finally found this WA organization, and I'm glad to be getting involved with the fabulous training programs available here, and equally happy to be getting busy with building my new websites.
I appreciate your follow, Shirley, and I'll be honored to follow you, too!
So, let's follow each other on a positive path to long-term rewards!

Your new WA friend and partner-in-success,
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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Lorriane Premium
Hi Eric. Thanks for the follow, i am also following you. Wishing you every success.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hello there, Lorraine!
I'm totally pleased to be a part of your network of followers -- and,
* "follow-ees" (uhh yeah; that's not a *word, but I'll use it anyway, hah!)

As we have recently discovered each other, I have now come to know that we've BOTH found a great destination and have also found our way down a brighter path -- towards a brighter future -- filled with some of the brightest minds (and even brighter attitudes) since we've become members of this fantastic organization!

Indeed, this is "The Good Ship (known as) Wealthy Affiliate"... we've boarded; now, let's stay on this good ship, and ride it all the way to long-term success!
In fact, why don't we grab every other positive person we can find, and have them accompany us along, as we embark on this magical journey into our collective future? It promises to be a thrill, and that's a promise in which this Wealthy Affiliate organization CAN deliver!

Your new friend,
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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suetay Premium
Hello Eric, welcome to Premium and thank you for the follow! :)
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kaptaink7 Premium
Greetings, SueTay!
Likewise, I'm pleased to be part of your network -- I'm quite happy to follow you, and vice-versa!

Wow, there's LOTS to do here... certainly no shortage at all of things to do for the newcomer and for the long-term member alike.
This is my new favorite place to be, and I plan on making the most of it, believe me! As a writer of 20-plus years, I'm pretty sure that WA will afford me ample opportunity to ply my practice of "word-smith-ery"!(Yeah, I know; that's a rather unique made-up "word"...heh, heh!)

But, hey____ by all means, Sue____ let's stay in touch, and at the same time try to keep our minds open to the infinite number of possibilities and the seemingly never-ending amount of opportunities available here at WA!

BTW; I try to update my profile page a few times a month, as news happens, and developments occur. So, please feel free to visit me there, and by the same token, send me a PM or any other type of communication whenever you like.

Your new friend in success,
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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suetay Premium
Whoa! Thank you for your enthusiastic greeting, Eric. :)
Couldn't agree more about the LOTS to do here and the infinite number of possibilities. Lol
I'm pleased to meet you!
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kaptaink7 Premium
I aim to please, Sue; I'm glad to see it's beginning to have an effect!
E.
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suetay Premium
Oh, was that an experiment? Something new you learnt at WA?? ;)
It's really great so keep it up!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hi-ya, Sue!
Hmmn... maybe it is!
Hey, if it "works", why not keep doing it, right?
It's really just kinda the way I am, I guess, but if it's "really great" like you say, I'll be sure to keep doing it the same way!
You're totally cool for saying so, BTW -- thanks Sue !
Eric
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ingiB Premium
Hi there Eric,
Thanks for the follow and I am definitely following you back! I am sure you are going to make a great success of whatever you do here, purely because of your attitude, and of course, being in the right place is a great help. As you said, everyone here is so helpful it is an incredible family to be a part of. Being a seasoned writer I look forward to what you are going to be putting out.
I have so many ideas, my biggest challenge has been deciding on just one thing to tackle first.
I have been absent for the last two weeks, sorting out my computer which crashed and retrieving all my data! All done now, so I am back up and running thank goodness!
I look forward to getting to know you and working alongside you here at WA!
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MizLiz Premium
Thanks for the follow, Eric and you can't go wrong here, try as you might! No one can!
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ajellington Premium
Thanks for the follow! I loved reading your profile. The fact that you've been writing professionally for so long will definitely give you an advantage here at WA. Writing compelling content is a very big part of the process here. I look forward to seeing what you're going to do! I'll be on the lookout! Keep us posted!
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TheGrizzly Premium
Thanks for the follow! What is your niche? What marketing do you plan to do? I am all about helping you develop the marketing plan you never knew you needed. I know it can be hard to forge your way through the forest of internet marketing. Just take things one paw at a time. We are all in this together. I am here to bounce ideas, and look forward to hearing from you.
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steamer24 Premium
Thanks for the follow. Talk soon.
Dan
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VinceR Premium
Erick...Welcome to WA and thanks for the "follow"...returning the favor! Best wishes for MUCH success!
Vince
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kaptaink7 Premium
You've GOT it, Vince, my friend!
I'm pleased to meet you, to know you, and____ of course____ to follow you, too! In fact, why don't we both follow this program, and see it right on through to long-term, sustainable success?
Tell everyone you know; WA is here, and it's the BEST show in town!
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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rwagener Premium
Thanks for the follow. All the best.
Richard
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LLiu Premium
Thank you so much for the follow and I am following you back. Yes I feel the same as you do about WA. I have looked for a while and am happy that I found WA. I wish you all the best on your journey here at WA and if I can be of help let me know.

Warmest wishes, Linda :)
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EllenD Premium
Hi Eric, thanks for the follow! I'm in the process of getting my first website up and running, although I haven't been able to spend as much time on it as I would like. No rush though. One of the things I like about WA is that you can learn at your own pace and know that if you run into a problem there's always help available. I wish you much success with your new projects! :)
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Joiell Premium
Thanks a lot for the follow! I agree with your comments in your profile. I have tried numerous programs, and this seems to be one of the most honest and straightforward, as well as a lovely social platform for the like-minded. :-)
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Igor69 Premium
Hello, nice to connect!
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PamBrown Premium
Thanks for the connection here at WA, Eric! The educational opportunities are unlimited and the community here is awesome in helping and being supportive. I love it here. Although I do need to get back to the training and working on my websites. I've been real busy outside of WA this summer with so many other irons in the fire. But I know it's here when I get ready to come back and get some work done! Wishing you much success!
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glodesigns Premium
Hey Eric,

Thanks for adding me to your network and now following you as well.

I agree with your profile insight about how WA seems honest and I am happy to have found it too. Been doing web design for 5 years and while I love it and will continue, I need something with more control over my time and finances.

You have got a great head start being an established writer and wish you all the best success here!

Glo
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3dandelions Premium
Hello Eric. Thank you for the follow and welcome to WA! I too am relatively new here...but I agree with you on all of the positive aspects of WA. The training and community really are the real deal! Wishing you all the best here and looking forward to seeing you around!
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CLS2 Premium
Hi Eric and thank you for the contacting me. I too am doing my due diligence and am currently researching WA to see if I want to upgrade to premium. Any feedback on the program would be most appreciated.
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RobinTheresa Premium
Hello KaptainK7 and Welcome To Wealthy Affiliate and congratulations on going Premium. So glad to have you as a member of the community. Look forward to seeing you around WA..
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glennbrown39 Premium
Key Kaptaink7, Thank for your great Bio Blog. Agree that I am lucky to find WA, was about to give up on IM, hate the scams, but this is the place to be. I am weak on blogging maybe I can learn from you. Look forward to working with you. Glenn (oldman)
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CherieHunt Premium
Wow Eric, you have done your homework and found WA to be the bomb! That's awesome. Thanks for following and welcome!! ~Cherie
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SusanneB Premium
Hi Eric, thanks for the follow, following you back :-). Great you`re now a premium! Greetings from Germany and all the best!
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Lunaria Premium
Hey thanks for following Eric :) Congrats on your premium
I wish you the greatest success
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LeeH Premium
Hello Thanks for the follow. I wish you much success here at WA!!!!
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richgirlme2 Premium
Thank you for following me. Congratulations on going Premium. This community is awesome in terms of being very helpful, so if you have a question, do not hesitate to ask. I am also looking forward to networking with you.
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Bunn Premium
Nice to meet you, Eric, hang in and looking forward to interacting.
Blessings!
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JKentopp Premium
Thanks for the follow and congrats on premium!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Absolutely, JK, it's my pleasure... let's blaze a trail of success for the long term, here at WA!
Eric
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mijareze Premium
KaptainK7,
Thanks for the follow!
Ed
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kaptaink7 Premium
Absolutely, Ed -- it's my pleasure!
All the best to you, my friend!
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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phydel Premium
Congratulations on going premium...I can assure you that you have made the best decision of your life...Contact me anytime you need help..and I will provide you with the help you need as soon as possible. Once again welcome to this new experience
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kaptaink7 Premium
My greetings go out to you, phydel; I'm looking forward to staying in contact with its of members here, and can't wait to start learning all about website construction, right away! I have so much material to utilize -- and, you're absolutely right; this DOES seem to be the right place to be; I feel like I'll fit right in.
Oh, BTW; thanks for the follow; likewise, I'll be more than happy to follow you, as well.
Best in success here at WA, my friend!
Eric
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phydel Premium
Thanks
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Garden77 Premium
Hey there, this is Glenn a fellow premium member like your self dropping by to say special welcome, lots of affiliate success and most of al have fun
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kaptaink7 Premium
Greetings, Glenn!
Just wanted to return "the favor of follow" -- likewise, I'll be happy to follow you, too!
Absolutely; I read you loud and clear on the affiliate success; in fact, why don't we follow each other along the path to success, right here at WA? My hat's-off to you, and I'm glad to know you, my new friend. So, let's keep in touch.
Best always,
kap'n k
(Eric)
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Garden77 Premium
Absolutely
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upsgirl Premium
Congrats on becoming a Premium Member! You've made a wise decision to invest in your online businesses! If you need anything, we are always here for you! Good luck!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thank you kindly, ups girl!
Geez, I'd like to think I'm wise about something!
But -- hey, you're absolutely right -- this IS a wise move, being here after all!
Your new friend and colleague in success,
Eric
(kap'n k)
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upsgirl Premium
:):):)
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stephhill Premium
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!!

My name is Steph and I joined three months ago and I am absolutely loving it here. I have two websites up and running and working on a third one. I have completed the Online Entrepreneur training and am working now the the WA Bootcamp training. I have completed four phases so far of the Bootcamp.

I was already skilled in web design, but my skills were rusty. I, however, had no experience with affiliate marketing, but quickly learned and was able to get up to speed. The training is easy to follow, but if you get stuck, the community here at WA is awesome and will of course, be there to help you out.
If you are familiar with the phrase “pay it forward” that is what Wealthy Affiliate is all about. After someone helps you out, you in turn can help out others.

So, with that being said, if you need any help from me, please never hesitate to ask. Also, I have created some training which might help you out along your journey:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/stephhill/training

Steph
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hello there, Steph! It's wonderful meet you -- and follow you, too!
I enjoyed your message; looks like you're making decent progress, and the Bootcamp training sounds like a terrific way to help get things underway as you build websites. I'm looking forward to doing the same as you in this regard. I've already got "reviewing Bootcamp" on my "to-do" list of WA priorities, among LOTS of other items!
I will likely have some questions for you at some point soon; thank you for offering the help. That's one of the main reasons why I decided to join-up with this organization; help is what appears to be easy to get here , just for the asking. I also wish to give help, too, as much as I can, just as soon as it becomes appropriate to do so.
What I do have, is a great deal of background as a small business owner, and as a freelance technical writer and ghostwriter (all non-fiction work), with over two decades in these areas under my belt.
And, my experience has afforded me a great deal of learning____ which, in turn_____ has led to the acquirement of a veritable vault-load of knowledge on numerous subjects. That's because (aside from material development) my work involves performing vast amounts of research on a daily basis. I cannot help but retain factual information, and lots of it. Whether or not I wish to retain this knowledge is immaterial____ seemingly, I have no control over this ____ it simply lingers. Consequently, my brain sometimes feels like an immensely-overloaded data storage center, often retaining knowledge on subjects of which few people even know exist. I guess that's just the way it is... all in a day's work.
Although rewarding on many levels, the life of a writer can be rather lonely at times; more often than not, I've found that to be the case.
I also have to care for two elderly parents. Both are immobile; my Dad is wheelchair-bound, and my mom must a 4-point walker. Both need to be shopped for, and have all meals prepared. This alone is like having another full-time job -- one with long hours and no pay.
But, I'm happy to report that I've already found a phenomenal new "family" here at WA -- and you, Steph, are one of my new virtual family members! Thanks for the nice note, and let's keep in touch.
Best always,
Eric
(kaptaink7)
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stephhill Premium
Hi Eric!

Thank you for the note to me. You and I have much in common. I too am home now full time taking care of my aging recently widowed mother. She too has to have all meals prepared and I do to the grocery store with her as well. My father passed away recently - six months ago. It was his heart. So I needed to be home full time and that is what bought me to Wealthy Affiliate. It seemed like a good fit with my background and abilities.

You mention that you are a freelance technical writer and my bachelor's degree is in technical communication and I too used to be a technical writer for many years as a government contractor. Later, I received my certification in web design and then my master's degree in library science. I have also completed credits towards a doctorate degree but with family matters being what they are, those plans are put on hold for a while.

Thanks again for your note and please keep in touch.

Steph
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey Steph! Very interesting about your work... I'm following you in more than one aspect, you see. This is great to have a fellow WA member with a great deal in common w/ me; in that regard at least, yes, by all means, we need to keep in touch w/ each other. I'm sure we can bounce ideas between us, and push the proverbial pen to note the changes we make, all for the good of the cause.
Thanks for the message, the "like", and just for being here, my friend!
Eric
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Eric! How's the training coming? Enjoying your time here so far? If you need me to look over anything or want my opinion on what you've done so far, just hit reply and I'll be more than happy to take a look!

Real quick, would you rather have a small lemonade stand on your front yard or be the owner of a global juice empire? I know this is a weird question, but this blog post will help clear things up!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey there, Steve!
Yes, you betcha! I've been real busy going over the program, step-by-step; I'm making a list of things I'll need to go over w/ you, and several questions to ask... but first, I want to see what I can find on my own, and then, when I get stuck (as I'm certain will likely happen) I know I'll definitely be in contact w/ you!
I'm on the mend, loading-up on knowledge here, immersing myself deeply into the program, and rarin'-to-go, buddy!
Talk to you real soon -- first, by PM -- then, right back here.
Then, we'll take it from there...
Eric
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IveTriedThat Premium
Sounds good Eric! I'll be here!
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AnteroM Premium
Thank you so much for following me. Wish you great success!!!
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kaptaink7 Premium
You've got it, Antero, and you now have a new friend in me, as well!
eric
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Eriksen Premium
Thank you very much for following me here on WA ! I hope you get to love this platform as much as I and take full advantage of all its nice features. I am sure you have made the right choice if you are serious about creating your own online business. Don't be a stranger and do not hesitate to ask me, about anything you might wonder about regarding what we learn here. If I know, I will be glad to help out! ^^)

Best Wishes - Erik
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kaptaink7 Premium
Absolutely, Erick!
I'll be in touch with you again before long, and I can promise you that!
Eric
(with a "c")
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IveTriedThat Premium
Just stopping by to see how everything is going Eric! Do you need any help with your website or need me to look over any ideas you have? Let me know how things are progressing!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey Steve! I left you a note at your profile page yesterday; I just got home from the hospital a few days ago; was in ALL last week, due to complications from that 1st OP; man, the ER & ICU sucked -- things sure got rough for a few days there. This all went down right after I talked to you last (by mssg here) which was last Friday; I had to go in the day after! Happy to report I'm doing better now -- a LOT better, in fact! (My next OP is later in August.)
I'm getting caught-up with things here -- so, I'll be in touch w/ ya real soon! BTW; I'm going "Premium" tomorrow morning, Monday the 3rd!
Thanks for checking in, partner!
Hope you and your "best gal" are both doing well, and enjoying the summer!
Eric
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IveTriedThat Premium
Ah! Glad to hear things are improving for you Eric! And is that a Premium badge I see next to your name? Nice! Congrats on making the jump up to the premium level :) We're finally home now. Long day of travel, flight delays, and crying babies, but we're back, safe and sound. Hope all is well on your end!
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kaptaink7 Premium
You got that right, buddy! Yeah, it's the right badge, for the the right time... for THIS dude! Hah! (Had a terrible week last week, but things are looking up -- WAY up, finally!
Glad to hear you made it back, safe and sound. Hope you had a wonderful time!
I'll be in touch soon... I'll have some questions for you, too. Remember, YOU are my main mentor here, brother Steve!
Eric
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one4 IM Premium
Hi Eric and welcome aboard. It's always refreshing to hear someone who projects a positive attitude and outlook on things. No doubt you will utilize this platform to build yourself an exciting future. I'm glad you are here and thanks for following - Doug
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hello Doug! Thanks for getting back to me, and of course, for the follow, as well. Yeah, I like to stay positive, regardless of how bad things seem to get sometimes. I've faced an awful lot of terribly hindering obstacles over recent years past, and also a fair amount of the same lately here, w/ being stuck in a hospital bed all last week!
But, I've faced a great many challenges before, and I'm already pushing ahead to work towards my goals here at WA!
I'm very happy to know you, and I'll surely be in touch w/ you real soon -- THAT you can count on!
This truly is a terrific program, and a great organization, filled w/ many fabulous folks, who all really seem to care about others, AND serious about making money -- not a bad thing at all, right?
I'm just so pleased to have finally landed here -- still on my own two feet,and ready to run for the gold!
Talk to you soon, Doug, my new friend and colleague in long-term business success, here at WA!
Best always,
Eric
(kap'nk7)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Eric had a quick update for you. When you first joined, I offered my 2014 Roadmap to Success blueprint as a bonus for going Premium. I just wanted to let you know that I decided to make it public and you can check it out here: Let me know what you think!
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Kf12 Premium
Thank for the follow
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TIMakanmu Premium
You not to have so much, challenge in writing stuffs [content] and no just any content, quality content, I trust google will like your website, by time you have them up and running. All the best, Cheers :)
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kaptaink7 Premium
Very good, my friend! You got my attention today, and I thank you for that. I will pursue this channel.
My best wishes for you, too!
Kap'n K
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IveTriedThat Premium
What's going on Eric? Hope you have had an awesome week here at WA and you are making some good progress through the training. If you need a little kick in the pants, I've got just the thing for you.

It's my training here titled 'Starting from Scratch: The Strategies I Use to Build & Maintain Successful Websites' It is a Premium training so you may have to check back after you upgrade to get full access!

In the meantime, let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
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Thanks for the follow, pal. And I pray to God that you will endure the whole eye surgery with patience and your vision will be back to you perfectly soon.

Just be strong, pal. Be strong. Do not lose hope even for a second. This is all a part of the tests of faith that you have to face in your life. You can make it. I'm sure you can... and I'm sure you will make it.

God bless you always, pal.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thank you so much for the kind words, my friend! You're spot-on with your thoughts, and I'll heed that sound advice entirely.
I've always tried to keep a firm grip on reality, and the same way in my work-related affairs -- now, I just need to keep a strong faith within my own mind -- like you said, that's the best way to get through this untimely mess. Fortunately, I do have a couple of close friends nearby, ready to help me if I need a little assistance.
Your words are encouraging, and I thank you for that, Shareen!
All the best,
Kap'n K
(Eric)
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Haha, it's not a big deal at all. We both know how cruel life is, and how painful facing with those harsh tests of faith is. But well, all we can do is to be always stay strong and keep on moving forward.

I live far away from you, so the least I can do is to include your name in my prayer 5 times or more a day (a friendly Muslim yeah~).

You're most welcome, I wish you all the best!~
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DaveSw Premium
Hello Eric,

Wishing you the best on the eye surgery, I know it is a scary thing, and also an irritant constantly. Eye problems run in my familiy, so like I say I know from first hand experience.

I just commented on your lengthy post over on the ambassador site, it was really spot on, well put together, and thorough. If you do all your work like this, the sky is the limit for the online marketing business!

Cheers!

Dave

: )
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hello again, Dave! And, thanks again for the thoughts... I'm gonna try to get back to everyone I can today, before I have to run off to the medical center. You and I are definitely on the same page, and I look forward to chatting as soon as I can. I'll let you know as soon as I know when that will be. 'Till then -- cheers, mate!
Kap'n K
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pmenke Premium
Thank you for the following and I wish you much success!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Eric! Just wanted to follow up and see how you're doing so far. Hope you've been enjoying the training offered here and the community as well.

I wanted to share with you a training I wrote here at Wealthy Affiliate. It's called "9 Tips for Internet Marketing Beginners" and it walks you through some of the things I've learned since joining Wealthy Affiliate over 5 years ago. Check it out below and leave a comment to let me know what you think!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey Steve! Good to hear from, of course ! I'm off to the med ctr shortly, so I'll be back in touch later this week.
So far, so very good!
Can't tell you how good it is to be here! Talk to ya soon, my friend. Cheers!
Eric
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kaptaink7 Premium
testing ...1,2,3,4 (sorry, Steve; I'm working out a "bug" in the system here; my last reply for this particular mssg didn't take hold for some reason... gonna try again, shortly, in a couple hours from now... I have some questions for you... hang on, bud!)
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Eric don't forget to thank Kyle's partner in crime, Carson. Those two boys have done wonders while creating their chosen lifestyle. Hope all goes well with the ops. As a freelance writer you probably have thought of this but just in case, why don't you record information on what you want to publish. Then when you can transfer from using your mouth to your eyes you'll have lots of stuff to work with! Keep in touch and good luck.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hi Helen!
Wow, thanks for the tip; I nearly missed that point about Carson. Just so glad to be here -- finally! Thank you for additional tips, the wishes, and the follow -- I'll be in touch as soon as I can.
It's my pleasure to know you, Helen, and thanks again for the info.
I do have much to learn here, and I'm sure I'll have lots of questions, soon. I had sites years ago, and am currently working on building a new one, which is kinda how I found Steve R. He covers some of the subjects I've previously been involved with, and he's also responsible for getting me here in the first place.
I just have a funny feeling that this is gonna become my new home!
Funny = GOOD!
Eric
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HelenpDoyle Premium
It's certainly easy to loose yourself in here!
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Mark1957 Premium
Hello there Eric, thanks for following me...I've followed you right back.
Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate, good luck in getting your eye situation sorted and then in getting your online business built with the help of everybody here.
Mark
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hi Mark, and you've got a new friend and follower here with me!
I'm gonna try to get back to as many folks as I can today before they put me to "sleepy-time", shortly. I'll be back in touch with you just as soon as I can. Cheers!
Eric
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mjdimarco Premium
Hi Eric, Thanks for the follow and best going forward.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thank you kindly for the thoughts and the follow, too MJ!
You have a sincere friend here in me, and I'll be happy to remain that way. Let us forge ahead to success!
Eric
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JewelCarol Premium
Hi Eric, thank you very much for following me; and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!! It is very nice to meet you here and I hope to connect with you.:) I sincerely wish you great & prosperous online success!! :)
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hello, Carol! It is my great pleasure to meet you, to follow you, and to be here with my new family at WA. And, just so you know, we WILL connect, soon, I promise you this!
I'll be in touch soon. Thanks again, Carol!
Eric
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JewelCarol Premium
Yes, we will connect. ;)) Oh dear, how is yr right eye? Are you going for surgery?
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hi Carol, Yes, I just went in Wednesday, July 22nd, and had my first of several surgeries. I'm holding my own, so to say, and pretty sore and blurry still, but I should be feeling better in another day or so.
This takes about two weeks to heal completely, until I can get my follow-up surgery. If that one goes really well, I won't need a third op on my right eye. Just have to watch for infection... the Doc says I'll be okay for my next procedure sometime between August 1st -- 4th.
I'm just sifting through messages here, and trying to catch-up with everyone who has sent comments my way in the past two days.
Thank you, Carol, for your thoughts, and YES, we will connect, soon!
You're a sweet girl! Just hope there aren't too many mistakes in my note here ! (?)
Eric
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JewelCarol Premium
Hi Eric, great to know that you should be feeling better, it is true that you have to be extra careful especially during the healing period to make sure there is no infection. Do take care and we will connect soon. Take it step by step here, baby steps and do yr training here and be focused. Have a wonderful day!! :))
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Kyle Premium
Sounds like you have a lot of interests Eric, you can definitely take any one of these and create a business here at WA. We are all about turning a passion into a business and that is what our training is going to walk you through here at WA.

If you ever need a hand with ANYTHING, please don't hesitate to drop me a reply. Be more than happy to help you out.

PS. I hope you have an awesome week ahead!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Howdy Kyle!
Man, how can I say "WOW" any more?! It's giving me a sore jaw!
You certainly have the right business model, business sense, and straight-up righteous way of doing things here, Kyle, I nearly forgot where I was -- thought, perhaps I passed into an early online heaven!

A true passion for writing is what I have, but it's passion to work with, interact with, and help others that I really get the greatest amount of satisfaction in doing... I picked-up on your main concept right away, upon landing here (through Steve Razinski) -- he was NOT kidding!
Thank you ever so much -- I'm away shortly, and for a short while to recover -- but will be back, full steam-ahead, after a brief spell.

You're right; my interests ARE many, indeed. Kinda goes with the territory of writing for a living -- research on many levels, and often for many hours at a time. Often, I can't help but to become immersed in subjects, and learn all I can about them, to be a better witness.
From what I've witnessed here at WA, so far, I'm happy to report that your concept is the clincher for me -- and, that's why I'm gonna stay!
Thanks, again, Kyle, and I'll be in touch, soon.
Eric
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Kyle Premium
LOL, I just tried to say WOW 10 times fast and I did in fact get a sore jaw.

If you have a passion for writing, you are going to be a natural at this Eric. In particular if you move your focus to helping people, helping others builds trust and will lead to success within absolutely any niche.

I know you are going to love your progress as you move forward and I look forward to seeing it. If you ever need any specific help along the way, do know that I am always around (along with Steve as well...and the entire community here at WA).
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kaptaink7 Premium
HAH ! That's a riot, Kyle! It IS difficult to do without getting "cramp-jawed"! Funny you mentioned this about the writing, 'cause another couple of folks here just sent me comments on how I should pursue a blog or two (or TEN) here at WA... and the thing is, I have a TON of material I've written over the past several years on closely-related subjects, especially biz-opps, online money-making programs (sort of like Steve Razinski's site - "I've tried that" site).
Yeah, I'm all ears about this, and would love to start posting some material real soon, not only to get my own thing going, but to help others at the same time -- see where I'm headed with this?
Seriously, I'd love to hear your input; how should I approach this?
I mean, I'd love to post some articles at my future website(s) -- the ones that you offer (I think that's two of them,as I understand) -- but ALSO, post them HERE, at WA, for everyone's benefit.
Does this sound doable?
(BTW; just had my first of several eye surgeries this past Wednesday, and I'm still recovering, so I hope there aren't too many mistakes here in this message!)
Oh, one final item; I posted a short piece here at WA that one guy told me I should blog here... if you like, I'll find it, and send you that way, so that you can give it a quick review, and see if you think it might merit a chance of posting here at this site.
Thanks again, Kyle. I'm super-stoked to be here!
Eric
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Kyle Premium
Every website's main goal is to help people, so you have that aspect down if that is your intention right from square one. If you want to create a website to help folks decide on legitimate opportunities online, then you should be heading through the Affiliate Bootcamp training as that will be right up your alley.

You can create a full time business within any niche, but ideally you will focus on just ONE niche when starting out.
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Alan Hocking Premium
Thanks for the follow Eric

Wishing you every success with your online adventures :)
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kaptaink7 Premium
Likewise, sir, and I'm at your service -- I aim to please !
Thanks a ton, Alan!
Kap'n K
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Labman Premium
Hi and welcome to WA, Thanks for following me back.
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kaptaink7 Premium
You got it, Labman! I'm here for the long haul, so I suspect we'll meet at some point in the future... perhaps Vegas!
Kap'n K
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TheFatGuy Premium
Hello Eric,
Welcome to WA!
Sorry to hear about the eye and the vision problems. I truly hope and pray that any treatment you get is successful.
Thank you for adding me to your network, I look forward to getting to know you and work with you.
Take care and keep us updated on how you are doing.

San
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thanks so much, San. Yeah, this came on very quickly, and it's honestly kinda scary. Going under the knife in about 32 hours from now. First of 4 to 6 eye surgeries. And I'm an avid reader, doggoneit!
again, loved your piece, San. Thanks again, my friend, and I'll keep in touch, for sure.
Kap'n K
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TheFatGuy Premium
Please do,
You will find that there are many caring people here and we will all support you and help you through this the best we can.
Let me know when you are back and healthy enough to chat.

San
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thanks for the encouraging words, San!
I've just wrapped-up a six-hour session here at WA, writing to new folks (about 40 individuals) and not "form" notes either... these were all personal messages and replies, just like this one. I believe that the only way to find true success, is by helping others find theirs.
I'll be in touch for a chat soon; give me 'till about this Friday, and I should be good to go for awhile, at least. Peace, my friend!
Kap'n K
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JSmith62 Premium
Excellent Eric, I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance here among the wonderful WA community. Thank you kindly for your follow and very best wishes for your success here and in all your endeavors. :)
Joel
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DHagstrom Premium
Eric, thanks for the follow. I'm following you as well. My prayers are with you as you deal with your vision issues.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Thank you sincerely, Pastor Dave!
Just wanting to get this all behind me -- soon, it WILL be -- in about 34 hours or so from now, in fact!
Thank you for the prayers, my friend.
My best,
Kap'n K
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fricknwill Premium
Thanks for the follow:)
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kaptaink7 Premium
You betcha, Will! Best of luck to you, too!
Kap'n K
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Catherine9 Premium
Thanks for the follow Eric :)
Everything you need if ever you wish to ask me any questions or just keep in touch is on my profile. Wishing you the best with your website and the training.
Catherine
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kaptaink7 Premium
Sounds good, Catherine! Thanks for the shout-back... I'm putting in all the time I can, 'till I "go under the knife", on Thursday morning.
I'll check out your profile, and for now, wish you all the best, as well.
Your new, enthusiastic WA friend here,
Eric K.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Catherine, Thanks so much for the reply and the follow, too!
I'm happy to be here, and also happy help others in need, too. I really do enjoy the latter more than anything, to be honest.
And thank you for your offering of assistance -- I may have a few questions for you, at some point soon.
All the best,
Kap'n K
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Catherine9 Premium
I'm with you on that one! I seem to spend more time on WA "trying" to help, than actually working on my content. But all in due time as they say, and a break here and there always feels great :)
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kaptaink7 Premium
Wow, you and I -- we seem to be like two peas in a pod, in that regard, hah! That's okay... we just need to know when to spend time on our own affairs, lest we become a non-profit group! (Hah!)
Thanks once again, Cath -- you're terrific!
Eric
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Catherine9 Premium
Thanks haha. Hope all went well on Thursday and that you recover quickly.
Catherine
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Eric and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate!

My name is Steve and I'm the owner of IveTriedThat. You signed up through me and I thought I'd tell you a little about myself. I joined Wealthy Affiliate back in 2009, over 5 years ago. I was looking to learn how to supplement my income through Internet Marketing and what I've found was so much more.

By 2010, I was working full-time from home. These days, ALL of my income comes from my ventures online. In fact, my wife just recently quit her job to start her own business as well. Internet Marketing and Wealthy Affiliate have provided us with amazing opportunities (we've bought a house, get to travel the world, and best of all, no longer spend time "going to work") and I'm incredibly thankful to the training, tools, and support here that made it all possible. :)

I'd love for you to see the same level of success. So, if you ever have any questions or need a hand with anything, do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I am here to help!

To get started, you should add a short description and upload a picture. Wealthy Affiliate is a community and having a profile and a picture will really help get you acquainted here.

Anyways, thought I would just introduce myself. If there's anything I can do for you Eric, just let me know!

Cheers!

Steve

PS. Hit the reply button and say hi so I know you made it here OK!
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kaptaink7 Premium
Yup! Sure did, Steve... in fact, I just arrived. Thanks so much, and be sure to check out my opening remarks, in my profile. Kinda pressed for time at the moment, but I'll try to wade through the data here shortly, and get back w/ you as soon as I can. I rec'vd some unfortunate news just hours ago; I felt it important to note in my remarks/profile, so as to inform all about impending surgeries coming my way very soon!
My best wishes to you, my new friend and biz-colleague!
Eric K. (Kap'n K)
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IveTriedThat Premium
You're very welcome Eric! I'm glad to see you've made it here to WA! I hope the bad news clears up soon without issue. I do look forward to working with you and if you ever need a hand with anything, I am here to help.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey Steve! Thanks again, bud! Just found out today that I'm going under the knife in about 36 hours from now -- 1st of 4 to 6 surgeries.
But, I'll still be checking in this week, and trying my best with my one half-way decent eye.
I wrote to about 40 people here at WA this evening after finishing my regular work, and offered help the only way I know how; in writing, and idea-bouncing! I'm here for the long haul, and can't wait to get BOTH of my new eyes working at optimum capacity!
Talk to you soon, bud!
Kap'n
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IveTriedThat Premium
Oh man, best of luck with your surgeries and here's to a speedy recovery! Definitely take the time off if needed. WA isn't going anywhere and we'll be here when you're good and ready! Best of luck.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Hey man, whassup?! Just had my 1st "op" this past Wednesday afternoon... I'm still kinda sore, and still kinda blurry, but the tissue should hold, and I'm supposed be okay to resume normal activities in another 24 to 36 hours, say the Doc. Of course, I'm pushing those boundaries, as usual ! I just need to be careful to watch for infection / irritation, etc. I'm sporting a black eye patch... "arrgghh" -- sorta pirate-style -- hah! Oh well...
Hey, I think I'm gonna do some blogs here, and I'm checking w/ Kyle on this. I had a few people here already tell me I should do this, after they read one of my posts here. (I guess a couple of them do kinda look like articles, anyway. So, I figure, why not, right?)
Hey, BTW; thanks for the well-wishes! I gotta tell you, the folks here at WA have all been so kind, I almost don't know what to say about it... I guess I'm not used to hearing so many nice comments, and all the positivity. I am a New Yorker, after all... know what I mean?
Not a typical New Yorker, mind you, but a native one, just the same.
We certainly have our critics here, ya dig?
Best always,
Eric
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IveTriedThat Premium
Haha Eric! While I'm glad the operation went well and it's good to hear from you, take some time off man! We'll be here when things clear up. Don't push too hard. You have to know when to take breaks and I think a doctor telling you to take it easy should be advice to be followed :) Either way, I love the enthusiasm man. Keep that up and translate that to work on your websites and business and this should be cake walk for you.
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kaptaink7 Premium
Yes, you're right, Steve! (But, I mean, when have you been wrong?! Hah!) I know... I will take it easy here in just a few more minutes.
I really have to, no kidding. I guess I'm kinda insane that way.
But, again, yes -- I AM enthused! (I just feel like I don't want to miss anything.) But, of course, you're right... WA isn't going away, so I'll go hit the sack soon here, and come back this weekend, for a few hours anyway, just to keep in touch.
I really do love it here, and I'm gonna be sculpting a few of my new websites here real soon. Been putting fodder aside all the while... lots to do, but for now, I will take a break.
Thanks again, my friend. You've been terrific, and I mean that!
All the best -- always,
Eric
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