Vacation Part Two At San Diego Comic-Con

Tuesday we got back from Canada and yesterday I went to preview night at San Diego Comic-Con.

Taking the trolley down from the stadium is a great way to go, but make sure you use the restroom before you get on. By the time I got to the convention center I decided to go straight to the hotel next door because I assumed that security might make me wait in a long line before they let me inside.

As it turned out I didn’t really have to wait to get in once I realized that the only long line was for professionals and those of us with passes for all five days of Comic-Con could go right in and straight upstairs to get our badge and bag of stuff.

I decided to spend my time on the main floor and got a few “Happy Birthday” video snippets (check out last year’s on my Youtube account to see what I mean). I also spent time in my first line for Adult Swim and had a great conversation with Ron from the Bay Area. We talked about taking time to do that thing that you really want to do while you’re doing whatever else you have (or want) to do right now.

I’ll share photos and possibly more soon. For now, check out this beautiful view from our Canada trip.

Last Moon On The Left

Last Moon On The Left

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What About My Weight?

High Protein - Low Carb Cooking - The Hard Way!

High Protein – Low Carb Cooking – The Hard Way!


Thank you to those of you who sponsored my weight loss when the San Dieguito Heritage Museum crowdfunded through RocketHub a couple months ago. My progress has been slower than I expected, but I am down from 299.5 pounds. Just today I weighed myself on the same scale at L.A. Fitness and I’ve dropped 8 pounds in a little under 4 months.

As soon as I finish this post I’ll be getting ready for our trip to Michigan (via Chicago) and Canada. My hope is to maintain my weight during these two weeks and the five days immediately after at San Diego Comic-Con. What will I do differently? This morning I started back with Classical Stretch, which anyone can record from KPBS very early in the morning. I find it challenging enough that today I did only 10 minutes, but I’ll do more tomorrow and when I return from vacation. Hopefully I will memorize some of it so I can take it with me.

In addition to the stretching I’ll definitely be walking more when we’re in Canada and look to bring that habit back home with me. I’m doing the Atkins Diet in a much more careful way than I used to do before I got gout several years ago.

What’s the most important thing about Atkins in my opinion? Absolutely no cheating. Your body goes into ketosis (look it up) within a couple days if you’re doing it right and if you have too many carbohydrates you drop out of ketosis and lose the benefits. Worse than not dropping those pounds are the detrimental effects of meat, butter, cream and whatever else you can get away with on Atkins when you’re actually in ketosis. (If you’re skeptical, do the research.)

What I have found is that by NOT going overboard with meat (especially beef, pork or shellfish) and eating more vegetables and salad, I feel better and usually more full. I have found that if you eat a lot of animal protein and few vegetables, you may feel hungry an hour later even though you had 14 ounces of ribeye. My own experience tells me that I simply feel better when I’m eating more fresh vegetables. If you really pay attention to your body, you’ll likely feel better when you eat more vegetables.

If you’re used to reading San Dieguito Heritage Voices you may remember that blog is written by supporters of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. This blog, Coach Zero, is my personal blog. Look for future updates about my (Drop Those Pounds!) adventure at CoachZero.com.

Now I want to thank all those who supported my weight loss efforts and/or celebrated my birthday through the San Dieguito Heritage Museum’s Main Street crowdfunding project earlier this year. (Click the link in the first paragraph or visit RocketHub.com and search “San Dieguito Heritage Museum” to find out more.) Here’s A Big THANK YOU! to all those listed in chronological order below:

Linda McCardle
Roger Bolus
Evelyn Weidner
Mary Witesman
Vance McClure
John Weidner
Betsy Weidner
Carol Koch
Kraig Archer
Paul Barnes
Greg Grajek
John Porter
Sue Clement
Ed Stringer
Lois Sunrich
James Q. Wade, Jr.
Betz Lewis

I’m A #tsuwalker Shooting For The Bullseye

Last Saturday I knew it was time for me to get back to walking regularly. I used to walk so much that one of my old nicknames is BigManWalking. (I still have it as my id with places like Comic-Con. I’m sure you can find my old BigManWalking blog on blogspot.) The most I have ever walked in one day is 14 miles.

I’ve been integrating tsu into my life and created a game called #tsuwalker to keep me from getting bored on a long walk. I decided that if you’re walking and liking, that’s #tsuwalking. If you do this regularly, you’re a #tsuwalker. I put those hashtags on my tsu profile. I’m pretty sure I’m the first to use these hashtags for this purpose, so I believe it’s fair to say that I invented the game. (Even if someone else thought of it, we don’t know about each other.)

The most important thing about #tsuwalking is that you do it in a way that’s safe. Let me repeat that with emphasis. The MOST IMPORTANT THING about #tsuwalking is that you do it in a way that’s SAFE. As for me, I paused about every 75 yards or so and did 10 likes on my mobile phone. If I had to switch to another person’s profile I just kept walking while tsu was doing its thing. If there was no technical glitch at the moment I paused my walk, I was then able to just look down at the phone I was carrying in my left hand and do those likes.

As with anything, the more practice you get, the better and faster you can become. The first day I liked Nicole Barnett’s wall all the way back the her beginning on tsu.

On Sunday I switched between several users and did from 2-60 likes on each one. Sometimes I found someone who I had given a lot of likes to earlier in the week and so that person didn’t get that many on Sunday.

During the whole weekend I walked over 6 miles and that’s pretty great start after my long layoff.

If you want to like those same people, find me on tsu – @ACrowdFunder – and check out my posts in the next day or two.

Now, there is another game I like to call the Bullseye Game and life is calling so I’m leaving it for next time.

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Are You On tsu? Join Our Group On tsu!

First, if you are NOT on tsu and you are reading this on a computer, you can join by following the link in the upper right. When you follow my link that connects you to me (@ACrowdFunder) and tsu refers to you as my child. Welcome, my child! 😉

If you are already registered on tsu and you want to get more likes, views and followers, Mateo Garcia (@beNICEmedia) and I and several others have created a group and that group is becoming a team that helps the members get more likes, views and followers on tsu. Right now we are accepting members who speak English in the USA and Canada. If you are from a different country and want to be part of a future expansion of the team, you are also welcome to contact me now and I’ll let you know when the time is right for that expansion.

This is a good time for me to write about the requirement for English speakers only. This has to do with just one thing. Speed. Speed of communication is the biggest factor. Soon our group will be 50, then 100 and then 500 members or more. I know some Spanish, but not enough to run an organization. I send out emails 5 or 6 days a week to the team and those emails are in English. If you have a viable solution that doesn’t add to the time it takes for us to do things, I’m willing to hear it. Just know that at least until the end of March, I’m going to be very, very busy. So that conversation could take time as I would have to fit it in to everything else I’m doing.

If you are on tsu and you have an outside business that you believe can be helped by tsu, you are a great candidate for our group. If you would just like to come play with us and get more likes, views and followers on tsu and help others do the same, that’s great!

Right now I have 5000 friends on tsu, so you would need to be a follower. Those are tsu’s rules. Not mine.

Want more success? Ready to learn how to better use social media to get there? Join my team.

I’m @ACrowdFunder!

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Good Strategies For Getting Someone’s Attention (Now That I’ve Joined The 5000 Followers Club)

Now that I’ve been using tsu for about six weeks I can tell you that some patterns begin to emerge. One pattern is lots of people will ask you to be their friend after you get to 1000 or 2000 friends and you’re somewhat active. At one point I had about 300 friend requests in one day.

If I assume that my experience is normal, what should you do to get someone to friend you? Think about it from the perspective of the person that you are asking to be your friend. WHY should they say yes?

When I had fewer than 100 friend slots left I began to be much more selective. After all, I have some real life friends who will join tsu and I want to be able to add them as tsu friends. Don’t you want the same thing? So, how do you get a person to say yes?

First, don’t expect that everyone will say yes. Do NOT be obnoxious and send a friend request over and over to someone after they have declined your invitation. I understand that sometimes you’ll make a mistake and invite someone twice or even three times. If your computer or your phone isn’t awesome, it’s possible to make that mistake. Trust me, I’ve been there.

If you’re thinking about it from that person’s perspective (the one you want to accept your friend invitation), isn’t it possible that they will think that you’re harassing them and that they could report you to tsu? If you get enough reports to tsu, they will ban you and as far as I know, that is a LIFETIME ban.

So make sure if someone tells you no that you really take it for a no and leave them alone. When there are millions of people on tsu and you want to reach five thousand friends, there are other fish in the sea, as the saying goes.

Second, does this person speak the same language as you? If the answer is no, what do you think you are really accomplishing by having them be your friend? Maybe it could turn into something because translation technology is getting better and better, but wouldn’t having someone who speaks the same language make things go much faster? Think about it.

Third, if this person has so many friends, HOW DO YOU STAND OUT IN A POSITIVE WAY?

If you want that person’s attention you could make RELEVANT comments on 10 posts. You could share two or three of their posts. You could like 50 of their posts.

Again, put yourself in their position. They have all these friend requests and they see that you speak the same language and that you’re posting positive stuff AND you’ve shared more than one of their posts. If it’s between you and someone that just sends a friend request I believe you will become the friend first 9 times out of 10. The only reason it’s not 100% of the time is not everyone is that good at paying attention.

When I first started on tsu I was learning all about it and trying to do all the maximums and I was getting involved in a lot of activity and a lot of notifications came my way. I am sure there are at least one or two people who gave up trying to get my attention, but lots of them did get my attention because they were positive and polite and unique.

Because I’ve got to go shopping with my son (Christmas time!) I’m going to continue this in another post.

If you haven’t joined tsu, here’s my LINK.

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Mid-December tsu Results

Today my commentary comes after the data.

Here are the results of my tsu game this week and three previous weeks:

Week ending Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

427 Friends
318 Followers
10748 Views
1015 Likes
375 Comments

8 Children
7 Children of Children

Total 15 Children (Including Their Children/Generations)

Week ending Sunday, November 30th, 2014

1098 Friends
611 Followers
23209 Views
2499 Likes
768 Comments

9 Children Direct
20 Children Total

Week ending Sunday, December 7th, 2014

2531 Friends
929 Followers
55132 Views
7008 Likes
1288 Comments

9 Children Direct
22 Children Total

Week ending Sunday, December 14, 2014

4822 Friends
1158 Followers
98988 Views
13259 Likes
1812 Comments

10 Children Direct
26 Children Total

*INCREASES over 12/07/14 TOTALS*

2291 Friends
229 Followers
43856 Views
6251 Likes
524 Comments

1 Child Direct
4 Children Total

Financial Results

12/9
$0.62

12/10
$0.44

12/11
$0.62

12/12
$0.64

12/13
$0.72

12/14
$0.48

12/15
$0.53

My account total is currently:

$12.30

Weekly Totals:

Week ending 12/14 (Paid on 12/15)

$4.05

Week ending 12/07

$4.33

Week ending 11/30

$2.42

Week ending 11/23

$1.39

Week ending 11/16

$0.09

One thing that jumps out at me immediately is that my account generated $4.05 this week versus $4.33 last week. Not every week will there be an increase.

There are different reasons that might account for this.

1) Maybe I didn’t comment as much as I did the week before. When we comment, more people see us and that could mean that fewer people checked out my page and fewer followed me. Followers is a difficult number to judge because I will definitely be losing some (while gaining others) as people begin to realize that they don’t have to follow when they are already friends on tsu. All that does is limit the number of people you can follow in the long run because we can only follow 1000 people, so don’t follow if you friend that person! (Also, I was sick this weekend, so I definitely shared less on Saturday.)

2) Perhaps people on tsu simply didn’t click as much this week when they saw an ad. I couldn’t know that unless I saw all the data for tsu and could make a comparison with MY friends and followers.

3) Does tsu’s price for advertising change from week to week with supply and demand? I don’t know the answer to that.

4) Do people naturally interact less when they have been friends on tsu for a couple weeks?

5) Do people interact less because they have more friends and can’t interact with each one as often? This would seem to be a really great argument for not simply friending people who have thousands of friends already. If you have a liberal friending policy as I have had up to this point, keep in mind that someone with 50 friends or less will have fewer profiles in their feed so they are incredibly likely to view your content more often. (Unless tsu somehow adjusts for that, but I don’t think that would be in tsu’s best interest.)

6) Are there just natural fluctuations and the REAL solution is to bring more children to tsu?

I believe that inviting more people to tsu is really the solution. Mateo Garcia of @beNICEmedia definitely contributes to my bottom line. He is the most active of my tsu children and he creates great content! You still have time to friend him!

If you are reading this and you are not yet on tsu, here is my tsu.co/ACrowdFunder link. If somehow WordPress can’t handle that link you can go to tsu.co and give them ACrowdFunder when tsu asks for a code or extension or who invited you!

Gotta go! See you tomorrow and see you on tsu! Come and say hello! 🙂

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Are You Ready To Grow?

Many people SAY that they are ready to grow, but what happens when they are asked to do something different?

Doing something different is unavoidable if you are going to grow personally.
Saying you’ll do something and actually doing it are two different things.

If you answered YES to the question in the title of this post, then…let’s take action!

If you want to be part of a group that’s growing faster, then give me your email in the comment section of this post.

If you can’t figure out how to do that you need to contact me by message or comment on tsu and you can message me your email.

I want 20 people.

First, I want five people. Then five more again and again until I have 20 people.

Will you be one of those people in this group who learns more closely from me?

Would you like your tsu account to be more successful?

Would you like 5000 followers on tsu? (I will be there before Christmas barring a power outage or some structural change with tsu or the internet!)

Would you like to use your tsu account to help another business or venture?

I can’t help everyone directly because I only have so much time.

Let’s start with the first five people. Are you one of them?

Make a comment on this CoachZero blog post like this:

Hi Charlie!

I want to be part of this group that’s growing faster and creating more success with my tsu account and in other areas.

I am ready to work hard and learn to do things that will become habits.

Here is my email – JosephineBaker@imready.com

I promise to respond to the contents of your email within 8 hours of receiving it.

Charlie, thank you for the opportunity!

What are you waiting for? Contact me now! Have an excellent day!

@ACrowdFunder

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