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I’ve been watching the news about the possibility of a government shutdown, budget concerns and the like all week across various non-reliable news stations that have sensationalized been reporting on the latest news from a slanted viewpoint. I don’t talk politics on this blog, and I’m not going to break that tradition. What I wanted to say is that I’m praying that something can be resolved and put in place. I’m praying for the families that are being affected directly by this situation, and those of us who will feel residual effects should a solution not be able to be reached. I believe we should always pray for those in power and that have authority over us, whether we like them or not, that they make the best decisions for the country as a whole. And that’s my PSA (Political Support Advisory) for today. ūüôā

Now that we’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let’s get to the other reasons this is not a traditional Freestyle Friday, but a Federal (free no more) Friday. I’ve been looking into moving forward on one of my goals for the year that I haven’t touched: transitioning my blog to a self-hosted, fully branded, money making, writing promoting blog of AWESOMENESS (sidenote: I am not a fan of the overuse of the word “awesome”; I don’t mean this in the generic sense that some people use to describe or respond to everything. I mean the “old school” dictionary definition–since they’ve adapted the dictionary to have slang, it may be different now; I don’t know).

The thing is, most of the stuff I found is way more expensive than I can afford. Not that I expected it to be free; far from it. But do you know what it would cost to build a really nice personal blog, let alone a professional blog? Let me tell you what I found:

The first site I went to belongs to the company who designed a blog I follow. I clicked on pricing and came¬† up with…3500+?! For a blog?! That was the cheapest on the site. I found another site for $2500+ for a basic site. Never mind if you worked with them on branding, wanted a flash slideshow, or had any other frills. The dirt cheapest I saw looked like a website in a box and it was $500 and came with NOTHING…well, it came with something, but…ugh.

So I started to¬†rethink my strategy. I mean, I can rebrand myself. I listened very carefully when¬†Cosmo Radio¬†spoke with the founder of Be Your Own Brand Unlimited (Be Your Own Brand’s website is here…not here; this is for booze.) I know the basics of branding myself from her, from¬†interviews with famous¬†people, from etiquette and how to books–I even wrote two posts about branding yourself in the dating game (here and here)! I know how to brand and I¬†have ideas for a brand image.¬†

My content is already stellar–hello! That’s why you guys read, right? Right?

Now, I know people. I’m not¬†interested in¬†getting something for Free99,¬†but I think¬†I¬†can devise a¬†combination of payment, free advertisement, and IOUs that could be¬†acceptable. I know a photographer who can do some portraits, branding images, and¬†promotional tools for me. I know a¬†few graphic designers who can help me create a logo and design a site layout. I know two¬†computer programmers who do or have worked in game design and code things for¬†fun (well, Mr. P. knows), and they love me (a little bit ;-)). I have an awesome computer guy at work who does the company website. Lastly, Mr. P. BUILDS WEBSITES FOR A LIVING. Somewhere in this mix, I have a self hosted blog…when I get some money.¬†¬†

I have a great list of posts to post for the month of March and will be doing an In Case You Missed It special to help you keep caught up on the blog with all of the filling in that had to be done with February and March. You may have missed some wonderful things about branding yourself, the representative, misrepresentation, how to “keep it real” and so much more in my February is for Lovers post. Perhaps you missed the male guest posts. Maybe you’re interested in my Miss Manners posts or the Things Mr. P. Doesn’t Know About Me Extravaganza. I’ll recap it all (and spend a month rejecting pingbacks from¬†myself to myself…can you click on the links in this post and tell me if the work ? Thanks).

I have some wonderful books that I’m sure will breed some¬†great posts here in the coming month. I got He’s Just Not¬†That Into¬†You, The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find Good¬†Black Men,¬†¬†If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs (funniest title¬†EVER), Marry Me: Three Professional Men Tell You How to Get Mr. Right to Pop the Question (which,¬†if you follow me on Facebook, you’ve got a sampling of their Ten Commandments of¬†Professional Men, and you know what a future post is going to be about!), Before You Say I Do, and plenty of others. Of course, all reviews will be on Copywrite1985. Many of these are research books for my marriage kit book. Speaking of which, interviews will be resuming shortly, and I will begin to post them again as soon as I¬†send my day his book back¬†fully edited¬†and in the correct format…and solicit people on Facebook, at church and what have you. ūüėČ If you know folks who want to participate, let me know (Note: They have to be OK with recorded interviews. Interviews recordings will not be released–it’s just to help me keep my notes as accurate as possible). The only requirements are that they be married or engaged, willing to (honestly) answer questions, and able to either be called, meet with me, or exchange emails. Oh, and not be crazy, try to stuff me in a suitcase or trunk, and not scared of my buff bodyguard/boyfriend ;-). ¬†Names, identifying characteristics besides an age range, race, and gender will not be used.

Sidenote: I miss having Cosmo Radio; I loved those ladies (and gent). Someone get me satellite radio again, please! Regular radio is not doing it for me. Thanks, management.

My book club idea is still on the table. I have some wonderful books we could read. If you are interested, please email me at 2blu2btru[at]gmail[dot]com, and let me know your preference of books, time constraints, etc. You can use the Contact Me page on my About page, email me directly, comment here, or leave a message on my facebook.

I’m looking into a camera so I can put up my own pictures and not have to search for those in the public domain. Besides, I’m sure you’re dying to know what I look like ;-). If you know of any cheap well priced cameras, let me know.

That’s all the randomness I have for today. If you want to leave me a bunch of randomness, feel…free.

THE POINT, in case you missed it: cheap suggestions for blog designers, cheap suggestions for camera options, and suggested interviewees for the marriage kit blogs/book (most especially in the Orlando area). And any exciting projects/weekend plans/running news/randomness you would like to share.