Dad spearheads immigration saga

Dad’s birthday spurs creative juices

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

I want to dedicate this day to my forever young dad  Vaclav Konecny who turns 81 today. He was born in Brest, Czechoslovakia on July 23, 1934 to parents Anezka & Antonin Konecny. He is the older of the two remaining  siblings  with Aunt Martha Pink. Both claim the original residence as Stipa near Zlin.

He is the behind the scenes character who along with my mom Ella inspired the memoir “Greenwich Meridian” about the family immigration saga that now spans three generations.

Dad continues to inspire me with his humor and sometimes cranky optimism and sarcasm.  He is what I call an atypical Leo. Dad has the strength of the Leo, as well as his leadership and determination to carry out projects to his liking.

Parents Vaclav & Ella have inspired the memoir.
Parents Vaclav & Ella have inspired the memoir.

But, he is not by any stretch of imagination a show off in the regal colors of golden and purple like the king of jungle or King Vaclav he is named after. On the contrary, dad is truly the entire support system behind a spectacular show.

However, during his tenure as math professor at Ferris State University from 1980 until 2001 in Big Rapids, he did play the role of the lion in front of the blackboard.

“You know you have to put on a show,” he always told me.

Students laughed at him, but colleagues admired him then as much as they do now.

Dad can make people around him flourish putting them at the center of attention instead of himself.

One time at a university party, dad hit a conversation with a complete stranger.

“Who was that,” mom asked.

“He is a dentist,” dad laughed.

“What did you talk to him about?” she watched him closely.

“About teeth, of course,” he laughed again.

At 81, he can strike magic with any female whether at a party, while wintering in Florida or at a perfectly authentic Spanish or Mexican restaurant. Maybe, that is where his lion’s character shows the best.

“Women admire him,” mom says.

Yes, dad is likable. He is witty, funny, talented and creative. Who ever has said that math or physics are boring, just never had the pleasure of meeting my dad. Vaclav Konecny studied physics in Brno and later took on math.

A life-long learner himself, dad studied computer science at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, while teaching full-time math at Ferris. During the turbulent times of the 70s, dad took to the canvas and painted his oils from mosques in Sudan, Niagara Falls to Saguaro cacti in the national park in Arizona.

Many years later he found love in languages, Spanish and French. Both, mom and I watched him in awe freely communicate with Mexican wait staff and owners at different restaurants.

I don’t know, but I have a valid feeling that his favorite food is Mexican or Spanish even though he will not admit that in front of mom.

He has the vitality of a 30-year old not quite grown up man. His persistence lets him drive 1,367 miles from Big Rapids to Venice, Florida.

His innovation spirit can take him anywhere. He closes his eyes and imagines new routes and new paths to mathematical solutions.

“He’s solving problems all the time or counting the number of people in pews,” mom says.

Dad is a perfectionist at the expense of being disappointed with the imperfection of others. He is a true gentleman with manners from the court and always lets women go first.

I always ask myself this question when mom dictates what’s going to happen next:

“Is mom really the true boss in the Konecny household?”

She appears to be, and dad wants it that way to stay in her shadow with his quiet personality hiding the lion’s strength.

But, dad has been the driving force behind the family happenings  over the last 47 years since we have ventured out over the Atlantic pond.

Thanks dad for being the modern captain on this bold voyage, for showing us the world, for broadening our horizons and for creating endless surprises.

Happy birthday,

Emma & the family

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Interview with Soulpreneurs founder Leigh Ann Dickey

Coach Leigh Ann Dickey starts up Soulpreneurs

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI- Leigh Ann Dickey aka Coach Leigh Ann founded Soulpreneurs.co two weeks ago to further pursue her dreams. She is a registered respiratory technician residing in Gainesville, Georgia. Dickey is a freelancer for Learn to Blog and she works with 100 clients in web and blog design.

Coach Leigh Ann Dickey started up Soulpreneurs.co
Coach Leigh Ann Dickey started up Soulpreneurs.co

Emma: When and why did you start blogging?

Leigh Ann: In the spring of 2013 when I had joined the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and lost 35 pounds. I just hit 40 and I wanted to share my story.

Emma: Where did you gain your online expertise?

Leigh Ann: I am self-taught. I have 12 years of website coding experience and I took some WordPress classes. I took a Learn to Blog class in 2014 because I wanted to master WordPress.

Emma: What do you feel was the biggest challenge in the beginning?

Leigh Ann: Determining your niche. I went all over the place. I was posting and sharing, and I started my design business, Coach Leigh Ann.

Emma: So, what do you suggest to WordPress newbies or any blogging newbies? Where should they start?

Leigh Ann: It starts with ourselves, knowing what we like to do all day long.

Emma: What do you like about blogging?

Leigh Ann: I enjoy the process of creating. It plays into my geeky side telling the story.

 Emma: What kind of satisfaction do you get out of blogging?

Leigh Ann: It’s natural to get that feedback and I enjoy helping people. Blogging has changed me. It helped me pass obstacles in life and I relate that to overcoming obstacles in business.

Emma: Many newbies worry about analytics. How do you feel about it?

Leigh Ann: Until your blog is fully functional and you have an opt-in page to get emails, you don’t need to worry about it.

Emma: What do you suggest bloggers use for analytics once they’re ready with an opt-in page and the launch of a product?

Leigh Ann: Definitely a WordPress jet pack plug-in that shows where the comments came from.

Emma: What about Google Analytics?

Leigh Ann: Google Analytics is much more involved. Jet pack is more newbie friendly.

Emma: Now the big one that concerns most bloggers not just newbies. Let’s talk about monetization of blogs. Can we make money on blogging?

Leigh Ann: Monetization is complicated. It entails keyword blogging using AdSense and getting that SEO. The best way to make money is with info publishing, creating your own products and services.

 Emma: What do you think about affiliate marketing?

Leigh Ann: It’s a good idea to partner with others to promote their product or service along with yours.

Emma: What is the recipe for success? Be it monetization, increased traffic or SEO ranking?

Leigh Ann: The best model now is to have a combination of things; blogging, having an affiliate in combo with your own products and services. Affiliate linking is a good way to make money.

Emma: What is the best way to promote your niche business?

Leigh Ann: Building a following on social media so people recognize you as an expert in a certain area.

 Emma: Specifically what social media would you recommend?

Leigh Ann:  Start a Facebook group not a page, join other groups of like-minded people.

Emma: What helped you get ahead?

Leigh Ann: I did market research inside the Facebook group and that helped me develop products and services.

Emma: Tell us about your most recent venture, Soulpreneurs.co.

Leigh Ann: I launched this membership site because people are hungry for information. It delivers automated info on regular basis. It took me two weeks to solidify my ideas on it.

Emma: How do you balance out your regular job and your online business?

Leigh Ann: I have critical thinking skills with quick decision-making from my RRT full-time job that I can apply in my online business.

Emma: How many hours a week do you spend on your online business?

Leigh Ann: 20 hours promoting and developing the websites.

Emma: Where should newbies start?

Leigh Ann: Create a checklist of what needs to get done now to get the results you want. On the side you list things you want to do. First you find hosting, then create an About page and have the e-mail subscribe or opt-in page.

 Emma: What are your short-term goals?

Leigh Ann: To gain social recognition for design. I also set a financial goal to develop a new product each month to keep people interested.

Emma: What are your long-term goals?

Leigh Ann: Teaming up with Clark Hosp of Learn to Blog to offer live online interactive training focusing on WordPress next month.

Emma: What is your biggest accomplishment in blogging?

Leigh Ann: I work with over a 100 clients and I have the Soulpreneurs membership site.

Emma: What do you attribute your success to and what do you recommend to others:

Leigh Ann: To the mentors that I follow and my determination. I have a relentless spirit. I will keep trying until I have success. Stay focused on one path until you get a result and then you can redirect and follow through.

Emma: What keeps you going?

Leigh Ann: Lots of coffee, seven to eight hours of sleep, downtime away from the computer, eating healthy, moving my body and time with my friends.

Emma: What makes you feel good about yourself?

Leigh Ann: Any type of feedback.

Emma: What keeps you motivated? What do you suggest to others who feel like giving up?

Leigh Ann: Having a plan of action. It may be making money online and you might have to get a real job. Go back to why you started doing this? For me personally it was sharing my story.

Stay tuned for more blogging tips and advice coming to EW Emma’s Writings.

For more info on Soulpreneurs go to http://soulpreneurs.co

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BlogHer conference connects

BlogHer conference in NYC July 17 & 18

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

I am sharing this through my new blogger friend Cheryl Stober, a syndicated blogger on the  BlogHer platform. She has been blogging for eight years, at a time when I was chasing after stories and yawning at  township meetings for print media.

“You gotta cover that,” said the editor also yawning, “It’s our bread and butter you know.”

Among hundreds of posts, Stober caught my attention with her nice piece about getting ready for the conference. I was bummed that I couldn’t go so I literally devoured the article and commented and I got a comment back. And there you go we were friends.

My new BlogHer buddy Cheryl Stober
My new BlogHer buddy Cheryl Stober

“I hope to meet you at the conference next year,” she wrote. “Follow me on @cherylstober.”

Her article included getting new business cards and clothes for the event. Of course fashion police at these conferences are on their toes.

Today, Stober tweeted she had lunch with my favorite Glee star, Gwyneth Paltrow. who is a keynote speaker at the conference. I am jealous, no just kidding.

Following #BlogHer15 via Cheryl Stober
Following #BlogHer15 via Cheryl Stober

 

 

 

 

 

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Good news

emmapalova:

Good news spreads fast. Read about my discovery of BlogHer, a publishing network for women bloggers under the umbrella of http://www.sheknowsmedia.com

Originally posted on ehealthwellness:

Hello to all,

I have probably the best news in a long time since I established the Emma Blogs, LLC last year in July. Prior to that I connected my EW blog into the Gatehouse Media, a 15-million reader market.

Now, again in July I found out about a great platform for women bloggers from a Monday’s post by Michelle W. “Heading to BlogHer ’15, so are we.”

See link:

https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2015/07/13/heading-to-blogher-15-so-are-we/

Well I checked out BlogHer and found a perfect fit for my Emma Blogs,LLC. Under the umbrella of http://www.sheknowsmedia.com, the platform has a social media reach of 100,000 women across the country. Wow, I could not believe the great content, the great women. It was just an overall positive vibe.

Emma Blogs are now a part of the BlogHer network. Emma Blogs are now a part of the BlogHer network.

So, I submitted two posts, Coach Leigh Ann Dickey inspires and Women Inspired. Both were already published. Of those…

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Coach Leigh Ann Dickey

Coach Leigh Ann Dickey shares her passion for design & blogging, inspires others

Name: Leigh Ann Dickey

Occupation: registered respiration therapist, self-employed, website design

Education: associates degree in health sciences-respiratory therapy, certificate in health coaching from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Oct. 2014

Residence: Gainesville, Georgia

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Lowell, MI – Leigh Ann Dickey wanted to share her story of losing 35 pounds when she joined the nutrition school. Dickey started out with a page on facebook, Instagram and a blog on WordPress two years ago using tutorials and mentors.

“I developed a nice site,” she said.

Coach Leigh Ann Dickey loves helping people.
Coach Leigh Ann Dickey loves helping people.

Dickey was offering a weight loss product. But when she sustained a head injury on her bicycle, Dickey took the site down.

Since she has always liked design Dickey wanted to master WordPress. She already had a great feather in her cap; 12 years of HTML coding. Dickey completely coded her animal charity site herself from the start.

She took a WordPress class to get up to speed in 2013 & 2014.  Dickey joined the Learn to Blog in 2014, but found out that she already knew a lot of the stuff from the WordPress classes.

The biggest challenge of blogging for Dickey was targeting her niche.

“I felt tossed around,” Dickey said in a Skype interview last week. “I was posting and sharing trying to target my niche. I went all over the place.”

 She tried health & fitness, business coaching and design. It wasn’t until recently she found that her real passion was teaching and coaching. So, Dickey launched her Soulpreneurs this week. Soulpreneurs is a membership site on the Genesis framework.

But, before that Dickey started a WordPress support group on facebook.

“It used to be enough to have a facebook page two years ago, but now you have to create a group,” she said.

Two years ago with a budget of $150, Dickey could increase traffic to her facebook page to 3,600.

However, two years in an online business is eternity.

“That was old school,” she laughed. “Start a facebook group not a page. Find like-minded people. Join other groups inside of facebook.”

Dickey offered a lot of advice for newbie bloggers. Number one on the advice list is determining your niche.

“It all starts with ourselves knowing what we enjoy doing,” she said, “And then turn that into business. People should ask themselves what is it that they enjoy doing all day long.”

According to Dickey, the advantages of realizing what you really like to do are the following:

  • You best will know a lot about it.
  • It will be easy to develop products and services around your niche or like.
  • Then you have to boil it all down to specific types that is; rather than pets narrow it down to dogs and then go further, different breeds and such.

In response to what she likes about blogging, Dickey was very spontaneous.

“I enjoy the process of creating that plays into my geeky side telling the story,” she said. “I enjoy helping people.”

Blogging was a life changing experience for Dickey who had suffered a head injury.

“Blogging helped me get past something and I relate that to overcoming obstacles in business and in life. It’s just human nature to get that feedback.”

The second part of Dickey’s story with more valuable advice will appear later this week. Stay tuned and feel free to comment with your advice.

Copyright (c) 2015 Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

Heading to BlogHer ’15? So are we!

emmapalova:

I wish I could go.

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

I'm Sponsoring #BlogHer15: Experts Among UsBlogHer ’15, one of the biggest and best annual conferences for bloggers, lands in New York City later this week, from July 16th through the 18th. You’ll find hundreds of passionate bloggers, workshops to hone every aspect of your blogging, incredible keynote speakers like Ava DuVernay and Gwyneth Paltrow — and us!

At our Happiness Lounge in the expo hall, you’ll be able to get one-on-one help with your WordPress sites. Staff from across Automattic will also be leading mini-workshops on some of the topics you care most about, and our “WordPress Insiders” panels bring multiple WordPress.com staffers together for informal panels to give you a range of takes on everything from tools to traffic.

The WordPress.com booth hums with activity at BlogHer '14. The WordPress.com booth hums with activity at BlogHer ’14.

Interested? Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, July 17

  • 10 AM: WordPress Insiders: Our Favorite Dashboard Tools
  • 11 AM: Express Yourself: Quick Tips for Customizing Your Site

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Emma Blogs newsletter for July

July newsletter is finally here

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

With all the 4th of July holiday activities I fell a bit behind with the Emma Blogs monthly newsletter that I absolutely love to design on super easy MailChimp. I wish everything was that easy. The newsletter features correspondent Emma Palova-Chavent, MD and fellow word press blogger for the month of July Coach Leigh Ann Dickey. Palova-Chavent, MD resides permanently in France and works at the emergency center in Dijon.

Emma Blogs newsletter for July features Coach Leigh Ann.
Emma Blogs newsletter for July features Coach Leigh Ann.

Coach Leigh Ann started blogging on WordPress two years ago when she hit 40 and lost 35 pounds.

“i wanted to share my story,” she said.

However, after suffering a head injury on a bike,she wanted to figure out where she was going with her life. Coach Leigh Ann took the site down and went into design.

For full story about Coach Leigh Ann Dickey follow EW Emma’s writings on http://emmapalova.com.

The feature story 50 years of Fallasburg preservation takes you back in time. There is still time to make plans to visit during the Fallasburg Fall Festival on Sept.19 & Sept.20.

The featured photo on the blog with the banner is downtown Lowell getting ready for the annual Riverwalk festival that starts today and runs through Saturday.

Emma Blogs runs a summer special 25% off on blog and web design. Just submit the email with the newsletter.

To sign up for the newsletter,  fill out the form at the end of this message.

Enjoy your summer.

Emma & the EW team

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