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The Four Hour Body and You Like many of your Tim Ferriss fans out there, I've been very keen to try the Four Hour Body lifestyle change. I'm overweight by quite a few pounds, so I made a New Year's resolution to shed some pounds....

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Improvements and Fixes to WP E-CommerceImprovements and Fixes to WP E-Commerce Like many of you, I am a user of the WP E-Commerce plug-in for Wordpress as well as a Gold Cart upgrade customer. While WP E-Commerce has many excellent features and does wonders for the Wordpress-based...

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Credit cards: a lifeline for cash Hi all. It certainly has been a while since I've last posted. That's because in many ways the 4HWW concept has been shot given the urgency of making ends meet and scrambling to get whatever dollars are...

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Version 0.2 of Show User Level Content Plugin Now Available Making an update to the Show User Level Content Plugin ... finally on version 0.2 This version should allow multiple hide statements in the same post. This is a test of that functionality. The first...

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More on Banking... A while back I posted about business banking accounts, and asked the community what their thoughts were on the best ones for FHWW'ers. I never really did get a good response, but the post is out there,...

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Is it time to buy a car?

Category : DHFW Site

Happy Inauguration Day!

For many of us who have worked hard to make this day possible, this is truly a day of celebration. I think for all Americans, regardless of your political persuasion, we should be happy to look forward to what the possibilities are for us in the years ahead.

In a bit of a spate of irony, I may be personally contributing to this economy. I have had to recently think about buying a new car. With the state of the US economy and in particular, the US automakers, the question is: should I buy a car from one of our troubled US automakers? I’m thinking so.

At The Car Connection, my most recent haunt for online car shopping, I’ve been looking at GMC cars. I like the Car Connection’s website since it makes it easy to locate the various models and features and has quite a bit of detail on the ratings. While GMC might have its share of financial problems (probably much more so than Ford and certainly Toyota), at the very least they don’t have as much of the significant quality woes as Chrysler. I once owned a PT Cruiser, and while it was fun for the first year or so, you could easily tell by the second that quality was not job one over there.

Anyways, GMC, like most automakers, are now producing Hybrids that approach the fuel efficiency of the Japanese automakers. I am hoping that they can power past that and work directly on Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), which would be my preferred mode of transportation.

Should I buy a car? Should I wait? What should I buy? If you were put in a position where your current car was no longer available, what would you do?

Happy New Year! Lots of upgrades…

Category : DHFW Site

Happy New Year DHFW Readers! It’s been about a month since the last post, since there have been lots of upgrades, both technically and in life.

First, the site is now upgraded to WordPress 2.7, and I’m looking at fixing a number of glitches in the site, including missing downloads, incorrectly functioning tickers, etc. If you spot a problem that needs fixing, please let me know.

Second, I’ve been making lots of progress on personal goals and especially around the FHWW. May “main job” has now been pared down to 4 hoursĀ  a day (I know, not a week, yet), but this year I will be paring it down even more. I will spend more time thinking about and writing on muses and microsourcing, so if you have any thoughts, please let me know.

I have a few posts queued up, so I will be uploading them over the course of the next few days. Stay tuned!

The Best WordPress Theme Sites (A list of Lists)

Category : DHFW Site

Did you notice? We have a new theme here at the DHFW site! In looking around for free WordPress themes, I encountered lots of sites touting their top lists of WordPress themes. I would have expected a lot of overlap between these sites, but I was surprised — there are more themes than sites talking about them. As such, I’ve put together this somewhat non-authoritative list of lists of the best WordPress themes out there. Let me know if I’m missing any lists of themes or individual themes to add!

  1. 30 Free Professional WordPress ThemesMy favorite themes are here…. notice one in particular ;) ?
  2. 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes - Another great list from the same folks who put together the above list
  3. 21 Fresh, Usable and Elegant WordPress Themes
  4. TopWPThemes – Hundreds of free themes
  5. Best WordPress Themes – “Cool free and premium WordPress themes”
  6. FreeWordPressThemes – “Collection of free quality WordPress themes.”
  7. Freewpthemes.net – “Totally free WordPress themes for your enjoyment”
  8. WordPress Themes Directory – Directly from the source
  9. SiteGround WordPress Themes – A few more from SiteGround, a web hosting company. “The SiteGround Design Team has created professional WordPress Themes that you can use for free!”
  10. Aslamp Themes – A few interesting themes here
  11. H4x3d – Some very artistic themes here

Know of any other good lists of themes that I should post here? Let me know!

What happened to the 4HWW community?

Category : book, DHFW Site

Update: You’re alive! So, i’ve made this post a touch more positive ;)

When I first started blogging on the 4HWW topic, there were quite a few bloggers… but now it seems they have (mostly) all stopped blogging and their blogs are idle. What has happened? Has the bloom fell off the 4HWW flower? Have folks determined that the 4HWW is mostly hype, or have they had reasonable success and squeezed 50% of out of your schedule, as I have?

I don’t want to be a pessimist, but I want to reach out to the community, and especially to you 4HWW bloggers. What happened? Has anyone else seen any success with the concepts in the book? Do you want me to keep on journaling my experiences?

Comment and let me know if you’re alive!

Contribute to Your Public Blogger — Passing the Tip Jar

Category : DHFW Site, muse, revenue

I often listen to NPR and other Public Radio stations. Do you? Doesn’t it annoy you when they have to interrupt their broadcasting to make an appeal to their audiences for donations and support?

Just like you, I find it annoying that those pledge drives interrupt the shows I like to listen to you, but at the same time, I understand why they do that. They have to somehow fund their activities, and since they don’t barrage you with advertisements, the pledge drive is the only way to make their financial ends meet. It’s actually good that they don’t rely heavily on advertisements as the non-public radio stations do, since that could also taint their independent perspective.

Like public radio stations, I write in this blog mostly for my amusement and for the information and pleasure of those who read it. While I do have many advertisements placed throughout the site, the truth is that they really don’t result in much, if any, revenue for me.

I posted a while back on the topic of blog revenue as a passive source of income, but until this blog reaches a significant traffic level, it’s pretty much all a pipe dream.

In that vein, I come to you, my faithful readers. Like NPR, I’d like to take this opportunity to pass the Tip Jar and ask for donations. I am working as hard as I can to turn this blog into a Muse and thus a Passive Income source. But until then, it’s hard for me to focus on the blog when there are other pressing financial concerns.

As such, I’d like to ask you to donate whatever you can to my cause. On the right side of the screen, you might notice a donation widget from a website called ChipIn that allows you to contribute to my Muse. If you can’t find it, I’ve also included it below:





Anyways, without belaboring the point, I hope you can support me as I try to turn this blog into both a source of information and entertainment as well as revenue to continue to support those goals. Any amount can help as well as any feedback you might have about making this site, or my Muse attempts, any better.


Thank you so much and keep tuning into this station!

Back from my hiatus!

Category : DHFW Site

Hi DHFW readers! Missed me? Haven’t heard from me in a while? Want to know why? I was on a 10 day vacation to Scandinavia! And, without any stress. Yes, I have managed to reduce my work week down to 50% of what it used to be. I’m going to reveal a bit more about the results of my time audit and how to utilize the PTM tool in my next post (as well as some gripes as to how it can be improved, or maybe how I need to be educated on how to use it better).

Yes… you CAN live a 4-hour work week. Or at least, not have to live a 40-hour work week. That said, I have not mastered many of the concepts of the book around Passive Income and Muses and outsourcing, but at the very least through more focused time management you can recover the inherent waste in your day and Eliminate it. Next step: Automate and Outsource better to reduce my time another 50%.

Stay tuned!

DHFW Forums are Live!

Category : DHFW Site, Getting Started

The 4HWW community is getting more rich and vibrant by the day! As such, I’ve launched the DHFW Forums at: http://www.fourhourworkweekdiary.com/dhfw-forums/. Check them out! I’d love to know what you think… but more important — keep posting and keeping this community vibrant!