A time for everything – A time to move on


Ecclesiastes 3 says:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Online blog and business accounting

blog-accountingI’ve been on a quest for the past few months to to find a better way to manage my blog accounting for my blogs and business accounting for my Empty Cabin Media blog consulting business. I’ve been using a mixture of spreadsheets which were marginal, but didn’t offer some of the automation I was looking for such as invoice creation, payment tracking, and integration with Paypal.

Thanks to an article in Daily Blog Tips I discovered Outright and subsequently Freshbooks.


Outright.com is simply: simple online bookkeeping software and offers the following capabilities:

  • Tracks sales and business expenses

Why I Blog

Valley Mountain View

Inspired by a post from PaidTwice, I thought I might share my motivations for blogging. Most of this information is also available on my About page, but in a more abbreviated format.

In November of last year (2006), my family and I were impacted by a earth shattering personal circumstance. I was out of work for an extended period of time, we were faced with getting behind on our debt payments and beginning to wonder how we were going to put food on the table. We ended up selling a number of our personal possessions to a pawn shop just to make ends meet. It was the most scary time of our lives. Our faith was truly tested.

A Peek Under The Hood

Hemi Engine

I thought it might be interesting for some of you to get a “peek under the hood” (plonkee, that’s a bonnet for you) at Gather Little By Little. So without further adieu…

Hosting and blog platform

Gather Little By Little (or GLBL from here on out) is hosted by DreamHost. GLBL is the first site I’ve hosted with DreamHost they have been great so far. Their control panel interface is easy and simple to use. They offer “one-click” installs of some of the most popular web software packages and unlimited email addresses and domains. One of the things I really like is the longer you are with them, the more disk space you get…all for the same price!

What's In Your RSS Reader?

Google Reader Screenshot

Over in the MBN forums, GettingGreen posted a thread asking all of the personal finance bloggers what pf blogs they read. I posted my list, but then I thought you might be interested as well. So, here’s the list of the persoanl finance blogs I currently have in my Google Reader. I’ll try to keep this updated as I change it.
If you aren’t familiar with RSS, please read my article What is RSS and How Do I Read It?.

If you aren’t currently subscribed to Gather Little By Little, I’d encourage you to subscribe so you don’t miss a single article!

The Top Notch WordPress Plugins I Use


I frequently get asked about which WordPress plugins I use or how I implement various features on my site, like my Featured, Archives, and Contact pages. So instead off replying in “one off” answers, I thought I would just post a listing of the various plugins I am currently using along with a brief comment about each. I say currently as I am constantly trying new plugins, and making changes. I will try to keep this list as current as possible.

Here’s the list:

  • Akismet – Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not.