Top Ten Posts for 2013

Check out the top blog posts on The Musings of Peter DeHaan from last year. The 2013 top ten are:

  1. Smile…You’re Being Scanned
  2. Life is Better When Shared With Friends
  3. Puppy Therapy
  4. Book Review: Ditched
  5. Six Types of Books in My Library
  6. Dealing with Rising Healthcare Costs
  7. What Do You Expect?
  8. Welcome to Summer
  9. How Many Friends Do You Have?
  10. What If There Was No Mail?

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My Summertime Schedule

For myself and many others, summer effectively begins on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day.

This year the weather seems to concur that summer is over. Last Friday, temperatures in southern Michigan were in the upper nineties, with a heat index of 105 to 115. Today, the highs failed to hit 70, with a predicted low tonight of 45.

For the first time in months, I am wearing jeans and have donned a sweatshirt. It certainly feels like fall.

With fall comes a pledge to blog more frequently. If you’re keeping track, it’s pushing two months since my last post. It’s not that I have nothing to share — I’ve composed many a blog in my mind — it’s that I’ve not had a chance to write things out. So, I hope to begin catching up and write retroactively.

Another change is that the comments and trackbacks features are again reactivated. I had turned them off due to a high degree of spam, but with a software upgrade, things are again manageable.

Also, check out my other blogs, which I post to more frequently:

Going Forward

Regular readers of this blog (thank you, one and all) have noticed a decided decrease in posting frequency over the past six months. While Musings will remain alive and active, infrequency will become the new norm.

When I started Musings over three years ago, it was to provide a creative outlet, connect with others via the written word, and learn about the art of blogging. By design, Musings had no theme, other than to share the musing of my mind at that moment. While it was not a stream-of-conscience spew (that would be narcissistic and boring), it did bounce all over the place. No one would connect with all my topics, such as family, computers, nature, movies, politics, business, sports, weather, and even blogging about blogging.

Realizing the need to blog around a theme and for me to focus on areas of interest, I have begun to specialize. The result is that, going forward, I will primarily be blogging at:

I encourage you to pick the ones that interest you and follow me there, as well as occasional future posts here.

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A New Blog: From the Publisher’s Desk

This blog, the “Musings of Peter DeHaan,” is about nothing, but covers everything. It is essentially a sharing of my stream of conscience. While this blog will continue unabated, I have started another blog, one with a stated purpose and goal.

It is a business blog, called “From the Publishers Desk,” and shares my tips and commentary about advertising and marketing. If this topic is of interest, I encourage you to check it out. Just like this blog, you can sign up to be notified via email of new posts or subscribe to a list feed.

[In 2013, the name of the blog changed to “The Book Blog,” and the focus became book publishing. All old posts were saved in the archive section.]

Peter DeHaan Publishing Inc Launches TAStrader e-Publication

Peter DeHaan Publishing Inc Launches TAStrader e-Publication”

This headline has been four years in the making — seriously.

In 2005, I hatched an idea for an e-publication for telephone answering services.  I did some online research, eventually landing on a name with matching website that were available.  Taking a proactive step forward, I registered the domain name TAStrader.com on May 13, 2005.

In my spare time over the following months, I would plan and strategize how the publication would be laid out, promoted, and supported.  Sometimes I would go for months without working on it, but the idea had been birthed and was not going to go away.  Two years ago, I began in earnest, putting my many musings to paper and working out the details.  I added “TAStrader” on my “to do” list, but there always seemed to be another project that was more worthy, more demanding, or more promising of providing immediate gratification.

Approaching the project’s four-year mark, I decided that I needed to bring it to fruition or be content to forever lay it aside.  Fortunately, my planning notes were sufficiently sound and adequately detailed, so there was little left to do — except execute the plan.  It was merely a matter of prioritizing my time and enlisting the support of the Connections Magazine team to make this a reality.

Last Saturday the supporting website, www.TAStrader.com, went online and the bugs worked out on Monday.  The final version of the premier issue was also completed and approved that day.

Although the scheduled distribution is April 9, I pulled the trigger this morning with an announcement launching TAStrader.  Emailing the subscribers and potential subscribers will still happen as scheduled, but the word is out and people are providing pleasingly positive feedback.

I would hope so — I’ve been working on it for four years!