No, I'm not a grump this morning, but I have some things weighing heavy on my heart, and of course that means my head is getting involved.
What happened is that a scraper picked up a blog that I deleted a year or so ago, and my husband still had a feedburner subscription to it so when he got a foreign language spam "new post" alert, he thought I'd been hacked in a big, bad way. To be honest, I couldn't remember if I'd deleted all the blogger blogs or if I had just wanted to, so I had to spend some time digging around in my notes to find my correct log in and password so I could check. That's what started me down this rabbit hole this morning, and in process I realized I have a lot of things here that need fixing. So ... that's what's spurring this update post this morning.
We started early this year, in August, so we have completed 13 weeks in the sweat shop. Just five and a half more weeks and we will earn that twice missed bonus on our third attempt.
I spent a lot of time this past year deleting projects and trying to eliminate many of the shiny objects that have distracted me. That's why I no longer have any blogs up on blogger, and I am down to 4 urls that I own now. I also cut way back on affiliate marketing, and while we spent some time "feeding the River Beast" and opening a store on "the Big Bay", the internet sales tax issue looms large and is disconcerting.
So I closed the store on the 'Bay and stopped feeding the River Beast when the opportunity arose to go work in the Sweat Shop. The fact that we can both work and get a paycheck with overtime most weeks, plus my online job that I have managed to hang on to, means we have a chance to fix more things on the Argosy and perhaps get out on the road again in 2015. God I hope so!
That online job is with LeapForce - if you are looking for a legitimate online job and have a lot of attention to detail and the ability to do really boring, tedious work, here's a link to their current openings: LeapForce Jobs
It's really old news now, but it's part of what brings me to this neglected website this morning: Squidoo sold content and writers to HubPages. I had eliminated all but 3 of my lenses, and they got transferred, only I have not yet had time to go claim the account and/or delete it. That's on my ever lengthening "to do" list. I noticed I have a lot of bad links here that I need to delete and replace with better ones. That's how I wound up on this blog today.
As Squidoo was going belly up, I found another site called bubblews that was paying writers for social commentary, similar to FaceBook's social commentary without the slick interface. That platform has undergone tremendous changes, and now the pay has dropped dramatically. Still ... I only need about 2000 more likes, views, and comments to collect my last $50 and then I think I'll just let it slip away quietly. If you want to see what I've done there, here's the link: My Bubblews Profile.