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Word of the Day: August 01, 2012

Blogfather

 

(BlahG-Fah-ThurR)

i’m gonna make you a blog youi can’t refuse!

 

 

1)  The head of the online blogging costa nostra, or mafia family, that oversees who gets the best website names. Also known for having people sleep with the vowels and have horse’s manes in their bedrolls.

 

 

*NOTE;  HELP!!!  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A FAKE, BLOGGING-RELATED WORD OR ACRONYM THAT YOU LIKE, DESPISE OR USE, PLEASE LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT, ALONG WITH A SHORT DEFINITION AND THE PHONETICS. YOUR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE AN UPCOMING DAILY FEATURE!

 

CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WORDS MAY APPEAR CLOSER IN A MIRROR THAN  THEY ACTUALLY ARE. 9 OUT OF 10 LIBRARIANS  ARE MOUSEY INTROVERTS, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20, YET STILL MANAGE TO APPEAR TO BE SEXY. THIS SITE IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE SPCB (THE SECOND SPC (SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY) IN THE PHONE BOOK – THE SPCA (ANIMALS) HOGGED THE FIRST SPOT ON ME AGAIN! THOSE BRUTES!) THE APATHETIC AND APPALLINGLY APROPOS “SOCIETY OF THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO BLOGGERS” (DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND SUGGESTED).  9 OUT OF 10 DOCTORS ARE APPARENTLY ON THE TAKE, SO WHEN YOU LOOK FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, MAKE SURE YOU ASK AT LEAST 20 DOCTORS…

Word of the Day: July 01, 2012

Blogenomics

 

 

(Blah-Geh-NoM-icKz)

A good blog seems to be as rare as an egg that, when cracked, reveals a shiny, new gold nugget or a $1,000 bill.

 

 

1)  The social science that analyzes the production and distribution of blog posts.

 

2)  The condition of a region or group of blogs as related to national prosperity (usually near zero)

 

 

*NOTE;  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A FAKE, BLOGGING-RELATED WORD OR ACRONYM THAT YOU LIKE, DESPISE OR USE, PLEASE LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT, ALONG WITH A SHORT DEFINITION AND THE PHONETICS. YOUR SUGGESTIONS MAY WELL BE AN UPCOMING DAILY FEATURE!

 

 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WORDS MAY APPEAR CLOSER IN A MIRROR THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. 9 OUT OF 10 LIBRARIANS  ARE MOUSEY INTROVERTS, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20, YET STILL MANAGE TO APPEAR TO BE SEXY. THIS SITE IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE SPCB (THE SECOND SPC (SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY) IN THE PHONE BOOK – THE SPCA (ANIMALS) HOGGED THE FIRST SPOT ON ME AGAIN! THOSE BRUTES!) THE APATHETIC AND APPALLINGLY APROPOS “SOCIETY OF THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO BLOGGERS” (DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND SUGGESTED).

Word of the Day: May 23, 2012

Blogalicious

 

(Blah-Ga-Lih-Shish)

 

With all kinds of nuts, blogalicious ice cream is now the most popular flavor among bloggers.

 

 

1)  A term derived to mean that a blog is just scrumptious. When moved to tears by the wonderful meaning and writing of a phenomenally good blog post, people now say “that was blogalocious”

 

2)  A new Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor, tasting much like Nirvana and is full of nuts.

 

 

*NOTE;  HELP!!!  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A FAKE, BLOGGING-RELATED WORD OR ACRONYM THAT YOU LIKE, DESPISE OR USE, PLEASE LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT, ALONG WITH A SHORT DEFINITION AND THE PHONETICS. YOUR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE AN UPCOMING DAILY FEATURE!

 

CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WORDS MAY APPEAR CLOSER IN A MIRROR THAN  THEY ACTUALLY ARE. 9 OUT OF 10 LIBRARIANS  ARE MOUSEY INTROVERTS, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20, YET STILL MANAGE TO APPEAR TO BE SEXY. THIS SITE IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE SPCB (THE SECOND SPC (SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY) IN THE PHONE BOOK – THE SPCA (ANIMALS) HOGGED THE FIRST SPOT ON ME AGAIN! THOSE BRUTES!) THE APATHETIC AND APPALLINGLY APROPOS “SOCIETY OF THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO BLOGGERS” (DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND SUGGESTED).  9 OUT OF 10 DOCTORS ARE APPARENTLY ON THE TAKE, SO WHEN YOU LOOK FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, MAKE SURE YOU ASK AT LEAST 20 DOCTORS…

Word of the Day: May 13, 2012

Blogny Stone

 

(Blah-G’Knee-StoweN)

No! I need it more! I haven’t written a decent blog post for 8 months!

 

 

1)  The Irish stone where bloggers flock to gain inspiration for their blogs when they completely run out of things to write about. Most bloggers, failing the will or money to visit the Blarney Stone, will continue posting blog entries about their nails, make-up, how they are dressing or what they are eating / who they are dating. Many others will just reblog popular posts written by popular bloggers, hoping to get some of their page views from them.

 

2)  A stone used to throw at your computer / laptop  when, after writing a magnificent, viral-heading blog post, without saving draft versions, loses all of their work due to power failure from their electric cord coming unhooked, and their battery dying. Most bloggers who use this version of the Blogny Stone usually disappear from the blogosphere for months, waiting the purchase of a new computer / laptop.

 

 

*NOTE;  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A FAKE, BLOGGING-RELATED WORD OR ACRONYM THAT YOU LIKE, DESPISE OR USE, PLEASE LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT, ALONG WITH A SHORT DEFINITION AND THE PHONETICS. YOUR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE AN UPCOMING DAILY FEATURE!

 

CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WORDS MAY APPEAR CLOSER IN A MIRROR THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. 9 OUT OF 10 LIBRARIANS  ARE MOUSEY INTROVERTS, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20, YET STILL MANAGE TO APPEAR TO BE SEXY. THIS SITE IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE SPCB (THE SECOND SPC (SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY) IN THE PHONE BOOK – THE SPCA (ANIMALS) HOGGED THE FIRST SPOT ON ME AGAIN! THOSE BRUTES!) THE APATHETIC AND APPALLINGLY APROPOS “SOCIETY OF THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO BLOGGERS” (DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND SUGGESTED).  9 OUT OF 10 DOCTORS ARE APPARENTLY ON THE TAKE, SO WHEN YOU LOOK FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, MAKE SURE YOU ASK AT LEAST 20 DOCTORS…

Word of the Day: April 25, 2012

Blustice

 

(Bluh-Stiss)

 

 

Geddy up, realwritingjobs, geddy up!

 

1)  What I attained when I posted a comment at “realwritingjobs.com”  ‘s website with the remark “come visit us at fakewritingjobs.com” where we rip all writers off equally! ” – ah, justice! It does taste sweet after all!

 

 

 

*NOTE;  IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR A FAKE, BLOGGING-RELATED WORD OR ACRONYM THAT YOU LIKE, DESPISE OR USE, PLEASE LEAVE IT AS A COMMENT, ALONG WITH A SHORT DEFINITION AND THE PHONETICS. YOUR SUGGESTIONS WILL BE AN UPCOMING DAILY FEATURE!

 

CONTENTS OF THIS BLOG ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. WORDS MAY APPEAR CLOSER IN A MIRROR THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE. 9 OUT OF 10 LIBRARIANS  ARE MOUSEY INTROVERTS, 19 TIMES OUT OF 20, YET STILL MANAGE TO APPEAR TO BE SEXY. THIS SITE IS NOT ENDORSED BY THE SPCB (THE SECOND SPC (SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY) IN THE PHONE BOOK – THE SPCA (ANIMALS) HOGGED THE FIRST SPOT ON ME AGAIN! THOSE BRUTES!) THE APATHETIC AND APPALLINGLY APROPOS “SOCIETY OF THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO BLOGGERS” (DONATIONS ACCEPTED AND SUGGESTED).  9 OUT OF 10 DOCTORS ARE APPARENTLY ON THE TAKE, SO WHEN YOU LOOK FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, MAKE SURE YOU ASK AT LEAST 20 DOCTORS…

Hatemail Part ll. The Love Continues…

In my previous post “Hatemail, Anyone?”, I wrote about my very first negative, or “hate” mail (well, in these instances they are notes published on a very popular and well-used social networking site, of which I and most of my followers, (that’s you!) use regularly, if not daily). I guess the difference is that in a comment, I would have the ability to delete the rantings so that they would not become public. But, I relish stuff like this, so here goes!

Well, for those of you who are still reading along, may I assume that you see the humor in this?  The originator of my hatemail writes about the hate mail they receive constantly, in a very humorous way. I vented my jealousy and was assured by them that i “would eventually get my first loony”.  Well, for that to be the one and same is rather ironic, no?

Now, I responded to that musing, of which I took great insult.

Why did I take “great insult” you ask?  (Hey, I know you!  I knew you’d ask that…)

Well, mainly because in the original hate mail, the originator spewed about “regretting giving free tips and hints to group members. I prefer to get paid for helping people, now” – a simple look into the psyche of someone who has recently been sponsored and is making good money writing blog posts, articles, poems, recipes, and all other manner of information helpful in daily life living with some fun-style humor. I enjoyed reading their banters and commented wittily to them. They are no longer an active member of that group that I mention, which is a LinkedIn group called “Writers helping other writers”  (still not seeing the irony here?  Really?)

My response to their note that resulted in my post “Hatemail, Anyone?”…

“So, if I gave you a shiny new quarter, would you teach me how to lose my morals once I become sponsored, popular or successful?  Just so i know what to avoid… yeah! my first hate mail! a post in the works! Thanks! Been looking forward to this moment for so very long! I’d just like to thank my laptop, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs”.

The return note, received a few days after posting “Hatemail, Anyone?”…

“Congrats on your post. It is indicative of your continued lack of information. Feel free to post this to your blog as well. This post is both private and locked, which was done so it could not be accessed by anyone except you and I. Your misinformation, and perpetuation of that misinformation to garner sympathy and support, is indicative of your failing to do the things necessary to move forward, despite such information being available to you in a number of forums.

Feel free to claim all the disrespect you like, the facts remain, I have said nothing untrue although the same cannot be said of you. Your accusations will not draw me out of our private conversation to air the remainder of my opinions. In the future, be careful what you ask for, as for once, you have gotten it.”

Lovely.

 

If i was looking for support, i would be naming that person, and linking to their blog. Trust me, I don’t get paid for this, I wouldn’t be too worried about losing some followers or even being booted off of WordPress or HubPages for sticking up for myself. I do this because I enjoy it, and I enjoy you. I love reading your posts (can you tell by the comments i leave on your posts?) and learning about the people who read mine.

 

The “post being locked and private” is new. That has been recently changed, possibly as a result of my post? Dunno, don’t care. When someone calls me a liar i explode. They (I use the generic they/their, as opposed to pointing out which sex they belong to) can repost it publicly, write about it, blog about it, rant about it, start a movement in four-part harmony about it -. I don’t care; I take great pride in being honest, and when called a liar in open or in private, I lash out like a rattlesnake. I do not lie. Sometimes I write fiction, but that is so very obvious when done, and is nowhere near being a lie.

But, I will not name that person, nor give a geographic location, much like they do when they write about hate mail that they receive. I used to wonder why they got so much hate mail and I couldn’t get one! Even after writing a long post questioning the existence of God (http://writersearningmoneyonline.com/blow-my-mind/) I didn’t get any hate mail. Not even a Jihad declared against me! (Yes, I even questioned whether or not their Deity existed in the blog) – but, my questioning their existences was in questioning the righteousness of written texts, from which we have all garnered our religious beliefs (if we have any, that is). During the many religious wars in mankind’s storied past, the victors were the ones who burned their opponent’s religious and historical writings and put their own down as the word. The last victor holds all the cards now.

But, as usual, I digress (that should be my middle name!)

What information was I in continued lack of?  Dunno, if i did then i wouldn’t be in continued lack of it.

So, why did I write this post?

Because I wanted to?

 

Well, apparently, according to them, I have lied.  Read what they wrote, it’s right there in grey and white.  That is why I write this post now, not for any other words or insults thrown my way, simply because I have been called a liar, by someone who, well, let’s leave it there for now. I don’t insult others – if I don’t like them, I just avoid them, why bother with back and forth incriminations, hateful banter, etc., when you could otherwise choose to be happy, to enjoy your time here on this little blue planet, third from the Sun.

 

 

BUT…

 

What did I lie about? Dunno.

What accusations did I make? Other than that they are successful, sponsored and popular? Dunno.

And, my favorite;

Why in the world would I “claim all the disrespect i want”???  Again, dunno. I was looking for hate mail, not disrespect. But if that disrespect is only coming from that one source, then i can surely live with it. I promise you i will not lose one second’s sleep, nor think about it after writing this post (well, maybe while composing responses to comments made on this post, if I have any faithful followers left, that is!) if the only love lost is from that source. Yes, source. Since insulting my group members, that’s as close to being human that I can comfortably refer to them as.

 

 

Ah, hate mail.  It really is all that it was hyped up to be!  If you haven’t gotten your first hate mail, either through a comment on your blog post or in a social networking site, you really should try it!  It is as much fun as this person has made it out to be!

But, in a more sober note, if you ever have a problem with me, or with anything that I wrote, either in my posts or in a comment that I posted on one of your posts, then contact me privately – there is a misunderstanding, not a problem.  I don’t have a problem with anyone on the Internet or in “real life”.  That’s for losers – I prefer to just move on, get along little doggies. Even the person who is the subject of this post; I can enjoy their writing while not enjoying them.

But, then again, I would never call someone a liar, whether they were or not. That is one statement that, at least in Canada, can have major legal repercussions. Even on the Internet. (Yeah, we’re protective that way here)

So – basically, if you think I have insulted you, please be assured that i have not. I am a heavily medicated chronic pain sufferer, I can’t walk more than a block without aid or I will fall flat to the ground. From cancer in the spine to skin cancer that was misdiagnosed for 2 1/2 years, then aggressively radiated, which caused more pain-inducing problems, I am in a constant state of extreme pain. I get federally approved medicinal marijuana, of extremely potent strains, and take strong opioids and need sleeping pills just to get 3 or 4 hours of sleep.

I am not looking for pity here, as was suggested by the sender of my first, and as of yet, only hate mail.  I just want you, dear reader, to understand that I sometimes write through a cloud of fuzziness, and often break up laughing at the most minor things, and many things that I write myself (come one! Are you telling me you’ve never laughed out loud while writing a witty retort?).  When you mix that with my sordid sense of humour (Yes! That’s how we spell it in Canada, get over it!), well, sometimes things can be taken the wrong way.

But, we are all grown-ups now, right? When we have a problem with someone, we take them aside and say “Hey, what’s wrong? Was it something I said/typed?”  We involve ourselves in civil discourse, and work things out. I would hope that at least 99.99% of the people who write blogs that i follow, and those saintly people who follow me, would see through the veils and only see the humour.

After all, laughter is the best medicine.

I hope you at least got a chuckle out of today’s post.  if not, my apologies – it was meant that way. But, if you have been a follower of mine for a while now, you already know that, don’t you?

Word of the Day: January 28, 2012

“Professional Writer”

 

(Pro-phesh-shin-all-Wrye-terr)

 

1) What the majority of unpaid bloggers who can’t even make money at “article mills” more often than not refer to themselves as.

"I'se imp'oh'tant!

2) Those select few people who make a better than living wage writing. (see “novelist” or  “New York Bestsellers List”)

 

 

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Can Online Article Writers Earn a Living Wage?

You Call This Living?

For the first few years that article collection and distribution sites, otherwise known as article mills were paying writers for knowledge based articles, many writers were finding that they could, indeed, make over $500 a week writing constantly, as long as they were writing quality content. If you could post 2 articles an hour, and receive $15 per article plus revenue share (RS), and that RS then earning you another $10 to $25 per article per month, after having a few thousand articles in your portfolio you could start making really good money. Problem was that the word got out (the sites advertised).

Steadily, his bank account rose by pennies a day.

Thousands upon thousands of new “writers” join up. Content gets crappier. More good writers leave in disgust. Shareholders shiver in sheer fear. New owners get confused, decide to offer $1 upfront payment for some articles, half of what used to be offered. But with a major decline in monthly revenue share income, the beginning of the end for good writers supplying writing sites with quality content is at hand.

Why?

Why?

Why?

Hold on, I’m getting there.

Why did these article mills have to go and advertise that if you could write, you could earn a great, sustainable income? All of a sudden the ranks of writers swelled, and the quality of content tanked. Writers who were making a few hundred a month were now making a few bucks a month, and the exodus began. Now, most of these sites are filled with sup-par writers, and the few writers who need the money so bad that they just hang in there, taking whatever they can get.

But, on the flip-side of this coin, there are writers at Helium who earn over $50,000 a year! Gads, wish I were one of them!

Is it just the plummeting revenues that causes many writers to leave these article mills, or are there other reasons? There are many people on social networking sites that have nothing but bad things to say about these sites and the writers, newbies and hobbyists who submit content to said sites. With over 300,000 writers at Helium.com alone, there is obviously a place for these sites on the internet and in society. Instead of bad mouthing the sites and contributors endlessly, why these people don’t just move on and get on with their sorry little lives is beyond this contributor.

Live and let live, write and let write.

But, with the quality of the content on these writing sites tanking, mostly due to the influx of people looking for ways to supplement their sub-living wage incomes, the better writers are now in position to earn more money on these sites. When publishers look for filler material for the magazines, e-books, websites and whatnot, and they find a few good writers who can write what they require, those writers are gobbled up by the publishers to submit content on a regular basis to them directly.

Can a writer earn a living wage doing this? Most definitely. But, be aware that only those writers who can submit quality content on a regular basis are earning more than a few pennies a day, on a portfolio of over 1,000 articles.

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