A Poisonous Clique : The Hen House Chronicles

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In Honor Of Our Izzy

Once again it is time to create another hub destined for a place some of us use to communicate without fear of moderation. At least, not as much interference from the oh-so-righteous anonymous entities laboring under their usual delusions of power by censorship. I forgive them though, they’ll eventually wake up to the reality of their puny judgments.

I don’t know exactly what this one will comprise until I finish it. Sometimes I merely write and see where it leads me. I know, lazy of me, but I’m not too inspired lately with all of the sob stories plastered across the forums. Apparently Paul is sticking to his vow not to discuss the embarrassing Related Search ads everyone is complaining about. I suppose there’s no secret why he avoids the subject..

This will be another creative attempt as I expect the comments to fulfill the bill if not the tale. I’ll throw in the usual polls, graphs, photos, etc. to hopefully pass the QRAP hoops, but no big deal if it doesn’t. Merely consider the source, and please take into consideration how sensitive I am. So without further ado, here the hell it is.

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All Good Mules Go To Heaven

“I spose he wanted tuh go a-trudging’ in de woods one mo’ time,” Uncle Jericho murmured softly. “I found ‘im layin’ dere daid ‘tween the wagon hafts, jest lak he wuz agoin’ someplace dis mawnin’. He wuz 40 yars old ya know, the best mule I ever knowed in all my born days.”

A lot of folks felt the same way about Abe, knew he was a noble beast, even if he was just a mule. Jericho wasn’t really my uncle, nor his wife Essie my aunt, but I was closer to them than to my white relatives in the area. Jericho and Essie had lived right down the road from us for over 30 years. Jericho had been in charge of my grandfather’s vast pine forests, had chipped the thousands of pine trees and dipped the resulting sap from each individual box.

Abe pulled the turpentine wagon through the myriad lanes crisscrossing the timberland while Jericho ambled from tree to tree, scraping the clear sap from each box. When his bucket got full he only had to walk a short distance to where Abe waited with the wagon bearing a lone turpentine barrel. The mule watched Jericho working the boxes and kept abreast with him without being spoken to. He knew his job well, needed no prompting to do it properly.

A Perfume Of Pine

I was only 10 years old the year Abe died. It was in 1959 and my father and I--we being Thomas and Patrick Brady--walked down the road to see if we could offer our condolences to the old black couple.

As we were approaching their old unpainted house, I thought back on my time spent with Jericho, Essie, and Abe, during my short time on earth. Aunt Essie had kept me many times when I was a child, had raised me as if I were her own. When I grew older, I would accompany Uncle Jericho and Abe on their rounds in the deep woods.

I was forbidden to help Jericho dip tar out of the boxes because it was impossible not to get it on your clothes, or anywhere else for that matter. Jericho’s clothes were coated with the substance, as was his old straw hat.

Aunt Essie had to boil his overalls in an old black pot to get the tar out of them. Even when Jericho wasn’t wearing his "tar dippin’" clothes he still smelled of pine. I’ll always think of him when the aroma of fresh pine wafts my way.

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A Sad And Gloomy Day

I learned a lot about mules from Uncle Jericho. “Mules is smarter dan hosses,” he expounded on the subject “dey’s better for working in de red clay we has down heah in Georgie too. Dey can hear better ‘n a person, especially if dey’s listnen’ for somebody dey knows.” I’d remember those words a long time after he said them, never forgot them, as a matter of fact.

I was surprised at the amount of people who had come to see Abe for the last time. There were both white and black folks who had come to pay their last respects to both Abe and his owner. On the way home my father told me why this was so.

“When I was a bit older than you are now Patrick," my father began "I was riding on the school bus--actually it was just an old truck converted to a bus to take kids to school--after a day of pouring rain had turned the roads into a virtual quagmire. The bus driver--old man Homer Perkins was his name--lost control of the vehicle and the rear end dropped into the creek, turning the old truck on its side.”

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The Nick Of Time

“There were over 20 children trapped inside of the old truck, with the angle such that none could escape easily. Uncle Jericho told me later on that he and Abe were waiting out the storm under a nearby tobacco barn shelter when suddenly, Abe pricked up his ears and started raising a fuss to go.”

“I knowed Abe heard somethin’ he wanted to go ‘vestigate right now.” Jericho said. “I unhitched him from de wagon an’ grabbed my ole log chain, jest in case dere was somebody stuck as usual when it rained lak dis. Sho nuff, I seed de old bus wit its rear end down in de crick.”

“Jericho and Abe showed up almost immediately after the accident ,” my father continued “Using the log chain, Jericho hitched Abe to it and pulled the bus back on its wheels, allowing the children to escape the flooded wreck. All but one person escaped without a scratch. “ At his point my father was silent for a bit as we continued on towards our house. I saw his eyes had filled with tears sometime during his telling of the story.

Acts Of Kindness

Finally he cleared his throat and finished the tale. “All of those people paying their respects to Jericho were either those who were on the bus that day, or had loved ones saved by Jericho and old Abe. The only child lost that day was Jericho and Essie’s little boy Eddie.

This was because old man Perkins always made him ride in the back of the bus by himself. He wouldn’t allow me to sit back there with him as I wanted to. I never forgave that man, never will.”

Years later after my father told me that sad story I remembered what Jericho had said about Abe’s hearing ability. It was little Eddie he’d heard screaming that horrible day. Eddie had loved the old mule, had been raised around him all his young life.

No wonder Abe was so insistent in going to his rescue. I also understood why I’d been kept by Uncle Jericho and Essie so often. It was my father’s way of thanking the old black couple for their loss. I wish I’d known that then.

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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Ha! I woz ere first! Love the title Randy. I really like the story too.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Congrats aa! You win the prize "egg". lol!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

A worthy hub. "Useful (undo) {1} • Funny (undo) {1} • Awesome (undo) {1} • Beautiful (undo) {1} • Interesting (undo) {1}" Don't forget to put it in a group. :-D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Para, I knew I'd forgot something! :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I noticed my blue ratings haven't shown up yet. I've seen that happen before; eventually they do get updated.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Er..how do I find where to group my hubs these days? Did they move it?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Looks like they might have moved it further down the list below the fold. http://hubpages.com/my/hubs/groups


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Sad but lovely story, Randy.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Great story, Randy. You have a gift for telling a story without it dragging on and on and on. I hope this one sticks around - it needs to be read by all who loves short stories. I know I do!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you, WA. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Bubblews is a mess today. Like/Dislike buttons gone. Tried to leave a comment and that blew up, too. I'd had high hopes for my last post, but the mess going on there pretty much killed that. Oh, well. Maybe I can at least build up my connects.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you for for the nice comments, bravewarrior. I appreciate your input as always. :)


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

It's working fine for me, PDS. Got some likes within the last half hour and have just successfully liked someone's comment. I passed the $10 mark there today.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Oh, I saw where Hollie asked Paul about the Related Search ads on a forum thread yesterday. She was apparently completely invisible to Paul as he seemed to not see her question at all. He probably forgot. Yes.....that's the ticket. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

And Paul is worrying about excess spam at the same time the floating ads are corrupting our pages. Can anyone spell hypocrite? LOLOLOL!!!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

WA. Yep, I'm back in business as well. In fact, I've reached the progress point where, with heavy interaction on my part, I now aspire to earning $1 a day on that site. If things continue to go as they are now, I will periodically be raising that goal.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Beautiful story Randy. I miss your writing. I don't write either though.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thank you, Becky. I'm always pleased to get your opinion on my short tales. This one was created just for the group here to have a place to chew the fat. Not writing much here these days, but am still busy spinning my tales for other places. HP sure stinks to heaven lately. lol!


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Randy, where? I will come and read there too.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Most of my writing these days is slated for an e-book but I've been guest writing a few pieces for Alastar Packer's new blog. These are former hubs that apparently didn't satisfy HP's standards. Have a look-see if you like history tales.

http://alastarpacker.weebly.com/once-upon-a-histor...


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Neat as pig sh*t! This one is featured already. If this doesn't prove the QRAPPERS don't know what they're doing then I give up! :P


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

It's the engagement you're getting, Randy :p


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

What? I didn't want to get engaged again, WA. Who did I propose to this time? :o


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

No one can tell a tale from the past of Georgia like you can my friend. I'd put a flower on Abe's burying place anytime. You take us there and make us feel with this wonderful tale. Giving you the up and accolade pings but pardon for passing on the poll, the maps pretty cool though.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha, Alastar! the map and poll is just fluff to fool TPTB into thinkin' this is a real hub. Works evah time. lol! Seriously though, thanks for reading my fiction and I truly appreciate the comments and up votes.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Thanks Randy, I will be reading there today, as everyone seems to have quit writing here. Anyone else with a fiction site is invited to let me know in my email.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes, HP is at a standstill, or even a free fall it appears. I hope it doesn't go bust, but the signs are not good right now.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Well I made it here. I love that you dedicated it to Izzy. I haven't seen her in a few days. I hope that she is doing well.

PDS, they are making changes to the site and as such some of the code will get messed up. I was a code editor for a number of months and I would look at code that was 500 pages, not kidding, to find one set of instructions that made the whole program go nuts. So any code can crop up some irritating messes. It just takes time to find and fix them. Sometimes it is like finding a period that is supposed to be a comma.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Welcome, Lady G! I'm concerned about Izzy also as she seemed a bit down lately. Hopefully she'll find her way here and put her two cents in as usual. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Lady G. We have something in common. I was a programmer/analyst for 20+ years before I had to go into the unpaid caregiver business (I'll spare you that particular story, shouldn't be too hard to figure out anyway). I am fond of Bubblews and I'm already making my initial goal of a $1 a day there. In due course I will be raising that goal.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Very moving story, Randy. Do you submit to fiction journals? It's a good way to get real publishing credits to help boost your author reputation even if you go the self-publishing route. They don't often pay well, but they only ask for first serial rights, so you can still sell the stories in collection later.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Worst- Thanks for the compliment on this short tale. I've looked at a few places to submit my stories but I always procrastinate for some reason. Fear of failure, I suppose. :o


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

You have no need to fear failure, Randy. Your stories 'come alive' and that takes a special talent! Loved this one :)

Babs the hen is a lot better. I've been watching her closely, and she is always stuffing her face. Before, she pecked at food half-heartedly then fell asleep again on her feet. The only time I saw her sleeping today was when the sun shone on her cage early evening. She immediately keeled over, spread her wings and closed her eyes. Guess that was her sun-bathing! lol I bought two corn on the cobs for £1 in Tesco, cooked them (no salt) and gave one to each hen run. The others ignored theirs, and Babs scoffed hers. So next day I collected the uneaten one from the others and give it to Babs. Oh that was this morning. It's been devoured already. Corn-fed chicken, that reminds me of something....


DJ Anderson 3 years ago

Randy, your creative writing skills never disappoint. You are

one of the best writers of backwoods Georgia, that I have ever read. You have the talent that most of us yearn to learn. But, you are a natural, my friend.

I understand that your aim, here, is not really to entertain us,

but you have thrown us a bone and it is another winner.

I have had an opportunity to 'meet' some incredibly talented

writers here at HP. That is the only reason I stick around.

When I see that Randy Godwin has posted another writing,

I look forward to reading a piece of work that jumps off the page and comes alive. I can see the mule and smell the pine

turpentine. I can feel the pain and heartbreak that are so real that I taste the salt from the tears.

Randy, please put your works out for other to read. You must share your talent with others or it becomes an all consuming hobby and little more.

"Fear of failure"....hey, we all have it. I think that comes from being human. We are not getting any younger, Randy.

"What is worse than failure?" you ask.

"Never trying." And, that would be very sad.

I truly enjoy your talented writing.

Thank you,

DJ.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Glad to hear from you, Izzy! And thanks for your support of my fictional attempts. How do you like the title? :) Pleased Babs is doing better. Corn on the cob would do it for me too! lol!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm always so pleased when you approve of my tales, DJ. I was half joking when I said it was fear of failure as to why I haven't submitted anything to publishers yet. My greatest fear is that would become just another job I'd soon tire of like many of my previous interests. I really appreciate so many nice people encouraging me to do more with my tales than just tell them. But actually it is enough for me at the moment. I really do thank you for your kind words, DJ. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Randy, when you are ready re: your writing, you already know exactly who to contact, who will know exactly who to contact. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

You do.

Edit: And, no. It's not me. I am contactless (i.e.: my days of knowing contacts are long gone). LOL


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Okay then, Para. Thanks, I think! :p


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I can give you a clue, if you like. You've seen her in person. In fact, that's two clues.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Meanwhile, per HP Style Tips, I've thrown out the dividers on 8 more of my low-traffic hubs. Bubblews keeps giving me positive results. Got a bunch of real world stuff done. Was a productive week for me. Planning more of the same tomorrow.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

As I have told you before, I grew up in the Georgia country. I used to ride our mule we used for plowing. Only the wealthy folks had horses. I can tell you for a fact that mules are very intelligent.

I really enjoyed this story. I voted it up and will share here and on Google. My friends over there will love this!

Sure was good to see you!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

We had a mule too when I was a child, Mary. We used her to pull a tobacco sled between the rows when we were gathering the tobacco leaves. She would act as if she could barely go late in the day, moaning and groaning, but when dad released her into the pasture she would frisk around and kick up her heels like a young filly. Yes, mules are indeed smart.

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story Mary, and it's always good to hear from Georgia girl. Thanks for your time and comments. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

My forum inactivity this week just now caused my profile score to drop below 90 for the first time this year. It's now at 89. I am saddened. And this is after I was a dedicated little hubber and updated dozens and dozens of hubs during this week.

Here's a thought... Freedom of speech also includes the right not to speak.

Guess I'll hop a hub or two...

Update: Randy, I just noticed the same thing happened to you. Something is afoot...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And it happened to WA. That's three 89's...


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Mine still shows 94, Para.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Confirmed re: 94. I humbly but categorically state it was 89 less than 10 minutes ago.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Mines been stuck at 91 forever. And I was fine with it. But now this. The no-follow cut-off is 85 these days. That means .gov links in your hubs will do you no good whatsoever in Google's eyes.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Mine changes up and down every week or so. It's all bullshit anyhow. HP can't tell quality, much less place a number on it. Now crappy floating ads, they 're good at those. lol!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Check this out:

"How can I improve my Hub Score and Hubber Score?

To improve your HubScores (scores associated with individual Hubs) and your Hubber Score (the collective score of your entire HubPages profile), we recommend that you:

Regularly publish high quality Hubs

Comment on others' Hubs and help other Hubbers in the Forums

Avoid publishing a large number of Hubs all at once (even if they were just drafted elsewhere ahead of time and are already of high quality)

Avoid Following large numbers of Hubbers over a short period of time and following Hubbers of dubious merit. You should only follow people who you have a genuine interest in keeping up with."

I've definitely been following Hubbers of dubious merit lately. LOL Between that and my stopping helping other Hubbers in the forums, I am doomed.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I no longer trust anything staff has to say about improving one's hubs. Or anything else at this point.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Me neither Randy and PDS. I haven't for quite some time.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Invalidating all my hub .gov links will be shooting themselves in the foot as well as me. I really hope it doesn't come to that.


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Rochelle Frank 3 years ago from California Gold Country

paradigmsearch-- does this mean you have stopped following me?

I also noticed that I also lost My "good citizen" accolade for not helping people who ask the same questions over and over, and not flagging enough.

BTW, Randy, your short story was top notch!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha Rochelle. they took 3 of my accolades away when they banned me from the forums. They know what they can do with them without being told by me though. :o


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

My @Rochelle comment seems to have disappeared.... Randy, did it end up in your spam folder?

Speaking of accolades, I gotta assume those are next. So I went ahead and tossed them.

Next I'll probably toss my bio to get the ad above the fold.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

An interesting end to the week. Going to bed early. Planning on a 4:00 AM wake up.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Wonder if it will change to a Helium style: no hopping, no comments = no pay?

Randy, and any one else, in case you might be interested, there is a magazine, sent out by email, which reviews various magazines that accept submissions. It also has short articles on writing, plus suggested exercises for anyone who thinks they need them. It's free to subscribe and seems above board:

http://www.AuthorsPublish.com/ That page only offers a sign-up box, however you can find links to back issues on http://www.authorspublish.com/back-issues/ if you want to check them out first. I'm not a subscriber but several people I know are.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I'm off all day now, meeting up with younger daughter in Bristol.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

HOTD is about high school dating. Everyone who doesn't want to write about Taylor Swift and Justin Beaver should just pack it up and leave already.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Nothing in my spam folder, Para. Don't know where your comment ended up. Perhaps the Twilight Zone? :o


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

This story will haunt me every time I look at a nearby row of pine trees. Beautifully written ... it will be hard to forget.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

LongTimeMother--Yes, there is much to remember from the past in the Deep South when racism was the rule instead of the exception. I witnessed so much during my younger years and cannot ever forget the bad times that often highlighted the good. Thank you very much for your kind words. :)


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

I spent a Xmas in Mississippi in the 70s that still makes me shake my head when I recall some of the conversations. Can't imagine what it must have been like long before then. I always enjoy your hubs, Randy.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

We've come a long way in the southern states since the 60's LTM, but we still have a way to go yet. Thanks again. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Just had 7 Adsense clicks disappear from my account again. Seems to be happening regularly of late. I hope it's not a sign of things to come. You just can't trust any company on the net anymore.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I'm tired already and it's not even noon. And this is no longer amusing... https://www.quantcast.com/labs/real-time/site/hubp...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Forums are a total corpse. Probably for the best... Back to B land.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Thanks PDS! lol I could have put lots more in it and more pictures. It thought that it would get too boring and for some reason I can't have more than 2 pictures anymore. I even resized them to be small.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

uhhhh now it is only one picture allowed. durn it all.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Okay I think I got the pictures to stick.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

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Greetings,

Bubblews.com is aware of the technical issues that many members are facing. We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible. The entire Bubblews Team works around the clock 7 days a week to ensure the growth and sustainability of this community. Each day we grow at an enormous rate, which requires us to have to do big, bold updates. Any big software/hardware update will come with glitches, and we are working to iron them out.

If you are experiencing any of the following issues, please be patient, we are hoping to have them resolved soon:

-inability to like/dislike

-inability to comment

-inability to access notifications properly

-inability to submit bubbles

-inability to login (Your account is not locked or suspended, there is an error we are working on)

-inability to connect to the site

-inability to upload image/photo

-CAPTCHA error

We know these issues are frustrating, but I am sure many of you can feel just how fast the website is now. Once these issues are resolved you will have a very fast and efficient Bubblews.com. Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation.

Be sure to spread the word around to other bubblers about our issues, we do not want anyone to feel neglected.

We continue to ask for your support because we truly have a blueprint that can change this world.

Take care my fellow +Bubblers ,

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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I like Bubblews, but I am seeing waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many posts about not getting paid. For the time being, Bubblews shall remain as one of my take-a-break activities only. I consider any money received from Bubblews as found money. I think it is too risky to perceive Bubblews as a source of to-be-counted-on money. As such, whenever I hit that $25, it is instant redemption time, and I'll probably cease further Bubblews activity until I actually see that money.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Randy- What a wonderful tale. You use the dialect so well, and it really adds to your tale. I think it is hard to tell a story, so I have never really tried. Oh, except once and I even got it published. Anyway, I like the characters, and I do believe this was a true story. I need to come by more often. Thanks for sharing this entertaining hub. Good luck with your writing and increased traffic to your hubs. We are all in this together.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@brakel2--Thanks Audrey for your very nice compliments on my short tale. I do so love to spin a yarn about the south I know so well. Not a true story but it very well could be I suppose. Congrats on getting your story published and you should create more in the near future. Please do stop by more often and chat with the other members of the "poisonous clique." We aren't all bad, mostly me. lol!

So pleased you enjoyed my tale and thanks again for your time. :)


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great, allegorial story indeed. Randy AT HIS DEMONIC BEST! Oooouch! Drop it like it's HOOOOOT!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey gm, pleased to see you here on the new chat hub. Thanks for the commentary on my short tale and I hope you'll drop back in later. :)

It's a milder, less venomous creature I am in my later years. :o


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I got my first dislike on Bubblews. You'll never guess which post it was for. "The Care and Feeding of Your HubPages Account" I'm pretty sure it was the last commenter. She made it pretty clear she's not an HP fan. LOL


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

There's bound to be hundreds, if not thousands, more like her. Especially lately. I may go over there and dislike it myself. :p


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I'll have to drop the head Bubble guy a note that it's not me the mob is after.

A separate note. What with the rank also dropping like a stone, this has nothing to do with being seasonal. This has GOT to be because of the Related-Search Ads. There's no other possible explanation that I can think of. I mean seriously, this chart is as bad as bad gets; except it's going to keep getting worse... https://www.quantcast.com/hubpages.com?country=US


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's a combination of many things, I suspect. Yes, the Related Search ads are complete hypocrisy when Paul & Company are touting us using less ads for products of late. My thoughts are that Google is tired of HP's sh*t and nothing HP can do will change Big G's attitude towards this site. Until Paul addresses the RS ads as an honest person would I'll pay no attention to his suggestions.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I believe the forums are as dead as I've ever seen them since I joined over 4 years ago. Nothing but people wondering what happened to what used to be a great place to have good conversation with like-minded folks. Thanks moderators and staff. Last one out turn the lights off will ya?


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

PDS, I want you to tell me why they did not get paid, who hey were and how much they were owed. Did they break a rule or were they obnoxious? Then tell me what the difference in payments from HP and BUBBLEws is. Do you get more from HP?

IMHO I have been writing for HP for over 5 years. It took me 3 years to get my very first payment from HP. I also spread my wings to Wizzley and got paid nothing. That is a waste of my time. I went other places and Google is such a s*thead that I make little if nothing from them.

It is all a risk. If you don't risk anything then you will get nothing.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Also PDS was this the same attitude you had when you first joined HP?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Lady G. What made me make that previous post is that I care about you and your family. What triggered it was your statement, "With these I plan..."

Here's what I think is going on with B...

Their do-not-pay-because-of-violations filter is kicking in when it shouldn't. Combine that with an overwhelmed support staff. Result? People aren't getting paid. Or are not getting paid when they were expecting to be paid.

Nothing bad or evil going on. I'm just saying don't make plans that involve money that has no guarantee of being there when you need it.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Approaching 100,000 views on one of my hubs. I hope HP lasts long enough for me to hit that number. It's looking sorta doubtful at this point though. :(


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I think both HP and B will still be around a year from now. :)

Meanwhile, my daily B goal is now $2 a day. I'd love an extra $50+ a month. But I won't plan on it. :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I don't know about that, Para. I've never seen HP with such desperation before. The Related Search ads are a sure sign HP is in trouble financially. This and Paul refusing to explain why they are breaking the agreement with the writers by skimming visitors from our 60% share of the earnings.

Adsense is paying a pittance for clicks now I think because they've downgraded HP's worth as a beneficial site. I've never observed the clicks being so low. I've already had 7 clicks disappear from my Adsense account today. Here one minute, gone the next.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

If worse comes to worst, I think we will have plenty of warning. We have several canaries in the cave so to speak. We'll start hearing about the other content sites falling first.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

They may do like Helium and keep the sites going just to reap the small profits on what is already on the site. Some people will write for nothing, or barely anything but their name in print. Helium is getting by with paying practically nothing to the writers with the same old assh@les running the show. Some of the most ignorant moderators on any site I've ever written on. Even worse than here, if can believe it.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I went and tried looking up traffic for helium and others. Usually all I had to do was type "quantcast name". Doesn't work anymore except for HP and squidoo. That's a bad sign right there...


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I can't figure out the Editor's Choice thingamjig. They thought subs were the way to go--this killed my traffic, by the way--and now they say no, it's better to have the hubs back on the main domain. They say we have too many items on the sales capsules and Google doesn't like this, but then they place the horrible floating RS on our pages. It's a comedy of errors it seems to me. And what's up with some of the terribly written HOTD choices? Sometimes I wonder who in the hell is hiring the people working for HP. I'd love to have a word with the stockholders.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Helium is kaput as far as being a contender anymore. Google has it in for content farms and they admitted as much not long ago. HP had their chance but was greedy and expected things to stay the same rather that cleaning up their act. Now it's too little too late. They were warned, but the money was too good, and the greed was addictive. It always is.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

For what it is worth I think I read Paul E. say somewhere on the forums that they are "up staffing" (incidentally I really think these ppl should treat language with more respect), to deal with picking EC stuff. So either they are not in that much financial trouble, or else the EC is their last ditch hope for saving this, they throw everything at it, and if it doesn't work they close shop.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Not necessarily. If they have let go of proper salaried staff and are paying MTurks or equivalent one cent per ten hubs assessed for EC, they could get a lot done for very little money.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Have you noticed the RS ads are not on every hub anymore? Seems they are quietly experimenting. They should have tried that before they rolled it out to the whole site in the first place, AND they should have waited for an algo update in-between. I've got 4 EC hubs, three are seasonal and traffic is now falling off a cliff, as it would do anyway at this time of year, so not much of an experiment, and the 4th was only ever popular on pInterest, where traffic is also falling off a cliff because being on the main domain can only benefit hubs looking for search traffic (which this one never got, and still doesn't).

I was interested in Paul E saying we should all check our webmasters tools for the spam label on our subs, and that he was surprised at some of the folk who had it (he said he wouldn't name names - pity!)

There are none on mine, yet he was the one suggesting there would be, two years ago when my sub got slammed.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I did hear from someone who, after doing a small analysis, has come to the conclusion that RS ads have been removed from EC hubs. Wonderful! Now we really have favouritism and a resulting two-class system here.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Sadly my EC hubs still have the related search, so I don't think this person's analysis was very thorough.

The one problem I have with their A/B testing is that RS on half the hubs could be pulling the whole site down, so switching them off on some hubs might not actually say anything useful. I guess it will allow them to do the "we tested removing them and saw no effect on traffic", thing.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

@Randy: Hmmm....business as usual again. Looked at Helium, yes, it AIN'T pretty. Becoming a wasteland of sorts. Well, the forums have degenerated to an elementary school free for all and fight fest. It is like Mean Girls. If a person presents a different or intelligent opinion, ATTACK MODE and MOBBING.

One of the precious As, a little snip(Randy, you have encountered the little snip a@@ b and know it all in the forums before) is egregiously guilty of it. Intelligent and mature people are becoming a rarer species in the forums. Miss YOU and good old Cags. Many of the posters are just posterers if you know what I mean, well adieu and have a nice day. I know, I will. GM


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I suspect RS ads were Paul's idea and he can't admit it was a mistake and none of the staff can tell him.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

Oh and great title, and lol @ Randy "might go over there and dislike it myself"


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

PDS,, there will be problems with every writing venue site out there. You cannot please everyone all of the time. As far as my "plans" well I have back up and that is my husband. For what it is worth I put that in there because my husband's family and some others would rather me get an outside job to pay the bills. I don't pay any bills and I am not counting on making all that much anyway. Of all the things that I have tried in the 14 years that I have been married things start off well and then after a few years the go bust...just like with HP and my Sewing business too. It just isn't in the cards for me to do anything but write...and I must say hat I don't do that very well either. I am being realistic. I just have a lot of hope that is all. Oh and I am not making any NEW bills that I have to pay.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

Two redeems - $25 and $50 - both now in my Paypal. No problem here.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Lady G. re: your writing. You are better than you think, imho. And speaking of B, I've already been messing around over there for an hour. LOL


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I know Mark. PDS still hasn't answered the questions about who and how much and why. The only ones that I heard they hadn't been paid was those that after they said that the hadn't (and it was during an upgrade) got paid after the upgrade went through. It was timing that was the issue, not that they did not get paid.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Lady G. I'm fond of B. And if I didn't think I'd get paid, I wouldn't be over there all the time. As for my sources. The HP threads and some B posts are the minor ones. The major one is the CEO of Bubblews. He said and apparently posted a list somewhere of a 100 folks who are having payment problems. The fact that he would post such a list I think is a good sign. Those who acknowledge problems are the ones that are ethical and who will fix them. All is well.

I hope my "Those who acknowledge problems are the ones that are ethical and who will fix them." statement doesn't get Randy fired up about HP again. LOL

And, btw. Happy Sunday, all! Can't believe all the stuff I got done already today.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

PDS, I have just made it over there at BUBBLEws. I will be over there for a while and not here. I already commented on one of your comments or posts. I haven't written mine yet.

Well at least Arvind is honest, unlike HP. It's also good that Arvind wants to pay people for what they think and write unlike Google and HP.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I checked my junk on WMT and no manual penalties either, Izzy. I wonder who Paul was referring to in his forum post? At any rate, I'm paying no attention to his fixes anymore. I don't believe he has a clue what to do about the horrible traffic woes. After all, he is responsible for the thieving RS ads being placed on our pages.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Happy Sunday all!

Loved your story Randy!!!

I actually haven't received an EC, unfortunately I just can't read. I'd seen the EC Badge on Friday (first time I'd noticed it) , clicked on it and thought it read "your hub of the day has been selected" Of course, after putting on specs I realised that it said no such thing.

Back from camping and had a great time, other than the 4 hour 30 minute journey to get there (which should have taken less than 2 hours) and my punctured tyre this morning. Had to drive back with the temporary tyre and 50mph is the maximum speed for these inadequate things. Not great being restricted to 50mph on the M6!

On the plus side, I have returned to discover that I've sold an iPad folio cover, and not a cherry blossom one!

Off to check my earnings and 4 zillion notifications on Bubbles.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

THere is an EC badge? I haven't noticed anything. Where did you see it?


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Welcome back, Hollie! Glad you had a great time other than the flat on the way home. Did you get poison ivy? Or do you even have it over there? I had it so much as a child I finally became immune to it. Congrats on the sale sans cherry blossoms. Glad you liked the new hub, but it's filling up with comments at a rapid rate. I suppose I had better go ahead and start on the next one. :)


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Randy I had Poison Ivy as a child really bad too. I had to get 4 allergy shots for that stuff each year and I stopped after I got married. I still get it. My outdoor cat likes to rub against my legs when I feed him. I got this bought 3 weeks ago and it isn't spreading but tt still itches like crazy. We also have Virginia Creeper and I am allergic to that too. They sell that stuff in garden stores! Crazy!

Hollie I am glad that you had a good trip and am all rested up for the next adventure.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't noticed a badge either, but then, I haven't been editorially awarded. They still haven't given me back my 3 accolades either. I think HP may hate me just a little bit, ya think? lol!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's just the one at the bottom of your accounts page aa, with the other keys to the status of your hub.

Thanks Randy, I'm not sure we do have poison ivy over here (don't think so at any rate) So no poison ivy but lots of little critters, which was fine, they shared my tent my tent with me.

I'm not surprised Randy, your hubs are the place to be on HP! :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Lady G--My mother was never bother by poison ivy until she was in her 80's. She told me she didn't know how I stood it when I had it all over me as a child. She just a bit on her hands and it drove her crazy.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hollie, you haven't lived until you answer the call of nature in the woods and get a good case of PI on your nether regions. lol! Calamine lotion here I come. :o


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Randy, I would get it so bad that my eyes would be swollen shut. If someone is burning that stuff I will get it. It was really bad. Thanks goodness I don't get it that bad anymore.

Oh and here I live in the woods! LOL I had my husband dig it out of the ground and put it in trash bags so wouldn't touch it.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, the very thought would put me off camping forever! All in all, I really enjoyed this camping trip. Once I managed to get my airbed up (actually someone else did it for me) I was very comfortable in my little, bright orange tent. I bought a foot pump on the way up there but, alas, the fitting was the wrong size. I slept on a mat the first night (not comfortable) but then a friend blew my bed up for me! She has excellent lungs :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Me too, Lady G. I didn't recognize myself when I looked in the mirror! lol! Thankfully I'm no longer bothered by it much. Good thing cause it's everywhere around here.

Hollie--A good air mattress is worth its weight in gold if you tent camp often. Nowadays, I go the small RV route. Too old and spoiled to rough it anymore.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I don't camp often Randy, but considering going again in the future. Now that I have a tent that erects itself and I can also fold it away. :D

I like Worst's idea of a poem off- be the 8 miles of Hubpages. I think PDS should be Eminen.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Looks like I'm going to have to post another masterpiece to make my daily B money goal...


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

PDS, I am waiting! Post away my friend. Don't forget to read and comment and LIKE others....that's how it works over there.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

See ya laters FARSCAPE is on the PIVOT channel until 8 pm! One of my all time favorites!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Anyone else have Adsense clicks disappearing from their account? I had 7 vanish yesterday and the money along with them. Piss poor CPC from Google lately. I think Google hates HP and has downgraded their worth for ads. I don't really blame them the way the site is so screwed up now, especially with the unethical floating Related Search ads gracing our pages without our consent nor our getting a share of them. Time wounds all heels. :p


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Randy, I keep a spreadsheet of everything -views. clicks, hubs, the lot! I've done that ever since I was a 3 month old on HP.

I've had disappearing clicks for the longest time. I can guarantee that sometime in the morning here I will get 2 or 3 clicks and all will be discounted at the next refresh. It happens every time! My morning is Asia's evening, so it looks to me like Google is discounting all clicks from Asia. I've just logged on again - almost midnight my time (5 hours before yours, I think) and I have a few clicks, unusually at this time of day. I expect them to be discounted if not now, then shortly. Yes I was right (just did a refresh) they are all gone. It's the new normal.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The same for me, Izzy. It's always in the AM when I check my Adsense earnings and before noon they disappear. Sometimes it's quite a nice sum. lately it doesn't matter much as apparently Google isn't paying much for ads on HP. The CPC since the latest slap is simply pathetic for the most part. My little blog with only 3 articles earns as much with 1 Adsense click as 6 on HP. HP has pissed Google off bad it seems.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I'd agree with you there, Randy. We're not allowed to disclose CPMs, but five clicks might bring in 40 cents, which is pathetic in anyone's books.

An interesting thing to note.

My posts on Bubblews have relevant ads. My hubs here, don't. I know all about the 'personal history' stuff, but even so...


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hmmm. I might better go check my highest trafficked hubs and see what's up with that. Of course, we don't see the same ads as a visitor does. I'm accustomed to a 40 cent click being a low one till lately.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

More, More as my grandson would say, More Hen House Chronicles.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

LOL Tireless Traveler! They most certainly shall be more HHC's if I have anything to do with it. :) Drop by and contribute more, if you like. Thanks for the visit and commentary.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I absolutely love my hens! I do wonder if insanity hasn't crept in unawares. I can do 'hen house chronicles' but you might choose to disbelieve what I write.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I have now hit my Bubblews cash goal 3 days in a row. Man I hope they are around for the long term. I am becoming very fond of them.

Randy, when are we going to see a bubble from you that we can all admire? Be forewarned; do one and you're hooked. :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm glad you are enjoying them, Izzy. I'm planning to get some next spring but I 'll have to have a pen ready to keep out all of the varmints. I'll have to consult with you because I haven't gathered eggs in 50 years.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've only done the one bubble, Para. I seem to be too long winded to come up with short articles.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Izzy--I saw a cool chicken pen a farmer constructed which could be lifted off the ground a few inches and moved when the area was scratched clean and fertilized by the chickens. He could move it without the chickens getting out or removing them. Great for future garden sites. I have something like this in mind and have the materials to construct it.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I missed that! I'm off to check it out (if B will let me find it).


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Randy, I read it. I thought it was the perfect length.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's under RandyG, Para. How are you listed?


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trouble is, it's hard for me to be so terse.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

PDS is TheResearcher over at B Randy.

This is all exciting news about your hens IzzyM and all his henhouse and runs. I wish that I could have chickens. It isn't allowed here where I live.

Hey I wasn't to give a heads up for someone that you all may know, Steve Andrews or Bard Of Ely. He has written a bubble about his cat Tiggy and trying to get over to South Wales to see and spend time with his father. If you can get to his bubble and like them and comment on them and share them that would be great. His name over there is BardofEly Look him up and give a hnad so he can get more payouts to get his cat over with him and he find a place to live there.....please.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Cool, a 100 score hub. I've not had one of those in a while. Not an Editors Choice, by the way. :p


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Everyone who thinks that BUBBLEws only pays $25.00 is mislead. YOu can make lots more than that. It grows. It is only the minimum of a payout, not the ONLY payout. It is residual income, not a single time income.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I"m missing 80 cents from my Adsense to reach payout and I don't think I will make it this month. Utterly pathetic. I had 2 clicks and they made absolutely no difference. The same pennies as I get from impressions on those days.

I almost never get clicks on HP because of HPads, but they used to be worth quite a bit more.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Same here. I used to get 200 or 300 a month from Adsense, now I am lucky if I get 5 (seriously). Hubads nowhere near make up the difference. I will not reach payout this month (again)!

As for Bubblews, well so long as I keep posting, I keep earning. If I stop for a few days, as I have had to do several times, I earn nothing. So, not a long term prospect IMO.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Izzy do you promote them on Twitter, FaceBook and Goggle+ ? That is a biggy. Also link words in your post like put the plus sign in front of words and it will link to other bubbles that use the same words. put a appersand sign in front of peoples names and will link to their profile on bubblews.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

G'day Peeps. Been at the hospital all morning cause my 92 year old mom was having her thyroid removed. She'll be fine but hoarse for a month or so. Tough old bird she is and still driving everywhere. She'll no doubt outlive me the way I'm going. Helluva great lady. Still sharp as a tack too.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, women don't get older they just get better and better at everything they do! I bet she's a better driver than you :D


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

@LG, no I don't. I learned a long time ago not to spam my friends as they quickly unfriend me if I do that. I would have linked them to pInterest as they had unique photos, but I could never get the link to work.

@Randy, hope your Mom makes a good recovery!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

IzzyM, posting in FB on your timeline is not spamming. Postng in some FB groups is not spamming. Posting it on Twitter is not spamming. Now if you post it more than twice on a group or on twitter (which you can't anyway) is spamming. How are your readers going to know what you have written if you don't tell them? If those "friends" unfriend you then they aren't your "friend" to begin with. I will go and twitter and FB and FB group you bubbles for you and they will know that it is yours. If that makes my friend unfriend me for that so be it. They were not a friend to begin with.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Izzy and Hollie, she's fine and you're probably right about the driving. But I still think men improve with age. At least in my case. :p


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Oh sweet Jesus, Poeticphil is trying to inspire and motivate disgruntled hubbers who've lost all their traffic with Arnold Schwarzenegger quotes and a dose of wise philosopher giddy ups. Now I truly have seen it all!

Randy, you're not a bad old sport.....for a bloke :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Hollie, I think! :o


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I think spamming is in the eye of the beholder. If people are not interested in what you post, and you keep posting stuff, this will annoy them. This is why I post very sparingly (like once a month, and usually zazzle stuff so it's only pictures). Even then my friends just ignore it.

I have a friend who keeps liking posts from dog shelters in Poland. Now I really love dogs, and I truly support the shelters efforts to get poor stray dogs off the streets. However, when I log onto FB and I see several posts, each one a big picture and text about the dog, it annoys me.

I can't adopt these dogs, they are in Poland. The vast majority of my FB friends are in the UK, they can't adopt the dogs either or even understand what it is about. It will do no good if i like and share the posts, and they are really all the same. So even though it is in a good cause, and she benefits in no way from them, it still annoys me.

Just think how my friends would feel if they had every hub or bubble i wrote on my timeline? T


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Well, you can hide those posts hat you don't want to see, like those dogs. Your friend will still be your friend, you just wont see those posts on your news feed. That also works both ways.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

aa, it is YOUR timeline, not theirs. You can post whatever you want on YOUR timeline.


SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

i luv the story Randy....i read your stories out loud when your characters have an accent....it'd be kewl to hear your voice tell the story..........i may have mentioned that before

hope for a speedy recovery for your mom! so....what's the answer?....can she drive better than you?

the pic of Izzy's hen house is excellent!...it's calming.....

....off to dig up some 'floppy' plants that just get in the way and replace them with ornamental grasses...i luv the sound when the breeze blows through tall grass


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

@LG, yes you can. And people can chose to unfriend you if it bores them, they have options too.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for the comments re my story, Someway. and no, mom can still drive pretty well but she always has a death grip on the steering wheel when she drives. She's doing very well now. :)


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Izzy, Aa and Hollie, I totally agree with you. My FB friends are all people I know in one way or another, either in real life or after several years interaction on the Net. I would not dream of spamming them with all my articles, just as I do not spam them with messages generated by FB games I play.

Unfortunately, I have had to mute a couple of them because they keep pushing their ebooks, home business or other irritating stuff like that.

I have only linked to my writing very, very sparingly, certainly not more than once every 3-4 months. I did just yesterday, because I'd bubbled, with photos, about my visit to the Gromit Unleashed in Bristol . So when I said in my status how I'd really enjoyed meeting up with my daughter to do this, I then said that I'd written a short article about my day and gave a link to the Bubblews post. However, this is only one of my 22 bubbles. I would not dream of posting the remaining links on FB!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I feel the same way as you guys. I link my stuff sparingly because I understand that if my friends wanted to read my stuff they could easily find it. I rarely use FB or G+ anymore except to talk to friends. Everyone is free to post their stuff here as we all understand no one is required to follow the links unless they are truly interested. I think it's different for our friends who who don't write at all.

I consider spamming your friends with your writing the same as pushing any other product. Insurance, cosmetics, religion, politics, sports, you get the picture. But I don't write for the money and I suppose that makes a difference in my viewpoint.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

man, is it just me or are the HOTDs getting worse? What to wear to watch golf? HubPages staff actually thinks people are searching for 'long-form media-rich content' about picking out a shirt and pants?


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Did I mention that Babs laid an egg yesterday? There was one a week or so back that might have been her, but this was a definite as she is in a coop on her own. I am so pleased for her, she looks so well. She's eating well and scratching up all the grass instead of sleeping. When she has gained a bit more weight, I will try returning her to the others. Bet the bullying stops now that she is better.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I seldom read the HOTDs unless they are spectacularly bad (and everyone is talking about them). You see the same old usernames time after time. It is blatant favouritism and I don't wish to encourage such behaviour.


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EmpressFelicity 3 years ago from Kent, England, UK

Just dropping in to say hello.

I am psyching myself up to either delete or move my hubs to my blogs. Unfortunately Google hates my blogs even more than my hubs. Ah well.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

EF, if you don't believe that hubs will do well on your blogs either, you could always try selling them on Constant Content. Just a thought.

https://www.constant-content.com/Category/Articles...


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I have not lost one single friend from posting my writing....not one. In fact I have added new ones. The only things that I will "HIDE" are all those pathetic Jesus and God shares. If a firend is not happy for you and allows you to be you then hat are not a true friend.

Now if someone else shares your stuff all over the place then it isn't YOU that is doing the spamming, but it will be YOU who gets the readers and the money. Just sayin......


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Hmmm ... so are you allowed to link back to hubs from the pieces you write at bubblews? Or is that not allowed?


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You're not allowed to use affiliate links, not sure about linking back to your hubs though. There's something in the TOS about linking to content that enhances your bubble, so possibly.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Babs laid a second egg today, and I poached them for lunch. Those corn cobs do wonders for the colour of the yolk! Now to get the rest of them to eat them. Oh and picking my 10 new hens up on Sunday this week, not September.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Sounds like Babs is coming on a treat. Bless her cottons!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Congratulation on the eggs IzzyM! I'm glad your Mum is doing well Randy, that is an impressive age. My grandfather is 102 and apparently still completely lucid. I've never met him, but it is possible I have some good genes.

Ever since Simone left, I've hardly had any HOTDs. I guess I lost my champion :(

Ahh well I only care what Google thinks. That's where the money is, and really I am in this for the money.

I've decided to take Zazzle's advice about social media and have created FB and G+ pages for my fractals on Zazzle. I did actually ask my FB friends v. clearly if they could like my page. Only 1 person did (probably because a while ago I wrote an Amazon review of his book when he asked for it. Again he repeatedly asked ppl to do that, afaik, only I did it). Well I also bullied my sister into liking it, but that hardly counts as help from friends.

But if Hollie and other Zazzlers decide to follow the Zazzle emails about making social pages, let me know and we can do the mutual backscratching thing.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Izzy hope you wrote a bubble about that. I want to read all about it.

aa, no more bubbles about your geckos?

Affiliate links is like your amazon or ebay or other sales sites. Referral links is your referral to another site and hat is a no no.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I probably will in the future aa, but give me the links to your G+ and FB page and I'll like them anyway :)


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

LG I was just feeding the gecks and thought I should write an update. But really they are not doing much. Nothing new has hatched, but also no gecko has died, which is nice.

Hollie, here's the FB https://www.facebook.com/phylomedusa and thanks!

Just started working on the G+. It might actually be easier there, if I can find communities to join.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You're welcome aa, and done!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

In the spirit of trying to discover what Zazzle customers want and giving it to them, and their preference for all things pink, blue, flowery and Japanese, I have come up with this new design:

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/japanese_maple_post_card-2...


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

That is truly stunning Hollie. The only thing I wonder about is whether you check how your designs will print. The very strong blue colours generally have me worried.

You might already know all this stuff, but printers can handle far less of the spectrum that a monitor screen can. Sometimes pictures don't print the way you see them on the screen, which can be a problem for Zazzle ofc.

I got a lot more careful about my colours when somebody complained that one of my phone case was a lot dimmer than she thought it was going to be.

Of course the problem is complicated by the fact that you see different things on different monitors. Theoretically we should calibrate our monitors (but I think doing it properly involves buying stuff). Even if we do, we can't really control what the potential buyers are seeing.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

There are FB groups that specifically are created to share your posts on. That is what they were made for. Stop hiding your lights.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks aa, I actually hadn't thought about that and ofc, the colours are much more vibrant when the images are created on a laptop or tablet. I'll try printing some and see how they turn out.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Actually I've just converted the image to CMYK in photoshop and it looks absolutely the same, so you have nothing to worry about. (Assuming that I am right that this is the way to test whether the colours will print well).


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Thanks LG for liking the FB page!

I've never really liked the idea of views exchange groups or like exchange views. I did actually join one for Squidoo, although it wasn't specifically a "likes exchange". i didn't like myself v. much for doing this, but the Squidoo lens rank at that time was so unfair, you really had to do it or sink. They've limited the 'likes' now so I no longer post my pages there, and feel better for it.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks aa! Relief!


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

That is a gorgeous design, Hollie. I wish you could get designs like that printed large, right across a T shirt! I hate how T shirts are limited to that poky little rectangle on the front!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Well I think you all write good and should share your light. That is why I will share it all for you. I want you to get your money and all that good stuff. I don' do it for myself and I am not selfish with myself. I don't make anything by sharing your work, you do.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks WA, I'm quite pleased with it. I like the pinks because they're fairly deep. I'm not very good with the T-shirts, but it's funny you should mention it because I started a Morning Glory design last night with T shirts in mind. I'm not giving it a background and going to upload it as a PNG image, just to see how it looks on clothing.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I was thinking that with your Japanese maple, if you didn't have the blue background, and had it as a png, it might kind of work on a blue t-shirt. But I also wish Zazzle allowed full tshirt print. I really don't like tshirts with a square in front.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I was thinking about the Japanese Maple too. Hadn't considered putting it on a blue T-shirt but I can always remove the background. I don't like T-shirts with the square fronts either, I think they look really naff; cheap and tacky.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Jeez I'm tired! Finished my Morning glory design tonight and not very pleased with it, but I've seen worse on Zazzle so made a load of products with it.

Is everyone in bed?


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Well I'm not in bed. I'm sort of trying to motivate myself to write a hub. About what, I don't know. Well actually I have a topic, but it's hopeless will not get anytraffic so what is the point.

Have another topic that could just possibly make some money. But it would need research and I am just so lazy. Have done very little this month. Feeling very cross with myself.

Will now go and watch another breaking bad, god those people in it are so messed up!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I keep making products and I'm not promoting them, except on Pinterest- kind of defeats the object. I need to write some hubs and Wizzles to promote them. Thing is, I write during the day and it bores me sh*tless so don't really want to write after hours, so to speak.

When we are glued to our screens for the length of time that we are, rarely taking a day off (making for Zazzle and bubblews counts as work you know!) A period of inactivity in the writing department is, not only allowed, but advisable.

You will find your mojo soon.

I like the sound of these characters, messed up people are real if nothing else.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I'm here, but not much to say about designs and stuff, except that it is pretty (your Japanese Maple). Honestly, you would think that someone in a family of artists (my cousin and my late great-grandfather who was quite famous in a way) would have a stronger interest!

@LG, thankyou for sharing. It is not spamming if you share someone else's work! I just hate sharing my own. It strikes of 'smugness' - like 'look at me, what I can do!' It's a British thing, don't worry about it. I have actually been 'unfriended' because of earlier sharing. They guy told me to my face - I was spamming his inbox! Thing is, he really is a friend in real life, so no, now I don't share my own stuff on Facebook. It hardly ever got me reads anyway. What I have done is share someone else's work, with a comment about why my friends should read it. Not often, mind you.

Twitter I hardly use. I spent some time gaining hundreds of followers (all strangers) a couple of years ago. But I don't communicate with them. I don't know them. Why the Hell should they read anything I write, if all I do is post links? I never quite got to grips with Twitter, but I'm told it is a great medium if used properly.

I got myself banned from Digg and that other site (name escapes me at the moment) that we used to have share buttons to, because again, these social networking sites do not want link after link of your own stuff, especially when you don't actively interact. Sharing someone else's work is fine.

Pinterest I use sparingly, and only if it is my own photos. Again I do not use the site (as in do a Bubblews, comment, follow and interact).


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks Izzy, re the pretty comment. I just like the colours and the leaves, I draw but know sod all about art- I just know what I like or otherwise.

In terms of social media, I haven't shared my own work in absolutely months (except my designs on Pinterest because it's a visual site) I will share others' work occasionally though. It's easier if it's not an article, because my friends know that I write for a living, so they'll think I'm just promoting my friends.

I love Twitter. I obtain all my news from there and I love some of the political blogs which i've come across. I tweet the odd bubble (of mine and others) if I can find a relevant hashtag, or if it is something (usually political) that my followers would be interested in.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys! Just got back home from a 120 mile round trip carrying my wife to a doctor's appointment. Rained like hell on the way back and I detest driving in that type of weather. Had some great food though.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Glad you made it back safely. I hate driving at night and raining.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Lady G, it was a tough drive for a while. I don't see as well as I used to in my younger years. :)


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I fully sympathise, Randy. I remember my Dad complaining about how the night light affected his driving ability (a few years ago), and am pretty well getting there myself. I recently did a 300 mile round trip in the dark (good weather) but wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Even when I was young, and a taxi driver, driving in the dark through a storm was not pleasant.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm glad I got home before full darkness set in and the rain is just now getting here after I finally outran it. My good eye is now my bad eye since the stroke apparently affected it adversely. Getting old is a bitch! :(


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I have decided that my hens are not secure enough. They need permanent fencing around them, not that half-hearted and overly-expensive Omlet fencing. Just because a fox is not there now, does not mean that a fox will not visit in future. If the pup could bust the boundaries while being 'inquisitive" then a fox would have a field day!

It cannot be that difficult! Fence posts first, then that fine-lined chicken wire. I can do this standing on my head. But I can't.

I got Mum, I got responsibilities. My time is not my own. I need to pay someone to do it for me.

Dammit. I want my hens to have the best. The way my mind is now, if I were to walk up the garden any morning and find my girls dead, I might have to murder someone. Myself, probably.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Bab's 2 eggs has you fired up about your girls, eh Izzy? lol! I'm glad you have a project you enjoy for a change. Having something pleasant to do during the day often makes up for a lot of unpleasantness.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I thought, though, Izzy, that you were planning on moving the hens around to keep weeds down. You can't have that with permanent fencing.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

In my dad's day they had a flock--I think the correct term is gaggle actually--of geese which they let run loose in the cotton fields to keep the weeds and insects at bay. I don't know how they would do for a vegetable garden, however. I know when I had my peanut crop drying on top of the ground about 500 wild Canada geese would land in the field everyday and gorge themselves on the free buffet. No telling how many tons of peanuts they consumed before I could get in there and pick them for the market. lol!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Back inside after locking myself out. Locksmith charged me almost £100 for a 3 minute job of opening my door. He just passed the contraption through my letter box and opened the door from inside!

One thing that bothers me is that he required no proof that I really lived there! I paid by card so I guess he would know who I was if I then robbed the place, but still.......

And he definitely gave the impression that he would rather I paid in cash. Rather dodgy individual! Perhaps he could have charged me less (like with no VAT) if I had the cash!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I think most locksmiths are former criminal anyway, aa. They found out they can rob you easier legally as a locksmith. :o


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

That is extortionate! Everyone is just into ripping people off these days.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

You are so right Randy, why risk going to jail when you can just rip people off legally.

WA I think when you are in an "emergency" situation you are an easy target to be ripped off. I wonder if I couldn't have asked my gecko-sitting neighbour to help me, just put something through the letter box and try to pop the handle from inside. Without the right tools (this guy had a mirror on his breaking in equipment) it might have taken a while.

Still I just want to put this wonderful experience behind me! I had once asked the neighbour if he couldn't keep a set of keys for me in his flat, but he acted all awkward about it. I might ask another friend who lives nearby. I would have to wait until she gets back from work of course, but for that kind of money I could site in Costa and drink coffee quite happily.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Sorry to hear of your troubles, AA. Emergency anything costs a fortune. I remember about 20 years ago there was a sharp freeze followed by a thaw over the Christmas period. Hundreds of houses found themselves with burst pipes. The plumbers were charging something like £250 for a call-out, but folk had no choice but to pay because their houses were getting flooded.

Hens, yes it troubles me that the hens will be left with just one large bit of garden to weed, instead of all of it, but I am thinking I will still have the Omlet fence to move them around, and make it a daytime thing and return them to the main pen at night, or something like that.

Else fence off all of the garden? Get more hens? Needs to be less than 50 else I have to register them with DEFRA or someone, or so I read on the RSPCA website.

I got a gardener! He's going to build me my hen fencing, and cut the grass and trim the hedges, if his price is reasonable.

I managed to lift some of the potatoes I planted in April. They've been ready for ages, but I couldn't dig them up (with my hip being sore). They are huge but sadly a lot of them are rotted at the centre. Wonder if they have been in the ground too long? I have loads more to lift, but wonder if its worth the effort, as they were the same variety and likely have the same damage.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

My daughter has just obtained her GCSE results:

3 A*

2 A

3 B

4C

2 Ds

All in all she's pretty pleased :D

Oh, and 2 distinctions Btec!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

That is really good! Pass our congratulations to her!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I will, thanks aa! We're off out for lunch to celebrate. :D


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Congratulations to your daughter.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Congrats to you too, Hollie. After all, your daughter would have found the exam period far more difficult if she did not have your support.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks GM. The D's are a fail when you take higher Gcse's, but she isn't too bothered about those. She obtained the Quals she really wanted and she wasn't anticipating any A*. She has the important GCSE's; Maths, English, Science, history etc. So, it's all good!

Thanks, WA. I'm secretly very proud of us both :D


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Amazon said something nice to me today. It said "if you get us 77 more orders we'll give you 7%".

Not a chance in hell of me getting that many orders, and most of my sales are electronics which get 4% no matter how many you sell. But this is the first time ever that I got in the 6.5% bracket which is rather pleasing.

On the other hand, I've not sold any of the monitors I've been selling in the past, most of my sales are printers which are cheaper. Weird, I used to sell a lot of monitors and that hub is still getting decent traffic. Could be seasonal but there are weird things with the Amazon orders. They just don't seem to be as random as you would expect.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've just taken a test to see whether Gcse's are easier than O'levels. I opted for the science test and only scored three right answers out of ten. Apparently, I would have done much better under the old O'level system:

Here is the test if you fancy having go:

http://www.theguardian.com/news/interactive/2013/a...


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

8/10 which isn't really v. good what with me having been a scientist. I got all the O'level questions right so I also would have done better with O'levels.

Wish they would tell me which ones I got wrong. I suspect it was the radiation experiment, are alpha rays stopped by a few sheets of paper? I should rally know having been through so many radiation safety training sessions, but they were so boring!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

My answer to that question was glass, which was pure guesswork as I had no idea. I spent half the time trying to remember my science classes (it was more than 30 years ago!) I definitely lean towards the arts.

I've just completed the geography test where my score was a little more respectable at 6/10, and apparently, on this occasion, I would do better in GCSE's than O'levels. As for the maths test, I'm not even going there. Feeling humiliated enough. lol.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

One of my hubs has had a score of 100 for several days and still doesn't rate an EC icon. So much for hub score accuracy. I am so distraught! :p


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, they might yet! Please don't get too upset about lack of EC icon. :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Just kidding, Hollie. I don't really care about such experiments any longer. I just like to bitch sometimes. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

This is the "poisonous clique" you know. I can't keep the rep all by my lonesome! :p


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

There's absolutely nothing wrong with a good "bitch" Randy! And yes, we do indeed have our rep to maintain :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thought you'd see it my way. :)


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I got 4/5 for GCSE science, O Level science and GCSE geography, and 5/5 for GCSE geography.

Trouble is, they don't tell you which ones you got wrong. I bet it was the more physics-type questions in science and a map question in geography.

As for maths, I don't want to go there!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Yep it's pretty useless not knowing which questions you got wrong. I am pretty sure now that the answer to the radioactivity was paper. Cause perspex stops beta rays, so I'm sure glass does as well.

Really can't figure out which one I also got wrong. Ahh well. Might do Maths later. Won't even touch geometry, I hardly know where I live!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I got 3 out of five for O'level science, no correct answers for GCSE science. Four out of five for GCSE geography and two out of five for O'level geography.

I'm not telling my daughter, she'd be ribbing me for weeks. lol.


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EmpressFelicity 3 years ago from Kent, England, UK

3/5 for GCSE science, and 4/5 for O Level science. I wanna know what I got wrong too.

I sincerely hope I got all the chemistry questions right - I've got a degree in it!

I do wonder if this test is a bit misleading though - it doesn't given an overall feel for the style of questions of O Level versus GCSE. For example, I have an O Level physics paper in my vaults (June 1981). None of the questions on it are multiple choice - they're all either descriptive, or questions where you're expected to calculate the answer and show your working.

It's much harder to come up with the right answer from scratch than it is to pick one of four multiple choice answers, where you have a 25% chance of getting it right, just by guessing.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I don't remember multiple choice questions on O'level papers either. I do remember that (although I think this may have been maths) if you did not show your working your answer would be marked as incorrect, even if the answer was correct.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Oh dear, Brooks, Coulson et.al trial delayed for "legal reasons" speculation that it is because of the Conservative Party Conference and disclosures about PM. It's not like the conference is the general election though, if any dirt to be dug on PM, will come out after the conference anyway. So think it might be something else.

Anyway, think I'm going to brave the maths test- further humiliation ensues, no doubt!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I tried two of the tests and failed miserably at both. I tried science and geography, but did not know the answers. Ah well...might as well go kill myself now!

As it is, I have O'levels in all the sciences, and Higher (A level more or less) geography, so to Hell! It's been many years, I have forgotten more than I ever learned!

Saw a program tonight about comparing O levels with GCSEs. Seems O levels were slightly harder to get, but their 'test' subjects were adults. They would have been better putting pupils who currently have all the knowledge through it.

Anyway, congrats to your daughter, Hollie! She did well, and those results give her focus if she wants to go to do 'A' levels (they do still have A levels?).

They still have Highers in Scotland. My youngest needed a B to get into uni. She got 2 As and a B, on top of the six Highers she already took last year. I am gobsmacked. I've got as many O levels as she has got Highers, and I thought I was doing well! Anyway, she is studying archaeology and Scottish history at Glasgow Uni. I am so pleased for her!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks Izzy, she's camping in a friends garden tonight- this, is how they're celebrating their results (thought it was quite funny myself) Your daughter has done brilliantly!!Archaeology and Scottish history sounds pretty cool to me.

My daughter already had what she needed to get onto her chosen course- but ofc, wanted more. She's studying for the extended diploma in childcare- not A levels. She can get into uni to study for a degree in primary education, social work, psychology, childrens' nursing and I think that's about it, with this course. She chose this course when she was really stressing about her exams, because there are no exams on the course. A knee-jerk reaction due to stress, has always been my opinion, in addition to limiting her options for the future.

Anyway, when we went out to lunch she informed me that he'll give her course a couple of weeks, and if she doesn't like it she'll switch to A levels. I just knew that she was making the decision for this course when she was stressed.

Izzy, you can't have scored as badly as I did in science. Embarrassingly, the marks I obtained were the result of deductions or guess work- and I only obtained three!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I think I only got a three. Now if Dad was here, and I'd asked him, I'd have scored a lot higher lol. I've never actually needed to know what test shows up a certain type of radioactivity! I guessed paper. Lead blocks it, that's all you really need to know if you ever have to work in radiotherapy, as I did. We had to wear lead aprons, and they were bloody heavy!

This is what always got me with what I was taught in school. Tell us the important stuff and don't sweat the small stuff. A school education should serve you throughout life, no matter what job you end up doing. The details should be left to a university education. Tell us the basics! That's what gets me about English. Kids are not marked down for poor spelling or grammar. Excuse me? Isn't that what English is really all about? We have those uber-educated kids now, who couldn't write correctly to save their life.

Edit: don't start me on the maths kids who can't do simple arithmetic in their heads...


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

If any of you want to experience real frustration, try this:

http://toys.usvsth3m.com/write/index.html?tracking...

Warning: if you hate daft, loud music, mute your device before starting!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Here is an update from WEBPRONEWS about Yahoo better for your business than Goggle: http://www.webpronews.com/yahoo-is-bigger-than-goo...


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I think what the article is basically saying that yahoo web properties get more traffic than google web properties. It does have the sentence "even as Google continues do dominate the search market by a much wider margin."

I think Google's domination of the search market is what affects us.

Anyway even if yahoo suddenly became more popular, nothing would change for us. We would just bitch about how yahoo is not ranking us v. well. Do you rank better in yahoo for your main keywords than you do with Google?


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I don't pay attention to keywords anymore. I paid someone to get me the best keywords and it didn't make a difference on HP.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Someone cited that webpronews article in the forums misinterpreting it as Yahoo search beating out Google search. As aalite said, it just means that people visit more Yahoo-owned sites than Google-owned sites overall. I mean, Yahoo answers is HUGE and that alone must account for a significant chunk of their webshare. But just looking at what search engines people use, people in English-speaking countries still use Google more than the others combined.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

People talking about it in one of my groups reckon it's Yahoo's news pages that get it so many visitors.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Just saw the first wasp fly into my bedroom! I'm sure there must be a nest nearby! I slept with the window closed so didn't get insomniacs in last night, but I've been watching them today and I see them flying outside and bouncing off the glass from time to time.

I don't believe I'm saying this but I'm kind of looking forward to winter. No wasps, no spiders, no heat.......


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Wasps are a part of life here in the deep south, aa. Several kinds make their nests around and on the houses of most residents. Of course, there are also several other species of stinging winged intruders, such as hornets, bumblebees, and yellow jackets to contend with besides the wasps. One has to be very careful not to disturb their nests around here. You dislike spiders?


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

The wasps have recently come out in force around my way too. They are feeding on the apples that are falling from the trees, so have to be careful when picking any up. I am scared of them! Nasty little critturs. Also noticed the hens make no attempt to eat them, although I did see Babs eat a bumble bee before.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

You got to watch out for those yellow jackets. They make their nests underground. We were planting a twig of a tree last year and never seen a hole in the ground or anything. My husband was getting lots of stings and I was some 25 feet away and they started stinging me. Some of the stings were through our clothes. Nasty little buggers they are.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You're right about yellow jackets being nasty little creatures, Lady G. One of my friends was using a tractor to mow a pasture when he passed over a huge nest of the critters. He was allergic to their stings and almost died he was stung so many times. As you said, you don't know the nest is beneath your feet until it's too late most of the time.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm seriously running out of ideas for my Zazzle store- produced a few more flower designs but getting sick of them myself. Time to work on Christmas and Halloween. Now for some inspiration!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

skulls, bats.....drips of blood, cobwebs......the usual stuff.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I have some free vectors but don't like them (although I'll still probably use them) Zazzle's going to be full of bats and gore, I want to do bats and gore but with a difference. I'm thinking the only way to get noticed there, during these types of holidays, is to do something a bit different.

How do we make our artwork standout? Actually, yours' already does- mine doesn't.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

errr.....nobody sees my artwork so i don't think it stands out so well. Can you draw/paint cute witches on broomsticks with their familiars? I always liked witches.

I am thinking of applying a fractal pattern to a skull, if I get around to it. I think I saw a skull on pixabay.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It does stand out, just needs to get to the front page. I've invited some people who I think appreciate art to come like your FB page- whether they turn up is another matter. I like witches too, might draw some burning on a stake- that may draw some attention.

I like your fractals on the elephant- think they could work well on a skull.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Elvira! Either of you know who she is and if not should check her out and her stuff for you Zazzle with a difference.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Let's all welcome back the FRIDAY STATS GLITCH. It seems as if HP can't make its mind up which day to screw with the numbers. I cannot decide if I like Friday or Sunday the best. Perhaps they could try a Saturday as it's obvious HP prefers the weekends over the weekdays to fool around with the numbers. :p


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gosh, it doesn't seem the same here without the regular brown noser's on the forums. They are noticeably absent after the latest traffic fiasco to hit our beloved HP. Do you think their sense of smell finally started working? :o

There are a few new prospects looming on the horizon, however. lol!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

It's very strange the traffic glitch happens on weekends. Almost like they need actual people to power the counters. I have images of poor HP staff taking turns on the hamster wheel to keep the stats going.

And yes, there are not many people attacking people negative about HP on the forums these days. Having said that I've not noticed many people attacking HP there either. Possibly the traffic dump has depressed everybody.

I'm 4 cents short of payout on bubbly.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Notice the echo lately, like talking in a deserted hallway. Sad.

Just can't seem to cotton to bubbles. I suppose I'm simply weary of writing at the moment, other than fiction that is. No biggie for me.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I guess a lot of the noisy complainers have indeed moved to Bubblews. Get paid for posting instead of hanging around the forums. Nothing happening on HP - for me anyway.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Must admit, HP is no longer permanently open in a tab on my browser. I'm not bubbling a lot, maybe once a day on average, with a few likes/comments on other people's stuff. Even so, I've just passed $14 compared to less than $1.50 here this month. Really, I only come on here now to say hi to the poisonous ones.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good morning to you all, my fellow poisonous compatriots!

I do not have to take my mum shopping today as she convinced that bread from the supermarket is fresher on a Friday. This is now our shopping day. Plan to make a couple of hundred products on Zazzle, clean my windows and hoover my bedroom. My offspring can make dinner.

I just keep a tab open to chat to you all from time to time and check my stats. Although, seriously, I need to get writing to promote said Zazzle products. I've made almost $17 dollars on Bubbles, and I haven't even posted for a few days.

Methinks it's time to write a bubble!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Bubble away. I've just been looking at my utterly dreadful wizzley statistics, I have 3 weezes so not unexpected. What was quite nice was that there seemed to be some keywords that brought traffic to my new galaxy cases.

Nobody bought anything, but at least it shows that promoting Zazzle products on Wizzley might not be completely hopeless.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Good morning everyone! Wizzley is doing nothing for me either although my stats tell me that I get lots of views, just no money. I have 25 articles on there roo. Oh well. I am thinking of letting that go too and just having my blogspot and bubbles going. Nothing else seems to be working except for those two.

I have hp tab open to read his hub and maybe answer a question or two.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Wait till we get to September, aa. I did really well on Wizzley last season in terms of Amazon and Adsense clicks. I hadn't incorporated any Zazzle designs back then, so not sure how they'll convert. But, I'm hopeful.

I've been bubbling and will bubble for a little while longer. Then, I will attack my Zazzle store. Think tomorrow I will write a Wizz and promote some of my stuff!

LG, between Sept and March I had made more on Wizzley than I had ever made on HP (two years) I think the season is important over there. So I wouldn't lose heart, you might start earning there in the run up to Xmas.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning my poisonous cliquettes, Still not inspired to write anything yet. Retirement has apparently made me lazy. Pulling for you artistic types though.:)


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good morning cliquette leader,

You could write about how retirement has made you lazy, about your trip to the hospital with Beth, your mum's operation, yellow jackets, wasps, rattle snakes. Honestly, the posts you have made here could be bubbles, and earning!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I suppose so, Hollie. I seem to get little joy out of writing anything except for my fiction these days. As I said, retirement has made me lazy. I'm glad I don't have to depend on my writing for a living. I'm not even going to make an Adsense payout this month unless things change in a hurry. Amazon sucks too. :(


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Hello Poisonous Fellows. Completely wasting today. V. pissed off at cousin. They never tell me when to expect them. Last weekend they said they would be "in the afternoon" and got here at 5:30. Today they told me they would be "earlier than last week". Well now its 4pm, so I guess if they make it in the next hour and a half that will be true!

I think it's bloody rude!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It is. Next time perhaps you could say something like "I need to know exactly when you're coming, because I'm writing articles for another site and have to meet deadlines. I can only do this if you let me know when you'll be here, so I can work around your visit" Or something like that anyway.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Leave them waiting around outside if they aren't more punctual and say you had to go out for something. After a few times of this they will get their asps in gear. Your time is just as valuable as theirs,


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Don't answer the door when they ring. Wait till they go. When they phone you, assume a tone of surprise. "Sheesh, guys! I waited for you most of the day. Then I assumed you weren't coming so I went out for a film, meal and drinks with a friend. So terribly sorry."


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

See! We are poisonous. Sorta mild though.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Just found some really nice, free for commercial use textures to download. Played around with one in Gimp and made this:

http://www.zazzle.co.uk/blue_cracked_plaster-18971...


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Tried Gimp, failed....


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I dunno, a plaster pillow might be a bit uncomfortable, especially being a throw pillow. :p


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

WA, I can't use it properly either. I'm so impatient that I can't make my way through all the tutorials and forums. However, I can use the colour function and it's useful for converting files to other formats. I use inkscape and paint. net for other things.

Randy, it's not for everyone. But I've noticed that the textured stuff seems to do quite well there. Suppose it's perceived as a bit edgy and different amongst the younger crowd.

It might also prove a little dusty, you'd be forever brushing your sofas down. :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Not me, Hollie. That's woman's work! :p


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

That last remark was meant to be poisonous.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I can just feel the venom wafting across the Atlantic! Tonight is surely toxic Saturday.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Wonder how aa is getting on with unreliable cousins. Perhaps she's had it out with them!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha! I'm grasping at straws to be venomous now, Hollie. Perhaps we got aa stirred up and she's now spitting her share of poison on her kinfolk. Could we all be a bad influence on each other? Nah!!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

If aa has decided to spit poison at unreliable cousins, she can be sure that the toxic clique will support any venomous episode!

We are, after all, the Toxic Musketeers :D


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

That's right, she knows we have her back. lol! (I hope we didn't rile her up too much) :o


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Unfortunately they got here before I read your excellent advice. We've eaten steak tartare, cooked bigos for tomorrow and watched 3 episodes of GoT. They want to stay till Monday! Damn bank holidays!

God my cousin's partner is annoying! Today out of the blue she asked if she could give me a hug and declared that she really likes me! What did I do to deserve this?


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Doesn't AA live in London? How can anyone say they'll be there at a certain time with the traffic there? Man, Glasgow was bad enough - especially during rush hour. London must be a nightmare.

Talking of graphics programs, I use Irfanview to cut my pics down to size, other than that I haven't a clue. Tried Paint?


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sometimes being nice isn't all it's cracked up to be, aa.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Hugs, you think that is bad??


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

And what in the heck is "bigos?"


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

IzzyM, I don't expect them to give me an exact time, but a rough ballpark would be useful. As it is I don't know whether they will turn up at noon, or after 5 pm. They eventually came after 5pm, if they told me they were aiming for "after 4", I would have been able to do a lot more during the day.

Yes somebody you find very irritating giving you hugs and declaring how much they like you is bad.

God I am so fake! And I don't even try.

Bigos is Poland's national dish. It's basically saerkraut and lots of different bits of meat, dried mushrooms and things, all cooked together for a long time. The more times you reheat it the better it tastes.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sounds good, aa. I love sauerkraut.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, paint.net. Free download, easily resize images including number of pixels etc. Very easy to use.

aa, could be a case of "She's on her own syndrome" I come across this frequently, particularly with younger women (and men) they assume that because there is no man to hand your life is lacking. (seriously!) And, therefore, they should spend time with you.

In fact, just wrote a bubble about such attitudes. To which one person says I need to share my depression, love, hopes and fears with a partner. I refrained from swearing.

I love sauerkraut too- but unfortunately now reminds me of second husband and our holiday. He felt the need to explain what we were eating.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Hey I commented on your Bubble! I don't actually need a man but hey I miss have a shoulder to lean on (physically, because they were never up to the job mentally). I am beginning to dream of just being held, just to feel loving arms around me. I feel like I have the weight of the world on me. It's such a huge responsibility I have been left with. Actually those arms don't need to be a man's. My Mum's would do, but seriously she is calling me 'Granny' these days. I think she means it. I never even met her granny, she was dead before I was born.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I'm not meaning to be a conversation ender, it's just the way it is at the moment (sorry guys).

Lighten up, lighten me up. Tell me to get a grip or something.

Actually that sort of talk would help more than anything. I have hens and they are so much fun, when you know how to look - like giving them spaghetti to eat. I wrote a bubble about that, because there was no way I wanted to stretch it out to 1000 words with tables/maps etc

I'm in a strangely comical situation. I'm in a deep dark place, but there are those lighter moments too. I want to post about them (where I might get paid for the effort) yet you guys are my friends.. just make light of anything I say when it gets dark, you'll be doing e a favour!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, those strong arms become weak, floppy and unreliable. Sending you massive strong hugs and support. In this space you can vent about what's happening, and the people here will go out of their way, as far as they can, to be a shoulder to cry on and a resource for advice and support.

Not the same as a real life hug, I know, but we wont be causing you problems either :D

Just read your other comment. I think you should come here and get things off your chest. We all do, it doesn't end the conversation. At least, not with me, I never stop talking. lol.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Hollie, I've had a lot of shit happen in my life over the past 8 years. The worst. I lost my family, though they are not dead. Trust me, having a man giving you a cuddle can mean what you want it to mean, without the whole sex thing coming in. Actually the sex thing might have been really nice too, but some guys aren't up to that. I don't much care anymore.

I love that we are all supportive to one another while not really knowing each other.

I love that I can rant off here, and tomorrow you are all talking about Zazzle stores or whatever.

Seriously. I feel like an effen drama queen sometimes, and its nice to know that life goes on. I want to be taken seriously, but at the same time I want to know that my rantings are not affecting anyone else. Silence, even for a few hours, makes me nervous. I am just sharing and do not expect a response. I can be the little person that sits in the corner talking to herself. Everyone just knows to let her. I'm good with that :)


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Izzy, I definitely don't see you as a drama queen, or even a little person sitting in a corner talking to herself. We all know you're having a hard time. Having gone through bereavement and having to take care of your mother is as far away from being an effen drama queen as it is possible to be!

And I can totally understand that you need human company, you've mentioned in the past that you feel very lonely.

Don't feel that you're a conversation stopper just because you write something and people don't reply to you. It's RL interfering with the conversations we have here, rather than what you say.


SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

Peace Izzy....i read your words...i listen...i check in here every few days, i don't always write...i'm here too

...i luv reading about your hens here, especially the little fighter 'babs'....

xo


SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

my pup Raven has been listening to me since i lost it and whacked the tree...............................................................she's just over 1 year now......more training....but she's listening

i took her to the beach this morning and i thought i'd test her.....i let her off her leash.....welllllllllllllllllllllllllllll................anyway...she didn't listen and was running wide circles around me...having the time of her life when she realized she was free....i threw a stick into the water....and nabbed her....and then....we just went back to our leisurely stroll along the beach....i'll try it again tomorrow at the beach.....lololol


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I have been in and out all day but I too listen Izzy. Chin up girl. After my firs divorce I also lost my children to him and I did not want to date or be in contact with another man. I didn't for 7 years, then I met this husband and he put me through hell for 14 years...long story and I have that told on my wizzley article that gets some views. It's crazy, you want someone to hug and then you don't want the relationship like that. I understand where you are coming from. I longed for hugs to but when I got them they were like...short lived. Depending on yourself for things will become a great feeling that you have accomplished things by yourself. Things are going to work out for the best. You can't see it right now but it will. HUGS


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

By all means, vent to your heart's content, Izzy. I may not always respond, but I do sympathize with you and the current state of affairs you are going through. Sending you a virtual hug in the meantime. :)


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Izzy, talk all you want!

Lol to Aa and the hug! When I lived in ex-Yugoslavia for 5 years, New Year's Eve was the worst time of all. We'd always be with a group somewhere. On the stroke of midnight, everyone went round hugging and kissing everyone else. I used to escape to the toilet if I could, then sneak back in when I thought it safe and hope nobody would notice me.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hollie, just responded on your man bubble. That idiot who says you need a man to share your depression and control your children is a 16-year old guy from Kuwait. He's obviously been well indoctrinated into their social mores.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Scottish Hogmanay's are like that. At the Bells it is customary to kiss and hug everyone. It is a time for families to be together, so it's not as if you have to kiss strangers. Then the womenfolk shed a tear or two. It's traditional!

Beautiful morning today. The loch as mirror-calm, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and Mum and I will be setting off to collect the new hens before midday. (got to meet the girl at 2pm). The views will be spectacular if this weather keeps up. Getting 10 new ex-battery hens.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

A-hole is now hogging the toilet! Of course he had to wait till I woke up to do that. I might end up with a burst bladder (or possible the kind of accident that Keil doesn't do any more).


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

LOL - get a bucket from the kitchen! Yeah Keil has been great, still. Now to stop him from jumping up on people...


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

WA, just noticed your comment. That's just classic isn't it, a 16 year old male feels that it's appropriate to inform a woman three times his age what she does and doesn't need in her life. You just couldn't make it up!

aa, start charging for toilet and bathing facilities. Water metres do not pay for themselves.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

The cousin's partner doesn't hug me because she feels sorry for me. On the mental health scale I am doing way better than her. I know she gets professional help, took ages off work when she was in Poland etc. etc. So I think this is more a case of her needing comfort rather than thinking I need it.

Although I am theoretically sympathetic I find it difficult to put it into practice. She always takes the most trivial and boring thing and blows it up into a major drama.

The topic of this week is buying a scooter for her 4 year old daughter. Apparently she's outgrown the one she has, but Gosia feels the need to "find a deal", so she's constantly sitting on ebay (I assume), giving a running commentary about her so far fruitless search, whining about it blah blah blah. I wonder whether Andrzej is tight with money for it and she's doing all this for effect. But really I find it extremely boring.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Becoming fixated on a scooter for a four year old doesn't sound particularly healthy. Some people are like that though. My sister is the same. I often think it's because she has so much time on her hands. She's partially sighted, profoundly deaf (although she's had a cochlear implant) which she disconnects after 6PM because noise irritates her, she's also diabetic and a renal transplant patient. She obviously can't work and doesn't have any hobbies, but she listens to talking books. In reality she has a lot of problems and things to become depressed about, but she becomes really upset about the small things.

For example, she is also gluten intolerant and Sainsburys have discontinued a line of gluten free gravy granules which she used to use. In light of this, she has vowed never to shop at Sainsburys again! She is disgusted and will give her custom to Tesco. These are the kind of things which she becomes worked up about.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I am surprised that your relatives are not spending the weekend with their daughter, Aa.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Ha, just throwing child scooter into Google brings up 8 ads in the side column with pictures pf scooters ranging from just under £20 (eBay) to £130, so it's not exactly a difficult product to find just in the range you want to pay!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

The daughter is still in Poland with my aunt. Perhaps I should start bewailing the fact that my fruitfly culture is dying, decide that the one I'd been sent is of low quality to die out so quickly. And spend ages on the internet searching for an alternative, with a running commentary about the choices.

However, I will not do that, I will simply quietly re-order my fruit flies and nobody need no anything about it.

I do think that her very public search for a scooter is due to the fact that she feels the need for "a mission", but what a boring and depressing mission that is!

Having raw beef again for breakfast. I don't think I digested the stuff I had last night yet. I wonder if raw meat is harder to digest than cooked, it probably is and if I should publish a book about a raw meat diet. Could become the next craze and I could be rich!


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Oh, then probably you are the one doing them, especially her, a big favour. I assume she must be missing her daughter horribly and finding it difficult to get through long swathes of free time without her.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, do you have any idea what Zazzle might have done with the postage stamps. Want to create some but can't find them. Have they withdrawn them and I've some how missed it.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

HOTD. Keyword stuffed crap.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

And if that HOTD is the best HP have to offer then they are finished.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Hollie, I go to "create"--"cards and postage" and then find the stamps.

Or try this link http://www.zazzle.com/custom/stamps

Mark, I don't think the topic of the hub is that terrible. But I always like applying simple science to every day life. Having said that I haven't actually watched video or read much of the hub.

As to kw stuffing, you are definitely right about that! I don't actually think it is done on purpose. Incidentally I think this could be something that HP could easily detect with a filter, and they should point it out to people because Google penalises it (an it is unpleasant to read). It is very easy to do, I reread my types of frogs hub, and decided I was using the word "frog" way too many times.

I removed some frog words, Google downranked my hub further.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Ha! just found them. Last night and this morning they has removed them from the cards and postage links. They did this last week too. I'm finding the site terribly glitchy of late.

Not read of HOTD, too busy, am on a marathon Zazzle mission at moment!


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

Well OK aalite. Seems more like a Yahoo answers topic to me. But the best of HP? Really? Ah well.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Oh I'm definitely not saying it is the best the HP has to offer, or that it is even that great. I've just seen worse.

The thing about writing on HP is that it really has to be keyword driven, and as HP has fallen so badly out of favour with Google, the keywords have to get more and more specific. Once you get into the very narrow topic territory, this is the sort of thing you write about I'm afraid.

But I was thinking that this might be a cool project to do with a kid, to get them interested in science. In fact if it were me that's how I would market it.

I've just seen predictions that Squidoo is going to fall within 3 months based on their current quantcast trend. Interesting to see if that will happen. And a pity, I'd sort of figured out how to use it early this year, and made good money there in February and March. Now it's contributing about $10 a month to my online efforts (if that). And I do have 50 lenses there, should start thinking about moving them I guess.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Classic, just posted a bubble and the site has gone down! I have three more ideas to post today, too.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Yeah, it took me a few minutes to leave a comment. The site has so many that are posting right now. I guess the servers can't handle it right a the moment.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I've just come across another man on my man bubble, who has accused me of man bashing at its finest, mocked me for putting my attacker in casualty and suggested that I should take my mother, son and daughter's advice. He's in his forties and from India. He also:

"I am encouraging fellow writers to be more better & effective."

Thinks he knows it all. He wouldn't know man bashing if it bit him on the bum!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Oh, how did I miss that one!! Just commented and liked it.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

The real problem with the "How to Make a Compass" HOTD is that it's not original content. Sure, the guy made his own video of him making, but that needle-in-water trick is old old old. And there are tons of other youtube videos of the same. The almond flour cookie recipe that won the previous day's HOTD is much better because it's a unique recipe.

That's the problem with half the HOTDs it seems, they're just a rehashing of stuff that everyone already knows. If the guy had made a tutorial on how to make a pocket compass, THAT would be neat, because it's actually quite hard. But a needle in a bowl of water? That's the best of HP?

The HOTDs too often geared toward children or the simple minded; I think the Mrs. is to blame for that. When Simone was around, the selections were a tad more sophisticated. And years ago before the apprentice program, if y'all remember, they were a lot better. As someone said, it's the people who are picking the HOTDs that are the problem, not the authors.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I agree, worst. It seems the choosers of the HOTD are fascinated by simple well known subjects.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

ATTENTION HOTD PICKERS! http://hub.me/adHMo


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I have been saying this for years that they only can handle subject for 5th graders and below. When they had all the bios for the moderators, most of them were elementary school teachers. Duh!! I even mentioned this to some and they told me that I was crazy.....well that may be to some extent but I was telling the truth about the 5th grade mentality of the moderators at the time. Looks like it still is true!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Beware black cars and parades...


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

LOL LOL LOL Some crazy, weird dreams lately. I will remember the one that I had to wake myself up and then went back to sleep only for it to start over again....later and will write about it too.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Ha, I think you're right LG. And isn't Robbyn a school teacher as well? That would explain why she and her fellow pickers gravitate toward the inane kiddy stuff. Betcha next few weeks it will be how to pack a 1st grader's lunch, how to buy a gift for a 1st grade teacher, etc. etc. ad nauseum.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Stands to reason as to why they treat everyone like children, and have since I began writing here. Some of the stuff staff has pulled indicates they have no respect for the writers who make HP money. The RS ads is just the latest of several obvious rip-off tactics. It may be all for the best if HP goes belly-up. The net is already saturated with unethical sites.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks LG, just noticed your comment on Bubbles.

Worst, therein lies the problem. People search for the garbage which is already out there, they like Yahoo answers and such. As soon as you attempt to write about something remotely different, new information, you're screwed because nobody is searching for it.

Yep, I see the kiddie angle too. Google users are dumbed down idiots.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

When I first started writing here I thought I would try my hand at science pieces for the general public. There are some very cool stuff I know......for example how to make tadpoles with two heads.

I don't know whether I could carry it off, but that doesn't matter......nobody is searching for that kind of thing on Google.

I've just pressed the "redeem" button on bubbly, presumably all my money is lost!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Just a thought aa, and you might find it boring to write about, but have you thought about finding out what is on the syllabus for higher and foundation science at GCSE. My daughter and her friends used to visit one of EF's maths pages quite frequently a year or so ago, and so did a couple of her friends because it was understandable and she'd made it interesting.

I know when I was searching for keywords for heroes hub, there was a lot of searches for history at certain levels; Key stage 4 and that kind of thing. I would imagine that science is exactly the same. Kids do so much research on the internet now, could bring you a decent amount of traffic.

I have another four dollars to go before redemption!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Cousin finally left. His stay here wasn't entirely useless, he pointed me to the "3D" section of my photoshop, so I could add a skull section to my fractals. I think the effect is quite interesting. Will probably bubble about it.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I just pressed redeem too, filled in the details, then the site went down :(


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Refreash the page. Don;'t leave it. Some times it does that to me and when you leave the page it loses all he information, but if you wati about 5 minutes and then fresesh it will go therough


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Someone just asked me what good is Lime for in the garden. So here is my bubble about it since some of you have gardens too and birds and other animals: The many good things LIME is used for in your gardens: http://www.bubblews.com/news/920261-lime-to-keep-y...


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Don't you tie a strand of hair around an embryo to encourage the development of two heads?


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

@worst, never heard of that method. You transplant the dorsal marginal zone which contains the spemann organiser to the ventral side of another embryo. Alternatively you can just inject the ventral marginal zone with noggin. 2nd head shows up. Like here: http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyP...


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, stop playing GOD, LOL!

My views here have increased by about 50%+ today, all the way to 30ish views for 22 hubs!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Today views are almost double what they have been since the latest slap, WA. It remains to be seen if the earnings will go back up too.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Oh dear, my views on the other hand are dropping......still better than before the EC hubs, but not as good as last week. Although I always suspected the big rise I got after the change was going to be temporary, I just hope that when it settles it will end up being better than it was before.

All my successes are temporary. Only very few of the things I write actually become successful in terms of generating Amazon sales, but they replace the previous successes rather than adding to them, which is so weird.

For example I wrote a hub about monitors, which seemed to work, and I was regularly making monitor sales on Amazon. Then I wrote a hub about printers. Now I'm selling printers but have stopped selling monitors, even though the monitor hub is getting traffic. I smell a rat!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

And it's not about playing God WA, it's about figuring out how stuff works. You must admit it is kind of cool, figuring out how an embryo "knows" where to grow a head, and which side is going up to "back" and which "belly". And how to grow just enough brain cells, so everybody has more or less the same sized brain, and all the other stuff.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

My views are on the up, after a lull last week. Still not what they were a couple of weeks ago. New sub though, bound to be inconsistent.

PDS posted a thread a few days ago about Qunatcast and stats being up. He said something interesting, what happens on a Monday determines the rest of the week. Personally, my best days, here and elsewhere, are Wednesday and Thursday.

Bugger, there was a program about swarms in nature- I've missed it!

Sorry just remembered. This is what happens when you rarely have the tele on.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I smell a rat also, aa. I've had similar experiences with items which have all been good sellers, but they suddenly stop despite the traffic they're still receiving. Ever since HP pulled the RS scam on us I don't trust the goings-on here anymore.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, I don't trust HP, but I trust Amazon and Google even less. I do believe that there might be something in the theory that Google cap traffic and that Amazon cap commission.

When you think about it, in terms of Amazon, it would make sense to credit writers with sales, initially, but not later. Writers will often pull the plug on low performing articles when they do not see any results. Some of Amazon's products need promotion until they become "established sellers" after that, they need little promotion. How useful is the author then! We have to trust (which I don't) that they are honest when crediting accounts.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes, I used to sell a few RV AC units each summer, but ever since the last one ordered disappeared from my account without being canceled I haven't sold another one despite traffic being good. This along with Adsense clicks vanishing suddenly makes me agree with you, Hollie. Scoundrels to deal with everywhere it seems.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Heck Aa, why should I limit my brain growth to match everyone else???????

I consider that I didn't! Heh, heh.....


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, check to see if reviews have been made about the RV products that you have sold previously. This is a shot in the dark, but if you have recommended decent products and the customer has made written positive reviews about those products on Amazon's site- how useful are you to them now?

My theory is all over the place. But, it stands to reason that products which have not previously sold so well, but then sell after gaining some exposure by a trusted author, no longer need the promotion- the author becomes surplus to requirements- for that product, at least.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Could very well be the case, but some of my other past best selling products are very specialized tools and not many people would actually know how to use them enough to write a very comprehensive review of them. I didn't know these tools existed and used to make my own at one time. Too bad we don't get to see what HP sells from our pages. There's a reason for this of course.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It's not just this site though Randy. I've noticed that Amazon sales have fell since they introduced the new rules.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I don't pay much attention to new rules here any longer. No surprise, eh?


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

New rules everywhere Randy, open a Zazzle store or publish an ebook of short stories. The internet has gone mad!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Too many ways to get ripped off online, that's for sure. Not enough penalties to stop the criminals whether they are small potatoes or big companies. Plenty of greed to go around.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

If the small potatoes generate income for the big companies..... There's no incentive to stop them. Still have my eggs in multiple baskets. I would be homeless and starving if I'd have relied on sites like HP for a living!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I suppose I would diversify too if I had to depend on my writing for a living, Hollie. I just detest thieves no matter who they are.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

They are bastards Randy, let us not mince our words. :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I forgot Hollie, we're supposed to be poisonous. Those vile turds!!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

WriteAngled, it's nice to be an egghead, within reason, but one does not want one's brain to spill out of one's ears. Everything in moderation!

As to writing online.......well, it might work a lot less well than it used to in the past, but it still works a bit. I am making useful pocket money at the moment. If I only wasn't so dreadfully lazy, and wrote more, I would make more. To a large extent it is a numbers game.

And I actually don't blame Google etc. for how hard it's become to get good traffic. It was just too easy at one point, and hordes of people who were not prepared to write anything useful started filling up the place with garbage.

Admittedly Google is doing a terrible job of figuring out what's garbage and what's not, but if HP and the other sites had quality controls to start with, and didn't allow rubbish to be published, and if there weren't hordes of people trying to cheat the system by building thousands of rubbish links using spun content etc. etc. things would be a lot better for everybody now.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

And if a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass when it hopped, aa. Reality sux sometimes...:(


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Google, just like HP, could have slapped spinners and spammers much sooner. Each knew that they delivering crap but chose to do nothing about it until they had to. They were greedy, and riding the wave. Every bit as guilty as the crap mongers.

Lots of eggs and lots of baskets is my moto. I'm lazy too. I have my "absolutely have to jobs" they pay the bills. Then, I'd rather paint a daisy- I don't have to think about it, it's not like work.

I seriously need to write some articles and promote my Zazzle store. Just can't find the motivation!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I seem to be spending more time by the pool with a good book and an adult beverage in hand. Life is good....:)


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Newest Zazzle "social media promotion" email is about tumblr. If you feel you need more exposure Hollie, you could set up a tumblr blog (or several for different themes, conservation, flowers etc. etc.). Mine has gathered 33 followers in a short period of time, and most of my posts get liked or reblogged a bit.

It's really quick to setup, and mostly I just post pictures, and pay attention to tags, so it is very quick and easy.

Actually I think you should all join tumblr! You can promote hubs as well. Just work on it as a blog, rather than just a promotion tool.


SomewayOuttaHere 3 years ago

Enjoy it randy...I need a pool or better yet ill have one of those adult beverages later today!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I feel like an adult beverage!

aa, I started a tumbler blog ages ago but only ever added a couple of posts. A couple of months ago I started an account with Scoop it, posted a few hubs on there and then forgot about it. However, this last couple of weeks I've noticed that it's been sending me a little bit of traffic.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I actually really like tumblr. As in it is fun to use, I can just relax and post my fractals there, and see what other people post.

I tried it a while ago with frog and GoT stuff, and abandoned these blogs because they weren't really doing anything. But my fractal page seems to be getting a bit more interest, perhaps because I mostly just post pictures. It's not hugely successful by any means, but it's about a month old.

I'm approaching it as something that is fun to do, and if it ends up advertising some zazzle stuff as a side effect, that is good too. I suspect it works best with pictures, or quick messages.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'll sign back in and give it a go. I've just re-visited Scoop it and curated an art and design board. Posted some of our stuff.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is what I love about flitting around to different sites for paid articles. Some times it's crap and the rates are insulting so I turn my nose up- and then sometimes there are the gems. Independent Publishing haven't had any work for ages. Today however, they have posted a few diamonds. Five hundred word, easy to write with limited research articles for just under $43 each.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I don't usually post links to my bubbles, but I came across this man in the comments section of which magazine- he explains how he makes money from cold callers, energy companies and banks. This is hilarious!

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1020752-uk-citizens-g...


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I was in floods of tears earlier. It is good to cry and to have someone to hug you while you do it.

Mum did the hugging, Bless her!

She asked me in the car today where my Dad was. I told her. She wondered why no-one had told her before now.

On top of that, my upstairs neighbour gave me a long lecture about how puppy dog was ruining their life experience. How he came to them looking for cuddles and kisses every time they opened their front door.

How they were not prepared to put up with it any longer, and how puppy-dog must never be allowed out when they are in the garden. Else i must build a fence to keep puppy-dog separate from them.

I smiled, and agreed, and nodded, but inside I am bloody fuming! It is a friendly dog FFS, not a vicious dog that would put them in fear of their lives.

They know my current situation. Church people. F them.

Apologies if this posts twice or more.Hhaving trouble getting it to 'send'.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

IzzyM, that was all the pent up emotions and needs and desires and grief you let out in that crying. I am so glad you did that. It should make your feel a lot less stressed.

On the note about the puppy, you need to start training it now, while it is still trainable.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, you may feel better if you put the fence up, they're clearly not going to stop hassling you until they get what they want. And tbh, you have enough to contend with. It would be a shame if they were to take away the enjoyment you get from your animals. Do whatever you can to make your life easier, if you can.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

How can anyone not melt inside when a puppy-dog comes to them?


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I have no idea, but I love all animals. I'd be quite pleased if my next door neighbour kept chickens and had a puppy. A man who lives down the road from me keeps chickens that have been previously caged, I get my eggs from him!


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I always have time for an animal or a child. Nothing more important. And I know those "Church people" they are invariably the least human of all - condemning, preaching - horrible people.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Izzy, you should really charge them for the fact that they can interact with your lovely puppy. It is good for their health. Also other than hassling, what exactly can they do? Call the police? "We are being disturbed by our neighbour's sweet puppy".

Although I guess building a fence, if at all possible might be the best way to go.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Mark you are so right. Who couldn't love puppy dog kisses.

There be something terribly wrong with them "church people". I would be doing the watching over them instead of the other way around.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

LOL. I actually laughed out loud at some of the replies here!

I am being good. I am being sympathetic. I am being what could be expected of my parents.

But it is not going to last because I am a different animal from either of them. I might've wanted to be them, but couldn't. At the same time, I know I earned the respect of my father for being who I am.

People either love me or hate me.

That is their right. I have tried to be like my parents, but cannot keep up the pretence.

Neighbours or others who do not like animals can bugger off. My Dad loved animals. He didn't keep them but he loved them anyway.

When I suggested to him just last year that it might be nice to get a puppy-dog, it set him off in his reminiscence of the dogs of his youth.

He didn't keep dogs as an adult because they were time-consuming. He never needed to explain to me, but to others, he worked a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week job. The last thing you would need to worry about was an animal, on those rare days off when you could take the family out.

And took us out he did. I remember those family picnics to places far and wide.

He wouldn't have done that if he had a dog too.

Mum loves puppy-dog and vice-versa. How dare neighbour cause this upset? She is bloody useless in the garden anyhow. It's obvious that gardening has come to her as a by-product of the house she bought.

She knows FA! Shut up Izzy shut up Izzy!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

This is the second time I have completely lost a bubble. Maybe it is as well they are short. Easy to re-write. I wrote a lovely bubble, I am so sorry it is now lost :(

I can re-write, but it won't be the same.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

That is why I write mine on Word. If it gets lost I have it to copy and past again.

Oh IzzyM you are a wonderful person! You don['t have to be like anyone else by you.

Think of it this way...I only know who you are, not your parent's so those of us whop don't know your parents only know who you are. There is no was for us to compare you to your parents and vice versa. We love you for who YOU are.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

A Pattern I do see: BUBBLEws has server problems between 9 and 10 am, and around 11:30 and 12:30 and then again around 5 pm It looks like people or the server is getting bogged down by posts and other activity at those times


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, I'd be pretty tempted to tell them where to go- but at the end of the day, it's about whether you want the hassle with them. Mind you, you could always remind them that without your hens, they would be looking at an overgrown and unattractive garden, probably overrun with rats if there was no cat to keep them in check. Pretty sure that there's nothing that the council can do about 7ft weeds in the garden of an owner/occupier!

If you fence off, ask them for half of the cost!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

The cost isn't the problem It is finding the workmen to do any work at all. We are in the ludicrous situation being in a town of roughly 6.000 people, and next to no craftsmen. I want to buy a complete new bathroom. New bath furniture, new tiles, new everything. It's not the money, no-one wants the work!

I might want new fencing. My neighbour would love if I had fencing. I can't get a plumber to build Mum a new shower. I am damned if I will go out of my way to find a joiner that will keep the neighbour happy.

I got a visit tonight from Social Services. I had hoped they could help me find workmen, but no. The money is there, the workmen aren't.

I need to arrange a new fire for the living room. Mum and Dad were happy for years with single gas fire, but the Gas Board condemned it last year because elf and Safety rules have changed. Need to have the chimney lined now. Chimney can't be lined because of a brick-fall in a storm 20 years ago. Good draw still in the chimney, but said brick prevents the installation of a chimney liner, which is a modern requirement. Sometimes Mum feels very cold. It's an old age thing. Hoping for change. These are real issues - not the saddo neighbours with their anti-animal feelings. No wonder I am crying.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

My neighbours wouldn't know a good garden if it bit them in the arse. Our section is the farthest from the joint entranceway. It doesn't matter to them if its good or bad.

They just hate animals. They hate my wee Keil, who is the friendliest wee dog ever. Their visitors love animals - each and every one of them has fallen in love with Keil. That has encouraged Keil to greet everyone with kisses and lots of tail-wags. It is just them.

I cannot believe that they have found it necessary to have words with me over this. Mountain and molehill springs to mind. Yet I am expected to smile and get on with it, the bastards!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

And oh yeah - they never explained to me yet who was the mysterious woman who chose to sit on the driveway in her sandals and long skirt in the nice weather.

She gave mother the fright of her life, sitting there smiling and not saying a word. Most normal people would have sat on the grass, but not on the driveway!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I'm pretty sure Care in the Community type help needs a licence. Planning is also required for changes made to a listed building. This building is listed. New windows were installed last year that do not conform to that requirement.

I can play games too.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good for you, you can't temper with listed buildings- I used to live in one in Wales, but it also depends what grade it is, in terms of the work which can be undertaken or otherwise. Out there, somewhere, is a joiner or tradesman who will do the work for you because they need the money. Where is the largest town near to you? What bill boards or internet sites can you advertise on?

There are people who need work and people who want work doing. You'll find tradesmen who are prepared to travel for the job, the money!


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

IzzyM, I sent you a Face Book friend suggestion for Christ Stone. He used to be on Hub Pages too at one time. He lives in Winstable and vice versa for him. I don't know anything about your location or his as being where and how far. He used to be, or still is as mail carrier and I thought that he could help with your problem of finding some help.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Hundreds of miles apart, it would seem. Thanks hun, your effort is appreciated :)


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

@ Hollie the tradesman coming to finally sort the bathroom comes from a town 50 miles away. Even then, he has told me it will be at least a month before he can do the work.

I am sickened to hear from Social Services that even they can't get the workmen. I don't need their help with their £14 an hour 'carers'. All I need is some changes about the house, which I am happy to pay for. I am expected to pay £28 for someone to take Mum out for a couple of hours? I could do that myself for free. It's in-home help I need. I need to be able to bathe her easily, to help her into bed with ease and stuff like that. The day-care has been a boon. I need time off too.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Isn't there a way to advertise (this keyboard is driving me nuts) for a home health aid? 50 miles is nothing here where I live. The nearest bigger town is 30 miles away.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Interesting......I just checked my cafepress reports and apparently I had an order on the 25th which nobody emailed me about. What is weird is it seems to be a "redo" of another order, which doesn't seem to be one of mine.....confusing.

But what is interesting is that I also had an order on the 26th. Now assuming the order numbers are actually consecutive, it seems there were about 84,500 orders between those two, which were separated by at most 47 hours. That's pretty mind boggling!

At the same time, assuming the product numbers are legit, there seem to be almost a billion products on the site! I would assume though that some of the orders are obsolete (like the products aren't made anymore).


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Izzy--Scroo the bastard neighbors!! I'm glad I don't have any. Borrow a vicious dog for a few days and show them how lucky they are that you only have Keil. :)


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

OMG that forum fight is too funny. In Poland there is a saying that somebody knows they are ringing (?) the bells but they don't know in which church.

Yes Google does use human raters, but their job is not to rate webpages per se, but to check out the search results after an update, to decide whether the update improved them or not.

Matt Cutts actually personally tweeted HotPieGirl (a rather unpleasant Squidoo guru), when she made the mistake of suggesting that the raters could directly affect the ranking of a page http://www.potpiegirl.com/2011/12/matt-cutts-debun...

Ok it was a while ago, but I have not heard of any change in policy.

And I thought HP has finished the QAP of the whole site and de-indexed what needed to be de-indexed.

And the upsurge in traffic in the last couple of days is because of the update on 28th July? Rather unlikely.

And the raters are checking your pages to make sure they have on-page SEO? Is that really what he is implying? What utter nonsense. On-page SEO is supposed to help Google what your page is about, not actually make it better. Putting in witty titles and subtitles might actually make the page better for people, but it confuses Google, hence is not encouraged.

Anybody awake? And wants to start arguing with him. I really shouldn't because it will just annoy me.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

I certainly enjoy Will antagonizing WriterFaux. I'm not sure I'd put a lot of faith in a self-styled SEO guru whose hub titles are written in all caps. When HP starts idling hubs based on unaddressed style tips, he'll be whistling a new tune. WF writes some of the crappiest crap hubs this site would do well to purge. Worse than Will's own hubs.

Oh, and remember some other inane thread where he suggested blocking some third-world country's access to HP because some scrapers had a mailing address there? Like a person who knows how to scrape wouldn't know how to use a proxy server to get around a country-wide block. Thanks for the LOLs, WF.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I was a Google rater for a couple of years about a decade ago. They recruited me through Google Answers (fantastic community of amazing people, wish it still lived). I used to make about $600 a month doing rating on an extremely part-time basis. The work was far too boring to dedicate much time to it. I left when they wanted to change the status of people in the UK from independent contractors to quasi-employees of Manpower (an agency for blue-collar jobs) who worked fixed hours, got a weekly payslip and "wage" (shudder!) and so on. This would have messed up my tax status horribly to say nothing of my professional status. I work through my own company and pay myself a minimum salary and the rest as dividends as this results in the lowest tax bill possible. Under the new regime, I would have probably ended up paying more in tax than I earned from G! Must say, I was not sorry to stop. Oh, and the criteria for rating as used in my day certainly did not guarantee good search results in my opinion.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Just checking in. Wont be around much in the next couple of days, accepted 15 of those 500 word orders which need to be submitted on Friday. In the meantime, a client emailed me this morning and asked me to write four articles which need to be submitted Saturday before noon! Can't turn him down because I don't want to jeopardize my chances of obtaining future work. In addition, I also have to take my mother shopping on Friday for her "freshest bread"

It never rains.....


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I shall be doubly poisonous to make up for your absence, Hollie. :)


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Damn I really need to start earning the way you do.

An old friend of mine just passed on an email from my old boss (who failed me miserably in terms of hiring me after providing everybody else with well-paid cushy jobs) about a postdoc in Paris.

I don't want to move to France, or do another postdoc, or work really.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, ordinarily, even I'm not stupid enough to accept so much work in such a short space of time. When I accepted those orders yesterday, I was convinced it was Monday and that I had three and a half days to complete them. I think Bank holiday Monday had confused me, I was convinced that Monday was Sunday and Tuesday was Monday. What a pillock, didn't realise until this morning. I'm just completing an order now and will be knocking off soon.

If you don't want to go to France, do another postdoc or work really hard outside the home, the best piece of advice I can offer is the advice once given to me. Pitch for work, don't sell yourself short by accepting crappy rates, but also surf the mills and if the rates per word increase with performance, and there is the potential to earn a decent amount of cash per article or word- go for it. You sometimes have to kiss a few frogs first (parden the pun) Also, sometimes the rates don't seem to great, but if they are really short product descriptions which require no research, such as 40 words per article, but you only receive a £1 for them- you're earning a very decent hourly rate. Think about it- two sentences, two minutes. How many can you churn out in one hour?

If I accept work from a mill, and they want a long piece which requires research, I will not work for less than a living wage per hour, minimum.

Jeez I'm tired, will have to proof in the morning, who knows what incoherent nonsense I have produced so far today!


aalite 3 years ago

Lol, the Bloggess has just published a list of 15 rules to successful blogging. I think this point is very appropriate given the recent skirmish on the forums:

2. SEO is very important. It stands for Screw Everyone Over. Or something. I don’t actually know, but apparently it’s something you should be paying people for. Or not. I prefer not.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Who is the bloggess?


aalite 3 years ago

Jenny Lawson, she has a very popular blog which is quite funny http://thebloggess.com. She also published a book recently (lets pretend this never happened). Personally I prefer hyperbole and a half, but I read her blog sometimes for amusement.

She basically makes money by swearing a lot, for which she has my respect.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Worked part of the day and spent the rest fishing until dark. There was some beer involved. One of the perks of farming is having some great fishing ponds to float around in with friends. Not to mention fresh fish when you want to catch them. "Keep Manhattan jest gimme that countryside!" :)


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Green Acres is the place to be!!!


aa lite 3 years ago

Sounds extremely nice, Randy. I am jealous!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Right, aa and LadyG. And we caught some nice fish too! :) Saw some deer, a few snakebirds, and an osprey as well. Didn't bring my camera dammit! :(


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Got banned.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

No sh$t.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I really do crack myself up.


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worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Hubpages rejected field notes from your acid trip? And then banned you after you started yet another thread in which you talk to yourself? I'm shocked, I tell you, shocked. Just utterly shocked the mods made a sensible decision for once. There may yet be hope for HP.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

How long is your ban this time, Para?


aa lite 3 years ago

For starting a lot of threads? Or were you trying to help some newbie again?


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

A member of the poisonous clique strikes again! Our rep is still in good standing thanks to Para. lol!


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

This is so unbelievably boring, I'm writing about luxury watch brands. I can't possibly type aperture or dial anymore. Not without losing sanity.


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I'm writing about JK Rowling. Can't imagine getting any traffic for that, but I'm completely out of ideas.

Just noticed that HP has introduced the possibility to no-follow links. I'm pretty sure that wasn't there before, but was something people asked for in forum. So I no followed my link to the daily mail (no way I'm giving them link juice!) but not to the guardian obviously.


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WriteAngled 3 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I'm translating psychiatric questionnaires. 14,000 words in total!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm floating around in the pool doing nothing. I like it.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I have just finished a crap day at work. Left unfished (unfinished) business but someone else can deal with it. Black mark for me.

Now I am digging through pics I used to post on FB for free and fun - and trying to turn a trick for a dollar on Bubblews.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Trying the oldest profession now, eh Mark? You slut! lol!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Looks like the weekly stats glitch is getting started a day early this week. Can we still consider this a glitch although it is apparently planned? :o


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Well. What with me being forum banned. Bubblews is now really in for it.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And btw. Google really, really seems to be liking my hubs these days. Go figure. HP really, really should not have turned down my armadillo hub. That thing had viral written all over it.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Ha! And I just now duplicated my hack on my profile. Want to know how to get your hubs on top like that? Beg for it. :-D


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I deserve a beer, I deserve several actually!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Agreed.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And the forums have just been deprived of my latest post.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And I just shitcanned a bubbler. Not the first.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

What do you mean by S&itcanned?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Disconnect.

And while I am at it, I am still so totally pissed about http://www.bubblews.com/news/1021201-the-day-the-m... I can't even begin...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And you have just inspired a new bubble. It's OK. No names named.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Govt, motion defeated on Syria. Cameron humiliated.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

Excellent news about Cameron.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Indeed it is! He looks a right plonker now.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I am so amazed the stress I have avoided since no cable.

Bubble written, btw, but still not published.

Night owl...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And do it goes. And which what was.

One simply does what one does.

It really is as we all know.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Not caught up with the news, but I do think it would be a massive mistake to bomb Syria. The bombs would hurt the very people the West wants to protect. Better to spend the money on increased defence measures. These chemical attacks (they bombed a country area with napalm on Monday) are practice measures IMO. And who the Hell sold such weapons to them?


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Para, no offence, but I do wish you would STFU. Make a long post, not a series of short ones. That's why you got banned, wasn't it?


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

That's the poisonous spirit, Izzy! lol! We've got our rep to consider. :p

On a more serious note HP has idled this hub. One of the more researched of my wildlife articles. Okay, the video is a bit bit shaky but it's original.

http://hubpages.com/education/Georgias-Living-Dino...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

What is was. And do what do. Gonna make that dream come true.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Well I'm not surprised they idled it! Where are the required polls, maps etc? Hmm??

Idled for low traffic or low quality?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Off to do another b thing.

I thought it well.

But such is not.

About D and the D.

The spiralling thing continuousness.

Witness the spelchceck.


worst-of-hp 3 years ago

Another ho-hum HOTD. Put draught blockers at the base of your door to keep the cold out, okay, got it. And may I add that the article doesn't fulfill the promise of it's title. There's no way to keep warm air inside unless you have a heater to generate the warm air. Unless you invite my aunt over and she farts for 6 hours straight. And despite staff's insistence that HOTDs must have properly attributed photos, this one does not. Oh, but it's an apprentice so that makes it all right.

Honestly, except for aalite and a few other chosen ones, the quality of apprentices and their writing is a bit embarrassing. The author of today's piece has a bio that reads "I was excepted on the Hubpages Apprenticeship Program..." Yikes, that's as bad as P'o'e't'ic'P'hil. Now every apprentice will say the program isn't supposed to make you a better writer, but a better online writer. Well, I hate to break it to them, but the two are not mutually exclusive.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I see PP is doing well over on Bubblews! Takes all sorts I suppose lol

That is an embarrassingly bad mistake on someone's profile, all the same. Unless they do not realise it is a mistake? In which case, HP is once again reflected badly.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

She has mentioned the word 'draughs' 6 times, but there are no entries of the word "draughts" which was what she was referring to. Her information on secondary glazing is incorrect and incomplete. It's not a bad hub, but never the best this site has to offer.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I really can't be arsed reading the HotD, unless I already know that the author is interesting or the topic worthy. I'm probably a really sh8t community member who should be in the forums shouting "Let's get some followers"

In other news, had to tell my mother that I can't take her for her bread tomorrow and it will have to be Saturday afternoon. Given that she already has two loaves in her freezer this shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. She's obsessive about routine. I really don't think I'm going to make the deadline for these articles. Or to put it another way, I'm F***ed!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Low engagement is the symbol I get on the idled hub. I've never had a low quality icon thus far. The idled hub had 450 views thus far, but not enough I suppose. HP mods suck as far as choosing most HOTDs. Like Worst pointed out earlier, besides aa and a few others in the A program, there are very few good writers who can really qualify for a HOTD. No wonder they discontinued the program.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Hey Hollie, my parents were also obsessive about routine. I prefer to lead a relaxed and chaotic lifestyle which is why I chose not to move back with them some years ago.

I have come to realise with the fullness of time, that old folk want a routine because it reminds them which day it is.

Buy your mother a huge calendar, if she she hasn't got one already, with the days prominent. Position it in a place she will see most often.

Her routine is about to be upset by a day. She will feel better if she later doesn't think the day she went for bread was Friday and works her later days around it. She needs to know she went for bread on the Saturday for a change. (if not, it will affect her whole week).

Now that I no longer have a proper job, or a need to know what day it is, I get easily confused when things happen out of the normal, so I know where you mum is coming from, though I will never become a victim of routine.

You carry on with your work, that is more important than taking your Mum for bread on her 'usual' day.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Randy I've got well over 100 hubs idled for 'low traffic'. Some of them have had thousands of views, but not since the big slap. I can't move them offsite because they have been copied multiple times.

I've got quite a few idled for being low quality too, and that pisses me off. I've no hubs under 500 words, most are way above that. Photos, polls, graphs etc, make no difference.

I don't care anymore.

I tickled myself pink this evening by asking one of my new hens "Howya doing, hen?" Then I realised that slipped so easily off my tongue because Glaswegians call all females 'hen', in the same way you might called someone 'pet' or 'love' or 'dear'.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Izzy, she has a calendar, and a clock, in every room, even the toilet! I'm not joking! She has always been obsessed with routine, tbh, for as long as I can remember. And she panics. I'm supposed to pick her up at 12 for shopping, by 11.30 she is ringing me and asking me where I am, I live a five minute drive away. I remind her every time that I should be there at 12, she says that she realises this but is just checking. Honestly, breaking the news to her today has actually stressed me out. She makes me feel so guilty. She's accepted it anyway, so I have tomorrow to complete the big orders, tomorrow evening and Sat am to complete the smaller ones. Deep breaths, I can do it.

On that note, I'm off to bed. I'll need to start work early and have my wits about me. Night all! :)


aa lite 3 years ago

HP isn't working on firefox! It keeps kicking me out of being signed in no matter how many times I do it.

Ok, so I was undecided on the bombing. I mean I just can't see how this would work. They would take military action because innocent people were killed? Well the thing about military action.......it kills innocent people (sorry, causes collateral damage). So.......like Izzy I think it is a bit counterproductive.

But apparently the vote is very bad for Cameron. Perhaps Newnight was exaggerating, but very nice nonetheless.

Poor Hollie, but then thing of all the lovely money. Once you get through this you can have a break, as I'm sure you will be ahead financially.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Night Hollie, and if you go round to her house on Saturday, mark on her calendar that you went shopping for bread on the Saturday. It will keep her right all week.

Sorry, just trying to help, based on my own experience with this type of behaviour.

Your mother's is a little different, because she has always had this problem. In my experience it comes on in later life.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The whole unfeaturing thing for hubs with low engagement is a load of horseshit in my opinion, Izzy. Like my opinion is worth something anyway. lol!

@Hollie--You can do it! Get some sleep now. We can be poisonous without you for a while I think. :)


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I'm totally undecided about the UK's political parties these days. I've always hated the Tories, then Labour became New Labour under Tony Blair, and his policies were even more right-wing than the hated Tories! I slipped from the SNP to the Socialist Workers Party because I am a socialist at heart, but could never support Labour because even when they were a Socialist party they did SWA for the workers.

Then I moved abroad and didn't even think about politics as I had no vote in Spain.

Came back to all those strangers in power and in opposition.

Milliband strikes me as an arse, all the same. Still 'New' Labour, I presume?

Wars don't work. I lived through Maggie's war with Argentina, then the various Gulf Wars, and are we any better off? No we are worse off, because we then have to pay to rebuild the damage our weapons cost, not to mention the loss of the young lives of our soldier cannon fodder. Plus, we had to accept into our society those who were against their own country's regime, or so they say, and have to support them forever more.

Damn, I should have made this post a Bubble!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

Collateral damage, Randy. We are the cannon fodder here on HP. Our blood, sweat and tears helped build this site too!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

So true, Izzy. The lack of appreciation by HP is par for the course. We're merely numbers on a computer monitor. I feel the same about HP staff. :)


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

And I have the cheek to suggest Para rambles on? OK para - stick the boot in, I can take it!

Posted now because Bubblews are paying out. It's been more than 72 hours since I made the request. The site did go down, but my earnings reset to zero, so I assumed it went through. Got word they are are paying me - yeah!


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I no longer rush to switch the computer on. Actually I am 'always on' anyway in one or other of my devices. For the first time in about 4 years I don't really care one way or the other what my stats are, what I've earned, whether views are up or down.

Financially, I don't need to care.

But you must all agree that my life is pretty shite at the moment. It was bad before, but that was just preparation....

Money only matters when you don't have it. When you do, you realise that money is the the least important thing on the planet, what matters is family and friends.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I understand completely, Izzy. I spend less and less time writing these days and more time enjoying my life. Beth and I are both retired and we plan to enjoy it while we can. I am sorry to hear of your recent troubles at home and feel blessed my mom is as healthy as she is at her age. I really hope you find some assistance of some kind for your mother. I'm so glad you have your hens and your dog to talk to. I did the same with some of my cattle. :)


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, I've been so unmotivated since I came back from my holidays, I've done the bare minimum when it comes to writing- just enough to pay the bills, so this extra money just evens things out a little.

Izzy, thanks, I'll try the calendar thing. Don't know who Cameron thinks he's kidding, he couldn't give a toss about the Syrians and what is happening to them, he's just after regime change so he can enrich his friends- the ones who've donated ridiculous amounts of cash to have dinner with him. And, allegedly, Assad is holding political prisoners in those military bases, so they'd be the first to bite the bullet during a strike. They'd go in, blast the place to high hell, murder Assad and then leave the country in a worse position than it is already in.

Randy, the hub they idled should have been HotD, not the wear a spiderman outfit to keep warm hub!

Back to work!


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

The BBC was in full propaganda mode yesterday. I love the napalm story. Now correct me if I am wrong but didn't those guardians of the world's morals, America, use a tiny bit of napalm in Vietnam?

As for crimes against whatever. Egypt - coup - 1,000 Moslems killed. That's OK I guess for now.

I don't really know what the game is in the Middle East - oil I suppose and Israel.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

When Tony Blair, you know that most unbiased of special envoys, comes out and supports a strike- You know that Israel and the oil companies are pulling the strings!

God I must press on!


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hollie--Don't really care about HOTD but idling perfectly good hubs pisses me off. That's what the "low engagement" icon really means. "Good enough to be featured, but not good enough for us anyway." lol! How ridiculous can HP get?


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

This is how my Labor Day Weekend will be and has started. How is yours going to be? http://www.bubblews.com/news/1038524-it039s-a-good...


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Yay! I have but two short articles to write in the morning before I take my mother shopping. My brain is completely frazzled but I am a happy bunny!

Randy, I enjoyed your hub (read it last night but was too tired to comment) That is the fastest tortoise I have ever seen. Idling the hub is a tragedy, I enjoyed it.

I think I'm now going to draw a butterfly. :)


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Well, I am on the comeback trail. One plodding day at a time. That to-do list of mine really is impossible though. That thing would bring Jesus Christ, himself, to his knees. Just the car alone will probably be my downfall. I'll spare everyone the details as to the other 3,141,159 items on the list lol

Will be staying home this entire 3-day weekend. Let someone else participate in the 10,000 traffic accidents that will occur. Be careful out there! :)


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Hollie--lol! Yes, I had trouble keeping my camera focused on him he moved so fast. This one was bigger than my laptop though you can't tell it in the video.

@Para--A sad, sad situation no doubt. :p


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

There's 3 items on that list that are actually worse than the car. Life is a war of attrition. And eventually attrition always wins. I just didn't think it would happen so soon with me.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

PDS, at least you have your earnings from Bubblews which you didn't have a few weeks ago. There's usually a silver lining somewhere.

Randy, I noticed, he was bloody rapid for a tortoise. I like tortoises.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And so as to not be all doom and gloom. I am happy to report my hub traffic is right now the best it has been all year. I wonder if it is because of all the dividers I tossed out.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Possibly. Mines pretty tragic tbh. Can't really complain with only nine hubs though.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Looks like B is one massive Internal Server Error. Been that way for an hour I think.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Yep it does look that way. I wish they would fix it. There is a pattern to when t goes down and that is what makes me so mad. They know it s a pattern and yet they still haven't gotten it fixed since the pattern was happening some 2 weeks ago.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I wonder how much money they lose per minute when the site is down during peak traffic times.


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

I wonder if that is why some of us don't get paid..there is no money....


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Site still down I see. They have come up with a brilliant concept. I just hope they have the tech ability to see it through. This would be a win-win for everyone.

Come to think of it. Might not be a bad idea to start keeping an eye out for clones. Imagine being able to post on a half-dozen of these sites. And all of them competing against each other for our posts.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

@all Well, well. Want to keep track of B? You can do so at https://www.facebook.com/Bubblews Except, of course, when the site is down...


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

And Q isn't talking, but Alexa is http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/bubblews.com


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Wow thanks for that site.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I have never seen B down this long before.

I've also come across an extremely negative webpage about them. There were maybe a hundred posters on it. Most of them extremely unhappy campers with B.

B hasn't done anything mean to me, so I'm not going to post the link. But I have lost the inclination to make any more posts there until I get paid for what I've already perpetrated. :-D


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I think the unhappy people are probably the ones who didn't get paid. I've got my first redemption so I am not complaining.

I think the problem is that it doesn't really have much of a support system. I've seen one person say that they've sent repeat emails, and the only answer they got was a "what is your user name?" email, even thought they sent the information in their emails.

Possibly the site expanded faster than anticipated and they don't have the people to deal with the volume. I would definitely not leave much money sitting there. Wait till you get $26 (in case they remove some money for some reason) and ask for a redemption. Then at least if something goes wrong, you've only lost a bit of money.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

It's already in the $30 range. So the next business day, and when the site appears completely stable, I'll make my move. This, of course, is assuming the site ever comes back on line again...


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Lady Guinevere 3 years ago from West Virginia

Well if you went to their FB Pages there is an bubble about someone going on a trip. Possibly it could have been Arvind ??? I don't know for sure of that. I would have thought, or it should have been that there should have been a backup person in case something did go wrong while the boss is out of town. I also thinks aa is right about it growing too fast. They have only been on-line since Feb of 2012. They also went from and version 2 to a version 3...and I know the problems with doing that. Heck when I upgraded my last windows, I had many problems for 3 months after that. Somehow they worked themselves out. I won't get Windows 8 anytime soon.

They also switched to a bigger server and that starts problems too.

Well my cats are bothering me emmensley to go to bed, so I will do that. Good Night Everyone!


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

I don't really feel I've been carrying my weight as far as being poisonous is concerned, so I shall allow my self to be nasty.......

New hubber on forums wonders why his hub was not published.......

"1. Keyword - These are little formulates or words that you require the ending exploiter to accede in a search engine then he will watch your site in the solutions."

5. Sitemap - A XHTML text file that says the search engines almost the anatomical structure of your internet site.

It's kind of poetic actually.

Mark go forth and bubble about what a venomous biatch I is.


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IzzyM 3 years ago from UK

I read that hub - it just looks like spun/translated nonsense. "solutions" instead of "results" is a dead give-away. It was also incredibly short.

He could have made a fortune if he'd posted it on Bubblews instead!

I was reading a book (British) about border collies last night and the last chapter I read dealt with diet. It said that standard dog food is wrong for the breed, unless they are working dogs as there is too much protein in it for a more sedentary lifestyle. It said to check the label for the percentage of protein as most are 27% and you want to have 24%. Damn I am well-confused, because the label for Pedigree puppy food says it has 8% protein, and adult Pedigree has 7%. (or it might have been 1 percentage less for both). The book said if your border collie pup gets the higher rate, and is not burning off the energy, it is more likely to chew and misbehave. That goes for all dogs, apparently. Too strong a food and they get 'high' and misbehave. Anyone know about this?


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

HP CPM becoming less than stellar again... And shouldn't it be labelled RPM, not CPM? As in revenue-per-1000, not clicks-per-1000?

Meanwhile, B is back in business. Not doing any more posts for the time being. But being a nice guy and running through the notifications list. Whenever I dial up the list, whoever is at the top of the list wins. Just the kind of guy I am.


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Randy Godwin 3 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I don't know if that qualifies as poisonous or not, Para. You'd definitely qualify for the "Butthole Clique" though. :p


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

Out of 47 posts on Bubblews, my armadillo hub is already #4. And it is my second most recent hub, beating out the older articles traffic totals just fine. HP never should have turned down my armadillo hub...


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aa lite 3 years ago from London

Damn I think I've lost a klemmeri hatchling through intense stupidity. I just left the eggs uncovered. I was starting to doubt the embryos survived their extraction from the tank. Well now I have a broken eggshells and no gecko!

Hopefully it didn't go out through the open window and is still somwhere in the room and can be retrieved. Klemmeri don't hide as much as cepis, usually when one escapes it shows itself easily.

Second egg is still intact so I am sitting next to it until the critter comes out. I'm sure I'll miss the moment, but it's soemthing I've always wanted to see wanted to do.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I hope you find him aa. You must feel like gecko midwife at times!


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I'm curious. Do geckos make good hors d'oeuvres?


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I think I've just bullied someone who commented on one of bubbles. Feel guilty now. :(

Nevertheless, it is Saturday night and I've just had a sip of my first beer, so not feeling that guilty. I want to start drawing a Japanese wisteria plant but my hand and wrist are aching like mad. Not sure whether to rest them or exercise them. Dilemma.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

Was that Writers? I know her well from sites before even HP. She's OK - just a bit too eager to spout off on your post. She has resentment because she is poor but can't claim benefits - it is sort of understandable.

I try to make allowances for people having different politics because I like other elements of them.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

It is understandable and there's a lot of people going through a lot of shit at the moment. The bloody govt and and idiots like the daily shame however, have people turning on each other.

I've commented on one her posts and I did add a smilie in my reply to her, so hopefully she doesn't think I'm too aggressive. I just get on my high-horse when it comes to this govt and what they are doing.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I think it will be cool Hollie. She has been around the internet long enough and knows she didn't really read your post, so her bad. Of all the peopel I know on the net I'd say "She's OK". That's OK meaning really nice, cool, funny and somehow trustworthy.

Anyway, after all that... good post!

I'd quite like to tell some of these Bubblews bashers that there is actually some high quality, entertaining, concise posting going on over there. Might have to go find some.


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HollieT 3 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

There is some good stuff over there, I agree. There's some crap too, but I suppose no site is immune. I just hope that G doesn't screw the site over at some point.


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Mark Ewbie 3 years ago from Euroland

I don't think I get any G traffic at all. All internal. G can screw themselves.


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paradigmsearch 3 years ago from USA

I do believe Mark is right. B does not need G.


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