The Poisonous Ones Strike Back: A Visit To A Snake Handling Church

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Merely another thin veiled attempt to bypass the rules as you are probably aware of if you've been keeping up with the band of POs.

Nothing really new around the Hub these days as the staff continues to ignore queries about the unethical Related Search ads which grace every one of our pages even during our share of time. They are used to drag our visitors away from our articles and make HP money by horning in on what once was our share of viewers.

I am indeed disappointed in HP as they apparently disregard complaints they know are justified. They can run up an alley and holler fish as far as I'm concerned. There, I've said it and I'm not taking it back. Strong words for strong feelings I suppose. Anyway, here's the tale:


Culture shock arrived in Clear Springs in !960.
Culture shock arrived in Clear Springs in !960. | Source

Sherman's Sewer

At the age of 14, I had the opportunity to visit a snake handlin’ church over in the next county. I being Jason Carmichael, son of Robert and Sarah Carmichael, long time residents of Clear Springs Georgia. Four years ago Interstate 75 brought the outside world right through our one-traffic-light town. All of a sudden, people with strange accents wearing funny clothes were walking the streets. Yep, the dreaded Yankees I’d heard so much about from my grandparents, had returned with a vengeance.

I-75 also brought a measure of economic prosperity to a few dirt farmers as their land was needed for the highway and exits. The counties the highway went through also gained much from the taxes that new motels and gas stations along with a myriad of other businesses which sprang up along the route.

However, the further one traveled east or west of the 4 lane highway the less educated the population seemed to be. Clear Springs was introduced to new culture in the form of a heavily trafficked viaduct heading for the Florida sunshine.

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The Invitation

I’ve always a very curious youngster--my father said so anyway--and I jumped at the chance to attend a homecoming dinner at afabled house of worship in the area. I’d wangled a personal invitation to the dinner on the grounds at a genuine snake handling church. It came in the form of an invite from one of my grandfather’s former sharecroppers.

His name was Lucas McCall, a confirmed bachelor of indeterminate age--I’d guess either 50 to 60 years old at the time--who also performed odd jobs for the aforementioned church and would never miss out on a free meal if he could help it. Old Luke knew I’d been hankering to see the snakes and the folks who held them so he asked me to attend with him.

As I had never been of a religious nature myself, my father looked suspicious when I asked permission to go with Luke, but I suppose he figured I’d be just as well off in one church as another. He finally gave it the okay much to my surprise and delight.

Ole Rufus waiting for another snack to appear. He's not picky at all.
Ole Rufus waiting for another snack to appear. He's not picky at all. | Source

Curious As A Cat.....

The next Sunday Luke picked me up early to help him feed his array of animals--both chickens and wild pets--before we prepared to head over to the church located in the next county over. His cages contained a possum, a raccoon, as well as a skunk, which was allowed to run free around the grounds. There were always half a dozen cats running around with all of them having only 3 legs to do the running with. I had questioned Luke on a former occasion as to what had happened to the cats to allow them to possess only 3 legs.

“A cat is a curious animal,” Luke answered. “They jest cain’t abide not knowin’ what’s a-goin’ on anywheres close by. When a new cat shows up, it sees ole Rufus the coon in his cage and--being naturally nosey--strolls on over to get a closer look. As the cat gets closer, ole Rufus reaches through the cage and grabs whichever cat leg is nearest to ‘im, and pulls it inside. Rufus then chews off the leg before the cat goes away a bit wiser and not so curious anymore.”

I pictured in my mind a new cat arriving and asking the other members of his species what happened to their legs. I suppose they told the new guy to ask the strange looking creature in the cage and then sat back and watched as a new member of the club was born. I’ve never had much use for cats since then. I asked Luke why he didn’t just let the coon go. “I think Ole Rufus would eat the rest of the cats if I did that,” Luke said. “I believe he has a taste for kitty cat now that he’s used to it.” Truth is indeed stranger than fiction.

It was a peaceful looking place, on the outside at least.
It was a peaceful looking place, on the outside at least. | Source

Dressing For the Day

We wore our best jeans and a white shirt in honor of the occasion. This was a novel idea to me as back then wearing blue jeans or any other non-dress clothes would get one seriously frowned upon in any of Clear Springs‘ local houses of worship.

Luke had picked me up early in his old panel truck in which he kept his tools and such other job related items. He’d tried to wash some of the dust off of the old vehicle, but it only made it appear older than it was. It was the thought that counted I suppose. Respect comes in many forms I’d learn at an early age.

We arrived at the First Holiness Baptist Church of God In Heaven before most of the attendees got there, parking Luke’s old truck behind the church under a big live oak tree. “I allus parks here when I come on certain Sundays,“ Luke said. The building itself was everything one would expect of a church which allows the handling of serpents.

Among other things, Luke had brought some blocks of ice for the sweet tea used to wash down the chicken n’ dumplings, barbecued pork and chicken, and various other dishes soon to appear along with the crowd.

There's always barbecue at a church Homecoming Day.
There's always barbecue at a church Homecoming Day. | Source

Walkin' The Walk and Talkin' The Talk

Having finished with our duties, Luke and I headed inside where there was already a loud sermon in progress. Like the parishioners themselves, the inside of the old building was bare of any decorations. The unpainted walls and pews giving evidence that bright colors and gaudy possessions were not favored by their lord.

The owner of some very flexible vocal cords--presently in the midst of admonishing the attendees--was the pastor of the church and according to Luke, “He’ll git all het up ‘fore the days over, he allus does, specially on Homecoming Day.” I didn’t know what ‘all het up’ entailed, but it did sound very interesting at the time.

There were several other visiting preachers from around south Georgia who took turns preaching during the day, especially after everyone got their fill of food during mealtime. I kept waiting for a preacher to call for the snakes and finally, he did. “Oh Gaw-ud,” he pleaded towards the ceiling “watch with joy-uh why your servants-uh prove their faith-uh in thee-uh.”

Raising his arms toward the heavens, the preacher then reached down under the old wooden pulpit and pulled two enormous rattlesnakes from beneath it. He let them squirm, their rattles making the sound one never forgets once they hear it for the first time.

After talking gibberish for a few minutes--apparently the much vaunted unknown tongues I‘d also heard tell of--he passed the snakes along to the parishioners to also prove their faith in kind. No, not everyone wanted to hold the snakes, and they weren’t forced to, but they were stared at disapprovingly by the 'real believers' if they didn‘t at least touch one of the creatures on some part of its body.

A sort of snake dance began as the fever heightened among the church folk.
A sort of snake dance began as the fever heightened among the church folk. | Source

The Right Place At The Right Time...

It was only a matter of time before someone got bit by one of the snakes. These creatures could only stand so much being grabbed and shook before one of them got pissed off enough to strike someone. As luck would have it, that person was me.

As the biggest of the snakes was being passed to the person sitting next to me, it suddenly struck me on the wrist leaving two red marks where the fangs broke the skin. I sat there for a moment--it seemed longer some said--while the congregation had gone almost silent as word got around about my apparent faithlessness.

Luke was sitting beside me and later on the way home he described the scene for me as if I wasn’t there to know about it myself. “I seen you wuz a-goin’ down so I grabbed your head to keep it from bonkin’ on the ole pine pew so hard. Your eyes wuz a-starin’ at nuthin’ an’ finally rolled back in your head. Everyone thought you wuz a goner.

That preacher though, he just went to prayin’ and hollering’ for the lord to have mercy on an obvious sinner, to help this child see the light. In about 5 minutes you set up and said you felt better as the other folks started singing and patting you on the back. The preacher never seemed so happy as he wuz today.”

"What's that thing in the cage over there? I think I'll over and check it out."
"What's that thing in the cage over there? I think I'll over and check it out." | Source

Not So Different After All..

“So,” I asked, “How much did the preacher pay us after all that acting, Luke?” He smiled and said, “one hunnert dollars in cash, honey chile.” Yes, if you hadn’t guessed it yet, the snakes belonged to Luke. Of course, he had not only milked the venom from the snakes early that morning, but had pulled their fangs out just in case. Rattlesnakes have several sets of fangs and would grow more in the future.

He also knew how to make them strike when he wanted to and did so at the proper moment by squeezing the snake in a certain spot during the time he passed it by me. A couple of prearranged fang marks made by a sharp hat pin finished the desired effect if they weren’t closely examined. And Luke made sure they hadn't by wrapping my wrist with his handkerchief.

“I know of two other churches where they handle snakes and the preachers there will want a piece of the action if you can get away again.” I thought about those three legged cats again and how people weren’t a whole lot different after all. “Heck yeah Luke,” I replied, “I still got two good legs and one good arm left anyway.” The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways…

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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Well that was a totally interesting story. I have been to those kinds of Baptist revivals where all the preacher do is yell and scream and pass threats around the room. We used to have them outdoors and the the ice cream social ensued afterwards. I grew up baptist.

You are very luck to be alive. I do not like snakes and five them a wide area if I see one.

Those poor cats.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The cat and coon story is based on fact, Debbie. These snake handling churches still may be around in the swamps of Georgia and other rural places. Ya never know! :)


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very Interesting


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks lots, Eric. Some of it's even true! lol!


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Beth Eaglescliffe 2 years ago from UK

You are a born story-teller. I couldn't stop reading this tale 'til I got to the end. Voted up.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks so much, Beth. I can't ask for any higher praise than that! I appreciate your time and comments greatly. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Good lawd -- you sure can fetch up stories to keep my eyes glued to every word, Randy. Very enjoyable.


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Morrow66 2 years ago

Excellent Story I see something like this in Justified the TV show I don't know if you've ever seen that but it's a great show. Thanks for sharing this truly interesting.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Well, I didn't see that coming, Randy. Great surprise ending!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful story Randy, with your usual surprise ending. I enjoyed the read and especially liked "Ol' Rufus" and his liking for cat's legs.... :)

Voted up.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Always glad to get your take on my tales, Phyllis! Thanks for your time as always. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't see that show yet, Morrow. Have to check it out though. Thanks for your time and comments. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Shauna! I love to spring a surprise ending on my tales and this one isn't any different. Thank you for checking this one out and for your nice comments. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Jodah--Rufus was a real coon who did indeed like cat legs. I saw the 3 legged cats for myself but fortunately I didn't witness Rufus in the act of causing the amputations. :o Truth is stranger than fiction I suppose! Thanks for your time, John!


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I do know that cats are afraid of coons. I have one outdoor cat left and I feed him on my back deck. The food that they do not eat, the coons and possums come up and dine on for their breakfast (about 9 pm, even if it isn't dark yet) and the cat, Mikey, will get up on something high and watch the coon eat and not bother him. Now when we had about 4 outdoor cats they would ambush the coons and chase them down the porch steps. If it is just one it is a different story.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes indeed Debbie, a grown boar coon is a vicious and very strong animal and will drown a full grown dog if he's attacked in the water. I'm surprised the coon allowed your cats to run it off so easily. Must be a chicken coon! :P


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I have a funny story about a coon one year. I had just put more food in the dish and went inside the house. I turned around and there was a coon eating it. So I went outside to take the dish up. I am not afraid of the coons here. Usually they run away. Not this one though. I went to walk over to the dish that it was eating from and that darned coon did something that surprised me! It picked up the dish and carried it away. I todl it that it could eat as much as it wanted. LOL


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm only afraid of them during rabies season. I've had to dispatch one before when it approached a worker out in a tobacco patch. It was having fits and seemingly unafraid of humans as it kept trying to get to the worker. I hated to kill it but dying of rabies is much worse than a quick clean end. :(


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oh I understand that. I am not sure what is happening in my woods this year. A mother raccoon will bring up her babies every year, but she never did this year. I like seeing the little furballs come up and learn from their mom but not this year. Last year she had 5 of them and they were having some problems trying to get down the steps and she was chattering to get them to follow her.

I have only seen a possum twice so far and no babies from them either. I only saw a family of them on year.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

another note: I have seen many more snakes this year too and that might be the reason no raccoon babies and could be why the possums have non too.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Could be Deb, but I'd think a possum or coon would simply eat the snakes instead.


DJ Anderson 2 years ago

Hey, Randy,

You never disappoint with your tall, southern tales. I know you like those twists at the end, but I get so caught up in the story that you get

me, before I realize it.

As Beth from the UK said, "You are a born story teller." When is your collection of stories coming out in a book? You keep saying you are "gonna git er done". I'm still waiting....

Did your foot heal properly? I think about that discovery and get queasy. My grown son and husband were cleaning out gutters, yesterday, and I thought about you taking flight off the roof top!

People have died doing less!!

This is another great story, Randy. I do enjoy your southern style entertainment .

My best to you,

DJ.


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Alastar Packer 2 years ago from North Carolina

A ha can see that...a 'coon chowing down on cat leg. Thought I knew southern vernacular pretty good. but '...all het up' got me curious as those cats. Not So Different After All has me in stitches ..another Randy Godwin classic... and how sweet it is!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I've not read the hub yet, Randy. Jut leaving my mark so that I can find it in the morning :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good to hear from you again, DJ! Yes, I'm still planning my e-book and have my son--an IT for the state--helping me with the technical stuff.

I always look forward to you commenting on my tales and this is no exception. Thanks for all of your time and encouragement towards my writing efforts.

I've got to have an operation on my foot as it's still giving me problems walking on it, but not for a while as I want to get a few vacations in before I become immobile for six weeks while wearing a cast.

I'm still very thankful not to have broken my back or something worse during the fall though. Things can always be worse I realize.

Thanks again for commenting and I hope you and your family are doing well also. Don't be a stranger! :)

Randy


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

My friend Alastar, so pleased you checked out this tale which was really just an excuse for creating another chat hub. the last one is getting rather slow as it does when the comments reach 1500 or so.

About the coon in this tale, I knew a guy many years ago which kept one in a cage where I encountered the bunch of 3 legged cats. There wasn't any of them that had their original 4 legs and I had to ask what happened to them. You know now what the guy told me and I was as shocked at the answer as most people would be. It would be funny if it wasn't true. :o

"All het up" I suppose means all heated up in the southern vernacular I've heard all of my life. Now you know! lol! Thanks again for your visit old friend. :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Hollie--Reading the hub is not required to be qualified to join the POs in whatever discussion we deem relative. Mostly the tale was an excuse to get the darn thing featured. You are officially checked in! lol!


eppy 2 years ago

just checking in. Feeling good. Broken sentence, lol. Oh dear, I must go.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Consider yourself checked in, Eppie! :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I can vaguely remember my Grandfather saying something like, "now don't go and get all het up over it!" I have not heard that term in years. One reason I so love your story telling, Randy, is because you use the proper vernacular for specific locations/people. This is what I like to do in my creative stories.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Well Phyllis, I wonder how many of these old expressions will become extinct after our generation is gone? These tales are another reason for making sure some of our ancestor's old sayings don't disappear with them.


eppie 2 years ago

My grandma said, "well thank you frank buck", when she was a girl. I checked it referred to a bull fighter. The saying died 50 years ago.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Mornin' Randy. I believe it is important to keep old sayings alive. With the texting going on now, even words and expressions of our time is fading. I love the expressions of times gone by -- yea big, knee-high to a grasshopper, over yonder, as the crow flies, and one of my favs "Don't pay no never mind" -- so many quaint expressions to use in stories. Now I am in the mood to write another story. :)

This reminds me of mountain folk talk. Have you ever seen the interviews on YouTube, with Popcorn Sutton? Now there is an old time talker with quaint expressions, most of which are not appropriate for all audiences. He was one of the last true moonshiners and "ain't nobody quite like him gonna come round ever again". For years he kept his coffin in his parlour, dusted and ready for whenever he would need it.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's no longer dead now since you brought it back up, Eppie! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gotta check Popcorn's vernacular out now,Phyllis! I never understood one of my Dad's old expressions when he said, "Happy as a dead pig in the sunshine." lol!


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Popcorn was really harsh, Randy, but I could not help but love the old guy.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

"Happy as a dead pig in the sunshine" hhaha ... hmmm ... must have something to do with flies. Let me know if you ever find out.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I am trying to decide what nefariousness to engage in today. Bubblews is doing another crash and burn, so I guess that leaves the forums...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Phyllis I never have figured that saying out and haven't found anyone else who has either. My closest guess would be that because pigs do not have sweat glands they tend to be uncomfortable when it's hot and tend to seek out mud to soak in to help cool their body temp down. I may be completely off on this theory but that's all I have at the moment. Ha! Another lost axiom!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I see that Related Search now lists snake handling... Along with Baptist Church. We are all doomed.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I detest the Related Search ads. Blatant thievery in my opinion. How would HP like it if we took visitors away from their view percentage? I'm considering the possibilities.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I was thinking of starting another Randy forum amnesty thread. I think I'll defer. LOL Personally, I see the daily CPM. So I'm willing to live with it.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The forums aren't very interesting these days and HP apparently likes them that way. I seem to be missing nothing by being banned from them, Para. It's a badge of honor in my opinion. lol!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, regarding CPM.

I'm guessing from your previous posts you've already hit AdSense payout for the month.

I recommend you try HP ads for the rest of the month.

You might be pleasantly shocked.

You owe me big time if you do this.

Do keep in mind the summer cr@p however.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

PDS, How long would it take to see the difference? I am curious because I switched to Amazon ads through HP about a week ago and have seen nothing new. I have HP ads already and wellllllll......... I am still waiting on any payouts from that.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG, my hubs were an abysmal failure regarding Amazon. Deleted those critters long ago.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Unless you can guarantee me $400 or more a month from the HP program I don't think it's worth the risk, Para. Can you? :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Do it for the rest of the month and then decide.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

What, no guarantee? :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

@HP I know it's that time of the season. But don't scr@w up here.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Cross post. Randy, you are one of the good guys. My recommendation is from the heart.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

wtf. Emails are not violations of tos. Sent you one.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sent one back atcha, Para.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Received. Nonplussed. Digesting.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hope everything comes out okay. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Interesting. Things have changed. Still have not found how to switch to total adsense.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I now have no idea whether I'm on AdSense or HP.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I am here.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Bare chested, window, all, brushing stuff aside,


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I need to do a real time playground i do


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy! Jesus H Christ! Switched to AdSense! Unbelievable! I had no idea! When did that happen? OMG! If I've been robbed a fortune....


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

And you were urging me to switch to HPads? Now you see why I don't trust any of the in-house programs. :o


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

The whomping pally thompson difference might be topic derivative, but I'm avidly going to watch my adsense for awhile.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Huh?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LOL I don't know what made me go off on the "whomping pally thompson" tangent. LOL But if AdSense has really changed that much, and it's not an RV topic thing, I'm going to be a happy camper.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

PDS the jury is still out for this writer. I don't know what to do because I sure as heck ain't making any real money and have not for a long time.

I am starting to make evergreen hubs, BUT is Hubpages going to be evergreen? That is the kicker.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy. I've shut off the ad program, but AdSense isn't bumping up.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm worried there's another step I have to do, but I can't find it.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, if there's another step, I can't find it. There used to be. I guess HP changed things. I guess just making HP ads inactive is it. Leaving the adsense active of course. And it presumably will take over. Interestingly, I noticed my Revenue Optimization immediately dropped from 5 to 4.

An adventuresome week lies ahead... But, then again, why should this week be any different? :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, been 9 hours. AdSense balance still appears "dormant". I once again checked everywhere on the HP menus. I once again couldn't find anything to click other that being sure Ad Program inactive and AdSense Active. I seem to remember that last time, one had to click something else on a submenu somewhere.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Send an email to staff or something, or better yet, start a forum thread and let the smart asses advise you. There's always a few of those around these days. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm not in a forum mood at the moment. I went and looked at a hub page source. My AdSense ID showed up 5 times on the page. So I guess it's just sit back and wait and see.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

If I don't see at least my usual RPM, then I'll know something is amiss. Losing a couple days income won't kill me. I'll go make up the difference on "B".


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Can't keep up with you lot!

HP has censored yet another of my hubs for "engagement". They can stuff that for all I care. Any such victims will stay unpublished until I can move them to my own sites, along with any lenses that get the same disgusting treatment from the Squidoo owners. They can hardly expect me to make any effort for the pennies earned here. A single Adsense click on my own web sites sometimes earns me the equivalent of what I get in a month here for everything LOL!


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Hmmm, my comment has been eaten.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I made my spam filter throw it back up, WA. It was eaten because you criticized HP. You know better than that! :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, I've decided to torture Twitter this week. Starting with my astrology hubs. Desperate times... :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I get nervous every time Analytics Real-Time tells me someone from San Francisco is looking at my hubs...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, so far, www.websitewithnoname.com is beating HP on the AdSense thing. :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, I'm done hunting and gathering for the day.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You're only a level 2 commentator, Para? What gives?


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Well I had a Manic Monday! Duke, our dog, got really sick this morning and I thought that he had a stroke. When my husband took him for a walk this morning at about 4:30 he was fine. Well I got woken up by Dukes hitting the wall. That is not unusual because we have a small room and he will kick the wall when he dreams in his sleep. This morning though it sounded like he could not turn around in the small space. He could not get up and when he did he was falling all over the place and his left eye was twitching. That was at 6:30 am. So I called my husband and he came home from work and we took him to the Vets. They said that he has Vertigo. Now I know many people, including myself, did not know that dogs could get this. I will be writing a hub about it tomorrow.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, that fits right in with my profile score.

LG, be sure to pay Duke half the revenue. After all, fair is fair.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Debbie--I have bouts of vertigo myself, it runs in my dads family. Now I know where the expression, 'sick as a dog' came from.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Yeah and Duke doesn't look to well tonight. He has not eaten all day and it looks like that is that last thing on his mind. This runs the course of about a week. I have no idea how I am going to get him outside by myself with his back end in a sling. The dog is 83 pounds. I am working on that hub right now. I need to stop though as my eyes are getting tired. Why do they have to use such little type!!!!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Before I started having the vertigo bouts I would jump out of bed in the morning and crash into the wall when I started walking as if someone was pushing me sidewise. After this happened a few times I learned to sit up in bed a few moments to see if the room starting spinning before starting to go anywhere.

Sometimes it's so bad it makes a person--or a dog for that matter--nauseated enough to throw up. I never realized animals suffered from it though. Should be a very helpful hub, Debbie. I hope your dog gets better too.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Diuretic high blood pressure medication causes vertigo. Thought I'd just mention in case relevant.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Mine's inherited, Para. No medication required ! There is medication to help clear it up, but makes me so drowsy I have to stay in bed when I take it.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I updated a bunch of hubs today without my profile score plummeting into no-follow land. B and WWNN came through like champs today. This is starting to show all the signs of being a banner week.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Did a bit of research for articles on a friends site but nothing else in the writing department. I'm always working on a fiction piece or five though. Hot down here in the swamps but thunderstorms cool things down some. It's good to be king.....


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Been working with Duke all morning. It will be an all day project since he is a bit on the abstinent side when doing anything with him...only me though. Working on getting him to drink and eat. That is a trip. First I had to get him outside. That is making all my muscles hurt! He fought me all the way until he got in the grass and there is where I left him. I could not lift him up with a sling so I just pulled him. I was a afraid that I was going to hurt him until I realized that he was working against me. Then once he saw the yard he was a tiny bit cooperative. I got my turkey baster out and filled it with water and in a bit will fill it with canned food that has been liquified and feed him with that. Long process but just getting him something in his stomach today will be closer to him getting better. Later


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG, maybe he just needs salt. As an example, if salt licks aren't provided for cattle, they do indeed fall down and can't get up. Similar symptom, who knows?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And another hub bites the dust... 2,500 words of programming code examples it had... HP deemed it worthy of a hubscore of 49. I've already unpublished it. Already tried everything I could with it. Oh, well.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

The article is up. Most people, even pet owners do not know this. That is why I wrote it because my dog has it and I didn't even know about this in Dogs and Cats.

http://ladyguinevere.hubpages.com/hub/Vertigo-In-D...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG. Well, if they did blood tests, then I guess it wasn't a lack-of-salt issue. I gave ya a tweet. :D


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Stranded in France by militant trade unions (I generally approve of militant union action, but I wish I wasn't its victim). Actually took the bus to the airport, cause easy jet only cancelled the flight as i was approaching Lyons airport. Had to take the bus back again. Another attempt to fly back to UK tomorrow.

Just turned on the guardian and saw that Brooks is free but Coulson found guilty. Are you half satisfied Hollie?


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Can you claim money for being inconvenienced, Aa?

I've just deleted my Squidoo account. Not only did they raise the payment threshold to $25, but if you do not get to that point after a year, they just give all your money to charity instead of paying you. That is disgusting. I'm not prepared to let someone else decide to which cause MY money should go, and anyway I am not writing to support good causes! Oh well, I'll have to set up some more web sites...

It's no great loss. I had $2.31 in the bank and over the last month or so have been getting about one view a week for 12 hubs.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

She was always going to be harder to nail, aa (although I believe that she's guilty as sin) Still, the ripples are making their way through Downing Street and I'm very much enjoying Cameron's discomfort. And then, there's this: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/24/sco...

Have they not announced when industrial action finished? And like WA says, surely you can claim some compensation?

I think that's a pretty shoddy way to treat writers, WA, and the flip side is that you have no control over Squidoos success, failure or any new policies they decide to implement in order to overcome the dreaded black and white updates which determine whether you're going to get views or otherwise.

I'm absolutely knackered! Completed day 2 at court and realised that not only have I forgotten so much, but I do not recognise the service at all- so many changes. My head is spinning!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I'm going to see whether I can get the fare back to Grenoble back, 36 euros. Other than that I don't really think so, it isn't really there fault. The strike started today, and will last 6 days. I think 80% of the flights are still operational so I was a bit unlucky today.

Rather annoying I would be back home now chasing the geckos.

I've not heard about this change at squidoo, but the site is a complete failure for me, I reckon I might make 25 dollars, over a year, if it includes christmas. I can't believe how badly that site was managed. It was getting really good traffic, then it crashed because they didn't do anything about the insane spam, and terrible lenses. They've been running around like headless chickens for over a year and nothing's helped.

Yep it is most excellent about Coulson. Wish I was in the UK so I could enjoy the news on TV.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I know some crap has been published here (at HP, not your sub Randy!) but I always found Squidoo's lenses quite difficult to read. Even when they were well written an add or affiliate capsule seemed to appear every couple of sentences. I was never quite sure if I'd reached the end of the article or there was more to follow after the promos.

Probably a daft question aa, but is there no way of discovering whether your flight is likely to go ahead before setting off? Or is it just a case of waiting until you get to the airport and hoping for the best?

Btw, had a good chuckle about your sister and her partner escaping through the window. Imagined them all dressed for dinner and then making their way down the ladders! Lol!


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, your comment filter has pinched my comment.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I can't remember the last time I visited my Squidoo account. Dead to me.

HollieT. Regarding your new job. You're loving every minute of it. I know you are. :D


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Aa, I was thinking of your travel insurance company. Does it cover strikes or are they considered an "act of God"?

Whomever you contact, you need to make frantic references to being unable to do your work, missing deadlines, unable to meet a client, etc, so that they pay you for loss of earnings as well. Just think how much insurance companies screw people. If you can prise back some money from them, all to the good.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Ahhh insurance companies........I didn't get any travel insurance, so nobody to prise money out of.

As to finding out whether the plane will be cancelled, I was watching it online, and easy jet do text and email when they cancel it. The problem is last time they made the decision only 1 he before the flight so I had to be at the airport then. I just seriously hope they won't cancel today's, I think my sister must be a bit fed up driving me to and from the Grenoble bus station.

I'm hoping today will be ok though. Apparently they still manage to keep 80% of the flights going,and hopefully they realise that people from the flight yesterday are trying to go today. I imaging they would to avoid cancelling the same flight on 2 consecutive days.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I went to check Squidoo and saw that they've raised the bar for being 'featured' to the top 175 000 pages. They used to feature the top 400 k. They've also introduced something that I reckon is a pretty direct copy of HPs EC hubs, still trying to save the site I guess.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Someone congratulate Mark Ewbie for me, dammit!! This is one of the few times lately I wish I wasn't banned from the forums. :(


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Done, Randy!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks so much, WA! I'll dance at your wedding. :) I still have my Ewbie original stickman snake ya know. Could be valuable one day.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

No chance of that, Randy. Been there, done that twice over, and never doing it again!!!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Finally I am home from France. I came thinking in I would need to round up the geckos, it turned out that 3 of them were in the terraria anyway, despite the open doors. Except the sneaky klemmeri male was in the cepediana tank, with the cepediana woman gecko. Hmmmm........I have returned him to his wife now.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

But you haven't seen me dance, WA!! It'd be worth it to get wed again. :)

Let the dude have a little fun, aa. I think I've heard of 'hot lizard love" but didn't know what it meant before now. :o


eppie 2 years ago

Hmmm, Lizard Love? Cheating, deception, dark lizerdish desires? Sounds like a story!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The stupid Botox ad on the feed is slowing down page loading so much it's pissing me off. Anyone else notice this?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It does indeed have all of the ingredients for a short tale, Eppie!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

No botox ads for me. At least not that I have noticed. My friend is forcing me to go for a burger and to watch a match. I have absolutely no interest in football! Well I guess I can always take my tablet and play.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's gone now, but early this morning it appeared on the main feed and required a long time to load the text in the ad.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

So we now have to deal with--not only the questionable Related Search Ads which breaks the deal we had with HP--but these crappy ads on the main feed slowing down the loading time. Well, scroo us! :(


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

My mood at the moment: http://www.bubblews.com/news/4041196-the-fastest-b... Maybe I'll do one about geckos... :D :D :D


eppie 2 years ago

Go team USA! Hope we win. I think that is today. If it is not. Well...guess I look fairly dumb. lol


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Thank you so much for posting you link PDS. I do not go to the notifications anymore. I miss too many days to do that. Taking care of my dog is using lots of my time as is my gardening.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Bubblews is being odd today though. I posted something about my gardens and not one single comment and I always get comments on those.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I use Adblock Plus browser extension and do not see a single advert when I am on HP or anywhere else on the Web.

I realise this is ironic, since I hope to earn from adverts myself. However, the stuff that moves, flashes and makes noise is unbearable. The only way I could get rid of it was to get rid of everything. I wonder how many other people have been driven to do the same, thus potentially reducing the clicks we earn, all because idiots think being discreet with ads means less profit.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

"B" just scr@wed me, too. I posted a really good second Bubble just now; guaranteed to have made me more than usual. So, what happens? The g@d d@mn site immediately and totally crashes. I just get so fed up at times...


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Okay, I updated some information on my Vertigo In Dogs and Cats hub. I also added some Amazon capsules with products. I keep learning more and more about this since my Duke is going through this right now.


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Mark Ewbie 2 years ago from Euroland

Cheers Randy - thanks. And yeah - hold onto that snake. Er that sounds a bit odd - you know what I mean :)

Oh yeah and Bubblews is all over the place today.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Mark Ewbie, LOL that was a pun. Bubblews just finished an update. Not sure if that will bring more connection problems or not.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

"B" rant retracted. Wasn't a total disaster after all.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been to the eye doctor for a check-up most of the day and am losing the battle with the pressure in my right eye. Guess I'll haveta smoke more of the herbal medicine than usual, dammit! I wonder where you buy an eye patch like the pirates used?

@Mark--That's the first time someone actually told me that.....I think! :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hey, Randy. Same here, but different cause. One eye down, one to go for me.

Meanwhile, almost posted a story here that we have all experienced. But it got long enough to post on "B" instead. Quickest $1 I ever made. Go figure.


eppie 2 years ago

I found a link for you Randy if you want it. Post a pic for us when you do get it. That way we can all see how it looks on you. I am also amazed by Bubblews, its all over the place all the time. I wonder what this big July thing is all about.

http://www.amazon.com/Flents-Patch-Regular-Size-Fi...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Personally, I'd opt for designer colors. Or better yet, a picture of an eyeball; with big, red veins.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I have made a whopping $6.03 this month on HP!!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

If I can stop the damage now I would be pleased, Para. They can't seem to hold the pressure down for long though. I suspect another eye surgery in the near future if the new drops don't bring the pressure down.

@Eppie--Not sexy enough. Something in reptile skin or leather would do nicely. J have to keep my manly image intact you know. :P


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Debbie--I can't complain as my HP earnings are in the $450 range this month. Of course, this is my peak earning season. It can change quickly as we all are aware of.


eppie 2 years ago

Have to keep that manly image? You need to pay a great deal more to be honest.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152825532/men-leather...

Or for that other related idea, Here is another link. Provided the link ferry does not get pissed and send me off the island.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/94324659/pirate-eye-p...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hey, folks. For those who post on Bubblews, this latest missive of mine might be of actual interest, http://www.bubblews.com/news/4069093-bubblews-has-...


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Read and commented!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG, thanks. Normally now is when I usually respond to my notifications. But with that Arvind mention on my profile page, I don't want to lose that by running it off the page with my responses. I'm just going to let the account sit for awhile. I'm curious how much residual traffic those 2 posts will get.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

So he told you this? I am wondering if all our views will go up now. I do have some rather well researched posts over there and not just dribble of day to day things. I was going to move them here too until you just let us know what is going to be going on. I will eave all the posts there and see what happens. Thanks for the information.

I made a post today about HP and it's sad shape of paying us and how bubblews pays us more in less time. http://www.bubblews.com/news/4061524-what-is-the-d...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Cool Eppie, I like both of those links! No sissy eye patches for this guy. :P


eppie 2 years ago

I will be honest, I wouldn't put that skull thing anywhere near my eye. The seller and the patch look filthy! But that would still be "the shist" on you. You could get it you know.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I think I'll just wait and design my own, Eppie. I'm pretty good at making up stuff......er..making stuff. :P


eppie 2 years ago

Go for it. Just remember to get premium leather if you get anything cheap or artificial it wont keep or age the same way.

Oh and I am looking at etsey those products are hand-made not filthy its made to look like its dirty and old.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Happy Saturday, campers!

I had a lovely lie in this morning but am still shattered which isn't surprising given that I've been setting off for work at 7.15am, and then when I get home I've been writing.

Still, looking forward to double pay days.

How are we all? Feels like forever since I was last here?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Eppie--I really hope I won't need one for a while and that the doctor can save my eye. Fingers crossed!

Hollie- I was wondering if your new job had you too busy to chew the fat as usual. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I need to find my stride, Randy. It's been really tiring because I'm learning and am getting to grips with all the changes, plus I'm working in court which is completely different from a field office or a prison. It's like starting from scratch.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Post pics when you do your first flying tackle of an escaping defendant. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You can handle it, Hollie. It couldn't be any harder than dealing with us. :P

I've been reading a book a day lately while enjoying the weather either in or by the pool. Too hot for the last couple of days to be outside long, even in the pool. I'm supposed to write something for Alastar's site so I'll stop procrastinating and get on with it. It will be fun when I get into it, it always is. Probably too long as usual.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Sorry, PDS, cameras not allowed in British courts! And to be fair, many of the defendants are known to the service or shortly will be (a magistrates court, often sentence is determined by prob as we inform and recommend) Hopefully none of the defendants will find me that scary :D


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thanks Randy, I know that I can really but have been consumed with self doubt the last few days. I'd also forgotten how sad it all is and just how many really vulnerable people we deal with. I need to toughen up again.

I'm ashamed to say that I still haven't read this hub. I've been so knackered this week that I couldn't muster any concentration. Will rectify very soon. Your hubs aren't too long imho; you tell a tale and there's a story to spin- and you do it very well :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hollie, pamper yourself this weekend. Me thinks you've more than earned it.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Thank you, PDS. I've bought myself a lovely suit from the charity shop which cost me all of £6.50. It's originally from Next and very nice. Also, the only size 8 thing that they had. The majority of clothes in charity shops are size 14/16, which is actually the average size woman. (I'm very short and have a small frame)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I never require members of the group to read my tales, Hollie. Most of the time the tales are merely an excuse to create a chat hub for us. Your company is reward enough for me. :)

I'm sure you'll get back into the groove shortly.


eppie 2 years ago

Frankly Hollie the good old US needs to adopt a similar sentencing strategy. The current system means that some offenders like drug addicted mothers get 8-10 years and in the same stroke a guy with a couple thousand pictures of little girls gets him 2-4 with early release. The proportions don't seem to match. If someone evaluated a person prior to sentencing the courts could make a more fair and complete sentence. I just think some sentencing is too much. There is no use in my opinion with idle caging of offenders. They need put to work or something useful. Free labor could save our country a lot of dough.

Look at the emancipation proclamation, slavery is still legal as a form of punishment. I would love to see a restructuring of our judicial system. You guys over there have things quite right. Oh dear, I think I have to climb down from my soap box now.


eppie 2 years ago

Just got the show of our lives out here. We are all on our PC's and laptops talking about it. The fireworks show over in the next town misfired. The explosion was so incredible we are a mile and a half away and it shook the ground! The "mistake" landed several premature fired rockets and a few dozen calls to 911. They were already there. Emergency guys are on scene and still checking things. No reports yet of injuries but now its dark and there are thousands of people. The show was supposed to be going off right now.

What a crazy sight to see! The entire thing lasted 15 minuets and was a lot like a grand finale on steroids. We covered our ears. LOL! wow!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Dammit Eppie, it isn't the 4th yet! :P


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Nothing exciting here, just a couple of kids popping off some Black Cat firecrackers. Just adding a comment so that I'll start receiving notifications. Hope everyone is doing well and having a nice weekend.


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Hi Randy, very interesting story. I recently read a novel about a snake handling church where a mother takes her autistic son to be healed and he dies. It's told from the perspective of several of the characters and was a very emotional read. Never worked out though why anyone would think a loving deity would expect you to handle a dangerous snake just to prove your faith and the snakes don't get a good deal out of it either


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Is it just me or does HP shut down overnight? For the last week I have noticed that posts and comments on posts that I have commented on are like 10 hours ago and that is overnight in my area.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Blissful day. I went to a cymanfa (Welsh hymn singing session) for Welsh learners. Even for a non-chapel or church goer like me, it is something quite wondrous. I then picked up four geocaches nearby, so have only ten more till I reach 500. After that, I drove home by back roads, which took me through hitherto unknown valleys, hills and mountains, all in the beautiful golden light of a summer evening. I feel so blessed to live in Wales, despite the rain, despite the lack of services city dwellers would consider essential, despite the economic deprivation. My beloved Rhondda Fawr and the surrounding regions is truly a hidden corner of paradise.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Sounds gorgeous, WA. Whenever I venture into Wales she takes my breath away, a more beautiful country I cannot imagine. When I retire Wales will become my home! I don't really give a damn about the services in the city, I certainly don't see them as essential and the rain is frequent visitor in this city.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I feel the same way about where I live, WA. Out in the country with the only neighbors I can see from my home being my cousin's home. His family and mine own both sides of the road and have no fear of strangers moving in beside us. I can even go out and pee in my backyard if I want to. Ah....freedom is great! :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

That sounds so wonderful, Randy, to be so uninhibited in your own back yard. WA, your paradise in Wales sound so lovely.

I wish I lived way out where I felt free and unobserved. A few years ago I was really getting into some Pagan traditions and rituals. Many of the rituals involved going out at night, naked, during a full moon. No way could I do that where I live -- I would be arrested for sure, or locked up somewhere.

You see, I had this bump on my nose that kept growing, slowly but surely growing. It was a cyst and nothing I put on it worked. I even tried two Pagan rituals, but since I could not face the full moon in my all-together, the rituals did not work. One ritual was to take a clove of garlic, peel and slice it, rub in on the cyst, then bury it in a sacred circle during the full moon and say incantations. The other ritual was similar with an apple. Neither one worked -- so, eventually my doctor, who said I smelled like garlic and apples, sent me to a cosmetologist to have the cyst removed. That was scary to go under a knife, I was afraid that one slip and my nose would be gone! I just kept repeating incantations to myself and before I knew it, the bump was gone and my nose was still in place.

The surgeon asked me why I did not just use garlic -- hahahaha, just kidding on that.

I am in a weird mood today. Ohhh, for the glory of uninhibited freedom!!!!


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I live in the woods too. I can see my neighbors when the leave fall from the trees and then like now I cannot see them at all. I love it here!! It is quiet and serene.

You did the right thing by going to a Dr. Phyllis. I used to get cysts like that all the time until I learned that I was allergic to the protein in dairy. When I stopped consuming any cow or goat dairy my cysts have not come back. I used to have to get mine lanced and well my husband had to take me because that was the very last thing that I wanted to have done.

Next time you have one get a drawing salve or ointment. I also used straight bleach and let it stay on it for about 2 minutes or until the skin got warm. No it does not go into your body and most people tell you, but it draws the pus out...seriously it draws it out. For large ones that may take about 3 times, but it will open on it's own.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

There is something to be said for having complete privacy. Beth and I never bother with swimsuits when using the pool unless we are expecting company. We have a driveway alarm which alerts us to anyone entering our property so no one can sneak up on us while sunbathing. Not so sure about the incantations but I suppose there's nothing to lose, Phyllis.

I've always lived in the isolated countryside, Debbie. I probably would not make a very good neighbor if I had to move to an urban area at this point in my life.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Randy, according to the county police we are in th country and rural area. lol. That was their excuse not to send police and help to our neighborhood when we had some troublemakers the last 5 years. The delegate of the state did not like that news when I sent the letter of what the Sheriff sent to me saying that.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Well, at least the bump is gone now. I cannot imagine you living in an urban area, Randy. I grew up in the country and still miss it. There was a swamp not far from our house where us kids used to play -- it was like a different world. The swamp is now a huge mall in Tacoma, WA .... so sad to see the old house and swamp gone.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

98 degrees and high humidity right now; I am doomed. Maybe one of the single damsels on this thread would like to keep me as a pet this summer...?


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

PDS LOL LOL LOL a pet? I love it.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Lady G, sounds like the bleach would work, but that would burn, and so close to the eyes would be dangerous. I will have to try the "no dairy or goat products", sounds safer. Thanks for that tip.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm housebroken and everything.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Phyllis, I forgot to mention put the bleach on a cotton ball and rub it in. You do not need a whole lot, just enough to get the cotton wet but not dripping. No, on the contrary, it does not burn. Household bleach is not that strong and you do not let it on your skin that long either.

PDS, housebroken. hehehe. cute.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I still love to go deep into the swamps, Phyllis. Of course, now I haveta take my cellphone with me. Sometimes technology spoils the experience.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hope you take your bow and arrows like we did, Randy. They sure came in handy.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, hope I can get things done during the chaos of the July 4th week. And there is this adventure, http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/122828 At the moment my website traffic is double what it was a year ago; and it looks like it is going to stay that way. As for my hub traffic, not going to happen; it's not even a sure thing that I can at least match last year's traffic. And that's with another year's hub scribblings and another year's aging on the existing hubs. But earnings are better; odd. Plus, I think there might actually be some more viral hubs in my future. I don't know why; I just sense it.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Rant Time! I am seriously getting p!ssed off at HP for constantly giving a hub of mine that gets daily visits, has 2900+ words, and has had over 600,000 visitors a hubscore of 53. I mean seriously, this is total cr@p.

There, I feel better now.

Meanwhile, this has otherwise been a good day. I'm getting stuff done all over the place.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Does it make HP money, Para? It pays to keep in mind HP's silence concerning the Related Search ads taking visitors away from our hubs during our time share. I assume they are the same people who control Hubscore. DOH!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, that single hub alone has made HP over $1,000 in cold, hard cash. Go figure. I guess HP wants 2900-word hubs that are pretty, not 2900-word hubs that make money. And for that matter, the critter is not exactly ugly either.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I too have several hubs with scores not indicative of the earnings and visitors they receive. Possibly too many commas. Yeah, that's it.....that's the ticket! :P


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I wish they'd keep those GD Botox ads off of the feed. It freezes my computer for a few minutes and it's pissing me off. Paul, are you listening to the words coming out of my mouth? )c:


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm afraid to edit some hubs that need editing for fear that they will also be knocked down into the 50's. Heck of a note.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm afraid to edit some which were written long ago and have more Amazon products per capsule than is now allowed. Sometimes I wonder if the staff's kids are running things here. Come to think of it, we'd probably be better off. :o


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm off to bed after another hectic day! Strangely, someone has just bought 50 Christmas cards from my Zazzle store and I don't think there's even a discount! Weird.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yesterday I discovered minecraft.............today I spent all day minecrafting, rather than writing for money. The night is still young.................

Congratulations on your sale, Hollie. Zazzle's been dead for me this month.

I am deeply puzzled by the whole hubscore and hubber score deal. The whole thing makes absolutely no sense, luckily it doesn't particularly seem to matter.

Right my chickens need me! It's really bad, I breed the animals for eating and wool, but it really hurts me to kill them. Especially the chickens have this habit of looking me in the eye whenever I am hitting them with an axe! I guess I could turn vegetarian and just eat apples.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Sure is a lot of complaining going on in the forums about hub scores and hubber scores. Glad to know I'm not alone. Oh, well.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I was not aware that chickens gave 'wool', aa. :P


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Well, Randy, you see, chickens were once as big as sheep -- however, the chickens could not produce the lanolin in their system that kept their wool waterproof and over time, the rains made the chickens shrink. Eventually their wool began to look like feathers instead of tight woven wool.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Gee Phyllis, you're pretty smart for a girl! :P


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Thanks, Randy. I try.

Woke up to a gorgeous sunrise this morning and saw a huge jackrabbit out on the mountain. I tossed out some lettuce for him.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Good Morning Everyone!!! I see there are chicken around here and rabbits and other animals. LOL


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

We once had an abundance of rabbits in this area but I suppose the fox, bobcats, and coyote, have thinned their numbers down quite a bit. It's rare now to see a rabbit run across the road when once we hunted them with a spotlight because there were so many. I haven't eaten any barbecued rabbit in 30 years or more.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Mmmm ... never had it barbecued. My Mom used to roast them -- she saved their wool to make us socks.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Good morning to you too, Debbie. It's gonna be around 100 degrees here today as it has been for the last week or so. the pool isn't even much relief as the nights are warm also. If you can't get things done early in the morning when it's cooler, then forget about doing anything outside. I used to be out in the tobacco fields on days such as this. It's hard to imagine we once tolerated this heat the way we did.

The migrant workers are loading watermelons now, tossing them to each other till they are loaded on old school buses with the tops cut out of them. I know they earn their money. Hot, hot, hot!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

We never had rabbit wool socks when i was growing up. Snakeskin wool had to suffice.:P


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

We used to have rabbits and chipmunks here as well many years ago, but I have not seen either of them since the snake population grew, the cats and also the coyotes. I have a cat that is missing and I am praying that a coyote did not get here. Coyote's are all around this place.

I remember when I was a child that we would go down into the basement and sleep during the hottest times of the day. We don't have that now in this house. We had some rain, much needed for sure, last night but at this time of year it does not cool things off. It just makes it steamier.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

We had a lot of rabbits and squirrels, even with all the coyotes running around here. A fire two years ago, then the new boulevard on the other side of the mountain cut off this side of the habitat of these little critters (and the mountain lion). The mountain lions would often come around at night and hunt. I miss hearing their call at night, even though it was chilling.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I haven't seen a panther in these parts for over ten years. we had one behind our hous a few years ago and observed by several people though. The claim that they don't exist in the east other than in a few places in Florida is false. I'm not far from the Okefenokee where they surely still exist. I'm presently working on an article about these elusive cats for one of Alastar's sites.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oh yes, they are here as well even thought they tell you they are not. I have not seen one, and don't want to either, but reports are they are here.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Bored and lethargic I am. Can't even work up the energy to make a post on "B". Am doing extra coffee as we speak.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

PDS, it seems like many are that way today.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm just knackered, haven't even looked at my hubscore!

Thanks aa, I was horrified when you described killing a chicken until my tired brain managed to process the fact that you were talking about the game. I'm pretty sure Jo Harrington is really into Minecraft and finds it highly addictive. You need to blow a few hours after writing all day; it'll wait.....until the deadline looms :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

OMGosh, Randy -- I was going to ask you about the Florida panther and hoped you would write about it. I read somewhere (when I did my Okefenokee hub) about a project to reintroduce the panther back to the northern part of the Swamp. I look forward to reading your article on the panther. I know they were in danger of extinction.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes Phyllis, I need to get my asp in gear and finish the article but Beth and I have been on the road a lot the last few days with medical visits and such. I tend to be slow in this torrid weather anyway. :)


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

My son is sooo into Minecraft. He just loves it. He just started a YouTube channel where he is showcasing Minecraft roller coasters he has built in his Minecraft amusement park.

LOL, aa, I thought you were talking about real chickens. I couldn't quite reconcile it. I'm so glad its just the computer game. :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

My name is currently on the top 5 forum threads. Alas, I am a pest. Back to my movie. :D


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Oops, sorry, I just replaced your ID with mine on one of them


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

You deserve an Accolade for that Para -- here you go :) Enjoy your movie.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm not totally useless, just flagged 2 spam posts. :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And a Happy Wednesday to all. Contemplating today's adventures.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Still hot as heck here! Too hot to experience any adventures today. Inactivity seems to be the thing.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Well my cat finally came back. I got my cable in my bedroom fixed and was enjoying laying with my cats and dog in the bedroom listening to some soft music. Simply heaven for me right now.

Later we have to go grocery shopping out in this heat and humidity. We are going to get rained on, I think. That is OK though. It may stop us from melting. It is summer!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I thought about updating a whole bunch of hubs, and thus knocking down my profile score to below 85. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Either in the pool or inside today. Too hot to do anything constructive except maybe cleaning the pool. Not inspired to write anything much either.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

You guys are so right! I tried killing some sheep, and was far more successful in getting wool from them! I've now made several beds!

I can tell you're a farmer Randy, you're advice was spot on!

Not particularly hot in here, but I am very reluctant to do anything productive. Have been tasting teas and vaguely following the tennis and the Palestine/Israel teenager kidnappings and killings. Do you reckon somebody will lend the Palestinians some fighter jets so they can set a few houses on fire, and attack some Israeli cities in retaliation for the Palestinian teenager?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hark! I successfully conquered my slackerdom and did a lame "B" post. It's a start.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I have had a lot of really good AdSense days lately. However, yesterday and today have been totally grim.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@aa--After 50 years in the agribusiness industry--farming to you laypersons--one learns the subtle differences between the animals and the products they provide. :P

Over 100 degrees with the temperature index factored in. Even in the shade it's intolerable. It's very hazy and I suppose it's because we have a tropical storm moving up the east coast at a slow pace. Unfortunately it isn't predicted to furnish much rainfall for the drought stricken areas caused by the heat. Whatever, we had too much rain last summer.

Irrigation equipment is one of the few expenses where a farmer saves money by not using it.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Yep, I was thinking about Israel's retaliation tonight. Last night they bombed the homes of the alleged perps- amongst others- tonight a Palestinian child has been murdered by Israeli soldiers in what is believed to be a revenge killing. And, of course, countless Palestinian children were killed in the days prior to the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli young men.

What a mess. Another heavy handed swipe by Israel. Will they ever take stock of their own behaviour?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I have only 18 articles there and they paid me $17 last month. I think they paid me for all of those so I suppose they'll stay there.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

They have an excellent training course on writing for the internet. I took the courses, but never got around to writing any articles for them.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I had 4 emotionally toxic posts about them spread around on my website. I was very happy to finally be able to delete them and call my whole experience with them a dead issue.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I dealt with them at first when they were AC, but like Helium--and HP for that matter--they began to ignore their agreement with the writers. I hope HP gets a wake-up call with this latest content site failure. Now, look out for the sudden influx of junk, written by some of their former writers, to appear here.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Remember the Angie B---H, Para? I had to put her in her place once when she jumped on me. What a piece of work she was! lol!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I notice Paul's report on the EC hubs only gives them a 2% better viewership than regular hubs. It may be 2 years before they can really tell for sure, sez Paul. Another useless program they hyped up before it actually ran. :o


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, I hope said b!tch doesn't show up here. If she does, it will be interesting to see how long HP puts up with her toxic garbage.


eppie 2 years ago

I will tell you useless. Bubblews! No, I repeat NO word on this fabulous upgrade, big change, bull sh1t. I will be shocked if they actually do say anything. The sites owners have some nerve keeping people on the edge the way they are. They will go out the way Yahoo voices did. Mark my words.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

What with the glitches having stopped, I'm downright fond of them these days. I just hope whatever they're planning doesn't actually unimprove things. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I hope the aforementioned bitch drops by here for a chat with our PO ladies, Para. I think they could straighten her out a bit. lol


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Ok, guys -- now am curious ... who is Angie B? I was had a run-in with a very caustic Angela on another site, I sure hope it ain't the same person.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

The one we're talking about has a history of making false accusations against people. Among many other things.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Was he banned or left on her own accord?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Phyllis. Funny you asked that. I was just looking for her and couldn't find her. Nary a Yahoo trace but a broken link or two.

Randy, did Yahoo finally wise up and ban her?


eppie 2 years ago

`Randy,

I would love to get a piece of her. She wouldn't stand much chance though.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I think she wised up and left the site because she could no longer bully people as she once did. She once had her own backers on the site but I suppose they left and she had no further support from them. Good riddance to both her and Yahoo!


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Yep, the EC blog was very interesting. It seems that some hubs gain a lot of traffic, while some lose a lot. But overall a gain of 2%. I wonder if they are going to drop the program soon.

I think the problem is that HP believes the Google propaganda about 'quality' too much. They should spend less effort on ensuring quality, and more on doing some sort of keyword research to suggest titles that will work for hubbers. If somebody put some serious money and effort into this, I honestly think that they could mass produce good topics. And I'm not talking about the ridiculous 'exclusive topics' that they used to have.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I believe HP is merely throwing stuff against the wall to see what will stick, aa. I removed my hubs from being chosen EC as I didn't like the results from the program. I lost views the short time I was in it. 2% is probably not within the room for error at any rate. Another useless idea from HP. :(


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Indeed. In a way there is nothing that wrong with trying different things out. And HP is certainly doing better than the other content farms. Still I expect them to stop the program soon, it must take a lot of effort for them to choose the hubs and it's certainly not paying off.

I'm more interested in trying to figure out how google works. I can't figure out why it is so unresponsive. For example, Squidoo did get hit eventually. But this was after more than a year when it was really rubbish, but getting amazing traffic. Now that G decided it hates it, nothing they do seems to be able to change G's mind. I mean I think a lot of what they do over at the S is silly, but I expect the site is quite a bit less spammy than it was over a year ago, but that is not reflected in a decrease in G hate.

It's almost like G makes up its mind about a site, and then doesn't revise the opinion for years. Definitely not what they want us to believe.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I sure am disappointed that Paul refuses to address the RS ads and why they should be allowed on our pages during our share of the visitors time. It's a blatant attempt to pull viewers from our pages for the purpose of increasing earnings for HP. I used the word 'attempt', but in truth it's a done deal now.

It's a bad sign when a site starts trying to get around an agreement with those who make the money for the site. Helium and Yahoo tried that route and see where it got them. I'd respect and trust Paul--as I once did--if he'd simply explain why they needed to take such a sneaky path and why they didn't just level with the writers. That's a lot of the problem at HP, they treat adults like children they can punish of either ignore if they so choose. Baaaaaad for business IMHO.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Google is a roller coaster ride in my experience. Too big and too powerful at this point.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I totally agree with you on Google Randy!!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm feeling nefarious today. I feel like doing some good. As to whether that happens or not remains to be seen.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Are you becoming wicked, Para? I am going to watch for random acts of ... ?something? from you. hahahaha


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Let us discuss the high deserts of Nevada.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

@Randy, this is one of the reasons why I'm an anti-monopolist. Bloody Google, Bing's search results beats Google's hands down.

Just discovered that I've sold 10 books through Amazon at Wizzley- problem is they're for the kindle so commission is pathetic.


eppie 2 years ago

Happy 4th of July to my fellow Amercian PO's and happy day to the rest. LOL, I understand it is no big day to those who do not live here.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Same to you Eppie! We showed them furriners what for with that tea tax and all. If they'd messed with our liquor we would've been really pissed!:o


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I hate unsolvable problems... Just thought I'd share that.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Been married before, eh?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Cheaper to keep her I always hear. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Depends on the 'her,' I hear. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm going to have to find me one of those.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And she'll have to write one hub a day to earn her keep.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And be a good cook and wash both cars once a week.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And she has to take care of the front yard weeds and know how to play chess.


eppie 2 years ago

Personal problems para? She should also be able to shave your back, drive you home when you are drunk, and love your dog even though she finds it disgusting. When you pass gas she does not hear it, when you burp she thinks it was a good meal she cooked. Etc. etc.

I was raised a bit different than the "modern woman"


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I figured I'd get a rise out of someone sooner or later. Be not afraid. My profile says it all. :D


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Bored, but not sad. I do need to find something to live for however.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hearing the usual fireworks outside. And the occasional gunshots of course.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm seldom bored, but sadness comes in many forms.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Thanks to HP, I do at least contribute to society.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Every Walmart around had fireworks tents set up last week and were doing a fair business it appeared. As dry as it is here there will probably be a few forest fires for the forestry service to put out tonight.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I've turned on all the lights around the outside of the house.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Got my eye pressure down with some new drops, Para. No patch for me yet, I suppose. Perhaps some more surgery will help. It's a bitch to get old.....ain't it?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

HP still hasn't given me back my suck-up accolade. I am saddened.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

They took several of my gold stars away when they banned me from the forums. It just broke my damn heart as you can imagine. I'm sensitive that way......:P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I always knew you were a sensitive guy. :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Now you have me all choked up, Para! Got a tissue I can use? :P


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

And so July 5th recovery from July 4th begins... Coffee anyone?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

On it right now, S&F! May have to try a 'hair of the dog' as a last resort! Is it hot in Texas today?


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

It is a gorgeous 78 degrees in the shade at the moment! We had a little cool front come in and it only supposed to be about 94 degrees today! Whoop! Still hot in GA?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Very nice here after the tropical storm passed on the east coast. Temps in the low 90's yesterday along with lower humidity was a welcome relief after a few weeks of intolerable 100+ temp index. Still waiting for some rain after a mini-drought has set in.


eppie 2 years ago

No coffee for me, I have another party tonight. Getting some movies and rest in. I think Bad Santa on Netflix fits. It is Christmas in July soon. I should decorate, I hate some of the neighbors anyway.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm still trying to decide what trouble to get into today. There are so many options.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

If I were you I'd have already been banned from the forums, Para. But then, I tend to ask hard questions that HP had rather not be asked. I just can't resist it! :(

I left a comment on Paul's blog about the EC hubs asking when he was going to address the slimy RS ads. So far, it hasn't been approved by the mods for some reason. I can't let HP think they've gotten rid of me merely because they've censored me from the forums. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy.

Item One. You know d@mn well that HP is the best content site out there.

item Two. I am busily working on getting permanently banned as we speak.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Yes, HP is the best of the few sites I've written for, but if we don't watch them close they'll try to squeeze more of our earnings from us as they did with the RS ads. When it gets to the point they are reluctant to discuss things affecting our part of the time share it indicates guilt of some sort.

If HP said they needed to increase their part of the income to keep the site up and running I think most would agree to compromise in some manner, but to simply ignore the concerns of those who provide the site's income is very troubling to me. I simply want them to be honest with us. A hard thing to ask them to do, apparently. :(


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Toying with a newbie doesn't count!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Not sure about that. Probability at 40% it's a bot.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

So, what's the latest chaos here? Not sure what to think.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Something chaotic will turn up soon. It always does.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Her name is Beth. Sound familiar, Para?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Age. We mentioned it.We have it. We are basically f@cked. We have it here.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Posted unknown before beth post.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

No hubs, no credibility!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

"Posted unknown before beth post." is what I should stop posting.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

But still full my latest forum endeavour . But I am so tired as to quit that, too.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The forums suck, Para. You're making a valiant effort to keep them alive, but HP doesn't want them to survive for anyone but the suck-ups to use. And for staff to talk up the latest programs, I might add.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Let's see my current mess.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

What now?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Have I killed off the Ring Thread? Not if any readers here.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Failed.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Resigned on that. And I'm not even whatever.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And. Burp. And it just keeps going round and round.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And a tentative i am good.


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eppie 2 years ago

I just want to go spam the crap out of it. Oh, my I think I have a problem.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I seem to have misfired against kain60


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And I think there is another problem.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And I think it is interstices time.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And as inline with the forums. 12th or shut down. And it is only a big deal to me.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

You must really be bored, Para! lol! As I said, "the forums suck!"


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've just decided I needed to write some more computer hubs. But I have no motivation. So instead I'm watching the federer djokovic match. I don't care at all about tennis, but my mother is a fanatical federer supporter so I'm supporting him too for her.

He seems to have a very slight advantage atm.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

i once played tennis at least 4 times per week and always loved Wimbleton and its grass courts. Federer is one of my favorites also, aa.


eppie 2 years ago

Oh my God! This was on the front page on Bubblews!

Does anyone even moderate this site anymore?

http://www.bubblews.com/news/4293690-cloning-trick...

Realy? Thats fraud! Thats also illegal and Bubblews is all like, "yep good enough for front page".


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I went to Wimbledon 3 times with mother a few years ago, camped overnight in the queue and everything. I can't watch the match anymore, it is so incredibly even, and it has been for 4 sets. My mother must be having a nervous breakdown!

Right off to bubbles to check out the illegality.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

So... What the h#ll is going on here? My birthday was yesterday; be not impressed. A new beginning. I shall get out more.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

PDS, inbox me with your address details; a camera is on its way to you but will be the weekend before I post it :D


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Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Randy - this was a great story and scared me for a moment. But I've wondered if that's how they did this sort of thing, if they milked the venom out of the snakes before the service. It seems crazy to me, like I believe in God but sure wouldn't walk out in front of a bus to prove it.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

eppie that person has been reported. I looked at all the comments too and the are all, every single one of them, spammers. Those who pick what goes on top pages----well they are not any different than what goes on on here.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hello Delores, and thanks for reading this short tale. I've heard of preachers who used such techniques to ensure the safety--and religious fervor too--of their parishioners during the sermons. I agree with you on proving one's faith by such a method. Thanks for your time and input as usual. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hollie. I saw your RandyG post. I've sent a reply.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Hello everyone. We had a rough night last night. We had some very severe storms with lots of wind come through our area about 5:45 pm. We lost our power for four hours.


eppie 2 years ago

Wooo hoo! That person on Bubblews is gone! Glad to know staff still care!

My faith is restored in them! Now, if only I had an account lol. I am more a reader not a writer.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

eppie, yu can join and just read and comment. You make money doing that more than writing only.


eppie 2 years ago

The same people seem to always hog the main screen. Its suspicious.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

PDS, I've now replied. I actually couldn't remember which email account was attached to my HP account.

Hope you're all doing well? We're having fantastic weather today, it actually feels like summer :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey Hollie, been busy with the new job? No rain for over a month now, No problem with having to mow the grass so I guess that's something to be thankful for. Still in the upper 90's here and plenty of sun. Beth and I are both 'as brown as a berry' as my mom puts it.

Enjoy the weather as I understand you don't get much sunshine your way. When Dad was in London preparing for D-Day, he said he was there for six weeks and never saw the sun shine. It must have been strange for a country boy who was accustomed to clear skies most of the year. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Hey Randy! I have been busy with the new job, not just the hours but familiarizing myself with the new community orders and sentencing guidelines etc. (homework!) Brown as berry? Lucky things! I've longed for some garden time but have had head stuck in some manual or another.

I bet your dad couldn't get his head around the British weather. In the summertime it's either pissing down with gale force winds or cracking the flags (the curb to you furriners:) )

Tbh, the cooler weather would have suited me because we have to wear formal and uncomfortable clothing; we can't enter court without a jacket (no bare arms!) irrespective of the temp. On the plus side, it's a lovely old building and my new colleagues are very affable. Mostly solicitors who schmooze Probation because they want to spare their clients a custodial sentence (aside from one ars*hole who is just begging to be put in his place ;)) It's not the court I was expecting to work in but I like it all the same: Pics to follow.

https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/...

I've missed you all, and only made a slight fool of myself once in almost three weeks. You would have been proud :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I don't think Dad ever got back to London Hollie, as he continued on with Patton into Germany after Omaha Beach. he also got his fill of snow during the Battle of the Bulge. I don't believe he'd ever experienced snow before then either.

Great pics but I didn't see your name listed on the page, Hollie. :P And I am proud already. It's good to know someone on the side of the law occasionally. :o


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Ha! I left a comment on Paul's blog about the EC Hubs. I asked when someone from staff was going to address the Related Search ads in a manner we could understand. Such as why HP felt it necessary to go around the agreement they had with the writers for so long.

The comment was made last week but has disappeared suddenly after being unmoderated since then. I'm sure it's merely an oversight though. :P


eppie 2 years ago

Well, bubblews fans, here we go!

www.bubblews.com

While we all had our backs turned away for a moment the change started.

I am rather excited to be honest. So are a lot of other people.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

The link says the site is down for maintenance, Eppie. So what gives? Never been a fan of bubbles myself. :(


eppie 2 years ago

I am fairly sure this is the big change they promised for July 2014. The sites admin bubble talked about people being excited for a "big change that would be a game changer".

It is anyone's guess what it its. But the wait time is getting a bit annoying.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I honestly do not understand how Bubbles makes money. Most of the stuff on the site is simply junk. I suppose they use their members as an audience who serve as visitors or page viewers for their income. Ergo the constant need for voting up other writer's work. Am I wrong about that, Eppie?


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

For a while I was getting American Express ads to click on to get the captcha code. I think with each click on that they were making money. They have ads all over the place just like here. They make money by those ads. Each click brings them money and you money and that can be anywhere from a like, to a view to a comment....just like here. I like it because I can post junk or daily diary type stuff and we do NOT have to put maps, or video's in them and ad eye-candy. They can be short and I love that. I can come up with 400 Characters easier than 1500 words any day. I also like that I can ad linkbacks of sorts to here and there. Just as long as they are not referral links they are fine.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I suppose it's like HPads which I do not use, Debbie. They apparently count a page view and not ad clicks as Adsense does. I'd rather depend on ad clicks than on page views for my earnings here.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I get paid diddly squat here and that is the crux of the whole thing. Google does NOT want anyone to make money and you are just a lucky one on that one. At bubblews I have made a whole heck of a lot more there in one month than I have here in 6 years! Who is going to pass that up when they make diddly squat here and they put a whole lot more effort in it and that does not even get recognized by the powers that be here on HP.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Not only that but there seems to be no Special clubs that you have to be part of to get noticed like there is here.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Here you have to have a niche to make the cash, Debbie. I am lucky in that I have hubs with somewhat unique info searched for many folks. I don't blame you for using bubbles to make your money and wish you well in that endeavor. It's tough to find such a niche. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

5:30 AM - got the chicken in the pot and by suppertime I will have me a nice homemade chicken soup with hot biscuits dripping with butter. Yes! Come on over and bring your down home stories.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm not aware of any "special clubs" I'm part of Debbie. Most of my traffic is from outside HP and so are my earnings and sales. I'd think Bubbles relied more on in-house views than does HP because they depend on fellow writers voting up Bubbles for their traffic. No?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Sounds great Phyllis. Wish I could write some 'down home stories.' :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

You do that a lot, Randy. I love your stories.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

No. I have gotten many outside viewers who can like the pages on B.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks Phyllis, I need to write a few more!

@Debbie--Why do they visit Bubbles and not HP? More keywords or what? What do you do different there than here?


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

You don't need keywords. You get paid there and that is the BIG difference. He said it was like Facebook, but you get paid and that is true. They are now getting picked up by google but he isn't using google anything.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I get paid here too, Debbie. I suppose I don't understand Bubbles at all but I'm pleased others find it to their liking. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I am happy with both my HP earnings and Bubblews earnings. I spend more time here on HP though.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I am on both, here and Bubblews. I also have some article on the B too as well as here.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Bubblews is NOT a writing site...it is a social site and there be the difference too that most do not understand when they post there. It is not a content farm like HP.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

I have written a lot of articles on Bubblews and they do ok, some do very well. Most of my posts, tho, are like blogs. The one thing I do not like about Bubblews are the posters who post how many followers they hooked, or how may likes they got, commenting on posts that they haven't even read (it is easy to tell if they read or are just slapping in a generic comment to get more likes, and earn money for that. I like to read posts that are interesting and I respond to sincere comments and only 'like' those who actually have read my post.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP is now listed as a social site. I have one article on B but I'm not a person who likes to spend lots of time voting things up when I could be writing. Not criticizing those who do, it's just not something I enjoy doing. But then, the money is simply a benefit of what I enjoy doing anyway. I haven't written anything for the express purpose of monetary gain on HP for a very long time. My old hubs are now earning me around $500 a month and there aren't many of those at all. No telling how much they earn HP after they suck off viewers with the unethical RS ads. I bet HP earns more off of my hubs than I do.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Good for you Randy that you make that much. I never made that much in the 6 years that I have been here.

Phyllis, The are coming down hard on those serial likes and c&p posters.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

That is good, Debbie.


SmartAndFun 2 years ago

Lady G, I agree that Bubblews is a social site. People keep calling it a writing site and then say they are appalled at the poor quality of many of the "articles" there, but you never hear of anyone complaining about poor grammar and spelling on FaceBook. I don't think of the members there as writers or authors; they are just regular people putting up posts about whatever is on their mind.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Smartandfun, you are correct.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I really don't depend on HP to keep making me money as I was making this much several years ago and suddenly lost all traffic to the same hubs overnight. It took almost 2 years to regain my rankings on Google. I never did find out why I suddenly fell from grace as I didn't have any violations according to Google. She goes up, she goes down.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

If HP mods weren't such asps I'd write more hubs and make us both more money, but things like the RS ads pisses me off. My own personal protest of course, hit them in the pocketbook even though my contribution is rather small in the scheme of things. It's the principle of the thing.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Oh and I do the Link To This Page to share your pages and others too. I have been told many lies about my hubs and have been passed over for many of them too, but mods who do not know what they are doing. It also has occurred to me in the last two years that it is almost a one does everything other than a group thing on the HOTD and other things that seem to divide those elite than those of us who are ordinary. You know about the hub that I worte a couple of years ago that got told it was unpublished because of something and then I got another something and then even another something that their ads would not approve of, yet there were three others who had just about the same things and they were just fine. They also could not figure out why my hub kept getting unpublished. That is what I am talking about when I says "special groups" or Clique-ish.

About the ads...now I added amazon things to my last hubs that I published, One about the fireplaces and lo and behold after I published that those ads showed up all over HP. Am I getting the payments for that or is HP stealing those ads from me. I had the same thing with my games hub and had something used in my Amazon capsule and saw it plastered all over HP.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

It's the nature of the internet, Debbie. Google sees everything you look at and places ads where you are looking depending on what item you search for or even those you place on Amazon capsules. Everyone sees something different according to their past viewing or purchasing record. Each time I renew my phone for a few days and then some I get ads for phone products from my carrier.

When someone buys an Amazon product I get ads for the same product on many of my hubs or on the hubs of others with different subject matter. Google sees all.....


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I use Bubblews to write slightly longer posts than I would put on Facebook. Today, I tossed up a description of what I had for lunch with photo. It is a sort of recipe, I guess, because, I do say what I did, but not a real recipe because I do not give quantities and times (that is not the way I cook). It took me about 5 minutes to write. I already had a photo, because I had participated in a paid survey on buying and using sweetcorn, which wanted a photo. My fee for the survey, while minuscule, amounted to three months earnings on HP, where I have 20 or so carefully crafted hubs, each of which took me a day to produce.

Anyway, in the first hour, I have made more on that bubble than I make in a week on HP with my carefully crafted 20ish hubs. Yes, the earnings are ephemeral, but when I can get a week's worth of HP earnings for 5-10 minutes effort, I really do not care! I use Bubblews as an extension of Facebook. When I want to write a little more extensively, I do it on Bubblews and link from my FB status. I don't do it too often so hope my FB friends will not see it as spam.

Oh, if you want to know what I had for lunch (she said shamelessly), it's here:

http://www.bubblews.com/news/4398718-quick-and-del...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Looks delish, WA!


eppie 2 years ago

Well, not only is Bubblews not making the magical fantasy changes they promised but they allowed that bi"tc" bag, C'nt breath back on the main page. I swear they think that s""t is funny or something.

That mo"therfuc""r is cleary using something to manipulate the system, 5 of his last 9 posts made it front page. That Shi"t makes no sense for real.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I have noticed that Hubpages sort of goes to sleep in the middle of the night for about 4 hours. hmmm just an observation since the new engineer took over.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Somebody save me from myself! Or rather from Minecraft! I've been building this super huge house from a youtube recipe all day, and all yesterday. Oh yes, and a big train that takes me around all my houses on the world .

If this continues I will have lots of mine craft houses but be homeless in RL!

Bubbles keeps telling me it's under maintenance, yet you all seem to be able to use it? Why?

I'm rather fed up with bubbles. A lot of the interesting people I used to follow simply have stopped writing. I'm only making about half of what Randy is on HP right now, but that's with no effort whatsoever, and should I feel like writing more hubs (which I really should), at least HP seems to work most of the time. Bubbles fails about 50% of the time, which is ridiculous.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Anyone noticed a lack of Amazon sales this month? I had over 50 last month and even though my traffic is up, I only have 4 sales for July. Spring and Summer are my best sales seasons, but the noticeable lack of sales--even on traditionally hot items--makes me wonder if HP is getting any sales from my pages either. The ad clicks listed by amazon are about average but something smells fishy about the sales. I don't use the HP Amazon program because of the way they screwed us on the Related Search ads.

I cannot trust HP anymore to do the right thing since then. Especially without Paul giving a good reason for breaking our agreement with HP. Any man who claims to be honest would have addressed the change and took his licks. Sadly, this wasn't the case even though he's had plenty of opportunity to do so.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I've not written anything to make money here in a long time either, aa. Until HP gets off of their asps and answers some question I have I won't try to make them anymore money either. There's lots of questions they haven't addressed in the forums either and there's no reason for it. I used to have a modicum of respect for the staffers. I said used to......:(


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Of course, HP mods went on a forum ban spree right before they asked for input from the writers on how the site could be improved. Coincidentally, many of those who weren't afraid to venture their opinions on the good and bad aspects of HP were censored for that very reason. DOH! Problem solved! lol!


eppie 2 years ago

aa You have now gone to a place none of us can retrieve you from. When you return try blockland it is minecraft with round objects and way more functions.

Have fun on your rather permanent vacation in minecraft land. Send us a postcard... all though I have been there myself for about 2 years now.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

And to answer your question about Amazon sales Randy, mine seem ok, I've already sold half of the items I did last month so, if anything I'm doing a bit better. If HP is stealing sales they must be doing it to you specifically.

Do you remember the time I started with HP Amazon, I think I used to get 3 sales in a month, whereas last month I had 60. Now that was definitely something fishy! Although of course it could have just been the new program not working well and the problem could have been with HP reporting.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Good morning POs. I hope everyone has some nice plans for the weekend. I am whiny today because have to go to an excruciatingly long and boring young child's birthday party. Boo hoo and wah wah wah! I dread this party every year. Now the parents have second baby so there will be TWO way-too-long "year in pictures" slide shows instead of one! I am expected to site politely through both of them as well as hours of little kid stuff. And not a drop of alcohol in sight! :(


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Don't you hate home movies and slide shows, especially when you are a captive audience? lol! BYOB!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

They aren't so bad if they are short and sweet, but I know from experience these two will not be. The drive to get there is 45 minutes, then there will be about four hours of sitting around feeling out of place, then another 45 minutes back home. Ugh! Happy Saturday!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Ha! With all that whining I forgot I logged on in the first place to report on my Amazon orders. I have sold six items so far this month, which is a little low but not too bad. I definitely don't sell something every day.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Children's BD parties can be a pain, S&F. I feel for you! :)


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

After yesterdays comment on Amazon sales I've sold two more items. Still not close to my average sales for a month. Perhaps the last half of the month will be better but I'm not depending on it. EBay sales are a joke with only HP making any money on them. A rip-off for HP's writers IMHO.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

A mundane Saturday here. I like mundane Saturdays.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I do hate people who promote quackery. Challenging some idiot on the forums right now, who is spouting a load of bovine faecal matter about gluten-free.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Do you mine WA? I pay my rent my spouting bovine faeces about a whole lot of supplements!

Must go to the forums and see all this thing about gluten-free. My sister had decided that she is allergic to gluten and when I was in Dubai was filling the fridge with masses of gluten free food.

Talking of family, my brother has alerted me to the fact that he found my PhD thesis listed on Amazon. It wasn't available for sale yet, but any moment now I expect to be a famous author. Lol!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I wonder what would happen to my profile score if I unfollowed all P.O. members? :D :D :D

http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/122838?page=4#post...


eppie 2 years ago

First of all para, it is big shame on HP for concocting that in the formula, the fact that they are able to have a calculation means that all of you on here have a constantly (likely manually) calculated number that determines how "good" or "bad" you as a person and hubber are.

I would never not follow people for some dumb score. I know you meant it as a point of interest and conversation but still it needs said.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

It's ok. I'd only throw you guys under the bus as a last resort. lol


eppie 2 years ago

Lol, good to know. Good to know.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Sure has been deserted around here lately. First cup of coffee of the day is kicking in, thus am feeling inspired about things.

Thunderstorms and lightning predicted today. Looking forward to it.

Will I accomplish awesome things this week? Stay tuned...


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Well we have lost power three times in the last 7 days. So I have not even been able to get on the computer.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hope we get some rain as we are still very dry here. Not been on much either because of other things more important. I still check in when I get a chance to answer RV questions which I try to respond to quickly if possible. Yo to the POs! :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Getting little, teeny, tiny sprinkles. But nary a thunderbolt in sight. I was hoping to get a free, zero-labor car wash today. Still a chance.

Meanwhile, Bubblews was worthwhile today. Haven't done much of anything else. Looks like I'm in an unplanned slackerdom relapse.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Uh oh... the church lady just started following me for some unknown reason. Her score's gonna go down, down, down. :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I just discovered you on Pinterest. I'm the GoodKarma guy.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

PDS, wasn't able to post camera this weekend as my sister has been pretty ill, I've been run off my feet and haven't been able to get to post office to send it to you. I'll post it this weekend I promise- will probably be Saturday morning. I'll let you know when I've sent it.

aa, shouldn't you be receiving some royalties for your PhD thesis? If not, who is?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hollie. Job and sister come first. Be good to yourself. Meanwhile, all well here.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Hey Para, I had forgotten about Pinterest. Let me see if I can remember my login and I will follow you as well.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Hollie, to get royalties somebody would have to buy it. Famously the PhD thesis is only ever read by 2 people. the candidate and their supervisor. Technically it should also be read by the examiners, but that almost never happens.

I have no idea how it got on Amazon. I wonder if it is something to do with Amazon demanding the right to print out of print books on demand? Perhaps if they're gonna do that they've just gone out and put everything that was ever published in their catalogue. It is all very mysterious.

I'm feeling totally demotivated to do any work. I've started playing starcraft, and just lost about 10 battles in a row. I am so c*ap at it!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I overcame my earlier slackerdom and actually got some stuff done this afternoon.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

So did I, Para. Got some backhoe work done late this afternoon when it cooled down the low 90's right before dark. Still can't use my foot well enough to press the left control pedal on the old machine. Had to use my hand a bit to help press the pedal. It's all good though. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Randy, like my sister who had to have half her left foot removed due to cancer, I truly admire you for keeping on keeping on. A lot of people would give up and become inactive after such injuries. I still keep you in my prayers for healing, but strength, faith and determination you certainly have already.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Phyllis. It's tough not to just give up sometimes, but I'm not through living just yet. lol! I'd like some cooler weather though! :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Maybe the polar vortex will cool things off a bit, Randy. What is that all about anyway? Some deny it will happen, others say the whole US will cool off. Just don't ask me for rain -- I flooded some roads in Georgia during that time the fire broke out from the peat in the swamps. I did that with river rocks which I named "rain rocks". I set one out for my friend to get a little rain and cool off then the roads flooded from a downpour. They barely made it home safely. My friend emailed me and told me to put the rain rock away.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa, I think you should fire off an email to Amazon and ask how they came about your book, you are the author and you have a right to know. Also, if Amazon think it's sales worthy then it is, they wouldn't bother otherwise. Surely there is someway to divert the funds (if it sells) to yourself?


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I don't think Amazon thinks it's worthwhile, it looks to me like some kind of bot action.

Here's the link in case you're interested: http://www.amazon.co.uk/structure-recognition-groo...

and it says it is 'currently unavailable'. It is very curious though, and also I wonder why my brother found it, just what was he looking for?


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

You always underestimate your work, I'd bet my life that some student has quoted you somewhere!

Well, he found it! Was it unavailable yesterday, or the day before?

Maybe he's quite proud of you. You clearly haven't considered that aspect!

I was thinking about you, today, in court. A polish man presented without an interpreter (although his English was by far superior to our Polish!!) He was remanded in custody until we can get an interpreter for a Fairly?! minor offence.

You clearly write and speak Polish?! I don't know how you might land in the courts for such a position- the legalese you'd pick up in a heartbeat if you had someone to relay in laymans terms. I believe it's quite well paid.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Hi Hollie,

Well there is underestimating there work, and there is being realistic. My PhD bored me to death. People do quote the couple of papers I published, but I wouldn't expect anybody to quote a thesis ( the assumption is that if there is anything worthwhile in it, it will be published in a proper journal).

There are people who interpret rather than translate. I sometimes see advertisements for that kind of thing, it shouldn't be too difficult to find interpreters. Personally though, I think it must be quite stressful.

My cousin's sister in law whose a medic, interprets at scientific conferences, and I think this is well paid, but it must be extremely difficult!


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

It depends, Hollie. If some big agencies have all the contracts tied up for that, the rates could be quite low. One that comes up in an advert on a Google search is advertising rates from just under £40 per hour, including everything. I bet they take a goodly amount of that as their cut! I think there are also a number of hurdles to jump before becoming approved.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I've noticed over the last few days that we now see the top ad in hubs even when we're signed it. It really annoys me!


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

I have noticed that, too, aa. Do we at least get to share in the revenue for those or are they some special ad that only HP gets to benefit from?


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I wondered the same thing about the new ad, S&F. I'll bet it's another rip-off from HP as they feel brave after the RS ads were seeming forgotten by the writers. :(


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I do notice my Adsense earnings have dropped significantly since the new ads appeared. It may be merely coincidental, but I fear it's not. If this keeps up we'll owe HP money at the end of the month. :o


eppie 2 years ago

I have noticed the ad in the comment box. It is nearly invisible but if you click a little wrong you go to it. What a sham! Mismanagement begets misfortune.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP seems to be screwing around with everything to make more money, even at our expense. Yes Eppie, I noticed the ad in the comment box too. Blatant trickery by HP as they sink further into the abyss. :(


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Just went to bubbles, and it is really different now! I guess the new look finally kicked in. Looks more professional, but I got so used to the old bubbles that it is difficult to use this.

I think the ad at the top of the page was always there for non-hubbers. It just used to be concealed from us and now it isn't. I guess HP might earn a tiny bit more from this, from hubber impressions, but I would imagine it isn't much. But I guess given their scale even a tiny amount per hub adds up.

I guess it is good to see our hubs as non-hubbers see them, but being confronted by an ad right at the top annoys me!


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I went to my bubblews profile and I love it!!


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

I loathe the new B format with a passion. Hardly any content shows up because of the stupid Pinterest design. A number of people have already noticed their views have dropped dramatically since the change. Otherwise, nothing whatsoever has been done about spam comments, which are now outnumbering genuine comments.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

HP has started idling my fiction again. They take and take......and don't give an inch it seems. I'm getting weary of this site as they further try and squeeze every penny they can from our work. No telling what they've done to go around our agreement with them. I don't trust them at all anymore. :(


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

WA, the truth about bubbles is that the number of spammers and utterly banal people outweighs the number of decent writers by something like 50 to 1. Not that different from this site, or any site that lets you earn money really.

It really is quite depressing.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'm still digesting the new Bubblews. Learning to adapt, e.g., http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/123135?page=7#post... . So far it looks like I can still finagle a $50 gift for myself every now and then.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

aa, not anymore.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

aa and WA, I think it must be a difficult job. Having said that, I work in a magistrates so the cases are relatively minor if they're within jurisdiction and not moved up to Crown. There was a Romanian interpreter in today and she was struggling with the acoustics of the room, it's really bloody difficult to hear in that particular courtroom; it's domed shaped with high ceilings and she was right next to the dock at the further end. Anyway, she interrupted proceedings (good for her) and asked CPS and defence to look at her when speaking!

Forty pounds an hour isn't great if a huge chunk is taken by the agencies! I was just thinking that it must be far easier to translate/interpret legal argument or statement than medical documents. The legal side is so repetitive- you'd be using the same terms and language over and over again. From what I understand and have been told, a decent interpreter is like gold dust! The courts have been presented with lots of cowboys (and gals) to their detriment and as you can imagine it's a litigious environment.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

My activity shows that 99% of the hubs that I left comments on has zero activity for the last 19 days! Something is wrong HP!.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

Personally the idea of interpreting would be quite scary. I frequently have mind failure moments, when I just can't come up with the English word, even though it is quite obvious. The solution is to stop thinking about it and it comes back to me in a few minutes, but obviously you can't do that if you're interpreting live.

It's the people doing simultaneous interpretation that i really admire. Apparently they train for it by speaking about one subject while having something completely different coming through their headphones.

Medical interpretation is quite amusing sometimes, though. Today I spent a good while worrying about the dimensions of a uterus. The doctor of course didn't put any units in, why would he? I assumed it was mm. But one of the numbers was something like 0.30 and I didn't think a fraction of a mm made sense. Then I noticed that he had a habit of leaving a space between the end of a sentence and the stop.


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WriteAngled 2 years ago from Treorci, Cymru

Translating and interpreting are vastly different from each other, apart from the fact they use a foreign language. I think they probably use different parts of the brain. In addition, there tend to be more extroverts among interpreters and more introverts among translators.

I used to love listening to the interpreters at the European Commission. There was one guy who was an absolute virtuoso with several languages. Over there, they work in pairs so that each one can have a rest after 15 minutes, because doing it can frazzle the brain so much. In many other situations, interpreters don't get that chance.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Jeez! Check out my latest, sincere "B" post. 7 of the 8 comments I have received so far are total cr@p. http://www.bubblews.com/news/4585077-my-humble-sug... . Unbelievable! Posting anything intelligent there truly is a complete waste of time.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

That is why I am posting my book on here and dribble on there. I also post a summary of my posts from here on there giving a link to it here. I don't do it the other way around though.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

SmartAndFun left a comment there that cracked me up.

As for my future posts, I am now trying to decide just what kind of dribble to specialize in.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

I had a look at the new Bubblews layout and my "most popular posts" are gone. In their place are the ones no one cares about; I think they may be my most recent posts (which are not recent, lol). Is there any way to put my popular ones back on my profile page? I am not active there but those posts did get a few views every month.


eppie 2 years ago

A few of my favs, from that one.

Brian 3 hours ago

Have a good day my dear :)

I like your post and Keep bubbling!

Let's share in all things 3

Snow white:

good night my friend

thanks for sharing

good luck for you :))

Smart and Fun:

Hello friend what an inspiring posts for which I am believing my friend. Great post I do say. Happy for bubble here and welcome to all posts I love so much. LOLOLOLOL!!!! :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I had foolishly entertained the possibility that the article would get buried in comments agreeing with me. At which point it would be transferred to the front page. At which point I would wait a few days, click the redeem button, and retire in Hawaii.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

AdSense was awful today. And I do mean really awful. Makes me wonder if something is broken.


eppie 2 years ago

yes, para, adsense is what is broken. Your instinct was right. Its been broken for a long time. They are the worst place to get an income. I am searching other places.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I agree Para, yesterday was the pits far as Adsense is concerned. HP must have pissed Google off again! :(


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Tough town, the internet.

Meanwhile, today's dribble: http://www.bubblews.com/news/4632541-i-want-to-buy...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I don't know what is going on over there, but that is the quickest Bubblews Buck I ever made.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I just posted chapter 3 and you may like that one the best so far. I miss my farmette! It is still in the approval time period so it will be there when you are ready for that chapter. http://ladyguinevere.hubpages.com/hub/My-Dad-Took-...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, gone for awhile. :)


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Good Grief! Ever since we saw the movie "The Jersey Boys" last night I cannot get their song out of my mind

http://youtu.be/Uybtn6ebG0I


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Stop.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

LOL LOL LOL


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Around 8:30 AM, HP time, is the best time to publish on Bubblews. Do NOT tell a friend. It pays to be a P.O. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

What to do today...


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Your Adsense still suck, Para? Strange since I still get the page views, but my earnings and clicks seem to have somehow shrank. I'd love to know how HP's earnings on my hubs are doing. Amazon sales are down for me also. Even traditionally good sellers seem to have been affected for some reason other than page views. Something smells....


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

A grim time for me as well. I'm resigned to it.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, my 8:30 AM "B" theory got blown out of the water. This morning's view count was absolutely pathetic. I've truly got to come up with another revenue stream other than HP and B.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Updated my profile I did.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Went to bed three hours ago. Couldn't sleep. Gave up and got up. Oh, well. Now, of course, I'm yawning. Go figure.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Nothing else to do, so I lamented my insomnia on B. It earned 29 cents, but only after I tweeted it.

I guess I shall now try the bed thing again.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

No trouble sleeping here, in fact too much sleeping.

For the first time ever....my hub views reached a 4 figure number. I know that's not much given how long it took blah blah blah, but it is a milestone of sorts (not that it earns much to speak of, as the views go up, the CPM goes down).


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

aa lite. WTG on that. Anything over 1000 views probably puts one in the top 1%.

Meanwhile, it continues to look like the party is over at B, leastwise for me. The new format just doesn't seem to be that conducive to people running around Liking each other's posts; which was probably B's intent.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

My likes also fell down. But I think there might be something wrong with the notificator, I haven't got any notifications from you, or some other people I follow.

Don't know about top 1% but probably top 5% or something. I've vaguely considering Jaaxy, but I don't want to dish out $19 a month. It's not a hugely significant amount, but I'm already dishing out several small amounts for several different things.

Here's an idea, why doesn't HP invest in Jaaxy or something like it. I believe they have the 'enterprise' edition which I believe gives you 100 accounts. HP could invest in 1000, or 2000 accounts. Obviously they couldn't give it to everybody, and there would be a big outcry over who they gave it to, but they could come up with a fairish system, so people who were in the 'program' would have to pledge to write a certain number of Jaaxy approved hubs per month, and they would be ppl who already get a certain amount of traffic, and have a certain amount of hubs blah blah blah. Some way of cutting down the number to a couple of thousands. Assuming that Jaaxy actually works ok, this might pay for itself.

The problem with HP I think is that they are too into getting people to write "quality" (as they define it) hubs, and not enough effort into getting people to write stuff that can rank in Google.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

PDS I am not having a problem with the B, but for some odd reason all the my latest hubs here have the blue down arrow and they are getting views. Makes no sense, but then again...HP never makes sense.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Something not right here. I commented on one of my posts here 2 hours ago and it is just showed up on the news feed. I do not think it is just the B and HP. Some other sites that I have been to seem to have some problems. I do not know if it is my ISP because some have lost power in my area or that it is Google??? Or it could be a little bit of both.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I thought of another B masterpiece to write, but decided to put it off until tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'd like to do the contribute-to-society thing, but absolutely no hub topic comes to mind that I think would stand a chance.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey guys, been busy going to the doctors this week and haven't been home much. Gotta have some surgery to my right eye cause the pressure is out of control and drops don't help anymore. The doc sez I may lose sight in the eye even if I have the surgery but I definitely will if I don't. I have a couple of weeks before I have to worry about it so we're going camping in our new RV this weekend at Jekyll Island. I need a break!!


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Take care Randy. You do need a break.


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Yes, Randy, take care of yourself! We are rooting for you!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Thanks much guys, I appreciate the good thoughts. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Randy, let's you and I never get old. Wait a minute... Too late. Never mind.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Hey folks, long time no speak :) How are we all?

I've sprained my ankle wearing tiny little heels and walking over cobbles- I'm so bloody dozy!

PDS, I have camera packaged and am going to post office in my lunch break tomorrow (didn't get time to do it Saturday) I tried to do it today but security wouldn't let me take the package into court this morning without ripping it open and I've sellotaped it all up with bubble wrap. Anyway, it's in the back of my car which I have to park at the local probation office because can't park near to the court (it's all metres) so I'll walk back at lunch time, pick it up and then go to post office.

Why can't anything be straightforward !


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Hey Hollie! Find some wedgies to wear. More sturdy on the ground than spikes or those tiny heals.


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Good idea, LG. I've only worn these tiny heels because I'm too lazy to hem my pants and they're too long with complete flats (that's what I usually wear) The heels are 1 and 1/2 inches high- tiny- but lethal on cobbles.

Small wedges sound good, but have to be comfy :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Thought some might be pleased to hear my near-death daughter is literally back on her feet. :) She walks with a bend in her foot like healthy people do - instead of the 'plod' and 'wobble' of old. She has mountains of energy and has even been walking for half-hour jaunts to get to her appointments.

Not walking to her appointments any more. She's allowed to drive!!!! Yep. She can see! So pleased we didn't sell her car, lol.

She has actively gone against the advice and warnings of her doctors and main naturopath in following a path she believed gave her the greatest chance of recovery. The two of us discussed many things at length. Dismissed some, and tried others. To the credit of her GP and naturopath, they are delighted.

We get closer to the return visits to neurologists who tried to strip her of all hope. And I get closer to writing about treatment options that many people will scoff at. :)

There's one more important element of her treatment she's yet to introduce that we hope will make her restored health permanent. It is timed to coincide with her birthday in a couple of months. I am very proud of her for achieving what so many said was impossible.

Again I urge you all not to dump on treatment methods you think have to be quackery. Only the truly desperate will try them ... so most people simply cannot speak from experience. The ones who do try and manage to succeed are very grateful for access to accounts on the internet.

I know I am! Most of what my daughter has implemented would have remained out of our thoughts were it not for google. Without the hints, we never would have thought to even consider the options. :)

She went to see another neurologist in her fit and feisty form who was gob-smacked by her MRIs not matching her physical fitness. He's taken up her case and said he'll be discussing it with some of his peers at an international conference.

He has agreed to monitor her from now on, without intervention and seems eager to 'learn'. Now that makes a welcome change. :)


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

"Gotta have some surgery to my right eye cause the pressure is out of control and drops don't help anymore."

Randy, if you want to try some snake medicine to help your eye, grab yourself a bottle of "Hilde Hemmes' Herbals ... Swedish Bitters". Can't vouch for any other brand and many make swedish bitters - not necessarily to the same recipe.

Put a bit on some cotton wool and rub it over your CLOSED eye a couple times a day. Doesn't matter if some leaks in, but your eyelid is what you're aiming for ... and then lie there and rest for a bit. You can also put a teaspoon full in a glass of water and drink it half an hour before or after a meal if you feel inclined.

Won't bore you with stories of how this stuff has worked with myself and others I know. lol. But that's my clue if you're interested. :) No guarantees of course, but you might get a pleasant surprise between now and when your surgery is scheduled.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I'm so very pleased to hear your daughter is better, LTM. I also know there are natural cures for some things which do as well, or better than, pharmaceutical medicines. I simply didn't believe the info in the hub we disagreed on not long ago.

I don't know if I've told you before but my great-grandmother was known as a 'Witch Woman" who helped people with her homemade remedies and acted as a midwife when needed. She was born in the Okefenokee Swamp and was the daughter of Jackson Brady in this true tale:

http://hub.me/acp42

I'll try and find some Hilde Hemmes' Herbals Swedish Bitters--whatever they are--in the local Herbal shops as I'll try anything at this point. Again, so glad for you and your family. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Randy, I didn't read the other posts last night- I'm sorry to hear your news, but at least there's the possibility that your sight will be saved if you have the surgery so definitely worth considering! New RV? Great stuff :)

PDS, camera sent and it'll take approximately five working days- also it'll have to be signed for, just so you know.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Thank you, Hollie. A delivery from overseas... I wonder how many drones the NSA will have circling when it's delivered. lol


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

That is if they have not already intercepted it and deployed the robots to detonate in controlled surroundings. lol.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

A camera does indeed have a lot of metal, moving parts, and electronics. Memos are already probably being sent.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

@Hollie--I don't have much sight to lose in my right eye, but I do want to keep it in case the other eye suddenly goes kablooey. Not a really new RV but it belonged to my brother and it's much bigger than our other two. My bro recently bought a new camper which is bigger than the homes of some folks and costs more too.

He gave is a good deal on his old one which is in super shape to boot. Can't wait to try it out. :)


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HollieT 2 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

Sounds good, Randy! Certainly something to look forward to. When I was 10 I travelled France, Italy and Switzerland in a motor home (what you might refer to as an RV) it was fantastic! I'd love one now, but would be a bit worried about driving one if I didn't have anyone to share the driving with.

PDS, they asked in the post office what was in the parcel, I told them a camera- the woman asked if it had a battery and she looked alarmed . I lied and said no. I just couldn't be bothered with the palava after trying to get it past security at work!

Anyway, off to bed folks. Sleep tight.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Hollie. I bet that package gets sniffed by a dog and X-rayed before being put on the plane. And I bet it gets sniffed by another dog and gets another X-ray, once it hits US shores. What a world we live in. As long as someone doesn't show up along with the package and insists I open it in front of their beady little eyes, I'm fine with it. If someone does show up along with the package and insists I open it in front of them, then my country has indeed become hopeless.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Has your Adsense improved today, Para? Mine is back to normal, for today anyway.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Alas, no joy in AdSense Land.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I hope mine stays up awhile, but who knows in this place? Sometimes I wonder what HP is thinking! Or if they are. :o


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Oh, my; 104 degrees already. Meanwhile, the complexity of life continues...


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Hey, I got paid today from HubPages!!! Yeah!!! $54.34!!! for the month of May.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG. I am confused...


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

Why are you confused?


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG. That is not HP's pay cycle. Did you mean an old Bubblews redeem that Bubblews owed you? Or did HP really withhold your May earnings that should have been paid at end of June? Or is this somehow HP amazon related? Never heard of HP doing other than paying on the 28th for the previous month before. Was this some kind of unknown special HP payment? Enquiring minds want to know. :D :D :D


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

This is the e-mail that I got and Yes the funds are in my paypal account.

"Note from sender, HubPages, Inc:

Hi Lady Guinevere, HubPages has issued you a HubPages Earnings Program payout of $54.34. Keep up the good work, and keep writing great Hubs!"

Sender Information

HubPages, Inc

team@hubpages.com


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

LG. Did you earn $54.34 in May from the Amazon portion of the HP ads program? That is indeed delayed around 60 days. If so, that would explain it. I didn't know HP made the Amazon payment portion separately. If so, that's interesting.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And it means I can expect one for around 50 cents I believe. :D

Meanwhile, reached 108 degrees today. Back down to 106 degrees now.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I have no idea and it doesn't state anything specifically. I just know that I LIKE it!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

As well you should. LOL

AdSense is being nice to me today. I guess they finally came up with a decent ad to display.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I just found out the Russians stole aa lite's geckos. What is this world coming to? http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/lost-space-ru...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

And I've written a bubble about it, http://www.bubblews.com/news/4879742-geckos-take-o...


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SmartAndFun 2 years ago from Texas

Oh that "gosh darn" Bubblews! They can't be counted on for shite. I tried to like your bubble, Para, but it keeps saying "internal error." Ugh, I hate that place. For what it is worth, anyone who links to their bubbles here, I will view it, like it, and I might even leave a comment. It a courtesy I extend to all PO bubblers. That is, if the site will work! :P


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Two hours later, and I see B is still having problems. Oh, well. They're on page 10 of my priority list anyway these days. My search for a new project to throw my heart and soul into continues...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Happy Friday.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

I will read your bubbles now PDS. I do not get notification of any of my friends activity over there.....yet.

I just posted a bubble: http://www.bubblews.com/news/4905953-china-is-ever...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I've just made a forum post some might be interested in. Your decision may vary... http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/123353#post2613038


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

AdSense is back to being mean to me again. What a town.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Me too, Para! She goes up......she goes down. :(


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Leastwise I know I'll make payout. Sure hope B comes through; otherwise, things get inconvenient.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

I made payout in the first week but things have been up and down the last week or so. Amazon is down a bit also but the views aren't. Strange!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I'd sure be interested how the HP program is doing this month.


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C.V.Rajan 2 years ago from Kerala, India

Interesting story, Rand. But the twist in the end is fiction, right?!


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Hey CV, good to hear from you! Yes, the ending is fiction, but everything else is close to the truth. Back when I was I young man--seems like yesterday--there were still a few snake handling churches here in the Deep South and once in a while someone would get struck by a rattler during their services. Thanks for reading and I hope you're doing well. :)


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Just dropping by. Only a month and a week of summer traffic left to go. The weeks and months are just clicking by way too fast; kind of scary. Got to get out there and live large.


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

Just checked into the campground at Jekyll Island and am tuckered out. Too tired to unhook the camper from the truck till in the morning.


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Good. That way no one will steal the truck. :D :D :D


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Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia Author

There's that, at any rate! :)


eppie 2 years ago

Hey all, sorry i have been off for a while. We are on a staycation.

Anyway. Keep us in your thoughts and prayers. We are being told to take shelter tonight as a very bad storm complex is rolling in.

This is supposed to be "the big one". I hope it is not.

Take care.


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Lady Guinevere 2 years ago from West Virginia

We are getting a long line of severe weather tonight too. Hold on!!!


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Monday... Monday... I'll b editing a bunch of hubs this week. First one I edited already took a hubscore hit. If the other 11 do the same, profile score will definitely get slaughtered into the land of no-follow. The hubs have to be edited; a time sensitive issue; no help for it. Is this the week HP scr@ws me over? Stay tuned...


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

I just got this email. http://www.websitewithnoname.com/p/blog-page.html Share this one all over the place! LOL


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paradigmsearch 2 years ago from USA

Well, 20 visitors so far. This is the kind of nonsense that can go viral. Here's hoping.

Meanwhile, I've updated 3 hubs so far. So far, not doomed.


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aa lite 2 years ago from London

I find that email pretty insulting PDS. And really really stupid. Stuff like " Rags for clothes

- Towels for hats

- Constant wailing from some idiot in a tower "

Is about EDL standard in the UK.


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