Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Attention Google! Google's Blogger/Blogspot Naming Platform Has Been Severely Neglected

Today I would love to publicly ask Google to address a problem I have found within their blogger/blogspot blogging name platform.

Basically, they have so many abandoned blogs that have been sitting idle for years, even decades with zero activity they could purge and allow new owners to register and make active again.

I can't tell you how many times I have gone to http://**************.blogspot.com (*** is whatever title I chose) only to find out the owner hasn't posted a single post since way back in the 1990's, 2000's, or even the 2010's.

The blog is just sitting there idle and has been for in some cases a decade or more.

I think it is pretty safe to say that these blogs are officially abandoned.

By that I mean, the owner could have passed away (sadly), the owner is not or has not been interested in blogging since the last post was 5, 10 or more years ago, the owner forgot or couldn't be bothered about the blog (instead of just deleting it) and doesn't know how to delete it from their account or they are just totally sitting on the blog url to keep others from using it.

You would think Google would do a vastly better job of monitoring these dead, blank and non-active blogs to purge them from their possibly deceased, no longer actively or totally blank blogs.

Yes, I understand some people take a while to set up their blogs and even post on their blogs. I'm guilty of that as well, but I'm not going to sit on a blog name/url for 5 or more years and not post a darned thing. If I don't utilize the blog within 30-45 days I delete the blog and regroup until I am ready.

Google, I know I am not the only one who has encountered this very same frustration from the Blogger/Blogspot naming platform. Although I am probably the first to blast you for it via my Blogger/Blogspot blog.

Knowing how "touchy" you folks are at Google (from my own personal experiences) I wouldn't be a bit surprised if you deleted my blog for calling you out in the spotlight for this issue.

There is absolutely zero reason you can not set up some form of monitoring/software that alerts the bloggers account email if they fail to make the blog active (by posting something to it) with 30 days or their blog will be deemed unused, unwanted or abandoned and will be removed from their account permanently after those 30 days.

Thus, freeing up blog url's others could register and potentially make Google additional profits through an active blog and by using other Google products, such as Adsense and the other tools Google offer.

It only makes good business sense for you to clean up the dead/abandoned, blank and non-active blogs that have been sitting idle, blockading others from turning them into successful blogs on your platform.

I encourage and implore you to create monitoring staff or put monitoring software in place to find these blogs (more than 1 year old (from today's actual date) that are abandoned, inactive or blank with zero activity in that same time frame or older), notify the owners account if they do not respond within 30 days or with no activity on the blog within 30 days their blog will be removed from their account, wiped clean and placed back into the available names to register a blog name by anyone wishing to register the now "freed" blog name.

If you need examples some of these non-active/abandoned or blank blogs, I can certainly do so.

http://shinethelight.blogspot.com/ - 9 years of abandonment. No activity since December 9, 2007!
http://walkingpath.blogspot.com/ - 7.5 years of abandonment. No activity since November 5, 2008!
http://glimmerofhope.blogspot.com/ - 13 years of abandonment. No activity since February 19, 2203!
http://lightmyway.blogspot.com/ - 11 years of abandonment. No activity since April 27, 2005!
http://pathoflight.blogspot.com/ - 10.5 years of abandoment. No activity since August 24, 2005!
http://liftedburden.blogspot.com/ - Zero posts and using the old format blog styles so we know that is totally abandoned!
http://forksintheroad.blogspot.com/ - 11.5 years of abandonment. 1 post on September 15, 2004 last comment post in 2006!
http://forkintheroad.blogspot.com/ - Zero posts. Old blogging format.
http://brambles.blogspot.com/ - 15+ years of abandonment. No activity since October 23, 2000!
http://bramble.blogspot.com/ - Zero posts.
http://barethecross.blogspot.com/ - Zero posts.
http://crossestobare.blogspot.com/

Need I continue?

These are just the one's I looked up today and this doesn't even touch the one's (hundreds of them) I researched prior to this. Think needle in the hay stack with all of these abandoned name urls which could be made available for bloggers to actually use.

Rant over.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Only Person You Can Count On To Help You Is You

The struggles are real.

The mistakes are harder and more painful.

People will promise you the world yet rarely deliver or come through when you need it the most.

I'm not saying others aren't doing their best, but what you think is best and what they think is best will most always be two completely different ends of the spectrum.

Its not their fault because you are the one that knows the needs, inside and out.

You may be angry because they don't fully understand exactly where you are or what you need at the time you need it.

I know I have been, but having stepped back a little, I can't fault them for not aiding in my rescue from purgatory.

I'm still struggling to find my feet currently, let alone stand on them, but I'm doing my best and that is all we can do sometimes.

Heaven knows it isn't enough to sustain or live on, but two weeks ago I was able to cash out $30 from one survey site and today I topped the requirements for a payout of $50.

$80 is nothing to brag about, unless your as broke as I am and then it becomes equivalent to getting a winning scratch off ticket from the lottery.

That will pay almost 3 full tanks of gas toward my trip back to West Virginia, where I plan to plant my feet solidly back in the mountains, valleys and hollers permanently.

Taking the words of one of my Great Aunt's, she always said,

"These things happen whether fast or slow and you just have to pick yourself up by your own bootstraps and keep moving on."

She was right of course.

I made my bed, as it were, but I am not staying in it.

I'm picking myself up by my own bootstraps and grasping for opportunities that actually pay, not me paying to join an opportunity that never works for anyone except the people who created the opportunity.

I'm not saying I have it all worked out or that it will work out according to my plan, but it will through God's plan and God's time.

Let me be clear however, I am totally grateful to all who do and are trying to help me in this process, be they family, friend or complete strangers.

I've eaten all pride (well most of it anyway) in this experience.

It is definitely not a good feeling, but a necessary one to move forward and get on with my life.



It truly is up to us, to count on and rely upon ourselves and not have to rely on others to get us through.

Yet another one of my many life mistakes and another lesson learned.

Rely on yourself, because you are the one who knows your needs best, especially when the one's treating you badly want to keep you down and under their control.

Always, always, always have a contingency fund stashed away somewhere safe (only you know where it is) so when bad situations arise, you can pack up and get out in a moments notice if need be.

If my experience motivates or inspires you, please feel free to like it, share it or comment.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pain, The Invisible Illness Others Can't Or Don't Want To See

If you are like me and are in severe pain 24/7/365 days a year, then you can understand what I am going through.

The rest of the world looks at you like:

There is nothing wrong with you, get out of that chair, get a job, work and earn a living you free loading, entitled person you.

It has been said directly too me on several occasions, so for those of you who do not live with pain and you can't see pain, let me share some of my experience, living with pain to you.

Have you ever pulled your own teeth?

No?

Well I have and it isn't much fun, but the relief afterward was so worth the pain I endure to remove them. I pulled 8 of my own teeth (at different times not all at once).

My lower legs, feel as though they are lead and the pains in them make me what to just scream most of the time.

The shooting and stabbing pains, at times

My knees are better known as the popular rice cereal "Snap, Crackle and Pop" and are both severely painful especially when trying to bend them to get down or back up.

I can get down semi ok, but getting back up is nearly impossible and the pain takes my breath away.

I have to climb up on things with my hands and arms until my knees are finally able to take over and finish pushing me up and there is various stages of pain throughout the process.

If there is nothing around for me to climb/push myself up on, I need someone to physically take my hand and pull me up and the pain from that is excruciating.

Employers don't want to hire you when it can take a few minutes for you to push through the pain, climb your way back up until you can stand again, not to mention walk or carry something to get back to doing your job.

I have a high pain tolerance threshold, but the pains I have push me beyond my limits and have for a long time now.

The pain I experience in my knees and legs, much like pulling my own teeth, makes me want to have them amputated, just to relieve the pain I feel on a daily basis.

Read that again and think long and hard how painful they are and that I've thought or wanted to have them amputated just to have relief.

I have severe neuropathy from diabetes of which since being diagnosed have lost almost 60 lbs since August 2014.

In addition to the weight loss, through eating healthier foods, I have also been trying to walk a mile each day.

Granted these last many months I have not been walking the mile per day since I was going to see my dad in the VA hospital and then nursing home as much as possible and also his getting ready for his funeral the week of March 20th through March
27th 2016.

This past weekend I made a trip to Virginia and back to Florida to put the remainder of dad's belongings in storage until I can finally get to move back home to West Virginia from Florida, hopefully within a couple weeks or less if all goes well.

You can't tell how a person is feeling (or any part of their body for that matter) just by looking at them.

Some people try their best to mask the pain (like I try to do) from others, because others don't get it or understand how much pain the person has or is experiencing or they say, "There is nothing wrong with you."

My blood pressure readings can tell you how much pain I have, like when it gets to 216/118 (my personal max).

I would not wish pain on anyone, including those who don't understand the invisible pain others have but they can't see it.

The next time you see or someone tells you they are in pain, take it from me and my own personal experiences, they aren't kidding.

For those "well bodied" folks, I'm thrilled for you that you have no physical pain, but just because YOU can't see pain or how much someone else is hurting doesn't mean they aren't in pain.

If you aren't helping solve the problem, then you are the problem.

Read more about Chronic Pain and illnesses which cause pain from WebMD.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Power Of Prayer And God Watching Over Me

Update May 5, 2016: Finally got the truck back about 3:45pm today. They replaced 3 studs and put on 4 new lugs which were completely missing. No charge to me obviously. Still so very thankful for the prayers & God's divine intervention!

I am so thankful God watched over me and dad's truck on the trip to Virginia and back and also for getting my friend and I to and from Tampa for his appointment yesterday. Well over 1,500 mile trip plus!

Everyone's prayers made the difference between my safety and what surely would have been a mangled wreck or possibly deaths.

Why?

I had the neighbor go with me to the store today because the truck started making serious noises and vibrating very badly.

I even pulled over and he (the neighbor) got out to see if the tire had a lump on it, but didn't see anything so we proceeded to the auto parts store to talk with them to see if we could figure out what was going on with it.

It was only when we came back out and started looking at the tires the neighbor discovered 4 of the 6 lug nuts were not there and studs were broken off and the other two lug nuts were loose!

I limped the truck back to the shop (a block away) where they did the balance, rotate and front end alignment just before dad passed.

They are ordering the parts to replace the damaged studs and lugs and will call me once the repairs are done.

I had even taken the truck back to have them check it out again because I was still hearing a popping/crunching noise after the balance, rotation and front end alignment was done. They checked it out again and said they couldn't find anything wrong.

Well, there was something wrong. Someone didn't tighten any of the lugs on the passenger side front wheel!

The guy from the repair shop called me to let me know they were going to have to pull the front end off in order to replace the studs and it was going to take them 3-3.5 hours to do the job and they were going to have to keep it over night and finish the repairs tomorrow since they were not going to be able to complete the repairs before closing time today.

Also thankful the neighbor was able to come pick us up in the meantime.

The guy from the repair shop also said that he would drive me and my neighbor home, but I explained he would not have to do that because I called the neighbor to come pick us up.

Thank you Lord Jesus for watching over me and keeping me safe and from harm! That wheel could not have stayed on much longer without a higher power keeping it on there!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Make Sure You Are Not Making This InboxDollar Mistake

If you are new to InboxDollars, I'd like to share this with you.

I learned this one, just a few days ago.

I had several "Paid Emails" sitting in my inbox, on the InboxDollars website.

It was for an offer from a well known "business card" printing company and if I had taken that offer, I would have lost $3.00!

I did get the $0.02 for "confirming the email" but I remembered seeing another offer from the same company in the "Offers" section (something like 12 pages you go and look through).

The deal under the "Offers" section was a far better deal, so I closed out of the paid email (after opening and getting my $0.02 for it) and immediately went to the Offers section and found the better deal and went through that link instead.

Instead of getting only the $2.00 deal the "Paid Email" was offering, I received the $5.00 offer by using the other link in the "Offers" listing from the same company.

Don't cheat yourself out of $3.00!

Always check the paid email offers against the website offers before you actually do the offer to make sure you aren't cheating yourself out of $$$ and a better offer.

Its just as good (better even) in your pocket as it is in theirs.

It really pays to do your homework, because you want the best deal possible and the most reward you can get.

We have to do all we can to help others in this world and that is what I am trying to do.

If this information helps you or you know someone who would benefit from this information, please Like it, Comment and Share it.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

In Times Of Trouble Stress & Grief Just Keep Going

I make no excuses for my "ugliness" these days.

I've come off the defensive side and landed full force on the offensive side.

I prefer not to be on the offensive side for a variety of reasons, but believe you me I can handle the offensive side as well.

Perhaps not eloquently in action or from the sharp tongue I've developed from what feels like the world closing in on me lately.

I'm being tested and let me tell you I am failing the test very badly.

There is, after all, only so much you can do financially when you have so little to do it with. I won't even go into the health and body issues going on, on top of all that.

I feel like I am being forced to make miracles happen out of impossible situations and I am not allowed to fail.

That said, beyond the financial issues, what I am talking about is the rotten people you have to encounter in this world who have you over a barrel and you will do or else lose all.

Currently I am being forced to spend more money I don't have to spare right now, to go get the rest of my fathers belongings.

Tomorrow my friend has a doctors appointment at the VA in Tampa.

As soon as I get back from that, I'll have to load up and head out for Virginia.

I will be stopping at my cousins house to sleep and head out on the last leg to Virginia Friday morning.

Saturday I have to pick up the rental truck to load up everything and move it to a storage unit there, since I can't afford to bring it back to Florida and then back to WV when I finally get to move back there.

I'm truly thankful for my ex-brother-in-law who is sending a guy to help me load up and put in all in the storage unit.

I don't think it will take us that long to load it all up and get it into storage.

At this point, once it is all on the truck I and my family will be done with her and her family and I thank God for that.

We should have it all loaded into storage quickly I hope and once done, then I'll have to get on the road heading back to my cousins house late Saturday evening/night and then head home first thing Sunday morning.

At least that will give me Monday to rest this body and the legs before having to take the friend to his next appointment on Tuesday.

I'm happy everyone else has money to burn, where I do not.

In the end, I pay double or triple because others can't wait a little while and force me to make the decisions I do.

One day these folks will be totally out of my life and for that I'll be glad and thrilled.

I'm sick and tired of having to bow down and take orders from the rest of these pains in my backside.

There usually isn't anyone I can't get along with until they tell me (by what comes out of their mouths or their actions) they think they are superior and everyone must bow to them and do what they want, when they want. I am sorry to tell you, you aren't God and you aren't Jesus even though you "think" you are God-like.

I may have to "endure" your kind of stupid, but only until I get dad's stuff moved.

Below is a conversation I had with my dad many years ago and I'll share it with you now.

Me: In the Bible it tells us to turn the other cheek.
Dad: Yes son, that is right.
Me: You can only turn your cheeks some many times before they become bloody and raw. What do you do at that point?
Dad: Your exactly right son. That is when you have to walk away from people and situations.

The moral of this conversation is, I will soon be walking away from these people and making them a part of my past because they have no place and don't deserve to be in my present nor in my future.

I will wash my hands of them the very second the last of dad's belongings are loaded on the truck.

I wish them no ill will, they will not be a part of my life after saturday April 30th but I will still pray for them.

I seek peace and harmony, not asinine people who's only purpose is to make everyone else's lives miserable because they are so unhappy with their own lives, must control everyone and everything.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Why I Started Writing Blogging Again

Life is difficult enough and then the bottom totally drops out from under you and you find yourself in a very deep pile of the smelly stuff.

I'll apologize in advance for my current writing style as it depicts the stress, frustrations and grief I'm going through right now.

Part of the reason I decided to go back to writing and blogging.

Understand I am "curbing" and choosing my words as best I can in the current situation.

Part of what you are reading is my only outlet at the moment.

Trust me when I say, the ones I wrote and have not published have been more of a process for me to vent my anger and frustrations with the current situation. They will never be published.

The ones I have posted have been severely "cleaned up" but still severely lacking in professionalism and no where close to the style others know me for.

Right now, I am considering myself back at the "work in progress" stage.

I'm fighting for my own survival at this point.

Some days I don't honestly feel it is all worth what I'm going through.

Other days its tolerable and I can actually write something decent, for example on my other blog (My West Virginia Homestead) I wrote an article on How To Start & Grow Your Own Pineapples At Home.

Having read some of my previous articles on this blog, such as The Overwhelming Feeling Of Being Overwhelmed is not the direction I want this blog to go in.

At some point in the near future, I will perform a "severe clean up" of such blog posts.

Right now however they, like myself are a "work in progress" as I process and transition through this purgatory I am living at the moment.

Right now, its ugly and vile. I'm ashamed to even post most of these posts, but for me, it is a necessary evil to process and to work through it and again, I have not published the far worse ones than you are seeing.

If you find them useful and helpful, great. I hope they help inspire you to find a creative outlet to work through whatever difficulties and struggles you going through.

As you may have guessed, I do not put on airs about anything.

I tell it like it is, regardlessly if anyone likes it or not.

I am not politically correct and if you are offended, there are plenty of other blogs you can read.

Some folks like that about me while others don't.

While I continue to work through this process I'm going through, just hang in there with me.

I go back to this saying a lot.

"If you can't handle me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best."
Author Unknown (side note: while Marilyn Monroe gets the credit more often than not, check this out)

Hang in there with me, as I transition through this process.