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Funniest Spam Comment

Surprisingly, for a low traffic, new blog like this, I receive quite a number of spam comments regularly. Sometimes it’s great to read these comments even though they are spam, just like reading spam email may even be better than surfing a joke site.

A couple of days ago, I received a really funny spam that was left on my post: You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Good day!

Why do dogs eat their poop?
One reason dogs eat their poop is because it just plain taste good.

Another reason is it could be a vitamin deficiency.

One other reason for the poop eating is that it is an instinctual behavior in the wild to eat the poop to keep other predators from tracking their movements.

Some solutions for stopping poop eating are: You can put meat tenderizer on it.

What do you think? Wow, I’ve found the same to be true too! How did you find that?

See you soon!

You see, my post had the word DOG on the title and this spam was also on dogs. However, this spammer was not recorded on my stats tracker. Does it mean that to leave spam comments, a spammer does not even have to access or log in to my blog?

Segmentation Rollout

I guess this is the real segmentation rollout on PPP. It happened once before a month ago, but there was a technical error that caused things to go haywire and they rolled back. Is this the real thing?

What lies ahead of us, I do not know. Will it cancel out the small bloggers like me? I hope not. I may be small now, but that does not mean that I will continue to be small next month or next year.

Big or small, we do have value as well. Each company grows with the small guys, and these small guys must not be left out when the company grows. I hope that this will not happen with PPP.

Apart from blog popularity and traffic, bloggers may be disadvantaged for the following too:

1. Geographical location
2. Marital status and with/without children
3. Education level
4. Free/Paid blog host
5. etc

So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this segmentation will affect our earnings. Only time will tell.

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Aiming For A Google Page Rank 3

Years ago, I tuned in to a radio program hosted by Chan Fong on 98.8fm

Chan Fong said that no matter what we do, we need to set goals for ourselves, give a time frame for ourselves to achieve something.

My friend Paul also told me to set goals for myself and work towards them, step by step, one day at a time.

For this blog, I am aiming for a Page Rank 3 in the upcoming Google Page Rank update. ** An Anonymous Journal ** rose to a 3 in a couple of months upon inception but back then, I published one post every day. For this blog, because I am already writing so much, I am trying my best to post on alternate days.

Back then, I did not even know of Page Ranks and stuff so it was a pleasant surprise. This time, I will just post normally and hope that the PR3 will happen naturally without me having to be a cyber 8por, which I am incapable of, anyway!

You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

After one month on WordPress, I realised I’m not a WP kind of person. I am a Blogger person. Everyone has told me how easy WP is, how user-friendly and all, but I don’t think so.

I have been trying to arrange my links in order of importance. Right now, each time I access my page, it comes up in a different sequence. I’m quite a perfectionist and dislike disorder and this links problem is driving me crazy.

I know there’s a plug in that’s supposed to allow us to arrange our links. I even read up on how to get it installed. But reading and understanding are two different issues. Hell, I read it twice even and STILL DO NOT GET IT!

I want back my Blogger but my host told me that IF I want this blog to be powered by Blogger, I would not be able to publish in ** An Anonymous Journal ** anymore. It’s an either / or situation.

Give me Blogger anytime!

And I Thought I Was A No Lifer

Oh my goodness. Yesterday, Blogitive announced that one of their bloggers earned $15,000 in 2006. Can you believe it? At the average Blogitive payout of $5 per offer, that converts to a total of 3,000 offers!

Those of us who write for Blogitive know that there aren’t that many advertisers so I can’t really imagine how this blogger can write about the same company, service or website over and over again in different variations.

I am already at a loss for words when I have to write two copies. Of course, I can always reject, but it’s money, baby! I haven’t even written 300 posts in total since I started writing paid posts and I am already feeling like I HAVE NO LIFE. This blogger MUST be a major no lifer.

In all honesty, I cannot believe that it is a one-person work, to write 3,000 offers of at least a hundred words per offer and not forgetting two minimum 50-word interim original posts.

I think that this is the work of a team of people, maybe a family or a group of friends. I may be wrong, though.

Queen of Procrastination

Yes, that’s who I am. I started  >>>> Blank Canvas < <<< in late December, 2006 and published my first post on 1st January, 2007. I purposely launched it on the first of the year so that I will remember it forever.

** An Anonymous Journal ** was set up on 2nd May, 2006. I remember it because it’s the day after Labour Day. Blogging constitutes working too, so who works on Labour Day right? Haha that’s why I did not set it up on the 1st of May, 2006, although it would be mighty easy to remember.

Anyway, one full month has passed since setting this blog up and as you can see, I am behind time. I am overwhelmed with work and perhaps it’s all due to my horrendous time management. Or maybe I do not relish the idea of messing with the WordPress codes which I have no knowledge of and hardly the patience to dirty my hands with *sigh*

When I do find myself with a little time, I prefer to blog, like what I am doing with this post, and just let my thoughts flow. I am not even sure if anyone would be reading this. Let it be. Life goes on.

The Recent 688 OOPS


Yes, that’s right, OOPS and not OPPS.

A couple of days ago, a PPP staff pressed the wrong key and accidentally released all opportunities to the board, totalling 688.

Wow, I didn’t know if it was a mistake or if it was a promotion that PPP gave to the advertisers to renew their opportunities. It could happen, you know?

Anyway, I just did one thing, i.e. GRAB!! Grab first, talk later!

Within that short period of time, I managed to grab, write, publish and submit THREE opportunities!

And then the site was taken down! After about ten minutes, the site was restored without all the old opportunities.

And then our submissions were deleted. And all of us affected were sent this e-mail.

Hey guys,

First up, please accept my sincere apologies. We had an error in the system today that resulted in a large number of expired opportunities coming active.

You are getting this email because you were too darn quick and made posts on those opportunities. We’ve removed the opps now, and removed your posts in the system.

You 2-a-day limit is NOT affected and you are free to go blog again.

Once again, please accept my sincere apologies for this confusion, and thanks for being understanding.

PS Terrence now has the chicken hat.


All The Best,
Peter Wright
Director of Software Development

Awwww time wasted without getting any compensation :-/

Some of you may think that I am dumb to even grab these expired opps. Hey, PPP is so unpredictable, one never knows what will happen.

A few weeks ago, they released about 150 new opportunities, with a string of high paying ones, within a few hours. Many of us exhausted our quotas even before the opps were totally released.

After this bumper opps, there were no new ones for the subsequent days. And now, the list of available opps are hovering only in the 20s region.

So, there, you never really know what happens on PPP.