And just like that July is almost wrapped up. Time seems to be flying by even faster now that we’re getting sunny weather up in Vancouver. When I’m not plugging away at my blog or working for my actual employers, I’ve been trying to get out to enjoy the weather. It seems there’s never a spare moment to just relax.
Lately I’ve been reflecting back on my blogging journey to this point. Monday will mark my 6 month blogging anniversary and I know I’ve come a long ways. I will get into that more with my anniversary post. For now I’d just like to remind everyone that I will be having a big giveaway starting Monday. So far the prizes include $150 in cash prizes and several ebooks. Thank you for everyone’s generosity in contributing to this contest. If you’d still like to contribute something, get in touch soon as I will need to finalize the rafflecopter widget and everything else this weekend.
Blog Commenting Scare
On Wednesday I had a bit of scare with my blog commenting routine. The night before I had been doing some marketing work for one of my employers and some of it was borderline spam, but nothing really bad in my opinion. I guess someone else had a difference of opinion though. Wednesday morning when I commented on some blogs my comments were blocked before even getting to moderation.
My first instinct was to blame the Akismet spam filter plugin since I know it can be triggered easily sometimes. That theory was blown out of the water when I tried commenting on my own blog without Akismet turned on. I couldn’t even respond the comments on my own blog!
Since the problem was affecting multiple web browsers, my next strategy was to try to get my ISP to change my IP address. Unfortunately they told me that I was basically stuck with the IP for months. I don’t know if that’s definitely true or if they didn’t want to let me risk contaminating another IP. So do I change to a new internet service provider just to get a new IP?? I’d hate to go through the hassle after getting hooked up with a sweet deal on my current internet/tv package.
I was really panicking about what to do about this problem. Was I suddenly going to be out of a major blog promotion strategy? Or was I going to be forced to do blog work from the library or a coffee shop? Or do I just give up commenting to focus on other strategies? The bigger blogs seem to get by with that focus, but what about responding to comments on my own blog?!
After a couple hours of trying to deal with that mess, it was time to go help my friends move to a new house. Finally the stressful situation was out of my hands for a while. Instead it was time to get a good workout in the sun with intermittent beer breaks.
Then yesterday morning when I got back to my commenting problem, I decided to test responding to comments once more. My eyes lit up as I saw that comment show up instead of the error. What a weight lifted off my sore shoulders!
Now I’m going to be a lot more careful with anything that might be borderline spam. Even if it’s not done on blogs, apparently it can still affect your ability to post comments. Lesson learned! Now can I have those 2 hours back?
UPDATE: The problem is back again today I guess I’ll go help my friend finish moving today and hope that gives me some good karma. So if I’m not commenting on your blog today it’s because the comment didn’t go through.
What would you do in a situation like this?
Modest Money Around The Web
Last week I asked everyone who cares if I split up the mentions & acknowledgments. Fortunately only 1 or 2 people preferred having it split up. Since that also saves me time, democracy wins. So here are the blogs that mentioned my posts recently:
The Round Table – July 20, 2012 Edition on Money Smart Guides
Blog round up for July 20, 2012 on My Canuck Buck
Droughts, Interest Rates, Posts and Some Random Thoughts on The Canadian Personal Finance Blog
Star Money Articles and Carnivals for the Week of July 16 on Free Money Finance
Personal Finance Friday! on Be Frugal
First Time Home Buyer Class and Posts of the Week on Young Adult Money
Updates: July 15 – 21 on The Outlier Model
Weekend Wind Down 7/21/2012 on My Money Design
Links Grow on Trees – Productivity Rules on Earth and Money
Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: First Speeding Ticket Edition on Young and Thrifty
Weekly Wrap-Up and What I’m Reading On the Web – 10 on iHeart Budgets
Friends of the Family: Another Day At The Zoo Edition on The Family Finances
Lifestyle Carnival #12: Fifty Shades of Grey Edition on From Shopping To Saving
Places I’ve Been: Week Ending July 22 on Edward Antrobus
Carnivals, Mentions, & Weekend Reading #21 on Work Save Live
LAS VEGAS VACATION TIPS on Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance
Carnival of Retirement- 29th Edition on Master The Art Of Saving
Festival of Frugality #346 – Do Something for Yourself Edition on One Smart Dollar
Weekend Reading – Increased readership and great blogs on My Own Advisor
Thank you everyone who generously shares the link love. You’re all awesome! The people who regularly link, you’re seriously the best. I love you guys! lol
And to my blogging friends who don’t like my content enough to share some link love, do I have to beg? Or are you just going to give me more sleepless nights wondering why I just didn’t make the cut? Just know I’ll remember the exclusions when it comes time to send out Christmas cards So I’ve got begging, guilt tripping and threats covered lol. Next week I may resort to public shaming and name calling haha.
Favorite Posts On Other Blogs
Now get off my blog and go read some of these awesome posts:
Beginner’s Guide to Finance – Approaching Retirement on One Smart Dollar
Spy As You Go Car Insurance on Money Smart Guides
Buying A Home (Part 1) on iHeart Budgets
And I hit rock bottom on Bog Of Debt
Fast Food: When Buying to Get More for Your Money Backfires on Money Life and More
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? (Or Do I Want a Promotion) on Edward Antrobus
We All Have Issues on The Family Finances
I splurged – and it was nice on My Canuck Buck
Overcoming Envy – Why Do We Hate Other People’s Success? on My Money Design
Good Debt? Not Bloody Likely on The Canadian Personal Finance Blog
Advantages of Owning a Home vs Renting on Young Adult Money
10 Reasons Why it’s Easier to Build Wealth Now on Street Smart Finance
Logo Design Contests and Marketplaces You Should Check Out on Zac Johnson
Spending & Saving: Money & Our Kid on Master The Art Of Saving
HOW TO GET OUT OF DEBT; TAKE THE FIRST STEP on Barbara Friedberg
Reader Question – Why don’t you just buy dividend ETFs? on My Own Advisor
Don’t donate to charity on The Outlier Model
Have any of you had any kind of scares with your blog so far? I know some of you have had your blogs hacked or have had to start again from scratch. Is there any point you felt like giving up?