Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Will Y!Contributor Network Replace YouTube?

In the interest of keeping you informed...sharing bits with you, if you will...

I thought I'd pop over and tell you about my brilliant NEW plan to take over the world...

No, wait. Wrong plan.

Never mind, forget I mentioned world domination, I'm still ironing out the creases in that plan.

Moving on (boy, aren't we cheeky today?)...


I've been thinking about this whole Google AdSense thing and the fact that I've lost my earning capability at YouTube.

You should know, right darn now: I LOVE MAKING YOUTUBE VIDEOS! Well, I love making videos, anyway.

Being able to integrate my AdSense with YouTube was allowing me the pleasure of continuing to do that. Which lasted, oh about, 3 weeks or so.

Read more about my Google AdSense Issues in this blog post!

So...what do I do now?

Stop making videos?

STOP sharing my CRAZY with the WORLD?

As if.

My friend Pabs and I were talking about it and SHE said, "Hey (dork...seriously...) why don't you upload your videos to Y!Contributor Network?"

And I replied, "Hmmm...how DO you carry all that brilliance around in your head?"

So here's the bottom line (finally, right?):

September will be a test run of video production at Y!CN. <-- (the link to my Y!CN profile!)
The bulk of my videos, including my new buzz cut, will be uploaded to Y!CN.
I will still post updates to YouTube, outlining weekly what I'm doing at Y!CN.

I honestly don't believe I will ever give up YouTube completely (well...at SOME point I may stop making those fabulously crazy vids...), but I do want to explore the video possibilities at Y!CN and see where it takes me.

And now you know.

Ha...did you seriously think I was done rambling?


I'm going to need some help with this, my friends. 

I'm  hoping to get feedback from viewers about how this is all working as we travel through September. So, if you watch my videos at YouTube, great. If not, go here and check them out. Subscribe if you'd like (SWEET!!).

And stay tuned. At least one blog post per week will have the latest Y!CN videos within it, so you can be sure not to miss a single solitary second of crazy from me. How darn lucky are YOU?

Lastly...please comment, email, or holler out your window and let me know if watching at Y!CN works for you. I'm concerned about a couple of things in that regard (which I'll keep to myself for now) and will really appreciate the feedback.

Okay, NOW I'm outta here. For now. "See" you later in the week and have a FANTABULISTIC day, my friends!


PS: I TOLD you I was feeling a bit cheeky, didn't I? Hope the message didn't get lost in translation. Oh, and if YOU want to share your voice with the world, go check out Y!Contributor Network. Throughout my years of writing online, Y!CN has been a consistent pleasure to pen for!! :)


My latest from YouTube: 


Monday, August 29, 2011

Dear "The Google Adsense Team"

Dear "The Google Adsense Team",

On Friday August 12, 2011, you emailed me to inform me that ...hmmm wait, let me quote you directly...

"After reviewing our records, we've determined that your AdSense account

poses a risk of generating invalid activity."

Not long after receiving this email, I (most ineloquently and with copious tears) sent an appeal. I answered your "form letter" questions and hit SEND.

Not long after THAT, I received a generated response from you, stating that you had received my appeal and that I should now expect to sit on pins and needles until you reviewed my account. I'm sorry, paraphrasing is NOT my strong suit.

On Tuesday, August 16, 2011, I received another email from you, stating that you were reviewing my account with the additional information I provided but that I shouldn't get my hopes up because you couldn't guarantee reinstatement - more paraphrasing, slightly. 

I replied (a bit more eloquently this time) with even more information and the hope that you would very plainly see that I had done nothing what. so. ever. wrong to warrant losing my Adsense account.

On Friday AUGUST 26, 2011 you replied and please, let me quote:

"Thank you for your appeal. We appreciate the additional information you've

provided, as well as your continued interest in the AdSense program.
However, after thoroughly re-reviewing your account data and taking your
feedback into consideration, our specialists have confirmed that we're
unable to reinstate your AdSense account."

Well doesn't that just bite the big one?

At that point I was ANGRY. I had done a bit of research about Google Adsense reinstatement and did not hold much hope for getting my account back. NOT because I had done anything wrong, however. 

But because this is how Google Adsense tends to operate.

I had heard rumors throughout my year+ with Adsense...be careful, don't click ads, don't encourage others to click ads, don't look cross eyed at your computer screen, don't eat yellow snow...because you could...

for NO F*&%king reason, have your Google Asense account disabled.

I didn't believe the rumors. I certainly had  no intention of breaking TOS. And I never did. Not once. Not once did I click my own ad, encourage anyone else to, or provide content that was not considered appropriate for Google to place ads on.

Beyond that, Google Adsense stated (in their email of disablement) that my account had...what did they say???

Oh, yah.

..."poses a risk of invalid click activity..."

Not that it had invalid clicks, that it poses a risk.

What the H E double hockey sticks?

Not only did they disable my account for a completely idiotic reason, I now believe they did NOT take the time to review my account properly.

I actually read somewhere in my research of this that it was best to email and request a HUMAN review.


Here is what I believe:

The Google Adsense Team did not review my account carefully (as stated).
The Google Adsense Team is not entirely human.
Humans make mistakes AND SO DO COMPUTER PROGRAMS.

Here is the bottom line:

I did not knowingly break any of Google Adsense's TOS.
I did not provide any content that would encourage invalid clicking of ads.
I am no longer part of the Google Adsense program.
A year's worth of hard work, dedication to consistent quality, and following THEIR rules got me

It may surprise you to know that I'm not as upset/angry/thoroughly pissed off as I was on Friday morning after reading that they could not reinstate my account.

Because, to be quite honest...

I don't wish to work with/for/through a company that has such a backwards way of handling their clients. Oh, I know, it's Google, for cryin' out loud. They have  no need to worry that I'M going to bring the Adsense program to a grinding halt and a re-evaluation of how it's done, simply with one blog post, a couple of videos, and some major irritation.

And that's okay. Carry on, Google Adsense.

I certainly plan to. I will continue blogging. I will continue making YouTube videos. And I will continue writing for Y!Contributor Network. I will not be returning to Triond.com or to WebAnswers, however I don't think they'll crash 'n' burn without me either.

Today is a new day. One without Google Adsense in it. But don't be sad, I'm not. I get to go on without fear that I made or may make in some future event, a mistake that will ruin everything.

According to their rules.

From now on, I'm just going to do it my way. (Which, oddly enough, still complies with THEIR way, geesh.)


~~~~~~~~ Stay tuned, here and at YouTube, for all the latest about anything and everything. My goal has always been to provide a place (er...places) where people can get informed about whatever it is they need to know. I'm stickin' to it, and I hope you stick around to learn a thing or two. As I always say: Time spent learning is never wasted time. ~~~~~~~~

My YouTube Videos Related to this Google Adsense Issue:


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Warm Wednesday Welcome...

Thank you for stopping by today. If you happened upon Informed Sharing by way of Lee at Tossing it Out, I'd like to welcome you and hope you enjoy your visit.

As it happens, life has gotten in the way again and I may not be here much today or tomorrow and maybe not even till Monday now. Please take a peek here if you wish to know why.

But rest assured, I do know my path and it certainly includes continuing to discover fabulous things around the web that will help us all live healthy: mind, body, and spirit.

And remember, time spent learning is never wasted time!


Oh, and PS: if you didn't get here by way of Lee, check out my guest post at his place and feel free to follow him around the blogosphere. A fabulous blogging friend to be sure :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

In Honor of His Father

I come here today with a heavy heart.

Fingers aching to put (on paper) the suffering of this heavy heart.

Hovering over the keys because how can you explain in mere words what your brain cannot comprehend, what your heart wishes were a lie.

Yesterday this world gave to the heavens a great man.

A man who touched the lives of everyone he met and many who never had the awesome opportunity to do so personally.

I did not know this man as well as some others; but I did know him well enough that I will be forever thankful he came into my life and shared a piece of himself with me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life."  

Meet Gerald Robinov.

Jerry spent his length of life filling the hearts and minds of so many people with what was to become his legacy - his depth of life.

Whether it was a word of praise, a joke, a hug, a loving memory, life lesson, or even a (certainly justified) reprimand; Jerry lived the depth of his life so that we may carry in our hearts a piece of him all the rest of our lives.

How darn lucky are we?!

Ralph Waldo Emerson also once said:

"Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold."

Today we lay Gerald Robinov to rest. And we remember with hearts full of love all that he has done for us so that we may endure this sadness with strength until we meet again.

I come here today with a heavy heart. Thankful though, for the strength to place my fingers upon the keys in remembrance of a great man. Blessed to have known him. And honored with the gifts he has given me to enrich my life until we meet again.

Cheers, my friend. You will forever have a place in my heart.


~~~~~~~~This post is dedicated to one of the most amazing men I have ever known. His father's son. My Gary. I love you with every bit of my being and am so very grateful for all he (and she) gave you that you now share with me. I hold your hand and your heart so tightly. Today and always. ~~~~~~~~


How cheeky then, to have announcements at the end, huh??

But I want to remind my fabulous readers that tomorrow I am guest posting over at Tossing it Out. You should also know that my post there reflects my true understanding of the legacy Gerald Robinov left behind. I plan to be here some tomorrow and welcome any and all visitors here and at Lee's Place. Thank you.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Tossing it Out is Sharing - Get Informed!

You all know Lee, right? From Tossing it Out...fabulous co-host and founder of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, two years running?

Well you should.

And if you don't, I strongly encourage you (I can give orders to the best of them but it's really up to YOU to click) to go visit his blog - Tossing it Out.

I'll wait here while you enjoy a bit of Lee.

(Don't worry about me, I've got plenty to do till you get back.)

Oh, good; you've come back...I'll be honest when I say that I half expected you to be gone awhile longer. Isn't Tossing it Out just one of the loveliest blogs you ever did happen upon?

Of course it is.

But WHY am I gushing again?

I DO that, silly. But here's where you can start to really pay attention.

Arlee Bird (Lee to those of us lucky to know him a tiny bit) blogs. His blog is a fabulous representation of his life adventures. Lee takes us on marvelous trips through time, and does it in such a way that we feel as though we were/are/wish to be right there with him as he shares his experiences.

But Lee - and his blog - are so much more than that.

Lee spends an incredible amount of  time giving back and/or paying it forward to his many blogging friends.

I can't begin to describe ALL the ways he does this - follow him and check in often to see about that - but I am sharing his latest awesome sharing of friends.

Guest Posts - Bloggers Uniquely Tied to April 2011 A to Z Blogging Challenge. 

Oh for crying out softly. Took me long enough to get to the point, didn't it?

Just go visit this post  and you'll see what I mean.

And stay tuned, I've been invited to guest post too; and I can't WAIT to share a bit of me with all of you at Tossing it Out (more on that in a couple of weeks).

In the mean time, don't forget to follow Lee - not stalker style, geesh - and enjoy his prose; he really is simply satisfying...and now you know!



Check out my latest lens on Squidoo - Yep, it's all about how my ex-husband lost 125 pounds. Enjoy!

My Ex-Husband Lost 125 Pounds - and No, It Wasn't Me!

Go HERE to see all my Squidoo Lenses and discover how you can become a Squid too!


And don't forget to stop by AskSanAnything at YouTube to catch all the crazy in my life - ON VIDEO! Gary will be filming my next weigh in on August 1st; stay tuned!

And just WHO is Gary? Gary Robinov, documentary filmmaker of Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story. Yep, how darn lucky am I?!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

And Then There's Squidoo

I recently joined Squidoo and am having so much fun with it that I thought I would share it with you.

Oh, but WAIT a minute. Let me share this first...

I am having such a time staying caught up with everything and feeling guilty about neglecting this or that or ...whatever. So I'm giving that part up (the guilty...). I've set some goals and I'm going to work on sticking to those, daily, weekly, monthly; and let the rest fall where it may.

Okay, now that's out of the way. Squidoo!

Squidoo allows you to create lenses to showcase...anything you want to. Kinda like a blog post, or writing an article, or even making a video.

But it's so much more than that. The tools and Squidoo makes available for lens makers are amazing. And a bit overwhelming - at first.

To that end, before you decide to join and start your own lenses, you may wish to check out this lens from Pablina. She was (and still is) instrumental in helping me navigate the site and with learning how everything works to best maximize my potential there.

She also has a lovely little blog devoted to her lenses and others. Geared toward helping others learn the ins and outs of Squidoo, the Squidoo Lady shares posts that make your Squidoo experience the best it can be.

Visit Pablina's other cool Squidoo Lenses!

I am in love with Squidoo and having so much fun being creative.

Check out a couple of my lenses if you'd like to see what even a newbie can do at Squidoo:

I Cut My Hair On YouTube - More Than Once!


Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story Now Available at Amazon

Even if you don't visit my lenses, Squidoo is definitely something fun, informative, and fabulous - go check it out now!


I'm writing lenses on Squidoo and would love you to join me

Oh, and if I didn't mention it? Squidoo does pay too! YAY!

Creative Media Outlet - Gary Robinov's Artwork at Zazzle!


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