WELCOME to Wil Mosher - our new Follower! Thanks for joining us, Will. I hope you enjoy reading along as we prepare to sell everything this year, and hopefully purchase an RV to full-time in early 2012. If you have a blog, let me know so I can follow along with you, too!
We have a new Governor, Mr. Jerry Brown, in California. I didn't vote for him, but have to admit I liked him the first time around, and have high hopes that he will do his best to fix all the problems in California. I think that's how it should be: no matter who you vote for or support, when the election is over, stand behind the winner. I think we'd all benefit from that. Especially at the national level.
39th Governor of California
Speaking of Jerry Brown, who ran against Meg Whitman, I did find out what happened to my Ad-Sense ads, and I think I know why I was dumped. A reader who doesn't like Meg Whitman saw her ad on my blog and multiple clicked it a bunch of times, which was apparently picked up by Ad-Sense who investigated and canceled my account FOREVER. Apparently if you are canceled due to invalid ad clicking, you can NEVER have an Ad-Sense account again. That doesn't seem fair. I didn't do anything wrong, and I am the one penalized.
I know that this person, who feels awful about the account being canceled, also made purchases by clicking on ads on my blog, and was just exercising a political opinion against Meg, who I actually supported. This reader had no idea what the result of her clicking would be. I was surprised to see a political ad on my blog, Meg Whitman was the only politician I saw advertising, but I guess she had so much money she was appearing everywhere. Little good it did her, or me.
After seeing Tioga George's Income/Expense sheet, and seeing how much you can actually earn through blog ads, I may do some research to see if I can place ads another way. I know they can be a nuisance for my readers and apologize in advance if I do find a way. I'd never earn what George earns, he has a HUGE following, but any extra income would be a help next year when I'm living on Social Security and probably little else. I just ignore the ads on blogs, unless it's for something of interest, then I do click. We'll see...
On that depressing note, I'll add another. In 2010 I gained 8 pounds. Ouch! There was some discussion in the office today about weight gain last year. There were four of us there, and we all gained from 8 to 20 pounds. I know the fifth person in the next office, who remained silent on the subject, gained 15 pounds in the last months of 2010. So, 5 for 5. I sure hope 2011 is a year of better self control, less candy, and more exercising for me.
When Katie and I gained some weight three years ago, I put us both on a better eating plan, and we were walking a lot. I lost my 20 pounds and she lost her 3 pounds. Well, Katie is still thin and energetic and I'm not. She gets two treats a day, maybe that would work for me?
Kind of a mish-mash blog today. But, as I seem to be saying a lot lately, "It is what it is."
From Me and My Dog, Katie, have a great Monday evening, everyone! : )