I still don't know the color of the mystery bloom. It is taking forever to fully bloom out!
And anyway, I don't much feel like standing out in the heat and taking photos. But I know if I see something new blooming in my container gardens, I'll do it anyway.
I get some subscriptions in my email, and I got one this morning from a prominent pro blogger. The headline, which did not mean what it meant to me, I should say right now, still took my breath away.
Content Theft is illegal. Here's How to Steal Traffic Instead!
Now this ended up being about SEO (which to me is complicated and I kind of avoid thinking about it altogether) and all kinds of marketing strategies.
After what just happened to me in having my URL hijacked, this really hit me where it hurts.
I was writing this big long email to the writer explaining that he might want to word his title differently next time, when naturally my internet connection went zap and I had to restart the computer. I surely wasn't writing that long comment again.
I just think it's in poor taste to put STEAL as a verb in a title pertaining to business. It just gives off bad vibes.
What happened to me just about devastated my blog income. I have been making strides to climb back, but it will take time. How someone could have done something so devilish, I just can't say. But the repercussions really put me in a bad spot.
When you work hard to build something from nothing, only to have someone come along and steal it from you, it's a hard pill to swallow.
I'd much rather they scraped my content than stolen my URL. At least I'd still have my traffic which equals income. Which is necessary to live.
No it wasn't enough to pay all the bills or make me feel real comfortable about my income. But now looking back, it was pretty good, and something I very much depended on.
All I can say is: I hope karma catches up with them. And that it never happens to any bloggers I know. Or anyone period!
I managed to climb back up out of the hole when I lost all my posts from April 2009 - August 1, 2013, due to a technical glitch with my domain. It wasn't easy. I lost about 1500 posts.
But the way I looked at it, either toss the whole blogging thing. Or get up the next day and start over with Post #1. Obviously I chose the latter.
I'm still in quite a bit of pain. Last night I started bleeding, which scared me for a minute. But I imagine when you have pieces snipped out of you, this may happen as a result. So I slept with a towel underneath.
The infection I have is making it worse, I imagine. I can take the generic Diflucan every three days. I took my second this morning. Hopefully soon it will be under control.
I haven't heard anything out of the guy named Tony who lives behind me (and has been giving me grief for the past year) after having taped my letter to his door on Sunday.
I don't know where he's hearing dogs barking, and he's just absolutely certain it's my dogs, but he's wrong. The times in the middle of the night he says they're keeping him awake, they are asleep right here in this bed with me.
I do watch the pupsters closely when I let them out for a few minutes.
I don't think he'd retaliate. But who knows what anyone would do these days? Better safe than sorry.
So right now, I entertain myself reading blogs, scrolling Pinterest, redesigning my blog. (Blues just seemed soothing right now. When I think of blue, I think of sky and areas of water. Oh, what I'd give to be able to sit in some nice tepid water!)
Of course when I get into that, if it's getting late in the day, I'm more prone to errors in the HTML department. Which meant I had to re-download my Simple template and start all over. After having tweaked and tweaked and tweaked. The luck of the draw.
Note to self: I am a morning person. If it's after 3 p.m., wait until the next day to deal with code.
Self to note: I seldom listen to my own advice...
I put together a garden party tour of 10 bloggers for June 18. So that kept me busy for awhile.
I'm not the type to turn on the TV during the day, so that's out. There's rarely anything worth watching at night.
So it's then that I read a book.
During the daytime hours, I just feel like I should be working on what I work on, which is my blog. I have always felt this way about endeavors. I'm all in or all out.
So this is my world right now. Not very different from my regular day really, except I'm not moving around a lot and I'm lying in bed propped up by pillows.
I'm a homebody and always will be. I just want to be a homebody who can sit.