It certainly showed me how much people care. And the world is a much better place for each and every one of you.
Those of you who signed up to donate monthly will automatically be taken off, said the woman from GoFundMe that I emailed this morning.
I don't want to take advantage of your generosity any longer. My numbers are starting to come up from the debacle that was the hijacking of my blog URL, thank goodness.
I took several steps (if you're a blogger) that I think is bringing my numbers back up, once I got the hijacker (I think! I hope!) out of the picture.
First, I have never taken to social media. But I knew, if I wanted to dig myself out of the hole I found myself in, I would have to start utilizing it. And so I did.
Unfortunately, this morning I awoke to find out my Twitter account had been hacked. I tried to fix it, but you need a phone with text messaging to do that. (Why does every organization and company just assume that every single person on the planet has this?)
I have a simple cell phone, used only for emergencies. I wrote this fact to them. And what did they do? They sent me another message saying to put my cell phone number in and they would send me a text message... Geez Louise.
This seems to be the problem with opening accounts of any variety on the worldwide web. There is always going to be some nefarious individual out there just waiting to trip you up.
Knowing I needed very much to build my blog traffic back up after the hijacked URL, I also did all kinds of research and found something called Pub Exchange, and signed up.
Companies and bloggers that sign up essentially "trade" traffic. I believe that has really helped me as well.
(So if you're a blogger, you might want check it out. You can see it at the bottom of my comments. It is sort of like LinkWithin, but serves a slightly different purpose. On my blog, it is under "From Sites We Love.")
All I know is I'm getting more page views on Google Analytics. So I think it is due to both of these things I've implemented over the past few months. Social media and Pub Exchange.
I've also started At The Women's Room, and will be starting Adults With Autism. I felt it was important to highlight women's issues and cite resources for them so they don't have to navigate this big world alone. And to address the seemingly non-existent resources (in my neck of the woods anyway) for adults with autism.
I have started writing to my congressmen to address this situation, since it seems that the simple fact: "children with autism grow up to be adults with autism" has somehow slipped notice. To me the progression is glaringly obvious. But apparently not to the powers that be.
In my state, an individual can get the benefit of various resources until they're 18. Then it abruptly ends. And I know there has to be a lot of families out there dealing with adults with autism with nowhere to turn. And many adults with autism can't go it alone.
If you have a story about your life you'd like to submit to At The Women's Room, just email me. I'm looking for stories of personal experience that has taught you something vitally important.
(Note that the address now has its own domain: www.atthewomensroom.com
Difficult times that you have gone through, and obviously how you lived to tell the story. Essentially life stories and struggles by women to be shared with other women.
I have four contributors who are sharing their life's knowledge and experiences on this site...
Jemma (At Home With Jemma) who wants to keep her vanished sister's memory alive (vanished and has never been found) by advocating for women who live vulnerable lifestyles, and simply are not wise to the ways of the world. There are many segments of the population of women who fall into this category.
Laura (Simple And Serene Living), who is both a wonderful writer and a former counselor. Her insights are much appreciated. And her quest to live a simple life is a valuable lesson for us all.
Benita (Chasing Quaintness), who is pretty new to blogging, has the desire to help a certain population of women with her own past experiences. It will probably bring up a lot of difficult memories that she has left behind to now lead a much happier life. But she is willing to share it anyway. You go, girl!
And Doreen (House Honeys) who will bring her life experience to the table. She is one strong and very wise woman. She knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, and perhaps will shed some light on this subject for us. And she obviously has a penchant for helping people.
My mission here is to have a site where women can find needed resources, share their own insightful stories with us, and know they have an advocate. A place where other women will do their best to help them.
Basically, women helping women. Nothing new. It's been going on for generations. We're just carrying on the tradition.
(Note: I'm over at Kris's Junk Chic Cottage today on Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger. (I love this series she does. I always want to get to know the blogger herself.)