Taking my time…

I am in the middle of some big changes in my work life. The latest update this net lord did affected my work-at-home life so much that I am now forced to make a drastic change to compensate for it.

But, lest you think I am mad or bitter over it, I am actually okay. I have finally accepted that some good things really never last. It was good, yes, and it gave me so much. I was able to spend so much time with the family while earning a decent amount of income every month. I was, and still is, hoping that it would last a couple more years but since I am about 75% sure that it won’t continue as I hoped it would, I have to take appropriate actions to continue to earn.

Sigh.

Sayang lang talaga. Who doesn’t want to work at home in your pajamas, surrounded by your family, and the income is more than enough to cover the monthly bills as well as the basics of the whole household? Yes, I was earning that much. Truth be told, in my heart of hearts, I am still hoping that the net lord will take pity on us small bloggers and will cut us some slack in this link business we are all involved in.

Further cut?!?

I am sorry I have to let this out. I need to vent so bear with me.

I know that it is my choice to join a certain program, receive jobs from them, and the corresponding fee for it. They get a cut out of the fee I am getting for each job and it is perfectly fine with me. It is a choice I make each and every time I accept a job.

But to find out when they pay you that they are letting you bear the fees when they already got a cut out of the payment you are getting is a bit unfair to me. The fees are minimal, yes, but I am just disappointed that they are making a further cut out of the little income I would get!

Just disappointed. I used to get my payments without any fees deducted from it. I don’t know why for the past couple of months they’ve been using a mode of payment where there are fees involved. And then they will make me ‘suffer’ because of it. Ugh!

Regularly change passwords.

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That’s what I am going to implement this year on all my accounts. I will change my passwords every now and then. In very important accounts such as web hosting account, blogs, and primary email accounts.

I recently experienced getting my web hosting account hacked and it was a major concern for me considering the sites hosted there are not only mine but also of some friends. I couldn’t very well let it sit there just like that so the minute I found some irregularities in one of my sites, I double-checked all the sites and the cpanel as well. It was a tedious process and one that I don’t want to happen again.

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Do you agree?

So, as one of the precautions I am undertaking in securing all my accounts, I am going to regularly change passwords and will do a sweep of my cpanel for anything suspicious that needs triple-checking. I will use longer passwords to make sure it will be harder to guess, hopefully. And I will be more vigilant, more so than I did last year.

Change your passwords. It just might save you from a huge headache, you know.

Twenty Fourteen theme used.

A couple of years ago, I commissioned a Malaysian couple to do a customized WordPress theme for this blog. They were not yet the popular design duo that they are now so the fee was minimal for a customized theme. I was able to afford their services.

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The old customized theme of this blog.

I wanted a new theme for 2014 so I checked their current rates and I immediately backed out. I cannot afford their rates anymore! I understand, of course, that they are popular now and, well, it’s been years so I thought instead of checking out other similarly pricey customized themes, I’d just use a free one.

I upgraded to WordPress 3.8 and the free theme that came with it was the Twenty Fourteen theme. Since I cannot customize the header and sidebar colors, I checked a child theme and found one that I can fully customize to my liking! And voila! A new theme using my old header!

What do you think?

Operation: Prep for 2014 is on!

We now have a little over a month before we say goodbye to 2013 and 2014 says hi. I have so many plans for this coming year including being better organized not only in blogging but also in my personal life. So as a way to prepare for the coming year, I am launching a project called…

Prep for 2014

Operation: Prep for 2014 is my way of preparing my blogs, as well as my personal life, for the coming year. But I am not going to discuss my personal plans here. I will be talking about blogging and how I am preparing my blogs for the coming year.

First off, I am checking old links across all my blogs. It’s not easy, you know. We’re talking about years of hundreds of entries I’ve written and published. Good luck to my eyes after this! Ha-ha! I am also going to check broken links and missing photos. And duplicate entries, if there are any.

I am going to do all these to make sure that I am ready come January 1, 2014!

Happy to be of service!

I may not be as active as I was a few years back but I know that I can still be of service to my fellow bloggers from time to time. I am happy to be of service to them! Just a reminder to get some important blog things done, or pointing them to the right direction… that’s already a good thing I can do for my fellow bloggers. It actually feels good to know I did something right.

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I used to say “I don’t know” or “I can’t” to others who would ask for help regarding this and that with their blogs. I was afraid to mess up, you know. But these days, when a fellow blogger asks for help, I immediately say yes just as long as I am online. If I know what they are asking about, then good for the both of us! If not, then we learn together about it.

Simple as that.

😉

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