Saturday, August 16, 2014

Yahoo Contributor Network and Squidoo Close Down

Yahoo announced in July that it would be closing the Yahoo Contributor Network and shutting down it's Yahoo Voices website. Squidoo announced August 15 that it has been acquired by HubPages and will soon shut down it's site as well.

The Yahoo Contributor Network was my first paid online writing experience, followed quickly by Squidoo. I was with each site right at a year.

In all, I published eight articles on Yahoo Voices and seven lenses on Squidoo. None of them earned me much money, but they were valuable learning experiences.

One invaluable lesson that they taught me is that I am a blogger, not a journalist or a marketer. My focus now is my blogs, Old Roads Once Traveled and My Road to Earning Online, serving as chief photographer and executive assistant to Guiness the Cat at The Guiness Blog, and social blogging on Bubblews and Persona Papers.

Despite what Guiness says, I am not the one who "broke" Squidoo or Yahoo Voices.
The Guiness Blog: Was it Something Debbi Did?

Friday, August 1, 2014

Almost Like Christmas

Here are more photos from the unjammed side of Snow Jam 2014 this past January. These were originally published on Bubblews before a website redesign stripped them from their post.

Three inches of snow combined with all the cedar and pine trees around made it look like Christmas came back and brought the North Pole with it. It made everything look peaceful and surreal.

I couldn't resist the opportunity to take pictures of my neighbors' birdhouses covered with snow. Beyond the pine trees, my house is on the right and the rental house next door that formerly belonged to my uncle is on the left.

Only in the South: a snow-covered magnolia tree.

The Storm Rages On

3:30 p.m. Tuesday
Undisturbed, the way any good snow-covered driveway should be.
Not shoveling it.
Here are more of my winter storm pictures that were made homeless by a recent website redesign on Bubblews. Please follow the links to the original posts for the narrative.

Okay, maybe it didn't exactly rage. Fell lightly to the ground. Peacefully accumulated. Calmly collected. Read more ….

The orchard, which takes longer than the yard to stick, is covered.
5:00 p.m. Tuesday
The storm is drawing to a close.
Still not shoveling it.
Unlike all the commuters stranded in their cars for 12, 18, or 24 hours, since I work at home, I had nowhere to go but the mailbox, and I was loving it. Read more ….
5:00 p.m. Tuesday.
The only tracks on the driveway are footprints belonging to me and the deer.
I stayed off the driveway as much as possible since I couldn't
tell if there was ice under the snow.
Not shoveling it.

My road at 5:00, looking nothing like the interstates.