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So I used to make pages for this thing called squidoo. Pretty much no one ever heard of them unless you sold products on cafepress or zazzle. They used to encourage you to advertise you products and make webpages they called lenses around them. It was fun and easy, and you could make a little bit of money (as in cents, a haypenny fer your troubles mi lord?) for your efforts, as well as get the word out about your stores.
I made a few really good ones that were hardly seen. The top listed ones were all diet scams and something called how to make your car run on water. If you clicked on the link it directed you where to buy the info on how to make your car run on water. Ugh.
Then they got rid of the scams and it was better for a while, until it became all about squidoo cliques. Oh you’re a rocketmom, we will promote your website over this hilarious one because that loser has yet to have kids. To get into these cliques squidoo had to be your life. You had to update and add new lenses daily, and by then I was getting bored with it. It wasn’t a blog after all, I don’t update my blog nearly enough let alone these cheesy lenses that earned me 60 cents every 3 months.
Then they started targeting the zazzlers. Saying you couldn’t have so many links going out to zazzle. That would have been okay if zazzle wasn’t how 95% of people discovered squidoo in the first place. Soon they started locking the lenses I created on the fly that were just links. I was annoyed but they hadn’t done much so whatever. What really hurt was when they started going after the good lenses. The ones with tons of funny content I spent days on. It was the reasons they gave that really stung. They said there was not enough quality content.
If they actually went to the lenses they would have seen they were full of content. Yes I was selling stuff to but that’s what squidoo was about, especially when I was making them. I should have deleted my account but I didn’t bother, after all someone might find the lens anyway, and all my feedback was positive. I just kept my account alive and forgot about squidoo, until this week when I found a forum saying they were merging with hubpages and going away.
I opted out. I’m so done. Buh bye. My content is mine again. So read this blog, and look for the free to cheap ebook I may make from my old content. Eventually. I’ve got 3 other manuscripts to deal with right now.
Oh and one more random thing. I was cleaning out and reorganizing when I came across a free ebook I printed out and added to a binder. It was from Seth Godin who started squidoo. The subject? All about how lenses are the future. Not anymore. Making scratch paper out of this ebook is now the future.
Still annoyed with 2014 pop culture, and the shows about it. Why does it take the tragic death of a beloved icon to bump off the real housewives of whatever in favor of actual talented movie stars?
Entertainment Weekly was always slightly better than Access Hollywood but now they keep showing promos of how they are changing and going to have a panel of annoying people talking about reality TV. Ugh. Not happy.
Whenever it gets really annoying I type a year like 1994 into youtube then I select one of those videos that show nothing but trends, movie clips, TV show clips, and pop culture of that year, while songs from the year play. 1986 was a good one. Not one bad song came out that year evidently. Also you can now find complete episodes of I love the 80s online. Sweet. It’s fun to immerse yourself in a simpler time.
Here is another challenge for everyone. Type the other word for beat into a browser or word program. The one that starts with an R. Think drumming as in keep the R___ going.
Did you spell it wrong? Of course you did everyone does. Now right click (or use auto correct) and see what they think you are trying to spell. Did you get mirth, or writ, theme, mythic, theorem, or someones name. Whatever you got I bet it was nowhere close to the real word.
What is up with this anyway?
So I’m watching TV the other day and I noticed that they are playing a car ad featuring the new Michael Jackson song, then it occurs to me I totally forgot there was a new Michael Jackson song. Which is weird right? Didn’t it just come out earlier this year? I haven’t heard it on the radio recently at all, and I am one of the few people who still listens to regular FM radio from time to time. (The cd player in my car broke, that’s why.) Now granted I don’t listened to any straight up top 40 stations, because I’m not 13, I’m not a big rap fan, and I don’t think they exist anymore, but I do listen to a variety of stuff and you think it would get played every now and then.
So does this mean Michael overcame death just to flop? I have no idea, but I do know it’s far from the only thing that just came out that I already forgot about. You too, here’s an example. Remember how Seth Whatshisname who created Family Guy starred in a movie about the west with Neil Patrick Harris. It came out last month, oh wait you forgot it existed, me too. (I got reminded when a show replayed its upcoming summer movie preview.)
Remember how last year in 2013, Robin Thicke was the biggest thing ever. Blurred Lines was everywhere and even though you thought the lyrics were questionable you listened anyway because it was on every station and you’re too damn lazy to hook up your ipod for a 5 minute drive to the Grocery Outlet. Well lets welcome Robin to 2014 where pop culture not only forgets it’s also mean. Now pop culture is telling us all about how his follow up cd sold approximately 84 copies in England and 12 in Australia. Cue the voice of Nelson Muntz going Ha Ha.
Not only is today’s pop culture forgetful and mean but’s also the wrong kind of choosy. Sure it’s always been about controversy and who has the most money to promote things and that’s why indies are indies, I get that but it seems so much worse lately. I grew up watching Entertainment Tonite, then when similar shows started cropping up I started watching them too. More shows about movies, who wouldn’t watch? The problem is now the shows are not about movies so much anymore.
We are all busy forgetting about movies and cds, and shows that just came out, or we didn’t hear about them in the first place, but every time I turn on an entertainment show they spend the first half talking about the Kardashians. I don’t judge people who watch this show, I mean I’ve watch plenty of crappy reality shows like The Osbornes, that show where Tori Spelling owned a bed and breakfast, and the first season of Newlyweds, but still enough already. Why do they take up so much airtime along with Justin Bieber? I have never met anyone who admits to listening to Justin Bieber.
I keep telling myself I will stop watching Access Hollywood Live, but it’s on at lunchtime and the only other show is on is that rerun of American Pickers where Mike is desperately looking for an engine for a 1937 Harley Knucklehead. I have seen that episode 152 times and I’m still not 100% sure what exactly a Harley Knucklehead even is. So I flip back to the entertainment shows, and hope they have a real celebrity on and not someone who is connected with a Real Housewives of Neverwatchedthatcrap is on.
It seems like the few times entertainment TV and websites have really gotten my interest this year is when they are talking about how something that just came out is now 10, 20, or 30 years old. What this you say? A profile of Ghostbusters. Putting down my game of cookie jammin candy crusher trivia phrase. I remember Ghostbusters, I love Ghostbusters, This I must watch with my full attention. Is Bill Murray Single? Sure he is up there and not so cute but he makes you laugh and pretty much everyone loves him. Why don’t they spend more time covering Bill Murray’s love life and what he’s wearing? Also which bars he hangs out at. I hope Steve Martin, and Dan Akroyd, and Martin Short Hang out there too. Heck I’d settle for a glimpse of Moranis in the wild.
Oh OK Ghostbusters profile is over, back to the reality TV coverage. It’s never even the reality shows I watch. Where is the love for Storage Wars?, or American Restoration or even Pawn Stars? I guess I just need a detox from2014’s pop culture. How am I going to do this? Keep watching this blog .
Meanwhile here’s the commercial with the MJ song. I think it’s kind of catchy.
I posted this on facebook the other day and I thought I would expand it to the world. I challenge you to name a food disliked by a majority of people that starts with the letters CH. First think about how many awesome foods start with these letters. Cheese, chocolate, cherries, chips, chicken, cheetos, chimichangas, churros, cheddar, etc… Now try to name something most people dislike that starts with these two letters. It should be fairly mainstream and a real food. So try to avoid answers like chimpanzee meat or chum. Also it should be fairly common to where you live. I’m basing this off an American palate, where ch foods are awesome for the most part. Also chutney is more of a spice than a real food into itself so don’t say chutney.
So far my facebook responses are chard, chicken feet, and cheetos because they’re salty. Of these I am giving the prize to chard (sorry no real prize but give yourself some cheetos as a reward). I’m not 100% sure what chard is but I think it’s a bitter root in salads and if that’s the case then yuck, you win. Also the majority of people I know don’t really consider Chicken feet an actual food (Sorry Asia, but like I said I’m going off an American palate) As for cheetos, sorry but you are the only one who doesn’t like cheetos and this game is about finding foods a majority of people don’t like. You know what’s also good; those Planters cheez balls that came in a round box in the 80’s. Damn those were awesome.
So anyway that’s the CH Challenge. Try it on your friends and family and spread the word. Try it on a road trip, especially if you can’t afford satellite radio, and you need a way to pass the time. You can also repost the picture above.