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Been a long time…

It’s been a long time (long time), we shouldn’t of left you (left you),
Without a dope beat to step to (step to, step to, step to, step to).

Musical interlude aside, seriously, it has been a while since I have been on here. I just redid the theme, should look a bit more updated!

Also, have a set of posts planned and coming up. Should be amusing to say the least. Hope you guys enjoy.

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Hi guys. I had a lot of spam users register on the site, so I went through and deleted a lot of the users registered here that I didn’t recognize. I’m sorry if you are a legitimate user and I deleted your username. Please reregister.


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New Theme

I’ve been neglecting the blog for many months now, but to start things up again, I’d like to start with a new theme.  Keep an eye out.  🙂

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Recovering from a wordpress update error – “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

I just experienced my first WordPress update error. I have to say, I was a little freaked out.
I tried to auto update 5 of my plugins. The update page came back and said there was an error, when I tried to navigate to the updates page to try it again the page went blank and I got this lovely message:
“Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

This message appeared on any page associated with the admin/dashboard area. I believe some refer to this as the website being stuck in maintenance mode. Luckily the front end of my blog/website was still running fine.

Here is how I fixed it:

  1. Logged into my blogs root folder via ftp
  2. Opened my wp-content folder which houses the plugins folder. 
  3. Renamed plugins to plugins.old
  4. Made a new folder called plugin

Tada! Everything works again. Now you can either reinstall all your plugins or do what I did. I deleted the plugins directory, renamed plugins.old to plugins and tried that. I was able to get back into my admin area and just had to manually update those plugins that were not updated and probably caused the error to begin with.

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Social Bookmarking Plugin

I upgraded my social bookmarking plugin from Sociable to Share This! I think it looks sleeker and should be easier to use. At least I hope.

I was really hoping they had the google+ button already but it looks like you need to do that manually. You can see the instructions here.

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I’m on Twitter. @mofomon

Guys. I’m on twitter. Add me: @mofomon

I’ve had a twitter account for a really long time now, but recently I have actually become involved. I never realized what a rich community it is until I spent a few hours a day finding, following, and reading the tweets of tweeters that provide information that is pertinent and interesting to me. I’m making an effort to get involved and provide a valuable contribution myself. Follow me and let me know that you did and I will follow back.

For those of you that are also bloggers, check out this article on How to Use Twitter – Tips for Bloggers.

Happy blogging/tweeting!

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“Anonymous” online posts can still get you in trouble

Check out this article about how bloggers and other online posters may be liable for the things they post “anonymously”

Blogger Beware: You Can Be Sued Over ‘Anonymous’ Posts – via ABAJournal

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Upgrading WordPress

When I first started hosting my own blog I was a little weary about upgrading WordPress.   I wasn’t sure why I should be doing it and manually upgrading it was just a pain.  I was worried that I’d accidentally miscopy files, or delete files, and screw up my entire infrastructure.  Now, I know upgrading is vital…

  • Why?  Security Patches! As hackers find security holes, wordpress releases patches to close these vulnerabilities.  The last thing you want is a hacker taking over your website causing you to lose control, goodwill, and advertisers.  Secondly, wordpress is also releasing new features to make your life easier…  Who doesn’t want to make their life easier?
  • How?  WordPress Automatic Upgrade Plugin!  This plugin allows for one click easy upgrading of your wordpress engine.  With this you pretty much have o excuse to not upgrade, it even provides options to backup parts of your blog in case something goes wrong.  Just as a quick note, I usually disable the plugin when I’m not actively upgrading (no need to have it running). 

Happy Upgrading.

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Times are tough, so let’s make money!

Times are tough right now, so why not make some money where we can. Here are some of the programs I use, how they work, and what you can make…

  1. Gomez Peer:  The Gomez Peer is a Java-based application that runs in the background of your PC, with a little application window that you can have open on your desktop.  It uses a peer-to-peer system to utilize unused PC power for various projects, and you get paid for every minute you contribute.  It’s secure and I have had no issues with it and you can set how much you want your machine utlizied.  It has a low payout of just $5 (meaning you get paid everytime you accumulate $5).  You can expect to make about $5 a month just running one PC and you can add as many PC’s as you want to your account.  Also you can refer other users and make a small % from what they make.  $5 a month doesn’t sound like much, but you get it for doing absolutely nothing, and it covers that unlimited texting plan you just bought…
  2. ING Direct:  Open a savings or checking account with them and start earning interest.  Rates aren’t amazingly high right now, but why not get a few extra dollars a month just for putting your money here?  You can transfer your money out as much as you want so no worries about it being tied up like in a CD.  Better yet, contact me for a referral email and when you open an account with an initial deposit of $250 you will automatically get $25 (and I get $10!).  Personally, I enjoy getting money via interest… I bet you will as well…
  3. Predictify:  Predictify is a website where registered users “predict” (read: guess) the answers to questions and get paid out based on their accuracy.  How much you make is based on how good you are, but it is easy to make hundreds if you’re paying attention.  Let me invite/refer you and I get a 10% bonus (same for you when you invite your friends).  At the least, you can have some fun answering the questions that interest you.
  4.  This is a website that provides games you can play against other users for money.  How much you win depends on your skill, but it’s fairly easy to make money quick and they offer options such as filling out surveys to get cash.  It’s free to join but you need an invitation.  I have some left, you can use them if you follow the link here.
  5. Text Link Ads:  Requires website/blog: This site allows website and blog owners to sell text ads.  The program is different from adsense primarily because you host the same text ads for the time period they have purchased and you are paid a $ amount per month just for displaying it, not pay per click.  Also, the payout system is great since they will pay you whatever amount you make each month (like 6+ dollars a month per ad).
  6. Review Me:  Requires website/blog:  Get paid for reviewing websites in your area.  You can either be contacted to review sites for a price that you set, or you can review websites that have open campaigns for $5-$15.  Payout levels are not too high so they are easily attainable.
  7. Problogger Job Boards:  Are you an able blogger?  Someone who is a good writer and wants to take a crack at it?  Problogger has a great job board for blog writers.  Take a look, there is a likely something that is a good fit for you.
  8. Google Adsense:  Requires website/blog:  Google’s contextual pay per click advertising program.  Throw an ad up on your site and wait for clicks to make money.  Unfortunately the payout is high, $100.  Some tips I have for you from my experience – video ads pay better than text, clicks in the mornings pay more than at night (because of billing cycles).
  9. Amazon Associates:  Requires website/blog:  Become an Amazon associate and make a % for all sales made through links you provide.  You can even have your own amazon storefront.  Depends on the products you link to and the amount you sell, the dollars can add up quickly!  It is worth a shot if you have a website or blog that talks about products often.
  10. Do legit work from home – Amazon’s Mechanical Turk Program:    Here, companies post tasks that machines cannot easily do, but that are relatively simple for humans. You choose the assignments you want, and, on completion, are credited with payment to your Amazon account. Payout is pretty low – $10.
  11. Sell the stuff you don’t use on Craigslist or Ebay:  you know how this works.  List what you want to sell on craiglist/ebay… sell it.

Good Luck!


Back to the core

The last few months my passion for blogging has really been… low.  First, I was busy with studying, then I was unmotivated, and recently I only wanted to write about things that I didn’t want aired to the general public.  Tonight I decided to go with that.  I’m going to write about those thoughts and feelings, but they will be password protected.

If you want access to these, get a hold of me and I will give you the password.  If you know me, you know how to contact me, if not, post a comment asking for access.

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