I have chosen to write a paid post on my blog. The reason this post has been written is because I felt inspired to write a story about something that actually happened…
Unintended happenings seem to invade my computer at peak times of usage; that is, personal usage. I like to use my computer. I like to have multiple programs open all at once. Two nights ago while on reviewME reading a little more about this fair site, I clicked the RSS icon within my personal dashboard they provide for you. Rather than seeing a standard XML page or feedburner page my eyes met the standard Firefox download popup window. I chose to open with ___ but it didn’t give me an option of programs to choose from in the dropdown menu.
A couple of seconds later everything in usage froze. That all to familiar turning wheel of digital time-keeping began spinning. I moved it around the screen over Firefox. I thought ok, big file, please, change back to my pointer soon. I clicked F9 to choose another program I had open to work in. It didn’t work. I moved down to the dashboard and noticed the DreamWeaver program was opening. WTF. This XML file was opening DreamWeaver. NO. I don’t keep dreamweaver in my dashboard so I knew. I knew. I knew. I tried to force quit. All frozen. Then my laptop decided to begin the F9 process of shrinking all open working windows from all open programs. It shrunk them and they froze, then dissapeared. During the build, yes I say build for the screen flashed bright blue, then a dark grey blue shade from my desktop picture filled the screen. Little light blue boxes began appearing. One. Two, three… I recognized them. They were my working windows. I hadn’t seen the F9 process take so long before. Dayum.
I waited, got impatient and clicked a light blue box. The box imploded into smaller boxes then began rebuilding itself pixel by pixel. I ran to grab the camera. Ha hahha. ha. Becoming obsessed with this reviewME.com XML.RSS.FEED instigator and pissed at Firefox for feeling it needed to launch such a blasted acronymous file instantaniously opening software. I snapped three pictures.
I sat down, looked forward to the screen and prayed to the digital god named Dorrah that I had, indeed, hopefully saved what I was working on. I had, after the shut-down and restart.
Thank you â€“ Dorrah!
This is where the CRASH story beganâ€¦
Interestingly, my adblocking Firefox extension actually b0rked the siteâ€™s home page, as you can see in this screen capture. I assume this is because the left hand â€˜Advertisersâ€™ image is inside a div id=â€advertisersâ€ tag. Ah, the modern foibles of web design.
Your â€˜worthâ€™ (i.e. how much money you can make for writing a review) is calculated on a number of indexes including your RSS Feed, your Alexa rank and Technorati rank, so anyone in the Technorati 100 has the potential to make a few hundred bucks on one review. Once your blog has been accepted, youâ€™ll find a straightforward user interface divided between the â€˜bloggersâ€™ and the â€˜advertisersâ€™.
The interface on reviewME was strait-forward but the RSS was not so simple.
I don’t believe a paid post is such a bad thing. It’s not a good thing either. It just is. I haven’t posted a paid post on my blog until this one. I will not post more unless the topic inspires me to write or create with. ReviewME launched this give away on 09/11/06. It is 30/11/06 today. When inspiration happens as I said in the opening paragraph; I will create.