Moms blogging from home rule

Here is a really encouraging article I found at Problogger about women blogging from home. Keep it up ladies it is going to pay off.

Five Reasonswhy Mom blogs are the Blogs to Watch

Excerpts from Mom Blogs is by Michelle Mitchell from Scribbit.

1. Moms can blog at home

You don’t need a PhD, an office or a small business loan to start up a blog and this especially appeals to mothers who are looking for ways to bring in extra income while they’re at home with their children.

2. Moms need the sociality of the net

IWomen need to read about other moms’ struggles and disasters–it’s how we feel that maybe our own traumas aren’t so bad–and there are more and more moms daily that are discovering how the world of mom blogs helps them feel connected to other women…

3. Moms have a wealth of material to use

Tech blogs are just about technology, celebrity blogs are strictly about celebs but a mom blog could focus on parenting, protecting the environment, politics, crafts, food, homeschooling, gardening, household products, design, travel or just funny stories…

4. Moms are record keepers

Blog means “web-log” and most blogs are started as online journals. Moms naturally tend to be the record keepers for their families whether it’s a newsletter, scrapbook or photo album and more and more women are turning to blogs as an easy way to keep their family’s diary…

5. Mom blogs wield economic power

You’ve heard “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”? Well she who does the shopping then blogs about it rules the net.

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Heads or Tails – Special Memory

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Skittles has a meme called Heads or Tails this week the theme is ‘A Special Memory’.

About eighteen years ago we decided to take the boys to Disneyworld in Orlando Florida. We were living in Vancouver at the time so it was quite a long trip. We decided to go by Amtrack. This way we could tour North America in relative comfort.

We took a bus from Vancouver to Seattle and then boarded the train. We chugged across the continent to Chicago and then to Washington DC where we could see the White House and other sites from the train. Then on to Florida.

We spent a week in Orlando, visiting Disneyworld, MGM Studios and Arabian Nights Dinner Theatre.

On the return trip we went via New Orleans, through California and back to Seattle. I remember waking up very early one morning as we circuited Mount Shasta, and in the moonlight it was spectacular.

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If you would like to know how to position your photos and images with CSS check this out.

I know some html but I don’t know any CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and it is becoming increasingly mentioned in blogging circles so I found this information, so just sharing with you.

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Pine beetles doing more damage than first estimated

Article by Mitchell Anderson April 24, 2008

Climate Change and Pine Beetles

To understand just how complex, scary and immediate climate change is, look no further than the case of the tiny mountain pine beetle.

Populations of this tree-eating insect have exploded over the last ten years due to warmer winters, devastating the majestic forests of western Canada and destroying over $20 billion in timber.

Now comes a frightening study published in the prestigious journal Nature that that the huge swaths of dead trees killed by the beetles are themselves emitting enormous quantities of carbon into the atmosphere as they decompose – further exacerbating our climate problems.

How much carbon? By altering the climate in western Canada, we have un-leased a chain of events that will release of close to one billion tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere by 2020. This is more than five times as much as the annual emissions from all forms of transportation in Canada.

Dr. Werner Kurz of Natural Resources Canada has been researching the devastating impacts of the mountain pine beetle for many years. This rice-sized insect is endemic to western Canadian evergreen forests and makes its living by burrowing into pine trees and eating the soft tissue beneath the bark. Too many beetles can overwhelm a healthy tree and kill it.

For thousands of years none of this was a particular problem. Beetle populations were kept in check by Canadian winter frosts that reliably plummeted below minus 40. Trees and forests lived in chilly equilibrium.

Enter climate change. It has been over a decade since winters have been cold enough to significantly knock back the beetles and their numbers have exploded. Over 130,000 square kilometers of pine forests have been devastated – an area the size of Greece.

This epidemic has clobbered the economy of the province, which was highly dependant on the forest industry. More than 25,000 forest dependant families will be impacted for the next 80 years. Over $100 million of public money has been spent trying to control the spread of the beetle, but all experts agree that the only hope is colder winters.

Dr.. Kurz’s research demonstrates the dangerous complexities of playing with the thermostat of the planet. This new source of atmospheric carbon from by decomposing trees is an excellent example of what scientists call “positive feedback loops ”.

The rest of us might better describe these unplanned accelerations of climate change as the “holy crap factor ”. Besides pine beetles killing forests that later decompose, here are some other “holy crap” scenarios we can expect from global warming in the near future:

– Melting sea ice causes less sunlight to be reflected into space, further heating artic oceans.
– Melting permafrost in the artic releases massive quantities of CO2 from decomposing muskeg.
– Melting tundra also releases large amounts of methane – twenty-five times as powerful a greenhouse gas as CO2.

It’s becoming clear that we really don’t have a good handle on how this planet works. Before we twist any more dials, maybe we should sit down and read the owner’s manual. If we did, I suspect we would find a warning in the first few pages that read: “DANGER – DO NOT OVERLOAD THE ATMOSPHERE WITH CARBON DIOXIDE!”

Many more nasty surprises like the pine beetle lie in store for us as we continue our uncontrolled experiment with the plant’s atmosphere, and we ignore these milestones at our peril.

Don’t know what I can do and what I shouldn’t

All of a sudden I am being asked if I want to write paid posts. I have been contacted by Blogvertize, Smorty, Blogitive and Sponsored Reviews, and Loud Launch. I assume it is because I submitted my old blog in October and then my page rank dropped to 0 when Google changed its page ranking system, and I did not hear from them again. Now the page rank on that blog, despite not working it, has gone up to Google Page Rank 3 and these advertisers are picking it up.

I have already done two posts for Blogvertize, a half hours work for $20.00 and two for Smorty for $13.80 which is a good beginning, but I am scared to foul things up by accepting more jobs from other advertisers. What affects the magic Google Page Rank which enables me to get the opportunities in the first place. Sponsored Reviews and Loud Launch are offering me a jobs for $15 each but will that mean Google won’t like it and I lose my Page Rank and my chance to make some change or not. Anyone have some guidelines in the blog monetizing business.

I would really like to pursue this now as our pension is likely to be cut this year by about $500 a month, which does not mean we will starve, but it will affect the bottom line a bit. Our friend S. knows of one person who blogs for a living and makes enough to work from home. I don’t have aspirations to do that, I don’t want to be in front of the computer full time, I am retired,  but I would like to contribute to our funds in a way I can and actually enjoy doing it. My husband is out today fixing someone’s house and doing odd jobs in the village and bolstering our pension and I feel I would like to contribute my bit.

So any tips would be appreciated.

My Mexican Pot of Gold blog

I have never deleted the blog that I had at Blogger. I had template problems and it would not load properly so I moved to Worpress a few months ago, and I am quite happy here. However I renamed the other blog My Mexican Pot of Gold changed the template and it is working fine again.

The idea was to use that blog to make some money for the Mexico trip. Than Google did its thing and I lost rating and opportunities died right out. Just this week the blog has skyrocketed to a page rank of 3 and Blogvertize and Smorty have been offering me jobs at $10 a pop. So I am going to work at that blog to get it out of the doldrums and earning some cash, or at least until Google does something else stupid.

If you are so inclined please add the link to the Blogger blog on your blogroll it will give me a boost next time Google does the page rankings and that would probably get me some better opportunities. I will be posting different stuff on there although there will be a little crossover I expect. I am not asking you to add it to all the blogs you visit, although that would be nice, just to add it to your blogrolls.

If you would like to do this please let me know and I will put your name on this blogroll, if I don’t have it on already, and start up a blogroll on My Mexican Pot of Gold blog so there will be some link exchange.

If you don’t want to that is fine too, I will still visit you and I will be still be posting to this one.

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Heads or Tails – Direction

Skittles has a meme called Heads or Tails this week the theme is Direction.

We have been thinking in a whole new direction these last couple of days. As some of you know I have been whining about the long cold winters here in the Northern Cariboo. For example today is 6C or almost 43F today and although the sun is shining the wind is bitterly cold. However it is lovely and warm in my solarium and I have lots of little plants happily sunning themselves.

The new direction is ‘Lets move to Mexico’, we are seriously considering it. We were thinking of just going down for a few weeks each winter but now we are looking at that again. We had our friend S. over for supper last night and he brought it up. He pointed out that we could live on our pensions very well in Mexico. The cost of travelling from Canada to Mexico and back would cover several months rent. There would be no propane to pay for, no wood to haul, our hydro would probably be less, although I would need air conditioning. Food costs are lower and gas is half what we pay in Canada. Plus no snow to move and ice to chip. Lots of people do it but it had never crossed our minds before. I am quite excited about the prospect I am ready to get in my little yellow car and drive down right now, but of course we can’t.

So now I have to research everything there is to know about Canadians living in Mexico. We will be going down next February for six weeks and have a good look around. If it seems good we could very well come back and put this place up for sale and move down by Fall.

In order to earn a little money for this trip I have resurrected my old blog and called it My Mexican Pot of Gold and hopefully I will get some earnings for writing for various companies. My page rank on that blog jumped back up to 3 from 0 so the monetizing companies have been contacting me. Every little bit helps doesn’t it?