Archive for April, 2012

You know you need to update your site more often when a widget you’ve been trying to add for over a year gets discontinued – and you’re the last person to find out. A while ago, when I first started this site, I dreamed of glory and riches (it’s just the riches now) and tried to add Google Friend Connect to my page. Unfortunately, that wasn’t meant to be, which is why the only way to get updates from my site is a very nearly anachronistic email subscription. (I’m pretty sure the concept of email updates is over 20 years old.)

Oddly enough, a whopping 22 people must have been bored enough to subscribe for email notifications. Fast-forward to today, a lazy April Sunday: I got into that rare state of mind that motivates me to clean my apartment, update my resume or do something equally time-consuming and objectively useless. I decided to give GFC another try and lo and behold! – I found an easy way to install the widget. The only problem is that Google disabled it over a month ago to force people to switch over to Google+. Kind of a low move on their part… I’m sure at this point Google knows me better than anybody else in the world, what with them keeping a detailed search history of pretty much every person who’s ever been online, but starting a G+ account feels like giving in completely. It’s bad enough that I have a Facebook addiction – I don’t have time for yet another evil multibillion corporation!

*le sigh* Chances are, I’ll submit to our digital overlords and join their network eventually, but for now I’m going to keep looking for another way to create a network of followers. GFC was so convenient and easy to use. Perhaps most importantly, it wasn’t needy. It never used to bombard me with email notifications or ask if I’d like to install yet another new update. It just worked – simple as that. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that there’ll be a fair number of bloggers who won’t switch to G+ when GFC finally gets shut down. (For some reason, it’s still running – you just can’t sign up for a new account.) This may be one of those rare instances when Google made a mistake that will cost them traffic and revenue. Why fix something that wasn’t broken, Google?..

They’re both being given away, that’s what! Nicole Marie is giving away a pair of pearl earrings over here (the deadline to enter is April 19th), and Plushka of Plushka Craft fame is giving away a handmade stuffed owl. Her giveaway ends on the 20th, so there’s no rush. Click here to enter it, and may the odds be ever in your favor! (But not really – I kind of want to win both of those.) 


(Because everything is better with two exclamation marks.) I’ve just spent a couple of hours entering dozens of giveaways – I can think of far worse and less productive ways to spend my weekend. If you’re too lazy to look for giveaways yourself, you’re in luck! Here are three great giveaways:

Claire from “Bless My Nest” is giving away a set of “What to Expect When Expecting” books. The odds look pretty good right now, so enter it quick! It ends tomorrow. Go here to enter.

Peggy of “PJH Designs” fame is giving away a $25 gift card to Home Depot, also known as Depository of Random Awesomeness. The giveaway ends in less than 48 hours, so you might want to hurry. Go thataway to enter.

And last but definitely not least, Tracy from “Owl Be Craftin'” is giving away a pack of Tim Holtz Word Sticks. I won’t even attempt to describe them – just click the link and check them out. The giveaway will end on Friday the 13th.

*resists the urge to say “May the odds be ever in your favor!”*

I spend way too much time online and I love getting free stuff. To be more precise, I love winning free stuff. Somehow, knowing that I beat several other people in my pursuit of free stuff makes it that much more enjoyable, even if my effort consisted of filling out a small form and posting a blurb on Twitter. Until it gets a bit warmer outside (I refuse to go out when it’s 50 degrees out – this is supposed to be Vegas, damn it!), I’ll concentrate my entrepreneurial efforts on entering every small-scale online giveaway with good odds (1:15 or better) I can find. I shall be assisted by my cranky old laptop, a fridge full of coke and a fairly advanced search script I came up with during one of my infamous bouts of insomnia.

I’ll be posting a fair amount of links to said giveaways here, as well as on my twitter account, so stay tuned – who knows, you might win something too!