Friday Fill-in 0708.03

1. Last weekend, I was thinking that I actually enjoyed playing Five Things when usually I’m afraid of it.
2. If the weather continues like this, I won’t mind, since it hasn’t yet reached 100. I prefer these afternoon rainstorms to unrelenting sun, actually, though I could live without the mosquitoes.
3. Will my peach tree ever grow? I hope so. It took a beating in the severe storms earlier this year.
4. Often, on a summer’s night, I think skinny-dipping would be fun. Also, I miss the ocean.
5. Right now, I could use a good strong cup of coffee.
6. My favorite summertime meal is Grilled turkey burgers on onion rolls, corn on the cob, and tomatoes marinated in an Italian vinaigrette.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to getting to sleep before dawn, tomorrow my plans include welcoming Fuzzy home from his trip and Sunday, I want to see a movie and catch up on correspondence!

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Smart Choice

It’s been about two weeks now since I started my blog for money experiment. I began it because I kept seeing advertisements for people to get paid to blog, and I thought it made sense for a blog to pay for itself. I’ve signed up with several sites that offer blog advertising, but so far my favorite is Smorty.

Here’s what I like about Smorty: they require the blogger to disclose that some of their posts are sponsored. To be honest, most of the ethical sites where you can get paid for blogging require this, but I’d never contract with a site that didn’t.

Here’s what I really like about them: they pay weekly, instead of making you wait a month. I was a little dubious about that, but I made my first post for them last Saturday, and my first paypal deposit showed up this evening. That’s pretty impressive.

Here’s what I think completely rocks: unlike most other sites that offer people the opportunity to get paid to blog, Smorty requires a 3:1 ratio of original, non-sponsored content to sponsored posts. That means bloggers have to be bloggers first, and paid advertisers second, and I think that’s appropriate.

In addition to their timely payment schedule, Smorty also has helpful, friendly customer service. When I asked a question about how long it would take them to review my blog, they not only answered the question fairly quickly, but also apologized for any delay. (There was no delay, but that’s okay.)

To sum up? If you’re going to try blogging for money, try Smorty. They’re a smart choice.

Thursday 13: 0708.02

Thirteen Things about MissMeliss
In honor of Shark Week – 13 of My Favorite Sharks

  1. Basking Sharks: Plankton eaters that can grow up to 33 feet long. Their open mouths are their signature, and they tend to be near the surface of the ocean.
  2. Smooth Dogfish Sharks: Named because they hunt in packs. They have live births of up to 20 pups per litter, too.
  3. Oceanic Whitetip Sharks: They’re pelagic sharks that tend to be the main cuplrits at feeding frenzies, as well as shipwrecks and airplane crashes in open ocean.
  4. Great Hammerhead Sharks: Weighing up to a thousand pounds, they’re known for their distinctive look, but also for their long migrations. Sharks from Florida have been found to migrate all the way to the polar regions.
  5. Lemon Sharks: They’re named for their color, which helps camouflage them along the sandy ocean bottom. They like the warm water of the Caribbean and the eastern Pacific between Baja California Sur and Ecuador.
  6. Tiger Sharks: They’re nocturnal, and known for being agressive, and of course they’re striped like the tigers they’re named for, but did you know their stripes fade with age?
  7. Shortfin Mako Sharks: They’re speedy little fish with big teeth. They’ve been clocked swimming at speeds of up to 43 mph. New research says they share convergent evolution with the tuna fish that are their favorite prey.
  8. Sand Tiger Sharks: They have really ragged teeth, and tend to swim with their mouths open, so they look a lot meaner than they actually are. Unless you provoke them, they’ll generally leave you alone.
  9. Blue Sharks: They actually are blue, even ranging into shades of deep indigo. They also have a really large liver that is filled with oil and helps keep them afloat.
  10. Thresher Sharks: They’re not very social, rarely found near shore, and known for their really big rainbow-arc tails.
  11. Whale Sharks: The world’s largest fish, they can be up to 50 feet long, but they’re totally gentle plankton eaters.
  12. Bull Sharks: Not only do they tend to be near shore – they maintian nurseries in mangrove forests – they can actually swim up rivers, and have been found as far upstream as Illinois in the Mississippi River, and populate the Ganges and Brisbane rivers as well.
  13. Great White Sharks: They are the iconic shark, of course. Technically pelagic, they’re around coastlines because their favorite food is there (seals and sea lions, not people). They tend to be curious and are known to lift their heads above the surface of the water to look around. They also have social interaction, within female-dominated groups.

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