Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Elite Entrecard

Entrecard has deleted my account with them. First time was when my site went down this weekend. They sent me an email saying that they deleted my account because it was in violation of Rule #10 of their blog quality standards: "URLs must be valid: Sites with URLs that do not work or are wrongly typed will be deleted." I myself didn't know that my URL was not working. It turned out that my webhost moved to different servers and even though I already changed the DNS in my domain registration, they still have some maintenance work to do. Anyway, my site was immediately restored yesterday so I emailed Entrecard, asking for reconsideration. Now, I get another email from them saying that my account will remain deleted because they reviewed my site and found it to be in violation of Rule #4 (Content must be original: Reproduced content does not provide the specific qualities we are looking for in the Entrecard network. This includes both sites that use legitimate reprintable content such as “free articles”, abstracts and public domain content as well as illegitimate, illegal content such as stolen content or scraped feeds. Duplicate content, such as posts that appear on two or more blogs belonging to the same person is also unacceptable.) and Rule #5 (No full-screen ads or popups: Blogs that include full-screen ads or popups will be removed. This includes any popup window that appears when the site has finished loading or when clicking to view an article. It is OK for links to display a popup window if the user clicks a link, e.g. FeedBurner email subscription, but popup ads or forceful messages asking people to subscribe without clicking anything are intrusive and therefore not allowed.). I'm sure I have disabled the full-screen ads in my site and I haven't put in any popups so I don't know why I'm in violation of Rule #5. I do recognize that I'm violating Rule #4 because of my News content (News Snapshots and Recent News) but I'm not about ready to give up that one. I visit my own site because that's where I read about the latest news happening around the world. Now I don't know if my readers like the layout of my home page. Would they rather see the blog part at the top? I might change the layout next year, move around some stuff and lessen the ads. But that's for next year; I don't want to change anything now. So I guess I would just have to let go of Entrecard. Maybe I'll reapply next year. Or maybe not. I'll miss my droppers though. I just hope they have BlogCatalog or MyBLogLog so I can still see them when they drop by.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Singin’ in the rain … and flood

To indulge my friend's request for me to blog less about my blog and more about me, I'm giving you all a peek at last weekend's misadventure:

It all started with my boyfriend and I going to the Petron branch at Katipunan Ave.

Nuffnang 68 bloggers contest update

Thanks to LJ and ice's comments on my Nuffnang 68 entry post, I found out that I was one of the 68 winners. I checked the Nuffnang site last week but they haven't revealed the winners yet and I forgot to check again this week. So I checked again today and indeed my site's url (linked to the entry post) was there. Thank you Nuffnang for choosing me as one of the winners! Now, how about that P500 cash prize? :D

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hot and Cold at Laguna Hot Spring

Last Wednesday was a public holiday so my boyfriend's family planned an out-of-town trip to Pansol, Laguna. I was excited to go with them because I haven't been to a hot spring before. They said that where we're going is one of two resorts in Laguna with naturally flowing hot spring; the rest have swimming pools with "hot spring" water coming from the faucet. Plus, there's an area for massages so I was doubly excited and looking forward to the much needed vacation.