Most likely, one of my readers was trying to "help me out" by clicking on too many ads or something. I've never clicked my own ads, and I told Jerry and my family not to click the ads. I also posted something on the blog a while ago not to click the ads unless it is something that you are absolutely interested in, because I didn't want to generate any invalid activity. The only other thing I can think of is that I put up a Google search bar a couple of days ago, and I tested it out a few times (although I didn't click on ads). So maybe by testing it out, that constituted "invalid activity"?
I'm really upset about losing the account. ALL money that I had earned up to this point is GONE. I was just about to receive my first check (for October and November's earnings) and that money is now void. So basically, I've been advertising for free for two months.
I was REALLY hoping to use that income to pay for my surgery, and I've been working hard on my blog because of it. Of course I'm still going to blog, because I love it, but I just might have to cut way back on the amount of blogging I do--and find a paying job. I hate that Jerry works so much so that I can be a stay-at-home mom. It makes me feel so guilty, even though he insists that it's okay. By earning money blogging, I could stay at home AND relieve some burden from Jerry. I know there are other ways of doing paid ads, but I have no clue how to do that or where to start.
Anyways, I spent part of the day feeling sorry for myself, but then decided that that sulking wasn't going to help. I went for an easy 3-mile run, but it felt SO hard. My hips are sore. I feel so slow and sluggish still--I did 11 min. miles, and it still felt tough. I can't wait to get back to feeling how I did pre-surgery.
I was tempted to skip my wine club meeting last night, because I was feeling down, but I'm SO glad that I went--I had a blast with my friends! Before Rachael picked me up, I had Eli take a picture of Jerry and me in front of the Christmas tree... He's only 5, so all things considered, he did rather well!
|A little off-center, and missing the top of Jerry's head :)|
Heather hosted the meeting, and she chose a theme of Wine & Chocolate Pairings. YUM!! I was totally looking forward to tasting all the chocolate along with the wine. And really, what could reverse my bad mood better than chocolate and wine?!
She set up the pairings in stations:
#1: Barefoot Chardonnay with Lindt white chocolate
#2: Yellow Tail sparkling wine with Lindt milk chocolate
#3: Mirassou Pinot Noir with Green & Black's Espresso chocolate
#4: Blackstone Cabernet Sauvignon with Lindt dark chocolate
#5: Chocolato wine (wine made with milk and cocoa)
#6: cheap crappy wine with Hershey's milk chocolate (this was to basically see how bad the Hershey's and crappy wine tasted after trying all the good quality chocolate and wine!)
I'm normally a dry red wine drinker and a dark chocolate eater. However, my favorite pairing of the night was actually the first one--Chardonnay and white chocolate! The two went SO well together--creamy and buttery tasting. My favorite of the chocolate alone was the Espresso chocolate; and my favorite wine alone was probably the Cabernet.
I was hoping to post pictures, but nobody put them on Facebook yet, so maybe I'll have to edit this post later. Bummer.
A lot of people commented on how skinny I looked, which was fun (but kind of embarrassing, because is that a compliment? I think so...) When I was losing weight, I was used to hearing that at all the meetings--"Katie, you're skinnier and skinnier every time I see you!" But now that I've been at the same weight for over a year, everyone was used to it. So to hear it again yesterday (post-lower body lift and I've lost about 14 pounds) was different--in a good way.
We had a white elephant gift exchange that we do every year for Winers. I was planning on bringing these ceramic bunnies that I took home from the exchange for the last two years (they've become a running joke among Winers now, because they're SO ugly and the perfect white elephant gift). But at the last minute, Jerry suggested something else that I thought would be hilarious...
I drew #10 to pick a gift, and I ended up stealing a gift from someone else--a hand-knitted scarf that Rachael brought. But it was quickly stolen from me :( I wound up with some stationary and notepads that Renee brought, and I actually rather like them. They'll do perfectly for shopping lists!
I ate a few snacky things (see food log below), but I didn't gorge myself.
My food log for yesterday:
Breakfast--Snickers protein shake
Lunch--homemade cream of mushroom soup; Kashi Go Lean Crunch with milk; orange
Dinner--salmon fillet, 3 parsley potatoes, more cream of mushroom soup, spoonful of Cookie Butter
Snacks--(All at Winers) chocolate (about 2 ounces?), wine (about 10 ounces), 1/2 piece of cheesecake, one cracker with cheese and salami, one cracker with cheese spread, one mini cream puff
I'm going to tweak the cream of mushroom soup recipe a little, and post it after I do. It's delicious!
Since Google took away my Adsense account, I've been looking into blog stuff online, and I discovered that Blogger can delete my blog anytime for ANY reason. Just like they took away Adsense for no reason, they could just delete my blog without reason. So I've been looking into switching to self-hosting on WordPress.
I'm TERRIFIED of making the switch, because I don't want to screw up my entire blog, and lose followers, and mess up the feed burner thing... I'm not tech savvy at all! It will also cost me more money--not only to pay for my domain (which I've already done for a year) but to pay for a hosting service (about $7/mo). That doesn't sound like a lot, but considering money is the tightest it's ever been for us right now, $7 is a lot.
But I would die if Google deleted my blog without notice or reason! So I think I'll be making the switch soon. If you notice my blog is gone one day, *hopefully* it'll be back up soon. You can always e-mail me if you're wondering what happened: SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com. I can use my recipes blog to relay information too, just in case I can't use Runs for Cookies for a little while during the transfer.
Have any of you made a change from Blogger to WordPress.org? Was it a big mess? Was it worth it? Advice?