Dragons Creatures Of Mystery

I don’t know why but I love dragons and I have done so for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite books include dragons. These include Anne McCafferrey’s Dragon series right up to Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance which stars the magical Saphira and her Dragon Rider Eragon. So far I’ve read Eragon, Eldest, Brisinger and I am patiently waiting for the next book to come out.

I also collect dragon figurines. This is one of the first one I bought, and I’m not a fanatic so I don’t have all that many. It’s made of pewter and I photoshopped it a little so it looks like it’s flying over my neighborhood.

Mythical Dragon

Here’s a little poem about dragons and dragon riders that I put together .

Dragons, a creature of mystery
Of legends but not of history
Many stories have been told
In books & dark nights they unfold

Majestic, mighty and terrible too
Their mighty roar and flames ensue
Respect and fear they do command
It’s strength no warrior can withstand

Of Dragon Riders I have heard
Mighty legends passed on by word
A bond between Rider and Dragon has begun
No longer two, they have become one.

Thoughts and feelings they now combine
Together forever their lives entwined
Feats of valour of the pair are told
Yet not today will this story unfold.

One of my favorite dragons would have to be this Swarovski Crystal. I fell in love with Swarovski! after seeing the Crystal Dragon. It was part of the ‘Fabulous Creatures’ collection and as only SCS members were allowed to purchase these pieces I quickly joined. This is the first crystal piece I ever bought. In following years I also bought Pegasus and the Unicorn with many pieces in between.

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Trey of Swollen Thumb Entertainment has even written a instrumental piece called Beware Of The Dragon. I think when Trey wrote this the dragon he had in mind is the sort that would swoop down on you breathing fire and brimstone and perhaps picking up a stray man or woman as a tasty morsel. I much prefer those dragons who have befriended humans but are not against eating those lowlifes who would spam blogs or scrape them for their content.
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Beware Scraped Comments And Fake Trackbacks

Only last week it was brought to my attention that someone had been scraping, as related in Has Your Blog Content Been Stolen, my posts, and although it may well have been happening before it didn’t bother me because I was completely unaware of it, and like they say, ignorance is bliss. I have to admit I think I took it pretty well, I wasn’t all that pissed but even so I knew something had to be done, which brought me to my next post, the Update On Stolen Blog  Content.

Who would have thought that someone would stoop to stealing the very comments on your own blog? It happened to me today, someone left five comments on five different posts. As is my want I always follow the commentator to their blog so that I could repay their kindness by reciprocating with a comment of my own. Imagine my surprise when I found a blog in a foreign language.

So what you say, a lot of non English speaking people have English blogs. True, and you can usually tell when this is the case as their blogs usually have  grammatical errors in it. Anyway I thought it was strange so I checked out those comments again and found that he had actually copied someone else’s comment and posted it as his own. Needless to say I spammed all his comments. So, if you’ve been getting comments lately by a Donanim Haberi, I seriously suggest that you check it against some of the other comments left on that particular post.

In regards to the fake trackbacks, that’s something else I picked up today. These people leave a trackback to your blog in the knowledge that WP will pick it up, if you’ve set it up to accept trackbacks, and record it at the end of the post. Once the trackback is in place they then remove the link on their post. Why would they do that? Simple, to get a one way link to their post. Once again I’ve spammed those trackbacks as well. :guns_tb: :furious_tb: :wallbash_tb:

Honestly guys, if you want to make a name for yourself, you’re going about it the wrong way.

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Why I Will Never Be A ProBlogger


I’ve just been over to The InfoPreneur where I read his post, My Promise To You. In this post he’s outlined how he intends to conduct himself as a blogger, a lot of which I am in total agreement, many of which I’ve either posted about or left a comment on another blog.

His post got me to thinking about probloggers. To me a problogger is someone who has attained independence via his blog, enabling him to leave his day job so as to concentrate on his blogging full time. He is now a Professional Blogger. When thinking of probloggers I usually tend to think of a person who’s earning a six figure income, mainly because that’s what most of them tell you.

This six figure income is what attracts many people to the blogging in the first place. The thing is that all that money does not come from blogging alone. Many of these probloggers have over time built up huge mailing list which they use to sell products to their subscribers. I know this to be true because I subscribed to a few and then unsubscribed when all I got was solicitations to buy something that they were pushing.

So, why will I never achieve ProBlogger status?

No Email Lists

I have no, nor intend to ever acquire an email list for the sole purpose of peddling a product on my unsuspecting subscribers. I’m sick and tired of subscribing to a news letter or for some free eBook only to be hounded at a later date by useless spam emails trying to sell me something. I will not force on to someone else something that I find personally distasteful.

No Interaction With Commentators

I keep hearing from these guys that the reason they don’t interact with people who comment on their blogs is because they either don’t have the time or because there is no money in it. They believe there is more value in another content rich post than there is in interacting with commentators.

Personally I love that interaction, and if becoming a problogger means I have to lose that then I have no interest in becoming one.

So it looks like you guys are stuck with an Aussie blogger who doesn’t give a shit about reaching problogger status if that means that I have to compromise my standards in my effort to get there.


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