1. enquiry · September 13, 2014

    We are a bunch of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with useful information to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our
    whole neighborhood will probably be grateful to you.

    • Arlene Poma · September 22, 2014

      And I am soooooo grateful for your comment. I have been taking a break from SheRetired because I recently joined a local volunteer group that has brought me much joy. I know you share the feeling with your community of volunteers. Thank you! I don’t know what I did to give you and your group any inspiration, but shoot me an email anytime. I’d like to know how you are doing. It is my pure pleasure to know that there are good people in the world who simply CARE. Take care!

  2. steaks on the grill · September 25, 2014

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any
    issues of plagorism or copyright violation? My blog has a lot of unique content I’ve
    either authored myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it
    up all over the web without my agreement. Do you know any methods to help
    stop content from being ripped off? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Arlene Poma · September 27, 2014

      If you are so worried about having your work stolen, and you are tracking everything you put out on the Internet, you are in the wrong business. You are certainly not getting the big picture. Everything is up for grabs on the Internet because it is so easy to steal. In my very humble opinion, bloggers who buy copyright protection are just wasting their time and money because all you can do is ask the person to quit. Say, if you wrote for pennies (AKA passive income) or out of the goodness of your heart, why would you sweat someone stealing your stuff? I never did because if you look at my blog, I simply write for the pure joy of it. I share my knowledge. And because I refuse to put any ads on my blog, the focus is on my writing and my photographs. My writing is truly out of a lifelong passion. And so is my photography. I made my money in writing and photography in the 70s and 80s. Hey, I even made some money recently, but I only did it for the experience. Believe me. Content writing for anyone is beneath me because I refuse to be paid so poorly. As an experience writer, it was totally laughable. But when it came to a career in journalism back in 1981, I chose not to because for some strange reason, I couldn’t see myself doing it for a living. Trust me. If I made writing my career, I certainly would not have retired before my 44th birthday! Get it through your head that anything creative does not pay. You have to hustle even harder because many people will not pay you top dollar for all the effort you put into your work. So go ahead and track your work. You are getting stressed for nothing. A blogger is nothing but an unemployed journalist. If you really want to rise above the pack, your writing has to stand out so that the masses will want to go out and read or buy anything that you produce. Are you there yet? Of course not! You are already complaining! If you really want to know, I am a writer from waaaaay back. And SheRetired.com is my baby for now. I can quit at any moment. Or I can go on and turn it into a self-hosted blog with ads? Who knows? I do what I want. The idea is to take my reader there. And if I get a compliment, that compliment is payment enough for me. If you think your work is so precious, I’ll give you a little secret. Anytime you publish your work using your computer, your work is recorded on your hard drive. Say, if you wrote the Great American Novel, you can easily prove it is yours by providing your hard drive to the court. The problem? You will have to pay for an attorney and have to go through the whole legal process to sue the person who has done you wrong. Make sure that this person has made zillions off your work because attorneys are not cheap. Court cases drag. Judges and juries don’t always side with the plaintiff. I have been a plaintiff in two lawsuits. I avoid lawsuits and attorney fees whenever I can because they are a drain on the brain as well as the wallet. If your writing makes you enough money for you as well as your descendents once you are six feet under, then I’d go after anyone who gets in the way of this constant stream of income. Make sure you have enough money to pay your legal fees. Most people don’t, so they don’t even bother once their work is stolen. Ask yourself why you write in the first place. If you are only doing it for money or to feed your ego or both, you are sunk. I write because it comes to me as naturally as a breathe. I need this creative outlet. I am secure in the world, so I want others to succeed as writers. That is, if I get the vibes that they have something going for them. So get over yourself. Competition for reader loyalty and attention out there is stiff because everyone thinks that they can write. I made my money in writing because when you write, you need to constantly read and practice the craft. Talent will only get you so far. YouTube is nothing but a filler because most Americans are dumbing down. And they really don’t read all that much because they have their choice of distractions. I don’t use my YouTube account. I don’t even care to get into it because I find it a major distraction from what I produce online. There is so much garbage on the Internet. All these so-called writers think it is so easy. They don’t practice the craft at all. And this is where they fail. I don’t care if anyone steals my content because I can knock out a 500-word article in less than 15 minutes. I want nothing but fresh content, so I live in the present and destroy anything that I have already published. Sure, I keep copies, but whenever I write anything for my blog, it needs to be fresh. Like what I used to do as a reporter. I don’t repeat myself. Nor do I insult my readers and publish old stuff. I don’t invite anyone to write for my blog because I don’t need to network. Everything there is all about me. I do my writing right into my computer without having to edit all that much. I have the photographic “eye” so I don’t need to edit my photographs. It’s all about experience. And the ability to get inspired by what is around you. If you really want to experience real writing and publishing, get off the Internet. Write copy that a real editor wants because everyone on the Internet is an expert. But all you have is a bunch of opinions. At the same time, everyone has an opinion. Like I’ve said before. I search for honest writing. I don’t care to have someone sell me a product because I’m not buying. I use the Internet for entertainment. Nothing else. I just got a kidney transplant two days before last Christmas. I refuse to waste my time in front of a computer 40+ hours per week. And catering to an audience that I will never meet over a cup of coffee or a long, leisurely lunch. I’ve got better things to do with my retirement. So I go after real life experiences that include people I can meet “up close and personal.”

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