Apparently, if you cross-post, the killer robots at Google and other search engines don't like it. Duplicate posts lower your rank on most search engines. Hey, I was just trying to increase the likelihood that someone will see my stuff, but I don't want it to cost me the paltry ad revenue I already make on my weblog. As for the tip jar, that's a joke, so basically this Open Salon Blog is going to turn into another writing chore for me.
One thing I'll do is create short companion pieces with links back to my original website. Bots apparently rather like this practice. This week, for instance, I wrote a piece on payphone ripoffs. I'm not an investigative reporter, but this legal scam really aggravates my joints (literally).
I'm major hacked off at a company that has about 30 subsidiaries all doing the same things (can you say, "Alias?" Uh-huh, I knew you could). It took me 4 tries using the terminal payphone to get through to the folk that were to pick me up at the Ferry terminal. The operator spoke broken English, the calls kept getting dropped and never lasted more than a minute. And, I made the mistake of using a credit card. For four calls totaling less than 30 seconds to 2 minutes (10 minutes total for all four calls) they charged me $15 each (well, actually $14.98). Nearly $60 for a call that should have gone straight through and cost me (according to the sign) $1 for four minutes.
I wound up flat broke in Seattle and had to wait for a train for more than 2 hours in a drizzling rain with my bad knees giving me misery. I was not happy!
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