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Defrag nightmare

Image by Thomas Budach from Pixabay

So the defragging that I started to do on Thursday morning ran on for about 7 hours. And then I made a fatal mistake … I ‘woke’ the screen up by pressing the spacebar. And the defrag cancelled.

I could not believe how stupid that was of me.

I stopped for a bite for tea, then I started it off again, expecting it to run for another 7 hours. But by the time we were ready to go up to bed, it had already finished.

I can only guess that the first progression stuck and the second instance merely completed it. I do have to say, though, that the computer is running a lot quicker.

More faffing

Of course, I was very busy on Friday with a lot of work to catch up on. So what did I do next?

I faffed.

I upgraded the blog to the next level, which just happens to be ‘premium’, and then I started to monetise it.

Monetising my blog is not something I relished doing, but I’ve seen that others are doing it and some have been quite successful and are now upgrading their monetising.

I’m not going to run any ads yet, because if there’s one thing I can’t stand when I visit a blog it’s being bombarded by ads. However, I am going to start asking for a donation.

This is currently set at £1 (GBP) because, to be honest, a pound is worth more to me than a dollar at the moment. However, I do think that donors can choose their own amount when paying by card.

Not sure about the PayPal yet. It looks like you can choose how many times you pay rather than how much you pay.

To test it, I’ve included it at the bottom of this post. But please don’t let it put you off coming to visit me. There is no obligation to do this. I’d sooner have the readers than the cups of tea or coffee or hot chocolate. 

Buy my books

If you’d sooner buy something tangible, then I also updated the My Books page. But blummin’ ‘eck, that dinnarf take a bit of a slog anorl. (Translation: “Oh dear, that did not half take a long time as well.”)

These blocks that WordPress insists that we use now are so difficult. It took me ages to add in the new books and then even more ages to resize them and get the links working. I hope it looks okay from where you’re sitting.

I’m not really sure what the premium upgrade gives me that I didn’t have before, but I’m sure I’ll find out.

Incidentally, I think I’m going to start buying the artists, illustrators and photographers on Pixabay a coffee every now and then. Especially if I use a lot of their images.

Popular posts

As my notifications have been coming in for likes and followers on here, I couldn’t help but notice that one post in particular was turning out to be very popular. I really don’t know why that one was so special, but here it is if you want a reminder.

It was a planning post and it looked like the month ahead was going to be very busy. But then, in the middle of a pandemic, we moved house. And as with all other best laid plans, this one too fell by the wayside.

Because it was so popular, though, and now that I seem to be in the swing of things, I’m going to start it again.

During the last week of the month, I’ll do a wrap-up post for the month just gone, and I’ll do a plan-ahead post for the one coming up. 

However, then I noticed that this post about logos was also doing quite well …

Over to you…

So, to make sure that it’s worth your while coming all the way over here, if you could drop a comment below about which bits you like best about the blog, and why, and which ones you like the least, and why, that would also be very useful and very much appreciated.

Especially if you’ve also bought me a cuppa! (Or even bought you a book.)

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