Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Annoyances

So I have a lot to blog about—especially on this topic, which I’ve now added more to the list in the last 4 hours since I initially opened the page to start blogging this—and plenty to tell you all about in regards to Don’t Laugh, People. I will start with the topic at hand, and I will probably post my updates about Don’t Laugh, People on a different post.

Google

Google (and services) has really been a nuisance for me this past month. It started with Youtube, and advanced from there. I initially wanted to change my Youtube account so that it would be associated with my Google+ account, not with the Google+ page Youtube automatically set up with it. Unfortunately, the only way to do so would have been to change my Youtube name to whatever name was associated with my Google+ account, and I did not want that name. So lo and behold, I was stuck with a bullshit Google+ page for the Youtube account that I did not want, and could not associate my actual + page with my Youtube account.

Problems with Google progressed when I started trying to associate Don’t Laugh, People with AdSense. For those who do not know, AdSense is the service which allows you to monetize your page through ads. When I first started my blog, it was with a different URL. I tried to monetize then, and was denied. I never received information about why my site was denied. Since then, I changed to DLP, and recently decided to try and monetize again. One problem, the email associated with DLP was flagged for the previous denial, and AdSense does not seem to gather that the old URL may very well be (meaning – is) gone. However, there was no way to change the URL associated with that account on AdSense, so I had to use another email which has nothing to do with DLP, in order to apply.

This would not be a major issue for me, except for the fact that I have to log in and out of my accounts back and forth when dealing with AdSense. My other problem is that Google has apparently ceased all live support in recent months, meaning getting answers is even more frustrating than it ever was before.

We then compound this issue when I try to monetize my Youtube page, as again, I have to use an email that is not at all associated with my Youtube page. So every time I go to do something in one page or the other, I have to log in and out ad nauseam.

Youtube

To take my frustrations with Youtube further, I attempted to edit my most recent video’s audio by adding one of Youtube’s thousands of commercially-approved songs. I tried to do this after uploading. I set the mixer one “click” from the lowest setting, at which point the mixer said it would favor the original audio, not the track. I clicked save, waited, and then checked, and all I could hear was the track, not the original audio. I clicked on the Audio edit button again to check the settings and they were exactly where I set them. Perhaps one of you know and can leave a comment below… but should I have added the track BEFORE uploading the video? Did I do something wrong when I did add the track? I have since taken it off, but would appreciate if someone could let me know what happened and how to fix it.

Writing

There are always going to be times when writing feels tedious. It still feels a bit tedious to me writing this right now. I think what I have been put off by with writing for Don’t Laugh, People is the fact that I am not further established than I want to be with the site. More content would generate me being further along, providing me with the opportunities to partner/sponsor/promote/advertise, so in reality I’m just going about things wrong. But it is annoying at times to put the time and effort into writing something I feel represents me to all of you who may be reading and not having more to show for it in the end but a post that gets some views, maybe a comment or two, and not much else.

Don’t Laugh, People

The site has bothered me a bit, too. There are things I’ve wanted to do with the site for the longest, and can’t, because Blogger simply doesn’t offer the means to do those things. However, switching over to say, WordPress, really worries me as well. I’m competent when it comes to all of these things, but I’m not brilliant. I also worry about things that maybe I shouldn’t worry about, like, what if I switch my site over but before the URL gets verified someone else finds a way to upload it to their own server? Yeah, sure, I own the legal rights and I would win a battle, but I would still have to pay for the proceedings, etc. Maybe that’s not how it works at all… I’m not sure. But I’ve been hesitant to even bother taking the chance.

Another thing that bothers or “annoys” me when it comes to DLP is that I am not only restricted by Blogger’s bullshit, but I am also restricted by my own personality and life. I’m not complaining about being “restricted” by my personality and life… I’m happy being who I am and in the position of my life in regards to the people around me and the woman who I’m lucky enough to have love me. But there are things most successful websites do, that I at one point wanted to do, that I just simply would not feel comfortable doing myself. Eye Candy is a major victory for many sites… it would more than likely help DLP grow… but I cannot say I would feel comfortable promoting it on DLP when members of my family and my woman and her family know about the site. Basically, I’m behind the 8-Ball for things I’m proud of.


Anyways, that’s all I’ve really got to complain about at the moment. I was going to delve more into my personal life and things that annoy me, but I’ll just let those rest and pile up. After all, I haven’t done a “Why You’re Bitches” rant in a while… perhaps these will provide the necessary material for the return.

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