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Opening my email and reading the email from Entrecard was not very pleasant. While going over it all I can say was, what the heck! As a member of this community who continuously promotes it and really liked the system it came as a very unpleasant surprise. How can a community which was supported by many bloggers suddenly turn against the community in order to raise its own good and greed? Did Entrecard actually think that the community will understand these changes?

The changes was indeed very significant from restriction on selling EC credits, ti disabling of the shop functionality, a downgrade of ads earning to 25% of cost and restriction on EC transfer.

Many will surely be affected especially those who are selling EC credits and those who are running and joining contests. About two months ago Entrecard also introduced SezWho, a social commenting network that turns out to be rather unprepared for the likes of Intense Debate.

Here are some of the changes which you have to deal with:

  1. <Buy credits for less: Entrecard is now selling 1,000 credits for $6.00. You can buy them here: http://entrecard.com/r/buy_credits
  2. More pricing increments: Instead of prices doubling every time, there are now a few more steps. The new price points can be found on the Advertising page in the wiki, here: http://entrecard.com/docs/doku.php?id=advertising
  3. Members are not allowed to sell credits: This goes for ebay sales, posts in the Marketing forum, and posts on other forums. If you have references on your site to the sale of credits, please remove them immediately, as it is now against our terms.
  4. Credit transfer limits: Members are allowed to make a maximum of 14 credit transfers a week, up to a maximum of 1,000 credits, whichever comes first. This means you can still run contests where you give credits away for free, and under 1k per week. Note: This does not affect linked blogs, you can transfer unlimited credits between linked blogs.
  5. Transfer tax: From now on, all transfers, including transfers made with our new payments API, will be taxed at a rate of 12.5%. The taxed credits will be sold to members (see #1).
  6. Blogs cannot be unlinked: Once you link a blog, it's there for good unless you ask us to delete the blog from your account. This prevents linking/unlinking to get around the credit transfer limits, and it also stops you losing access to a blog if you unlink it in error, which happens a lot.
  7. No more coupons: You are no longer allowed to send coupons.
  8. Shop closed: Except for Entrecard upgrades (Featured Status, Fast Pass) the Entrecard Shop is now offline until further notice. Please do not request a seller token until the shop returns. When it comes back, it will be bigger and better. We'll communicate more details nearer the time.


All I can say is... WE MEMBERS OF ENTRECARD DO NOT DESERVE THIS!

I believe that the moves are detrimental to the members of the Entrecard community and makes us hostage of a system which we had been hooked to. If the owners of the EC community respects bloggers then they should reconsider this.

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Sometimes blogging gets to the point when your excitement and enthusiasm goes out and you begin asking yourself what's the use of blogging and what am I getting out of this. Blogging certainly requires a lot of effort and dedication. As the saying goes it is easy and free to start a blog... to write the first posts... to blog for three months... but what if you get frustrated because it seems your passion for blogging is taking you no where?

Why do people blog in the first place? Why on Earth would someone spend time on the internet posting things for other people to read? Why do they even care to write? Perhaps these were the questions that everyone should first find answers for before they actually start blogging themselves.

If you look at the three questions they are interralated and can even be sum up as the question on Why Blog? Well, there are many reasons. Some start blogging because they want to start an online diary or an online chronicle of what's happening with their life and share it to the whole world. After all online diaries are the ancestor of the blogging idea. Some people blog because through blogging they have found an avenue or a place to express their thoughts on various issues or topics. Someone who is frustrated with the war on Iraq or someone who hates his boss or someone who is advocating for environmental protection would definitely find a home in writing blogs.

Still others blog because they want to earn online. Their friend or chat mate told them or even most of the time they have come across an article online that everyone can earn online... so drive by the desire to earn money from home he/she start blogging. This is probably those bloggers who could experience burn out earliest for they will soon find out that like regular work money does not come easy. Of course you will be the boss of your time and you can work whenever you like but the thing is you need to invest effort and dedication.

To be honest, I blog because I would like to share my thoughts on various issues and blog like The Good and the Bad News Around Us. In another blog, The Blog Reviewer, I want to help other bloggers. Here in The Delano Observer, I want to express my opinion and earn some money through paid reviews later on. Another blog which I maintains is Ordinary People, Ordinary Day where I want people to express their stories and inspire others. THese reasons keeps me from posting in my blogs although I would admit it sometimes my posts in other blogs are not that frequent. The most demanding and stressful blog I have would probably be, The Blog Reviewer... cause I interact with the community.

Thus in order to avoid the blogging burn out the key is passion. Blog based on what you like, what you love and what's that passion within you. You should have a clear goal and vision of why you are blogging in the first place. If you will not confront this early on... you might end up being frustrated that you even start blogging.

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Just watched Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan" and honestly this movie kept me laughing during the whole length of the movie. But behind all the laugh and the comedy antics with the movie is a very simple message being conveyed to everyone... that we can live peacefully together regardless of our faith, differences, race, color or religion. The movie is more than just the usual comedy that you get to see everyday. It is the comedy movies that Adam Sandler is getting used to.

I thought at first that it was just your ordinary movie and then the plot comes in. Zohan, is an Israeli counter-terrorist who is bored about what he is doing. He can't see the reason behind all the fighting and the hatred. Then comes, "The Phantom", a Palestinian terrorist who became a hero after everyone thought that he killed him but in fact The Zohan went to America to pursue his ultimate dream of becoming a hairdresser.

  • STORY: 10 - means the depth of the story and the overall plot.
  • CHARACTERS: 10 - this pertains to the ability of the characters to portray their roles.
  • COHERENCE: 10 - ability of the story to be coherent as the episode progresses.
  • DEPTH: 10 - the effectiveness of the story to relay the full plot and to show the story of each character.
  • MUSIC: 10 - effective use of music in the story.
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: 10 - amount and effectiveness of special effects.
  • POPULARITY: 10 - relative popularity of the story/tv series.
  • RECOMMENDATION: 10 - my recommendation
  • TOTAL RATING: 10

  • Well here is another perfect 10 movie that is worth watching. I love to go on the details of the story but wouldn't that ruin your interest in actually watching it. All I can say is you will not regreet watching this movie.

    To satisfy your craving for this movie here is a trailer of Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan.



    So don't just wait there... watch it!

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