Wednesday, January 21, 2015

More Chat Box Headaches

Have any of you noticed some new pop-up "ads" when you come to the blog? I went into my ShoutBox account and saw that one of the components of the FREE version is "ads on your site." Well, grrr. However, the Shout Box is available for a bare minimum fee of $24.00/year (or $3.00/month). With this I can also ask fans to register their emails for access to the Shout Box. Once you're registered then you never have to do it again. That keeps Spammers out . . . I think. I can also "ban" certain IP addresses, and basically make this a really cool feature of Andi's Blog.

The question is . . . see the poll on the sidebar as soon as I put it up . . . how many of you would like to keep this Shout Box going and would use it (and not just as a passing "fad")? I don't want to pay money and then it goes dead from nobody using it.

So, the vote is open! If enough people vote to keep it going, I'll try a 6-month trial for $12.00. After that, we can revisit this issue.
 

57 comments:

  1. So then you would have our email addresses? Would only you know what our email address is?

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    1. Yes. Only I (administrator) would have them. I have a ton of your email addresses now . . . between entering the contest and anybody who uses the Blogger Contact form. I usually delete them as I prefer not to have my mail thing filled up. LOL

      Oh, and for those who want to connect as pen pals, if they "meet" on the Chat Box, I ask for parent permission before I "exchange" email addresses with those who want to be pen pals. I've had a couple of requests, but I don't give out emails!

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    2. Okay thanks. So once you have my address you won't email me with it will you???

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    3. Oh, my, no! The only addresses that get emailed are the ones who take the time to sign up for the CCA Ezine . . . which is something entirely different.

      The only time I email someone is if they have emailed me via the Blogger contact Form (Email Andi your questions, etc.).

      I've got plenty to do besides randomly emailing folks. LOL

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    4. Do you have enough votes to get the private chat box?

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    5. Okay thanks a bunch!! ;) you're the best! (My mom was just curious). ;)

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    1. Neither am I.
      ~ Leah K.

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    2. I've never seen any adds. . .when are you putting up the poll? Thanks so much for even considering!

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    3. I put up the poll a couple of days ago, a whole bunch of votes came in to do a new chat box, and I put it up this evening, Bethany! Go on over and sign up! :-)

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  3. I Haven't seen any ads.....ever on andis blog.

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    1. Lucky duck you! I only started seeing them yesterday, after I had taken down the chat box and then put it back up!

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    2. The ads are gone now, but I saw them yesterday before you took the chat box down. Your so sweet and nice to consider to pay for a chat box for the kids to use. Thank you for your consideration and kindness for everyone. We love it so much. :)

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    3. I agree! You are very sweet in putting up with all of us ; P !! Thank you so much! : )
      ~ Leah K.

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  4. My ads went away

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  5. Yes, thank you Mrs. M. for paying for us to do the Shout Box, your soooo kind. If you put some kind of donation box up somewhere on the blog us blogger could help contribute or if you want to be generous you could pay for everything yourself.

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  6. Meant to say "Us bloggers..."

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  7. I will most certainly use the Shout Box if you put it up again! I have a question for you Andi, "What if the spammers enter their name into the shout box and start getting to us again? But it wasn't a practical joke?

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    1. Well, then, Jessie (sigh), for safety's sake, we'll have to live without it. At that point I could "ban" that IP address, I think, on the main page of the site that hosts the shout boxes, or I could do something with a private forum.

      I think we all have "red flags" inside that let us know if something is truly "off" with a person who is chatting. So far, except for the practical joke (and it really seemed pretty harmless to me, and I was proven right), real SPAMMERS have not been an issue.

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  8. Oh, that's too bad about the ads and stuff. I didn't see any when I came onto the blog!

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  9. I wondered what the adds were from that kept popping up when I cam on here. They are gone now.

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  10. They are gone now. I did get them earlier when the chat box was up. I would totally use it if it was up! :)
    It's very nice of you to be willing to pay so we can enjoy the chatbox! :)

    ~Lydia~ <3

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  11. I did notice ads popped up a couple of times when I was on, and I thought it was strange. Yes, I would totally use it if you kept it! It's been great so far! Thanks again, Mrs. M.

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  12. I was wondering what those advertisements were.....:-)

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    1. Hey Anne!!!!!!!!!

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    2. Anne, what's wrong? Why have you been ignoring me? Did I say something? I'm not the spammer or maybe I am but what's wrong? Are you okay? Did I do something? Tell me please.

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  13. Oh my gosh my birthday is the 27 and I'm turning 11!!! :D

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  14. Happy birth day evelina!!!! I'm 11 1/2:)

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  15. Today's my birthday! I'm turning 12!

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  16. Yeah Jen!, happy B-day!

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  17. Yeah, happy birthday Jen!

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  18. Thank Mena, Heather & Jess!

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  19. Happy birthday Jen!!! Hope you have a good one, God bless! :)

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  20. Happy Birthday step-sis (Jen)!

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  21. Happy Birthday! *sigh* I wish it were my birthday! My birthday is on Christmas day.

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    1. That is so cool!!!!!!!! Your birthday is on Christmas! Double party for you!

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    2. That's neat Alana. My cousins b-day is Christmas too!

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  22. Happy birthday Jen! And happy early birthday Evelina!

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  23. Thanks everybody! Happy birthday Evelina!

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  24. Mrs M. when will you get Thick as Thieves and where do we go to order them to get them early? Thanks!!!

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    1. I should get it next week sometime. As soon as I do, I'll put up a PayPal button on the CCMilestones website and you can buy it . . . way before the official release of February 27, LOL

      In the past I have done pre-orders, but those are chancy since my Inbox fills up and I don't want to accidentally miss somebody. It's best to just wait until it's "live" and order it then. CBD and Amazon probably won't get the books for at least a couple-three weeks.

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    2. Will there be a lapbook for it eventually?

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    3. Not for the Circle C Milestones. But there is already a FREE study guide/enrichment guide to download from here:
      http://www.circlecmilestones.com/studyguide.html

      I've found that the older the reader, the less they like doing lapbooks and prefer just an interesting-type of study guide. Same information but not cut-and-paste. :-)

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    4. Ok, thanks! I seen the study guide sometime already! :)

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  25. I was about to ask the same thing. ;)

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  26. I was going to ask the same thing as well, do we just pay you online?

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  27. My question exactly.

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  28. Patience my friends. There will be a PayPal button on the website. You can pay using PayPal or Paypal also accepts credit/debit cards. I never see anything except the email that says I have an order. It's very easy.

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Let Andi know what you think!