So it's been a few days since 2010 started and I've got a little news to share. I haven't written a best posts of 2009 or end of the decade list like every other blogger, magazine and newspaper in the world has done in the past two weeks.
I took a holiday break and I'm having a little bit of trouble getting back into the swing of writing. Usually I have all kinds of drafts in progress but I'm down to just a couple. The reader service that I use is so full I'll never get caught up so I'll be doing a combination of quick hit posts and just ditching some of the other things. I've developed a Facebook addiction that I'll be trying to kick, though probably not cold turkey.
During this break I was informed that Google Adsense has deemed this blog as "a threat to their advertisers". They are not required to tell me why the blog is a threat but I am no longer part of that network. As such I will likely be trying out some new advertising options. I don't make much money from the blog (nor do I expect to) but it helps pay for things like conference attendance.
I'll be heading off to Atlanta in February for the 10th Annual Young Survival Coalition Conference. I'm hoping to learn some new information both for me and for all of you. As always, I share what I know whenever I can. I applied to have the registration fee waived thinking that I could use the little money I make from Adsense to cover my room.
I'm still going but I'm in the process of finding a roommate to split the expenses with. (The conferences are always in beautiful hotels aren't they?) I've saved some money from the O'Cedar award and will use that to pay my way. So if you're going drop me a note and let's get together in Atlanta.
Cancer took more people than I care to think of in the past year and I can't even imagine making a list of the decade. In 2009 we lost Ted Kennedy, Jane Goody, Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, Fred Travalena, Wayman Tisdale, Bea Arthur, Don Arneson (created dungeons and Dragons) Jack Kemp, Chuck Daly and Don Hewitt, Crystal Lee Sutton (the inspiration for Norma Rae, Alaina Reed Hall (Sesame Street), Soupy Sales, Henry Gibson and Corazon Aquino. From my own town Pat Hingle and even the Clinton's cat Socks died of cancer last year. That of course doesn't mention the people that we all know and love who we have lost.
I do have a list of things I'd like to never hear about again: Jon and Kate and however many kids there are at the time. And on the subject of numbers I don't care how many women have slept with Tiger Woods and I'm sick of Octomom. Everything seems to cause cancer and yet we seem unable to address the things that really cause cancer. I don't care about American Idol and how gay Adam Lambert is. I don't care about Lindsay or Britney and wish Kanye would just shut the hell up. I don't care about the Kardashians and would very much like to see a return to a time when people got famous for actually doing something.
I am impatiently waiting for the return of Glee and the Bonnaroo lineup (we've gotten the time off and the kids secured, how long until June?). Vampire Weekend and Spoon have new albums out that I want to hear and I understand I'll be singing the Brahms Requiem in 2010. There's something to look forward to.
I'm tired of health care reform. I am a total proponent of single payer and that is not going to happen. What is going to come out of this is still unclear to me, other than the fact that it seems to be a full employment plan for lobbyists. There is a move underway in some states to make changes to their constitutions to not accept any federal health careplan and unfortunately they seem to be the states with the highest number of uninsured.
Enough rambling for now. I wish each and all of you health, happiness and peace in the new year.
P.S. I can't believe I'm saying this but if you are aware of an advertising program for blogs that is not intrusive to readers let me know in the comments. Please don't spam me to death, I beg of you, or I will delete.