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  • Is it me Mel or do I notice a few…

    “My brother recommended your site so I came over.
    What a great author you are, I’ve bookmarked your site.
    Have subscribed to your feed.”

    … type comments.

    I’ve noticed a few on WM and easyP.
    Perhaps the GASP plugin needs an upgrade!

    • Hi Keith

      I think you’re on to something here.

      I’m going CRAZY with all the spammy comments/trackbacks I’m getting lately. I haven’t EVER seen this much garbage showing up. I can barely keep up with the management of my comments and it’s disgusting.

      You’re right. I think the GASP plugin needs an upgrade … and FAST. To be honest, I’m starting to regret my decision to deactivate Akismet and switch to GASP.

      If you hear from other bloggers with this same issue, keep me in the loop, okay?


      • Perhaps the spam bots have cracked the GASP plugin.
        My comment spam has really increased and it is so annoying!.

      • Hi Mel
        After my comment above, I have just received this comment…

        “My brother suggested I might like this blog. He was entirely right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this info!


        • Keith …
          Believe me, you are not the only one who’s becoming annoyed by this. My friend, you are NOT alone.

          I’m getting one spammy pingback after another! I spend more time in my comments dashboard than you can imagine and I’m getting pretty disgusted by it.

          I think you’re on to something here …
          “Perhaps the spam bots have cracked the GASP plugin.”

          Seriously, I suspect that’s what has happened. 🙁

          Hanging in there with you,

          P.S. Got your email a couple of days ago — haven’t forgotten about you (after all, you’re downright unforgettable!). Will reply a.s.a.p. Thank you! 🙂

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  • Hi Mel,
    I got a chuckle out of the 17-minute meal comment. It doesn’t surprise me that you mastered it but I couldn’t help thinking why 17 minutes? Why not 15 minutes? What did surprise me is that you can rebuild an engine. I’d love to be able to do something like that but I am challenged when it comes to anything mechanical. Honestly, sometimes I find myself perplexed by innovative packaging. 🙂

    • Hey Sherryl!

      “Why not 15 minutes?”

      Good question. I’ve always needed those two extra minutes during meal prep time to stop and answer those ever-popular questions, “When’s dinner going to be ready, Mom? Is it almost time to eat? What are we having tonight? Can I invite my friend over for dinner?” Bear in mind, I had four girls popping into the kitchen at different times. 😉

      “What did surprise me is that you can rebuild an engine.”

      I’ve always loved renovation projects of all kinds. I enjoy taking something that’s old or in need of repair and turning it into a thing of beauty and bringing it back to life again. The engine rebuild was a fascinating project and I learned a lot. That’s a key element, too — I like a restoration project where I can learn new things as I go.

      Thanks so much for the visit — come back soon!

  • Thanks Mel! Wonderful and powerful suits me fine, and I love writing lyrics/poems — me and Arthur will check it out 🙂

  • Oh I see fun in *everything*, and if I don’t — I hold off on doing it 😉

    The fun *I* saw was helping a beautiful woman access her power and be financially rewarded – starting at some deep, valuable levels that most people wouldn’t even discuss.

    If I felt she was co-operative, she’d bring out my playful, flirtatious, charming side — if I felt she wasn’t, she’d bring out my badass killer instinct and discipline to not waste anybody’s time 🙂

    What fun were you aiming for? 😉

    I’m always happy… more than any other human being I’ve met, (but I look forward to the day…)

    And now that we agree that *non-standard beliefs about money* contribute to easier getting paid —
    What fresh, interesting, above average beliefs about money do you have, that would contribute to your personal wealth?

    P.S. Ryze prefers CA$H 😛

    Rock on and ryze up!

  • Nice insight into you for a first time visitor like me 🙂 I get a great vibe from you, very enthusiastic 🙂

    I’d like to ask some questions about #7 (anything people are passionate about I can usually help with).


    1. There exist more profitable writers in this world than we probably know — do you believe it is *easy* or *not-so-easy* to generate profit from writing?

    2. Do you believe people get paid for what they do, or Who They Are and What They Stand For?

    3. Do you feel there are people who have very different and unique ideas about money and fame, and do you feel they have an easier time getting paid than people who have ‘standard’ ideas of money and fame?

    I’m really looking forward to your answers, and thanks for engaging me.

    • Elated to find you here, Jason — thanks for knocking on my door!

      Wow, these are some mighty fine questions you’re laying in my lap.

      From reading some of your posts, there’s no doubt in my mind you can help passionate people bring their ideas to fruition. 🙂

      Okay, here goes …

      1.) I believe it’s “not-so-easy”. I’m the kind of gal who’s really leery of anything professed to be “easy”. I believe it’s foolish to think anything worthwhile comes easy.

      ” It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.” ~ Confucius

      2.) I believe people get paid for who they are and what they stand for — bearing in mind there are all different kinds of “payment”. Oftentimes, payment doesn’t come in the form of dollars and cents.

      3.) Yes — there are people who have very different and unique ideas about money and fame. By the same token, there’s a myriad of definitions of “success”. I’d go so far as to say everyone has their own personal definition. I’d go even further in saying it’s possible for money and fame to stand eons apart from success.

      Anxious to see if I passed the test (just yanking your chain, Jason). 🙂

      I appreciate you!

      • My pleasure, Melanie –looks like we’re quite the team already 🙂

        1. I figured as much. Let me know how that belief works out for you 🙂

        2. So if you believe ppl get paid for who they are + what they stand for — what’s stopping them for “being money” and standing for “financial reward” ?

        3. This doesn’t feel like answering my question — I wanted to know if you thought that *different ideas about money and fame* CONTRIBUTE to EASE of PAYMENT. Yes, or no 🙂 Still lookin’ forward to your answer 😉

        Feel free to lay ’em in my … lap 😀 (I appreciate you too )

        • Whew! You’re speedy, Jason!

          What a fabbytastic thought …

          ” … –looks like we’re quite the team already” 🙂

          Back to your questions …

          1.) Oddly enough, that belief has served me well for 58 years (It’s okay if you’re tempted to roll your eyes).

          Because I am intuitive, I can sense/feel your thoughts. But please don’t let that cause you to see me any differently.

          Does my belief prevent me from dreaming big? No.
          Does it stop me from trying new things? No.
          Does it interfere with experiencing joy in my life? No.
          Does is short circuit my relationships with people? No.
          Does it stifle my creative thinking? No Way.

          But it sure as hell keeps me from stepping on landmines (which is a really good thing). 🙂

          2.) I can’t imagine ANYTHING that would stop them from earning financial reward — if that’s the reward they’re seeking.

          I’m being rewarded (ROYALLY) right this minute for “who I am and what I stand for” but it’s not the kind of reward that’s going to add $$ to my bank account.

          I’m being rewarded with your presence here and your willingness to have this conversation with me about “who I am and what I stand for”.

          3.) Okay, I think I may have missed the boat the first time around on this one.

          I feel what you really want to know is if I have an “abundant” mindset surrounding money or a mindset of “lack”.

          Jason, I have no money and I have no fame — but the abundance in my life is immeasurable.

          Also worth noting …
          I love money!!


          • 🙂 Team Ryze! or Team Mel!

            1. I felt my tone spoke clearly, I hid nothing, and hopefully no intuition is needed, but if you’re calling for direct language: to me the belief that “anything worthwhile is hard” is not nearly as powerful as “anything worthwhile is not to be labeled” — many geniuses, virtuosos and even autistics do things effortlessly and with utter and sublime ease, either from birth or later on in life, that are immensely worthwhile. Hell, many of my most worthwhile ideas came while I showered (or is it showered me while I came :P)

            2. My questions are meant to help you get paid for writing. Period. Is that good? Do you want someone deeply invested in your success, and on your side? Personally, I get paid to write, and I know many others who do as well. You’re welcome to co-operate and pay close attention to my questions or defend and aim to avoid them as much as possible, or anything in between 😀

            So, if nothing would stand in their way, would anything stand in YOUR way of profitting financially off your writing? (Because I think your writing is excellent.)

            3. Last time I’m repeating it — there’s no lines to read between, I even made it clear that it was a yes or no question — it’s hopefully simple and I’m eager for your answer 😛

            “Do you believe *different, non-standard ideas about money and fame* CONTRIBUTE to EASE of PAYMENT for the belief-holder — Yes, or no?”

            Also note, I *LOVE* money too, (and do you love it like THIS: http://ryzeonline.com/money-equals-love ) and I normally get $500.00 minimum for consultations like this, so it’d probably be helpful to everyone if you could nail down this yes or no question without me repeating myself :P:P:P

            The net needs more convos like this, so I’m glad you see it as value 🙂 Thank you !

          • LOL!!

            What? You don’t see the fun in stringing someone along?
            Where’s your sense of adventure?!

            Hey, maybe you didn’t get the memo …
            Life is short. Have a good time while you have the chance. 🙂

            “Do you believe *different, non-standard ideas about money and fame* CONTRIBUTE to EASE of PAYMENT for the belief-holder — Yes, or no?”


            There. Are you happy now? 🙂

            Feel free to bill me your customary $500 consulting fee. I’ll send the payment via my trusty carrier pigeon as soon as she flies back from India.

            Go, Team Ryze!

          • This is wonderful, Jason, and powerful: http://ryzeonline.com/money-equals-love

            Thanks for sharing the link with me!

            I wrote you and Arthur a money poem. 🙂

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  • This is very cool. I like your selections and you have put me on to a few new people thanks dude.

    Keep up the good work.

    • PS. If you want to make money online I would recommend you continue to produce the great articles that you are writing but add an affiliate product link on your site somewhere. Make sure its one that pays recurring monthly revenue also.

      join clickbank is a good place to start, from there you can make 50% commission on lots of great products your readers would be interested in. You can write reviews and then embed the link when someone buys you get paid. Start off with the stuff you use in your day to day life and just add it to your posts.

      Amazon has a good affiliate program also with tons of products to promote (lower commissions though). Let me know if I can help out.

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  • Hey Mel

    Seems like you’ve thrown my name into the ring. Only coz you asked so nice, I’ll take up your challenge 😉
    Will give ya a holla when its up.

    Well who wudda thunk it…I might have to start calling you the blog mechanic 😉

    • Hiya, Jackie

      “The Blog Mechanic” — I like it!

      Only YOU could come up with a winner like that. I may just have to start a new blog. 😉

      Okay, my ears are perked up and tuned in …

      I’ll wait for you to give me a holler! 🙂

  • Hi Mel,

    I’m absolutely thrilled you took up the 7 Random Facts Challenge! And it’s fantastic you did it so soon after being nominated!

    I loved reading the 7 facts about you. I could definitely relate to fact number 1. It reminded me of famous stand up comics. Some of these people found certain aspects of communication difficult. In order to deal with this, they took up one of the biggest communication challenges of them all – getting up in front of large audiences and making them laugh, again and again.

    I thought the typing fact about you was brilliant! Perhaps the fact you were so quick with your hands contributed to you being superfast cook! 🙂

    Thank you so much for taking up this challenge, my friend!

    • Hi Hiten!

      I’ll tell you a secret …

      I’ve been nominated a number of times in the past for “7” challenges and I’ve never followed through. As I mentioned to Tea Silvestre, I’m not a big fan of these kinds of posts. But you are such a gentleman and generous soul, I felt compelled to accept your nomination and take the challenge. 🙂

      “I could definitely relate to fact number 1. It reminded me of famous stand up comics.”

      It’s funny you should mention that.

      I’ve often remarked I’m the “female version” of Johnny Carson (Google his name if you’re not familiar). He was an extremely shy individual and yet he hosted one of the most popular, long-running late night talk shows here in the US. 😉

      Thanks for dropping in and I’m glad you enjoyed reading my 7 random facts!

      • Hi Mel,

        I feel honoured that you chose to do the challenge after I nominated you! 🙂

        I’ve just had a look at Johnny Carson. It seems like he was one heck of a show host and comedian during his time.

        • Hello Hiten

          Wow, you’re amazing.

          You actually traveled up to your search bar to research Johnny Carson. Yes, he was a heck of a show host! I watched his late night show, religiously, for years.

          He was the epitome of “introvert”, very shy, and he would rarely agree to be interviewed. But he lit up the stage with his humor, night after night! 😉

          Hope you’re having a fabbytastic week!

          • P.S. Hiten, did you happen to notice Keith got rid of that pink “thingy” he was using as an avatar and replaced it with his real mug? We must make a point to congratulate him. I’ve been bugging him about it for months. 🙂

  • I’ve heard of Mike and the mechanics… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGDA0Hecw1k
    but never Mel and the mechanics.

    Best 7 random facts I’ve ever seen, and if I may comment on a couple:

    “I can sew, knit, crochet, and do needlepoint.”
    At my school if there was a rumour that you had even threaded a needle… you were asked politely to go and sit with the girls, which was not all bad.

    “… I have yet to find a way to turn my passion into profit. ”
    Maybe a second site!
    This one serves your passion and the second one fills your pocket – what do you think?
    My WM Web des site is doing pretty well via affiliate links.

    Appreciate the nomination Mel and if I ever get time…

    BTW – my old Morris Marina has deceloped a klunk when changing into third – what do you think, new syncromesh cone or new gear box?

    • Hi Keith

      Don’t keep us sitting on pins (or needles) … did you get to sit with the girls?! LOL

      ” … my old Morris Marina has developed a klunk when changing into third – what do you think, new syncromesh cone or new gear box?”

      The problem is most likely in your MM’s differential. If that’s not the culprit, you’ve got yourself a good old fashioned transmission issue. Wish I was there to take a look at it for you. 🙂

      Great suggestion to start a second site and I’m happy to hear the $$ are rolling in for you over at WM Web Design — well deserved!

      Don’t give me any of your B.S. about “if I ever get time …”

      Make some time! We want to hear those hidden, behind-the-scenes facts about you.

      I’m not letting you off the hook.

      Mel and The Mechanics

      • Dear Mel and the mechanics – forgot to ask;
        Will you be touring in the UK this year?
        Hope you are.

        As for sitting with the girls… I was 32 before I even spoke to a woman.
        Been trying to make up for the lost time ever since.

        Second site?
        Give it some thought – put your Premise to good use.

        • “I was 32 before I even spoke to a woman.”

          With all your wit, good looks, and charisma … do you REALLY expect me to believe that?!

          If I decide to tour the UK this year …

          May I stop by to diagnose your MM’s klunk? Could be something as simple as a U-bolt that needs tightening or replaced. Darn! If only that big pond wasn’t between us. 🙂

  • Mel, thanks for tagging me. These are fun! I’m looking forward to reading others’ 7 things.

    btw: You would have had a true challenger in that typing class if I were there 😉


    • Hey Kesha — you’re welcome for the tag.

      Anyway, I haven’t seen you here in a hundred years and I’ve missed your smiling face. So take me up on the challenge and lay those 7 random facts on us!

      No doubt in my mind YOU would have been my fiercest contender in high school typing class. 😉

  • Sounds like fun! I *might* just have to jump in and live up to the challenge! Stay tuned, Melanie!

    • Hey Tea!

      I’m not a big fan of the tag-you’re-it kind of posts, either. 😉

      So I’m feeling really good you accepted the challenge. I loved reading all seven of your fun facts and here’s my favorite …

      “I’m the oldest of six children. So I tend to be a little bossy. Somebody’s got to do it.” LOL!

      Yeah. It’s a dirty job. But somebody’s got to be the boss around the house. 🙂

      Thanks for being such a good sport — love ya!

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