June 12th, 2007

obsess, think

Who Left the Peanut Butter Out?

I was doing something in the kitchen this morning and knocked over the peanut butter jar - the same peanut butter jar that has been sitting on the counter for at least a month.  I might be exaggerating that, but I don't think so.  It's been sitting there since Beth made herself a peanut butter sandwich.  The honey was sitting out too, but I've used that since, so I went ahead and put it away.  The peanut butter I don't use because it's creamy, and I like crunchy.  So this morning when the jar got in the way for the umpteenth time, I just got tired of it.  I had been waiting for Beth to actually put it away.  I know.  I should've realized she wasn't actually going to do it after about 3 days or so.  I still haven't decided how long I should actually wait.  I keep living in hopes that she will actually take responsibility for her own stuff, but so far that hasn't happened. 

This morning, I had finally had it and realized she was never going to put the peanut butter away without being told.  Last night she made herself another peanut butter sandwich.  (I'm thinking maybe it really hasn't been a month because she usually can't go that long in between peanut butter sandwiches.)  Again, she left the peanut butter out.  Why didn't she put it away this time?  She didn't get it out.  Never mind that it was only sitting on the counter because she hadn't put it away last time.  She didn't get it out this time.  I think Cory actually went ahead and put it away since he was in the kitchen. 

Next time - I'm putting a sticker on the bottom with her name and the date.  Then we'll see how long she can avoid taking care of something.

 
me, Anna

It's All About the 7's

Seven is the luckiest number. Or is that quote supposed to be, "One is the loneliest number?" Well, whatever, seven seems to be a lucky number for a lot of people. PayPerPost is making sure it's lucky for a whole lot of Posties this week! Between noon today and noon next Tuesday they will be releasing $7000 in opps - some of them big money. Well, $700 for one opp is big money to me. Face it, even the $10.77 or $70 opps are big money for me - especially if I can sit home, blog, and get paid for it. How about you?

PayPerPost is doing this "Lucky 7's" promotion to celebrate the fact that just this morning they received $7 million dollars in funding. A little blogger outreach, and they're going to share some of that big money with us. So, besides running this Lucky 7's promotion, what should they do with the money? Never having had $7 million myself, that's kind of hard for me to determine. (Not that I wouldn't be more than open to finding out, should someone want to give me $7 million. Hey, I'll even take one million.) Fast cars, shiny things? I'm all for PayPerPost releasing an Opp that can earn me a new car, or a trip somewhere exotic. Judging from the way PPP is growing and has been growing in the past 11 months, I'm guessing much of this new funding will be channeled into something that will continue that growth and continue to help advertisers connect with Bloggers in the way that best achieves their marketing objectives. If I had read the Press Release before trying to guess, I would have known that is pretty much what PPP has planned.

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Press Release:

The PayPerPost Revolution Accelerates, Sponsored
Blogging Marketplace Secures $7 Million Series B

Draper Fisher Jurvetson leads round and joins Board of Directors

ORLANDO, FL – (June 12, 2007) – PayPerPost, the leading marketplace for advertisers to reach bloggers and other consumer content creators, today announced it has completed a $7 million second round investment led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, an investor in the company's Series A and one of the world’s leading high-technology venture capital firms. The financing brings the total amount of capital raised by PayPerPost to over $10 million, giving the company considerable resources for further development as the industry’s leading Consumer Generated Advertising marketplace. Additional participants in the round include existing investors Inflexion Partners and Village Ventures as well as new investor DFJ Gotham. With this investment, DFJ Managing Director Josh Stein also joins PayPerPost’s Board of Directors.

“PayPerPost created this exciting new advertising space and has established itself as the industry leader,” said Ted Murphy, chief executive officer of PayPerPost. “Although we’ve only used a portion of our first round capital, this added support from investors unlocks significant growth potential. Our content creator and advertiser ROI metrics clearly demonstrate the upside for PayPerPost’s model. We intend to use this capital to build the infrastructure, visibility and professional expertise necessary to reach and retain a greater network of advertisers and content creators than ever before.”

Since its founding in June of 2006, PayPerPost has signed more than 6,500 advertisers to its groundbreaking service, which has enabled Consumer Content Creators to be compensated for their efforts discussing specific companies, products or services via blogs, videos or other media. The content creators are required to disclose relationships with advertisers on their blog, providing transparency for the end reader. Over 125,000 Internet postings, most in the form of blogs, have already earned money for their creators through PayPerPost’s innovative marketplace. PayPerPost recently released PayPerPost Direct, a disruptive new service that allows advertisers to contract and negotiate directly with individual bloggers they identify through a safe, managed system.

“PayPerPost has laid a strong foundation for the future,” noted Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson. “It continues to attract a critical mass of participants from both the advertising and blogging communities. Analogous to Overture’s sponsored search model, we believe PayPerPost’s business model holds disruptive potential and will enable the company to thrive in the evolving paid-content arena.”

To mark the $7 million dollar funding, PayPerPost has launched a new website detailing the company’s service offering at http://www.payperpost.com. Bloggers and advertisers can easily sign up at the site and begin leveraging the self service marketplace.


obsess, think

Editing!

Mary brought the printer (we need her printer because it can print bigger pages) over this morning, and we printed the calendar out so we could get it to the editors. Of course our info pages weren't quite finished. We were waiting on the info from our District Administrator. He was supposed to write some kind of article or update about our school district, but we got tired of waiting. Actually, not tired of waiting - we just ran out of time. Tomorrow is the last day of school for students, and Thursday is the last day for teachers. If we want any of those teachers to help us with out editing, we must catch them before school is out. So we went ahead and printed and distributed. Now, of course, I have the article we were waiting on, and some information about the school board that I needed. So, even now, my work is not done. I must correct those info pages, .pdf them, and get them out for editing too. Here I was hoping for a few days off!

I did take this afternoon and finish planting the garden. Some of my plants are coming up now, so Jeffrey and I put the chicken wire up around the garden with the green beans tonight. Otherwise the bunnies will eat them away to nothing. Now I am going to sit down (actually I am already sitting down) and do the corrections and insertions I need to do now so I don't have to worry about it any more. Then I can hope everything else is perfect and the editors won't find anything I need to change next week. Yeah, right.  You know, originally I volunteered to do editing on this calendar project.  Then I missed a meeting and came back to find out they volunteered me do do layout and design.  See what happens when you miss a meeting?  The editors only do their editing for a couple of days, and then they're done.  :P

Nobody tell ruthette, but I still need to read Act 2.  I really want to, it's just ...  I guess I better get busy and get my stuff done.
 
me, Anna

News Flash

I just went to pick Cory up from his Teen Library Council meeting, and I saw no less than 7 people walking on the correct side of the street, facing traffic!  And none on the wrong side.   I was seriously amazed.  That just never happens around here.  What is the world coming to?

ETA: I knew it was too good to be true.  Two of the same people (and their dog) who were earlier walking on the correct side of the street just walked by, and this time they were on the wrong side.  Must've been an accident before.