Lynn M Dot Net

Any idiot can do what I do to make $ online. It's not rocket surgery, it's cake. Also, I like pie.

While most of the folks that know me pretty well, and even some that didn’t, have been nothing short of kind and welcoming since I returned to the TE neighborhood (and granted, many of them sorta knew what all had happened in my personal life to take me away, even if only vaguely), and really virtually everyone I’ve run into has been nothing but nice and mostly very welcoming as well, I guess a fair amount of people that were around when I was active before have wondered “Why is she back?”… at least that’s an elephant in the room I’ve perceived on occasion, though maybe it’s just me, I dunno.

The short answer is mainly because TE Live and everything about it and everything about TEs and related such stuff just feels like home to me, and I missed it all and everyone in it. But of course there’s more, though that’s mainly about why I was away rather than why I came back.

Unexpected catastrophes of epic proportions sounds pretty dramatic, but that’s pretty much how it was. Within a span of a few months, virtually everything in my life I had been planning on and working towards, as well as most of what I had, was gone and I just had to start my life over from scratch, basically.

Just about the time my online business activities had gotten a major boost and things seemed to be progressing very fast, my significant other at the time (now ex) and his lifelong struggles with drug addiction reared its ugly head again, in a big way, and soon after more unforeseen disastrous stuff occurred, and time pretty much just stopped for me.

By the time I finally had a chance to breathe again and take a look at what was left as far as my online stuff, it was months later and I had fallen so behind that it just seemed hopeless to try to fix everything. Shutting down my traffic exchange wasn’t something I did intentionally, either, although admittedly I had been considering taking it offline and focusing my efforts elsewhere for a while, but had I had the opportunity, I would have closed it properly per my standards rather than it just disappearing as it did. I was still paying the server bill and then the next thing I knew, I received notification that my payment had been canceled and returned, with no explanation included, and that was that.

I had just made a major move and didn’t have time to breathe at the time, so I just didn’t investigate further at the time, especially since activity had been so low anyway and I had been considering closing it for some time at that point. Only one person was owed a very small commission, who I wasn’t able to make contact with but would like to, and there were virtually no other commissions outstanding. It was just as good a time as any, really, to shut it down… I’d have just rather have had some notice so I could have closed it properly instead.

My PTC and related efforts never really went away though – PTC is where I came to TE Land from, and where I still continue with a blog that’s been online since 2008 and another site that’s been up almost as long. There were times the blog was inactive, but both sites were always static and are pretty evergreen so to speak, and continued pretty much as normal. I started focusing on them more in the early part of this year simply because I noticed there had been a pretty major increase in activity and hits… it seems that the worse the economy gets, the more people are looking to find ways to make more or extra money (which, of course, is good for all of us in both PTC/PTR/GPT land and TE land as well).

Two major things occurred recently that were the catalysts in my reappearance at TE Live last week. First, while I haven’t had a traditional “job” in many years now and have done a lot of freelancing in a lot of different areas, the only freelance work I could absolutely count on from month to month (and had been doing for over four years) unexpectedly got pulled out from under me, as well as virtually all of my colleagues here in the US.

Long story short, this particular organization which has a customer base that is entirely made up of Americans, Canadians and Brits decided to 100% outsource the work the Americans were doing to the Philippines. They’d been doing it increasingly for a couple of years, but decided to outsource 100% this year. Brilliant business move for a company with customer base that’s 100% in the US, Canada, and the UK, no?

The second thing that happened was that Jon and Tim and Justin opened Nerdbux. Heck, I wouldn’t have even known about it until probably days or weeks later except for the fact that some member of Apsense just happened to send out a credit mail that I normally wouldn’t have opened, but did, and was so glad I did. In the interest of downline integrity I went ahead and signed up under that person since that was the first I’d seen of it (so whoever my upline is, thank you!).

I had pretty much kept my PTC/GPT/PTR activities separate from my TE and IM activities before, since at that point in time PTC and the like was, not totally but somewhat, discouraged within TE land and I wasn’t really all that interested in trying to mix both at the time anyway.

But now, finally I had an opportunity to mix both of my passions, both things I have a fair amount of knowledge and experience in, PTC/GPT/PTR and TEs/etc. And I had been working on something since March or April anyway that is both PTC/GPT/PTR and TE related, so even better.

Will there be a traditional launch? No, not really. It just won’t be that big a deal, and in reality it’s just a natural progression from what I’ve already been doing since 2008 with my PTC/GPT/PTR blog and site, and just like those, it won’t cost anyone to use it, and won’t ever. Sure, I could probably make a big cash grab at launch and make some bucks by making it a paid or upgraded membership site (and if he were here, Jerry Reeder would probably want to wring my neck for not including paid memberships and/or upgrades, no doubt).

But that’s not how I roll. Never has been. When I started investigating ways to make money online years ago, I eventually had a mentor of sorts, but initially I had to seek out and learn everything on my own. I created my other sites so other people would have the roadmap right there in front of them, and wouldn’t have to do as I did on my own.

What I have planned is just a natural progression of what I’ve already been doing in the PTC/PTR/GPT arena since 2008, and I’d rather point people in the right directions instead of having to hassle with PayPal and the like, and if I wind up making some commissions down the road, great. I love promoting other people’s quality stuff and programs, but I’ll also have something of my very own, which if I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a thousand times since the first day I ever attended an AF conference – promote your own stuff, not somebody else’s – this way, I get the best of both worlds (and let the Olsons and Tezaks and Kinders and Bells and etc., etc. have the PayPal and Payza hassles, not me). :-)

Speaking of the late great and funny as heck Jerry Reeder, he once told me (besides telling me I needed to just shut down TPX and let it go) that I couldn’t just keep making my thing being reporting on Traffic Exchange Live forever; and then he backpedaled a little and said well, I could, but that I really just needed to find something that I wanted to do and that was my very own, something I created myself, and make that my “thing”, just promote that and nothing else.

And like I said above, yeah, if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. The last thing in the world this industry needs is another TE or another mailer, IMHO, and I wasn’t interested anyway. And what I’m working on is something I originally wanted to make things easier for my PTC/etc. people anyway – and was going to include some TE related stuff anyway – but now, with the successful launch of Nerdbux, I feel like I can take it a step further and include more about TEs and some other related areas than I had originally planned.

TE Live has grown far too large and active for me to do what I did before here (though no doubt I will be taking notes about funny stuff and any exceptional occurrences or screenshots and important information to share regularly). It was verging on getting too big to keep up with like that even before I left, now it’s just huge. When I took it on, I was a newbie in TE land without any real planned purpose or anything specific to promote; that said, someone who finds themselves in that same position might consider taking that path and taking up the baton.

But the simple truth of it all is that even if I wasn’t working on a project? I’d still be back here, and in the TEs, and especially TE Live. It was just time, and especially after I saw my only stable and reliable work get handed over to a foreign country, it was really time, but any financial aspect of it is totally secondary. I just wanted to come back home.

And with the changes there have been as far as PTC vs. TEs – plus money badges and cash surfing and whatnot in the TEs –  it was an especially good time, and not only that, but those changes have made it far, far easier for me to be able now to focus on both worlds, PTC and TEs, at the same time, whereas before I think it would have been a little more difficult. Like I said up yonder, a good time to be back here and be able to mix both passions, and the knowledge and experience from both.

So yeah, I’m back, but there’s no huge reason behind it, other than it just seemed like the right time again, and I wanted to be among “my people” again. TE Live started out as what was originally only going to be a week of promotion for the former TE Toolbox (now, with people and program owners in and out since it was a big promotion, and then when the promotion was over and there were only five or ten or a dozen of us still hanging around besides Tim and Jon and John, it just kept going. Jon and Tim never planned on doing it past that first week, and apparently I inadvertently and unintentionally told them why they shouldn’t, and here it is now nearly four years later.

TE Live’s a little different now (though not much, thank goodness), and the second I set foot in there it felt like I was home again, finally. Everything just felt right again, and many other things have happened since that have reminded me that TE land is literally one of my favorite places in the whole wide world.

I definitely have gained some brand new perspective to share in future posts that hopefully will motivate anyone to stay the course and not quit or take a long break, as well as some definite new opinions (boy, do I now) regarding what program owners should and/or should not do about their members that go inactive for a while, and why (hint: think twice before you ever hit that “delete” or downgrade button, amigos)… but those are posts (and rants) for another time. :-)

So there’s all that, the “why are you back” post is done, got that all out of the way. Onto new and other things.

Know any good jokes?

I have got no idea why the blog is currently holding all comments for moderation. It’s not supposed to be.

Though there was one spammer in the bin, so I guess it’s not such a bad thing. Not only was it spam, but it was French spam. Au revoir, French spammer.

Anyway, I will figure out why it’s holding them when it’s not supposed to be soon, sorry about that, commenters.

In the meantime, here’s another reason not to take any long super extended breaks from your online efforts: Downline builders will not be your friends. It will take you five million thousand hours to update them all. Ugh.

Stay the course and stick it out. I know I’ve already said that at least once here and two or three times at TE Live by now, but I really just cannot stress that enough.

So, one day shortly before Thanksgiving in 2010, I set my clock to get up in time for TE Live… and woke up almost three years later.

That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.


OK, sure, there’s more, but most of it’s irrelevant, and some of the reasons for my absence I’ll probably touch on in the near future. Especially regarding what it’s like to come back and try to get back in the swing of things after so very long away, and how it’s a monumental (HUGE!) undertaking to try and pick up again where one left off, but I don’t think at all impossible.

I feel a little like Rip Van Winkle these days, but that’s OK.

It’s a headache trying to get reorganized and situated again. I have updated so many downline builders in so many programs in the last month that I can just about rattle off my user IDs in every program by memory now, and backwards and in my sleep.

Nugget of Advice: If you’re thinking of taking a break from your own activities, DON’T. Or at least make it short. It’s a major pain in the neck to have to re-start. Stay the course and stick it out. You may never know it, but you’d thank me later.


As for this blog, I was able to restore the old posts (only thanks to Mike Paetzold’s proactive assistance with this blog years ago, whew!), though they look a mess since the photos are missing, but that’s OK too. The memories are still there and that’s really all that matters.

The last month I posted, Traffic Exchange Live was celebrating its one-year anniversary, and now it’s going on four years come this November. Wow.

Right now I don’t have subscription to the blog available but will work on that soon. But I expect the RSS feed subscription works fine, so there’s that for now. (UPDATE: Thanks to the kind and magical genius wizard of techy wonder that is Tim Linden there is now a handy-dandy subscription form in the sidebar! Subscribe and you’ll get an email whenever there’s a new post on the blog.)

And I actually was able to locate a handful of old TE Live screenshot photos, so you can look forward to a little retro nostalgia here in the coming weeks. I’m trying to see if I can locate/still have all of the old pics, but not sure if I do, we’ll see.

For now, it is what it is. And here’s a flamingo.

Yep, that’s a flamingo.

Hi, I'm Lynn M & this is my blog.

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