Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 22, 2022, or: Well, I Guess Blogging Isn’t a TOTAL Waste of Time…..

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Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida (a smallish city in the Tampa Bay area that is home to a sprawling planned community called Fish Hawk Ranches), and even though I’ve been up and about for almost two hours, I’m sleepy and tired. I had another restless night in which I couldn’t fall asleep at a decent time, and I woke up only slightly after my usual 6:30-7:00 AM window; I think I managed to get almost four hours’ worth of shuteye, so I’m not exactly at my best now.

I do have some good news, though!

After 11 years,1,404 blog posts, 795,670 pageviews (and counting), and even an unfair ban from Facebook, my challenging work on the original Blogger version of A Certain Point of View has finally borne fruit.

Yesterday, I noticed that Google AdSense had electronically deposited my first-ever payout of revenue generated from ads on my blog – $104.47, to be exact.

I had been keeping my eye on my AdSense account since the beginning of June, which is when I noticed that I was getting close to the $100 payout threshold (bloggers don’t get ad revenue until their AdSense balance is $100 or more). In August, it was hovering close to the $95 level, so I had a feeling in the back of my mind that I’d get paid – barring issues with Google – either this month or in October.

After I stared at my AdSense balance – it’s now back to $0.00 – for a while, I decided to check my bank account – thank the Force for online banking! – to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me.

Sure enough, I saw that the payment from Google was being processed, and even though the $104.47 was not in my account, it was included in my projected balance, so as I write this the transaction should be complete and the money I’ve worked hard to earn is there.

And even though I am not posting on A Certain Point of View as regularly as I do on this blog, I have noticed an uptick in my pageviews on Blogger. So far today, I’ve received 2,701 pageviews, which means that by 7 PM Eastern, which is when the “day” begins as far as pageview counts go, I’ll exceed yesterday’s “hit” count of 2,936.

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Of course, pageviews aren’t the only criteria that determine ad revenue; people must click on ads on the posts to trigger some of the income. But the increase in traffic – most of it from the United States – is a welcome sight, especially since most of my hits came from Facebook until Trump supporters (taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and Facebook’s overreliance on artificial intelligence to cope with “Community Standards” complaints) got the “Social Network” to ban A Certain Point of View in March of 2020.

I don’t know when I will see another payday from Blogger/Google AdSense. I started blogging in 2011, but I didn’t do it regularly until Epinions closed its doors in 2014 and my mother passed away in July 2015. And if it wasn’t for that stupid and arbitrary ban on Facebook…well, I would be writing a daily post on my original (and at one time, only) blog, and you would not be reading this here.

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Oh, and I also received a small royalty payment from Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It has not been processed yet (KDP payments sometimes take a while to kick in, so to speak), so I don’t know how much I earned. It certainly is not a $1,000,000 Stephen King-type royalties check, but hey, I wrote something (Reunion: A Story) that someone found worth the time to buy (and hopefully enjoyed). Since that was my dream ever since I was 12 or so – to be an honest-to-goodness paid writer – I am happy.

(Of course, I would be over the moon if more people bought copies of Reunion, read it, liked it, and then told their friends about it, thus increasing the story’s popularity and adding a few bucks to my bank account. Ah, maybe it’s a pipe dream, but a fellow can dream, right?)

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I don’t have much else to share; I am still tired, foggy-brained, and a bit annoyed with myself for not being able to relax and go to sleep at a more decent time than 3 AM. I’m hoping that I’ll feel a bit better after I take a shower and get into “street clothes,” cos feeling exhausted at noon is not a pleasant experience.

So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

4 thoughts on “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, September 22, 2022, or: Well, I Guess Blogging Isn’t a TOTAL Waste of Time…..

    1. Thank you, Thomas, for your kind words.

      If I get as many pageviews on Blogger tomorrow as I have been getting today, I will pass the 800K mark by a nice margin. As I write this, the tally is 797,132. I think the clock they use to measure the time is set on Greenwich Mean Time, so the count for the day will reset at eight PM my time (Eastern Daylight Time).

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      1. The numbers tend to fluctuate. Today I’ve gotten (so far) 4,237 hits. Of course, I now have 1,405 posts on Blogger, but I think one in particular got a lot of hits today. It’s not a new one, either. Today’s post (on Blogger) received 10 pageviews.


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