CAROL'S BLOG (archive, 2021)

Blog is short for weblog (weBLOG).
Check here to see the latest information about my site (and, occasionally, about my life in general).
It isn't a conventional blog—it just lets you know what I'm currently working on!
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Merry Christmas, everyone! [I'm writing this long-overdue entry on February 13, 2022!] Julia, Tony, Alex and Joshua joined Art, Ray and myself for a wonderful Christmas meal/celebration. However, there was an unfortunate occurrence: Carol broke her left wrist! Carol had bought a family gift of a badminton set, recalling how much she enjoyed the game as a kid. She had played less than a minute (late afternoon, after our meal) when she ran backwards for a high-flying birdie, tripped over a rock, and broke her fall largely with her left wrist. After all these years with not a single broken bone—she broke her radius and ulna. It required surgery (a metal plate with 9 tiny screws) which was done on January 5, 2022, by Dr. Domingo Cheleuitte (he was great). The plate typically remains in place, although if it starts to give me problems it can be removed at a later date. Ah, well—a backfired gift! Instead of giving me additional exercise, it decreased my activity level dramatically (for a few months, at least). But, I now have the experience of what a broken bone is like (no fun). Worst was that I had to curtail my ‘Alex days’ for a while—but they resumed in early February.

Time to archive 2021 and get caught up with 2022 news!

Friday, October 15, 2021
I've finished the audio read-throughs on all my lessons! It has been a lot of work. The next ‘pass’ through all my 400+ lessons will now be making them responsive, since they've had a fixed-width design for decades. I've been working on a responsive lesson template for months now. (I decided not to use Bootstrap; I'm creating just the responsive elements I need using only HTML and CSS.)

Saturday, September 4, 2021
I'm beginning to learn Bootstrap as a possible tool for creating responsive pages for my site. This Bootstrap Crash Course (1:18:47) is great. It introduced me to unDraw, open source (color-customizable) illustrations for any idea.

Monday, July 5, 2021
Joshua introduced us to a strategic dice-rolling game—Farkle—which was a lot of fun! I want to keep track of these links:
Sunday, July 4, 2021
I've been in Hawaii (Maui) with Julia, Tony and Alex, so I'm a bit late!
Got my first two (real) PayGo purchases, two different PreCalc lessons (at four cents each).
I updated my monthly stats and website income for June 2021. Since I've implemented my random blocking, the most notable change is that I'm selling lots more of my books. People seem to be buying the books as opposed to using COIL or PayGo.

Friday, June 4, 2021
My site is live with a pay-for-individual-lessons PayGo option! Big day for me!
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
I've been working with PayGo for several weeks now to offer my users a third way to open up my lessons—buy just a particular lesson. So, users now have three choices: COIL opens up all my lessons; wait a day (each day, there's a 50/50 chance that you'll see a lesson or not); buy just the one lesson. Algebra I lessons cost one cent; Geometry two cents; Algebra II three cents; Precalculus four cents. We should be going ‘live’ very soon now! PayGo is in beta, and I'm one of their first testing sites. It has been so much fun working with them!

I also updated my monthly stats and website income for May 2021.

Sunday, May 2, 2021
I updated my monthly stats and website income for April 2021.

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Besides continuing my audio read-thrus (I'm about one-third thru PreCalculus), I'm also putting in ‘soft’ paywalls for my content, to encourage users to to save my site, and to save the web. The paywalls are random—there's a 50% chance of seeing each lesson each day. I'm also working with PayGo to give users an additional option of purchasing just a single lesson.

Saturday, April 3, 2021
I updated my monthly stats and website income for March 2021.

Monday, March 1, 2021
I updated my monthly stats and website income for February 2021.
After many years, I've decided to start posting my income again—thinking it might help the micropayment web monetization movement if people can see data about how hard it is for us little guys to earn money with web content.

Saturday, February 20, 2021
I want to keep track of this link: How to make a simple drawstring bag (7:25). Put drawstrings on two ends to make it into a hammock.

Thursday, February 18, 2021
I want to keep track of this link: Why People Believe They Can't Draw , Graham Shaw, Ted Talk, 15:04. Now I can draw a face!!

Saturday, February 6, 2021
I updated my monthly stats for January 2021.
I'm incorporating web monetization (COIL/Uphold/Interledger) on my web pages. COIL recommends a 100+20 model; I'm using my audio read-thrus with a 2-minute delay for non-COILed users as a modified ‘+20’. While users are waiting, they can read about COIL—it's a grassroots movement right now, so we need to spread the word! I wrote up a page on how I do my audio read-thrus.

Saturday, January 2, 2021
Happy New Year, everyone!
I updated my monthly stats for December 2020, and my yearly stats for 2020. I also archived my blog entries for 2020 (see bottom of page).

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