Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Is Disqus Worth It? Are You Using Disqus?
#1393849 by erin from wicca-spirituality.com
06 Mar 2018 15:42
I had a vibrant Disqus comments section going on, although I found it fairly impossible to reply promptly to questions. Then they started charging OR putting up offensive and misleading ads on my site.
So I removed Disqus from my pages while I considered what to do about this. ( Warning: If you do this, turns out all those previous comments are lost forever.)
Now it's time to decide: is it worth paying Disqus for commentability?
whether comments in Disqus boost SE ratings -- frequent updates of pages, new content, long tail keywords, etc.
Or whether it boosts traffic in other ways.
Or if it increases conversions -- do people trust me more and want to work with me, based on interactions they may see/post in Disqus?
Or... whatever else I'm missing.
Is there any definitive answer? Or at least educated guesses?
It's not an inconsequential fee, IMO, so I'd like to know that there's actually a benefit, and not just a drain of time and money. Opinions, anyone?
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I used to love Disqus. Part of the lure of them was that they WERE NEVER GOING TO USE ADS and you could log in from any of 80+ social networks, all your comments from everywhere could be found on you "disqus blog" that they made out of your comments, and they added a set of "here's other posts from this site" at the end of each article.
I started using them around 2007. Loved them to pieces...
Until last year, when suddenly, super spammy (I lost 30lbs in 2 days, find out how drivers in your town beat the system, etc), HIGHLY OFFENSIVE (close up of boobs about to burst out of bra, gory-bloody close ups of surgery, etc), and outright fake news (*name of famous celebrity* died!!!, etc) all of them completely off topic to my site and many of them with gross, stomach turning, disgusting pictures (including close ups of pimples and vomit no less!) begane to show up on my site. It was like the ads went out of their way to be the MOST offensive and shocking as possible.
I couldn't figure out what in the heck was going on. Where the hell did these shitty fucking ads come from?
And you couldn't find the comment box from Disqus ay more. You had to scroll under the ads, and there'd be 16 ads, 4 across, 4 down to scroll under.
For over a decade, Disqus has always promoted the fact: "Use us, we are ad free, we'll NEVER add ads to your site".
It wasn't the ads themselves that bothered me so much as the over the top gross, disgusting photos they were using for the ads. I did not want those kinds of images and photos showing up on my site. So, I removed Disqus.
I think they now have a paid option so you can remove the ads, but, I never got enough comments over all for it to be worth the trouble.
Now, where I used to have the comment box, I've instead put the "AddThis" social media icon list instead. (http://www.addthis.com/get/follow) So, if someone has a comment they can post it on my FaceBook, Tumblr, Twitter, LinkedIn, LiveJournel, etc account instead. I also added the "AddThis" share button list (http://www.addthis.com/get/share) and since doing so, I've had way more interactions on social media. It seems that people are more likely to share a page then comment on it, so in my case removing comments turned out to be a good thing, seeing how I replaced it with social media interaction ability and far more people are sharing pages then ever commented on them.
I don't know if the addition of or lack of comments had any effect on my SEO rankings or not. I didn't notice any change resulting from it.