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Referral Spam: Sites You Should Block

So through the process of learning to build this site I have found that there is lots of spam you can get online. Akismet is a great plugin to stop comment and trackback spam but there is still the fact that lots of referral spam will show up in your analytics and mess up what you see for your traffic. I found a great post over at bradtollefson.com where he lays out which sites to block and show you how to use a great wordpress plugin to do so. I’m starting it right now and we’ll see how my traffic looks tomorrow. Check out the list below of sites to add.

*.free-share-buttons.com
*.theguardlan.com
*.guardlink.org
*.buy-cheap-online.info
*.get-free-traffic-now.com
*.domination.ml
*.event-tracking.com
*.hulfingtonpost.com
*.rapidgator-porn.ga
*.blackhatworth.com
*.ilovevitaly.com
*.priceg.com
*.econom.co
*.semalt.com
*.kambasoft.com
*.buttons-for-website.com
*.savetubevideo.com
*.darodar.com
*.sexyteens.hol.es
*.googlsucks.com
*webmaster-traffic.com
*4webmasters.org
*buy-cheap-online.info
*4webmasters.org
*site3.free-share-buttons.com
*site4.free-share-buttons.com
*free-social-buttons.com

May 17th, 2015|Categories: Link List|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Saving and still having FUN!

Anyway I wanted to write a little blog about what Luke and I have been doing to continue faithfully on this debt paying journey, but not completely isolate ourselves from friends, family, and well, frankly fun! As I mentioned before we plan in our (twice monthly) budget money for eating out, date nights, and personal “spend however you want” money, but there are somethings that don’t fit in any of those categories, pop up when we’ve already spent our budgeted money, or are just too expensive to fit in them. When that happens we have three choices: abstain from the activity, spend money that is supposed to go to student loans, or find it somewhere else.

We’ve made all three choices at different times. Recently we’ve tried to abstain when we need to…there was a specific Sunday a week or so ago where we had to say no to lunch with some friends after church and it SUCKED!!! But it was what needed to be done. So we sucked it up and did the RESPONSIBLE thing (I lecture 7 years olds daily on being responsible so I thought I should try it ;).

Read the full post on my wife’s blog.

March 18th, 2015|Categories: Link List|Tags: |0 Comments

Faithful

God is faithful!

Isn’t that awesome?!?!? I’m a little teary eyed over here… the exciting news hoped for last week is… we paid off another loan today! $8,000!!!!  I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a lot to me! I had NO idea at the beginning of this year that come February 2nd we would have saved $8,000 to put towards paying off a loan. We had some of the money saved from the end of last year, but a good portion of it we saved from this last month (EVERYBODY that includes Christmas and buying our loved ones presents). How can this be? Oh wait… God is Faithful!

Check out my wife’s blog.

March 15th, 2015|Categories: Link List|Tags: |0 Comments

The Day, The Name

The name of the blog picks up right where this story left off. Maybe a minute after I agreed to trust the Lord and shared the news with Luke, I began to doubt…did the Lord REALLY say He would make it happen? Did He really mean $54,000? Is this all in my head? Wishful thinking? Does the Lord really tell us such specific things? Oh NO!!! What if I just thought this all up and God is up there thinking…this girl??? And they just kept coming…all the doubts over and over. I began to preach the gospel to myself and to pray about my word and trust just kept coming up, at least as much as the doubts. (See what I’m talking about preaching the gospel to myself and my word for the year here). And that is how the name Trusting in the Dark was born. It’s sometimes dark here…I don’t know everything the Lord is calling me to do, I don’t know if He has specifically asked me to trust Him for $54,000, but I DO know He has called me to TRUST HIM this year and He has asked me to ask Him to provide. So I am here, little ‘ole me, trusting in the dark, not able to see all the details, yet trying and learning how to trust through His amazing grace.

Check out my wife’s blog.

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Link List|0 Comments

The Plan, The Purpose

Anyhow I would like to share the details of our plan and the purpose or at least my current purpose for this blog. I started to write, God feel free to change up the purpose as you see fit and then I remembered I’m kind’ve a recovering control-freak and realized that scared the poop out of me. Fear aside, Lord let the purpose always be yours over mine (just in case you were wondering that’s the trusting part I’m working on/struggling with). Since we’re talking about it, let’s start with the purpose. I need a record of this journey and that is the whole big grand purpose…not just the paying off of these loans, but much more importantly the journey of trusting the Lord, having faith in Him, and His will for our lives. So often, actually always…ALWAYS, He is faithful and maybe in the moment we (by we I mean me) realize He is faithful and more than worthy of our complete trust in Him. Then life continues to happen and His faithfulness slips from our mind and worse yet our hearts. At least that happens to me, a lot. I vaguely remember from the recesses of my mind that The Lord has over and over again, for no other reason than He loves me, personally and intimately shown me how faithful He is, but I can’t quite recall the details, the feeling. So this blog is to stop that ridiculousness from happening. (Who am I that the all mighty God should pursue me!?!?!) And that is my purpose everybody, all four of my friends whom read this because you love me.

Another great post from my wife’s blog.

March 8th, 2015|Categories: Link List|Tags: |0 Comments

Trusting In The Dark

Welcome to my new adventure! I say new adventure, but I’m really hoping this is more like the third part of The Hobbit, the home stretch of a journey with new adventure of it’s own. Don’t worry, I’m long winded, I’ll catch you up on parts one and two. This adventure is about faith, trusting the Lord, and debt. It seems odd or unusual to write that sentence… faith, trust, and DEBT. But that is exactly what this adventure is about…

THE CURRENT ADVENTURE aka Part 3 of The Hobbit:

The first post from my beautiful brides new blog. Check it out over here and leave her some comments.

March 4th, 2015|Categories: Link List|Tags: |0 Comments

Top 10 Twilight Zone Episode

One of the most profoundly influential television series of all time, The Twilight Zone has managed to live on far past its original air date and remain a source of terror, imagination, and social commentary in the decades since its release.

With the July 4th holiday weekend next week bringing with it yet another Twilight Zone marathon on SyFy, we thought the time was right to look back on Rod Serling’s television masterpiece and count down ten of its most memorable episodes.

Via IGN.

July 10th, 2014|Categories: Link List|Tags: , |0 Comments

Everything You Need To Know About Watch_Dogs In 3 Minutes

The initial demonstration showed a game trying to do provocative and original things with the popular open-world genre. For months, fans speculated about how the game would play and whether or not it would dig deep into the nation’s anxieties about surveillance. In 2013, Ubisoft partnered with Sony on a Watch Dogs and PlayStation 4 bundle, positioning Watch Dogs as the first major next-gen game. But a delay, one month before scheduled release, bumped Watch Dogs into 2014. Our own Brian Crecente recently found out why the game went into hiding.

With Watch Dogs available on May 27th — in so many pre-order forms — we thought it’d be worth while recapping this story of an expensive new franchise’s quest for existence. Here’s everything you need to know. (Watch on YouTube)

Also, here’s a quick car chase pulled from our time with Watch Dogs. Give it a watch!

Via Polygon

Cant wait for the reviews to come in. Still undecided on this one.

May 26th, 2014|Categories: Link List|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Disneyland’s Original Prospectus Revealed!

Roy Disney — the Disney brother who controlled the company’s finances – — didn’t like the idea of Disneyland at first. Walt Disney poached the best talent from the studios to help him flesh out his idea for a new kind of amusement park, eventually winning over Roy, who helped him raise the $17 million it took to build Disneyland.

The first animator Walt took into the project was the legendary Herb Ryman. Over the course of a weekend in 1953, Walt and Herb drew the storied first map of Disneyland, as pictured here. An additional eight typed pages of description and sales copy were added to these pages and the resulting “brochure” was used as an unsuccessful pitch session that Walt and Herb conducted for three different New York bankers.

Read the full post and prospectus at Boing Boing

May 21st, 2014|Categories: Link List|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Infamous: Second Son Review: Drain You

SECOND SON IS MORE OF THE INFAMOUS YOU ALREADY KNOW:
I struggled with feeling let down that Second Son isn’t a brilliant shift for action games. My small disappointments come mostly as a result of undeveloped potential. It had a chance to be a superhero game about more serious issues as well as a showcase for the power of the new generation of consoles. Instead, Second Son is more of the Infamous I already loved last generation, prettier, with more powers and better writing. But Second Son still kept me excited to discover each new power set and happy to shoot fireballs at fascist thugs long into the night. Maybe it’s not so bad to just let go of responsibility and blow stuff up once in a while.

Via Polygon

March 22nd, 2014|Categories: Link List|Tags: , |1 Comment