I had a good Canada Day weekend, after a rough start, which is why I’ve entitled this post BACKS! The Irishman tried to change the front brakes on the truck himself. We had paid $754.76 parts and labour, earlier in the week to have the rear brakes done. He decided to do the front himself because they are less complicated and he figured he could save the labour charge. Parts alone were $395.27! Yikes! It’s been an expensive week.
Anyhoo, he struggled to get the rotor off because there was rust and corrosion and then couldn’t get the brakes on because they gave him the wrong brakes!! They gave him rear brakes! So he rushed to take them back and get the right parts before we needed to babysit and then he didn’t have the right receipt. So he dropped me off at my grandson’s, so my daughter could leave to go to a wedding and ran back home to find the receipt and get back to the dealership before the parts department closed.
He ended up having to finish the job on Sunday morning and it was a lot of work. Consequently he is complaining that his back is sore which isn’t good since he had back surgery 7 years ago. This is his x-ray before his surgery where they put two titanium rods in his back. I have another photo post surgery of the incision but it’s too gross to show you.
I told him to go to physiotherapy. I hope he listens and I don’t have to nag him. Every time he complains about it I’m going to hold up a sign with PHYSIO on it.
Short post (sure you say! ) today, with various updates on some topics. So I’ll get started real quick, continuing with the BACK theme.
Speaking of brakes (breaks), I was very pleased to be interviewed at Sov’s site, Break50.com, The Personal Debt Wrangler – an interview with Debt Debs. Discussions of net worth and Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (which I’m currently reading) over there. Worth checking out as there’s information I have never yet disclosed on this blog. A big thanks to Sov, for his hospitality.
A – Anti-Spam Legislation
Canada launched new anti-spam legislation on Canada Day, July 1, 2014. In order to comply, I believe I have to get express permission from people in Canada who subscribe to my blog via email. I also need to remind them how to opt of receiving emails, at any time. Since this is a fairly new blog, I don’t have a lot of email subscribers, 9 to be exact (most subscribe via WordPress reader or blog reader tools (Bloglovin’ or feedly). In addition, I don’t know if my email subscribers are Canadian or not.
But in order to be compliant, I did managed to send out an email using Google Forms to get their express permission to continue to receive my blog posts via email. Google Forms was actually pretty easy to use, although I made a boo-boo with my first email out and forgot to ask the subscribers to identify themselves. I was getting confirmations back that they still wanted to subscribe to my blog, but I had no way to know which of the 9 subscribers was responding. So I sent out a second email. Since then I have received responses back from 3 subscribers with their email (Thank you! ) and another 4 affirmations but with no email indicated. But I’m suspecting that the four are from the first mail out, so theoretically I have only received 3 out of 9 responses and I should be unsubscribing the other 6 from my blog (Boo Hoo! )
I wanted to do a blog post about how to use Google Forms to do this. I may still, or I may update this post afterwards, but basically, here is the content of my Google Form:
I would like to send a very sincere thanks to all of you who have subscribed to my blog debtdebs.com.
Canada is launching a new anti-spam legislation on July 1, 2014 and to comply with this I would like to obtain consent from you individually by confirming that you agree to continue to receive messages from me whenever I post a new blog entry at debtdebs.com.
You may unsubscribe to receiving these messages at any time by selecting Unsubscribe at the bottom of any email you receive from debt debs or by contact me at email@example.com.
If I do not receive a response from you, I will remove you from the mailing list.
I’m looking forward to continued sharing of my personal finance related stories with you.
Thank you and best regards,
For more information about Canada’s anti-spam legislation visit.
My email address is *
This is needed to match responses with responders
As I mentioned last post, my blog has been nominated for the CNA Finance MVP Award. I was quite tickled given the caliber of the other two nominees. If you like what you are reading here, there is still time to vote until the end of the day Wednesday. The votes will be counted Thursday morning. You can vote by leaving a comment in the post or send an email to CNAFinanceHelp@gmail.com! Thank you so much for all those who have voted so far! It’s a long shot for me, but I really appreciate the sentiment, very truly.
Since I’ve been away and not near the internet for a few days, I have a lot of catching up to do. I see many have re-tweeted my post from Saturday and left some nice comments. Thank you very much! I’ll be around visiting blogs for the rest of the week.
S- Self-hosting (Moving Blog from WordPress.com to Self-hosted)
I’ve decided to move my blog from the awesome WordPress.com hosted site to a self-hosted site and that will be happening this week (all things going well, crossing fingers and toes!). There’s a few reasons behind this, most pressing reasons listed first:
- I’ve been asked to participate in an event that will utilize Rafflecopter, and this plug-in cannot be deployed on WordPress.com hosted blogs.
- I found out when co-hosting a FinSavSat blog hop in May, that I couldn’t display the other blog posts that were participating in the usual nice format that shows the post and associated picture. Instead I had to have this dumb little frog’s head, that readers would need to click on to see all other linked posts. Since I would like to co-host that blog hop again and maybe others, I need to be able to install plug ins on my site. Full stop.
- Initially I did not want to pay anything for my blog, since I felt I was being hypocritical, since our large outstanding debt was the primary catalyst for starting. I finally got fed up with the annoying WordPress word in the blog url (debtdebs.wordpress.com) and bought my domain name for $26 after I realized I wanted to continue to devote my time and grow my blog. Now that I realize how much work is involved and still want to continue, I need to set myself up for potentially monetizing my blog down the road. My initial intention was to grow my readership first, and then decide. Now I realize that delaying the move will only result in more work down the road. So that, in addition to the above two factors makes me realize that I should do this now and not delay. If I had known this before, I probably would have started out as self-hosted.
I must admit, I’m a little nervous. I’m not technically inept, and I like troubleshooting, but I would rather that things go smoothly because who needs the hassle? I would rather devote my time to writing and reading other blogs.
So despite my good intentions above, if things seem a little quiet here and from me for the next few days, then you will know why.
Wishing all U.S. based readers and bloggers and very fine Independence Day! Happy 4th of July!
Be back later.
B – Do you ever do your own brake jobs?
A – Any Canadian bloggers done anything similar for the Anti-Spam legislation?
C – Can you vote for me?
K – What are your plans for Independence Day?
S – Share any words of advice for moving from WordPress.com to self hosted?