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Thoughty Thursday: SEX!!! SEXity-SEX-SEX-SEX!

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"SEX? Whutz that? Iz a baby..."

Now I’m waiting for the spam-cops to come arrest me. *looking around, tapping foot, looking at watch…* Well c’mon now, I don’t have all day. SEX-SEX-SEX!!!

*twiddling thumbs, whistling, ROLLING EYES*

I had another blog planned but will bump it to Furry Friday. This afternoon I’ve spent hours playing SEX-games with iContact, the formerly neato-torpedo Email software for my newsletter Pet Peeves. In the interest of improving customer service they’ve upgraded the software.

Damn.

I’m low-tech. Once I learn something, I don’t want to re-learn all the bells and whistles. Maybe they’ve gotten more complaints and iContact does pride itself on low-to-no “spam” complaints. I don’t even subscribe you. Folks need to subscribe themselves to my newsletter–I don’t subscribe you unless you ask, and most everyone subscribes themselves.

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Yep, that was my reaction, too.

So today after jumping through hoops, re-doing the issue several times because the !@#$%^&U! software refused to SAVE as in the past, I finally prepared to SEND. And was told that it had the word SEX and therefore would be recognized as spam.

I could either FIX the word (oh, you nasty thang, you!), or could send it to their spam-cops for review for up to 30 minutes.

Folks, I couldn’t find the word SEX anywhere in the newsletter articles. Newsletter was already late going out. But no choice–So I submitted for review, then discovered the type/formatting (from the UPGRADE) made the test newsletter look wonky. So once it came back with the SEX-issue approved, I had to change a couple of things.

That meant it had to go back for a SEX review again. (Nope, still didn’t find the offending NASTY word…)

Finally the newsletter was sent. I also sent several irate notes complaining and received back quite cordial answers with a screen-shot of the SEX word circled.

HORRORS! I’d suggested choosing a new pet of the opposite SEX (blush, toe-digging, quelle embarrassment!). So iContact was right, I was wrong and all my subscribers got their SEX-FIX this evening.

That’ll put a wag in their tails. Ahem. So to speak.

I suspect that this SEX-ridden blog will rank incredibly high in SEO. Because last I checked, google wasn’t nearly as pure as iContact. Bravo to such companies doing their part to fight spam, but holy crappiocca, Batman! When puppy dawgs and kitty cats cain’t have no fun, just what SEX-ploitation will be next?

Oh, and the next Pet Peeves newsletter may get a new schedule. Because folks, I’m all SEXED out…sorta kinda in a way…

I love hearing from you, so please share comments and questions–and to stay up to date on all the latest just subscribe the blog, “like” me on Facebook, listen to the weekly radio show, and sign up for Pet Peeves newsletter with pet book give-aways–or maybe not!

Blogs, Podcasts, and Info-Dumps

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Seems to be more and more difficult to stay up to date on posting. Forgive the flurry of news, and I’ll try to categorize in separate entries (WARNING, info-dump ahead):

Last Thursday and Friday, I interviewed guests for the next four “Pet Peeves” radio shows. Last month’s final show (“Do Pets Go to Heaven”) has received quite a bit of attention, I’m pleased to say, and hopefully the next offerings also will get some attention. They include:

OUT DARN SPOT, All about pet potty stains and what to do
FURRY INFATUATION Why we Love Pets
SEX-SEX-SEX! and the Single Pet, Part 1 (and 2)
          The first part covers spay-neuter issues, the age controversy, and health benefits. 
          Part two discusses the pro-con issues of mandatory spay/neuter ordinances

You can access these shows anytime (once they’re posted…one each week or so) by clicking on the Pet Peeves logo at http://www.petliferadio.com 

I’ve covered some of the same issues, plus a few unique topics, at my daily “cat blog” at www.petside.com –stop by and browse, post a comment or two. 

best,

amy