I May Need To Reconsider My Position

@WorDazza (10103)
Manchester, England
December 1, 2015 6:31am CST
Every now and again I appear on this site and read and comment and generally interact with others. Occasionally I will decipher some of the electrical signals rushing around my brain and attempt to put them into some form of coherent, and hopefully entertaining, discussion. These activities give me pleasure. They scratch itches that my day job can't reach. They provide a level of stimulation that communications protocol specifications just can't get anywhere near. That's not to say communications protocol specifications aren't interesting! Some of them are quite a sexy read! Actually I'm lying. They're not! They're tedious to the point of wishing you were having your toenails removed by having rusty kebab skewers hammered underneath them rather than having to understand and implement one!! Anyhow, I'm beginning to wonder if I should be doing this! Why? Well I'm starting to see an increase in discussions which describe my, and everyone else's, myLot activities as work. My mother often used to say about me, when I was rushing hither and thither from one activity/pastime to another, "If he was told it was work, he wouldn't do it". I'm self-aware enough to realise she was absolutely spot-on! By that I mean she was absolutely correct, not that she was a small tube of a leading brand of domesticated animal flea treatment!! That was my Dad! Now someone has gone and told me this is work! Somebody please tell me it isn't!
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
1 Dec 15
Nah! It's not work. Some people in countries where the dollar goes a lot further than it does here may try to think of it like that but they are always warned by more seasoned members that they are wrong. It's pure fun and pass-time and that's all it should ever be thought of as, even though it can be gainful.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I just hope they all heed the warnings because I've seen a couple of discussions during my recent explorations that look suspiciously like one or two have slightly elevated expectations as to what this place can do for them.
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@owlwings (39362)
• Cambridge, England
1 Dec 15
@WorDazza We get those regularly! "Can I make $10 a day here?" and so on. Sadly, most are not up to snuff, anyway, and don't understand that MyLot doesn't pay one for posting at all.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
@owlwings That's what I like so much about this place. I don't need to agonise over getting posts right. In comments and responses I can just be my usual spontaneous, witty (cough), charming (cough, cough), intelligent (cough, splutter, choke) self and the bank still ticks along nicely.
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@MALUSE (41111)
• Germany
1 Dec 15
I haven't seen it here but I know this well from bubblews in its glory days. Whole families in Asia gave up their day time jobs to 'work' for bubblews busily copying content from the net and posting it on the site together with lascivious beauties as avatars.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I've just read a couple on here this morning which sort of reminded me of those days. I do worry for people who think this is a way of generating any form of meaningful, sustainable income.
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• United States
2 Dec 15
Well they were promised some income, probably little but maybe easy to get without understanding the consequences when figured out, that this type of income should not be exclusive for it varies too consistently by the hour meaning each hour accumulates revenue but certainly NOT enough for mortgage or rent . . . in ANY country right now BUT the place is fun and if their job was boring, I could see quitting, coming here but still looking for additional necessary income elsewhere
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
@enlightenedpsych2 I think I would have to spend 72 hours a day, 21 days a week, 156 weeks of the year here to earn anything meaningful!!
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@PhredWreck (6051)
1 Dec 15
Work? Hmmm...let me think... MY BRAIN! IT HURTS! Nope...someone else is gonna have to think about it.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
Damn you man!!!! I was relying on you to set me straight!!
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@LadyDuck (162584)
• Switzerland
1 Dec 15
This is NOT work, if it was I would not spend so much time here.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
My thoughts exactly!!
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@glenniah (1201)
• Mandurah, Australia
1 Dec 15
Now listen. If you enjoy doing what you do, it is never work. I enjoyed what I did for 20 years and it feels as if I have never worked a day in my life. That is a paraphrase but you know what I mean I hope,
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
Oh I get you alright. Just don't get how some people view this sort of thing as work!!
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
1 Dec 15
Oh no - this is NOT work at all - who gets to go to work and have the likes of @LadyDuck in Switzerland, Inlemay in Africa, @MALUSE in Germany @brendamarie in the US of A sit and chat to you all day long - - - - - PEOPLE wish that could be called work!!!
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@LadyDuck (162584)
• Switzerland
2 Dec 15
@Inlemay So true Lany, we would never enjoy the site so much if we considered ourselves "working all the day".
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
And of course it is only the privileged few who can enjoy the company of moi everyday!!!
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
2 Dec 15
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@troyburns (1429)
• New Zealand
2 Dec 15
Work has nothing to do with earning money, as one or two housewives will tell you. Or househusbands. Or unsuccessful screenwriters. It's just what you regularly do when you'd rather be doing something else.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
Even if that something else is nothing
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@paigea (22402)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
This is not work. I am not working for the pennies I get here. I am here avoiding work. I should be getting ready for today's mystery shops. I should be chasing down one payment I know is missing. I should be finding more mystery shops to do since I am not getting calls to substitute teach. But I am here - relaxing.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
Absolutely. If I wanted to do real work for pennies I would be doing my day job!!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Dec 15
I think some people make it work by stressing their earnings or trying to figure out how to do better here. For me though this is not work at all, it's a fun place to be!
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I suppose anything can be turned into work if we unduly stress over the outcome!!
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
1 Dec 15
It's only work if it's not enjoyable and it's something you MUST do. You don't have to Mylot, and it doesn't pay the bills.. I call it a hobby with benefits.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I like your description of work. Kind of sums up the day job quite nicely. Actually nice doesn't come into that!!!
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@allknowing (66398)
• India
1 Dec 15
There are certain writing sites that could be considered work such as iwriter but certainly not myLot. Work should generate good earnings. We al know myLot is not a place to generate earnings that one can live on.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
Absolutely. Let's hope the same doesn't happen with this place as happened with Bubblews. Flooded with people thinking they earn a living for plagiarising!
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@allknowing (66398)
• India
1 Dec 15
@WorDazza I only hope not. There is a huge difference though between myLot and BB. There the owners paid no attention to reporting. I used to report regularly but those culprits continued to be there but here Admin is very active and alert. I report here and action is taken immediately.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
@allknowing They do seem to be running a much tighter ship here.
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@garymarsh6 (14265)
• United Kingdom
1 Dec 15
NO not work it is pleasure not hell!
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• United States
1 Dec 15
That pretty much sums up what I want to say!
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
@garymarsh6 Work as hell! I didn't realise you worked at the same place I do!
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• United States
1 Dec 15
It depends upon the person doing it. If the money is needed and the only reason for being her, then for that person it is work. If it is fun and a distraction, and the money is only a perk, then it is a hobby.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
It certainly distracts me. But then again I'm very easily distra... Oh look! Something shiny!!
@scheng1 (24797)
• Singapore
1 Dec 15
I doubt anyone will think of Mylot as work. The money is too little for you to think about it as work. Anyway, we have the freedom of speech to talk nonsense, and we have the freedom not to read nonsense.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
That is a brilliant way to put it. Nice!!
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1 Dec 15
Nah, calm down lad. This isn't work. People have been pulling your leg and telling you porkies.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
1 Dec 15
I hoe they were pulling my leg! At least that would explain my sudden limp!!
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
4 Dec 15
So when are you going to give us something new to check into? This is not work - so come out and PLAY !!
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
4 Dec 15
Stop placing demands on me. You're making it seem like work. Very busy at work. My new doggy is placing heavy demands on me at home and I've currently got the mother of all head colds so I've not been at my creative best. I'll see what I can do today!!
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
4 Dec 15
@WorDazza Get well soon, and dont over work, the pay is never worth it. Bless that little puppy
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
4 Dec 15
@Inlemay I will, I won't, it isn't and Hugo the dog thanks you for your blessings. Although he would like me to point out he isn't a mere child! He's 2 and 1/2 years old!! I've also caved in to your demands. Can't vouch for the quality though!!
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@anh101 (1380)
2 Dec 15
I never think Mylot is a work, i think it's like a social network. And of course the real thing is you are here, you are sharing your life story, and that's cool. Cuz i think we should know more about things around us. But this way, i will have a great environment to practice English with you guys, even typing in English. hehe. I did think about working online but not for Mylot, Mylot is a place where we enjoy sharing the life story. And sometimes, we find out meanings from those what people share. It will become a habit, like your FB social network habit. You've come back from work, and when you hold your fone up, you may open FB, but now you will open Mylot. The feeling is almost like it with me.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
I suppose myLot it is a bit like FB for people with brains It's good that you feel your English is benefiting from being here. Although it seems very good to me anyway.
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@anh101 (1380)
2 Dec 15
@WorDazza yeah, you feel good, secure in a social network that's ok. Anyway we make this community, we grow it. if we are not feeling good with it how can we build it up
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@GreatMartin (4809)
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
6 Dec 15
To me writing is never work and I have had 8 books published. I have been blogging/posting/commenting/discussing--whatever you want to call it since 1999 and it never feels like work.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
7 Dec 15
For me, if it ever starts feeling like work, I'll stop doing it!!
@boiboing (12763)
• Northampton, England
5 Dec 15
It's no fun if you're too dependent on it. I'm also wondering how many people got your Spot On joke.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec 15
I'm guessing maybe one!!!!
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@Namelesss (1387)
• United States
1 Dec 15
There there now, it's not work if you enjoy it. Don't listen to those dolts, they have no idea what they are talking about.
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@WorDazza (10103)
• Manchester, England
2 Dec 15
At last! A voice of calm and reason amongst the insanity!
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