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July 7, 2020

The bartender says that a notary blog is an oxymoron

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I was explaining to the bartender that I wrote for a Notary blog (and ran it) but had run out of ideas. I asked him if he had any. He said, “Isn’t a Notary blog an oxymoron?” I explained that the notary profession is dismally boring, but that I made the blog interesting, lively, fun, and satirical. He looked that. I explained that the blog cannot be an oxymoron, but someone who fried their brain on codeine could be.

Then I talked to the pianist at the bar who suggested that I write about notarizing famous criminals. I don’t have any good stories about that, but he suggested Billy the Kid.

During Billy the Kid’s last day he was shackled to the floor of a New Mexico building that functioned as a makeshift prison in Lincoln County which is not very populated. I saw the exact spot where he was chained. He would have had one hand free to sign if he had been notarized. I wonder what Billy the Kid’s dying wishes would be that would need to be notarized. Where to bury the horses that he stole? Or what to do with his infamous hat?

In any case, once again I am out of blog ideas. Let me know if you have suggestions.

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June 14, 2020

123notary’s emergency server migration

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On Friday at about 2am on June 5th I got a call from our server people in Missouri. I recognized the number and decided to answer. They told me that they tried to update a patch on our operating system, but couldn’t get the site up and running again. I asked what to do. They told me that their technical expert recommended getting on a new server. Unfortunately, that is not so easy.

We were already working with programming on migrating to a new server. We needed more disk space, more memory, and especially a more modern operating system. Our Microsoft 2008 system no longer had maintenance, and the danger from hacking was growing stronger. But, I had no idea that our server would crash.

I normally sleep during the day and work in the afternoon and evening. But, I went without sleep on Friday for the most part. I had to get in touch with a critical person at hosting and go over a quote for a new server. I had tried to communicate and get a quote by email, but the critical contact person was impossible to get information from. How frustrating. In any case, I got my quote for the server set up I wanted. It has the right amount of extra storage, memory, and a 2016 operating system which is what the company was best set up to maintain.

They said they needed up to 24 hours to create the server environment. Programming needed 25 hours to do their end of the bargain. But, how many days would this take? That is 49 hours of labor plus coordinating from one company to the other. People need to sleep, and what if there were delays.

We were down until Friday the 12th at around noon. So, it was about 7.5 days. Carmen and I were getting very anxious. I didn’t know if my current data was safe or whether I would have to revert to older data from a few days ago. I didn’t know if things would take forever. What if there was a problem once the site was online.

To my happy surprise, there were only a few small programming issues. Notaries would not be able to login until that got fixed which I assume will be anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, but you never know.

In any case, that Friday the 5th when the site crashed — I couldn’t sleep and was a wreck when I got up around noon. I had to walk to acupuncture, get to the health food store for some green juice and then go home. I was juice fasting. I was weak. I was afraid. I tried to be patient and do other things I needed to do. I did laundry that I had been procrastinating. I did my tax deductions which is a huge endeavor for me as I love to put it off. The good news is that once my taxes were 90% done, the site came back on and there were very few problems. What a relief.

The panic was about — what if I lose my business? That couldn’t happen… or could it? What would my life be like? On Sunday the 7th I went to the beach in Malibu at night — just like freshly unemployed people do in the movies. I went to ask what is life all about as I watched the waves endlessly come in. What would I do? What would Carmen do? Would she lose her house? God! What a horrible thought. I was more worried about her than me. Would I start another business in this Covid19 world? No. I would first lose as much weight as possible and get my health in good shape.

So, no data was lost. The site is fine. Carmen is fine. I am fine. And our customers are fine, but a bit annoyed with all the downtime. This problem was completely beyond any of our control. It was a server crash. In 20 years operating 6 sites, I have never seen anything like this. But, it happened, we had backup, and we survived. And I am not sure how long I will feel traumatized by what happened. I had a bad car breakdown in 2018. It took almost a year and a half to get over it. Every time I drove down Sunset in Palisades I would get nervous. I am over it now. No more anxiety driving down that road. I just hope my server crash anxiety will go away soon. Those seven days of downtime were hard. I wanted to cry during much of it. Just wanted to share my thoughts.

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June 1, 2020

For those of you who receive our Newsletter

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 9:20 am

Several years ago, up to 5000 members were receiving our newsletter. The membership declined as people opted out and as I removed members for not opening any of our newsletters.

The new internet conditions for newsletters have evolved in a smart way. If you have a low open rate, the provider will assume that your newsletters are regarded as spam by the recipients (even though they technically opted in.) If too many people don’t open for too long, your newsletter will not go to the inbox as frequently depending on who you send it to.

The solution to this dilemma is to trim your subscription list from time to time. I do exactly this. If you don’t open a single episode for more than three months, I will cut you from the newsletter list. You can request to be added again, but I will not add you on my own.

Additionally, I went through all of the members listed on my site who had not been added in the last two years and offered them another chance to opt-in and 20% of them did. However membership numbers are fewer than in previous years due to the sluggish notary economy. So, despite my efforts we have only about 2000 members for the newsletter now.

On a brighter note, our open rates have gone from about 200 a few months ago to averaging more like 325 average recently after I did my member “trimming” and added lots of new consenting members.

So, please remember to open the newsletter emails and click on something regularly so I don’t have to remove you from the list! Thanks.

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March 28, 2020

Facebook policies about politics, and controversial issues

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 8:43 am

I have had a little bit of trouble with Facebook over the years. It seems they think it is their right to stifle my American freedoms such as freedom of press.

We published an article with a tarot card. This got flagged since the card had several figures in it one of which was a naked doll that had no genitals. This is not offensive and does not contain any private parts, yet was arbitrarily banned. This is censorship, and similar to what is done in communist countries. I feel my rights have been stepped on.

Then, if I write anything about Trump, positive, negative or just commentary, it can get blocked by Facebook. Even photos of the white house can get banned.

All of this unnecessary heavy handed control tactics are very left-wing, are damaging to my click through rates, and also make me feel repressed or oppressed. I love my government, and my government is not doing any repression. Private businesses led by people with intolerant political points of view are undermining my basic human rights. Not fair. Facebook is a utility and should not hamper my freedom of expression.

I just wonder if the government will ever crack down on them.

However, I have another solution. Leave it to the user to set a filter. If they want to see any type of post, then fine. If they want to filter out political, right wing, moderate, or left wing oriented posts, race oriented posts, or whatever else bothers them — let them filter it themselves rather than having Facebook just ban all types of things.

Society has really changed and the new generation doesn’t seem to have American values or traditional values anymore. Hmmm.

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March 27, 2020

If you get the newsletter, but don’t open it…

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 8:42 am

Our newsletter email provider sent me some notices saying that my open rate was too low for the newsletter. That would affect if my newsletter made it to the inbox for many of my subscribers. So, it is imperative that I improve my open rates.

What I did was to work on having more compelling titles to subject lines. I also removed a lot of subscribers from the newsletter list if they had not opened anything in four months.

So, if you get our newsletter, please open the emails and click on at least one article. That way we can keep sending it to you. And we will try to keep making the newsletter as interesting as possible as well.

Thanks.

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March 21, 2020

Check our our Facebook and Forum

Filed under: Social Media — Tags: — admin @ 7:42 am

Recently, we have seen a surge in Facebook clicks coming to our blog. However, the comments are down to almost nothing. People used to comment a lot in the old days. I wonder what happened. Maybe this Covid19 virus will force people to stay at home and comment more on Facebook groups.

https://www.facebook.com/123notary

We also have an interesting forum that used to be popular. People have been publishing a lot less content recently. You are encouraged to visit. To sign up, you need to register and wait for me to approve. But, you can email me to check up on me and make sure I manually approved you.

http://www.123notary.com/forum/default.asp

We also have a twitter handle. We sometimes publish regularly on our twitter and other times are too busy, so enjoy it while we are publishing.

https://twitter.com/123notary

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January 28, 2020

Facebook’s karma – freedom of speech violations

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 11:20 am

Facebook was a popular way for 123notary get reach in our marketing and come into contact with a lot more people. But, in the last few years, Facebook got more and more restrictive in what you could post, especially on promoted posts. If anyone complained about a title being even slightly controversial or a photo used then I would get in trouble.

Facebook is a utility of sorts. In the USA, we have freedom of speech and press, and what we say on the phone or other communication utilities is our right. How I interact with my users on Facebook should be up to me. But, Facebook has intervened and told me that my image of a tarot card cannot be used because there is a figure of a naked person. It is so small I didn’t notice and it is a dummy person with no genitals, yet someone still complained.

It is a bit like living in a communist country where people are in a huge hurry to report you to the authorities for doing any tiny thing wrong. Why are Americans in such a hurry to limit another person’s freedom of expression? It baffles me. But, the current consciousness of Americans loves repression of freedom of speech, loves lynchings of people who have been accused of being racist or sexist whether the accusation is true or not, and even approves of torture of alleged terrorists. What is the world coming to? This is not the America I grew up in. It is getting very Marxist.

At any rate. a few years after Facebook became overly constrictive, I noticed that Facebook became a lot less popular in general, especially for 123notary. It is getting to the point where we might lower our involvement with Facebook or stop altogether. I feel that they developed bad karma from being too restrictive and that they lost a huge chunk of their business as a result.

I wonder if they will have a come back or whether they are just a has been who might be popular with an aging population but will never be popular with the millennials who run the country now. Hmmm.

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January 10, 2020

Some Facebook groups are speaking favorably about 123notary

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 9:27 am

I remember back in 2017 I was testing Notaries by phone. Many were complaining very loudly. There were Facebook groups that would bash us daily just because I wanted to have quality standards. Most Notaries claim to be great, but without testing them it does not make sense to take their word for it.

In any case, I heard that recently (in 2019) Notaries are saying nice things about 123notary on a few Facebook groups. It’s about time! All I do is work hard to maintain quality on my site! I stopped testing people by phone in early 2018, so hopefully people will forget about how unpleasant it is.

The real problem with the testing is that people did not want to be tested, and furthermore, they mostly did not know the answers. We test now by email and most people just don’t respond. But, those who do respond have time to think about the questions and answer them at a time that is favorable to them. Many people learn something answering my questions too.

Notary Public 101 is a free course I created that is on the blog. It is free and you do not need a password. Learn all about notary procedure, confirming appointments, handling tough situations, and more. You need to know this information anyway, so try to set apart some time and master it.

123notary strives hard to benefit Notaries even if we are tough sometimes. If we are demanding it is for a good reason — so we can please the users by offering them the best quality notaries possible. Thanks to those who say nice things about us on social media.

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December 7, 2019

Social Media Site for Notaries – JuratBook

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 7:39 am

Welcome to JuratBook, a social media site for Notaries. Notaries typically use this to complain about slow paying signing companies, and boast about how good their 123notary listing is doing.

With JuratBook, you can post an unlimited amount of special notary emoji’s on your posts. The surprised emoji would be if you got paid on time. The sad emoji would be if there were too many fax backs. A heart emoji would be because you love Jeremy and Carmen. A thumbs up (or thumb prints up) would be if you either liked a particular signing company, or if you thumb printed someone.

You can take selfies of you and your customers and post them. You can talk about what you do when you are not notarizing.

The problem with JuratBook is that it makes people more competitive about how popular they are. It makes you think your life isn’t as full as all these other people with lots of postings who celebrate life every day.

Unlike Facebook, you can use hateful speech on JuratBook. It has to be allowed, because Notaries are so frustrated by not getting paid on time. JuratBook believes in freedom of speech.

The algorithm used for JuratBook helps promote posts more about the social aspects of being a Notary rather than dull work related posts.

What constitutes JuratBook friendship? Do you have to notarize each other? Or have each other’s thumb print? The rules keep changing as the owner Sam Zuckerberg — Mark’s lesser known and less successful brother.

JuratBook — your social media venue!

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November 27, 2019

I am writing about how I am out of ideas of topics to write about

Filed under: Comprehensive Guides,Social Media — admin @ 5:57 am

It is the first time in eight years where I have racked my brains and cannot think of anything to write about. Back in 2011 I remember that I had the same problem. I started to write about state issues. There were few readers and lots of critics. Every time I made a mistake or didn’t make a state-specific mistake but was accused of it, it was a headache.

I have written about notary technical issues to the point where I cannot think of anything I didn’t already cover. I could go over materials I already wrote about and rewrite them. But, unique material will be hard to think of.

Comedy articles are fun because there seems to be an infinite source of ideas. I work with several comedy writers and you can tie notary themes in with themes in the news which keep changing.

What do you guys think I should write about other than my wacky road trips to other states?

By the way, I didn’t think of the idea of this article. A 22 year old guy with a good sense of humor thought I should write about this when I mentioned to him that I can’t think of anything to write about.

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