I’m sure WordPress has invited many of you to participate in WordAds. For those not familiar with this, blogs approved for participation are potentially paid for ads that run on their sites.
Receiving the invitation is indeed an ego-booster, especially for a senior hobbit like myself use to toiling away in my cave incognito, more or less. Once the adrenalin rush has passed however, my own form of reality TV sets in.
One of the requirements for participation in WordAds is handing over my social security number. As a mom who has discouraged my daughter from revealing too much on Facebook, and as one who can’t wrap my brain around identity theft victims sorting out the mess their lives have become, why would I then relinquish my unique piece of identification to a company that is neither my health care provider, my banker or my loan provider?
WordPress is as good a social network site as one can get. I’m particularly grateful for their attention to security. That doesn’t mean they’re impervious to hacking however. A year or so ago I was up close and personal with just how badly WordPress can be attacked.
My blog was caught in the crossfire when WordPress pulled out their ‘big guns” to do battle with a global invasion of their systems. As a result of their hypersensitivity to intruders, I was spammed out of leaving comments on other WordPress blogs. I seriously contemplated leaving WordPress when it decided to pull the plug instead. My husband intervened with a few kind words on my behalf which finally got WordPress to review my situation. Hugmamma’s Mind, Body, and Soul was reinstated after they decided I wasn’t a bad egg after all. Their apology helped me recover from the bad experience. But I’ll admit…it was a long week.
I couldn’t imagine dealing with identity theft and picking up the threads of my life thereafter. At 63, would I really want the stress? It’s for sure the dollars earned from participating in WordAds would never compensate for the money I’d spend while waging the battle of my life.
I’ve since learned that my social security number would be encrypted, a good thing. Unfortunately there are as many brainiacs trying to do evil as there are trying to do good. Where mega bucks is concerned, those on the “dark side” never give up until they can get their greedy hands on someonelse’s hard-earned cash.
I don’t fault anyone who opts to participate in WordAds. Why not make some money doing what you’re already doing, writing and blogging. Everyone buys and sells on the internet. Private information flows…in abundance. What’s the big deal?
For me, stress is a big deal. It consumes one’s life, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Research indicates that too much stress can lead to Alzheimer’s, cancer, heart ailments, diabetes and a whole host of other diseases.
Staving off illness is an uphill climb, moreso for those of lesser means. We all do what we must…to live. I choose to do so…with as little stress as I’m able.
…your thoughts?…i’m open to some new age enlightenment…
I hate the idea also but if I could make even some money from this that would be nice. Not sure my blog is there yet though.
i know. i know. money is nice…but not sure at what price. just keep writing about your own passions…and you’ll get there. stay true to who you are… 😉
I found your blog when googling to find out if wordads is legit. I stopped dead in my tracks when they asked for my ss#. I’m not sure if it’s worth it either. Dang, can’t the little guy/gal make a few extra easy bucks for once?
It seems as though they need your social security since they will be paying you they probably have to issue a 1099 at the end of the year. Instead of giving your social security number you can apply for a federal ID number which can be obtained on the IRS website. Aloha, Cindy
That’s what we figured. Perhaps if I was assured of making tons of $$$…but not sure even then. A federal ID #…hmmm…something to think about.
thanks, and hugs for the comment, cindy… 🙂
Nope…social security number is a deal breaker….probably would be fine, but I wouldn’t take a chance….and me too,trying to keep that stress level as low as possible.
So glad I’m not the only one squeamish about revealing my SS#. These days with people flocking to do everything on the internet, I’m beginning to feel like a dinosaur.
times…they are a-changin’… 😉
Having to hand over my social security number would stop it right there for me.