Tuesday, August 30, 2005

The Big 2-0 (0,000)

Can't believe I forgot to post this! I recently passed the 200,000 hit mark—thanks for all your support, guys!


Blogger jkewls said...

Congrats!!! Anyway, on another note, have you seen this?

8/30/2005 4:17 PM  
Blogger gillian19 said...

Congrats love! You rock!

8/30/2005 4:21 PM  
Blogger Zenna Bleaux said...

Congratulations, Nadine/Jolie.

How's the fundraising going? Many of us are wondering if/when you'll address the following comments that were posted a while back.

cutiepiebunny said...
jolie I'm amused by your blog...but was weirded out that you asked for money. I volunteer my resources to people that really help, that are truly less fortunate...you are very capable to earning money and blogging in your spare time. I think you should try and donate less time to blogging and maybe some time to people who have nothing or are ill, you seemed to have lost perspective of the situation.

6:53 PM

Jennifer said...
I have enjoyed your blog as well---very dishy and a fun read. But I do hope you were joking about the donation. I'll have to strongly second cutiepiebunny's comment.

11:38 PM

Zenna Bleaux said...
An unanswered email...

Hi Nadine/Jolie,

I've been following your Jolie in NYC blog for a few weeks after all your media exposure. For the most part I've found it to be humorous, interesting, and informative. However, I've got to say that I was extremely disappointed with your post today asking for donations to continue your blogging hobby. I'm not quite sure why you would need money to do so because as far as I know, your blog site is free.

Nadine, although I don't believe it was malicious, I believe your post today was naive and insulting. You were making a decent living, receiving loads of freebies, etc., and I would hope, had a decent savings account to allow you to survive after being fired and as you search for a new job.

As much as I disagree with the reasons behind it, you lost your job due to your blogging activities. I lost my job because I was too sick to continue working. Partly due to you being "outed" as a blogger, you've had remarkable media exposure that will no doubt eventually turn into money and opportunity for you. I, and many thousands of other disabled people who worked as civil servants to "protect and serve" don't have that option. We are permanently disabled, unable to work, and unable to live on the paltry amount we receive from Social Security Disability Insurance.

I worked for 10 years in law enforcement and human services, then got too sick to work and have been on permanent Social Security Disability Insurance since mid-2001. I'm only 43 years old. All of my diseases, all seven of them, are auto-immune diseases... All I know is that I suffer excruciating pain 24/7 and can never work again. I cannot meet my basic living expenses, even living as a nearly frugal hermit, on the paltry amount I receive from SSDI. I have had to discontinue taking much needed and prescribed medications because I simply cannot afford them. But I don't ask my family and friends, let alone complete strangers from the internet, to "finance" me.

I hope you will reconsider your post and either delete it or modify it. It's just tacky, inconsiderate, and frankly insulting to truly needy people who struggle every day just to eat and pay their medical bills. You may want money to pay for fun and goodies. I NEED money to buy...all the medications I need.

I do wish you the best of luck.

3:06 PM

sweetsoaps said...
I have to say that pretty much sums it up and puts thing into perspective. While I find some info here informative and slightly amusing this turned my stomach. I am very disgusted.

4:58 PM

8/30/2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger Jolie said...

Zenna Bleaux,
Thanks for the well-wishes! My sincerest thanks go out to everybody who supported me recently with contributions—it was truly appreciated! I understand (and can completely sympathize with the fact) that it weirded some of you out, and I thank you for coming back to the blog and supporting it nonetheless. Asking for donations wasn't something that I took lightly, and wasn't something that I conceived on my own—many self-supported websites/blogs (i.e., not funded by copious amounts of advertising) ask for donations on an occasional basis to offset the time it takes to produce something of quality that readers enjoy coming back to. While blogger is free, my site "jolieinnyc.com" isn't, and about half of my readers come to me directly from there. More importantly, writing the best blog I can—something that literally thousands of readers a day continually come back to and email me in thanks for—is time-consuming, and the contributions were very much appreciated during a difficult and transitory period. Cutiepie, et al: I can assure you that I'm using all my time, energy and resources to simultaneously blog, work on my novel and freelance while finding another full-time job. There are doubtlessly others in much worse situations than I am, but this is my current lot, and I'm making the best of it! It is definitely a unique situation, but I'm giving it my all and doing my damnedest to produce an enjoyable blog while making a living. In any case, my sincere apologies to anybody I may have inadvertently offended, and I hope you continue to find a few laughs and a few good tips while reading the blog. Cheers!

8/31/2005 1:15 AM  
Blogger Sydney T. said...

Well said. that is what attracted me to your blog in the first place...the way you handled yourself on TV after your unfortunate release from your job. I supported you with a donation because I realized your situation was a short term thing that I simply wanted to help out with. I hope others who totally enjoy your blogs, did as well. You have taught me a lot with your inside info. Thanks.

8/31/2005 9:24 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

I read an article in the Times about you. Sorry for the unfortunate event, although as most things do turn out, I'm sure you can make the most of this and reap success in a new way.

If you decide to venture out in a new project like starting your own magazine, touch base with me.

8/31/2005 9:48 AM  
Blogger Zenna Bleaux said...

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9/01/2005 3:53 PM  
Blogger Zenna Bleaux said...

Thanks for responding, although some of what you say makes absolutely no sense.

You say, "While blogger is free, my site "jolieinnyc.com" isn't..."

Yet, when I visit jolieinnyc.com, it is a Blogger site that hosts individual blogs. On their website, Blogger's policy states: "Is Blogger free? Yes, Blogger is completely free. You can create, publish and host your blog all for free. The only "payment" we require is that you include a link back to Blogger.com to help spread the word (this button is a good way)."

Blogger also offers bloggers a way of generating income by allowing advertisements from Google AdSence on their blogs:

"Make extra money with a Google search box. Place a Google search box on your site, and you can start monetizing the results from web searches. Not only does this keep your users on your website longer—since they can search from where they are—it takes just minutes to implement. And you pay nothing to participate."

Hmmmm....Have we missed something?

You also say, "There are doubtlessly others in much worse situations than I am, but this is my current lot, and I'm making the best of it!"

Yes, you certainly are "making the best of it."

Sorry, but I remain disappointed in your decision to ask complete strangers to fund your hobby when you're young, able-bodied, and perfectly capable of working. As even you said, there are "others in much worse situations..."

Yea, like the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the earthquake and tsunami, etc...

I'm not trying to be snarky, but it's difficult for me to have sympathy for you. It's disturbing to me that your priorities seem so out of whack and that you've really lost perspective.

I do wish you luck, but again ask you to reconsider your position.

9/01/2005 4:04 PM  
Blogger *Yasmine* said...

Congrats Nadine!!!!



9/01/2005 7:06 PM  
Blogger shimmer said...

the option is always there to simply not donate, instead of condemning actions another person takes.

9/02/2005 11:28 AM  

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