Facebook Friends … The Ones You Don’t Want

I made a decision to get on top of the EWL Facebook account today. After hobbling along with a handful of friends for a few days I thought I should reach out and mingle. So I added a few carefully selected people that seemed to have similar interests and aims to me.

Guys, a literal shit-storm of friend requests started pouring in. Great I thought. People really want to hear my news and see my blog. I’ll be able to put my own Facebook ads out soon and monetise this baby. They are wild for me. But no. The first inkling I had that something wasn’t right came with a simple ‘Hi’ message that pinged into my inbox.

I replied in a friendly an polite manner. Then *ping* ‘I’m Kalim. I’m from Morrocco. Send me your pictures’.

It dawned on me that these new friends may not want to see my blog. They wanted to see something else entirely.

Here’s a nicely decorated and blurred screenshot of my inbox from earlier…

And they’re still racking up now. One every 2 minutes at least. I won’t show you my inbox but I’m sure you can use your imagination.

So just how do you weed out the Hi-Guys (aka pervs) from the genuine people looking to connect? Here’s my strategy:

Check who your mutual friends are and then delete them.

Once I’ve done that with a few of these guys, I can see that there are one or two names that keep cropping up as mutuals. I go straight to those mutual accounts and delete, delete, delete. The Hi-Guys are systematically going through their friend lists and adding them all.

Make your own friends list private.

So they can’t use your friends list and you don’t get deleted, or even worse, blocked. You can do this via your Facebook privacy settings.

Visit their profile and look at their friends, posts and photos.

If they have photographs of their penis on there, or a penis belonging to someone else, they probably aren’t interested in reading about your new shoes, hair or what font to use on their blog. This applies to dodgy handbags and sunglasses too.

Be vigilant and selective about your friends.

This also applies in real life. We all know that a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet but I think that’s just a rumour spread by strangers looking for their next victim.

Anyway, I hope that was helpful…Can you think of anything to add?

Dark Circles aka Mascara Woes (AND A FREE GIFT!)

So I walked into a very big and popular high street chemist and asked about under eye concealer. Specifically the best one to use for dark circles and tear troughs.  I was sat in her little silver spinny chair before I had a chance to protest. She tinkered in her cupboard for what I assumed would be a wonder product, but no. She pulled out some cotton buds and eye makeup remover. I started to sweat. WTF was she about to do? The thought of walking around at midday barefaced made me baulk.

Before I could say ‘steady on’ she started wiping under my eyes and telling me how my problem was my eye make up, not dark circles. Pointing out how it had slid down my face and settled in the grooves, she made me feel like an embarrassment to the sisterhood. Her face contorted into numerous expressions before she eventually sold me what I asked for. And me being too polite to say ‘Well what was all that bollocks about my eye makeup then!’ reached for my credit card and bought not one, but two products that she initially said I didn’t need.

A few weeks later, I accidentally came up with my own solution. Waterproof mascara. Since then, I’ve been through shed-loads of the stuff and my dark circles are staying under my concealer. Meanwhile, the two tubes of gunk I bought are sat around gathering dust. If you’re struggling with dark circles and mascara bleeding into your base this is something you can try for yourself. The lovely people at Eyeko have a great deal on mascara right now and there’s a FREE MINI SKINNY EYELINER TRAVEL SIZE + FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ORDER

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Making Money Online: I Actually Did It!

Not millions, or thousands, so if you’re looking for a 007 lifestyle this is not going to help. But if you’re looking to to save for a holiday, buy yourself something nice every month, or pay off your credit cards, this is for you.

A couple of months ago, I was poking around the ‘Make Money Online’ type sites and shaking my head. The rates offered by some of these sites (most?) are grim. Even the benefit of being able to work in my pyjamas with unbrushed hair and last night’s makeup on doesn’t really make it worthwhile.

If you know me IRL you already know that my day job involves working from home anyway, but that’s something different. That’s  for my salary/wage/to survive. I want to make a supplemental income online with the time I’d usually spend filling online shopping baskets with stuff I don’t really want and never actually buy. So maybe an hour or two each day.

I trawled through some sites. I tried matched betting (on football…I hate football) and made a £100 but it felt grubby so I I ditched that after a couple of days. You can go and look that up if it sounds like your thing but I’m not going to link it here because there’s a lot of info knocking around on the interwebs about that.

I’m already signed up to  a few copy writing sites but the pay isn’t great. You’d have to bust a gut for silly hours every day to make a decent supplemental income from that alone. I keep my membership mainly because I exercise my brain every now and again by picking up a few Copify assignments.

While I was scrolling through those forum posts, I noticed people were referring to LF and just making the assumption that everyone on there was signed up to it. I dug a little deeper and found that they were referring to Leapforce (which to my own shame I thought was a children’s learning device). Turns out that this particular company pay a fair bit more than the other avenues I’ve looked at. And you get a job title that sounds pretty nifty too – Search Engine Evaluator: put that on your CV and smoke it.

So I’m sure the big questions are:

What do you have to do?

You have to evaluate information that is presented to you, like ads in a social media channel. Depending on what LF offer, you can work as many hours as are available to you. And when you get paid $14 per hour, that soon racks up.

Is it a scam?

I did wonder. I waited until after I’d been paid for my work to write this post. And yes, I did get paid. I worked an hour each day for around 18 days and ended up with almost £200. And I didn’t have to move out of my chair. And when I did, I used my mobile.

Where do I sign?

Well, you may have a bit of a wait before you hear anything, then you have to take a test online. It’s nothing too taxing as long as you read through the notes and guidance about what they expect from you. That said, it’s worth it. For an hour a day I’m paying off my credit cards in pretty big chunks and adding to the shoe collection without any guilt at all.

You can make an application to work for Leapforce here if this sounds like your thing.