Bloggers, Writers, BEAWARE!!! A MUST READ TO PROTECT YOUR NAME DOMAIN

This is a MUST READ for all bloggers, writers and anyone who writes a blog and uses their legal name as the name of their blog.

As always,your feedback is very important and I ask to please SHARE this story, so other bloggers and writers will become aware of how their legal name domain could make money for others without their knowledge.

I have been blogging on Word Press since December of 2010. I treasure the opportunity to write and share with my friends, colleagues and readers topics which better or made our lives easier or better.
I used rodicamihalis.wordpress.com and with a difficult name like Rodica Mihalis, did not think someone will buy my legal name domain!
I did not think my name, which I have to spell three times for any customer service representative, was in danger of being “kidnapped!”. Guided by that logic, I did not buy my own legal name!

About a year ago, I noticed a notice popping up on my screen, informing me that rodicamihalis dot com was no longer available! I called http://www.authordomains.com or a similar company selling domains, to find out that “someone,” registered “private,” purchased my name domain. I was told by the very polite representative, this was a “profession” called “domainers,” or “cyber scouts.” In other words, because I didn’t think anyone would buy my difficult name, Rodica Mihalis, but my articles, meant to help others for free, created traffic, a “secret” domainer bought it!

Immediately, my immagination went wilde:

I had visions of some guyor gal, or a couple, smoking Cuban cigars and menthol cigarettes and sipping Margaritas on a private beach, while placing “bets for domains of naive, bordering stupid bloggers, like me who work for free in the freezing weather on the East Coast!

As if that was not enough to take my self-esteem to the basement, recently, I discovered the domainer put the site up for sale for 12 TIMES the price of his purchase.

But wait! That’s not all, as the advertisements targeting insomniacs like me, go at 3:00 AM!!!

I also discovered that while waiting for a purchaser, the owner of my legal name domain, is selling advertising for a FEE to 6-8 businesses, which all link to Amazon through MY NAME DOMAIN!!!

I felt STRIPPED of my name! This is how I came up with the name of the new site: The Nude Truth!!!

I don’t understand the intricate ways of cyber technology, but I understand the concept of legalized cyber theft!

This is the reason I decided to migrate all my hard work, 423 articles, which I wrote for free with the intention to help others, to a NEW WEB SITE:
The Nude Truth – Where we strip life of lies and reveal the truth! (www.thenudetruth.com)

The mission of the site is to do just that: expose the truth!

We are in the process of improving the new site, but I feel strongly “domainers,” is not a profession, especially when purchasing someone’s legal name and not some fictitious web site name.

I hope you will share this information with other writers and bloggers and also that you will take the time to leave a comment.

I am considering starting a petition asking to make it illegal to purchase someone’s legal name domain, without FIRST making that domain available to the owner of the name. In other words, if someone whose business is to make money off of others FREE work, the victim should at least be given the chance of not becoming a victim.

What do you think?

I promise, The Nude Truth, will provide even more interesting and helpful information on many topics, so that our lives will be better!
Thank you.
Rodica

What Is A Petition, How To Start One and Why?

This post was inspired by the excellent comments made on Linkedin about Petitions, specifically regarding domestic violence. One of my connections on Linkedin, Lori Dudek, made a powerful comment which also contained a rhetorical question, ‘Would people sign it?’
Domestic violence is not just a worthy cause in which I believe, which touches and destroys the lives of many, regardless of their age, gender or social status! To me, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE is like the PLAGUE!!!

Last night’s comment was in turn triggered by another powerful and true statement made by Tracy Johnson: Financial Abuse + Domestic Violence = Homelessness = MORE ABUSE!!!
How don’t we all see this cycle and destructive results???

So, I kept reading the comments, late last night and not only agreed with them but when the commentator mentioned the word ‘petition,’ I decided to start researching to find the actual steps of HOW a petition could be started and possibly make a positive difference.

What I am about to share is not complete information on this vast topic.
I am not a legal professional, so here is my disclaimer: please don’t sue me if what follows is not perfect. I don’t get paid to write this blog, I do my best and my ONLY motivation is the hope that these posts DO help the readers.
The almost 18,850 plus views and over 800 plus positive comments, make me believe that the content of the blog helps and the love and time I invest in writing them is not useless.

Each human being is unique and as a result our motivations are. Each person who takes the time and reads and is helped by the content of any post on my blog, gives me a sense of purpose and gratefulness.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer. paralegal, or any type of trained legal professional.
I am a woman (yes, a woman, not “a team of guys,” as many comments refer to the creator of this blog:) When I come across events, questions or situations which in my very personal assessment, knowing more about them could help others, because it helped me, I SHARE.

Today’s boring topic is PETITIONS!!!

What are petitions and why people write them? I will not even attempt to begin any conversation on the topic of the specifics of petitions to be submitted to be considered to even be accepted by our legal systems. For instance, I noticed many of the petitions I receive say, ‘at least 100,000 signatures are necessary before being submitted to… x,y,z political entity to change the present Bill, and on and on, here’s Pandora’s box!

The primary purpose of this post is to clarify what is a petition, suggest web sites which will help people understand more or write petitions in an appropriate format.
In short, hopefully, this post will point you in the correct direction.
What is a PETITION? It is a document written with the purpose of exposing corruption, injustice and asking for a positive change which would correct the injustice.

Almost daily, I receive emails from http://www.change.org about worthy causes, and am eager to contribute by signing them.

Oh… but then here comes the uncomfortable part of one who is not rich enough to donate to a good cause, no matter how little!
My deep sense of frustration and sadness when many times, I am unable to donate even $3.00 to a cause I consider important and worthy. I experience an overwhelming feeling of unworthiness and guilt. Many times I am a click away from “unsubscribe.” I know $3.00 is an amount so small, how could anyone even think that there are people out there who might be on such a tight budget, $3.00 has a financial significance for them?
And yet, if the $3.00 check is deposited into my bank account a minute before my automatic salary is deposited, a financial tragedy happens!… penalties apply, credit is negatively affected and let’s not get into details we all know and do not wish to experience.
OKAY, this was a deviation from the straight path to the top, but the view of a mini-financial disaster, too tempting to avoid… I couldn’t stop myself…

Back to how to start a petition if you, or your organization/group wish to.
It seems that one of the easiest ways, is to visit ONLINE PETITIONS
http://www.petitions.moveon.gov
You may also wish to visit
Start a petition FREE
http://www.thepetitionsite.com and click on one of the icons of this web site, entitled: “Petition Winning Ideas.”

Another web site which, as I understand, has no political affiliation, is http://www.gopetition.com/how-to-start-a-petition
This site offers two icons, one for INDIVIDUAL Petitions and another for GROUPS/ORGANIZATIONS

Let’s give a few examples of petitions, just to illustrate how different our motivations, values and priorities are.
The Facebook Page of ‘GO PETITION,’ LIKED by 244,617 people as of July 11, 2014 lists INTERNATIONAL petitions by country.
For example, under International Petitions:
Protect Our Children, Ban Bear Farms in Korea, or Bring Baxwonka Bars!
Some examples of active petitions in the USA and UK:
Save West Virginia Pets; Support the Solomons (I don’t know who are the Solomons, but this is to illustrate one could petition about anything) and my last example, because this would be a petition I’d support and sign: Investigate N.Y. Animal Shelters in Violation of Humane Laws and Public Trust.

The same site has an icon entitled: Get a Winning Petition Template.
Also, icons for Petition samples, examples of good petitions (NOT for Court purposes)
To sum it up, a well written petition has clear structure, a section for background information (Preamble)
The Petition TEXT _ what is the call of action, what are the campaigners asked to do, beside signing, what caused the petition, what and why is needed to be done.
(More info: http://www.gopetition.com/petition-template

Spreading the word– WHERE TO POST a Petition:
For information, please visit:
https://answers.yahoo.com/questions
http://www.ipetitions.com (online)
http://www.change.org would not only let you post for free, but also help you with your draft.
Petitions are judged by the value of their content, not the fame of the petitioners. Hmm… I am tempted to debate this:)
However, now matter these more or less significant details, by starting a petition you build and support a good cause and exercise your constitutional right to freedom of speech.
Happy petitioning!
Rodica

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