I have been watching the interaction of Jef Poskanzer of acme.com with AdSense with great interest over the last couple of days, because the way that Google AdSense deals with its publishers interests me a great deal both personally and professionally. On January 30, 2012, Jef posted this article on his site, detailing how AdSense suddenly deactivated his account and denied his appeals to be reinstated. That’s not necessarily the disturbing part, although it brings up the all-too-real fear that I believe all of us web publishers have that one day Google will frown on us and make the same decision on our accounts. However, I read today that his account was quickly reinstated when Matt Cutts got involved on Google+.
My uncle died today. While it wasn’t a shock, it was sudden because it wasn’t very long ago that he was diagnosed with cancer. As I look back, I once again realize what a great man he was. My uncle, Curtis Rydholm, Jr., was a humble, loving man with a great sense of humor that was a great example as a husband and father.
My youngest son, Lucas, constantly reminds me of him, not ony because he looks like Uncle Curtis did as a child, but also because he loves cars, motorcycles, and basically anything with wheels and an engine. My uncle was a mechanic who worked hard for his family. He knew everything there is to know about cars. The model cars and trucks that he would give me for Christmas each year helped build my appreciation for all things mechanical, even though I tend to be mechanically-challenged.
One of my favorite memories is when we went on a family vacation with our two young children and had the privilege of staying with my uncle and his family for a couple of days. During that time we were able to witness first-hand a family that cared about each other, respected each other and showed love to each other. I only hope that I can be as good a husband and father as my Uncle Curtis and if my kids grow up to be as thoughtful and caring as my cousins, then I think my life will be a success.
We’ll miss you Uncle Curtis. I hope you know how much I loved and respected you.