WordPress Pings are Case Sensitive

It was killing me… I had posted a couple of blogs that linked back to a new blog I’m starting with my friend Dean called Words Cause. I had posted a couple of times back to an article I had written about Energy-based Inflation. Initially, I didn’t notice that there were no pingbacks taking place. After all, it was a blog that we just started at the beginning of this week. Can’t expect too much to take place in a couple of days.

This evening, I realized that I had posted two blogs on my personal blog (here) that didn’t ping the Words Cause blog. I check and recheck my plugins. Perhaps it was one of the new plugins I had installed. It still didn’t ping. Then I remembered that I had changed my WordPress Address and Blog address fields from to Could it possibly be something so simple? I hoped so, and I was right. As soon as I changed both back to, the pings were flowing just fine. I didn’t bother to check if they both had to be set or if it was one vs. the other. At this point, I’m pinging so I don’t even want to bother to find out. Now, I should finally have a ping on my blog about energy-based inflation coming from my personal blog.

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If Everyone Watched The Big Idea…

What would happen if everyone in America watches The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch on CNBC? First, there would be a run on the cable companies because you can only get CNBC on cable. Second, fellow blogger Tony Iovino would take his $600 check he’ll receive from the Federal government in May and actually cash it to invest it into a new invention (and he would start using the vastly superior WordPress blogging system). Third, the US economy would flourish.

Today, Bush signed his stimulus package, creating checks for millions of people in our economy. Lots of people love to complain about the symantics of the deal. Call it welfare. Call it a rebate. Call it what you want, it is our Federal government giving money to people that live in America.

Using some of the people I’ve seen on The Big Idea as an example, what those $600 checks have the potential to do is generate billions (yes, you read that correctly, BILLIONS) of dollars in revenue/income for Americans. How? Well, you should watch The Big Idea. The show has featured scores of people who have started their business for little more (sometimes even less) than $600. These people has created jobs, used resources that support other businesses, and made people a lot of money.

Sure, if everyone who receives a check goes a spends it on a toy at Walmart, it won’t do much for boosting the economy. However, let’s have a little fun with the math here. 130,000,000 Americans are going to receive a check. If even 0.1% of the people who receive checks become Donny Deutsch success stories, we are talking about generating $130,000,000,000 of revenue for the US economy over the next year! That’s correct, just one-tenth of one percent of the people who receive the checks need to become Donny Deutsch success stories for the checks to pay for themselves in just two year. One-tenth of one percent. That is about the same as a run-of-network banner advertisement on ValueClick!