The new website is off to a terrific start. I’m happy to report that we were up 34.87% versus a negative 4.15% for the S&P 500 over our first three months (details here.) I’m told that if we were a hedge fund, this would have placed us in the top 3%.
I’m also excited to see that our membership is growing at a respectable clip. We now have members in almost every corner of the globe (Где ты, Россия?)
This is cool for two reasons. First, I love to travel. And, if we can get 10-20 folks together in your neck of the woods, I’ll be there. Second, a more robust membership means I can afford to spend more time posting.
While we’re on the topic of memberships… as of this moment, we still have 9 charter annual memberships left. These $700 memberships are guaranteed to never go up in price. If you’re currently in a monthly, quarterly or semi-annual membership and would like to save some serious money not only today but in 2013, 2014, etc., grab one while they last — and before prices go up in July.
As I pointed out to a new member earlier, an annual membership saves you $500 (42%) versus a monthly membership. I’m also extending the offer to rebate your last dues payment until these last 9 charter memberships are gone. And, remember, two can join for only $500 each. Larger groups are even less. So find some friends and save.
On another note, I’d like to know how many among you would be interested in doing a live webinar from time to time. Everyone has different levels of experience, and it might be helpful for those who are still getting up to speed. I’m thinking an hour or so once a week ought to do it. Let me know if this interests you.
Now, on to some really exciting stuff: log-in issues.
I’ve done some poking around, and learned why some of you may be having trouble with being locked-out. Apparently, some ISP’s generate a dynamic IP address each time a member logs in — even if the member is using the same computer to log in again and again.
The system is set up to interpret multiple IP addresses as someone sharing their account, and locks them out. The folks who run the website operations are working on a solution. In the meantime, you might want to find out if this is the case with your ISP and see if they offer a workaround.
If you get one of those unpleasant messages saying you’ve been locked out, clear your cache and cookies and try logging-in again (a good practice to follow anyway.) This often helps with all sorts of log-in issues — not just pebblewriter.com. If you’re still having trouble, just email me.
Another issue some members have is staying logged in. WordPress is clearly more buggy than Blogger (the old site) was. And staying logged in can be challenging. One thing that might help is to make sure you log in to the https://pebblewriter.com address rather than http://pebblewriter.com.
The difference — that “s” after the “http” — signifies that the site is secure. For some of you, switching back and forth might create problems.
Others of you might find that your company’s IT folks don’t like “open lines” to sites like ours. They might be the ones bumping you off unexpectedly.
If anyone has any other helpful ideas, please send them my way. In the meantime, I’ll continue looking for ways to make the site easier to log-on and stay logged on — whilst trying to outmaneuver the markets.