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MindMyHouse News

Our editor will be writing a site newsletter every now and then to keep our members fully informed about the service. If you’re a new member, check in with our MindMyHouse News archive to track the progress of the site (and all its little glitches!) since we launched 22 February 2005.

MindMyHouse News 16 October 2012

A few upgrades and bug fixes coming your way and some pre-Christmas activity on the site.

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MindMyHouse News 20 May 2012

MindMyHouse turns seven and we’re celebrating it with a photo mosaic of our members. We also looking to the future with details of the recent, whilst also looking back at our past growth over the years. Read on.

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MindMyHouse News 20 June 2010

In this edition 27 of MindMyHouse News: where to find us in the international media; we sort out the problem of many repeat alerts arriving in your inbox; MindMyHouse II, take a sneak peek here of our redesign of the site and tell us what you think; a home owner member in Costa Rica would like to invite you to help her care for her many beloved rescue dogs in her dog sanctuary; a home owner tells it like it is, why you need a cover letter AND your own sitter available listing; and finally, our regular slot featuring the email addresses of those would-be fraudsters who tried to use our service for no good and failed.

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MindMyHouse redesign v2

Dear MindMyHousies, well, it’s been over five years now since we launched MindMyHouse. It’s been an exciting time and throughout it all we have learned alot. The existing design has held up fairly well. Five years is typically the average lifespan for most decent websites. But there are many areas where we could improve things. [...]

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MindMyHouse News 22 March 2009

In this edition 26 of MindMyHouse News: American freelance journalist, Jim Daniels, wants to talk to you about the weird and wonderful world of house sitting worldwide; we profile our longest-joining members, Larry Gregory and partner, Janis Stewardson from Canada; to the 45% of our house sitters who have yet to create their own listing – just do it!; “You wouldn’t mind letting the builders in would you?” Why this question upsets professional house sitter and long-time Blogger on Assignment, Tom Hill; and finally, a Nigerian fraudster makes it through our surveillance net (briefly) to entertain us with his eloquence and charm.

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MindMyHouse News 30 September 2008

Tune into edition 25 of our little community e-newsletter for all of the following: Tom Hill publishes his excellent how-to e-book (free for 25 of you!) to help get you on your way to house sitting success; do our listings seem to disappear just as you try to click through to them from your email alert?; what do you take with you? part II, thanks to Linda Razzell for this one; and finally, an ever-shorter list of losers.

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MindMyHouse News 30 June 2008

Tune into edition 24 of MindMyHouse News for all of the following:
when anywhere in Europe is good, our new ‘all of Europe’ search return and alerts; what do you take with you? Clare our intrepid blogger and full-time house sitter from Queensland, Australia has a handy penchant for writing lists; more great advice on how to have big adventures on tiny budgets (we like this one!) from the UK’s Guardian; and finally, how to succeed through our service versus ‘whistling in the wind’.

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MindMyHouse News 6 March 2008

Tune into edition 23 of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: what’s a couple of years? Why we have adjusted our system of age ranges; our new banner advert exchange program with friends of MindMyHouse; vacation rental owners are welcome at MindMyHouse! Introducing our friends at www.vacationrentalscommunity.com; flashing the cash on a new Google Adwords campaign; the so-called ‘war on spam’ has forced us to make a small change to our Terms and Conditions; and finally, a regular slot: hall of shame – here they are for you to throw rotten tomatoes at!

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MindMyHouse News 25 January 2008

Tune into edition 22 of MindMyHouse News for all the following: our email alerts system goes down then comes up again five weeks later; we ask you to re-subscribe to this humble community e-newsletter and re-create your alerts; our back-end is now much more highly developed; you’ve got mail! We roll out a new Message Centre facility for your enjoyment; beautiful words – you can now format your listings using our new WYSIWYG text editor; why do some of our sitter wanted listings contain no dates at all?; and finally, after three beautiful years as a free service we will be charging a small fee for annual house sitter memberships.

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MindMyHouse News 13 November 2007

Tune into edition number 21 of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: we form a mutual appreciation society with a savvy blogger at www.thesavvyboomer.com; excitement builds as we prepare to roll out a new site feature: your very own MindMyHouse message centre; liability insurance for house sitters – who needs it?; and finally, please show courtesy to your fellow MindMyHousies and respond to EVERY email you receive through your membership.

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MindMyHouse News 23 September 2007

Check out the twentieth edition of our little community e-newsletter for all of the following: we find inspiration in a house-sitting themed blog post by self-empowerment guru, Aaron Potts; attention house sitters – if you are not advertising your services with us, you are potentially missing out on 70% of the action; introducing Carole Livesey and Chris Lampard, two new intrepid profilees in our ‘Meet the house sitters’ section; if you fancy the idea of a nice bit of cultural exchange while travelling the world, check out www.Helpx.net; and finally, what’s up with our competitors’ collection of covert domain names?

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MindMyHouse News 1 August 2007

Check out this nineteenth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: ooooops! Our apologies for sending out multiple copies of our last e-newsletter; your opinions on our divergent sitter wanted listings – the home exchange question and others; hall of shame, here they are for you to throw rotten tomatoes at; a journalist’s request to interview UK people who work while on house sitting assignment; your editor gets to blah blah blah on American live radio about her favourite topic – house sitting of course!; and finally, more interesting MindMyHouse tidbits.

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MindMyHouse News 9 June 2007

Check out this eighteenth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: introducing two new Bloggers on assignment – house sitters extraordinaire Tom and Linda; meet our friends at UK-based ‘freecycling’ website UsefulGarbage; apologies to our UK members over some unreliable Geocoding map technology; hall of shame – an old loser returns to try to use our site for no good; looking good – do you want your photo included in our Meet the Sitters photo montage?; in the interests of even greater transparency we have created a new ‘site-at-a-glance’ statistics page; and finally: the editor has a little melt-down as she feels unappreciated. Awwwwwwwww.

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MindMyHouse News 22 April 2007

Check out this seventeenth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: walking the walk – our house sitting adventures in Auckland; when is an advert not an advert? When it’s a listing of course!; hall of shame – the latest fraudster who tried to use our site for no good; introducing approvals – why your pesky editor will be vetting your sitter wanted listings before they go live; and finally: when you really want to swap your house – ditch us for Digsville!

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MindMyHouse News 14 Feb 2007

Check out this second anniversary edition (number sixteen) of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: take a look at us now that we are two years old!; ‘look mum, I’m on the radio!’ where to find us in the media; stupid fraudsters attempt to fool our members with spam scams; we are forced to take action as the AOL saga deepens; and finally, how to reduce the amount of mail you receive from us.

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MindMyHouse News 14 December 2006

Check out this fifteenth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: What else can I do? Boat sitting; AOL have finally lost the plot altogether; house sitting in an empty house-for-sale; and finally: more poll results: what’s in it for house sitters?

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MindMyHouse News 18 Sept 2006 (for house sitters)

Something big is happening at MindMyHouse! This blockbuster 14th edition of our little community e-newsletter showcases an important new additional way of searching our site (called the Local Sitter Search) that has all sorts of implications for the way you use your memberships.

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MindMyHouse News 18 Sept 2006 (for home owners)

Something big is happening at MindMyHouse! This blockbuster 14th edition of our little community e-newsletter showcases an important new additional way of searching our site (called the Local Sitter Search) that has all sorts of implications for the way you use your memberships.

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MindMyHouse News 26 August 2006

Check out this 13th edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: our new sitter wanted adverts from France to England and Australia to Detroit and Florida (USA); your responses to our plans to become an Internet portal for all things house sitting; what’s up at AOL? Our members who use its email browser start having all sorts of delivery problems; blink and you missed it – where has that sitter wanted advert gone?; a little lapse in our usual vigilant monitoring of the site has some embarrassing results; and finally, our experience of flat swapping the Digsville way – we are sold on this great way to get free accommodation and make new friends!

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MindMyHouse News 22 July 2006

Edition 12 of our community newsletter brings you all of the following: our new sitter wanted adverts from metro NYC (USA) to Scotland; a small matter of home owner etiquette; a wonderful response to last month’s request for house sitters’ REAL job descriptions; site traffic goes through the roof as we are finally released from Google’s sandbox; and finally we ask you for your opinion on our latest hare-brained scheme for developing our site.

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MindMyHouse News 24 June 2006

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Check out this very hardy edition number twelve of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: our humblest apologies for having to re-set your passwords for you (not our fault honest!); what happens when house sitter’s email addresses no longer work; our regular feature ‘what else can I do?’ – workamping; house sitters – post us your REAL job description; our latest sitter wanted adverts from Ireland to North Virginia (USA); and finally a little eulogy to our beloved Jack Russell terrier who passed away 20 June 2006.

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MindMyHouse News 22 May 2006

In this edition: lots of new sitter wanted adverts for you to peruse from the Caribbean to Japan; it’s now easier for home owners to hide their adverts; we’ve listened to our members and have given house sitters a way to track their messages to home owners; two more elucidating pieces from our Australian Blogger on Assignment; results are in for our polls on security deposits – to pay or not to pay; and finally, how to get more involved with the site – think of us as your home on the web!

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MindMyHouse News 22 April 2006

Check out this tenth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: our new sitter wanted adverts from the Sierra Mountains, California (USA), to Cape Cod, Massachusetts (USA); we are very excited to have rolled out our new interactive map feature; our call for volunteer French and German site translators has borne fruit; age discrimination among home owners – does it exist?; proof that the Digsville and MindMyHouse connection is working; and a home owner’s feedback pulls us up on our spelling and grammar – ouch.

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MindMyHouse News 22 March 2006

Check out this ninth edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: our latest sitter wanted adverts from Northern Ireland to France to Florida; do you have any knowledge of translating English into French or German (and some spare time)?; is your version of our e-newsletter too ugly to read?; why do some of our sitter wanted adverts look as though they have expired?; and finally, the whys and hows of creating your very own web page to advertise your house sitting services (apart from your page on MindMyHouse of course).

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MindMyHouse News 22 February 2006

The MindMyHouse project is one year old today – we’re very excited to have come this far in so short a time. We even had a record number of new house sitter memberships on the 20 February and a record number of home owners join us one day later, so that is the icing on our birthday cake!

Check out the first birthday edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: we’re extending your house sitter memberships for another year; a selection of our latest sitter wanted adverts from the Caribbean to Canada to Florida; creating your own email alert has just become a lot easier; the ins and outs of our internal contact form system; page ranking – what is it and why is it so important to us?; and finally: we ask you to help us out – not with money, silly – but by doing something as simple as advertising your services with us!

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MindMyHouse News 21 January 2006

Tune into the seventh edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: we take a discerning look at the big industry in Holland and the UK that is passive property guardianship; introducing a new section in our Community area just for you called ‘Meet the house sitters’; the Comments facility in our blogsite is now officially open; and we welcome our 1000th house sitter to the MindMyHouse family!

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MindMyHouse News 18 December 2005

Edition six of MindMyHouse News (18 December 2005) has been brought to you by us – your ever loving editor and webmaster – in association with Santa. I hope you are feeling festive because we are! Tune into this edition of MindMyHouse News for all of the following: a few short breaks to help you really unwind this silly season, we express remorse for leaving our poor flat alone for three days, Helen Bergstein of Digsville recounts one of her most memorable swaps, and yet another snowbirder needs your help. And from the desk of the webmaster: check out the photos of some of our more photogenic house sitters, and why we set up an email alert for every member. Finally: the editor explains (again) why she really hates Hotmail accounts. Happy festivities!

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MindMyHouse News 18 November 2005

Would you believe this is the fifth edition of MindMyHouse News (18 November 2005)! In it we proudly introduce our first Blogger on Assignment: Clares droll accounts of wrestling with the flora and fauna in Queensland, Australia had us very amused. Also featuring more gold from Helen Bergstein, the home exchange guru at Digsville. If you are an RVer or a ski bunny check out our featured sitter wanted adverts. Finally: we listened to what our members wanted – you can now include photos in your sitter available adverts. Say cheese!

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MindMyHouse News 18 October 2005

The fourth issue of MindMyHouse News (18 October 2005) is a cracker! In it we introduce our new partner website, Digsville.com, which is a fabulous US-based global website for all your home exchange needs. If you’re at all curious about home exchanging, the migratory patterns of Canadian and North American retirees, the many uses of your sitter available advert’s unique URL and our latest poll results (discussed at length by leading sociologists – not really) then tune in here!

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MindMyHouse News 9 September 2005

Welcome to this third edition of our community website newsletter. Gee have six whole months really passed since we first launched our little house sitting website? We ask if you want to be able to post photos in your advert; the webmaster tweaks the site’s design; it’s poll time for home owners; we invite you to be profiled in our Community area; and the editor does a quick survey of the pros and cons of the world of web-based email accounts.

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MindMyHouse News 23 July 2005

The second issue of MindMyHouse News (23 July 2005) takes our little site to five months old. This issue is not as revealing or as readable as the first. However, if you’re interested in our exhausting drive around German-speaking Europe, our success at finding a great house sitter through the site and the nuts and bolts of website upgrades between 9 May and 23 July then click to read more!

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MindMyHouse News 9 May 2005

The first three months of MindMyHouse from your editor and webmaster. This very readable first issue of MindMyHouse News (9 May 2005) touches on all of the following: What are we doing to get our site a viable page ranking with the search engines? Who are our members? Why are some of our members unable to save their adverts? And finally, introducing our new Stories section in our Community area.

A recommended read for all members no matter when you joined!

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