I’m hoping you can help me find a friend of mine.
Maybe he mistakenly lost my contact info?
You see, in 2012 a prolific web developer named Jason Lynes started a really cool business called PassionfruitAds that was tailored just for writers like me. He provided a service for bloggers to embed a store on our blogs for clients to browse and shop for sponsored posts, ads, consultation services, and the like. It saved us bloggers the expense of figuring out how to code and promote an ad shop of our own.
I was one of their first customers!
The customer service was amazing!
The PassionfruitAds user interface was so pretty and straightforward!
Jason Lynes was fun and funny and engaging in his newsletters!
The pricing structure changed over the years, but it was still always fair!
PassionfruitAds streamlined the financial part of my blog life, and I was so grateful for it that I recommended this service to hundreds of bloggers over the years!
But, alas, times change and web developers get new ideas. It happens! So Jason Lynes decided to close up shop. No worries!
I’ve worked with many companies over the years that were bought or changed structure or simply saw the writing on the wall. All of them let me know what was going on, ensured all payments went through, we cyber-shook-hands and went our separate ways.
It seems that maybe my friend Jason Lynes mistakenly forgot that part about paying people before they disappeared?
If only I could reach him to clarify I never received payment of the $1008.64 my clients paid him to send my way.
As well as give him the old heads-up that he must have mistakenly charged me the $50 annual fee for using his service despite mistakenly not fulfilling his part of the agreement (ie, paying me the money my clients sent him to give to me).
I mean, all I’ve done so far to remind him and collect it is:
- Follow through on my end of our user agreement by proving a valid PayPal address
- Pay my annual fees on time
- Send an email to every PassionfruitAds email address I’ve had on file since 2012 (as well as a personal email address I found online) with a friendly FYI that my payments mistakenly weren’t arriving via PayPal yet
- Invoice him directly via the PayPal address he mistakenly used to remove money from my account for the total of $1058.64 he owes me – and send reminders of that detailed invoice awaiting his approval
- Call the telephone numbers I have for him (which have been disconnected)
- Try his (apparently suspended) Twitter account
- Search the PassionfruitAds website for other ways to contact him or any other member of the team (which had all contact info scrubbed from it, and then disappeared, altogether – again, possibly mistakes?)
- Join a group of about 70 other bloggers who discovered maybe they were mistakenly not paid their money, either, to see if they happen to know how to get a hold of him?
So now I come to you, friends of the internet, with my plea!
Do you know of, work with, or have contact info for Jason Lynes of PassionfruitAds?
Here are the photos I’ve been able to round up, if that helps:
My dealings with him from 2012-2016 have been nothing but lovely, up until this point when he must have mistakenly forgotten to ensure I was paid all of the money my clients trusted him to pass on to me over the past four months.
(I mean, it must be a mistake, right?)
I’d love to hear all about his next big idea, thank him for getting these missing payments to me, and wish him the best of luck.
So if you do know Jason Lynes or have a way to help him remember to send payments to me that he is mistakenly holding onto, I’d truly appreciate it. I am including a Contact Me form at the end of this to make it easy to reach me.
Kim Bongiorno is an author, full time freelance writer, and the blogger behind Let Me Start By Saying. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter, hire her to write for you or speak at an event, or ask her about how seriously she takes her business while trying to give people the benefit of the doubt.