Ok, I have studied this since all heck broke loose a few weeks ago. I finally have decided what to do.
I'm staying with EC because here is what it does for me: it makes things easy for me to visit many of my favorite blogs.
Gone are my days of dropping 300. Today I dropped a few over 100, and think that is about where I'll stay. I visited blogs I like to read. Bloggers I consider friends.
I just saw the cash out amount, and it works out that if I drop 300, and have 300 dropped on me, and get another few hundred through ads, which is what I had been getting when I was in the top few in my group, well, I should be able to make a cool 75 cents a day. That comes out to darn near 15 cents an hour.
Looking at that number makes me realize that I should find other, more productive, uses of my time. I have 4 blogs. I like to write. Writing more makes me better. Dropping, because I read each blog, just takes up so much time. If I become a master dropper, does that build my resume? And dropping without reading just seems pointless. Rather than spend 5 or so hours a day dropping, I'd rather spend an hour, and the rest of my time writing. It's not as if I'm making significant money anyway, and EC's couple dollars a month aren't going to improve my lifestyle.
I'm automatically refusing every paid ad until EC makes a dual widget. It's a question of fairness.
So, if anyone wants to drop on me without my return, thanks. It's not personal.