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August 30, 2005

Reader poll

I've been asked by someone I respect to join a blog advertising network.

Cons: design issues, increasing commercialization of every other goddamn aspect of my life, occasional offensive ad slipping through

Pros: some control over ads, possibility of covering the increasing cost of this blog, occasional link to business I'd link to anyway.

What do you think?

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My gut reaction is "Don't do it!," but if you do have blog costs to contend with, perhaps it wouldn't be the end of the world.

Posted by: Hungry Hyaena at August 30, 2005 11:52 AM
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Don't do it, please! Blog related expenses should be covered by us moocher's who take for granted your talent, time and energy. Possibly you could direct us on how to get some funds to you?

Posted by: Jane at August 30, 2005 01:08 PM
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I like how your site looks. I think advertising would alter it in a way that takes away the clean lines, layout, and the inherent control of content and style you have. I hope there would be a better way to raise any needed input of funds to cover your expenses.
It seems to me that the commercialization of the blog world is a contradiction of intention. Of course, I say that having only just discovered blogs in the past year. I may be completely full of shit. It's been known to happen.
As always, it's up to you and your comfort levels. Whatever you choose, I would continue to be a loyal reader.

Posted by: Rexroths Daughter at August 30, 2005 01:28 PM
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Something I noticed on another blog which is basically a locus of science and reason is that some of the ads that pop up are from apparently-well-financed-but-utter-bullshit sites that tout "intelligent design creationism."

As long as you can control the content at least enough to keep the utter freaks out, do what works for you.

Posted by: Hank Fox at August 30, 2005 01:41 PM
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As your blog (and most that I read) resemble the non-profit community radio model more than than the mile-a-minute world of Rush et al, perhaps you (and/or a group of like-minded bloggers) could have a pledge drive instead? Just imagine celebrity guest-bloggers, coffee mug and CD (no PODCAST) premiums, a blog-athon? Of course, the medium is different, it might be tougher to keep readership through a week or two of pledge pleas, but on the other hand, the target audience is already trained in the duty of supporting these kinds of institutions (at least I was a regular KPFA subscriber in my Berkeley days, and I do respond to entreaties from my local low-power station) - so blog-pledging might work. - Fred

Posted by: Fred Levitan at August 30, 2005 02:06 PM
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It would make me sad to see yet another clean, lovely, thought-provoking place get paved, metaphorically speaking.

I'd much rather you put up a big-ass Paypal donate button or, as Fred suggests, have a pledge drive. I suspect I'm not the only regular reader who would chip in a bit here and there to cover your expenses.

Posted by: Stephanie at August 30, 2005 02:29 PM
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It's your house, and we're your guests here. I say do whatever's best for you and I'm pretty confident your readers will support you.

Good luck with your decision!

(I, for one, would pay for more pet photos, but I'm silly that way)

Posted by: Space Kitty at August 30, 2005 02:43 PM
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I think no. But I'm a purist. If you need the money, maybe you can ask us first, then leap. That's the only reason I'd do it - if the money gained will make it possible for you to keep going when otherwise you couldn't.

Posted by: beth at August 30, 2005 02:52 PM
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I'm with those who lean towards no, and maybe a donation button (which would be my own personal choice for my own blog). I mean, aren't you hoping that your readers would support _you_? Why have the middleman?

But, hey, it's your blog. I'll come by regardless of ads; I'm quite good at ignoring them!

(Well, unless they are red and yellow and flash in marquee-fashion across the top of the screen. But then I'd think there was something wrong with you, and get all worried, and think that maybe you should give the blogging a rest. I assume you don't want that to happen. *grin*)

Posted by: Rana at August 30, 2005 04:19 PM
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I like the idea of a pledge drive instead. We'll send you money, sure, but first we wanna see you beg.

Posted by: Dave at August 30, 2005 04:26 PM
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Hmm. I don't mind the ads if you have any control over them. I'd hate to see you end up with a -cough- pie fight on your hands, but I say do it if you need to or kinda want to. You can always pull the plug, right?

Posted by: KathyR at August 30, 2005 04:49 PM
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What Dave said.

Posted by: handdrummer at August 30, 2005 04:49 PM
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I concur with most of the comments above. The only one I'd add is - you can always go back, right? If you try ads and don't like them, can 'em.

Posted by: TroutGrrrl at August 30, 2005 06:23 PM
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