Recently, a local blogger was in the news because he’s able to rake in a comfortable sum via the ads he puts on his website [JohnChow.com]. Sometimes ads work on the site, you barely notice them or maybe they’re interesting enough and you click them. With that click, you are putting a couple cents into the pocket of the blog owner and that’s how the game is played.
I’ve often contemplated putting Google Ads on the site, for the purpose of making money, but I’m not sure how annoying that would be. I’d want them to be non-intrusive but then again, if people don’t notice them how are they supposed to click on them? It’s a vicious circle isn’t it.
There are various kinds of ads. The ones that fit snuggly between blog posts, the ones that float in front of your screen that force you to search for the “close” button but not until it’s thoroughly annoyed you, there are sidebar buttons, banner buttons etc. Or there’s the massive site-wide background commercial plastering that apparently showed up on Beyond
MySpace Robson this morning (pictured above). Despite their look or feel, we all come to live with ads.
If I started putting them on my site, I’d probably want to support a local business or site. When Matt Good had his adverts up they were for Discollection and Workspace. That totally works for me and they were tastefully placed at the top of the page with an option to turn them on or off.
I’d love to be able to make money off my site but I don’t want to be annoying about it. I still want readers to be able to enjoy the site (erm, which I hope you already do) but have a little bit of income flowing. It’s not selling out, and I don’t want it to look gaudy, so I suppose I just need some help.
I sent my niece a Valentine in the mail. It had a bee on it, it was pretty cute. I know that as a child anything that came through that mail slot with my name on it would light up my day. I think that’s also why at a Scholastic book fair one year I bought “Free Stuff for Kids”. It was a book with a whole bunch of contact information, where you could send a letter to say, the Otter Society of Canada and they’d mail you back a free poster or something. Yeah in effect, I sent myself mail, but I digress.
I hope my niece and nephews enjoyed the gesture, as it’s the only Valentine I’ve sent. Not even an e-card has been browsed from this end. We’ve been running around so much lately, and John’s been under the weather so our big day o’ romance on the 25th seems that much sweeter.
The Canucks face the Wild tonight in a must-win game (as per usual). Speaking of, I think I might have actually made a Valentine yesterday, for a special little lady over at Canucks and Beyond. Oh, and I just got email from my mom. She loves me.
If you really want to do something special, and have a very good laugh, check out The Onion’s Valentine’s Day 2007 headquarters page. Featuring a fun quiz and safe for work e-cards.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Put your feet up and lots of chocolates (or cinnamon hearts, or Cadbury mini eggs, or those hearts with the messages on them…)
Without Dave this episode we have a special guest joining J.J., Alanah, John and me for some good ol’ fashioned hockey talk. Run time 49:41, visit site to play or click here for mp3.
…we did find another blogger who loves the Canucks as well, but youâ€™ll also hear about the â€œother teamâ€ he follows. Sean, aka Zanstorm, from Waiting For Stanley joins us from Smithers, B.C. to discuss the last two games against the Blackhawks and Thrashers.
Record as of this episode: 31-21-4
Northwest Division: 2nd
Western Conference: 7th
The hunt for the playoffs is on, so we cover some of that ground after getting to know a little more about Sean. John and J.J. also report back on what they can remember about the Thrashers game at GM Place. Rebecca checks in with the ever intriguing players blogs, and we canâ€™t help ourselves from addressing the trade talks.
* Waiting For Stanley – Seanâ€™s fan blog
When I first started blogging I think it was just something neat I wanted to try out. The first blog I ever read in a sense was Matthew Good‘s, from there I found more Vancouver blogs and eventually podcasts. Sometimes John and I get asked how to get into blogging, and I’m sure there are people out there (myself included) who want to know how to make a little more out of our sites.
Over time I developed my own little rules and protocol (e.g. quote your sources, spread some link love and keep an open dialogue in your comments etc.) but I had never read a useful and practical list until first I saw Tony Pierce’s “How to Blog“, way back when.
12. link like crazy. link anyone who links you, link your favorites, link your friends. dont be a prude. linking is what seperates bloggers from apes. and especially link if you’re trying to prove a point and someone else said it first. it lends credibility even if youre full of shi*t.
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Update: I have two tickets to the Festival, Sunday May 20th $45/each. Drop me a line via the Contact Form if you’re interested – thanks!
Update to my post about the Virgin Festival in Vancouver, May 21-22 [Miss604]. As of February 10th, Muse has officially been removed from the bill for the Sunday show at the Festival. I am 90% ready to sell my tickets to the event right now.
Seeing as I have an embarrassingly long commute to work each day, (not to mention first dropping 3 kids off at 3 different locations most days) I spend a lot of time listening to the radio each day. I do not have any professional insight (unlike some people we know) into this but as a regular listener I’m vastly unimpressed and find myself frustrated, searching for CD’s to break the boredom.
Although I do greatly appreciate ‘Traffic and weather together on the 1’s’ from News1130. It’s not really the kind of station you could listen to for extended periods of time. I find the trashy levels the Fox has sunk to lately quiet disturbing (and I am not a prude in anyway). Their ads that you are ‘never more then 2 minutes away from more rock’ are a complete lie considering the amount of inane babble that goes on before you even hear a single song. I tune in and if I hear a good song, I’ll stick it out but the chances of that happening have been decreasing greatly as of late.
For someone in my demographic, (Female 25-30) that really leaves 2 options, the Beat or Z. I actually find Kid and Nira very funny at times, they have great chemistry and have some interesting topics but as my best friend put it this morning ‘they will not shut up, will they?’. If, on the off chance they decide to play a song (gasp, music? on the radio? in the morning?) I guarantee you 9 times out of 10 it will be Justin Timberlake (or possibly Akon). At least Z95 does play music in the A.M., the mix can be odd at times (still tons of JT and too much Christina for my liking) and their hosts don’t drone on for too long. On occasion they are funny but I find that their jokes sound scripted or that they are trying to hard.
I guess, what I’m getting at , is there any regular radio station in the lower mainland that plays enjoyable music in the morning without too much jabbering (and please no country)?
Guest contributor Jennifer Miles is a mother who loves being active with her family of seven. From camping, baseball, swimming, and day trips, she's a power-mom with a passion for BC living.