Advertising and the Tiny Ouroboros

Advertising: the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
~Stephen Leacock

Some of you might notice the Creative Commons license in the sidebar. That’s kind of a side-effect of some things I’ve been mulling about concerning this blog.

It would be very hypocritical of me to condemn advertising and then turn around and put advertising on my blog. WordPress says that it does occasionally put ads on blogs (unless you pay for the ad-free thing, which I cannot afford). But I’m not putting any advertising up. I had a few Amazon affiliate links, and eventually all those will be gone. There will be no 200×200 ads for other people’s products…I’m not going to endorse something I haven’t read and I don’t have the money for buying e-books.

So while it would be cool to have a blog that actually makes money, I’m not going to hold my breath. I have the eerie feeling that the Ouroboros will remain a blog with a small readership. I’m not the helpful type of person that writes blogs that bring in the readers. Not saying that it’s a bad thing if you are a helpful person. Helpful people are cool. Too bad I’m not really one of them.

I’m not going to charge for anything. If I finally get around to finishing the e-book I started (one day, dammit, one day), it will be released free of charge. I can’t make myself charge money for possessions I don’t want anymore and I can’t see myself asking $29.99 for a virtual book that cost me a few spare hours to put together. If I charged, it would be more like $5, and at that point you might as well release it for free.

So there you go. No ads, no asking you to pay for shit. Unless you want to, and there’s a little donate button off to the side for that. And I imagine with that I’d just buy a domain name and pay for the ad-free “upgrade.”

In a similar vein, I’m not into the “share this!” buttons. They annoy me. The bottom of every post of just about every damn blog I see. I’ve got a Livejournal feed, a Facebook fan page, and if you feel like sharing it, you can just do like I do and copy/paste the link. Doesn’t need to get complicated. I still don’t understand social media and I’m not really sure I want to. If I want social, I’ll go find some people I can hang out with face-to-face.

Here’s something more on-topic, from the Colbert Report, via The Non-Consumer Advocate: The Enemy Within – Backyard Clothesline

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2 Responses to “Advertising and the Tiny Ouroboros”

  1. And yet now you have “Share this” button. I am amused.

    • Huh. Did not notice that before. WordPress keeps changing things on me. : / Have to see if I can get rid of it.

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