Today is a big day for btyb. Why? I have an actual advertiser besides google. Actually, google has recently been paying me about twice what I used to get. I have no idea why. My best guess is that they're getting better at figuring out what sorts of ads are appropriate for my site, and people are clicking them. Either way, between my advertiser and google, I now make enough to justify the time I spend writing. What a cool feeling!
Here's how I got my advertiser:
Steve, my boss / compadre, belongs to a group called "Hill Country Outdoors". It's a group that you can join for $15/month or something and they plan cool trips and activities. One such activity was hang gliding, which he invited me along for.
I won't get into the details of hang gliding lessons (in short - not that much fun), but the class was broken into smaller groups, each with its own volunteer teacher. Our teacher was a guy named John who was about our age. Also an entrepreneur, we quickly started talking about business and dropping out of school.
Steve mentioned my article about dropping out, and John paused for a minute.
"Are you the guy who went into the UT tunnels?"
It turns out that he had read my blog off and on in the past. A few months later, he saw the redesign of the site and asked if I'd consider advertising his new site. Pretty cool how these little coincidences stack up, eh?
Unfaced is a sneaky survey you can put on your facebook account to see who's looking at your profile and what they're putting into the survey. If you use facebook, you should definitely check it out and write your thoughts about it here. I'm sure John would be interested in some feedback.
PS - if anyone else wants to advertise, let me know!
As soon as I saw the video, I knew I had to have one. Displayed before me on my screen was a guy carving around in a parking lot at twenty miles an hour on an electric skateboard. It was a beautiful thing.
Years prior Mystery had goaded me into riding a Segway.
"They're SO nerdy."
I saw the article "Memoirs of a Bullied Kid" on the site Single Dad Laughing. It's written by a guy named Dan Pearce, and he seems like a hell of a guy. He's talking about raising his son, about accepting yourself, dealing with conflict, things like that. Pretty inspirational and good stuff.
The Memoirs of a Bullied Kid article must've taken a lot of guts to write, and I massively respect that. That said, I disagree with his conclusion on how to deal with violent bullies. So I want to send some praise and respect in his direction, but also some significant disagreement.
I originally wrote this as a comment for Hacker News, but it came out to about a normal post's length. Tone is more discussion site level than blog post level, but you'll get the gist of it -
"Son, as soon as someone puts their hands on you..."
This comment will be controversial, especially for North Americans and Western Europeans. I ask you to read it and think about it a moment before reacting, and comment if you disagree. I believe what I'm about to say is true, and I'm not trying to get a rise out of people - I want to fix some problems with society.