Just wanted to a take a minute and talk about this blog.
The recent trend of people making a living off of their blogs had a lot of appeal to me. I do more interesting stuff than anyone I know - why not write about it? I also enjoy writing and sharing my stories with other people. I have a lot of theories, do a lot of crazy experiments, and take a lot of... calculated risks.
My primary source of income was a business I started six years ago that was very successful, but came to a screeching halt. In a way I was glad, though... I was sick of doing it. I'm working on a lot of projects, frantically trying to see what will catch on next. I'm hoping it's this blog.
The way I make money is by getting people to my site, who then see the ads, and hopefully click them. For each click I get a small amount of money. Last week I was featured on College Humor and Fazer.net, which provided me with tons of traffic. As a result, a lot of people linked to me on their blogs, which provided more traffic.
If you like this blog and want to help out, then put a link to it on your page. Even if you don't get a lot of traffic, just having a link really does help. Search engines check how many people link to you and give you a better position if you're more popular. That, in turn, leads to more traffic.
Once I get enough traffic, a few things will happen. I haven't actually had a job for many years, but right now I am required to do things that tie me down to one place. With enough traffic, and therefore enough income, I can go wherever I want. For example, I might just go randomly live in Thailand to see what happens.
Also, once I get enough traffic, I can have giveaways and ridiculous contests. I'll be a jerk and hound all sorts of companies to give me stuff to give to you guys. It'll be like christmas every week.
A lot of you have linked to me already, and I really appreciate it. In my logs I can see everyone who has linked to me and I've gone to all of your sites (and read the interesting commentary on my posts).
If the ads really bother you and you're not going to click them anyway, you can install firefox and Adblock and it will filter them all out.
I know this is rather out of date, but I'd just like to note that if you had a standard 88x31 link image, it would help those who have sections on their sites/blogs specifically for links.
Just a suggestion.
I enjoy your blog and I'll link to it, no problem! If you had a link section and linked back to some of us, I think people would be more willing, plus we get spidered more by the search engines and get a higher ranking.
Anyway I enjoy reading your posts, keep 'em coming!
Let's be honest: My blog is pretty cool. It's not nearly as popular at Boingboing, Tuckermax, or that weird housewife who writes about her kids, but I have a pretty steady readership who all post comments and get something out of the site. Since I started around a year ago, I've averaged 1200 unique readers a day (half of that is thanks to huge spikes from digg and such). My blog hasn't made me rich, but I've probably made a few thousand dollars, which is a nice side effect. More importantly it's made me a much better writer, and has helped me chronicle the past year of my life.
What I'm saying is this : I can't help you build the next Engadget or WWTDD, but I can help you get started to building a moderately popular blog.
First you need decent hosting and Wordpress. Don't mess with blogger - no one reads blogger blogs because they all look the same and don't have cool plugins that you need. I know you can customize it and all, but stop arguing and do it my way.
Just a quick thought. Your website has so many visitors, and I bet you could make a lot of money putting some ads on it. But I kind of admire that you don't. I understand people putting ads on their websites, because it is business and an easy way to make money can be quite nice. However, I can't help but feel that people not putting ads are more... how should I put it... I often view them as superior in an intangible sense. I'm struggling to grasp in which. Attitude, pride, standards, noble? Hmm.
With your websites and ads, I wondered why you don't put up any. You don't need the money? Or is it from some kind of internal stance, and you wouldn't put any in either way? By the way, reading your website feels, to me, nice independent of content cause no ads are there to annoy me. These days it seems you can't read many good blogs without drowning in ads.
My blog doesn't generate enough constant traffic to make me consider adding any, but... I wonder, would I? I don't know. It's like the pride matter, though not the same.
Ps. I liked your absurdity post