I’ve been getting bugged lately by people wanting to advertise here on my blog. I have already paid WordPress money to guarantee that there would be no advertising, which can appear to non-WordPress bloggers who stumble in here. I also don’t want to use YouTube for the same exact reason: YouTube videos have ads that sometimes appear before the content, and after you view the video it takes you to places other than where I might want.
Google is getting pretty invasive. It seems that no matter where I go online there are ads relevant to me. Yesterday I blogged about the band Black Sabbath and I used Google to look up lyrics to insert into my video. Today I looked up the band Wishbone Ash and on the right-hand column of YouTube there were a ton of Black Sabbath videos for me to click on and watch. Also, often when I go to view content that has ads, those ads are related to searches for products I have recently checked out on Google via their Chrome web browser. What I can’t decide is whether this invasiveness pisses me off or whether I like it; I mean, do I want to look at ads of things I don’t care about or ads I do care about? I guess I don’t like it because it is too obvious that Google is trying to use me to make money without my permission.
Back to my main point.
I have recently gotten e-mails and phone calls from businesses wanting to advertise on my blog here. Are any other people getting bothered this way? These are legit offers although I don’t know how lucrative they might be. The main e-mail that has repeatedly popped up is not automated and wants to give me an annual lump sum and even offered guest professional articles once in a while (which I absolutely don’t want). On the phone I have a short fuse and won’t even hear them out.
I do know one thing: I am busy becoming right now. For better or worse the videos and screencasts are going to continue and hopefully get better. Once I get into a production groove, which will be soon, I will be able to focus on the content more than the mechanics of putting it all together; it will always be an issue, but until I somewhat master the tools I am more focused on cameras and mics and video software than about content.
The answer to these ad people for the immediate time being is “No.” However, if I start getting popular and the offer is good enough then the answer becomes, “I don’t know.” This bothers me.