Thursday, March 27, 2014

Busy Month - Not for the Blog - Contributor?

March is coming to a close and I've got one whole post up - my apologies folks. There are a number of projects happening that I am waiting to introduce when the time is right. For now let's just say there could be t-shirts, there is micarta in the press cookin' away, a bench-top belt sander just took its place in my shop and a Shelby Daytona is in progress in the art department. With any luck this means that April will be a huge month for O'Dell Studios. The team has been glued to their desk chairs getting art done and in the mean time the blog is getting ignored.

Additionally, I got to thinking about the Mini Spitfire and the issues it had with the overall fit and finish. I thought it would be worth letting Buck have a look at it and decide if it could be better. It looks like they did and they are sending me a new one. When that arrives I will get an update put together for you guys.

With everything that goes on with the O'Dell Studios team it's hard for me to manage more than 4 or 5 posts a month anyway. I've done as many as 8 and I could do fluff like so much of the rest of the net has to offer - sometimes it's useful content - but I want to focus on high quality content as much as I can. This means photography and photography means Photoshop time, etc. You know how it goes. Bottom line is that I am warming up to the idea of a blog contributor. It's not going to be an easy task if for no other reason than I am asking the internet - though I'm not really. Let me start from the beginning so we don't get ahead of ourselves. You should notice that there are no ads on my blog. Spending that google money sounds appealing and I suppose I could control what ads appear, but there are a couple problems. First and foremost I don't get THAT many views. I doubt this is a money making venture at any rate. Second, that's just not how I want to do it. My content is free to my viewers, period. I fully advocate adblock plus and if you don't know about it you might wanna check it out if you don't want to see ads ever again. I also advocate advertising, so I'm that hypocrite your mom warned you about, but let me explain. The net is this open, vast conglomeration of essentially everything that exists and we're all here to enjoy it. The problem is, we're the ones who have to make it a safe, enjoyable experience for ourselves. You all know that viewing the infinite blue nowhere is dangerous anymore and it should be clear to the human race by now that there will always be someone out there who would rather just take from you than earn their way. To me, this forms a catch-22 situation. Advertising is a powerful tool that honest businesses can use to get their product to consumers. I am fine with seeing relevant ads but I'm not fine with the way relevancy is determined - it's manipulative to monitor our interests and advertise to us based on them. If I visit a gun website I expect to see gun ads. That is the correct way to gain relevancy. Adblock is virtual armor. Bottom line, when the ads get cleaned up, the armor comes off. This doesn't even get into the way malicious software is delivered through dishonest advertising and so called "anti-virus" software is typically laughable at best. So when I see messages saying something about my use of an ad blocker when I visit a website let me put it to you simply - find a different way, or do your part to facilitate change. If you walk into my house and turn on the TV, all you'll see is a blue screen. Advertising has ruined television so I just don't subscribe to it - and it would ruin the internet if it weren't for ad blocking software. Enter the mighty "review". When I want to know about something, I talk to consumers. I wouldn't even consider looking for an advertisement - I honestly don't even know how advertising works because it has little influence on me as a consumer. 

End rant. Let's get back on track. The point is, I have nothing or very little to offer a contributor - so this is really the big problem. I am happy to promote for whatever that person has going on in his or her world in anyway I can. Use the posts as promotional pieces for your own blog, your own space, business, whatever. Obviously I'm looking for that relevancy and quality - advertising done right. The deal is, I can't know if I don't ask and maybe someone out there would enjoy it. That's essentially why I do it. It would be ideal if we are already acquainted. I'd be open to alternatives too. Someone who'd like to do gear swaps or something - pass a knife around for testing and reviewing. I don't really know, there could be something I'm overlooking but I am putting up a promotional venue in trade for additional content. Additional content = more views. More views = better promotion for the contributor and myself of course. If you're thinking it sounds bunk, I fully understand. If you're thinking it sounds like a chance to score yourself some more traffic then let's talk.

Happy Thursday people. If you want to get into a conversation about web ads go for it in the comments or through google+. Sorry again for the quiet month. I am really looking forward to what is coming.