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The great advertising argument


Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 13 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 13 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Regular visitors will have noticed the re-appearance of ads on the site. There is one ad per page, up at the top.

The site has been ad-free for a number of months now, but sites cost money to run, and as traffic continues to grow, so do costs. So ads are back, at least for a trial period, but the site remains, of course, completely free of commercial interference in the decisions taken as to what is posted. If that makes sense. Frankly, it probably doesn’t, so just read the legal bumpf found at the bottom of the sidebar if you’re especially worried. Which, frankly, you’re not.

Since I haven’t done a ‘This Blogging Month’ type post for a while, I might as well give you a quick update on site performance: The site’s millionth hit this year was reached last month, and the site is continuing to attract over 4,000 hits per day, or over 120,000 per month. Most visitors to the site are from the States (nearly a third, in fact).

So there’s a very brief update for you, and I hope you don’t find the advertising too intrusive.

This 771st post was filed under: Site Updates.

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Comments and responses

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

by sjhoward

Comment posted at 15:15 on 9th December 2005.

Just a quick addition to point out that ads do not appear on printed copies of the site, just in case you were worried about excessive use of your precious colour ink! 😉

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Trackback received at 23:24 on 4th June 2006.

This post has been referenced by another on this site:
sjhoward.co.uk » Separating advertising and editorial - is it possible?

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Trackback received at 23:12 on 3rd April 2008.

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sjhoward.co.uk » The great advertising argument returns

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