First of all guys an apology is in order. I know that my skills at responding to comments/leaving comments on the blogs I read/generally acting like a decent human being have all gone way downhill.
The fact is, I’ve just been busy, really busy and I get caught in a vicious cycle that goes like this.
(Get’s back from work exhausted.)
“Comments! I’ll answer them in the morning, when my brain no longer resembles a bowl of tapioca and I am capable of giving each of these the attention and respect they deserve.”
(Eight fitful hours later)
“And there’s the last of my formatting for the day's post. Now to get to those comments.”
(Glances at the clock, notices I have seven minutes to get to work.)
“Mother of God.”
On the days I’m not working replace working with working at my other job, working on my various neglected writing projects, letting my loved ones know I am still alive, seeing the sun.
This is no excuse for being rude, and if you took the time to post something and were left thinking “Whatta douchebag.” I can only apologize. I’d like to say that I’m sorry and that this will get better soon. And it will… eventually. Unfortunately it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. May is simply put going to be a bitch. It’s going to be a remarkably exciting bitch, to be sure. But I’m going to be in serious crunch mode for awhile.
One of the things that I’m proudest of at Things That Don’t Suck is the consistency of the content. Simply put if I have to choose between putting out six posts a week, or four posts with every comment answer I’m afraid I’m going to choose six posts, right or wrong. Which brings me to the next point.
2) I’m going to have to experiment with some advertising on the site. It’s not a decision I’ve made lightly. I’ve been very proud to keep Things That Don’t Suck ad free since its Inception.
However, not to get into too much personal detail, but related to my extreme busyness, my cost of living is about to go up. Dramatically. This isn’t a tale of woe. In fact I’m pretty excited about what’s going to be going on. But the fact remains that for the time I put into it, I can literally no longer afford to ignore this blog as a source of income. I have two options. I can either choose to put less time into Things That Don’t Suck, or I can experiment with it as a source of income. I’ve gone for the latter.
The key word here is experiment. I don’t know what form this advertising will be taking it, whether it’ll be through Amazon, Google, third party rent space or some combination of the three. I’m basically going for what is as unobtrusive as possible. This is all my way of saying you might see a few different permutations over the next couple of days and weeks as I try to fine tune things. I can only ask you to work with me a little and I promise you that if it gets to the point where I realize there is no way to make ads compatible with Things That Don’t Suck, it will be the ads that will go, not the blog.
As always I am extremely grateful to anyone who takes the time to read my work. There’s a great community of readers here at Things That Don’t Suck that is as gratifying to me as anything I’ve actually written. That’s why I’m taking the time to explain the situation. We’ve hit a little bump in the road, but Things That Don’t Suck is still strong, and it’ll only be getting better.
As always thank you for your time.