Damn.. i've been looking for the past week at bluesnews header and trying to figure what was different. I knew
something was different, just didn't know what exactly was it.
So i noticed today google ads on the right side and was certain they weren't there in the past. So in a moment of enlightenment it hit me.. UGO's logo was no more on the top (and it did take me a few minutes to remember that it was UGO). All i can say is: good for you!
I eventually read the story on the departure and while i sympathize with your concerns regarding pop-ups, they are slowly making a comeback (well.. have been for some time now).
Either way, I hope the change proves useful and pays off. I know google pays good but maybe you should also hook up with an affiliate scheme (gog.com for example).
thanks for all the news posted, i have the feeling it doesn't pay like it used to and you probably do it because you love doing it. I don't post much, but there was way more activity in the past (and a lot more drama coincidentally). Everything evolves and this medium is no different. You need to cater new audiences!