Out of the Blue

Thanks for the copious feedback on the Flash ad dealie, it has been very interesting reading, and for all those that have expressed such strong encouragement and support for what we are doing, consider yourselves doubly-thanked, as that is what makes all this worthwhile. The latest on the ad, btw, is that it's back in the "shop" to see if it can be made to stop showing repeatedly during the same visit to the site.

More on advertising stuff... in the discussions about all this brouhaha, one of the concepts that's frequently suggested is to get the site "sponsored," which inspired the brainstorm that adding a text link to sponsor a days worth of news as a logical way to get rolling with that. I put a sample of such a link in today's date-bar for the folks at BAWLS... I've managed to wrangle a couple of free cases of the stuff over time, so we can even consider this one "paid" for.

If you are interested in sponsoring a days worth of news, contact me. This is meant for corporate-type sponsors, we appreciate the offers of support from readers, but individuals should resist any temptation to do this for charity (unless you're filthy rich, in which case just go nuts), this should be for those with products or services to offer. Anyway, if you do so, you won't get BAWLS-style pimpage (that has never had anything to do with advertising, just my own affection for their product), but it's pretty obvious from reader feedback on the ads issue that there are enough folks out there that will appreciate the support you would be providing us with to make this or some variation on it a very desirable position.

Link of the Day: Our Lady of Toast, Mother of Toasters. Thanks EvilToast (who else?).
Story of the Day: Child's name offered to highest bidder (CNN). Thanks Jonathan Ruff. I hope this kid ends up named Anusol Schroeder.
Bonus Story: Dog Fends Off Alligator, Protects Elderly Woman in Fort Myers. Thanks theAntiELVIS. And the dog's name is Blue! =]
Follow-up: Bronze Age 'iceman' killed by arrow (CNN). He was fragged! Thanks [MP] Wolverine [MP].
Media of the Day: APOD 2001 July 26 - Madagascar Totality. Thanks brother19.

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Well, you don't necessarily have to lose his wonderful artistic talents... talk to him about profit sharing (and the creative control issues involved). It is very likely that Walter fully understands the economic situation that Blue's is going through, given that Walter has been doing Web design / advertising for such a long time.

I can't imagine how a publisher or game company wouldn't like to have him do the logo either... (with their approval on the final work) make it a stipulation perhaps (if they want to advertise using that method, Walter gets first option on doing the logo); if no companies are willing to go along with that, keep the system as is (that is, the logo not being sponsored).

And you could even alternate, one week do a sponsor, the next week don't; so that you can still do Quake1 logos (and other such).

Obviously though, if you're getting into corporate approval of the ad - well, that can be a major pain (Walter does an ad, the company doesn't like it, Walter has wasted time, etc.). But if it helps to keep the site running...
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