Support from Readers = Love

For me, it's been hugely interesting to see how Jason Kottke has handled his recent transition from full-time employee to full-time blogger. His transition has been covered everywhere lately, and it's starting to really look like he's going to be able to make this happen. Here's the evidence: his ever growing list of "micropatrons".

While I disagree that putting advertisements on a blog unnecessarily brings in a potentially unwelcome third party, I believe that Kottke handled his transition and asked for support in the only way that he could have. I don't think advertisements would have even worked on his site, because he really doesn't write about anything in particular. In fact, it's been proven somewhat that to make Google Adsense work effectively, you need to actually write on a topic and that topic alone. So far, my Google ads on the sidebar have made no sense whatsoever. They are simply there, offering up jamband tickets and/or blog startups that really have nothing to do with what I'm trying to write about. The funnier truth is that, like many bloggers, this blog lacks the focus necessary to create coherent thoughts most blog readers and advertisement content bots enjoy.

I'm pretty positive that Jason Kottke has already accomplished what he guessed he could, and congratulations to him for following the path less-traveled.


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