Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Biobrain Sells Out

That's right, people. After blogging for free for over four years now, Doctor Biobrain has finally sold out and now has ads on his site. It's just an experiment at this point, just to see how I feel about it, so it's possible this won't last. And even still, I've only got ads under my posts, using them as a physical divider between my long-ass posts, so it's really almost like a format change.

But still, I've got to admit that I'm doing this for the money. I mean, everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I? And if anything, perhaps now I'll have more incentive to post more frequently and get more readers. As it is, I've always sort of shied away from having toooo big of a readership and post less frequently if I get too many readers, as it kind of freaked me out to have so many people reading my shit. But hell, I'm a big boy so maybe it's time I expand my readership beyond you lucky souls.

I might also start posting the shorter material that I typically write as comments at other blogs. And if the money looks good, I might just sell out completely and start writing the sort of chest-thumping material that people actually want to read, possibly to the point of just regurgitating other people's material while adding a quick "Heh, indeed" or "Harrumph harrumph" (depending on the situation, of course), and maybe go as far as posting girlie pics and links to illegal videos of naked journalists. After which, I suspect I'd go to my local Walmart, buy the largest handgun they've got, and blast my brains out all over my computer.

But then again, this is all just an experiment and the ads might just disappear as quickly as they came. It's not that I need the money, I just feel like maybe I'm cheating myself by not doing it. Or perhaps I'm cheating myself by selling out, I don't know. I guess I'm so old school that I still believe in writing for fun. I've been doing this shit since before blogs were invented and miss the days when I could directly debate on Usenet's messageboards, rather than writing alone on my own website. Oh well, we'll see how this goes.


Mike Goldman said...

I remember the Groupmail vs. ECHOmail wars...which probably makes no sense to anyone who wasn't on FIDOnet.

Anyhow, good luck with the ads. My ad blocker protected me from seeing them.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Yeah, that really doesn't make sense to me, as I don't even know what FIDOnet is.

And yeah, I'm not really proud of having ads. I just felt kind of stupid if I'm throwing money away.

What really burns me is that I was about to set-up ads back when I first started, but decided against the idea and bailed at the last minute. Shortly thereafter, I got a link from Jonah Goldberg for an insulting post I made of him and my traffic soared for a few days. None of them left a comment or stuck around, but I could have made a few bucks off of them. After that, I took a sense of pride in not having ads.

Betsy said...

As I have mentioned before, I am usually a lurker but you are the first place out of 30 political blogs I go to each day. I am one of those horrible old people (68) but a liberal so I forgive myself for growing old. Anyway, you are one of the most sensible, clarifying voices out there. I will click on your ads (even though I almost never do that) in order to show my support. You deserve it. Again thank you for what you do, you do it extremely well.

Doctor Biobrain said...

Wow Betsy, you just totally made my day. I was having a good day too, but your comment was definitely the cherry on top. Thanks for the message.

And yes, sixty-eight IS pretty old. Have you thought about recycling yourself yet, to help get Obama's healthcare costs down? I hear Michelle Obama's been having some problems with her organic garden. That way, not only will we save money on Medicare, but you'll help keep those expensive fertilizer costs down without wasting precious cementary space. That's a real trifecta of savings!