Monday, June 20, 2016

Ten Years Later

Ojito008a

Typecast176

Post-Script: In the interests of self-promotion (which I'm awful at), here are some links to my other blogs, and You Tube channel.

The Line Writer.
A Series of Meaningless Photographs.
Obscure Camera.
Joe's YouTube channel.

At this current moment I see no reason to monetize any of these social media, as I appreciate the idea of a "free" interchange of thoughts; even if the concept of "free" is a matter of self-delusion, since it's all paid for, somehow, indirectly, by some other scheme. I think this is an important component to understanding this age of social media, that we often operate under the false assumption of "free" access to global, internet-based communications, since most social media platforms require no direct pay-to-play membership. In the long term, none of this is really sustainable without someone footing the bills. Understanding the underlying architecture of social media, we have to realize that you and I are the product being bought and sold. As long as we are comfortable with that thought, all is well, in the near term. Yet the idea that my writings, images and videos are being stored on someone else's servers, with no real insurance of their long-term survivability (other than the financial health of the hosting corporation itself), remains a bit unsettling.

Photo via 8"x10" meniscus lens box camera onto photo paper negative. Typecast via Underwood Universal.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Michael H. Gerloff said...

Hurrah to ten years of blogging.
Hurrah to you!

Don't think too much about design update or all the bric-à-brac - enjoy your typing and filming (how much I liked your typing sessions in the park!) and use the time for your great content.

Cheers!
Michael

3:15 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

Congrats on a decade writing this God alone knows how many pages long book of experience! I've enjoyed every minute (:

Regarding monetization: Yes!
Not for the financial gain, but more because it provides another incentive to write and publish, when the drought of comments in the Typosphere lately gets you down.

IME, for the amount of content you have, I'd say you could expect a pretty nice first couple months settling down to around $30/mo with careful Google Adsense placement. Blogger can be limiting in what it allows you to utilize (other than Google-owned ad networks), so your options here are limited. However, there's no reason to not try what you have available and see what happens.

What I think you will find (as I have over the past couple of years) is that your readership is many thousands more than what is indicated by comments, and that a typewriter's worth of free cash every once in awhile is a useful incentive to do what you like doing anyway. :D

1:58 PM  

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