Chad Perrin: SOB

13 March 2008

Look, Ma! No ads!

Filed under: Metalog,Profession,Writing — apotheon @ 11:10

If you’ve been reading SOB for a while, you may have noticed that the ads went away. I’ve had some issues with Google Ads policies (read as: “red tape”). First, my ads became 100% non-paying public service messages and the like, and finally they went away entirely when I changed themes — and I haven’t bothered to put them back (yet).

Well, just to continue to fool myself into believing I’m getting some kind of actual material success out of this endeavor, I’ve decided to try changing my approach to generating some paltry revenue. Look at the top-right, in the right-hand sidebar area, and you’ll see a light blue button-like thing that says “Tip Jar”. If you click on that, it’ll take you to a PayPal payment screen where you can donate money to me with the understanding that the more money I get out of this, the more motivated I will be to keep writing. This means that if my readers keep clicking on that and dropping $10 or so in my lap, I’ll probably write more — though always only when I’m inspired to write something good.

Believe it or not, material gain does actually help me find inspiration, if only because it allows me to slack off from other (more lucrative) places I might pour my inspiration.

I have an ulterior motive, too (What — money isn’t “ulterior” enough?): I’m curious about whether anyone out there appreciates my writing at SOB enough to actually directly contribute to the cost of domain registration, webhosting, and time spent writing and posting online. How many “true fans” do I really have out there? It doesn’t really take much to add up, if there are a lot of you (yeah, right — I should be so lucky). If there were, say, a thousand of you who cared enough to donate regularly, to the tune of about a quarter a day, I’d be able to quit all other paid work and do this for a living at a rate of about $90k per year before taxes.

Of course, the way taxes work for the self-employed, that might come out to the equivalent of about $30k per year (before taxes) for a normal 9-to-5 job, but I’d be willing to suffer at that rate of pay to do what I love and serve my fans.

I suspect I’ll actually make between $0 and $50 per year off my tip jar, of course — and I won’t hold it against anyone if it ends up being $0, of course. That’s the beauty of a gift economy: there are no real expectations. Everything I get, if anything at all, just feels like Christmas.

If someone out there takes the above to mean that he or she should donate twenty-five cents a day, I have a request:

Make the payments no more often than once every four months. I’d much rather get $30 at a time less often than 25¢ per day, for a number of reasons — including the fact that micro-payments with credit cards (how I imagine most such donations would come in) contribute to inflation by driving up the costs of low-price goods and services. In this case, the cost would be absorbed by PayPal, which would gradually increase its cut of what I (and others like me) make off your generous donations to offset the costs.

Yes, this means tips can be paid via major credit cards (and debit cards with the logos of major credit cards on them).

I don’t know if I’ll keep SOB ad-free forever. If I don’t, I’m not sure whether I’d be using Google ads again or something else. I don’t know whether the Tip Jar is permanent.

. . . and, of course, you should feel free to ignore this entire post, or to complain about my money-grubbing capitalistic tendencies, or have whatever other reaction you like. Keep in mind that trolling is frowned upon, and spamming is summarily deleted (or worse), though.

I wish I had something witty to say to wrap this up. Oh, well — no humor today.

I just ate an “organic” apple.

Filed under: Review — Tags: , , — apotheon @ 03:59

For the first time in my life, I just ate an “organic” apple.

In general, Fuji apples are my favorite. I’ve tried a number of different apple types, and Fujis just taste the best to me. They’ve always been standard, non-“organic” apples from the grocery store, though.

A few days ago, the SigO and I were in the grocery store, and we decided to get some fruit. In general, the only fruit I tend to like to eat just as fruit from a grocery store is apples and bananas. The bananas were all really green and didn’t look terribly appetizing, and all the Fuji apples looked bruised and battered, though, so I was about ready to just write off the idea of getting fruit entirely for the time being.

The SigO suggested I have a look at the organic apples, at that point. They cost two or three times as much as the other apples, but I figured “What the hell — I want apples.” I headed over there and had a look.

The organic Fuji apples were huge. Fujis are generally some of the smaller apples available, in my experience, but these were some of the bigger apples I’ve seen (not counting that gigantic chocolate-and-nut covered novelty apple I got for Christmas a couple years ago, about as big as my head). They looked to be in better shape than the non-organic Fuji apples, too, so I was able to pick out a couple to buy and bring home.

They sat in the fridge for a few days. Just now, I finally decided to eat one. I washed it off, sat down on the couch, and started eating.

Damn. That was, bar none, the absolute best apple I have ever had in my life.

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