Am I a Sellout?

When I started the Geekorium (back then, just "nunnone"), I decided to do it without ads. It was a protest against the appalling punch-the-monkey type ads that were most common at the time, and something I felt proud of. My website was not made to "generate revenue", it was a place to be me and as such I was happy to pay for it out of my own pocket. It's sort of my only expensive hobby that Mil looks away for.

Then a year ago I briefly dabbled with putting ads on my site, then in my feeds. I never generated any money from them, and they cluttered up my site so I killed them, and I'm still happily ad free here.

Vintage Ads
Ad Free? Not any more!
Image By D'oh Boy (Mark Holloway)

But I kinda feel the pressure to have ads on my First Waves site, so I've done it. I feel kind of dirty, but as someone who wants to make money off of this thing called the internet, I feel it's my duty to understand how the advertising world works. If only so one day if someone asks me to help them set it up I can do so without looking like a goob.
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Hoping for Feedback, So Far Getting Static

Wooly hat
This photo is not relevant to the rest of this post.
Cute though huh?

One of the biggest problems I face when I contribute anywhere on the internet is feedback. Often there just isn't any.

Whether it's Twitter, this website, Firstwaves.org, Reader, Buzz, Fizz, Flickr, Facebook, Shittr, whatever, I just don't get much feedback at all.

It's partly because I'm a self obsessed narcissist1 that this bothers me so, but mostly because I just want to know what I can do better. What I'd like to know is if people find the things I share or write about are interesting, well written, useful, or pertinent so I can adjust my focus accordingly.
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  1. and isn't everyone with a website a self obsessed narcissist? []

So I get it the first time next time:

Why don't I just learn, once and for all... if I've not seen someone in ages, and want to talk and hang out and drink... DON'T GO TO A MOVIE. Unless the movie is the greatest movie ever, I'll just be disappointed.

Stupid life doesn't have do-overs if you do it wrong the first time.

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