Archive for April, 2006


Ad Report

April 30, 2006

A while back I started putting ads on, not knowing exactly what would happen or if I’d keep them around or not. Shortly thereafter I wrote about how spotty the ad revenue seemed to be and decided to get rid of them. Just at that time, however, Darren over at decided to use me as an example – a bad example. In other words, he had a few suggestions for me on the placement and type of my ads. So naturally I implemented some of his advice. How did it work out? It’s been a month and here’s where things stand.

I made over $14 in April (about $0.47 a day), for 60 ad clicks (about 2 per day).

Okay, so I’m not getting rich off these ads. But here’s my thinking. If I keep the ads up I’ll be getting a $100 check from Google some time in October, and that’s better than a sharp stick in the eye. And that doesn’t figure for growth, either. After all, traffic to this humble blog has grown and grown over the last four years. I’m not counting any chickens before they hatch, but suffice it to say that if the trend continues I may be seeing that $100 check sooner than October. Plus Darren may come up with some more good optimization advice for me!

PS. I didn’t want to mention the ads again because I fear that when I do it results in a flurry of clicks that cloud my picture of what my “normal” ad revenue is, but I said I’d report back so I did.

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Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

April 29, 2006

Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston

Originally uploaded by scottfeldstein.

I amuse myself! Here’s the real photo. (LINK FIXED!)

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I’m boring right now. Read something else.

April 29, 2006

I’ve got blogers block. While I get over it, here’s some links to check out.


DL In The Shepherd

April 27, 2006

Ha! I got quoted in the Shepherd. I hear they even used a photo of mine in the print article. Does anyone have last week’s Shepherd? I’d so love to have the paper issue.

UPDATE: I remembered that I work in a library (duh) so I walked down one flight of stairs, got the Shepherd and scanned it. So here is a pdf of the print article.

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My Own Homo Ribbon

April 26, 2006

“HOMOSEXUALITY IS SIN” read the banner. Three young men were holding it up on Wisconsin Avenue right outside my office. Hey, it’s a free country. If you want to believe that some supernatural omniscient being disapproves of your neighbor, fine by me. But I noticed one of the banner holders was speaking to a passing student. I heard the word “homosexuality,” but the student himself didn’t pause and didn’t say a word in reply.

After the student had passed I asked the banner guy: “what were you saying to that kid?”

“I said we don’t believe gay people are truly happy.”

“I see,” I said – although I most assuredly didn’t. “And why were you saying it to him in particular?”

“Because he had on a ‘Day of Silence’ t-shirt. You know what that is?”

I did. My daughter told me about it. It’s this thing where young people take pledges of silence to draw attention to the plight of gay people who so often have to live in silence themselves, hiding their identity. It’s non-confrontational and yet serves as a poignant reminder of how some Americans are forced to live.

“And besides,” the banner holder continued; “he had a ‘homo ribbon’ on.”

“Really. Well excuse me,” I said. “I have to go get my own ‘homo ribbon’.”

So here it is.



April 26, 2006

32 percent.

That’s all that’s left of George W. Bush’s approval rating, according to this week’s CNN poll. Just 32 percent of the American public believes the president is handling is job well.

The other 68 percent (well, a few dozen of them, anyway) will gather tonight — Wednesday, April 26 — for this week’s installment of Drinking Liberally, Milwaukee. 7 pm onward, at Club Garibaldi (where a pint of beer might cost less than a gallon of gas), 2501 S Superior St.

See you there!

Stacie, Jason, Scott and the rest of the hardcore DL regs


Don’t Mess With The Net

April 25, 2006

Telephone and cable companies are trying to restrict the net for their own gain – and our loss. I don’t want that to happen. Do you? Click here to find out more.

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