Sunday, February 24, 2008

Winter's Blue Skies


Winter's Blue Skies, West Odessa, Texas

I thought it was interesting after I posted that email I received yesterday that I got a lot of comments outside my normal circle and so quickly. Just goes to show you the power of Google search. Whatever it was I'm not interested in that particular venture.

Frances asked how I felt about ads in blogs. Being the capitalist that I am, I don't have a moral objection. I enjoy several blogs that take ads, for example WiseBread and Lifehacker. I appreciate the work and valuable information that goes into them day in and day out. I am sure it is the income from ads that enables those writers to devote themselves to their subjects that otherwise they wouldn't be able to afford to do. We all gotta eat.

The moral test for me, though, is being honest about ads. There are blogs that act like a personal blog, but are actually one on-going ad for some product or another, usually an ebook. After a few posts, it quickly becomes obvious what they are up to and then has the exact opposite effect by making what they're hawking seem bogus to me. There also are blogs that are nothing more than consumers-for-hire, paid to favorably review products, without disclosing that fact. That's just two examples of blogs I've seen that rely upon your believing they are something they aren't in order to sell you crap. I'm sure there are more.

Ultimately for me, this blog is my personal place to reach out to other like-minded people, to make new friends, and to challenge myself creatively. But should I ever venture into something else, I would say so up front.

By the way, if you are adamant yourself about no-ad blogging, then check out the adfreeblog logo you can put on your blog. If on the other hand, you are curious about receiving revenue from blogging, then here's the first review of blog ad systems that I found.

Note: This, like all my 416 previous posts, is ad and revenue free. (And worth every penny.)

11 comments:

Bobbie said...

Love these beautiful thistle heads. Soon we will be seeing pictures of green and growing things, but I will miss these winter shots that you have shown us. Some will stay in my memory forever, like the spent tulips, and the melons.

nelda said...

That is a beautiful picture (even if of dead things! LOL) Since there are no hills around that you could have stood at the foot of, or at least, lower than the thistles, what I'm wondering is, "did you lay on your belly to take that shot"? Whatever you did, it's a great shot. Love you lots!

Bev said...

They look like the winter versions of the summer dandelions on Lisa's blog recently. They are still there though, like the silhoettes of winter trees, dormant until the spring.

Godinla said...

Lovin' it more and more. You have the eye.

John said...

The sky is magnificent - the ads do not bother me as much as the spyware so often thrown in as a kicker.

Sweet Irene said...

Oh, what a lovely photograph and what a nice sky to lie under. Is it a warm sky?

I am so ready for springtime and growing things to pop out of the ground.

I don't care which weed it is, they are all welcome.

Godinla said...

Hey West Texas, I added your blog to my blog's link list. If that's not cool, let me know and I'll take it off. Your blog is so worth it though. I wish more people read my blog so that they could get turned onto yours. Keep snappin'.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am God. I blog too. This month has 29 days. Leap year. Boy, I love those electronic quilts by John Mora.

God hates word verification. Tolerates ads.

God likes your mom.

D.C. Confidential said...

One of these days, I'm coming to West Texas and going on a photo safari with you. Love this photo! Absolutely beautiful.

Neda said...

Debi, do you know how much I love you? ...come see for yourself :)!!

Kris Cahill said...

This is a beautiful photo, Debi! So inspiring to me. I love the angle you are shooting from, the dance of the thistles, the color of the sky. Lovely.