Fuse #8

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Poll Time

Okay, so here's the deal. I've all these incredibly smart computer pals who keep looking at my blog and saying things like, "Why don't you allow it to make you any money?". Which, I suppose, is a logical thing to ask. Other blogs don't seem to have any qualms about allowing tiny ads to nest in their vast white nooks and crannies. Why should I be any different? But I'm reluctant to make any changes to this blog without input by you, the viewers at home. Which brings me to...

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The First Ever Fuse #8 Reader Poll

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Here is how it works. To the right, under my pretty pretty picture, lies a little poll that asks you what you prefer. How you the viewers vote in the next week, thusly shall I proceed. Smell that? That's the sweet smell of Democracy, my friends. *sniff* Ahhhhhhhh....

11 Comments:

At 2:03 PM , Blogger Michele said...

It's funny you should mention this as I've wondered the same thing myself. I don't earn anything from my Blog since, so far as I know, no one's ever bought a book from Amazon UK as a result of following a link from my Blog. I shall watch for the outcome of the poll with interest.

 
At 4:55 PM , Anonymous Robin Brande said...

It's nice of you to ask. Really.

 
At 6:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely. The way I look at it, you'll feel more inclined to provide us with our daily dose of fuse number 8, if you don't have a nagging "i should be doing something to pay rent" feeling...

 
At 8:26 PM , Anonymous buller said...

I think it would be a good idea. It would allow you to cloak your OCD in the mantle of commercialism.

 
At 1:22 AM , Blogger Lisa Yee said...

How many times can we vote?

(I used to live in Florida, so that's a legit question.)

 
At 9:14 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Hee hee. I'm open to all comers. If you have a strong opinion, just go with what you feel, man. Far out.

 
At 9:49 AM , Blogger MotherReader said...

If you can make some money, go for it. When I realized that all I needed to do to be an Amazon associate was add a bit of extra code to my book links, I went did it. Not that I have made any money on it, but there remains the possibility. You're producing a high quality blog here and if someone will pay you to put a little ad on it, great. Selling out is when you start touting products falsely, and I can't imagine you ever doing that.

 
At 10:32 AM , Blogger Liz B said...

I think in six months I've made all of 47 cents. Money is a good thing; pays the bills. But what I also like about Amazon associates is that I stopped worrying about copyright and bandwith and space. I have read some mixed things about copyright & bandwith regarding use of jacket covers (one thing I read said it was only OK if the jacket cover wasn't clear and was small.) (If anyone has links to a definate answer on this, let me know; I found mainly individuals musing about it.) So I figured, if I'm part of Amazon Associates, I'm using cover art legally; and with that cool thing where the jacket appears when you put the cursor over the title, it's clear that its connected to Amazon and I'm not worrying about space/ bandwith/ etc.

What I muse about is not so much money, but how access to free ARCs slants my reviews. Not slanting in that I'm saying more positive things than I normally would; slanting in that if I have more copies of things from one publisher, I review more of that publisher. I don't think its significant for YA (since I pick up ARCs at ALA & BEA), but it definately affects the titles I review for picture books. Again, not that I am nicer; but its just that the books I see are the books I'm sent.

 
At 1:41 PM , Anonymous Elizabeth Fama said...

Whatever you want is fine; it's your blog, do whatchoo wanna do. I would only suggest if you go with ads that they're tasteful, they don't pop up, they aren't ridiculously animated (or with sound), and they don't flash and give me seizures.

 
At 4:10 PM , Blogger What Maternal Instinct? said...

I've had mixed luck with ads and ended up nixing all but the Amazon stuff, since it's the only one that brings in any money. Alas, the only time it made more than a coupla bucks is when someone navigated through my site and ordered porn. I made $12 in commissions that month. Sigh.

 
At 3:49 AM , Blogger Camille said...

Like Liz B I use Amazon Associates as a way to legally show book covers. As a school librarian I do t-r-y to model good copyright manners. The ads bring such clutter to a webpage. That is why I do not have them.

 

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