I've resisted those sorts of things in the past mostly because they don't really change the game for me in any relevant way. The meager ad revenue I would likely realize isn't going to change the fact that I have to put my lawyer pants on every day, and most affiliation opportunities out there don't seem to present many advantages. Yeah, Blogspot is pretty low rent, but it has worked thus far. And let's face it: I'm lazy, so really sprucing up the joint has always seemed like a daunting task.
But ad and affiliation opportunities keep popping up, and the longer I go on, the better some of them look. To that end, I'm thinking about making a couple of changes around here. But before I do anything, I'd like your thoughts. Specifically:
- Would some ads turn you off? I'm not talking about pop ups or anything really ugly, but it could be something a tad more obvious than AdSense text ads. I'll admit that I'm not plugged into the CW on this these days. There was a time when ads seemed anathema to all that was good and holy on the Internet, but that's practically ancient history. Still, I get a little irked when I see a ton of ads show up on a site that previously had none, and I'd like to get your thoughts on that as well.
- Would housing this blog on a sports/sports blog network a la MVN, YardBarker, Bleacher Report etc. (those are only examples) be something that would bug you? I would obviously never put it anywhere that would compromise the editorial voice of ShysterBall -- and I'd almost certainly keep the name and redirect urls to wherever I may go -- but that kind of move would inevitably change the look and feel of the blog, and I'm curious how people feel about that.
So let me know what you think. Feel free to be anonymous if you want. Feel free to email me if you don't want to write something in the comments. Feel free to call me a whiny flaky wussbag for even worrying about such things in the first place. But I would like to hear from you.