An upset - well, maybe upset is a strong word, but they
weren't pleased - reader emailed me, complaining that my post
yesterday including a quote from a person was misleading because it
insinuated the message was emailed to me personally. I find that odd,
because normally I say, "this was emailed to me." Of course, I could
have said, "This was a comment posted about my comic in response to the
'Mike's Favorite Author' storyline on Orson Scott Card's official forum
as the entire storyline was, indeed, a reference to the author and how
many of his fans have felt after a few essays he wrote on homosexuality
in relation to doctorines in the Church of Latter Day Saints and gay
marriage, respectively," but I was also trying to post something I
thought was funny without giving people with itchy flame fingers
something to search out and attack. I sincerely hope the person who did
email me about how I "misled" you all will sleep much easier tonight.
That's it. Sorry. I really don't have anything more interesting to say
March 24, 2005
So, I've got a new email address for handling ads only: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send
ad requests there . and ad requests only. I used to have a separate
email address for advertising back on Speakeasy . not setting up a
second one sooner was a large mistake. God knows how many requests I
lost in the usual flood of, "YOU SUCK FOR SAYING ENTERPISE SUCKS!"
And speaking of ads, the advertising rates will be going up as of
Monday, May 2, 2005. By how much, I can't say just yet. However, I
will tell you that if you reserve and pay for space prior to that,
you'll get the current prices ($10 a day for the top banner ad, $15 a
day for the side banner ad). First come, first served. Custom designed
ads still cost extra, price to be agreed upon.
Some happy stats: SomethingPositive.net serves an average of 260,000
pages a day and has just shy of 150,000 readers. Mondays and Thursdays
are our biggest days (upwards of 500,000-600,000 page views), whereas
Wednesdays are our .slowest. days (around 160,000 page views).
And now, advertising hilarity. I contacted a few companies about the
possibility of outsourcing my advertising to them since it takes up a
lot of time. Yeah . that's probably not going to be happening now. The
companies who didn't flat out ignore or hang up on me usually reacted
with a, "Webcomic? How cute! But we usually work with sites who have
an audience larger than five people."
My favorite, of course, was the company who, when I informed them I was
looking to hire them out to run my ads, replied with a form letter
saying what they needed so I could start my exciting ad campaign. I
promptly reminded them I wasn't trying to advertise but instead have
them help me out for a fee. I received a prompt reply of how excited
the were to work for my comic . only it wasn't my comic they mentioned
in the email. In fact, the email was obviously to someone else. The
sales person replied with, "Yea I apologize... that email WAS meant
toward you. I just copy pasted something I sent to another client and
forgot to change the name."
... Okay. Quick lesson in sales. Who can point out what the sales man
did that probably wasn't very wise? -R