Friday, March 17, 2006

My surrender to crass commercialism: PJ ads

A couple of days ago I glanced at my sitemeter and noticed a dribble of hits coming from Instapundit. If this was an Instanlanche, it was the smallest one on the face of the earth, which seemed impossible--any mention by Glenn, however modest, would ordinarily glean far more traffic than a grand total of about ten hits an hour. I went to Instapundit to see what was what, but could find neither hide nor hair of myself.

But still the hits kept coming, and then a few more, randomly, from other blogs that hadn't linked me either. A puzzlement. The mystery was solved when I noticed I'd been featured in a PJ Media ad that was circulating around the various member blogs.

Including my own. Apparently I was advertising myself on my blog, too, via PJ Media ads---a rather circular phenomenon, like the symbol for infinity, the snake devouring its own tail.

And, although I was initially wary, it turns out I actually rather like the PJ ads. I think they're visually attractive, as ads go, and I enjoy the way they switch around unpredictably (do I hear you saying, "Neo, please get a life?"), sort of like the horse of a different color in "The Wizard of Oz."

So, what do you think of them?


At 5:45 PM, March 17, 2006, Blogger Ymarsakar said...

I think the ads have some margin problems when new lengthy ones replace old short ones. Sometimes they overlap and cover critical links up.

At 9:36 PM, March 17, 2006, Anonymous meander said...

I have to admit I'm fairly oblivious to ads but I'm in favor of anything (that isn't overly distracting) that could be financially advantageous to the bloggers I read. You all obviously put in an incredible amount of care and thought into your postings and your readership benefits from your efforts.

At 12:40 AM, March 18, 2006, Blogger camojack said...

I guess I'm a member of the "Pajama Media" too, albeit not officially. Besides, I don't even own any actual pajamas...


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