When I paid $4.39 for gas the other night, it occurred to me that hiking is getting to be an expensive hobby, given that I live in town and all the good trails around here seem to require an 80-mile round trip.
Not hiking is not among the available options, so I’ve decided to put the ads from you-know-where back on the blog. These pay for about two tanks of gas a month, and they stave off the humiliation of begging. I know they’re annoying, but they do serve a purpose: I get at least 10,000 page views a month from search engine surfers — they’re looking for stuff, and believe it or not, they’re occasionally looking for stuff that appears in those ads.
The hundred or so of you who come by here every day or so can just retrain your eyes to ignore them as you did before. It’ll take about 30 seconds.
I’m not going to waste my time or yours with affiliate links or gear shops or similar nonsense. I will waste your time with all my usual chatter about walking on dirt in these parts, but little bits of sponsorship keep the price such for luxury at its appropriate level of zero.
$4.39 Yikes!!! Hey you have to do what you have to do, The Ad’s aren’t that bad. As long as the content stays the same I don’t think anyone will mind.
We just hit $4.00 here in Vegas and I’m sure 4.39 is just around the corner.
You deserve something back for all the time you put into this for your readers. Its a tough time right now in America and everyone can use a little extra. It almost makes me want to start a blog to make a little extra 😛
Thanks for the words of encouragement … I need all I can get sometimes.
Your site is one of the best I know of; very, very few places in cyberworld have this vibe. On behalf of a lot of folks I know who never post here but visit regularly let me say “Thanks for doing it, Tom”. Do whatever you need to do to keep it breathing, so that your wanderings can continue to be shared by a starving people.
We grok you, Tom. Live long and prosper.
We all appreciate your work Tom- We support every effort to keep you in the blogosphere- Write on, advertise on- & most of all hike on!
Well, thanks to your blog I found a hiking Meetup, and I carpool! Just hiked the Skyline to the Sea trail with them, and we carpooled to Big Basin. Amen to that! We are carpooling to the Marin Headlands tomorrow-I see no other way to do it without draining the tank and the wallet.
Well, I didn’t mean to trigger a love-fest, but I’m glad I did!
It means a lot to get some heart-felt attaboys.
(made almost 3 bucks Saturday, which may sound trivial but multiply that by 365 and you’ve got a whole new backpacking kit!)
Tom, just wondering why doesn’t the Mercury pay for your gas mileage? Isn’t it partly work related?
Ann: it’s paid as a freelance gig, so the paper doesn’t cover mileage.