Let me just start this off by apologizing for the ads on the blog. I hate them. They're annoying, they slow down load times and have I mentioned they're annoying. Especially the pop ups. Effing hate the pop-ups.
And I know you guys feel the same way because I've read your comments, e-mails, tweets and Facebooks messages.
But I've got to be honest with you, they're essential to the blog. In fact, without them the blog ceases to exist.
For the first three years of TheNYRBlog, I basically churned out 10-12 blog posts a day for free. I did it because of my love of the Rangers and the dedication I had towards to the readership of this blog. But that kind of commitment takes away from my family, friends and work.
Pride from building one of the most popular Rangers blogs on the net can only keep you motivated for so long.
Making some money with this little blog was always a goal of mine, but I really didn't have the time or resources to solicit ads. And asking you guys to pay for content was never an option.
Enter Bloguin in the Fall of 2010.
Basically they said, we'll host you for free and set you up with major advertisers. SOLD!!!!
Now I know Bloguin has their own issues. Their servers are slow, crash a lot and can be easily hacked. And trust me, I've let them know of my displeasure with a lot of what goes on around here. In fact, I'm surprised they haven't dropped me with all my complaints. But I digress. Despite all that, they were and still are the only blog network to reach out to me and offer to pay me to blog. So I am loyal to them. Also, every ad that is placed on the blog is 100% approved by me.
Are there a lot of ads on the blog? Absolutely. But that's only because companies don't pay very much to advertise on some small time Rangers blog. So the more ads I have, the more money the blog makes and the more likely it is that I keep this thing going.
Sure you can call me a sellout for saying money is a motivation, but when you put in as much time as I have with this blog over the last 5+ years it's nice to be rewarded with some green stuff every once in awhile. In fact, you guys can pretty much blame yourselves, because without the popularity of the blog I wouldn't be making any money with the ads and would have removed them long ago. So for that, I thank you. lol
In all seriousness, I am very thankful for my readership. You guys are the single reason the blog has gotten as big as it has. I don't have the backing of a major media conglomerate and Bloguin isn't exactly the most popular blog network out there. So without you spreading the word through Twitter, Facebook and talking with fellow Rangers fans this blog would have shutdown years ago. I wish there was another way, but there's not.
Although, if you have one, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So what I ask you is this. The next time the blog takes a little longer to load or an ad pops-up or some random audio blasts, just remember those minor nuisances are what helps keep this blog going. I think you'd agree that that alternative (no blog) is much worse.
Oh yeah, one last thing…Let's Go Rangers!!!!!!!