Advertising on Blogs

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This is a topic I've been considering for some time now. Many of you (who don't use an ad-blocker) will have noticed that late last year I began experimenting with placing ads on the blog. The idea behind this was the "get-the-blog-to-pay-for-itself" mentality that most of us go through when we realize that there _are_ costs associated with maintaining a presence online if it's done using your own domain... and what self-respecting geek wouldn't want full control over their site?? So that led me to ads. There are four different kinds of ads on the site: the Firefox referal link (via Google), Google Adsense ads, TTZ Media ads on each post, and most recently an Amazon referal ad (left-side near the bottom). When you let an advertising company into your…
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WordPress Woes: Read the Damned Instructions!

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Recently some of you may have noticed some instability with the theme on this blog. The theme on the blog seemed to reset to the WordPress default without any rhyme or reason. I assumed it was one of the many plugins I had installed to try to provide additional content or functionality on the site. I tried enabling and disabling all of the plugins but to no avail, there didn't seem to be anything that would correct the problem outright. After several hours of frustration, I came across [an article on coderemedy.com](http://www.coderemedy.com/2007/07/27/wordpress-theme-resets-to-default/) which provided an explanation, and pointed me at [Scott Burkett's blog for a solution](http://www.scottburkett.com/index.php/misc/2006-11-15/wordpress-theme-resetting-problem-solved.html). What it boils down to is this: I use [Alex King's WP-Mobile](http://alexking.org/projects/wordpress) plugin to permit the blog to be viewed on small mobile devices…
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