BLOGGING NOTES, HOUSEKEEPING AND POLICY CHANGES
Ahem. A rare address on the state of Zenpundit
. First, the blogroll.
I have added some newcomers to the blogroll - many thanks to Dave Schuler
of the Glittering Eye
and Tom Scudder
for their suggestions - more changes will soon be forthcoming but for now you can welcome:Ann AlthouseBliss Street JournalChicago BoyzHistory UnfoldingSyriaCommentWindow on the Arab World, and More !
A fine group of blogs worth your online time to peruse. The next batch of additions will remediate some topical or domain gaps on my blogroll that I believe need plugging. There will be a few deletions of dead or dying blogs or people whom I do not read that often and who, in the interim, appear to have gone insane or joined a sect of unreconstructed wingnuts.
Secondly, after some reflection, I have decided to accept some degree of paid
advertising from a reputable company which can be seen in the form of unobtrusive text ads in the margin. I have had inquiries in this regard in the past but have never accepted until now. Why alter my policy ?
While I do not need the money per se I do incur some costs from subscriptions to periodicals, online data bases and ( an exceedingly large number of) books that support my blogging that I might not otherwise have purchased. Moreover, I have plans for upgrading Zenpundit
in the near term that involve additional expenditures and it would be nice if the blog can self-finance at least some of these things.
Therefore, I will accept some sponsors who offer products or services that have nothing to do with the topics on which I usually write. If it could be reasonably construed as a conflict of interest I simply won't take the ad. Completely off-limits would be ads from partisan political campaigns or websites of an adult nature ( call it the "no politicians or whores" rule). Also rejected a priori are gaudy, bandwith sucking, banner ads or pop-ups because I find such things very annoying myself and do not wish to inconvenience my readers.
Other than that, let capitalism reign.