On practically every website you visit these days, you’ll see ads of some sort or another. Some are just text ads, a simple non-threatening sentence such as, “See the all new 2016 Volvo.” And, then there are the enticing teaser ads such as, “Twenty Celebrities Who Got Old Too Fast.” Click on one of these and you open a whole can of Pandora’s worms. Arrows that point in every direction, none of which takes you where you wanted to go. Unfortunately, that’s how many websites survive. It’s an advertising medium after all, and like radio, television, and magazines, they need to run ads to generate revenue.
When I started Brainshowers back in October, I vowed not to have it junked up with a bunch of ads. I wanted it to be “commercial free,” like public television only not as boring. So, how does Brainshowers survive? Well, in the beginning it was self-funded, but didn’t cost a lot. Just a domain name, a small fee to WordPress, and a heck of a lot of my time. But, it was not my intention to run a non-profit venture that was that time-consuming. So, is there a punch line?
Yes. There ARE ads on Brainshowers. They are the unobtrusive links you see at the top of the page. “Freelance Writing,” “Logo Design,” and a link to my business site “BillVancil.com.” This is how I earn money. Since I started Brainshowers, I have designed a logo for an internet music station, built a website for another, designed a website for a large craft store, edited official letters to assist attorneys in immigration cases, and recorded telephone answering prompts for a major hospital.
So, Brainshowers is not really ad free. But, is this why I started this blog? To advertise what I do and make money? Not at all, it was an afterthought actually. I started it because I wanted to share stories from what I think has been a pretty interesting journey through several decades. I love to write. Just as I’ve loved to design and do radio. As many successful people will tell you. “Do what you love doing, do it well, and in time the money will follow.”
What can we create for you? Or, somebody you know. BillVancil.com