Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

The Year TotD Broke

Enthusiasts, a big announcement: there will be changes.

The site will be migrating. I’m not precisely sure how to do that, but I’m sure I’ll work it out easily enough. My sister-in-law, who is a wonderful person, purchased Thoughtsonthedead.com for me as a Christmas present; BotD may have been involved.

I am getting to it in February; I am a terrible person.

The reason for this is money. Or artistic freedom, if you’d like. Yeah, let’s go with artistic freedom: I would like to be freer, in an artistic sense, to make money off this.

Not in a depraved or greedy way, of course: I won’t be offering payday loans, but a few ads won’t hurt anyone, and you can turn your adblocker on if you want. (I will be pestering you frequently to turn your adblocker off for my site, and then further pestering you to click on the ads. I will do this a lot.)

I’m also gonna figure out that “donate” button, but here’s the deal: we will never speak of it. It’ll be there, and if you’re flush and think I’m worth the price of, say, a humorous novel, then chuck a dollar in the guitar case.

But that thing is just going to appear one day soon and we’re all going to pretend it isn’t there. Dignity above all.

(One might make an argument that not having a “donate” button is rude. Who I am to stop someone from giving me money? Let people live, man. One might further argue that this is purest form of commerce: providing the product for three or four years, and then letting people value it as they choose. Those will be the arguments I make to myself, but still: ixnay on the onateday uttonbay.)

BUT, that’s not all: the TotD store is open for business, and I do not mean that in any literal sense. You cannot buy anything right now, but you will very soon. Final decision on the logo is forthcoming, and there will be design. We’ll start with t-shirts. Mugs? The t-shirt stuff is all third-party now, I don’t see why you cant have mugs.

Fuck it: there will be mugs.

So to recap:

  1. Site moving, but not really because it’s the innertubes and it’s going to be in the same place: on your computer screen. The site’s not going to, like, Kentucky in search of work.
  2. There will be a “donate” button and I don’t want to talk about the “donate” button.
  3. Merch.

2016 will be the Year of the Enthusiast. After all, I’m doing this all for you.

42 Comments

  1. Fantastic, about time ! Cripes, I read a couple years! Archive when I first set eyes on you. WordPress just sounds a little wrong , squashed vowels and such. Good luck on your venture and keep on trucking! Oops sorry Phil truckin.

  2. i look forward to it!

  3. Hears hoping you make so much on ad revenue that that anything you don’t want to talk about just atrophies away, or, alternatively, takes PayPal, either way.

  4. Congratulations on the next big thing!

    Just a heads up on the logo by the way, might want to be careful using too much GD imagery, or you might be visited by the ghost of Hal Kant.

  5. Go Man Go..

    This is great news.

    I love having things that we can not talk about, it proves our relationship is dysfunctional, I would not wish it any other way.

  6. Great, I have always wanted a Harvard mug to display discreetly on my desk.

  7. Congrats man. Did you sign a sponsorship deal with McIntosh? Will we be allowed to mock the ads?

  8. Just wanna get in on the congratulatin’ while it’s all still fresh. Hope this is the start of an excellent chapter for you & the site. Lookin’ forward to clicking on The Button That Shall Not Be Named.

  9. More power to you bro! Go for it. Hope it works out. You sure as hell put a lot of work into this.

  10. http://www.bair.org/portals/0/Images/Donate/donate%20button9.jpg

    I don’t know who the hell Nate is or why anyone would want to “Do” him

  11. Better get this semi-official, soon-to-be-Enthisiast-collector’s-item now, while they last. When they’re gone, they’re gone. And like this blog, they’re free. Send requests to: steven.hurlburt@gmail.com. Cheers, and here’s to the new TotD!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQEXd9aUYAA5nyD.jpg

  12. Better get this semi-official, soon-to-be-Enthisiast-collector’s-item now, while they last. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Like this blog, it/they are free. Send requests to: steven.hurlburt@gmail.com. Five sticker limit, I guess. Cheers, and here’s to the new TotD!

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CQEXd9aUYAA5nyD.jpg

  13. Luther Von Baconson

    February 12, 2016 at 11:15 am

    congratulations & thanks!

  14. Kudos on the move! Everytime that blog migrates to a new host server, bound to … something.

  15. Mike & Gloria Gonna Be My Name

    February 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    I can help you move the heavy stuff, like Benjy in a road case or Wall, on Saturday. I got a truck. Nobody can shit in it though.

  16. Doing things just like the Grateful Dead…
    1. have no discernable business plan up front,
    2. make product available to all for free,
    3. develop mass following based on uniqueness and excellence of product,
    4. make consumption of product indispensable to everyday life,
    5. success!

  17. Meme generator, please.

  18. I’m certain this decision will make you a Hundredaire by 2017 and perhaps a Thousandaire within another 3 years!

    Best of Luck!

  19. When is the IPO?

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