Once again, the Comment Section provides the quiet wisdom (or annoying demands) that TotD needs. Disqus is terrible, and it will go. Those of you who tried, I appreciate it, but those of you who refused to have anything to do with the shitty layout and privacy bullshit may have been correct. This will be corrected, and soon.
The problem is one of incompatibility, the immovable object and the irresistible force. In this case, the object is the WordPress theme I’ve chosen. Other themes allow for embedded comment images and do some other stuff that this one can’t. If we must have images embedded into the comments (and I believe that we must), but Disqus is intolerable, then the only thing to do is change the theme.
Obviously, I would like the page to remain the same. As uncluttered as possible. A picture, then some words under it. Garcia’s nub up top.
A new theme is necessary (well, hopefully necessary) because TotD will be selling ads. Just like the outfield walls at minor-league baseball fields, but if you hit a home run into one, you will not get a free suit. That would probably break your computer.
BUT there will be no Google AdSense. No random nonsense about the Best Razor In The World, or the Hoodie That People Are Waiting Decades For. No pop-ups leading to Zerg.net. No sidebar billboards featuring a different woman from The View every time you opened the page.
Here’s the plan: Only ethical, locally-sourced, small-batch advertisements. TotD is going to have the most authentic ads since Possum Killin’ Jasper walked into the bar and shouted “WHO WANTS POSSUM? FRESH!” Say what you will about Jasper’s product, but he knew how to reach his consumer.
Any market–if one comes to exist–will be by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts. These virtual billboards will live in Little Aleppo, and the Businessman’s Association of that neighborhood has very strict rules about what is and isn’t appropriate.
Here’s what it’s going to look like:
(The helicopter almost had to be turned into the Starship Enterprise, but I finished strong.)
Once the new theme is up, I’ll put a little box up asking for ads. If you want a square, tell me. T-shirts, or books, or guitars, or coffee, or whatnot (for an intensely circumscribed definition of “whatnot” that we’ll get to very soon). The working business model here is the corkboard at the grocery store in the hippie section of town.
Also: the Donate button is back, and we’re still not talking about it. The Gift Certificate button kept snapping at the baby and I had to have it put down. Also, it was a stupid fucking idea.
We will never speak of the Gift Certificate button again.