Well, Google has stripped Retrospace of its advertising. While that may be a good thing to some of you tired of looking at those annoying ads; it has taken away a significant amount of revenue.
You're thinking, "So what?.... This is a labor of love, not a way to make a living." True, but there are some expenses associated with bringing you posts nearly every day. So, although the Google Ads didn't amount to much, their removal will seriously affect my ability to keep on truckin'. It's not just an issue of reimbursement, it's an issue of motivation - the ad revenue was a carrot that Google dangled in front of me each day that no longer exists.
So, please put some money in the tip jar. You don't have to, of course. But to ensure this train keeps rolling down the track, I may have to enlist your help a couple times a year.... and if it runs out of steam, that's okay. It's been a good run - five years and counting.
Why did Google remove their advertising? Their words: "Strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, and lewd or provocative poses".
So, although I've refrained from displaying nudity, my content is still considered not suitable for Google Ads. I can't really complain - it's their money and it's their rules. I could whine about how network television commits far worse sins than this humble blog, but what's the point?
I admit, I tread pretty close. But there's reasons for it. For those interested, here's why:
1. Sex Sells
I'd love to say tens of thousands of people come to Retrospace every day because I'm such a brilliant wordsmith. But the truth is, the popular posts are the ones with miniskirts and cleavage. I certainly don't want to rely on T&A to bring in page-views; however, if it gets people in the door, maybe they'll stay for the content. In other words - come for the boobs, stay for the words.
Very early on I set a certain "feel", "voice" or "tone" (call it what you like) for Retrospace. I wanted it something like National Lampoon or 70's era MAD. In other words, nothing too raunchy or explicit; however, definitely with a racy tone. I didn't want Retrospace to be just another "Do You Remember When" retro blog. It had to have just a little edge.
3. Subject Matter
Retrospace doesn't spend much time on the well traveled topics of yesteryear. You won't find a post on Saturday Night Fever here. Although I certainly love that film and soundtrack, the joy I derive from doing this blog comes from exploring the obscure nooks of the pop culture landscape. Subsequently, when you're exploring such spaces in a decade like the 1970s, things are bound to get a little "saucy".
So, now that the ads are history, does that give me a bit of freedom now? Can I now push the envelope even further? Nope. The next step would be for Google to classify this blog as inappropriate, put it behind an "adult content" interstitial and require you to agree to enter. Worst case, they can disable the account. Which brings me to my fourth and final reason:
|Violation #1: Strategically covered nudity|
Many of you will say that I don't need this racy material - it's just as good without it. As true as that may be, it still is a critical hit in the "fun department". In other words, I've got to be wary of their three vices at all time: Strategically covered nudity, sheer or see-through clothing, and lewd or provocative poses. Let's not forget that I do this for fun, not profit. As nice as it is to earn a few bucks for my troubles, once the fun goes, so goes Retrospace. Like it or not, covering things racy and risque immensely enjoyable.
Lurid pulp magazines, raunchy VHS covers, sexy vintage lingerie catalogs, exploitation cinema, jiggle TV, and naughty advertising are all things that make Retrospace tick. You take away the racy element, you take away the soul of Retrospace. (Okay, I'm being overly dramatic - but you get my point.)
I tell you all this just as an FYI, not as a "poor me" speech. The bottom line is, I'll need to rely on donations to keep this hobby alive. So, I'm going to keep this post up for a bit..... don't think I've quit if you don't see anything new on Retrospace for a couple days. I need ensure this post gets read, and hopefully acted upon. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.