I accept that nothing in life is free. AOM for example. Someone did work to create this site, manage it, and keep it running (ie B&K). If the banner ads on the right and top of my screen help pay for that then I accept it. They have created a good product and I hope they profit from it.
But I am getting increasingly annoyed with the amount of solicitors who, seeing this large group of male consumers, are swooping in like door-to-door peddlers, yet instead of knocking on the door, they are sneaking into this club, pretending to be like-minded individuals before unleashing their pitch.
The people I refer to I group as follows:
1. Salesmen pretending to be aficionados.
A "swap meet" (AKA "flea market") is a place where sellers are RENTED space to sell their wares. Others then CHOOSE to go and haggle with them. Why I am being bombarded on a daily basis with ads for me to buy razors on a site I thought was for men to discuss (not sell) concepts of manliness I don't know. I don't use eBay and if I thought this was turning into it, I wouldn't use this either. Likewise with an ad disguised as a blog post I've seen recently for vintage time pieces. The author has posted similar marketing "posts" on several men's websites. He is not here to discuss watches or men's fashion or ask our opinion on either. He is here simply to sell us his. And personally, I would like him to please remove his sales pitch. If he, or his fellow peddlers, wish to discuss issues about men, great. But if their presence is to sell, then either pay Brett so I see your ad in the banner or go. Otherwise you are getting ad space from him with paying money and audience time from me without providing me service. Both are not welcome in my books.
This is attached to a blog. We like this blog. We like it so much that we decided to stick around his community. If we want to read a different blog, we will go to it and comment there. Please other bloggers, feel free to join in this blogger's community site but please refrain from using it as an advertisement for your blog. I don't know about anyone else, but the moment I read someone's comment about how they just wrote x on their blog and want us all to run over and read it, I feel like they have totally missed the point of this blog. They're being rude and completely unmanly. They have come into someone else's party (the AOM blogger) as a guest and then announced, hey everybody at this great party, you should leave now and go to my party. You want to comment, comment here; heck, there is even a blog function if you want to start a blog here on AOM. You want to plug your own separate blog (with its own ads and thus money for you), ask the owner of this one for a guest post on his or something.
I'm sure I could go on but I'm done now. In summary. Brett and Kate have created a good product. I have no idea how websites or banners work but I would assume that traffic here equals profits to them. And that's great. But the rest of here are consumers. We benefit from this service. Unauthorized solicitors are not welcome and I think are exactly the sort of unmanly characters this site's members attempt to eliminate. Hence my disgust.
The razor pics no longer dominate the picture section of the front page, and I don't go by the swap meet anyway, so I'm OK with that.
I do get bothered if anything dominates the front page. Fortunately we only have one "So Be It" in the blog post list now, IIRC. Not saying anyone shd do anything about it.
Of the 5 blogs visible, there is one trying to sell me watches and another trying to sell me something for an iPad.
The watch blog you mention may be better served in the Time Pieces group where it would be better appreciated, but I honestly don't think it is intended for anyone to run out and by a $5000+ watch. I honestly took that as a write up on a classic watch that someone may find interesting.
I did to until I got bored and found various similar "posts" by the same author all pointing to the same seller on other men sites. I asked him if he was a sales rep and instead of a reply had my comment removed. Twice even.
The razor problem hasn't gone away. Instead it's moved to the Real Shaving group.
whoops. sorry. moved my reply.
The pictures are resolved recently due to myself and a few others deciding to share more than we should have to. Also, when you have to go back 8 pages in the swap meet to find a second seller of anything, you begin to think perhaps someone is abusing their privilege.
I'm confused as to why "So Be It" was mentioned. First, he rarely posts here anymore. But also, when Scott was regularly posting his SBI blogs, he was an established member here. He obviously put a lot of time and effort into those blogs. He wasn't selling anything, either. He was providing good examples of manliness that ran the gamut, and for no other reason than that he wanted to make a valuable contribution to this community. I think that's honorable.
Also for bloggers, there is a Blogroll. If people think their blog is interesting enough they should be trying to put it there.
Absolutely agreed. I especially resent the bloggers searching for a topic they recently wrote on to place their comment, resulting in the thread necro of something a year or more old. All for "hey, I just wrote this, you might find it interesting."