Well, I definitely learned something from the responses to my survey on supporting blogs. What I learned is that people don't believe in supporting them, period. People believe they have a God-given right to partake in a blogger's hard work, be entertained, informed, and intellectually stimulated by what we write, and never give anything back. How dare we expect anything in return for all of the hours we put in? "Just shut up and keep writing," is what I'm hearing.
I can't do that. I already work a full time day job for which I am underpaid. I was never looking for my blog alone to make me rich, but I've been trying to find ways for it to bring in just a little bit of money, just enough to make it worth the time and effort I put into it. Advertisers want nothing to do with me since Google says I'm worthless, and readers don't want to contribute either. So it's not worth my time, the time it takes away from my friends and my family, to continue writing here.
After all of my attempts to make an online income while still remaining honest and ethical have failed, I've discovered that the only real way to make money online is in the spam industry. Companies will pay me all kinds of money to trick my audience into giving them personal information, signing up for trial traps they can't get out of, and buying useless "revolutionary" products that are actually less effective than those that have existed for centuries. That last one is the doozy - these companies get such a kick out of scamming you that they will actually pay me more than the full price of the product, just for the satisfaction of knowing they sold you a useless piece of cloth that absorbs less liquid than a towel half its size!
Therefore, as of today, confoozled.com the blog is no more. I'll leave it up for a while for nostalgia's sake, but when the domain expires I won't be renewing it. I must focus my energy, from now on, on more lucrative online ventures. Yes, I am going into the spam business. Click here for more details on my new business plan.