Selling Out

Selling Out

Question: What do Taylor Swift and I have in common?

Answer: We’re both sellouts.

Look, I’m the first to say the quality of Taylor’s attention in the media is horrible and humanity really needs to figure out its priorities. I don’t hate Taylor. Some may say I’m a tiny bit in love with Taylor. I would say yes, I do, in fact, listen to her music far too much.

But I have to join the masses on this one. Her two new singles, released for upcoming album “Reputation,” are sellout-y. I’ve warmed up to LWYMMD a good deal and genuinely do like the music video, but THAT NEW ONE. “Ready for It,” I think it’s called.

It’s not a terrible song. It’s just not a Taylor Swift song. She released the teaser for it during a gosh darn college football game, for heaven’s sake. I know it’ll be wildly popular and both of the singles will be played in all da clubs. But both songs are far too comparable to the works of other pop artists, and I don’t listen to them for a reason.

I liked Taylor better when Obama was president.

Ok, so we all agree Taylor’s a sellout. But I’m just as bad.

Does anyone remember the old Red Pointe Shoe? I refused to break up the posts into separate pages, and only dedicated space to the main landing page (with alllllllll the blogs). Posts were short and if you think my stream of consciousness now is bad, at least I’ve turned on spellcheck since then. Entries came at the speed of about every other day and were sometimes just a few sentences long. A typical post might be “Ugh I should be doing whatever homework assignment but here I am blogging lol I’m so cute.”

Over time, I added dedicated pages for Contact, History, Comments, and even a PayPal support page.

The blog, cringey as it was, had a certain charm to it because it was 100% designed by me. Start to finish. All coding, all graphics, everything.

This charm, sometimes disguised as arrogance (but trust me I’m just charming), extended to my aversion to get paid to post. I welcomed opportunities on other websites. Just not my own. I believed I was somehow above having money. It doesn’t make sense to me, either.

Oh, have times have changed.

I recently added a paid advertisement. For mobile users it’s all the way down at the bottom and for desktop it’s in the sidebar, all the way on the right, down at the bottom. See it? It’s supposed to change with each user based on some formula that I don’t understand. I get paid for clicks and advertisers have a clear incentive to display relevant content.

Can you do me a favor? Can you please tell me what advertisement is showing for you? It showed an REI backpack for my sister that she had been eying, but threw me a Spanish milk ad, so I’m not sure it’s perfect. I will get shut down if Google suspects that I’m farming clicks (which is totally fair), so please only click if there’s something there that interests you.

Write a comment here or on Facebook or whatever, I just really wanna know what you see.

I’m a sellout. I installed advertisements. I’m as bad as Taylor.

Happy Labor Day! Yay capitalism!

-Liz


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46 replies to “Selling Out

  1. Alexandra Clark
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    Clark’s shoes…maybe they’re trying to be funny.

    • liz
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      Ha! My last couple have been slightly closer to correct. But nothing as accurate as having my own name in it.

  2. Nancy C Sassaman
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    I see a site called “bluehost” that reads “Launch Your Dream Site Today!” I suspect I am getting that because I occasionally blog stuff as well (though not as consistently as I would wish).

    • liz
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      See, one would think I would be getting loads of those. Right now I have an advertisement for Fabletics but I literally just ate mac n’ cheese for lunch for the third day in a row.

      The internet doesn’t know me!

  3. Timothy Strong
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    I refreshed mine twice, the first one was for “make your dreams come true with bluehost website design” and the second one was for Tigerdirect business for laptops because I just looked there and many other websites for laptops.

    • liz
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      Another report for that hosting service! Let the world know that I use Host Gator and am happy with them!

  4. Pat C
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    I got a Nordstrom ad at the bottom corner, with two or three of the items being ones i had looked at on their website yesterday.
    Sell out? Ha!

    • liz
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      Hey, that’s not so bad actually!

  5. Rachel A
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    Mine is for the National Youth Worker’s Convention, which I have attended in the past but isn’t really relevant to me at the moment.

    • liz
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      Maybe Google is trying to tell you something

  6. Marie
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    Wow, you google the benefits of apple cider vinegar ONCE and the sponsor is Braggs Apple Cider vinegar! Lol. (And get it with “the mother”.) Google it.

    • liz
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      Lord Google knows all.

  7. Marie
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    Ok, now it’s a caricature of a fat chick, bloated and bad skin. Apple cider vinegar has to be the cure!

    • liz
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      I see no other solution.

  8. Ashley G-W
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    Uh, for something called healio.com with the call to action to click to learn what osteoarthritis is. Rude.

    • liz
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      Advertisement fail.

  9. Ali Feudo
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    I’m on my phone so my ad is all the way at the bottom. Sponsored by Clarke’s Shoes. Eh.

    I will refrain from commenting about T. Swift. She remains a talented songwriter. That is all I can say

    • liz
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      Yep, I forgot that on mobile it moves it down. You’re the second to report Clark’s Shoes.

      I well remember your opinions on T Swizzle, as well as Kelly Clarkson <3

  10. Debbi
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    KLM. Travel to Europe. Yes

    • liz
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      Let’s go together!

  11. The little sister
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    Now I am getting wedding websites. I gotta clear my cookies or something….google knows to much.

    • liz
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      Lord Google knows all.

  12. Panda
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    The ad that has displayed twice now is for a web browser add-on called Honey that will supposedly display the cheapest Amazon price for products when I shop online.

    • liz
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      Sounds appropriate for you 😉
      Good job, ad bot!

  13. |

    Cotopaxi, which is a company I’ve absolutely been stalking but haven’t bought anything from yet. On point(e).

    • liz
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      I’m learning the bot is either 110% solid, or somewhere on another planet.

      brb googling cotopaxi

  14. Rebecca the non-sister
    |

    Simple thyroid test. WTF have I been Googling?

    • The Chief
      |

      Lol

    • liz
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      Well I don’t know but I’m willing to bet you’re about to start Googling symptoms of thyroid issues

  15. The Chief
    |

    Good gawd: the ad for me was “Trump Prophet Knows All”, led to a crappy news article. I need to go gargle.

    • liz
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      Hahaha! I got that earlier and was too afraid to click. Thank you for volunteering as tribute.

      • The Chief
        |

        I’m coming after you Woman if I start getting Trump spam!

        • liz
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          So, I shouldn’t have signed you up for the White House email list is what you’re saying

          • The Chief
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            This is what I am saying. And so much more.

  16. |

    I’ve got a Zappos ad, showing one pair of Vans I’ve got bookmarked and two other pairs of Vans that are so ugly :O

    • liz
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      You know what, I’ll count that as a win. Does it count as low hanging fruit though if they show you something you’ve bookmarked? Is this what meta means?

      I don’t understand the internet

  17. |

    No ads for me. Maybe it’s the I bill browser I’m using Firefox Focus.

    • liz
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      You know, every so often it doesn’t throw me an ad. Strange.

  18. Kris
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    How sad. No ad.

    • liz
      |

      I think that can only mean one thing:
      You have never, in your life, ever ever ever, searched for anything on the internet You’ve probably never even asked a question out loud.

  19. matthew stevens
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    World soccer shop…this makes sense. Must buy more stuff!!!

    • liz
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      Buy all the things!

  20. Commodore Kurtz
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    For users with Adblock: It’s nowhere >:)

    • liz
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      You so fancy.

  21. The Neighbor
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    I have ad blocker also so I didn’t get a pop-up…Booo, I feel cheated… Love you Zizzy XXOO

  22. The Neighbor
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    HaHa,,Damn spell check

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