MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Where the Ad Manager is Going

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 1104 times, 1 so far today

“So, where is he going with all this?”  I hope that’s your question.  Well, what I’m hoping to build is a ad management system for my blogs, and maybe someday for a blog network.  Sure, I could have bought a system, but this has been more educational in terms of technologies, and the up front cost and support costs are minimal.  Plus, I get to take the system in any direction I so desire.

Randomize and Update

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 1212 times, 1 so far today

So, we talked last post about Randomizing ads– so that you never see the same ad when click on the site.  We also discussed filtering by category, so the ad is a little bit closer to the topic of the post.

This has a lot of benefits, but it also means a little bit of work if you haven’t organized your blog well.  For me, I have way too many categories that I need to make tags– so if you’re going to employ this mechanism, it’ll work best if you already have just a few general categories.

The next hurdle to try to overcome is actually getting what ads you should display.

Ad Rotation and Groups

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 1175 times

When you’re running a blog that covers different topics, you’re rarely going to want to show the same ad every time the page is refreshed– unless it’s something you figure that you’re really good at selling.  Why?  Because every person is different and comes to your blog looking for something different.

To the person that likes fine chocolates (and who doesn’t?!), you want the ad above.  By the way, this is one of my new affiliate programs (do you really say sponsor?), and again, feel free to click through and check them out.

Creating an Ad Manager

April 30th, 2008 Viewed 821 times

By now you’ve noticed the 125×125 ad squares I have placed on the right hand side bar.  These affiliate ads come from programs I’ve signed up with to promote their web sites in exchange for money if you sign up or purchase something from their site.  They are not like Google AdSense– I don’t get money from clicks– and therefore if you want to check them out, please feel free.  The newest program I’m running is Zazzle– so go ahead and check it out!

Well, I Guess We Know Where He Stands on Same-Sex Marriage

April 29th, 2008 Viewed 1307 times

profile3_obama According to the AP:

Obama told reporters Tuesday that Wright’s comments do not accurately portray the perspective of the black church.

“The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago,” Obama said of the man who married him.

How would you have worded this better?

Marriage Ages Across the 50 States

April 29th, 2008 Viewed 1780 times, 2 so far today

wedding colection Having found ourselves recently talking about the issue surrounding the Mormon sect that had their children abducted, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the states around the USA and what their ages for marriage are.  Throughout the world it seems that the youngest you can get married is puberty– in Sudan.  South Africa goes as low as 12 for females.

The standard, both in the States and globally, is 18, with 16 being the case with parental consent.  The table below shows the states that deviate from this norm:

You Could Almost See it Coming

April 28th, 2008 Viewed 1988 times, 1 so far today

Hannah MontanaIf it didn’t happen so often you could almost believe them.  It’s like a line from a movie:  Young starlet is discovered for some talent.  She is built up and is sold as a pure girl– a role model to look up to.  Then, there are pictures discovered showing that she’s not who she claimed to be, or (as in the case of Miss Cyrus) she has photos taken that show off a different image than the managed one…

Fathers Abusing Daughters

April 28th, 2008 Viewed 2326 times

2008_04_28t062532_450x336_us_austria_abuse What’s amazing in this story is the mother’s reaction.  Something here just doesn’t add up.

The man on the right is Josef Fritzl (Reuters Photo) who is accused of locking his daughter in a complex network of rooms under his basement.  He fathered seven children with her.

Bad men have done bad things before, but that’s not the strangest part:

The Bible Says What?

April 28th, 2008 Viewed 890 times, 1 so far today

Bible and Cross It’s been said that any person can “quote mine” the Bible to make it say just about anything, or to have it support just about anything.  Unfortunately, it can be true, and when things are taken out of context we can find ourselves talking about something that’s totally unbiblical using a biblical proof text.

So, why is it that Nancy Pelosi had to invent Scripture to back up her environmental position?

Fun With Numbers

April 28th, 2008 Viewed 1028 times

old bible One of the most interesting things that I find myself running into countless times when discussing the New Testament and the skepticism surrounding its authenticity is this “it was written 40 years after Christ” argument.  Now, I suspect that they’re throwing around a number they read somewhere.  I’d further be willing to bet that they probably have read someone– perhaps the infamous Jesus Seminar– that doesn’t believe that the Gospels were written by first hand eyewitnesses.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.