OLD SCHOOL MARKETING

Way I see it making money on the Internet ain’t so different from selling crack cocaine to the children.

Why not? The technique is Tried & True.

Give ’em what they want for free — until they’re Hooked.

Then charge ’em for the Goodies.

Like the way my blog server, WordPress, recently offered a paid upgrade to their outstanding free service.

Folks rarely complain about WordPress. When they do, it’s often about lack of customizable templates. Personally, my biggest beef with my old server was the option to customize my template. I am tech-retarded, but naturally curious — and a bit of a perfectionistic picky bitch. So when I first started out blogging, I spent most of my time goofing around with the HTML, trying to figure out how to insert a can of Duff Beer in my header.

Since I blog to learn to write stories — not some clunky out-dated code — the what-you-see is what-you-get policy at WordPress nicely suits my creative needs. I thank them for letting me blog here for free.

But — like that fabled Playground Crack Dealer — WordPress suddenly is like, pst Hey Mike E…we’ll let you have that Duff can you always wanted…but now it’s gonna Cost You.

They charge $15 a year for their new fully-customizable template. And, well…I know it when I see one — and that’s a pretty Good Deal.

Well then, I’m off to mug a school-kid for Duff Money.

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6 Responses to “OLD SCHOOL MARKETING”


  1. 1 galloway August 9, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    Don’t do it Mike.

    I know what you’re saying: what harm can one fully customizable template do?

    Before you know it, though, there will be another, and then the next one…

    Before you can say “HTML doesn’t mean a thing to Mike E” you’ll have a 20 a day habit, mark my words.

    Just say NO.

  2. 2 Masked August 10, 2006 at 5:16 am

    Ho Ho this is quite amuising

  3. 3 Masked August 10, 2006 at 5:17 am

    Did you find any kiddies to mug then Mike?

  4. 4 galloway August 11, 2006 at 8:12 am

    On second thoughts, I’m thinking of upgrading in some way, however, I haven’t had a “pst” from wordpress.

    Tell me what you know, please.

  5. 5 Mike E August 11, 2006 at 4:55 pm

    Galloway: pst…I got your fully customizable WP template for only $20 bucks a year!!

  6. 6 galloway August 11, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    Everybody’s a f**king capitalist these days.


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