Yesterday I received a check ($144.18) in the mail from an advertising sponsor I use on this website. Given, it’s not like hitting the lottery (considering no taxes were withheld too), but it is money that will be directed to Ryan’s care and treatment. I know it’s silly — maybe even bordering on lame — but I had a distinct sense of accomplishment.
I am also hoping the Amazon-backed store will continue to make gains (especially with back-to-school supplies). I see a lot of potential with it, but struggle with how to improve it. I’ll continue to look for ways to make it better. If you know a way to make it better for you, please let me know. After all, I must serve you well to serve Ryan better.
I really must watch myself in my obvious attempt to poke you into supporting the sponsors. You see, the sponsor’s terms of service doesn’t allow me to be specific. Although, I can ask you to click on an ad or two every day, that is, if you are interested. Please, do not abuse this! I’d hate to lose my good standing (and/or affiliation) with this sponsor. I want to make this legitimate, as they are in this to make money too. I ask you to only click on ads of interest… but also to look for ads of interest. Does that make any sense?
My thanks to each of you who took a minute each day to click on a relevant sponsor link or two. Right now the topics advertised are sponsor-driven. I started digging into it a bit and see I might be able to customize it more to our audience. With a little more work on my part I hope to put more relevant ads on here for you.
For clarity, below is a working example of a sponsored ad similar to what you would see in the sidebars of some pages (including this one). These ads are dynamic, changing every so often.
One thing that is a screaming success is Ryan’s Wish List. Holy crap! I never imagined the generosity and sincere wanting to help that existed. I am so angry at myself for letting my pride get in the way and delaying this for Ryan. I was embarrassed to ask for help. Really, I was (and still am, if you must know). Can you believe it?!?
I guess it’s okay if I’m my own worse enemy, but I can not allow this to ever again extend to my son.