Cam Slater has defended and explained the advertising onslaught on Backchat at Whale Oil. First he issued a ‘please explain’ for a subsequently deleted comment:
Please explain why you should remain as a commenter when you have just seriously undermined the only revenue I have and while you are at it please explain to Pete why it was you who cost him his job.
What you just did was worse than what the leftwing bastards tried to do by attacking advertisers directly.
I’m not even sure why I am even bothering giving you the chance to explain.
Interesting that for something apparently serious he gets a warning and a chance to explain, that’s different to recent trigger happy moderation.
Pete on the offence:
There is a big difference between what people choose to do and having readers tell other readers how to (effectively) reduce our income and make the blog less financially viable. We’re not dumb – we know people do what they do – but to have our own readers teach others is really a step too far.
Hints that the use of Adblock was suggested.
Cam explained the bottom line.
OK…for the benefit of other readers, Greg I gave you a chance because you have been with the blog for a very very long time.
But also for the benefit of the readers I really need to have ads continue as I have a $60,000 legal bill for injuncting the media over Dirty Politics.
I could have run a Give a Little campaign like Dirty Nicky, but it is my belief that Give a Little is not for that.
Things are tight right now…and it doesn’t help either that the Human Rights Review Tribunal is seeking to try to fine me $50,000, the largest ever award…for breaching a ratbags privacy. This is the same crowd who likes to protect the privacy of filthy pedophiles.
Reacting to financial pressure.
Another comment on it:
Pete I’ve noticed the increased advertising its at the point of EXTREME OVER KILL.
I mean 6 adverts on one page it’s becoming more spam adverts than content in some post.
Give it a bit of balance eh?
Pete acknowledges the risks:
1/ Ads are nothing to do with me.
2/ I’ve handed on your observation
3/ I’m aware there is work going on by an external company to improve our financial performance. I imagine this needs to be sustainable. If putting 100 ads on a page gets us more money today, that also means we have no income next month as everyone will run away.
4/ I suspect we need to find the sweet spot
5/ All this is me theorising – This area of the blog is totally outside my interest / resposnibility
If the drive to finance projects and accumulated legal issues drives away readers too much advertising will be counter productive.
As expected the site statistics from October were down significantly after the election surge – The month that was (monthly blog ranking post), as were all the major blogs.
UPDATE: and in a new post this morning Slater reveals much more and asks for donations or a legal fighting fund, and claims there have been deliberate attempts to pressure him into killing himself: I’m alive and have something to share
There certainly seems to be far more to “Dirty Politics” than is publicly known.