The observant reader will also note the obtrusive, garish, and not-at-all discrete “Free Advertising of the Week” graphic at the top of the sidebar. This is a segment the blog was fundamentally designed around. The whole point is to advertise a product or service for free (they don’t pay me a dime or send any compensation initially). I do this advertising “on spec” in the hopes that the company will see it and send me some free crap. From beef jerky to crappy consumer electronics, the sky is the limit.
In true slacker fashion, the idea was blatantly ripped off, not once but twice. Johnny Knoxville was on Conan a few years back relating a story of cases of free beer he got once a week after wearing a Miller shirt on a previous Conan appearance. Conan himself even had a segment where he did little advertisements for comically viable products after telling us about shipments of free Pop Tarts he received after mentioning them on-air.
Now, while this upstart blog won’t have the readership to produce great results at first, I remain confident that in time, I too can have free crap. It happens with blogs frequently enough to warrant the semi-recent FTC disclosure mandates, so I think I can get a slice of that pie.
FAOW articles will be updated if a company actually hooks this brotha up. Those who don’t will face my eternal scorn and contempt.
Sometimes, though probably rarely, I will use that space to just show some support for a product or cause that I like, without any hope of free stuff. My altruism is limited, but from time to time, it may happen.