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Light-up McIntosh December 15

Light-up McIntosh will begin at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. The event will host Santa Clause and an area choir from six local churches will sing.

10.06.06 -- EDITOR'S NOTE: Ads on the blog

No, I haven't sold out.

I've been thinking about adding ads to the blog since I drove down to Ocala on one of my days off and spent $11.50 for copies of former council member Jim Strange's lawsuit. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining. Look at what his lawsuit cost the town.

But little things come up now and then that cost money. This weekend it was 75 cents at the library for copies from the Sun archives. (Counting the quarter the microfiche machine ate, it was a whole dollar.) Batteries for the digital recorder cost money now and then. I anticipate having to find server space in the future to accomodate the growing audio file archive.

So, I added some Google ads to the blog to offset the minor costs that come up. The ads don't cost you, the reader, anything. If you see an ad that catches your eye, click away. You pay the blog by clicking on ads you think are interesting. The blog is paid a small amount based by the number of ads you click.

Like the volunteers on the council and the citizen boards, I don't do this for the money. I think everyone knows this. But since what I do is in a blog format and the methods exist to easily make back a little of the money I spend doing it, we now have ads. I thought I would take a few minutes to explain my reasons behind the ads. This is also part of the reason I redesigned the blog so many times. I was trying to find a design that would accomodate the forum, ads and still look like a web site. If anyone experiences any problems, let me know. If you hate the idea, talk to me.

And oh yeah, I paid the $5.25 to the town for a permit... I know someone somewhere would eventually be wondering about that.

posted by Cher @ 11:06 PM,


At   October 07, 2006 11:07 AM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

$5.25 for a permit for what?


At   October 07, 2006 11:37 AM     ,    Blogger Cher    said...

Business license.

I figured I'd better have one if I put ads up. You know how people can be.

At   October 08, 2006 9:20 PM     ,    Anonymous Anonymous    said...

Great idea this will benifit our town. Keep up the great work.


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I'm Cher From McIntosh, FL I'm a graduate student at the University of Florida working on a master's degree in Mass Communication. While I was finishing my undergrad degree in journalism last year, I reported on McIntosh, Fla. for an in-depth reporting class. I figured that the reporting and the public record files should go somewhere people can access them. Reporters don't report to keep the information they find to themselves. Some of that reporting is included here in a forum that allows response. McIntosh suffers because with no news coverage, the local government and the rumor mill have too much potential to run rampant over residents. I moved to McIntosh in the fall of 1999. My profile

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