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    Who would have known that these ads would result in so much entertainment.  I decided to turn my ads on just for the fun.

      I can 'swim at home' Joking  

      'No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch'

       

      "Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?'"  - Peter Maher

       

      "Running long and hard is an ideal antidepressant, since it's hard to run and feel sorry for yourself at the same time. Also, there are those hours of clearheadedness that follow a long run."  -Monte Davis

        gee, $10 for a whole year's subscription? I think I can handle that Cool

        I appear to be grandfathered in for several years due to my previous donations so, until I saw this, I didn't realize you were only asking for $10 a year.

         

        You can't even run most local 5K's for $10--and that lasts a half hour or less!  A year's worth of service for $10? That's crazy talk.

        A pair of running shoes(~$80)  = 8 years worth of Running Ahead? That's crazy talk.

        I want to see you and this site do well so I'm suggesting something I've never done before: a price increase.  Seriously.

         

        I appreciate your wanting to keep this site widely available but going bankrupt isn't gonna help anyone.

        How about something like this: 

         

        • Student/low income one-year subscription: $10.
        • Standard one-year subscription: $25 (about the price of a local race)
        • Additional donation: $_________  (help this site keep improving!)

        That way you give many folks who can afford more a concrete target.  And, if folks can afford even more, great.

         

        P.S. Your handling this transition so well that my Cool Running / Active PTSD symptoms are abating. Smile

        xor


          Tramps, it's already set up so you can make an additional donation.  If'n you wanna.

           

          10's way low to me as well.

           

          So far, the ads are kind of fun.  Most of my ads are running related.  Including "SAP: Run Better" because google has either moofed up a different meaning of the word 'run', or it knows I used to be an IT Operations guy.

           

            "SAP: Run Better"

             

            That's pretty insulting.

            Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

              Tramps, it's already set up so you can make an additional donation.  If'n you wanna.

               

              Yeah, but I suspect the psychology of this is that if you say "it cost $10" most people will pay $10. I love the fact that Eric wants to keep it accessible to folks with limited funds but many of us can easily afford to pay more and suggesting a specific amount (I threw out $25 but it could be some different number) will likely generate more income.  That's why fundraising appeals never say "Donate what you can"  they say things like "Make your donation of ___$10   ___$25  ___$50 or more $_____"  to orient the donor.

              HCH


                Well, the ads seem to persistently want me to be in Boston.  Ok, I'm being somewhat dramatic.  But I *do* keep getting presented a yelp ad that is Boston-specific.

                 

                Then again, I've gotten several Seattle ads too.

                 

                Ad technology fascinates me.

                 

                I share your curiosity. Does anyone know the basic premise for how Adsense works? Are my ads based on my posts in RA, my Google searches, or what? Here's a sample of my ads this morning:

                 

                - Become a Personal Trainer -- makes sense on a fitness board

                - 13.1 Minneapolis -- yup

                - Windows Log Management -- maybe

                - 5* Log Analyzer -- maybe

                - American Family Insurance -- everyone needs P&C insurance

                - Send money to the Philippines -- WTF???

                - Holly

                HCH


                   

                  MTA: wow - something that hasn't happened to me in a while - costs me less in Canadian to donate in American dollars - doing a double happy dance (feel good about donating AND happy about the exchange lol)

                   

                  I predict good things for the Blue Jays in a year or two. That's what happened the last time the Canadian dollar was this strong.Smile 

                  - Holly

                  xor


                    Ad stuff is really complicated and it picks up bits and chunks from various places.  One thing is that some ads (not all ads) are based on the context of the page itself... really, key words.  And sometimes it gets a little weird.  Those two log things?  Are you in IT?  More likely, google doesn't get the difference between various computer-y logs (like the windows event log) and ye olde running log.  It's log! It's log!

                     

                    For the same reason, I am occasionally getting an ad for Running SAP.

                     

                    But there are other things.  I was in Seattle.  For a couple hours this morning, I was at DFW.  And I got a couple Dallas-specific ads.  Now I'm in KC, but so far no KC ads.

                     

                    Edited: No, it still seems to think I'm in Dallas.  I've a hunch about this.  I will see later when I log in via something other than American Airlines' network.

                     


                    Imminent Catastrophe

                      Yeah, I figured that TRX would be the first thing to pop up.

                      "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                       "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                      "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                       

                      √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                      Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                      Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

                        Gmail - sometimes when I exchange emails with my musical groups I get ads for scrap metal and brass dealers.  Again, insulting.

                        Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.


                        Imminent Catastrophe

                          Gmail also--I get one that says 100-00-50K. Turns out it's a part number for some electronic device. But they got a click-through!

                          "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                           "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                          "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                           

                          √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                          Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                          Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014


                          Needs more cowbell!

                            Adsense definitely posts ads based on things you have recently viewed/searched, as well.  I keep getting ads for See's candy fundraiser programs...which I was looking at a week or two ago via a Google search.

                            I shoot pretty things! ~

                            '14 Goals:

                            • 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1

                            • 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)


                            Imminent Catastrophe

                              MEET FITNESS SINGLES!

                              "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

                               "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

                              "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

                               

                              √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

                              Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

                              Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

                                So here on RA, AdSense presumably doesn't actually know who we are (unlike gmail), but it knows (tries to know) our geographical location, and of course the subjects mentioned in each thread.  Is that your take on it, srlopez?  Or maybe it does know who I am.  Might it track via cookies the topics I've visited as being different from yours?  Can it do cross-site analysis with other sites that use Google ads?

                                 

                                Are the rest of you seeing home security system ads?  Why do I need one?  If Google says so, them maybe a burglary is imminent.

                                Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.