Monday, May 12, 2008

The Monday Evil Ads

...are below. Remember to click on the ad itself for an enlarged version.


It has been mentioned that daily ads could be a regular feature of the blog. I'm happy to have an additional feature, but I'm forced to consider that I reject a large percentage of cartoon captions, continuations and fake plots. This isn't too disturbing to the authors, as they seldom spend much time on them, but if I'm rejecting an ad you spent an hour creating, you might get pissed. I would expect a featured ad to look pretty much like a professional ad, to have some wit, and to not be too similar to one that's already appeared. Can artists handle rejection as well as writers?

31 comments:

Whirlochre said...

I mentioned this — perhaps in conjunction with others — but from where I'm sitting at the mo, this Sunday-Wednesday thing is a good solution.

writtenwyrdd said...

I think that your sense of it being a maybe bad idea is right on, EE.

It might be better to have people give you a link to their ads and you could post a regular link list of ads instead of have to approve them. Or not.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I can handle doing things like this on a very sometime basis. I wouldn't be up to contributing regular ads.

And this is fun to see what everyone comes up with whether or not it passes the 'regular feature' EE test.

Kiersten said...

Also, I like your content better than ours (as brilliant as some of them are). I wouldn't want these to replace anything.

ChrisEldin said...

But suppose we *do* spend an hour on continuations? How can you be so sure we don't?

I'm all up for a social experiment. Let's see how artists handle rejection. Then maybe they'll write some heart-felt openings and give you more business on the writing side. Then we can abuse them again.
Two for one deal.
The math says "do it."

freddie said...

I don't think I could handle participating in another feature. I'm barely keeping up with all the other stuff as it is.

This is off-topic, but does anyone know how to place a link so it's connected to a word that people can click on? Say I have the word "Powell's" in a sentence, and I want people to be able to click on the word "Powell's" to take them to the website. How do I connect the link so that it doesn't actually show up on the page? I don't know if this makes sense, which may be why I'm not having much luck with the google search on this topic.

Evil Editor said...

If you're doing this on your blog, put the url in your message in compose mode. The switch to html mode. You'll see that there's some code that includes the url followed by what seems to be almost a repet of the url. That second one is what appears in the post, and you can change it to whatever you wish. When you switch back to compose you should have what you want.

freddie said...

In compose mode, it's adding the url underneath the box where the post gets edited (way down at the bottom of the page), but there's no repeat that follows when I switch back to HTML. The url just stays down at the bottom of the page, outside the editing box.

The url is showing up in the preview, but below the post, like a tag.

freddie said...

I think I figured it out, EE. Thank you!!

Evil Editor said...

In compose mode, type www.evileditor.net

Switch to html.

Remove the second http://www.evileditor.net/

and replace it with Gallimaufry.

Go back to compose mode. Voila!

(I hope)

Scott from Oregon said...

I'm surprised half of mine weren't tossed. I just had too much fun sticking an EE head on everything.

You could do an "ad of the week" feature, noting that only one submission will get chosen (or maybe two or three).

That way, competition will drive the ad quality up to the cartoon quality.

freddie said...

Hmm. There was never any second url, and even the first one didn't show up as a link.

There's probably just something weird going on in blogger, EE. At first I couldn't even type anything at all in compose mode. It was only when I closed out of blogger and went back in that I could type something.

But all's well that ends well. Turns out there's a nifty little link button that turns any text you highlight into a link when you press it.

Thanks, EE!!

Ulysses said...

I think it makes a nice break and ha-ha occasionally, but I wouldn't like to see it as a regular feature.

Anonymous said...

Since the possibility remains that the ads might be used at some future date, they're never actually "rejected" are they?

Wes said...

Congrats to all the creators of Evil Ads. They were hilarious.

Phoenix said...

Well, I like doing ads as much as the next guy (um, OK, maybe more so. Except newspaper ads. I used to supervise ad production for Radio Shack and Computer City back in the day when we used mechanicals with poster board and slicks and wax rather than via computer - YUCK!), but I don't have the proper tools to do really spiffy ads, so I'm about ad-ed out after these appear. I like the writing-related stuff better. So that's my vote (but whoever said this blog was a democracy, eh?).

Robin S. said...

I'm with phoenix and the others that agree with how I feel.
I liked these a lot - but I'd rather focus on writing, with the occasional cartoon added in for a change of pace.

BuffySquirrel said...

I find the ads less work than the writing atm, but I don't think I would want to keep doing them. Just about at my last creative gasp!

Julie Weathers said...

Well, I'm the new kid on the block, but I have no computer tech literacy and I am not going to keep burdening EE with mine.

Aside from that, I am up to my butt in alligators, so I have to focus on writing. I feel bad when I don't respond to all the writing, so that's what I'm going to focus on.

I'll try to learn how to use Paint when the dust settles.

jgregers said...

The ad thing was fun, but it would be hard to keep coming up with them. I used to work in advertising and I'm rusty.

McKoala said...

I'm here for the writing. And the laughs. Occasional ads sounds good.

Today was a good day, particularly from Ril, BT and Phoenix.

Phoenix said...

Wait a second ... with all of these ads and everyone commenting on them and then going back to look at all the other comments, it's driving the hit rate up fast and skewing my carefully calculated guess as to when the site hits the million mark. Slow down, people! For the love of Amazon credit, slow down! We'll barely make it into June at this rate.

Sarah Laurenson said...

To create a link:
The html code before the link word is a href="http://link_name" and then /a after the word. Both of these need to be inside these brackets <>.

Sarah Laurenson said...

I'll try to make it a bit easier on the link info.

(a href="http://link_address")link word or words(/a).

Replace the () with these brackets <>.

Robin S. said...

Damn. You're right, phoenix.

I just looked at the counter. I figured the people guessing toward mid-June were gonna be the closest - now I don't think so.

A million hits. I smell a celebration.

BuffySquirrel said...

I'm guessing part of the attraction of these ads is the expectation that EE will post all of them. If he starts being selective, the supply may trail off.

freddie said...

Aaaaaarrrgh! Yes, slow down! I totally need an Amazon credit!

ChrisEldin said...

Thanks for asking that question Freddie, and Thanks EE for answering!!! That has been bugging me for months!!!
:-)

freddie said...

Chris, we should also thank Sarah, for her way works in any webpage. Thank you, Sarah! And thanks again, EE!

Now I'm linking like crazy on my blog. Fun!

Julie Weathers said...

Oh, lovely. Now I can finish my six things meme I dropped because I couldn't link.

Thanks.

ril said...

Another great bunch of ads. Tough to pick any favorites, they're all so good. It's the ideas that carry them, the "paint" tools don't matter.