Google ads – keep ‘em or dump ‘em?

A temporary post here regarding business. So… regarding the Google ads… I’ve had complaints.

But ya know, in the past month and a half, they’ve brought me more monthly income to support Looking Closer’s site costs and related fees than any pleas for donations ever produced.

So here’s the deal: If you like the Looking Closer Web site and are willing to offer a modest donation to keep things running smoothly … and if the donations I receive will equal what I calculate my annual Google ads income will be… I’ll drop those ads like a hot potato, and you won’t have to look at them again!

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Chris Burgwald

    Re: Lost, I’m sure that many elements were developed on the fly, etc. etc., but that there is also a basic story arc as well.

    We Lost fans should learn from the X-philes (of which I am also one): don’t spend too much time trying to make Every. Single. Detail. regarding the mythology fit in a consistent manner. Carter had a basic story arc in mind but developed it in all sorts of interesting ways (while keeping most people happy); the same is (I’m sure) true for the Lost boys.

  • Sara Z.

    In re: Lost: Hello Twin Peaks. Realizing not even David Lynch knew who the hell killed Laura Palmer was one of the most frustrating moments in my TV viewing life.

  • Rob

    Jack: “Why do you find it so easy (to have faith?)”
    Locke: “I don’t!”

    I choose to believe that there is some semblance of a master plan, or at least a rough outline. It’s hard sometimes to keep believing, but then, that’s faith for ya. :)

  • opus

    My wife and I just finished up the first season on DVD, and went through all of the special features. Several dealt with the origins of the series, and Abrams et al. seemed to imply that things have been planned out for several seasons. At least, I hope so for their sakes, otherwise there are going to be a lot of angry fans on their tail.

  • Martin

    I suppose the ability to openly discuss doubts about religion in a film about the Crusades is a good thing … but maybe it would be even better to openly discuss doubts about the Crusades, doubts that are informed by a religious point of view rather than an agnostic one.

    And while Scott, being an agnostic, may be able to write a strong agnostic character, he seems to be missing the boat with his religious character: “He just talks about being a good man on a daily basis, and says that’s the beginning of religion.”

    Er, not quite.

  • Anlyn

    I’m not surprised Fury’s comments. There were too many “oh, wouldn’t that be cool!” moments, especially in the flashbacks, such as the Boone/Shannon revelation. It seemed like that the writers were just pulling things out of air.

    I agree, it is disappointing.

    Ann D.