Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 13:18:24 -0500 From: Evan Morris Subject: Re: RE>American Popular Speech I think APSO is a great idea, but I also agree with Grant: At 10:32 AM 12/12/97 -0500, Grant Barrett wrote: >Some thoughts about your American Popular Speech Online concept: > >-- I think I detect some hyperactive overpromoting on your part just for the sake of getting people interested so I won't really address your way-high estimates of hits per day. > >-- I don't imagine that we would be able to pay anyone a cent based on the revenues received from banner advertising. Being professionally interested in online advertising, I can tell you for certain that there are oodles of sites receiving 50,000 hits a day (about 10,000 unique visitors) that have a difficult time finding advertisers. > Yup, you'd better forget advertising. A pledge/subscription scheme might well generate some minimal income, but the site would have to be a labor of love. Some more revenue might be generated by affiliating with and establishing an online bookstore annex to APSO, which would give you a small cut (5-10%) of books sold through the site. This is easy to set up. >-- It seems to me that you spend a large part of your day reading yellowed newspapers and fending off "hi!" chats from 13-year-old AOL users, so you must have some idea of how much time it would take to put together something like American Popular Speech Online. It's all the problems of a magazine and a software publisher combined. > >-- That said, where do I sign up? I'll donate my time, web server space and my pen. > Hear, hear. Go for it, Barry. As I've said before, I think that your stuff (and much of what other folks post here, let alone what they'd write if given a forum such as APSO) is too good to relegate to the ADS-L archives. -- Evan Morris words1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]