Personal, Society

I won the internet lottery!

I’m sorry I’ve been so bad about updating this site lately. Life has sort of gotten in the way;

  • we got a puppy
  • I have been working on a new book, and I published my second book.
  • Also, I have been working a little too hard at making sure my pop culture blog is in better shape. [Note: Since combined with this website.]

I have been meaning to write two posts which I hope to get to in the coming months:

  1. A post on journalism’s vital role in democracy and why the Mainstream Media is failing democracy;
  2. A post on the proper opposition between rulers and ruled and why partisanship in general and Tea Party-style “libertarian” partisanship in general is insane in our current socioeconomic situation.

But those two things will have to wait until I find some time. In the meantime, I won the internet lottery.

A week ago, Samuel Lowe sent me this incredible email. Media Discovery, a British company, wants to advertise on my site!

“Hi Riley,

I was wondering whether you’d be interested in selling advertising space on The advertisement would be unobtrusive and we can pay you an annual upfront payment for the advertising space.

We can also provide guest blog posts from industry experts in many cases.

I am from Media Discovery, a new media agency headquartered in the UK. We plan out and acquire advertising space on major websites and portals, as well as smaller niche sites. I personally deal with our smaller publishers, increasing brand awareness and share of voice for the major brands that our group works with.

We’d love to work with your site. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to email me directly.

Kind Regards,

Samuel Lowe

I was skeptical since it’s not as though I get a lot of traffic:


But what can I say? I have always been interested in leading on phishers for reasons I cannot quite articulate – I had one of those Nigerian princesses going for a while once – so I wrote back as an interested party.

But I was loathe to discover that they didn’t exactly want to pay me for banner advertisements:

“Hello Riley,

Thank you for getting back to me. Please allow me to give you more information about our proposal.

We are currently working with respected companies who wishes to expand and make their presence known in the online world through advertising. You can find more information about us at

What we offer is a simple text-based advert. Unlike banner-type advertisements, ours is less intrusive and not distracting. You can visit our sample site at to see what the advert looks like. The anchor text is “J.D. Power.”

After reviewing your website, we think that a new blog post would be the best option for you. We’ll pay 110 $ as an annual upfront payment and we will endeavour to make sure that you are paid within two working days, using PayPal or Moneybookers.

We have writers here who can draft an article that will suit the theme of your website. You can just cite a preferred topic for the post and I will make sure that they will be taken into consideration.

Please let me know if you’re interested, so I can have your site assessed by our Technical team. I can then ask one of our client services team to send you a new article or ask our team of copywriters to craft an article to fit your site. This will include the advert details and client information.



Gee, that’s confusing. I thought we were talking about ads!

Anyway, it doesn’t matter! I need the money. Soon you will be seeing online-gambling posts and other content related to the “theme” of while I attempt to commit domain name-suicide once Google finds out someone is paying me for posts. This is just great news!

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