Note: Sorry, I’m very busy this week. Apologies for the lack of updates. I should be back soon. I’m way behind on email too…
Thanks to yesterday’s three very observant readers who contributed to the CamWorld tip jar (I borrowed this concept from Obscure Store). CamWorld will always be free. In fact, I was approached a few years back by an advertiser who recognized early on that popular weblogs had significant readership that was highly-educated and typically worked in the technology sector. The money offered to place ads on CamWorld was very tempting, and I thought about it for a while. I declined the offer of advertising money because I recognized that CamWorld is a place for me to share my thoughts, ideas, observations and commentary with the world and that paid advertising would only cheapen my words. But, as anyone knows, the costs of hosting a Web site can add up after a time, epecially if you have significant traffic, so I’ve adopted the “tip jar” concept that works similarly to that of the restaurant industry. The better your service, the bigger the tip you give to the wait staff. If you like CamWorld and appreciate the many hours each week I spend keeping it updated, you are welcome to send me a tip via PayPal to help defray the costs of hosting. But, I repeat: CamWorld will always be free as long as I am running it, and it will never accept paid advertising.
Oh yeah, CamWorld t-shirts are coming very soon. You will be able to buy them using PayPal.
I’ve been thinking about the ultimate Web geek and ego-boost product and I realized the other day how cool it would be to whip out a credit card with my own personal CamWorld logo on it. I would transfer all of my other credit card balances in a heartbeat to a credit card that was personalized in this way. Do any of my readers know of any banks that are offering this kind of service? I imagine they only offer it to customers who are capable of signing up numerous cards (accounts), to reduce production costs on the cards themselves. Or am I wrong? Maybe the production process has been fine-tuned enough that this kind of one-on-one service is something a bank can offer to differentiate themselves from their competition.
A couple of people have said that NextCard will let you do this. I used to have a NextCard, but I think I must have gotten it before they started offering this. I’m looking into it…
An astute reader dug up some shady reports about NextCard’s somewhat perplexing interest rates and “ClickPay” service. Come to think of it, I experienced this exact same thing with them and eventually transferred the balance and cancelled the account.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at January 15, 2002 01:54 PM