Let me talk to you for a moment about a new box of stuff on the right side of this site. Yep, just like the title says, it’s Good Stuff! First though, I want to share some information and history if you don’t already know. I started this site because I wanted to share information. I felt like (and still feel like) if we all share the knowledge that we have with one another, our collective knowledge base grows by leaps and bounds. Seems obvious I know, but some folk I have seen and have even worked with want to horde information as if it were gold. So, hoping that sharing some of my knowledge and information might help others, I started this site. If someone is having a problem, and I have already run into the same thing and can post an adequate solution, then they get to solve that problem without re-inventing the wheel (so to speak).
I do this because it’s just something I do, a way that I can try to give back and help others. I don’t charge people for access to anything, I don’t have banner ads or popups (or unders ;]) or anything like that. At one point I played with Google Ads, but that was more to learn than really try and make any money. Which is good because I didn’t make any, a few pennies here and there, but nothing really. This though, is my point and has a direct impact on the Good Stuff I am getting ready to explain. That point is that I run this site using my time, paying for the server and bandwidth out of my own pocket, and I like it that way. I don’t want to be beholden to a vendor. I do have a donation link, so if a reader wants to show some love they can, but that’s different. I don’t get any kind of payment, kickbacks, reimbursement, dump truck loads of yen, or anything from companies that sell products, especially the ones I talk about or recommend.
What does this mean? This means that if I post a review about something, I am not blowing smoke just to say there is a fire. I am telling you, my reader, my own experience with whatever it might be and what my honest opinion is about it as well. Mainly I do this when I find something really cool that I think more people need to know about. Some piece of software that other geeks like me might find useful, or a game or whatever that seems to be well worth the duckets. I want to share that information with anyone who wants to read about it, that might benefit from it, and I want them to know that the information is coming from an unbiased source.
So, back to the Good Stuff box. This is where I am putting stuff to showcase things that go above and beyond or are extra good or really special, etc. Kind of like banner ads except I decide what is put there and no one is paying me to do so. It’s a showcase of things that I use and that I very highly recommend and therefore proclaim to be “Good Stuff”. This site had over a million hits last year, and the traffic trend is still rising, so my goal is to share Good Stuff with my readers, and hopefully help encourage those people that care about the customer and care about providing good valuable service to keep up the good work. If any of you have something you want to recommend, or some information you want to share with the world, hit the contact page and share it with me. If I end up doing something with your submission, I’ll make sure you get credit for it. Thanks.