If An Ad Shows on A Website, And Nobody Sees It, Does it Still Make Money?

Billboard by Curbly on Instagram
From our 2015 Yellowstone road trip. Follow us on Instagram!

There's this billboard near the off-ramp I take almost every day on my way home from work, and it always makes me chuckle. See, the highway, at that point, has a pretty high sound barrier along the east side, which makes it impossible for anyone driving north to see more than about half of that billboard.

I drive by it, day after day, wondering what it might be trying to advertise to me. Continue Reading

What It’s Like to Earn Your Income Through Blogging

That's us at Curbly, pretending to work

Type 'how to make money blogging' into Google and you'll choke on a pile of spammy-sounding search results telling you how, if you'd only give up your e-mail address or credit card number, you'd learn the secret to living like a billionaire on your pajama-based blogging income.

I've been making a living publishing a blog (my full-time income, supporting a family of four) since 2008, and as a supplemental income since 2006, and blogging as a hobby since 2003, so I guess I'm as qualified to speak on the subject as anyone else. Continue Reading

Vintage Advertising: The Role of Mid-Century Women

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From a distance we might admire MCM design, but in doing so it’s easy to forget the social ills of the era, one being the preferred role for women. These vintage ads from the era pretty much sum up those expectations.

Just in case the little woman forgets:

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And just in case she can’t cook, there’s always beer.

Apparently, women loved to caress their Hoovers back then.

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Manipulation always works.

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And, finally…hooray for domestic abuse.  Continue Reading

Cat Tested; IKEA Approved

ikea cat

Recently, IKEA UK let loose 100 kitties inside their Wembley store. Why? Mostly just for fun, as I can tell. Although, they claim it was an ‘experiment’. Either way, it’ll surely cause some buzz.    

Watch the kitty hijinks below, and stay tuned through the end for some lovely kitties getting comfy courtesy of IKEA.