Back in March I quietly removed the Amazon.com link in the sidebar, and stopped linking books in individual posts to Amazon. I have also reduced the prices on the AMV t-shirts to a zero commission (or in the case of the Minerva Red and the esoteric LDS — just the commission for the designers).
I am grateful for all of you who supported the blog by buying t-shirts or using the referral links. All told, I received about $160 over the three years that the blog was monetized, which helped support the web hosting needed to keep AMV, LDS Cinema Online and Wilderness Interface Zone up and running. Thank you for that.
Now I’m de-monetizing. In particular, I didn’t like feeling obligated to link to Amazon. And I want to make the shirts as affordable as possible. And I am using the web host to also host my own personal web presence. And I just didn’t like the hassle of dealing with the administrative stuff — it wasn’t any big deal, but it was one more thing to think about.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t still support AMV. Read; comment. Friend us on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter. Drop one or all of us a line every so often. And, heck, . The blog won’t get money for it anymore (although, as I mentioned, the designers will get a bit), but every t-shirt sold makes me happy because it means my crazy ideas are out there in the wild.
And this also doesn’t mean that we won’t still tell you when one of us has a book you can buy or a show you can go see. There will be shilling (have I mentioned Monsters & Mormons?). But this blog specifically — it’s on me. And again: many thanks to all of you who clicked on an Amazon link or bought a t-shirt. And thanks, but now, no thanks.