And there’s a sponsor. AntHillPro. Sponsorship gets you an ad on the web site and a message on the RSS feed. It’s not too different to things I’ve had before but there’s a crucial difference: 99% of the ads that I got via ad networks were crap.
So now we have the same thing but with the branding of one sponsor, rather than a rash of ads. I’ve agreed a three-month trial with UrbanCode (who publish AntHillPro).
What will I do with the money?
I’m going to pay for:
- all the hosting and service costs
- sending T-shirts for supporters and guest authors,
- buying drinks for people I interview,
- getting help to keep the blog maintained and functioning
Why this sponsor?
- They have a compelling DevOps offering
- they’ve been selling a tool with good lifecycle features for years
- and they’re a bunch of great guys who really get Continuous Integration
Will you pimp their product at every chance you get? Nope. I’ll still wear my Clover t-shirt, use Hudson, and write about competing products. I might write more about their product but that’s because I have pretty good communications. If more vendors kept in touch, I’d write about their products, too.*
* unless you want me to do a huge review. I don’t often have the time to do those. Sorry.
(image from Jessica)