In short, I deleted my subscription service for this site.
I know this might be a pain in the ass for some of you, and I also know I’ll lose followers because of this, but I’m okay with that. Hunting a huge audience isn’t my goal here. There is a reason I’m doing this. As with any other site in the world, people come and go to Smogranch. When they go they need to be able to just hit an easy unsubscribe button, and with NO HASSLE, be gone. I feel this way because the first thing I do every morning is unsubscribe to the masses of things I somehow get subscribed to. People are digital, low-life scumbags these days, not to mention out-of-control marketing animals, who don’t seem to have ANY issues by subscribing people who don’t want to be subscribed. Not only would I never do this, I would also never try to make it difficult for you to unsubscribe. Over the past few months I’ve had people email me saying, “Sorry but I can’t unsubscribe to your site.” This drives me crazy. It SHOULD be an easy system, and I honestly don’t know why some people can and others can’t, but I can’t live with the mystery so the service is gone. From now on if you want to get here you gotta aim here and get in. No more email updates. Again, sorry, but I can’t stand the idea of someone continuing to get emails they don’t want.
These days we live in a world where the boundaries of decency and taste have been run over and crushed. People post political s*** to my Facebook timeline, they send ads to my Twitter feed and try to link their sites to mine via comments. And this doesn’t include the normal spam for drugs, sex and crazy s*** that now seems far less annoying than being put on a mailing list from a gallery I’ve never been to. I’m SO CLOSE to pulling the plug on ALL of it, including this blog, that I literally think about it every day.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE blogging. It is clearly the most entertaining and educational thing I do online, but I also realize the world is out there, spinning, and it doesn’t care about ANY of this. I’m just a speck in cyberspace, something I’m happy to be because I know the important s*** is here on Earth, right in front of me, waiting to be explored. I know I’m a pain in the ass, but those of you who know this site figured that out a long time ago.