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Perhaps naively, a few years ago I promised I would never run AdSense on this blog.Well I haven't quite broken that promise, but perhaps I've come close.I was recently approached by someone to include a link to their website in an old post of mine. The link was fairly relevant to the post and I bet you couldn't find it if you tried.They said they would give me $100 to do it. So I accepted.Am I a sellout or what?...

Okay, the last of my #firstworldrants. For a while.If someone writes a post about you or flames you in a comment, don't reply. Don't add fuel to the fire in an attempt to explain yourself or start an argument.It's like playing in a game of women's hockey. You might win, but at the end of the day you're not really a winner, are you?It doesn't look good.If you can't post your response in a witty comment that is no more than two sentences, don't do it. Write a response on your own blog sure, but don't be a woman who plays hockey for anything more than fun....

For fuck's sake, stop commenting under a fake name.I don't mean here. You can be anonymous all you like here.I mean on trade press websites. If you're from the agency or the client the article is about, the general rule should be not to comment. And if you do, do it under your real name with a link back to your blog/twitter account/email address.Even if for no other reason than the fact most of these blogs track IP addresses on comments. And you look like a jerk face when you get caught. #firstworldrants...

When I started this blog two and a half years ago, I wasn't even on Facebook. Now I have a job, for the most part, because of it. And scarily, in another two and a half years, it may not even be around. In the mean time, I will do my best to continue to blog as often as possible. Fair respect for those peeps in the industry who are pumping out consistently good content....

Perhaps there's some kind of metaphor there about pigs only looking forward. Because I've been thinking about this blog lately moving forward (did I really just say that?).There's two things I've decided to commit myself to regarding this blog and my newly found source of beer money. Both of which I know I'm going to break.Firstly, I don't want this blog to change too much, not yet anyway. I don't want it to become a resource of case studies or analysis on the campaigns I'm working on. Despite this, my next post will be able a couple of rad things I picked up on that you can do with Facebook.Secondly, I don't want to see this blog suffer in regards to post quality or post count. But I am starting to have a lot of respect for peeps who work full time and pump out regularly good content.I'm fascinated by the way a blog changes as the blogger changes. Usually it results in the blog dying but sometimes the blogger starts writing for a different audience, and that's not something you'll see here. Fingers crossed anyway....

After two and a half years, writing this blog has served its initial purpose. I now work in advertising. This week I started as the Social Media Manager at George Patterson Y&R Melbourne. It's a part time gig while I finish my fourth and final year of university. I can't state enough how validating it is after doing nothing but talk for almost 28 months to actually do an internship and have people impressed with your work, enough so that they're willing to pay you to keep you around. And luckily for you lot, this blog will continue to kick on....

My final project as an intern at George Patterson Y&R was to do a presentation on the world of advertising through the eyes of a 20 year old. And the first thing I did, was to go through the database that is nearly two and a half years of my own opinion. You would not believe how useful it was. Although I've had some complete rubbish posts in the past, fuck I've written some good stuff if I can say so myself. And fuck it feels good to read a joke you wrote two years ago and still laugh at it. Good times....

People often criticise myself and this blog because it's incredibly bias. "But you're just one person" or "You can't base anything off a sample size of one" are often comments that people like yourself leave.Well...