A Little Link Love – Or Later, Link, As The Case May Be

October 31, 2015

I haven’t done a lot of updating in my blog rolls in a while, but in case you noticed the sudden absence of three key links, I thought I’d share the reasoning… and maybe make a call for action.

As much as I’ve enjoyed the writing of Bill Heavey, Phil Bourjailly, and (most of the time) Dave Petzal, I have removed all links to the Field and Stream blogs from my site.  This is due, in main part, to the fact that I’m sick to death of auto-play, video advertisements that pop up the moment I enter the site.  I’ve commented on this before, and have made my opinion clear on the blogs and on the F&S Facebook feed.

I know the loss of me as a reader, and the loss of those links from my little blog really aren’t going to mean much to the corporation that owns and operates Field and Stream.  But you’ve got to take a stance somewhere, right, so here’s my fart in the whirlwind.

But hey, if you’d care to join this Quixotic tilt, I encourage you to do so.  But, before you drop out, drop in on their blogs and leave a comment calling for an end to the auto-play ads.  Let them know what it is you object to.  It probably won’t mean shit, but then again, maybe it will.

(And yes, I know there are ad-blockers and settings I can adjust on my side to limit this sort of advertising, but it seems odd to me that the onus should always fall on the consumer.)



5 Responses to “A Little Link Love – Or Later, Link, As The Case May Be”

  1. JAC on November 2nd, 2015 15:12

    I haven’t read Field & Stream in ages so count me in as a tilter.

  2. Phillip on November 3rd, 2015 08:58

    I knew I could count on you, John.

  3. JAC on November 4th, 2015 19:08

    Call me Sancho! Let’s tilt!

  4. Bruce Cherry on November 15th, 2015 21:46


    It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted on the Hog Blog.

    I agree with the Field and Stream blog. Not only do you have that damn truck video pop up when you go to the main page of the Gun Nuts, but once you hit the link to go to a specific posting, you get the same video again. Navigate to another page on the F&S blog, you get the same friggin’ video again!! I’m fed up with it. I enjoy Petzal’s acerbic humor since he and I are almost the same age [he’s a few years older] and both of us, thru hard work and longevity, have achieved the exalted status of curmudgeon. But I’m sick of the constant barrage of ads. Like Field and Stream needs another 10 or 20 million bucks in revenue.

    How is the hunting in North Carolina? I’m still after pigs, sheep, bulls, and birds here. Make a few trips to Montana for birds and trout but the hunting here is better.

    Aloha for now.

    Oh, and the math problem at the end of this page is tough. 6 minus X equals 5. Had to ask my wife for the answer. Hope I got it right.

  5. Phillip on November 17th, 2015 12:47

    Great to hear from you, Bruce! I’d begun to think the jungle had swallowed you up.

    My little boycott has been effectual, inasmuch as they haven’t benefited from my business since I launched this crusade. Can’t say it’s made a bit of difference, but out of sight is out of mind.

    Hunting in NC is pretty good. It’s not Texas, but the whitetail population is still booming, so the seasons and limits are liberal and the opportunity to harvest is high. We’ve put two in the freezer so far (one each), and I’ve been holding back since then, just waiting for a big buck. I’ll probably go ahead and add one more soon, just to make sure we’re set for the year. I’ve got a lot of neighbors who like venison (if it’s already killed and butchered), so I need a little more than my personal consumption.

    Waterfowling here is OK. It’s a far sight from CA, but it’s fun there’s lots of public hunting opportunities… much of which is really uncrowded. The peak of the migration is still a ways off, depending on weather, but there’s a lot to look forward to.

    There are hogs here, but I’m still hashing that out. If I do find them, I don’t believe the numbers are anything like they are in other states. Quail are practically gone from NC, except on private preserves. Fire ants, feral cats, and habitat loss have taken a real toll.

    Ocean fishing here is great, but for me, it’s pretty much a spring through summer thing. I can’t afford a Gulf Stream boat to get out to warm water during the cold season.

    Finally, sorry about the math problem. I know it’s tough on English and Lit folks, but if you can’t get it, you can always ask it to give you another, easier question.