…to read my follow up article about the debate over sponsored themes.
A little background:
Over the last six months or so, there have been arguments going back and forth about the appearance of sponsored themes in the WordPress community. A sponsored theme is a theme in which a theme designer has been paid to insert links to a website. This is just another form of link buying. I personally have no problems with this, as long as the theme designer is up front and honest about the fact that the theme he is distributing for free does include paid links.
Anyway, please keep in mind that this is only once side of the story and I encourage all of you to do a search and see what other people have to say. The Blog Herald has a post with a good set of links to start with.
In 2004, a man by the name of Willie Joe McAdams was put in jail for the attempted murder of Cedric Thomas. Because my search skills suck I was not able to find any information on the crime so I don’t know why McAdams wanted to kill Cedric but based on the little bit I did find, it may have had something to do with drugs (McAdams being on them rather than a drug deal gone wrong).
McAdams was sentenced to 40 years in prison but due to a clerical error was released on May 4, 2007 after serving only four years. (Yes, I know the math doesn’t work out quite right. The only thing I can think of is that the judge included time served.) However, that’s not the strange part. Instead of bolting off into the underground to avoid the law and perhaps make a new life for himself, McAdams hunts down his victim and…apologizes.
A couple of months ago, I blogged about some drama brewing over the rise of sponsored themes in the WordPress community. Since then I haven’t really kept on top of the issue as I’ve been busy working on other projects. Well about a week ago, word started circling the blogosphere that sponsored themes were now being removed from the Theme Viewer which came right after the announcement by Weblog Tools Collection that they will no longer be promoting sponsored themes on their website.
So I’m going to pass on a tip to everyone that I, myself, learned about recently. Thinking about it, I can’t really believe I hadn’t thought about this before but I suppose it’s just a matter of getting the information you need when you really need it.
So yeah, the Fourth of July is long gone but the spirit of it still lives on. Everybody loves the freedom that the 4th represents but seem to fail to remember the war we had to engage in in order to achieve it.
This week’s writing prompts are dedicated to the Art of War. War comes in many different sizes and colors. Sometimes war is epic, other times it’s a fight for the covers at night or, more often than not, there is a constant battle being waged internally with ourselves.
These writing prompts are geared towards putting you in the mood to throw down. Well, on paper at least.