I have the constant burden of making business decisions that suck, I mean there is no answer that is good, any decision I make punishes me a little, and it is a constant monkey on my back. Daily I must make decisions, yes or no, Advertisers make offers to me that is easy money, or to give benefits greatly by just going along with the group, and not disagreeing would save or make me money.
Easy Money is Temptation
As I walk the planet, the comment I hear all the time is,
"We work so hard." or "We have no money."
I can sit in a restaurant with the richest people on the planet and they complain about not having money.
If this man told me this, I would agree, the other 99 are question marks. I respect this type of worker, I know he is on the moral high ground; he is doing a job that is needed, and earn money that he should never be ashamed to accept.
Sosua, Dominican Republic --- Thursday, March 4, 2010
By Andy Graham of HoboTraveler.com
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Example of Easy Money
I am told daily,
"The Sosua girls need the money."
Women in Sosua, Dominican Republic:
If you have figure it out all ready, in the city of Sosua where I am at, the majority of the girls walking around propositioning men on a minute by minute basis.
1. 1500 for Massage
2. 1500 for Happy Hour. (Two for One.)
3. (Words I cannot write.)
A Thailand Girl Story
I was in Chang Saen, Thailand up by the Golden Triangle a few years ago, lying in my room, reading a book. The hotel was a family ran place, suddenly the door swings open, and a drunk girl, a family member walks into the room, saying
"Sleep with me, 200 Baht."
She was drunk; I stood up, closed the door and continued to read my book.
The next day, I sat down with her and asked,
"Why do you want me to sleep with you for money?"
"I can pick rice all day for 100 Baht, or I can sleep with a handsome man for 200."
Advertisers Throw Money at HoboTraveler.com
Life was easier when I was broke; I never had to listen to pitches told to me from Advertisers. I now receive 1-2 inquiries or offers per day from people wanting to hook into my readers. They always say,
"Why do you care, it is just easy money."
Do I care about you?
I do not care if you like me, however, I do care if I by accident, or by paid design I would say something that would harm you. If you see an advertisement on the side of my page that is clearly an advertisement and click on it, I figure you are 100 percent responsible.
I need to morally deal with these questions, and develop a policy for the staff of HoboTraveler.com. It is not just me, I am sure eventually they will get to workers, try to influence them to accept deals that help the employee more than the readers.
Disclosure of Influence by Advertisers
I am doing my best to deal with this issue, however it is emotionally trying, travel is easy compared to the moral decisions Moms and Pops make all over the planet daily. I do not need money, mainly because I do not spend money, but I am rare bird on this planet, I am frugal, I have no emotional need to buy things.
Friends of Hobo Please Read
Here is a page that explains a ranking system on how advertisers, reviews, gear and other benefits I receive influence the site or me: http://www.hobotraveler.com/disclosures/
Somehow, I am going to put a 1-10 number at the bottom of all missives.
1 - No influence from outside forces.
10. 100 percent influenced by money.
Great stuff, Andy. I really admire you for the integrity with which you run this site.
It's funny, a lot of my friends, especially the technophiles, seem to have a real problem with advertising. I don't: if someone puts on an advert that says 'this is an advert', I'm fine with that, especially if it is subsidising my use of that resource.
I do resent 'invasive' adverts, such as pop-ups. I do not think they are necessary, I deliberately never click them, and mostly I block them out. I do not block banner ads, google ads etc. even though I could, I think it would be wrong to do so. This, for me, is give and take relationship. Pop-ups is someone else taking too much from me, in my opinion. blocking all ads, however, is me taking the piss.
I like it when there are options to hide ads in exchange for a 'premium membership' or fee. This is my ideal world, when ads are annoying me, I can make them go away without taking the piss. I pay for my membership of Spotify for this reason, I simply do not enjoy listening to advertisements in between music, they get stuck in my head and sometimes they work too well and I buy things. it's a better deal to pay for no ads!!
I do have problems with people who advertise dishonestly, and I have always admired your honesty with these things.
G20 people are not smarter than non-G20 countries, there is no superior or sophisticated skills endowed in these countries that keeps them safe. There is a reason the send all the spam to the G20 nations, because it works.
I will give a rating on all post eventually, trying to explain how I feel I should not be considered unbiased, I am not delusional in belief that I am free of prejudice.
I am positive people who receive benefits will indeed pull punches. I am trying to find the best way to disclose when I feel like I may be influenced, not that I want to be, but better see the issue from all sides.