I use gmail, Google's email service. I find it really useful - the contra for using the "free" service is that Google ads appear in the sidebar, and the topics of the ads are somewhat related to the content of the email.
I received a reply email from someone yesterday in which we both discussed a blog. Hence the Google ads in the sidebar were somewhat related to blogs or blogging.
One ad was this:
Discover a smarter neuron
and an unusual take on how memory works. At a new neuroscience blog.
I thought, "That's interesting. An individual blogger has coughed up money for a Google Ad. I'll click through."
Apparently it's a blog by John Harris, and was established in September 2005. His blogger profile has counted 1,899 views up to this moment.
I wonder how much he paid for the advert?
I wonder how much it has boosted his traffic?
I wonder who John Harris is?
The blog is quite detailed, and to my layman's eye (pun intended Mr. Harris) it seems like the blogger knows whereof he writes.
Here's the blog home page, which is impressive, and has some great photographs.
Maybe the author is this Dr. John Harris of the University of Nottingham.
Maybe the author is this Professor John Harris of The Institute of Neuroscience (Newcastle University)
Maybe the author is this "veteran medical device entrepreneur" John Harris of Arboretum Ventures. Hmmm. Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Stanford and MBA from Kellogg. Yes, you seem like the most likely John Harris to be web savvy and experimenting on a nexus between Google Ads and blogging. Here's his picture and another bio.
Well, if he's doing google ads and blogging, my bet is he's got a google alert on some of the words in this blog post, which means .... he's reading this.
Please make yourself known to us Mr. Harris!