I've been meaning to do this for ages. Karen, my beautiful and extremely talented (and frugal) wife, every now and then, asks, "How come you can't make any money out of that bloody blog of yours?". "Can't make any money?", I say, "Can't make any money? I'll have you know I made a tidy $50…over…er…the last…well…hmmm, let me see…six? Yes, six months". That's about what I get for having that wee ad over there.
It's effortless but barely covers my Typepad fees. And goes no way to support my lavish lifestyle, my yacht, my villa in the Seychelles, Noah's Stradivariarse, Seth's herd of llamas or, indeed, Karen's near daily luxury spa treatments.
Then, of course, Ace Jet was never meant to be a money making venture. It's always been an outlet for the mishmash of cerebral fodder in my grey matter. It's all done for the love of the stuff. And although I've been approached occasionally by companies wanting to exploit its pixels for their own ruthlessly commercial end, I've resisted the temptation to dirty its pages with such vulgarity. Mainly because they're run-of-the-mill digital print companies claiming to offer the very finest printing ever. On the finest, shiniest paper in the world. At the cheapest price.
No, they can fuck right off. And in their place, I've just signed up to an Amazon Associates account which I'm filling with various tip top quality designery books I've plugged over the years. And will continue to do so, on the off chance that some lovely viewer is suitably inspired to purchase one from my aStore. If that ever happens, I'll get a meagre few quid kickback. Money that will help me feed my children and maybe even the dog we haven't got yet.
So, if you feel like a browse through stuff I've actually, genuinely read from actual front to real life back cover, you can find the secret entrance to my bookish Aladdin's cave of designery beauties on the left, at the top.
I'll only list books I'd recommend - although I have to say, I'd recommend alot. There are classics and there are some surprises. Lots of historical stuff like Corporate Diversity (superb!) and some practical things, like Jon Steel's Perfect Pitch (essential reading if you ask me).
So take a stroll, if you will, through its shelves. And if you do buy something, just think: not only will you be enriching your own life with knowledge that will probably help you win a D&AD Yellow Pencil but you will also be enriching my life – with money.