I'm planning on starting a blog and I would like to monetize it somehow. My main goal is to have a large fanbase, I'm not too interested in making money (but by all means, the more the better). Point being, I don't want to scare away any fans with an ad popup in every page, or requiring them to create a membership to view the articles or something.
I think my biggest bet would be to put banners on the side and maybe the top/bottom of each page. Maybe have a recommended buy list that leads to amazon affiliate links.
About the blog- My hobby is learning. I love to learn about things I find interesting. Things like physics, technology, science, cognition, consciousness, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, psychology... the list goes on. In my phone I have hundreds of pieces of information I'll write down in a notepad file that I find interesting. I was thinking I could write an article about each one. They are things I find very interesting, so I would assume there is a decent sized demographic of people who would as well.
I'm not sure if this next piece is exactly allowed on WF so feel free to moderate it if not.. I'd like to post an example of something I would write into the blog and would appreciate people's honest answer when I ask: Could I actually start a website/blog about this kind of stuff? And have it be successful?
Could there really be another realm of existence that is completely outside our known measurable Universe?
There are things we cannot yet explain with science, thins like the mind, and our consciousness. Are these literally some other manifestation of energy or something similar? If so, does that open up the realm of other supernatural things? Like god, religion, precognition, telekinesis, etc.
Is the conscious mind jsut a convenient method evolution found for us to use and can be replicated by a physical process? If so, we should be able to create an artificial intelligence computer who is essentially conscious to some similar degree as us. If this happens, does it rule out the need for metaphysical explanations of consciousness and thus discredit the realm of religion, ghosts, and other supernatural things?
Consciousness is usually lumped up with these things simply because we cannot make an empirical quantification of what we are working with. When there is no tangible evidence of a study, it often gets thrown into the realm of pseudoscience. But perhaps our knowledge in science just isn't there yet to study consciousness. Maybe we need to understand more about Artificial Intelligence; All we need is the correct algorithm.
Of course I would lengthen it a bit, that's just what I had in my phone.
Also, I would like to create my own website to do this, but would settling for a wordpress page do the same? (Can you monetize off of the free version of wordpress?)
Sorry for the amount of questions I'm proposing, but I would greatly appreciate any response!