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The Commercialization of the Manolo?

Manolo says, one of the Manolo’s internet friends has voiced her displeasure in the comments section of the blog.

If the hateful popup ads continue, and the shameless hawking of things to make you money continue as well, I will bid you adieu, as a blogger gone to a salesman. Too bad, really. And the same goes for the fat blog, the craft blog and the other associated now-sales-blogs.

Annie

From the start, the Manolo has made no secret of the fact that he is the capitalist and that his blogs are the partly commercial venture, indeed, at one point, long ago, he was even referred to as the God of Blog Marketing. And, at the other point, the Manolo talked about why he accepts advertising for the odious Crocs.

But, what else can the Manolo do?

Rich Uncle Pennybags, Capitalist

Sadly, Not the Manolo

The position of freelance flâneur is not well compensated.

Nepotism is endemic in the lounging professions; the best jobs traditionally go to the nephews and the young cousins of the most famous practitioners. And unfortunately, the Manolo never joined the trade union (The International Brotherhood of Boulevardiers, Flâneurs, Men-About-Town, and the Allied Loafing Arts), and thus he is shut out of the unionized positions.

And so, the Manolo has had to stitch together his own living, from the leavings of the interwebs, from the tattered corners of the material left over from the fancy sites: the little bit of Salon, the swatch of the Huffington Post, the scrap that fell to the electronic floor of the I Can Haz Cheezburger mansion.

But, this thriftiness has paid off, and now the Manolo is able to devote at least half of each day to strolling the streets, walking stick in hand, fresh boutonniere firmly in his lapel, greeting all with the kindly word and the courteous tip of his hat.

The rest of the time, he is in his electronic atelier, handcrafting blog content for your particular enjoyment. And, despite all the odds, his blog remains, as it has always been, absolutely free, save the small cost of being mildly importuned by the advertising. (And indeed, the recent redesign has actually reduced the number of ads.)

But, of the course, the Manolo is honestly sorry that his blog has the advertising (frankly, he has gotten sick of Jennifer Aniston and her fancy water), but there is really no other choice, not until the magical horn of robotic plenty, promised us by the singularitarians, is finally delivered.

Until such the time, or until the Manolo wins the Powerball, the blogs of the Manolo will have to have the advertising.

The MSM: Manolo Social Media

Manolo says, the Manolo politely reminds you that he is now the master of the social media.

And as such, the Manolo politely requests that you consider befriending him on the Facebook, following him on the Twitter, and perhaps being so kind as to subscribe to his Super Fantastic Newsletter, which will shortly be revived with regular updates from the Realm of the Super Fantastic (to include news of bargains, deals, special events, contests, and other Manolospheric doings).

The New Look of the Manolo

Manolo says, do not be alarmed! The Manolo is testing out the new looks for his shoe blog this week. Please feel free to give the Manolo your opinion about this new look in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving, Part II

They said I should show up a little early to get dressed.

Manolo says, this bird, it seems so happy. Perhaps it knows something we do not.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Manolo says, today, as the Manolo gathers with his family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings Divine Providence has bestowed upon us, you may be certain, dear internet friends, that you will be counted among the chief of these blessings.

Have the Happiest of Thanksgivings!

Green Manolo

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to introduce to you the newest addition to the Manolosphere, Green Manolo.

Edited by our good friend Christa Terry (a.k.a Never teh Bride) of the Manolo for the Brides and the Manolo for the Home, the Green Manolo is the blog all about the super fantastic sustainable lifestyle!

And now, you must go visit the Green Manolo

Manolo Jewelry

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to present to you the latest addition to the Manolosphere: Manolo Jewelry!

Edited by our good friend, and the long-time commenter at the blogs of the Manolo, La Petite Accadienne, who will be certain to provide you with much jewelry-based entertainment.

Manolo Jewelry!

Manolo for the Beauty!

Manolo says, please allow the Manolo to introduce to you the latest addition to the Manolosphere: the blog edited by our good friend Glinda, and devoted to helping you look your best through the beatifying arts, it is : Manolo for the Beauty!

Crafty Manolo

Manolo says, please welcome the new blog to the Manolosphere: Crafty Manolo!

The Manolo Twitters

Manolo says, here is the briefest taste of what you are missing if you are not following the 140-character musings of the Manolo on Twitter.

Ayyyy! Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhall are the “hot item”!! He squeezed her hand in the brotherly fashion!!!

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Perhaps the best remade music video ever… http://bit.ly/aefsIH

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Madonna is to Lady Gaga as the Shark is to the Clown Fish.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift, it is like Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, without the crazy.

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So you can be like the tiny glittery linebacker? RT @LuckyMagazine: Why You Should Wear Shoulder Pad Sweater Like Kim Kardashian http://ow.ly/19D81h

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Jake Gyllenhaal &Taylor Swift = Rock Hudson & Doris Day, without the burning passion.

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Madonna is to Laday Gaga as the Mongol Hordes are to the Key West Gay Pride Parade.

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand are our generations new Pierre and Marie Curie!

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9 Year Old Girls, Miley Cyrus, and the Stripper Pole…what could possibly go wrong? http://bit.ly/9KP8oU #MileyCyrus

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For the people who love crafts: Scrapbooking with Johnny Rotten…http://bit.ly/c6bhGt #punk

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Katy Perry and Russell Brand got married in the Hindu ceremony? What, was the Ugaritic Temple of Baal all booked up?

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Utterly Hilarious posting from one of the Manolo’s internet friends: Putin’s “Bitch Please Face”.. http://bit.ly/aLeCK9

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Ayyy! Katy Perry & Russell Brand just got married…they are like this generation’s Nefertiti and Amenhotep IV!

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Madonna is to Lady Gaga, as Nosferatu is to the Cookie Monster.

Hurry, go sign up for the Manolo’s Twitterings.

The Manolo on Facebook

The Manolo politely reminds you that he is part of the Facebook, where he occasionally airs his thoughts about life, dining, and the fashion…

Manolo on Facebook

Naturally, he would be most honored if you would consider making him one of your special Facebook friends.

P.S. You may also desire to follow some of the Manolo’s more banal and ephemeral pensées on the Twitter.

Happy Anniversary! Six Years of the Manolo’s Shoe Blog!

Manolo says, it was six years ago this very day that the Manolo first began his humble shoeblogging. Who could have imagined in 2004, that the Manolo would still be here, feets firmly planted in the interwebs, still sharing his love of shoes with the world?Gucci Boots, Fall 2004

Back in the day, lo these many years ago, there were precious few blogs devoted to matters fashion, and none which considered the beauty and import of the shoes. Hence, the decision of the Manolo to start his shoe blog and to bring the small bit of joy to others.

What is most remarkable about this, however, is that by the end of the first year after the Manolo started, it was apparent that the world had changed, and that the relationship between the fashion hierarchy and the media and the consumers had been fundamentally upended. And now, with the rise and triumph of the fashion blogs, we have entered the period when fashion and fashion reportage has been democratized, when any aspiring designer and any new blogger can, through hard work, talent, and the savvy sense of theater gain attention for her efforts.
Prada Pumps, Fall 2004
Of the course, the Manolo is delighted to have played the small, miniscule part in this revolution, as the fashion blogosphere’s greatest lover and promoter of the shoes, and as it’s reigning clown prince, ridiculous in his majesty.

Naturally, the Manolo could not have succeeded as well as he has without the help of his fellow Manolosphere bloggers, Christa, Twistie, Miss Plumcake, Mr. Henry, Glinda and the Raincoaster. All of these peoples, together with the other friends who have helped in the past, are amazing writers, and amazing peoples who have the Manolo’s unending gratitude.
Pucci Pumps, Fall 2004
The biggest share of the gratitude, however, goes to you, dear reading friend, for your kindness, your generosity, your indulgence , your intelligence, and your attention. Without you, the Manolo would be nothing more than the tiny voice echoing into the darkness. But, with you, the Manolo has blossomed and flourished, like the flower watered with the distilled essence of love. And for that, the Manolo thanks you the thousand times the thousand. You are indeed, most super fantastic!

P.S. The Manolo adorned this post with three of the shoes he recommended in that first month, October of 2004. From the top to the bottom, Gucci boots, Prada golden pumps, Pucci!

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