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Death to ads! Why When It Was Cool removed Amazon from our website.

If you listen to virtually any podcast you have heard the plugs over and over again - "Please use our links to buy through Amazon!"  For several years, way before we launched When It Was Cool, back when I was only doing the DragonKingKarl blog, I used Amazon ads.  I have never made significant money off of them.  I recently reviewed my Amazon payments for the last few years and found that, despite buying all my own products via my links, that I had earned virtually no money from their affiliate programs.

I decided today to, once and for all, kill the ads.  Aside from a few that will remain in the archives on individual article pages, I removed all of the them from the main page and will not be including them in future articles.  Why?


They were a waste of time for our website. Perhaps you might do well with them but they have never performed for us.  While they are easy to insert and easy to code but my time is better spent providing content for Patreon than wasting my time se…
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The Top 100 Greatest Artists in Rock and Roll and Pop music history

Hey everybody, I hope you take the time to check out the Top 100 Greatest Artists in Rock & Roll and Pop Music history over at When It Was Cool.  I put a lot of hard work into putting together this list and spent a long time in researching it.  I hope you will find it interesting and share the article with others.  I think we also all need to celebrate the fact that Rush made the top 100.  A glorious day for all.

Thank you!
Karl

The Family That Blogs Together Grows Together

Hey everybody! Thanks for stopping by the blog again.  Presently, we have two blogs linked to the When It Was Cool website, mine and Joseph Perry's Taste the Milk of Chocula.  Tonya is working on one but it isn't ready to launch it yet.  I am interested in adding some more blogs to our, well, blog section of the website.

Why add blogs?  Well, the are many reasons actually so let's talk about them for a moment.

It's added content for website visitors.

If we actually expect to grow a fan base - by that I mean really engaged readers and listeners who like what we do and want to participate - we need a depth of content for them to explore.  If we actually build really engaged website visitors then they will want to participate at a deeper level and a blog is a good place to do that.  Many blogs allow comments were readers can have a say in things.  I realize not everyone wants to allow comments on their blogs and I understand that, but still, it allows another level of eng…

Back from Washington D.C.

The When It Was Cool family has safely returned from a great visit to Washington DC.  We were blessed with great weather and a smooth trip the whole way there.  Infamous DC traffic wasn't even that bad.  We hit all the sites you would expect such as Arlington National Cemetery where we not only got to see the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns but also two wreath changing ceremonies.  I should have video of that on our YouTube channel by the weekend.

All of the monuments and memorials on the National Mall were well worth seeing.  We will talk about some of our favorites when we record a new When It Was Cool Podcast sometime this week.  The biggest surprise of the trip was just how impressive the National Cathedral was.  We both loved the incredible building with it's Gothic architecture.  

I have lots of recording to do this week.  The July Classic Wrestling Marathon is almost here over at Wresting Observer and I am mixing the shows right now for it.  31 shows…

The Battle of When It Was Cool!

We hope you will take the time to spread the word about our latest article at WhenItWasCool.com which is a fun-filled article which takes you through a journey of toys, comics, and pop culture of the 1970's through today!  There is also a free audio special you can download that accompanies the article.  Thank you for taking time to spread this article!  http://www.whenitwascool.com/toy-evolution-from-1970s-to-today

Are you a fit for the When It Was Cool Podcast Network?

Hello podcast hobbyist! Recording a podcast is no problem -> just have a topic, record it, done!  Not so fast!  You need to upload it to a service to host it, then you need to get the word out, it helps if you have a website so you need to build that too.  Want it on iTunes? Well that's even more work... and you'll need art for that which conforms to their specifications.  Suddenly, the hobby isn't so "fun" anymore, it's more like work.
Check out our various Patreon levels.  If you are a podcast hobbyist who records just one show (maybe even less!) per month then maybe we can host it directly at When It Was Cool!  Maybe you want to get a little more serious about it and record more!  We have packages for that too. When you become a Patreon at a level that includes a podcast package, you not only get the HUNDREDS of digital downloads that we put on the feed (we think that alone is worth a membership) but you can also take advantage of our podcast hosting se…

Let's talk as friends for a minute...

Hello!  I'm Karl Stern from the When It Was Cool website and probably half a dozen podcasts you may or may not listen to on a regular basis.  I'm just a normal guy with a normal family probably just like you.  In fact, this picture is my wife (Tonya from When It Was Cool) and I just hanging out in a giant chair at Jerry Lawler's restaurant on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.

Years (and years, and years) ago, I began writing a small little pro wrestling newsletter.  Eventually it grew into a larger pro wrestling newsletter called the DragonKing Press Newsletter all about wrestling history.  During that time I had a pretty good size pro wrestling website dealing with wrestling history and interviewing the stars we all grew up with.  Later, I merged all of that into Bryan Alvarez's fantastic F4WOnline.com website which later merged with Dave Meltzer's incredible Wrestling Observer, creating the best pro wrestling news and information site on the internet.

I still work the…