I really enjoy gCaptain. In fact, I log in and read your stories just about every day that I have access to the internet. In addition to the great coverage of maritime news from the US and around the world, I find the forums to be a great place to get the inside scoop and exchange ideas.
That being said, I was disappointed to see the post ‘“Maritime Matters” to the US Pacific Northwest’ on your homepage. I live in NW Washington State, and work for a tugboat company that sometimes does business related to Vigor Industrial, and I can’t agree more that ‘Maritime’ does matter to the Pacific Northwest, and to my personal livelihood. I also understand the need to have sponsors and pay the bills to offer this great website to us free of charge.
But, lets be honest: that “story” has no business on the front page of this site with the other real news. Ads are ads and news is news. Your op-eds are intriguing and Maritime Monday is always entertaining, but this is crap. Not only is this story all fluff, you completely missed the real story from the newspapers today that Vigor has purchased ASD in Ketchikan, Alaska. I hope you did get paid for this story, or at least they buy ads in the future and help keep this site strong…but if you really want to be the “World Leader in Maritime & Offshore News” you might think about keeping the boundary between advertising and content clearly separated. This isn’t the first time a front-page article has blurred the line between ads and real content.
Keep up the good work, but try to keep the ads to banners and pop-ups.