Blogger is currently linked with Google and offers the option to "monetize" any blog with Google ads. AdSense is a fairly new program for a blogspot veteran like me; the easy option to monetize was not in place in the early incarnations of blogging. As I stare at the little tab that offers me pennies in exchange for ad placement, I must admit, it is tempting. Make money? From writing? What brave new world is this?
But I have concerns, of course. Will it distract readers? Will the program just pick up keywords in my blog and run ads with those words? If that's the case, is there a risk of ads running that are against what this blog is about? (For example: If I write a criticism of a pop-star, like Katy Perry, will the ads be for her new album? That seems fairly ... well, ironic, in the Alanis Morissette sense, for lack of a better word.)
I've received an offer of ads before, from a third-party source, and declined. Since Google is connected through Blogger, I would like to believe it would be more manageable. What say you, my readers? Will you slam the door on me if I come to you with ads? Comments below, or if you so prefer, you can always send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or just send me good thoughts, and know that I won't do anything to make this space uncomfortable. I'm sending you, stranger and friend, good thoughts as well.
*There's not much to see on there. Find the little icon under Followers with my pic on it. Yes, I follow my own blog. But! Not for vanity -- I honestly wanted to know what it looked like on the Blogger dashboard reader before I set up the Follow Box on the sidebar. By the by! You can follow me through Google, AIM, Twitter, Yahoo -- whatever you prefer -- not just by Blogger. Clicking the Follow button will give you all the options. Also-also? You'll make me incredibly happy. Like, Bowie-in-tight-pants happy. Consider it.
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