May 9, 2008
Damned if you do?
I don't think I've written about this before, but it's quite possible that I did and don't remember it, like most of my 20s. I kid. My Philly filly wrote recently about trying out ads, like one might try out male capris, to see if they are bearable and if people don't ridicule you openly in the streets. I wholeheartedly believe one should be mocked for the man-pris, but can't wrap my mind around what is offensive to folks about a blogger having ads on the sidebar.

It may not seem like it, given the occasional misspellings and completely lack of current event coverage or, let's face it, even remotely relevant content, but I put a good amount of time into writing for this site. I'm not an author, per se, but I'm a writer; no, you can't cart me around in hardcover, but I'm guessing you can't do so with much of what you're reading these days. I think about the "professional" sites I visit on a regular basis - the Washington Post, MSNBC, and ESPN to see how much the Nationals lost by this time - and it never occurs to me that the folks writing for these online publications shouldn't get paid for what they do. Does it lessen a writer's passion for petit fours or Portugal or the pitfalls of one Austin Kearns if she makes gas money off of it? Does it increase a writer's legitimacy if he refuses to play that game, instead blogging for his expectant masses pro bono?

I won't hold it against you if you disagree. Statcounter doesn't tell me exactly where you work.


26 Comments:

I totally agree, I've never understood what the upset was about. I mean, I can understand if it's a vegan site and an ad for McDonalds pops up, or something. That's a bit like having big oil companies fund environmental studies... oh, wait....

But if you can control the content of the ads, then what's the problem?

I totally agree, I've never understood what the upset was about. I mean, I can understand if it's a vegan site and an ad for McDonalds pops up, or something. That's a bit like having big oil companies fund environmental studies... oh, wait....

But if you can control the content of the ads, then what's the problem?

Anonymous Jem said...

I don't find it offensive whatsoever.

You'd think selling space on your blog was akin to selling your body on the street corner.

Seriously, who cares? I don't think it compromises your integrity or your whatever. People need to relax. And who doesn't want more money?

Blogger HKW said...

Completely indifferent to ads on a blog. More power to that blogger. Within reason I guess. If the ads start to take up more space than the posts - like the ticker on cable news channels, that would be annoying.

Blogger Rachel said...

I think that the advertisements on blogs are no big deal! I think it's always good to try something new!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen,

No one amongst the bloggers is making a living blogging. This, like my Career as a Paramedic, is a thankless job. If you want to have some ads, who cares? Is it going to put affect how you name new anatomical parts for Bug? No.

BTW- Asshat was Awesome!

Could it possibly buy Chica a glass or two of Pinot? Perhaps.
Have Fun and don't worry about it.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen,

No one amongst the bloggers is making a living blogging. This, like my Career as a Paramedic, is a thankless job. If you want to have some ads, who cares? Is it going to put affect how you name new anatomical parts for Bug? No.

BTW- Asshat was Awesome!

Could it possibly buy Chica a glass or two of Pinot? Perhaps.
Have Fun and don't worry about it.

Blogger Sassy said...

Hmmm, you have ads? *wanders off to look*
HA! your current ad is for Caulk. You can get a free sample of single serve cock, erm, I mean caulk. (teehee)

Sorry I'm a 12 year old.

Blogger janet said...

who's upset? They don't comment on my (ad supported) blog. I love the Blogher ads. I'm also really into my text link ads because you can put them way on the bottom of the page. Right now they are making me more than the BlogHer ads. (Let's just be clear neither would make me rich, even in a 3rd world country.)

Blogger t2ed said...

So if I write a bunch of stupid stuff about boobies, celebretards and evil politician without getting paid for it, then it's art?

Dear Penthouse, I used to never believe these posts were true....

Blogger Melliferous Pants said...

I think there's nothing wrong with ads...though mine are lame and only provide me with one or two drinks per year. But hey, that's one or two drinks per year I don't have to pay for!

Blogger Wicked H said...

It's a free country. Not a problem from my perspective.

Blogger Jessica said...

I have no problem with ads. I have some, but mine are lame-o ones that have made me literally pennies. I think you barely notice they are there unless something that actually appeals to you pops up.

Anyway, cheers. I'm going to open a bottle of wine and contemplate the flood in my basement.

Blogger Mad Scientist said...

All the power to you. If I thought I had an ounce of talent I'd get some ads myself. As it is, I don't even know how to insert photos or link to any other sites. Personally, I need a more remedial blogging experience. But that doesn't make me hate on those who are talented, sophisticated, and savvy.

Blogger kendall said...

Are you kidding me? It's my DREAM to be a good enough blogger to be able to attract someone who wants to pay me to plug their product/service. I envy your advertising...*sigh*

Blogger M said...

i WANT you to make money- just don't stop writing! it brightens my day.

Anonymous laurie said...

Writers should get paid. The idea that a writer is selling out by getting paid has left a lot of us working jobs we don't like because the words we produce are expected to be on the house.

Writers/ bloggers like you - who provide a service to the people who read them by providing them with a source of entertainment, sense of belonging, (I don't know how to describe it, my words are failing me, you just...DO A GOOD THING.) Well, sure, ads are fine.

The mainstream media sites you mentioned are packed with ads, just like the print versions have/had 20 pages of Hecht's/Macys lingerie ads.

I especially support you and other excellent online writers who are outside a traditional "marketing/pr" target group (mommyblogger/pets/fashion, etc.) making some cash.

And that all sounded way too hard-core for a Saturday morning. Cartoons, please. ;)

Anonymous Food Rockz Man said...

I don't have any ads on my blog, but I fully support others' decisions to sell ad space. The only reason I haven't is because I looked into GoogleAds and asked a few folks using them how much they were making from it . . . and it was, literally, pennies per month . . . so I decided I'd rather not clutter up my site for that little $$.

But I fully intended to get me blog traffic up and at some point sell ad space that doesn't rely on click-throughs. Do you mind me asking for a ballpark figure of what your ads earn you per month? I'd welcome the opportunity to sell some ad space to offset a bit of my blogging costs . . . if it was in the neighborhood of $20 or $30 per month. But I don't really want the clutter for $2 or $3 per month.

Blogger Kellie said...

GO for it! Why not? You've put the time into your blog, so you should be able to have as many ads as you want (and they'll pay to post!)

Blogger lostinutah said...

Your blog, your decision!

Blogger Elise said...

Nothing wrong with ads. Nothing at all. The people who get all up in arms are the incendiary folk. You know, they're gonna get mad about SOMETHING, either way.

Blogger Ulysses said...

[I'm only going to leave my comment once, the doubles above don't seem to add any emphasis]
No reason you'd have to get paid in money, every once in a while you could do some product placement for wineries; it would be wrong to promote them in that way if you hadn't had a fair chance to truly taste them. I think you'd probably need 3 or 4 bottles per vintage... maybe some help with the tastings... yeah, you could really make this work.

Blogger 1218Blog said...

Ad on sister!

Blogger Jorge said...

I'm just laughing that you're for, not against, penises.

Blogger KlevaBich said...

Hey, it's your blog, you can put ads all over it if you like! I'm here to read what you write, so I'll just ignore them anyway.

But I guess I'm a total 'tard, since I don't see any ads on here...

Anonymous south said...

Ads don't bother me, go for it. I use firefox and adblock plus so I won't see them anyway.

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