I owe a deep apology to my readers. You see, I knew WordPress placed ads in my posts as compensation for my free blog site. But I saw my posts only when I was logged in. Each post looks just the way I set it up, with one bit of text added near the bottom:
Occasionally, some of your visitors may see an advertisement here,
as well as a Privacy & Cookies banner at the bottom of the page…
By “an advertisement…” I assumed they meant ONE ad, maybe a nice little ad for cute dresses or a charming vacation spot.
I assumed that right up until a month ago, when I visited this blog without logging in first, to see it as my readers do.
Yikes. Will you look at alllllll those ads! The page was riddled with them. A banner at the top, flashing ones between my lovely (or goofy) photos, jumping ads that spring to different locations as you scroll, so you can’t get away from them.
Different users see different ads, but I found myself looking at gross cartoons representing gut bacteria.
Animated gut bacteria.
By the time I reached the end of the post, I realized
“I would NEVER subscribe to this blog with all these hideous ads!”
All that to say, I’m in the process of ending the abuse by upgrading to an ad-free plan.
Why am I just now telling you this, if I saw the problem a month ago?
I’m glad you asked.
Frankly, I was hoping to upgrade quickly and move on, barely missing a beat. But it turns out the process is more complicated than I thought. And I’ll have a different web address, which I’d better figure out how to connect to my existing content, besides letting everyone know how to find me.
So. All that to say, I’m truly sorry for flashing you with hundreds of ads. I’ll be back when I can give you ad-free content. I hope to accomplish that within the next month. Like the house in the photo, my blog is Under Construction, only without the Port-a-John.
Meanwhile, I’ve started a handful of new posts that I’m eager to share. Bicycles, appliances, travel, hometown adventures… what fun!
Thanks for reading and for bearing with me,