Here Is A Thought On A Friday.

Should I or should I not advertise on this blog?

I’ve always hesitated to do so because it’s y’all that matter the most to me. Your follows, your comments, your support. But also, getting paid to blog? That sounds nice.

So, I’m leaving it up to y’all.

What’cha think?

Also, if you’re wondering why I’m not making this decision myself like an evil tyrant dictator without any care for my people, well then, let me share a short story with you.

Not so long ago, I woke up in the middle of the night. I was completely awake. I turned to Captain Thoughtful and said “I don’t…you know, have a penis.” then I turned over and went back to sleep. There was no context or explanation for that comment. I honestly don’t know why I said it at all, because, obviously, he’s well aware.

Is that the person you want making major decisions for this blog?

I didn’t think so.

27 thoughts on “Here Is A Thought On A Friday.

  1. Perhaps if you feel weird about plain ol’ advertising, you could sell ad space to other bloggers. They get a little more reach and you get a little more cash. Win-win!

  2. i think that advertising is distracting, can look cheap, and gives a reader a certain impression of the writer….but if I was as successful as you, I would probably do it.

  3. This really is the first step to earning money while doing something you love. So go for it! I find that side-bar ads aren’t distracting all, especially when the content is relevant to your audience. I would just stay away from any form of pop-ups. They can be annoying.

  4. If you have the offers and need the money do it. Try it, and if it doesn’t work, you stop advertising and go back to normal. It’s your blog and you are the queen bee here! 😉

  5. I think it would really matter who you allowed to advertise. Viagra and Cialis? No don’t do that, you not having a penis likely makes Captain Thoughtful very happy, suspect he wants to be the only person in your magical duo with that appendage. Us, your faithful followers being inundated with ads to makes us more, well you know; this doesn’t seem to be in line with your standards.

    Other than that it comes down to what you want, doesn’t it?

  6. If you need to, sure. If you don’t, don’t. I guess it’s all about what works best for you. I won’t advertise, but that’s just me.

    So take my ambiguous and unhelpful answer!

  7. no ads unless you’re in it for the money. I liked you reason for doing the blog in the first place…stick with that or you may find your whole perspective becoming tainted or influenced by whoknowswhat. Stay true to you!

  8. st sahm says:

    Are you talking about accepting advertisement payments for posting or marketing your business on your wp site?

    If it is the latter, go for it! The writers I follow I also want to support any businesses they run 🙂

  9. Go for it! I don’t think there is a blogger out there who would mind making an extra buck or two from blogging. In fact, every once in awhile, I’ll just go and click on ads on my favorite blogs. BECAUSE I CARE.

  10. Well…those of us who are members of WordPress and follow diligently will never even see the ads if you enable them, so that’s something to think about. 🙂

  11. To advertise or not… I’m struggling with this question also. It is impacting my choice to either go self hosted or just a dot com. Being a blogger for a decade now and changing so many times since the beginning and now… it’s kind of scary to have to commit to one site/name which is why I’m on the fence. I guess if it benefits you and doesn’t interfere with your blogging or us reading why not? It’s your blog, so it’s in your hands. You could always stop if you didn’t like the way the ads worked out.

    By the way I don’t have a penis either. But it’s okay. Happy Friday!

  12. Hmm, feeling a little hard up for cash, are we, GotC?

    As someone who sold out long ago, I say go for it! Just don’t expect to buy more than a jock strap once a year with the earnings.

  13. “Anya: [to a customer who just finished her purchase] Please go.
    Xander: Anya, the Shopkeepers Union of America called. They wanted me to tell you that “Please go” just got replaced with “Have a nice day.”
    Anya: But I have their money. Who cares what kind of day they have?
    Xander: No one. It’s just a long cultural tradition of raging insincerity. Embrace it. “

  14. Reading this in the office I struggled not to laugh out loud and ended up making a noise like I was suddenly sat on by an elephant.

    Ads are up to you, of course. The only thing I would say is that if you have ads be open about it. The first few blogs I read with ads I thought the blogger had just chosen to post an unrelated weird video and I didn’t understand why. Make it easy for the easily confused, and if you chose ads, please tell us about it! Of course after reading this I won’t be so confused.

    Also, just so you know, I don’t … you know, have a penis either.

  15. You know… it’s your blog after all… receiving a little income just to express you greatness, doesn’t hurt anybody…
    I guess you could try and if you don’t like you just take it out.

  16. Go for it! Here’s my totally not professional take on the matter: your blog is awesome, you have a spectacular number of followers*, and, if memory serves, you’re not too thrilled with your day job. Advertising can bring in some extra revenue, which can help bring some flexibility to your professional life. So, IMHO, dive in!

    *Moment of brazen self interest: as a blogger who can only dream of cracking four digits, I’d love to know how you did this.

  17. Mmmm…I have been toying with the idea myself for a while now and still not sure. I love blogging for blogging and don’t necessarily see it as a money machine. Some bloggers do though and they’ll publish any old rubbish to get the clicks so they can sell advertising space. I know a few bloggers who do free advertising for nothing in return, its purely about helping others out by giving them some more exposure. That maybe a good starting point to see how it works out for you? 😉

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