I just paid $30 to remove ads from around here. They weren’t very large ads, just a few “unobtrusive” links that occasionally appeared under some post comments. The ads specifically targeted those likely to be reading the posts. They looked like comments, and you may not have even noticed them, but I sure did. I didn’t think I would when I began this project, but I was wrong.
It’s a large conversation.
First, the logistics: I use free software from WordPress to power this blog. Everything here lives on WordPress servers. I like the software, I’m grateful to WordPress for providing it, and one of the ways they get income is through these kinds of ads. They have a right to make a living. For writers who don’t want the advertising, they provide an out: pay the $30 and the ads go away for a year. Next year, same deal.
Second, the ads bug me. I don’t want to look at them. I don’t want you to have to look at them. They’re noise. There’s already too much noise. I want things quiet. I also want things roomy, and every ad consumes a hundred times its weight in room. Most of the web screams with advertising and leaves very little room. I say the hell with it.
Does this have anything to do with fathering? Well, sort of. Everett Bogue, who blogs about minimalist lifestyle, says that the secret of (blogging) success is to live a lifestyle that you want people to live. In a manner of speaking, walk your talk. Do I think that dads need simplicity and room in their lives? Yes, I do. Dads need these things in abundance in order to think, and thinking is important for dads. So, simple and roomy is what I want for myself. It’s what I want to offer here.
And no ads. Because if there’s one thing ads discourage, it’s thinking.
What do you think?