I despise ads. Hate them. I would rather shove packing peanuts up my own ass than be forced to read an article dripping with ads. I’ll be reading some blog (or really any website,) and right in the middle of what I’m reading, there’s some garish ad that says “The Today Show Couldn’t Believe What They Were Hearing” and the SHOCKED face of Kelly Ripa will be the only picture on the ad and I don’t even know if Kelly Ripa works for the Today Show.
But I’m so damn intrigued by what the Today Show was hearing that I click on the ad and then I’m lost in cyberspace for the next hour because the next ad I see on the first ad’s website says, “10 NFL stars who look nothing like their playing days.” There goes another hour. And then I see “30 of the most tragic photos ever taken.” I thought there were only 20. Dammit. Click. And when it’s over, I have learned or purchased NOTHING. And I’m exhausted. Waste of freaking time. And I never even finished the article I was reading because now I can’t even find it!!!!
So it is my forever goal and desire to NOT put ads on this website. I work too hard to make the site attractive and user friendly without having a “Bubba’s Holistic Treatment Center and Non-Alcoholic Smoothie Bar” ad with blinking lights and a pop up video showing Bubba teaching some helpless addict how to chop down a tree with a dull machete and no beer.
So here’s what I decided to do. A fairly high number of bloggers either ask for donations or they set up a section of their blog that is for “subscribers only.” I don’t really want to ever do the “subscribers only” thing either. I want my articles and posts to be easy to find and readily accessible.
One last reason I don’t want ads? I read on somebody’s blog (don’t remember who) that they were handcuffed as to what they could say because they were afraid of scaring away potential advertisers. I am a born and bred American citizen. Legally, I can say whatever the f**k I want to say. And I plan to. I might say stuff like phuching chit because I’m still a state employee, but I think most people can decipher that. This blog is ME, not the me some advertiser wants me to be. If it means I make seven dollars a month (or about $0.08 per hour,) so be it. I won’t sacrifice my voice. Not when I’m just trying to find it.
So I view this kind of like church. If you liked the sermon -if it brought you joy or entertainment, if it was beneficial, eye-opening, or better yet, if it was life-changing, gave you the ability to escape your life, add a day onto your sobriety total, or you discovered the meaning of life – and you feel led to help me out with the costs and time necessary to run this blog (both are fairly substantial, especially the time requirement,) your donation is very much appreciated. Successful blogs can take years to get established, so my goal is to just come close to breaking even the first couple of years. Until then, it’s already my labor of love.
And if you think it’s selfish for me to ask for donations, please also verbalize that discontent to every church, every teacher that has a “wish list,” every member of the high school band that begs you to buy a box of fruit, every homeless person, every rural fire department, every grocery store when they ask you to give to a hospital or veteran’s organization, and all the dozens of other donation requests you get on an annual basis. They’re all selfish bastards, just like me. Especially the children’s hospitals. I’m kidding. Somebody will not read that as a joke and they will lambaste me on social media. It’s the world we live in.
A sincere thanks for any donation, no matter the amount. And if you don’t want to donate, you’re welcome here all day, every day. Especially if my words helped in some way. That’s all the donation I need to keep ME sober one more day.