Advertising on websites and blogs brings out a lot of emotions and opinions in both bloggers and readers.
No one loves ads.
Everyone loves free content.
But it becomes increasingly difficult to have it both ways.
I’ve had minimal ads on my site for the past couple of years. And because they were minimal, they paid very little. They didn’t even pay enough to cover the cost of website hosting, domain registration, and maintaining a mailing list.
I get all of my technical help for “free” because my husband is a website developer and graphic designer. But it’s not really “free” because the time he invests in what I do here would come to thousands and thousands of dollars a year if he were doing all this work for a paying client.
As much as I would prefer to have no advertising on my site, I came to the point a few months ago when I realized either this website had to become a hobby that I wrote on from time to time or a business. As in, an all-in business.
I chose business.
And ads are a part of that.
I currently have 255 partially written posts or post ideas in my draft folder. Posts and information that I know will help and encourage people. I need time to write. And ads buy me time to do that. It’s that simple.
My site is free. I give away tons of information. There are multiple books about various topics free for the taking on my site in the form of posts, series, etc.
So when you are tempted to be frustrated that there are more ads on my site in the weeks and months ahead, I hope you will look at it a different way. Your allowing ads to show up by whitelisting my site and your still visiting helps my family eat, have a roof over our heads, and gas in our car. It makes it possible for Caroline to go to homeschool co-op. It makes it possible for us to run the washer and dryer to clean and dry our clothes. It makes it possible for me to get the medical assistance I need each month.
The work I do here keeps our family functioning.
I hope that helps you see why there are ads on my site.
I hope you will be patient over the next few weeks as I figure out the options available and work with the ad network to add what works and remove what I don’t want. It will be some trial and error. I’ve already had to say, “NO WAY” to some things. But hopefully we can get it figured out quickly.
Thank you for understanding.