Image from Yazoomer.com
Yesterday was the first time that I noticed any ads in this space. I never really bothered to read the agreement that I entered into when I first joined WordPress, but I’m assuming that they reserved the right to use their bandwith to sell things and make money. And it turns out that they aren’t even the ones behind the ads, but mlb.com is, instead.
Making money online has proven to be a rough proposition, because people like me think that things on the internet should be free all the time. I don’t pay for having this blog, and so long as that’s the case, I can’t gripe when a banner appears up at the top, or a couple of ads compete with the search feature and the category cloud in the right-hand column. I hope that somebody does click on some of the sponsors in this way.
The ability to put my thoughts together in a tangible form is a valuable thing to me, but probably not one that I’d pay any money for. So if the price I have to pay is sporting a Ziggy Marley banner, or a Mastercard and Boston Red Sox logo, or any other insignia from their sponsors that may one day turn up here, I say bring it on.
But MLB, if you’re paying any attention to me, please hold off on featuring White Sox merch in this space. Everybody has a line that they will not cross.
UPDATE: I have now changed the MLB theme for this page, and my site is once-again ad-free. It wasn’t the reason for the change, but I don’t miss the ads, either.