Well, first of all thank you for the overwhelming support.
And second I am a bit embarrassed that I made such a fuss about it at all. I should have taken it in stride and I didn’t. As someone mentioned, it is just part of being out there every day.
And I didn’t mean to make anyone feel bad for expressing their feelings. I certainly don’t want that.
Normally I try to sit with things a few days before I react. But yesterday I was in a hurry to get Charlie to acupuncture and I found myself writing about what I was feeling.
What I should have done was save my content, take Charlie to his appointment, and edit it later. But I didn’t. I hit Publish and then left.
They told me it was going to be a fairly fast appointment, so I could stay if I wanted. So I did. I normally take him and drop him off. Then I go back and get him when they call me.
By the time I got home there were already lots of comments about on yesterday’s post.
As for the intrusive ads, things should be better now. At least I hope so. I had them decrease the ads twice yesterday.
The Ad Problem Should Be Better Now:
I talked to them about their now putting big ads inside the content. They’d previously mostly put the ads in the right sidebar.
But as advertisers change so do the ad networks who must change along with them. With the pandemic, there were lots of changes of course.
Free Blog Platforms:
To the person who said she has no ads and pays nothing for her blog, I started out that way. But I was married then and didn’t need an income. Then I divorced and desperately needed an income. So I started looking into ad networks.
I love my ad network. It is called Adthrive and they are very receptive to a blogger’s individual needs.
When Abi died the people at Adthrive sent me a nice gift. I don’t even know how they knew because they certainly can’t pay attention to every blog. They literally represent thousands of them all over.
Changing With The Times:
When the ad network told me they were having problems with putting ads on the free blogging platform, I moved to a paid platform. And I see that it does make things much easier for them.
It’s all in the structure and inner workings of a blog/website. I don’t profess to understand all of that. At the time they told me what the problem was but I’ve forgotten just what it was.
Then 6 years ago I was getting complaints that my daily emailed posts weren’t reaching those who subscribe to them. So I went from a free emailing platform to a paid one.
Check Out Bloglovin:
Now I have stopped putting a subscription box on my blog. I only send emailed posts out to the readers who had subscribed before the cut off date.
There is a link to Bloglovin’ on my sidebar where you can find my posts. As well as find other blogs that may be similar that you might enjoy.
I like to provide alternative entertainment to my readers, which is why I have the link to Lovely Reads at the top of the page.
Those links are to blogs I think you might like to read or at least check out. I use the list myself quite frequently.
Paying For Upkeep:
Then there were problems I couldn’t fix so I began to pay a monthly fee to have a company back up the blog for me and be there on hand whenever I had a problem.
I reacted as I did because I do want to please everyone. And as several suggested, that is impossible. When I get a complaint I often feel as though I’m letting someone down.
I have always been very available to readers. Many of you email me and sometimes ask for my phone number to talk something over. And I’m typically receptive to that.
I like to help. If I’ve gone through an experience and it taught me something, I like to pass it on. You never know if it might help someone else.
I Won’t Stop Blogging:
I didn’t mean to suggest stopping the blog. Yes I mentioned it. But I was irritated by the idea that I should take off all the ads. That would mean no income from the blog and I let it rattle me.
If I’m going to write a blog like a professional and get paid like a professional, I really need to learn to let these things slide off my back. Being human, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t.
Sometimes I find that hard to do because this blog is my baby. I created it and nurtured it for well over a decade. And it’s kind of like one of my children now. I had no idea when I started it what it would come to mean to me.
Also Charlie will be 14 next month. He struggles daily. And when I can’t find a way to help I get very emotional because I love him so much.
So once again, thank you for the support. It means the world to me.
But at the same time, I don’t want you to remain silent should there be a problem you think I need to be aware of. I like to read blogs too and get irritated no end when obstacles are put in my path.
There is a free ad blocker you can download. Just Google ad blockers. I would normally look it up for you and provide you with a link. But I don’t know which ones are best and therefore don’t want to be responsible for that task.
I would much rather you get an ad blocker to block the ads than stop reading at all. I don’t put a dollar sign on the value of my loyal readers. Your friendship is important to me too.