For a while now, I’ve been wrestling with a dilemma. My time is pretty precious these days. I am working more and more, and I am always picking up on new projects. I am hoping to start a book soon, and I really want to find a way to see certain friends and family a bit more than I have been able to lately.
As I think about the demands on my time, I inevitably think about Change From Within. I love blogging once a week. It gives me a chance to really dive into tough issues, and it forces me to take the time to really think about and craft my own understandings of some of the tough issues of our day. I spend anywhere from 2-6 hours a week on the blog, and while I enjoy every minute of it, when my time is strained, I can’t help but think about the dreaded advertising (Dun Dun Dunnnnn).
While it would be great to be able to pull in a small amount of money simply by having my loyal readers click on my blog, advertising brings up a whole host of issues. I mean, what if I publish a post on the objectification of women, only to realize that this American Apparel ad is appearing on some people’s screens as they access my blog:
Or maybe I am writing on racism, and a link to this Duncan Hines ad pops up:
Plus, there are just certain corporations (Wal-Mart, McDonalds, or Nike) that I would plain not want associated with my blog.
The tough part is that once you open the door to advertising, it is pretty tough to restrict what kinds of ads appear on your site. I mean, you can strictly say that you don’t want porn advertised, but some ads (like the one above) are not much better. Thus, you just kind of have to deal with the crap that appears down the side bar.
As an avid consumer of blogs, I also just don’t like to read with silly, flashy advertisements down the side. I hate seeing a fast food ad or one for a dating site at The Beautiful Struggler, but at the same time, I know Sista Toldja is working hard to provide amazing insight in her writings, and if she wants to do that full time, she has to find a way to pull in some revenue.
Thus, I wanted to ask my readers through a poll how they would feel about seeing advertising (even if crappy ads like the ones above are included) as they read my musings at Change From Within.
Please Please Please take a second to vote. Comments are also appreciated.