Ads: Canker Sores Of The Internet

Oh, Hai! Did you know that people who switched saved 15% or more on car insurance?

Oh, Hai! Did you know that people who switched saved 15% or more on car insurance?

Did you know that chronic canker sores are actually a form of herpes?

Yes. It is in your system and it never really goes away, but sometimes it will flare up and give you big oozing sores in your mouth and there’s not much you can do about it.

Just like internet advertising.

I published a blog the other day and when I re-read it to check for typos I made it to the bottom of the page and discovered a sponsored video ad for some kind of car. I don’t know what kind of car because I didn’t put it there. As a matter of fact I didn’t want it there. As a matter of fact I didn’t want ANYTHING there- least of all an ad for a car that I would never buy. Because this is a blog, not a billboard.

For the most part this blog does not get a lot of traffic. I know that the sidebar says that I have about 730 followers, but that’s a lie. I actually only have about 100, but WordPress likes to count all my Facebook friends and anyone who follows me on Twitter as a dedicated blog subscriber. But even a tiny little back-water blog such as mine is getting some traffic and now that I’m posting every day I am starting to get more. And now that I’m starting to get more traffic my blog is now the involuntary viral host to internet advertising.

Right now the ads only show up on the most recent post immediately after I publish it. Right now it is only an occasional annoyance, but frankly I hate it like herpes. I’m not seeing one red cent from these ads, but I’m doing all the work to drive the traffic to my site. I realize that WordPress is a free platform and that in order to stay free they have to have revenue from advertisers and that makes perfect sense to me, but at least give me a say in the what, when, and where of your commercial content on what is essentially my personal self-published writing. Especially- especially– if you are going to base what advertising content you put on my page based on my web history.

What’s more is that the only way to opt out of being a purveyor of fine viral commercial content and data-mined personal information is for me to PAY to opt out. That makes me even more angry. Chicago politicians demands fewer bribes. Please, I would lurve to pay you for the privilege of being left the hell alone.

So the ads are coming and are probably here to stay, but they are not there because they are anything that I like, want, support, sponsor, or otherwise am encouraging in any way shape or form on any planet, star, or system in the known cosmos at any time until heat-death or collapse of the universe.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 2, 2013.

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