Today when my husband was on his computer he noticed that a number of my posts had some embedded advertisement videos in them. He asked why I had put them there. Of course, I hadn’t. When I logged into wordpress as myself the ads weren’t there. But when I logged onto my blog as a stranger, sure enough, there were ads on a number of my posts. I thought perhaps I was the victim of a worm or a spammer.
Fortunately and unfortunately, I was not. Rather, I was the victim of my own forgetfulness and stupidity. Right there in the terms of service from wordpress, there it was, plain and simple. It was very clear, forthright, and not buried in the small print. At the time I began my blog I wasn’t aware of the implications—but that is my fault, not theirs. Apparently wordpress places all kinds of ads to help pay for the service of providing free blogs. Heaven knows that I have used their services in abundance. Today was the first day ads showed up (as far as I know, anyway).
After some investigation and a response from one of my fellow bloggers I discovered that it is a side effect of the free blog. The ads can and will show up whenever wordpress/askimet pleases. That is certainly their right. However, since I do not have the right of first refusal, I cannot control what ads would appear. What if I found the ad/the company/or the product as something that runs counter to my beliefs or at least counter to my purpose as a blogger? I cannot pick and choose which ads would run. This is different from owning a newspaper/radio station/TV station. It is more like how a columnist for a newspaper cannot pick and choose which ads run in the paper he/she writes for–or even near his/her column.
I do have a choice, though. For a fee I could upgrade my blog to a no ad status. That is what I have done. Therefore there should be no ads or embedded videos in any of my posts. Hopefully there are none that remain. I would ask that if anyone notices them at all, they notify me. I would appreciate it.
Why did I make this into a post? I am trying to hold myself to a high standard. I find, like in Weight Watchers, AA, and other organizations like them—standing up and taking ownership brings commitment. So there it is! I have made an upgrade that you probably won’t notice….and that was EXACTLY the point. Blessings on your day!