One of the many features here on Blogger.com, (my blog host), is to "monetize" my blogs. What this means is that I can elect to add advertising to this site - and I get paid a few kopeks for every click-through on an advertisement.
And, at first blush, that sounds like a good idea. I write a blog, it gets followers, (as this one is doing - thanks!), and I make money.
When I started this blog I gave that serious thought, after all EVERYBODY can use a little extra cash now and then, right?
My decision: No. I refused to allow advertisements on this site - or any of my blogs for that matter.
So, if it is such a good idea, why did I decide not to, 'eh?
First of all, this site is not about the money. I consider this site, and the attention it has gathered, a privilege - and I believe that I have a responsibility to those who choose to follow this blog.
I have learned much, and have gone far "On The Shoulders of Giants", as it were. I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn from some of the very best sources of information - both in person and on various web-sites. And it's all been free. Since I have been privileged to learn from the best in the business, I feel a serious obligation to pass along - also for free - what information I can share.
Second, I HATE sites that have more adds than content. Trying to find some critically important piece of information is hard enough as it is - so why should I have to wade through a sea of advertisements several feet thick, just to find the information I need.
Third, I want to make this site the best it can be. Sure, there are times when I am more a "wise-guy" than wise, and there are times when I "tweak-your-beak" with some of my odd-ball humor, but that's all a part of the game. This stuff is frustrating enough as it is, so if I can make you laugh while delivering the content you need, so much the better.
The bottom line is this:
I believe those who follow this blog are here for the Steak, not the sizzle, so I leave all the distractions out.
So shall it be written, so shall it be done!