Shortly after starting this blog, GF turned to me and, much like Significant Others the world over, said, "Can you make any money with that thing?" I told her that a lot of people accept ads on their sites, but I'm not sure you can make any money with it unless you've got thousands of readers per day. (Based on it taking 6 months for me to get to my 10,00th hit, I don't really qualify on that count.)(And Shawn, your book will be sent out on Saturday; Michelle, I'll call that theater near you and figure out how to get a gift certificate into your paws.)
So, while I don't think I'd make any real money if I started accepting ads (maybe something like that residuals check I got?), I also don't have any philisophical objection to accepting ads on this site. My first question, though, is who would want to advertise here? And would I be free to make fun of them along the lines of "Look at the loser company that just showed up on the sidebar and thinks you're going to buy their crappy product?"
That could be kind of fun! Hey, just think...if Dominos Pizza decided to advertise here, I could place a text box over their ad and say different nasty things about them every day.
I'd be totally cool if vendors of prosthetic tentacles and accessories wanted to advertise here.
There are some ads that I'd never want. If you click around at the NY Post (especially in the gossip section), there have been ads lately where suddenly the entire page was crawling with Madagascar Hissing Roaches (an exhibit at the Museum of Natural History) and one where chains break through the page and then reach across until you can't see any of the story you're reading. (Naturally, neither of those ads were running when I went over there to get the link, but maybe it will when you go.)
Anyway, what do you guys say? Would seeing ads here annoy you? Or should I take one for the team and be the UCF Guinnea Pig, dutifully reporting my experience as a trollop covered in bumper stickers? (Also, I'm fairly certain I'd be allowed to opt out if I/we hated it.)
Chime right in. And no toaster talk!