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This post is addressed to all my readers. I knew that in order to have a free blog on WordPress that there would sometimes be ads that some readers would see. I don’t, of course, and if you are logged in you won’t either. What I did not know until now is that these ads can be very intrusive and annoying – and I do not like advertising.

All of this started due to a tweet from one of my readers Robert J Ballantyne

Timethief is correct in this forum: It is in our ToS. OK, but I expected discreet and context sensitive.

So that lead me to consider that I might upgrade to the no ads service – which is ~US$30 a year. However, since I am retired and my income is not only limited but to an extent dependent on the changing relationship between the Canadian dollar and pounds sterling, it is not a commitment I can enter into lightly.

I have not run a poll on the blog for a while, so the question is framed in a way that tries to determine the extent to which ads have intruded. If there is a real need, then the result will be taken seriously. But since I haven’t seen any ads or heard any complaints to date, I was unaware of the issue and, had I not seen the tweet, would continue as I have done. Which, until I am persuaded otherwise, remains the default.

Written by Stephen Rees

October 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

Posted in blog update, blogging

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  1. Stephen, I get ads and spam all the time. Yet another click onm “delete” isn’t a big deal.

    Thanks for affording your reader’s input.


    October 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

  2. I Agree with MB

    Red frog

    October 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  3. I haven’t noticed any ads at all, but that may be because I use Firefox’s “NoScript” add-on. I don’t do this to avoid ads, I do it to prevent malware – but I guess it must also be blocking ads as well. That’s probably because they all seem to use Flash, which NoScript blocks by default and which I consider an intrusive technology anyway.

    So as far as I’m concerned your blog is just fine as is.


    October 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm

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