Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Question to Settle

Time to ask you, dear readers, for your opinion.

When I first began writing this blog, I promised not to deluge you with ads. I abhor them. Whenever I try to read something of interest on the web, ads seem to pop out of nowhere. As if I fuggin' ask for them. Like most of you, I make it a habit of killing them as quickly as they appear.

Last spring however, I've seen my readership explode. In one day, my hits went from 25-30 to over 600 in a single day! Not sure if it was Al Margulies or a ton of FaceBook friends sharing it, but FTDS's popularity took off. It is humbling, and very exciting, to have enough people interested enough in the subject matter to actually read what I write. My words haven't had this much exposure since my early adulthood adventures in small-town journalism.

As of this post, I am averaging 2,650 hits per month. As of today, the ninth of November, there are 708 hits. Last year, the entire month of November scored a scant 78. It truly boggles my mind.

Of course, I hope to be able to continually produce decent material and further grow these numbers. Yet when I first began, I had no idea it would come this far in such a short period of time.

So here it comes. What say you, my beloved readers? Would I be a horrific eel if I allowed ads on here? Given my promise to not do so, would you be less likely to read in the future if I changed my mind on this issue? The lure of extra money is a major factor in this question. At the moment, I am the lone earner in my family. We could all use a little more dinero in the bank. If this blog continues to grow readership, it's fiscally irresponsible of me not to allow advertising.

Because of my stubborn reluctance to alienate any of you, the folks who have made this explosion possible, I will leave it in your hands. If you read this on a traditional computer, you will find the poll "Ads Yes or No" on the far right-hand side of the page in a hidden block of "gadgets".

For those of you who use electronic devices, for some reason these gadgets don't appear when you visit. So you could just tell me on the FaceBook post. I don't want any arguments between people as to whether I should or should not. I just ask you to speak up and tell me your thoughts on the matter.

So what say YOU, my dear readers, yay or nay? I eagerly await your response.

11 comments:

  1. Honestly, my first inclination was to say no, I don't want to wade through adds to read my buddy's post. Then you mentioned how it may earn you some money. I did not know that. How does that work? If you wouldn't mind PM me with a few details to help me help you decide? Peace out, Lion.

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  2. Ads would be ok. I understand the money issue.

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  3. Do whatcha gotta Deacon, ill continue to read with ads or no ads.....:-)

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  4. Do what you need/want

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  5. I'm so desensitized to them it's probably second nature to simply look past or skip to continue reading what I came for. I loved that you took the time to ask, but I don't think it's really a good policy (asking permission versus forgiveness) although I admire your humble nature I think you've earned a little wiggle room in the badass department. Keep on rollin, best blog ever.

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    1. Thank you. The only reason I asked was because in my initial, naive desire to make this blog attractive to my audience, I promised not to allow ads. So I felt that allowing ads would be a slap in your collective faces. Therefore, I felt duty-bound to "ask permission", since you all have been so gracious and supportive. To just do it without begging your pardon, would be dishonest.

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  6. Let the ads come...if they further your blogging....it's OK!

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  7. As long as the ads are in keeping with your blog. No anti-union crap, nothing that is pro-privatisation of public transit.

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    1. Sandy, if any anti-union ads appeared on my blog, I would scream bloody murder! I am currently doing research on it so I understand how I can have some control of the content.

      Thank you everyone for this incredible show of support! So far, all votes but one are YES!

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  8. Ads or no ads you still have my support

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  9. Most people have some ads on their blogs, including me! I either don't notice them, or notice them because they're something I'm interested in. It would probably be annoying if there were a ton of ads popping up left and right, but a few ads are fine!

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