Yikes! I just heard that Google is now going to start putting up ads using users’ names and photos to advertise products. This is what Facebook has been doing, and it’s one of the frustrating problems Kevin has. He once “liked” that “truthsaboutu” page on Facebook, and ever since then–and even though he UNliked that page long ago–I still see photos that say “Kevin Trottier likes this”, though he doesn’t. Facebook is so riddled with ads and fake “apps” that get permission to post on your behalf, that I have no idea what’s a real post and what’s an ad any more! And I’m guessing that’s exactly what they want. It gives them more views. So now it sounds like that’s coming to G+. Nice. Call me old-fashioned, or just a curmudgeon, but I’d rather be as little a part of it as I can. I’m staying here. I go over to Facebook to read my family’s and friends’ posts–and try to decipher what they actually posted, as opposed to what Facebook SAYS they posted–but for posting myself, I’ll be over here. Just so ya know. And once G+ starts getting bogged down with ads like that, the same goes there. There are no ads here, and there never will be.
Unfortunately, sites like this are becoming quite rare on the Internet. Ad-free sites still exist only because they are paid for only by the site’s author(s) and whatever donations the site might get. It’s probably very tempting these days to add advertisements to a site, since it’s really very simple to do. These days there’s no programming required–you just drop a block of code onto your page and it handles everything for you. Soon the pennies start trickling in and adding up, if your site gets any traffic at all. I’m out though, as much as I can be. Let the rest of the web be riddled with banners, popups, and ads ads ads, constantly rotating and flashing, fighting for your attention.
Besides, my site’s not worthy. I have maybe 5-10 visitors who stop by once in awhile to check up, and a little more whenever I posted a link on Facebook to a new article I posted on my website. I’m going to stop doing that now too. I think it makes me look like I endorse Facebook and approve of their practices if I regularly post there. So here I am, this site’s not going to change much moving forward (unless I change the theme to play around with the look of it), it’ll just have my regular (or irregular, if I get busy) posts, rants, and whatnot from our daily doings, vacations, photos, etc..
And if you want to read another similar site (with no ads and whatever-comes-to-mind posts) — one in particular that I thoroughly enjoy is WilWheaton.net. Wil Wheaton is a great actor (“that kid from Star Trek The Next Generation”), an excellent writer, and even does an amazing job reading Audible books! Check out his site and you’ll probably forget you ever read mine. Dude’s got some skillz!