Which brings me to my point. Most of my dear readers know that I am unemployed. This blog has been the fruit of those idle hours, and it has brought me much joy to write and share my thoughts about our favorite place and beloved animals. My dogs and this blog are the two reasons I get up every day. I can't thank you enough for your participation as readers and commenters and fellow brainstormers. So, I need to ask you your opinion.
Blogger, the host of this and a gazillion other blogs, has an option for monetizing blogs. Monetizing. I'd never heard the word until recently. One monetizes by allowing Google (Blogger's parent) to post advertisements on one's blog. According to what I've read, the ads would be appropriate to the content of the blog. If I were to click the "Yes, I want to monetize my blog" button, the next day, we'd find ads for dog and pet-related products and services.
I've held off on this for a few reasons. One, I hate advertisements, especially ads that are not funny or cool or clever. Web advertisements especially tend to be blinky and flashy and really dumb and distracting. Second, I like to think of our blog as a little, out-of-the-way place where we can escape the glare and noise of daily life. It's a spot we can visit for some mindless distraction and a fun take on Dog Park. I hate to impose advertising on you. Finally, I tend to think that our community of readers is so small that any monetary benefits would be tiny anyway. So why even mess with this monetization thing? But there is this nagging voice in my head that asks, "If someone will pay you for your space, then what's the harm?"
So I ask you for your thoughts—through comments here or at Park. Stay cool, everybody. See you at the DP.