24 September 2013

My Blog Is Not Times Square: Why I Don't Have Ads



We're developing a new citizenry.
One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won't be able to think.
~ Rod Serling

In September, I’m participating in the Sapphire Even Day Blogging Challenge and the Two Pages-A-Day Writing Challenge. 


A
nd the award for Saleswoman of the Year goes to…..not Mikaela D’Eigh!”

I tried.  I reaaaaallly, really tried!  But I am just not cut out for the sales pitch.  Know why?  Because most advertisements put money in the company’s pocket by making you feel wretched, ugly, fat, and unlovable.

But don’t worry!  We have an app for that!  Or a pill!  Or a drink!  Or a new outfit!  Or a sure-fire diet plan!

The latest Vices on Parade advert that makes me roll my eyes is T-Mobile’s Because Two Years is Too Long campaign.  The commercials actually say: “We all love our gadgets….until we see someone with the latest version.”  And the beautiful people in the ads are looking enviously and longingly at a stranger’s new phone.

Why, yes, I’d like a side order of Gluttony along with my Envy today, please?

Would I like to make a living with my writing?  Of course!  What writer wouldn’t?  But I looked into Google’s AdSense thingie and they choose the ads for you based on what you write about.  Well, I write about gardening ~ what if they decided that a Round-Up or Monsanto ad would be perfect for my readers?

Hells no.

My Blog is Not Times Square
Kimberly mentions Sponsored Posts on her blog for today’s prompt.  I did some research on it, but I’m still not sure what that really means ~ a post that reads like an ad?  An ad in the form of a post?  I cast no stones ~ if someone wants to monetize their blog, I say, go for it!  I am all about supporting my writerly peeps.

It’s just not for me.

We are bombarded on a daily basis by ads, flashy lights, sparkly marquees, and Sunday morning phone sell-a-thons.  I want this space to be a place of peace, meditation, green-living, joy, and laughter.  With an occasional societal rant thrown in.

What can I say, I’m a choleric idealist.

Cute Puppies and Empty Pockets
Buying more and saving less is what got us all into this economic mess in the first place.  I should know ~ I’m one of the poor saps adverts play like a violin.

Seriously, I cry over Pedigree puppy commercials!
You want to buy a puppy now, admit it!
Image Credit: Pinterest

But I really strive to practice what I preach.  And if I share with you that we should all be saving more, buying less, and enjoying the blessings we’ve already been given, well, shoving ads in your face would be hypocritical, not to mention downright rude, of me.

Now, if there is something out there that I think you would benefit from or enjoy, then of course I’ll share those finds with you.  Such as new releases or cover reveals of my favorite authors.  But you won’t find any ads here with flashing lights or skinny models who tell you how to lose your belly fat.

Because I love you unconditionally and am just so glad to have you stop by for a cup of tea.

Which just happens to be this great organic brand of loose leaf tea. . . .

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

Darn it all, now I want a puppy too!  Is your blog monetized?  Has that helped increase your reach?  Do you agree or disagree with me?

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