I get kick out of them when I look at them
I also get a kick out of readers who keep bringing up the fact that they go counter to the posts. Some think it’s a "good idea," dripping in sarcasm. I suppose I should take comfort that some percieve my little ‘ol blog as so influential that my having Google ads that run the other way from my theme is tantamount to Pepsi sponsoring a diabetic clinic.
For those unfamiliar with the process; or who, smartly, don’t even look at them, Google places ads on the right sidebar and I get paid some pennies, either because of someone clicking on them, or simple impressions, i.e., I get paid a pile of pennies when 1,000 people have "seen" the ad.
You know, I’m a pretty principled guy and I usually go to the underlying core of a thing rather than bother about manifest details, but I just get a kick out of the ads.
It just strikes me as funny as shit when I do a post about raw vegans and voila, there’s ads about the latest and greatest in raw vegan land…or, a post about how pizza will eventually make you a fat ass gets ads for Pizza Hut, Round Table, et al. Posts that mention "diet" get the latest in dietary self immolation.
In the end, it’s kinda like a talk radio station I used to listen to back when I was ignorant enough to think that tuning into the "news" was tantamount to having a decent perception of what was really going on. This station, during election season, would have political ads from candidates that were so counter to the theme and market and demographic of the station that they were just funny. Many times, the hosts would mention this:
If they want to throw their money away, let’s let them.
Indeed. I don’t have time to police every purveyor of crap-in-a-box-or-bag. And I also don’t think my readers are idiots. The ads help with the significant costs of maintaining this site with a high-end commercial provider so that it serves up what it’s supposed to 99.9% of the time and when it doesn’t, I have actual email addresses to real individuals who will get their asses out of bed at 3am to make sure I’m serving up.
I also note that complaints about the ads never seem to correspond to notices of recent donations….