advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket

Although it’s Friday, on the cusp of a three-day weekend, no less, I’m in a mood tending toward foul irritability, so I ask your pardon in advance. Is it just me or is advertising on book blogs not only annoying but downright offensive? It’s akin to a big fat yellow button that says Donate. Rattle, rattle, shake, tingy shake rattle shake pling. Except it’s worse than that. Way worse. The blinking-winking animated ads detract from your content, I promise you. Even static ads are nuisances. Do you want me to read your writing or the messages of others? Are you that hard up for pocket change you want to deliver your reading audience, as small as it is, over to this or that publisher, indie press, or e-commerce site? Really?! Honestly, I just don’t get it. If I’m missing something here, set my ass straight. That will be the only incentive I need to apologize to blogging Apes the cyberforest over—and kiss all six ads on the damn forehead and ask for forgiveness. Postscript. The title of my post comes from G. Orwell whose poor judgment has clearly influenced me.


7 Responses to advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket

  1. Richard says:

    I agree. Got no problem with anyone making a penny off their efforts in principle, but I come to blogs to escape the commercialism of the pro media and not to be subjected to it by “amateurs.” Find the trend toward more ads on blogs aesthetically displeasing.

  2. Aesthetically displeasing, at a minimum.

  3. AJ says:

    Something happens to you when your blog starts to get a lot of visitors, I think, and you just can’t help but start to put ads up.

  4. Colleen says:

    Agreed. And I think you should read Dorothy Sayers’s crazy, crazy Murder Must Advertise to maintain the spirit of your dissatisfaction. 🙂

  5. Tony says:

    No argument here. I saw a wonderful, well-thought-out piece on a blog I admire the other day – ruined by a big ad at the bottom with a couple of grinning idiots imploring me to contact a web-site so that I too could earn thousands of dollars a month doing nothing…

  6. I think of it this way: if my writing is so mediocre that people will turn away because there are ads on my site, then I don’t deserve them.

    While the earnings might seem a pittance, if one is interested in subsidizing their hobby down the road, incorporating the advertising early makes sense, in terms of readerly expectation.

    It does seem strange to me to begrudge folks who clearly aren’t in this for money whatever small renumeration they can drum up for their efforts, though clearly I find advertising considerably less bothersome than you do.

    • Your writing isn’t mediocre. I won’t turn away. But I will wince every time I visit your blog. The hidden cost (if a cost it be) of advertising on your blog. Have a nice weekend. Cheers, Kevin

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