Dear readers: I realize now I should have done this sooner.
I agree with you that pop-up ads can be annoying, and recognize that there are a couple of new ones on this site now. I am working with a new advertising firm, and we will have the kinks worked out over the next couple of days.
However, the two existing pop-up ads will remain active. While I would appreciate it if you would click on them every now and then, they are actually very easy to clear from your screen. A couple of seconds after they appear, a small “x” appears at the upper right-hand corner of the ad. Click on that and it goes “poof.”
I generate very little income from this site, but it is enough to pay a few monthly bills and keep me interested. When I started this blog three years ago, I assured my friends and early readers that I would do everything I can to avoid ever making this any sort of a pay site. At the same time, I am a dedicated capitalist, and I do want to maximize my revenue from spending several hours 7 days a week doing this.
So, we are all going to have to live with the ads. You will find that the new ads that will begin rotating through over the coming weeks will be of higher quality and recognizable brands than the old ones have been. Who knows, you might even see something you want to take a look at every now and then. If so, give it a click.
I would also invite you to compare the volume and placement of ads on this site to those on other sites you visit. If you do that you will see that it is well within the norm of what you see all over the place.
Much as I wish it weren’t so, this is just the way the world works these days. I appreciate your loyalty and hope you will stick with me.
That is all.