Since the beginning of this blog, it has been hosted on WordPress. I love the WordPress platform… absolutely love it.
But it appears that WordPress has hooked me in with all the “free” aspects of the service, only to attempt to get me to pay them money on a monthly basis. What am I talking about??????
WordPress has begun to insert advertisements into my blog feed to “keep the free services free” – as their explanation says. They say that the possibility of ads showing up on my blog was part of the terms of service I agreed to… and I’m sure that’s true (I, like 99% of you, do not read all that legalese when I sign up for a new service). So in that sense, I am getting what I agreed to. But you can BET I they knew that very few people would take the time to read the never-ending terms of service when they signed up… and thus, here come the advertisements!
Why is this such a big deal to me?
- The latest batch of ads are a bit racy – which is exactly OPPOSITE what this blog is all about.
- I was not at all aware of this happening until my father-in-law told me about. So, I’ve been sending out blog posts with questionable advertising in them for who knows how long.
That makes me MAD, because it has potentially compromised my testimony and witness in ways that I had nothing to do with!
What will I do?
I only see 4 options:
- Insert a disclaimer at the end of every post taking no responsibility for the advertisements or warning against them (scroll down… what do you think?)
- Pay the $30 a year and be happy that I have such a great blogging platform to use. (It really is cool and easy, I still have to admit…)
- Switch to the self-hosted version of WP, where I have complete control over my blog, though that costs even more (that’s where my other blog, Christian Home and Family is hosted).
- Suggest all of you good folks who subscribe to this blog go over to my other site and subscribe there, and then shut down this blog.
What do YOU think I should do?
UPDATE: later that same day…
Before becoming aware of the buried terms of service section that allows WordPress to put ads in my blog posts, I had sent a perplexed and preturbed email to the company that was supplying the ads –Sharethrough. I insisted that they remove the ads from my blog feed immediately.
Today, after having written this post, I got this reply from Mike Gaffney, their Chief Revenue Officer.
We’ve turned off the video ads appearing on your blog. These ads are authorized by your agreement with WordPress with whom Sharethrough has an agreement. I will forward you the correct person to contact at WordPress but I first wanted to let you know that the ads have been suspended at this time.
I appreciate that. Really, I do. It’s nice to know that somebody in the loop wants to be considerate of how a “hidden agreement” like this can effect people who think they are sending out one thing, but discover after the fact that they’ve been sending out another. Thanks Mike.
I’ll keep you informed of changes to this issue as they transpire…
UPDATE: Even later the same day…
My internet friend Loren Pinilis just informed me in the comments that I can self-host this blog on the same space my other blog is hosted. I’ve asked him to explain… and I’m eagerly awaiting the news!