Wednesday, August 3, 2011

def shepherd: Ann Coulter Would Like All Gays Back In The Closet | blogger: we'd like to promote Ann Coulter on your site

def shepherd: Ann Coulter Would Like All Gays Back In The Closet

The problem with allowing ads.
I love the def shepherd blog, he consistently posts engaging, well-written, thoughtful commentary. Now, I have a groupon box on my blog that has never netted me so much as a red cent, but I leave it there in case one day I get a nickel thrown in the tin cup I've discreetly placed near my figurative soapbox. I'm conflicted about even that because I don't really need a nickel, although if I got eighty of them I might treat myself to latte at Starbucks and think how kind the masses were to repay my efforts. Also, I'm not sure groupon is actually good for businesses they sign, but I figure that's for the businesses to figure out, not for me to decide for them. However, if I hear one of the local businesses I support complain about them, the ad comes down.

So when I saw the ad above on def's post about vicious [expletive deleted] Ann Coulter, I laughed, but I also got a little angry on his behalf. Not that I expect him or anyone to care that I did, it's just I can easily imagine how pissed I would be if blogger put an Ann Coulter ad on my blog without my consent. I mean, sure it's really their blog and they're letting me use their service for free (thanks!) but, man, it really would be a slap in the face. I know it's not personal, it's algorithms and key words and money, but still ... ewwwww ... the thought of it.

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1 comment:

  1. i just ran across this. thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    i have had this issue with blogger. namely, they advertise everything i rag on. i write about michele bachmann, there's a 'donate to michele bachmann' ad. i've seen pro-life ads, liberty college ads, rand paul ads, you name it.

    i take some of the responsibility. i chose to have ads. (yes, i wouldn't mind to make an extra dollar here and there) and, although blogger allows you to choose which types of ads show up (i.e. religious, dating, etc.) they don't have sub-categories, such as the types of religious ads you'd like to block, allow, etc.

    what they do allow you to do, as you know, is block certain url's. so i spend some time each week looking over the ads that are popping up and swatting them like flies. then things will look fine for a week or so, and i start noticing new ones, repeat, ad nauseum.

    ultimately, i know that most people who come to read my stuff would probably only click on an ann coulter or michele bachmann ad to have a laugh. but yes, as the site grows (and i would like that very much) it will become more of an issue.

    i do look forward to the day that these algorithms do more than look for a subject or keyword.

    (on a related note, i'm still pretty upset that Amazon won't do affiliate programs with NC residents, due to that lame tax lawsuit. (I'm upset with NC, not amazon.)

    all that being said, thanks for the linkage :)

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