Intrusive Ads

Is it just me, or have others also noticed that random ads seem to be appearing either at the top of or somewhere in the middle of people’s posts? And not just one ad, but multiple ads.

I’ve known for a while that, for those of us with the free WordPress option, one or two ads might appear at the bottom of our posts. That placement is not that objectionable, too me, anyway. They’re out-of-the-way and totally ignorable.

But recently I’ve notice that, in several bloggers’ posts, advertisements (like the one below) are interspersed at various places, often between paragraphs. And I find that to be extremely annoying.

img_0559tI use the reader on the WordPress iPhone app to read other bloggers’ posts, so maybe these annoying, intrusive ads just appear in my iPhone’s reader and are not there on regular computers. Or maybe they are there, as well.

Are these ads something some bloggers agree to in order, perhaps, to earn some money from blogging? Or is this something WordPress has started inserting into posts, either in lieu of or in addition to those at the end of posts?

I can deal with the ads at the end of the posts, but those that appear within the posts interrupt the writer’s flow. I wish there was some way to get rid of them. Or, if bloggers are purposefully including those ads in their posts, be aware that it’s damn annoying.

I’m just sayin’.

Silhouettes on the Shade


Today’s one-word prompt, “silhouette,” is not a song prompt. And yet, when I read the prompt, the old song, “Two Silhouettes on the Shade,” a 1957 hit song originally released by the 1950s bebop group, The Rays, came to mind.

It’s a song about a man who walks by his girlfriend’s house and sees through a window shade the silhouettes of his girl and a guy in a tight embrace. He gets so upset that he runs up to the front door of the house and beats on it until the door opens. He finds out that it’s the wrong house. Relieved, he goes running to his girlfriend’s house, where he hopes that he and she can be the two silhouettes on the shade.

Here is the song, followed by the lyrics. Enjoy.

Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut
Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah-ah, hut-hut

Took a walk and passed your house
Late last night
All the shades were pulled and drawn
Way down tight
From within, a dim light cast
Two silhouettes on the shade
Oh, what a lovely couple they ma-ade

Put his arms around your waist
Held you tight
Kisses I could almost taste
In the night
Wondered why I’m not the guy
Whose silhouette’s on the shade
I couldn’t hide the tears in my eye-eyes

Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh

[Instrumental Interlude]

Lost control and rang your bell
I was sore
Let me in or else I’ll beat
Down your door
When two strangers who had been
Two silhouettes on the shade
Said to my shock
Your on the wrong blo-ock

Rushed down to your house with wings
On my feet
Loved you like I never loved
You my sweet
Vowed that you and I would be
Two silhouettes on the shade
All of our days
Two silhouettes on the sha-ade

Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Silhouettes (silhouettes)
Ty-oh, oh-oh
Two silhouettes on the shade

Friday Fictioneers — Fixer-Upper

img_0536“I thought you’d be willing to put some sweat equity into this place,” Matt said to his partner, Jack.

“But the middle of the building looks like a bomb exploded in it,” Jack said.

“It sorta did,” Matt admitted. “The guy who owned the place used the building’s lobby as a meth lab, and one day: BOOM!”

“You’re kidding, right?” Jack asked.

“That’s just the middle of the structure. The restaurant on the right and the bar on the left are both salvageable,” Matt said. “All we gotta do is reconstruct the lobby area.”

“That’s all, huh?” laughed Jack.

(99 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

#JusJoJan — State of the Union Address

3FF58174-3CD6-4097-A279-0E11923822E6January 30, 2018.

I can’t wait to hear what Donald Trump has to say.

After all, as he, himself, told us, “I know words. I have the best words.”

Written for today’s Just Jot It January prompt from Linda G. Hill. The word “address” was suggested by John Holton over at The Sound of One Hand Typing.