Grossing Me Out

Okay, can there be a more gross ad that shows up on so many blogs these days than this one above? I don’t think so. I read your blogs on my iPhone, and in order to like and/or comment, I have to scroll down through at least four advertisements. Other than being a hassle, most of the ads aren’t objectionable. But the one at the top of this post is just disgusting. It’s ads like these that makes it worthwhile to me to pay extra to ensure that crap like this doesn’t show up on my blog.

But wait! Suddenly I’m getting a feeling of déjà vu. I think I may have groused about this before. I did a search of my archives and, sure enough, I found this post that I published in June 2019. It seems that ads for excessive belly fat in women is nothing new on WordPress.

Anyway, here is my previous post on this topic:

Is This Really Necessary?

I understand that the folks who bring us WordPress have to make money. And since many bloggers take advantage of the fact that WordPress makes its site available for free, one way for the company to make money is by placing advertisements at the end of people’s posts.

But one would hope that those ads would not be disgusting to see. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. As evidence, I present you with this example of what I saw at the end of one blogger’s post this morning.


Eww! Jeez, WordPress, is displaying such a gross ad really necessary? I was drinking coffee when I saw this and almost did a spit take.

This is one of the reasons I opted to upgrade to a paid plan. It doesn’t cost that much (I think they start at $3 per month) and it eliminates all ads. I figured that was a small price to pay to not expose my readers to vomit-inducing advertisements. I’m not suggesting that others should opt for a paid plan. I’m just making you aware what other bloggers might see when they go to visit your site if you’re using the free plan.

Something to think about.

My Daily Schedule

Rory, of Earthly Comforts, has asked us, in this week’s Coffee Morning Question Time prompt:

Do you write a daily schedule for your blog or is everything as it happens on the day itself?

My answer is both. I host a number of prompts, one daily and the rest weekly. For the prompts that I host, I plan them in advance and schedule them to be posted on a specific day at a set time.

All of my other posts, including my responses to prompts (such as this one) and the daily prompt words from other bloggers, are what I’d characterize as spontaneous.

In addition to responding to those daily prompts, I might be inspired to post about something I read in the morning newspaper or heard on the news or saw in my newsfeed. So, to use Rory’s words, such posts are “as it happens on the day itself.”

One-Liner Wednesday — A Stable Genius

Stephen Colbert, on this past Thursday’s “Late Show,” reacted to the news that former president Donald Trump once tried to pay his lawyer with a horse. Colbert’s response to that news was:

“I don’t know why we’re surprised. After all, he did describe himself as a ‘stable genius.’”

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #182


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question stems from a dialogue I had with fellow blogger Pete, aka Mister Bump, in the comments section of this post. My post was about the now politically incorrect phrase “Indian Giver.”

Pete commented that by avoiding the use of language that was once perfectly acceptable, “we are trying to erase it from history. Pretending it never happened as opposed to consciously making an effort to be better.” He added, “I have to say this is exactly the same issue as tearing down old statues. An attempt to pretend it never happened.”

My response to Pete’s comment about tearing down old statues was, “Statues are erected to honor the individuals they represent. Taking down a statue of someone who, say, was a traitor to his country, or who committed atrocities (e.g., slaughtered Native Americans) doesn’t erase those individuals from history. It removes the honor that is bestowed upon them in the form of a statue.”

Pete and I continued to go back and forth on this in the comments section of my post. I’m not going to repeat all of the comments herein, but I have provided a link to that post in a previous paragraph, so if you’re interested in reading that entire exchange, feel free to click on that link.

And that brings us to this week’s provocative question. Let me state that there is no animosity between Pete and me. We just respectfully disagreed on a particular matter, and that’s fine. So I’m not asking you if you to take sides or whether you agree with Pete or with me. I’m simply asking how you feel about this matter.

Do you feel that the removal of statues of historic figures whose deeds or actions are considered, from today’s perspective, to be inappropriate, offensive, objectionable, or even traitorous, is justified? Why do you feel that way?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Transit


It’s September 14, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “transit.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.