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.F6EBACCA-47B7-4D4A-88F8-7B8C45B7FC34Eww! 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.

#FOWC — Inertia

AFF5D977-4E31-4836-ACB6-087F18BA8F19My boss — I’ll call him Steve, since that’s what his name is — was standing in front of the entire sales and marketing team to announce the planned launch of our brand new software upgrade. In his role as head of product development, he wanted to gin up enthusiasm for the upcoming release.

“Today I’m going to share all of the exciting new features and functionality we’ve built into our flagship product,” Steve said. “Your role in sales and marketing is to generate significant inertia so that we can hit the ground running.”

My first mistake was to raise my hand. Steve saw me waving my hand. “Okay, Hank,” he said. “What’s your question?”

I stood up. “It’s not so much a question,” I said. “More like a correction. You mean you want to generate significant interest, right?”

“Yes, that’s what I said,” Steve responded.

I should have just sat back down at that point, but instead, I stupidly continued. “No, you said ‘inertia.’”

“Fine,” Steve said. “Inertia, interest, whatever. Same thing.”

“Actually, they’re not the same, Steve. Inertia is a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged,” I said. “It’s a lack of action or forward progress. You’re using that word incorrectly.” A murmur ran through the meeting attendees.

Seeing Steve glaring at me, I sat back down and remained silent for the remainder of the meeting. When Steve completed his presentation and the others were filing out the room, I walked up to Steve. “Hey Steve,” I said, “I’m really sorry. I was totally out-of-line. I apologize. It won’t happen again.”

“No it won’t, Hank,” Steve said. “You humiliated me in front of the whole room and I won’t have it. You’re fired. Pack up your personal stuff and be out of here by the end of the day.”

Written for today’s One-Word Challenge from Fandango (that’s me!). The word is “inertia.” Image credit: geralt at

#100WW — First Class

Christopher had never flown in first class before. Each time he boarded a plane, he’d walk through the first class cabin on his way to the cheap seats and wonder what it would be like to fly in first class. But he didn’t fly enough to earn upgrade miles and he couldn’t afford to buy a first class ticket.

So he was thrilled when told that, due to an overbooking on his flight, he was being seated in first class. Once in the air, the flight attendant took Christopher’s drink order. He sat back and enjoyed his rum and Coke.

(100 words)

Written for today’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: John Luke Laube

I’m Considering Dropping WordPress


I’m seriously thinking about dropping WordPress. Well, from my blog’s URL that is.

It’s not because I have anything against having “.wordpress” in my blog’s web address. To be honest, I couldn’t give a shit about that. Especially since keeping “.wordpress” in the URL saves me some money. And I’m all about saving money.

But apparently my blog has become popular enough recently that ads are starting to show up on my posts. I realize that in life there’s no such thing as a free ride, or free lunch, or free market, or whatever that expression is. I also understand that we live in a capitalist society and somebody’s got to pay.

I appreciate that WordPress is providing a valuable service by enabling thousands — nay, millions — of us with this free blogging platform and that it takes effort and costs money to keep it going.

And, for the most part, I think the folks at WordPress are doing a damn fine job of it. It’s easy to use, there are many free themes (templates) available, and you can pretty much tailor the look of your blog any way you want.

That said, having advertisements displayed on my posts seems tacky to me. It’s pure unadulterated, crass commercialism.

Plus, I’m not a fan of ads. I rarely watch live TV because of that. I watch shows I’ve DVR’d so that I can fast forward through the commercials. Why would I want to have ads on my blog?

And so I’m torn. Should I continue to take advantage of the free blogging platform and not worry about burdening you, my readers, with ads? Or should I fork over 36 bucks a year so that my blog will be ad free?

To help me decide, I have three questions for you.

First, do advertisements appearing on blog posts annoy you?

Second, have you dropped “.wordpress” from your blog’s URL by purchasing an upgrade so that advertisements won’t show up on your posts (or for some other reason)?

Third, if so, was it worth it?

Thanks for you responses.

This post is for “tailor,” today’s one-word prompt.