I use an ad blocker. Two of them, actually. I’m willing to add a website to my whitelist(s) if their ads aren’t obnoxious, but if it’s flashing in my face, popping up new windows, or autoplaying audio, forget it.
So I didn’t know; that’s my only excuse. I had actually never seen the ads on Fierce Roller until a friend messaged me on Twitter [Pg-13 below the fold]:
So I turned off my ad blockers and reloaded the page. What the actual fuck? You want misogynistic clickbait? We’ve got that! Naturopathic nonsense? Check! Ads in the middle of posts (so they look like I put them there)? You betchya! Popups? Oh, yeah! And all on my beautiful Volvox background.
Goddammit. I didn’t sign up to work for the National Inquirer. Actually, I don’t even know where the ads take you; I haven’t clicked on them, and I hope you won’t, either. Really, please don’t reward these bottom feeders. Starve them of nutrients and let their economic niche fade into oblivion.
I have been in touch with the powers that be here at Freethought Blogs, and, without betraying any privileged communications, I think I can safely say that no one is happy with the ads. Would you expect that a bunch of feminists and skeptics are going to be happy with “Look how fat formerly hot actress got!” or “Stick an onion in your sock to stop diabetes!”?
Solutions are being discussed, but I think nothing is likely to happen in the next few weeks. The only short-term solution that’s been suggested to me is to click the “Remove Ads” box on my WordPress interface.
This has the disadvantage, of course, that my posts will not generate ad revenue for Freethought Blogs. I don’t care about that, since my share doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, but others here do, and I want to be a team player. Of course, with my minuscule page views, my contributions don’t amount to a hill of beans either, but if everyone turned off their ads, there’d be no way to keep the lights on (who was it that said that morality lies in asking ‘what if everyone did this’?).
For the time being, I’m going to take the imperfect option of turning off the ads in new posts (after this one, so you can see what I’m talking about). I make no promises for the long term, but right now I’m not in a compromising mood. If we can get our shit together and ditch the worst of the ads, I’ll turn them back on. I might also forget sometimes, just as I sometimes forget to put in a break or choose a featured image. If so, I apologize in advance.