The entire Freethought Blog network has gone ad free. Good. I’ve been opting out of the ads (and the corresponding share of the revenue) ever since a friend told me about the obnoxious, clickbaity crap that was showing up on my page:
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Here’s what I said at the time
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.
Good riddance to bad rubbish. It’s not clear right now how Freethought Blogs will raise the revenue to keep the lights on, but I would rather go back to paying for my own URL than have that crap on Fierce Roller. Solutions are being discussed. Don’t be surprised if you see me and other FTB bloggers begging for money through Patreon or the like soon.