Like the title says, we all know you hate the ads and some of them are really annoying, but we need to pay the bills and reward our bloggers. This isn’t the Huffington Post, you know — we’re into revenue sharing with our contributors, and to do that we need some revenue.
We also try to let our contributors write freely, which sometimes causes problems. As Ed explains, we lost that revenue stream completely for a few weeks: Google objected to some of our content (reality: even Google isn’t a neutral carrier) and shut us off cold, no warning, just stopped serving ads and money. The objectionable content: Taslima and Maryam posted graphic photos of Islamist violence.
That stuff is important! I think they’re two of our most valuable blogs with some of the strongest atheist content, so our current workaround is to make them ad-free for a while so we don’t piss off the censors who farm out our ads. Keep that in mind: when you’re annoyed at the stupid ads that get served up here, those ads are being used to subsidize the work of ex-Muslims fighting oppression.
Also, by the way, Pharyngula donations to the Ada Initiative are up to $778 this morning.