Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Ads, everywhere ads

I do not like ad blockers. But maybe not for the reason you think.

Yes, there are ads on this Website. If you are running an ad-blocker, you might not see the ads. But that's not why I don't like ad blockers. Let me clarify what I actually mean. I don't use ad blockers.

I don't subscribe to a lot of things, and am fine with ad-supported Websites. It's true that some Websites have a ridiculous number of ads, so many that they are annoying. I skip those Websites.

If the ads are bothersome, I won't return to the Website. If the ads are not too bad, I'll return to the Website.

I understand why many Websites run ads. It's a way to make some money. I don't make much money on this Website. It would be wonderful if I did, but the traffic to the Website isn't enough to make any money. I'll support Websites that use ads. I get it. But how do I feel about your using an ad blocker.

Honestly, it doesn't matter how I feel. If you choose to allow ads, that's great. If you don't, then you don't. Maybe you'll get some benefit from the Website. That would be good. It would be better if I got some advertising revenue from your visits, but I'm not about to put up code to deny your access if an ad blocker is detected. If you allow ads, great. If not, well that's just how it is.

My Streaming Life uses a lot of free ad-supported television (FAST) services. My Web browsing uses a lot of free ad-supported Websites as well. Ads are fine. Well, for me, they are.

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