|This is a Weekly Coffee Share Essay.
I’m part of a small group of bloggers who stay in touch and chat about blogging, writing, or just about anything else that might be of interest.
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I’d really–really prefer that we be sharing our coffee face to face this morning. Our air here is clearer, but not perfect, so that’s not the reason. The real reason is that, other than a few shopping trips, I don’t think I’ve enjoyed being with people I care about for something like 6 months and I’m beginning to realize that I’m not as much of a introvert as I suspected.
Today, I’d like to grouse some about WordPress and this group would understand and maybe even sympathize. I have two current gripes.
(1) I still don’t like the new block editor. There. That’s all I want to say about that, and …
(2) I had the chance to see one of my stories as WordPress presents them to my readers and ‘ick!’.
I suspect, but do not know for sure as I have so few data points that when I was new to blogging and had only a few “viewers” or “views” that WordPress inserted very few ads. I’m still using the free plan so this was expected and I was okay with it but now that I’m seeing views per month more in the hundreds per month, WordPress is taking advantage by increasing the number of ads they insert into the display of my stories. It’s like the difference between watching a Netflix streamed movie versus watching network television.
I can’t bear watching network television and have not done so with any regularity since the mid 1970s. Do the math. I’ve not seen many TV ads for close to 50 years because, whenever I do, the ads are unbearable.
As I read through my story recently as seen by any of my normal viewers, I was struck with how many ads there were and how badly they broke up the pacing and unfolding of my tale.
So, if we were having coffee together, I’d ask you, because many of you have read some of my stories, how bad was the experience given the interruptions of the WP ads? They felt like speed bumps to me. I’d just be getting to a spot where I thought the pacing was important, and ‘pop’ there’s a robo-ad causing the reader to pause and scroll past to continue the story.
This really kills the enjoyment for me and now I’m thinking, “how can I expect anyone to enjoy my writing if it’s peppered with so many ads?”
So, I’m now on the edge. I want to increase my readership, because this is why I write (mostly). WordPress has two fairly reasonable options of, approximately $50/yr. or $100/yr. and both will kill the ads. Neither options include any kind of SEO assistance, which is what I’d really like to explore, but I’d have to spend a lot more money for that feature.
I don’t see my blog site ever making money, so is this a reasonable trade off or am I just being cheap?
What to you think? Am I overly sensitive about these ads because many other social media apps are peppered with ads and you don’t notice them much? Would this point ever enter your mind about reading more essays from a collection?
That’s it for me today. I hope you all are safe, comfortable and enjoying life.