In short, this initiative would allow for advertising on my site and, in return, I would receive financial compensation (amount unknown). My initial reaction was to be wary, as I don’t condone visual pollution of any sort, and I like the clean and simple look of this site. However, as time has gone on, the site has drawn more and more viewers:
I have correspondingly invested more and more time running Prosophos.com, often spending several hours a day posting images, answering comments and individual private e-mail requests for help, writing articles and lens field reports, and honing the overall interface.
I’ve slowly realized that I can’t keep going at this pace, without somehow giving up more of my “real work” time.
I’m left with a couple of options: I could focus on only posting images, and not respond to questions in the comments section or to private requests for help. Or, I could give WordAds a chance. Obviously, I very much enjoy writing and interacting with everybody who visits this site, so the first choice is — in my estimation — not really a choice at all.
So the decision has been made. Starting soon — possibly next week — you may see advertisements on this site. I’m told I can shut them down at any time.
We’ll see how it goes.
I hope you understand, and I would appreciate any comments on the matter.
ADDENDUM (May 14, 2012): I have held off introducing advertising for now, as doing so would require changing my site theme/interface, which is not something I’m prepared to do. I’ll keep you posted as things develop…