1. New ad network
Today I experimented with a new ad network, and apparently things went wonky. 😛
I thought I’d approved selected rows of ads interspersed into each review, but Beez alerted me that she saw literal entire pages of ads. 😱 How awful. 😫
If you encountered that today, I’m very sorry.
I’ve since deleted everything and started over, and now, what I have in place – supposedly – is single rows of 3 ads, to be allowed every 1,000 words, plus a single row of 3 ads, at the very end of the post. I’ve removed pop-unders, and I’ve also removed the banner ad at the top of the page.
Do let me know if the updated ads format isn’t working, and I will see how to fix it.
2. Glitchy upgrade
Another thing that’s been contributing to my structural woes, is that I recently upgraded my blog plan to the Business plan. It’s a chunk more money, but I did the upgrade because it promised to give me a lot more options that weren’t available before, and I was able to pay for it, thanks to the contributions that you guys have made via Paypal, and through Patreon.
Thank you! See, you really are helping to keep the blog going! ❤️
The downside of this, though, is that the upgrade has appeared to create glitches on the site. Things were behaving a bit weirdly here and there, and I’ve been online with Tech Support for many hours in the last couple of days, trying to get things sorted out.
3. Edit button for comments!
An upside to the upgrade, is that I’ve managed to install a plugin that allows you to edit your comment, up to 15 minutes after you posted it. I’ve tested it and it seems to work fine. Woot!
I know some of you (like MeriJ) have been asking for this, so I hope you guys like the new feature. 🙂
4. The back-end stuff is turning out to be quite time consuming
I have to admit that after several days of wrestling with back-end stuff like code and plugins (which are a whole new world to me), both to sort out the upgrade glitches, and to sort out the advertising stuff, I’m feeling quite tired out and rather discouraged. 🙁
For one thing, it’s hard to make time for or be in the mood to write about dramas, when my eyes are glazed over from trying to understand how to use code. You need to get into the mood to write from your heart, y’know? Also, who has time to watch drama, when you’re in emergency mode, trying to keep things working on the site? 😛
Another thing is, I realize that it’s hard to find a balance between making this blog a reasonably enjoyable experience for you guys, while trying to include enough ads to make (hopefully) a bit of income for me. I’m feeling quite perplexed about this, to the point where I (casually, I promise!) wondered whether it was even worth the effort to keep blogging, if things were going to be so difficult.
ANYWAY. I made this post because I feel like I’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes in the last couple of days, and that’s kept me from replying to comments as I usually do, and I also felt like I ought to at least let you guys know what’s been up with me.
PLEASE do let me know if you notice weird glitches on the site, or if the ads aren’t behaving the way they’re supposed to.
Thanks for listening, thanks for your patience and support, and really, thanks for being here.
Big hugs. ❤️