Poll On The Future Of An Inkophile’s Blog09/19/2013
Gobsmacked to learn that WordPress is moving to an ad-based model. No announcement before implementation so no more recommendations from me. Apologies to anyone who may have seen an unsuitable ad.
It was only by luck that I found out about the new policy. Making a profit is a good thing and I don’t begrudge them that. However, I do take issue with having to pay to keep my blog looking the same as it has for the past five years. Costs are mounting to run Inkophile. Whether this is the deal-breaker will be determined shortly.
Some readers have expressed an objection to ads on a review site. Considering the number of hours and the effort that go into writing a blog, breaking even much less making a profit, should be acceptable if a challenge to achieve. In my case, that “profit” would be used to finance more products to review and upgrade equipment. That should be a plus. To be sure, there are some manufacturers, distributors, and retailers who send their wares for public review and sometimes for private feedback, so there would still be some items about which I can write regardless.
What do you think? Should Inkophile remain ad free or would ads be an acceptable compromise to keep Inkophile open?
Oh, and my advice? HOST YOUR OWN BLOG! Did I say that loudly enough? The hassles that go with the free sites are not worth it and moving a blog is a ginormous undertaking. Better to start where you would like to wind up – free from corporate dictates and independent in how you operate.