Hi, just a housekeeping post, to inform you guys of a few changes here at Chump Lady. “Whoa, where’d the annoying ads go?” you might be wondering. Well, I just parted ways with BlogHer, the ad syndicate I’ve used for several years to go solo. Sorry to tell you other ads are coming back, but until I get that worked out, you can enjoy a few lovely, uncluttered days here.
On the spam filter issue — thank you for your patience while some of your comments got eaten by Spam filter monsters, or wound up in moderation. Please understand IT’S NOT PERSONAL. It’s WordPress. Sometimes plug-ins don’t play nicely together, or something updated and whacked out something else. If you report something amiss, please note — I AM NOT IGNORING YOU. In addition to blogging and a full-time job, I’m here behind the scenes trying to troubleshoot the wigginess — writing on WP support forums and trying stuff.
I definitely want to know if something is not working, however, please understand that I Am Not Singling You Out Personally to torment, blacklist, and frustrate. I get a LOT of mail. I just don’t have the bandwidth to answer every WHERE THE *&^$% DID MY COMMENT GO???!! email personally. (I do answer some personally, but not all. I. Just. Can’t.)
Trust that I’m on it, and things will sort themselves out eventually. I believe I have now solved the occasional Disappearing Comment issue. (It was competing plug-ins having a snit.) If you wind up in moderation, I will fish you out. Unless you’re a Russian cyber troll, in which case, go fuck yourself.
Some housekeeping notes (bear with me, I promise not to go all public television fundraising drive on you… also, i have no tote bags):
1.) The ads pay for this place. And the donations to a smaller degree. If this place helps you, if you’ve found solace here, you owe it to the monetization of those annoying blinky sidebars. Please, for the love of keeping this place running, do NOT use Ad Blocker here. If you must use Ad Blocker and Kraft macaroni and cheese commercials offend your senses, consider donating a modest amount to the site instead.
I don’t get rich doing this. I’ve been wildly successful as blogging goes (huge traffic, a book deal, notice from a major network) — that has NOT translated into massive profits. (Maybe someday! That would be cool.) But I’m not getting rich off your pain. I’m paying $300 a month to host the site and a lot more in IT support. (Last year’s taxes? My donations and my IT support costs canceled each other out. Which leaves ad income. Which is highly variable.)
I’m moving over to Google AdSense next. I’m taking this on faith because I have zero idea how much (or if) they will pay, because they’re based on a click-through rate and not an impression rate. But they won’t drag down the load time of the site AND they won’t bind me to oppressive 6-month contracts.
So when the ads come back, you can help if you…
2.) Click on an ad. I know, now every time you go to Facebook, you’ll be assaulted by Kraft Macaroni and cheese ads. Clearly you look like a person who LOVES Kraft Macaroni and cheese! In a bunker someone, a marketer has curated ALL your mac and cheese brand preferences and that profile will follow you forever, and is in a government file somewhere.
Do it anyway! Click! Buy something! Be a consumerist sheep!
(Clearly I’m conflicted about this. I also don’t know another way to reliably monetize this site to pay for itself…. so help a chump out, CLICK.)
And besides, if we keep this place in the black, then….
3.) COOL STUFF IS COMING! Stuff like PODCASTS! I just finished a digital audio course and in a couple weeks will be learning Adobe Audience so I can edit sound files. Joined a local broadcast association that has state of the art studios that look like NPR on steroids, and I hope to add some groovy new content soon. I may also spring for a site redesign.. we’ll see.
Finally, I just wanted to say to everyone who has donated to the site — YOU ARE ANGELS. You pay it forward for newbies and delight me with your kindness and generosity. God bless you every one.
On that note, I’m going to go find some more coffee. Have a great Sunday everyone!