I was on someone else’s computer yesterday, and I thought I’d check out what was happening on the Lounge. So I punched it up, forgetting that I wasn’t signed in, and was horrified to see what the non-editors see–half the page was advertisements!
WordPress provides all this stuff for free (or most of it, anyway), and I’d forgotten that when a blog starts to get enough views to justify the advertisements, they start sticking them on there. I hadn’t realized that the Lounge had crossed that threshold because when I looked at the pages, they were ad free.
I certainly don’t begrudge WordPress the necessity to make a little cash here and there–they aren’t doing this as a public service, after all–but I’d much prefer not having the Lounge sullied by advertisement (a.k.a, the ugly, grabby reach of The Man). Luckily they offer an option (only 8 cents a day!) for slamming the door on the Man while still contributing to the coffers of WordPress, and I pushed the button on it.
And so, welcome to the new, ad-free, Lounge.
Stickin’ it to The Man since February 2010.