So, I was playing around on Blogger for a bit tonight, looking whether there were any new comments to unmoderate... and I noticed that there was a link that was titled "Monetize".
Which basically, once I had clicked the link and read all the relevant information, offered to put Google AdSense on my blog.
I have deep misgivings over doing this. I get enough readers that I would, in all honesty, probably earn a couple of dollars a month. Hell, maybe I'd earn $100 and get paid something decent for ads. But the least invasive options says that "ads are placed below each post", and that just feels so totally invasive to me.
I don't like the idea of making my readers look at random ads; I've always been sort of proud that this blog has been relatively ad-free, with the exception of the Amazon affiliate links that I put in when I feel like it. (LibraryThing generates auto-Amazon links for the LibrayThing founder guy, unless you have your own Amazon account, so I created one in order to put the widget up. I think I earned $5 last year.) I know that ads are ever-present in the internet, and I've gotten to the point with the ones on Gmail that I just ignore them totally.
And as far as I know, the Google AdSense ones are just as innocuous as the ones in Gmail. But it just feels... not right.
What are your thoughts, guys? Opinions of any kind are welcome!
ETA: I have experimented with putting them in a tiny horizontal row at the very bottom of the page. Do they look horrible? Have I sold out? Maybe I should take them off again..