Sometimes an idea for a blog post just falls into your lap. Or it's shouted to you from across the house with the hook line being something like "OOOoooooo you're going to haaaaate this!!!". 

Wordpress, the site that Figments is hosted on, is a great free blogging platform with user friendly tools. But on occasion, free is iffy.

"At, we sometimes display discreet AdSense advertisements on your blog to help pay the bills. This keeps free features free!" 

The aforementioned hook line, was in reference to today's appearance of AdSense at the end of each of my recent posts. It's completely understandable that a free platform needs a way to earn money, but these 'discreet' ads were ones that specifically push all my 'UGH!' buttons. The ads I refer to are about why high fructose corn syrup is okay, and how to become a nutritionist through an online program. And if you know me, you know that I get quite feisty in my pearls and pencil skirt on either of these topics.

So what do you do when you get those nasty Additives on your blog?

  • Option 1: Upgrade to the No Ads option: $30 per year
  • Option 2: Grin and bear it. How many of your readers are signed in Wordpress users? How many are reading via RSS/Google Reader? Those people won't see the ads.
  • Option 3: Disclaimer time! Add a disclaimer saying that you are not responsible for the content of the advertisements.
  • Option 4: Self host your blog.
Many of the ads are pretty funny if you take them with a grain of salt,and after discovering them today, I needed a laugh. One of the ads provided the following opportunity, just for you, for a limited time only, with a payment plan!
 "Holistic Chef for Animals Certificate can be used on its own, or it can be used as a stepping-stone towards a Holistic Health Practitioner Certificate."  Because animal and human anatomy/nutrition are the same. Did I mention you also get an anatomy coloring book as a course tool?
What do you do about the ads on your free blogging platform? I'm still undecided.
Curious to see what ad pops up under this post!