I’ve been a WordPress blog user since early 2009, both on the .com and self-hosted .org platforms. Through the many iterations of my writing life, notably Mostly Teachable and Spatula In The Wilderness, I’ve always tried to maintain a sense clean design and purposefully used space. Over the blogs, there have been numerous charity banners for causes that I care deeply about. I’d rather that people were respected, cared for and uplifted by everything that appears here. Commercial advertising wasn’t considered because it’s never proven in the past to be anything more than cheesy and obnoxious. There wasn’t anything in the spirit of fun and giving back value to friends and readers (and if you read this blog, trust me, you’re a friend). WordPress recently rolled out WordAds, which change the game. WordAds places advertising on the blog, which is another way for the blog to make friends and get into the hands of people who might like to read 320 daily words of silliness and good cheer. The Mostly Teachable Plan for partnering with WordAds is simple. Whatever proceeds come about because of the appearance of advertising, and from other revenue sources, my small portion goes to the following:
- Tithing and local support for the Do Something program in Berrien County, Michigan ( see *Do* Something, Posted 6/10/12).
- Support for charities that I have cared for and talked about on WordPress previously including To Write Love On Her Arms, The Trevor Project, It Gets Better, and The American Red Cross.
- Right Back into the blog, in order to keep things fresh and provide a fun experience for Friends of Mostly Teachable.