Now on to my post question, "Do you utilize AdSense on your blog?" I signed up for it about two months ago, & was kind of surprised at how intrusive the ads seemed to be on my post pages. I didn't really sign up thinking I would make a bunch of money, but rather that it was a pretty painless way to make a bit of "fun" money if it actually brought in any money at all. I have kind of gotten used to the intrusiveness (kind of) & hadn't been paying any attention to my account until yesterday. I received a notification in the mail from Google "Google AdSense Support" & it contained my "Personal Pin #." Well, that looked rather official, so I followed their steps to go into my account. My account was showing that I had a whopping $6.42 amount, but that the funds are only paid out after it reaches $100. What? It also said the funds were frozen until I "jumped through their hoops" for tax purposes -- get a tax ID #, file this form, & on and on. That just seems like a lot of "red tape" for the amount of money & the (cough, cough) speed at which it is accumulating.
As I write this post, I'm trying to decide if it's even worth it to have these ads on my posts. Have any of you felt this way & what did you decide? I know that some of my favorite sites have ads & sponsors. I think that's great, because most of those blogs are really big & they do the linky parties & lots of give-aways. Those bloggers spend a lot of time making things nice for a lot of other bloggers, & if they can earn some monetary reward for that, then more power to them.
As I sit here pondering this situation, I'm trying to remember if I've ever responded to one of these ads on someone else's blog. Truthfully, I have not. Have you? I visit blogs to learn new things, see what my friends have been up to, & just feel a connection with a great group of people. I do visit some of the Sponsors (if they are another blogger); but I never pay any attention to the ads, I guess because I know I can find any of those things on Google anytime I want. So what's your take on this? Do you blog just for fun or do you blog for fun & hope you might gain some monetary reward, too? Do tell.
Now, because I know that a post without photos is just too blah for most of you, I'm happily sharing a couple of my latest pics of my 2 youngest "grands."
Avery at 2 months. I could just kiss those cheeks all day long!
Flynn at 2 1/2. Can she wear a hat or what?
I do truly hope you will let me know what your feelings are regarding AdSense. I know I'm pretty close to pulling-the-plug, but I do very much value your opinions. Anyway, hope you are having a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by and please come again soon.