I'm going to take a moment today to write an editorial about Blogger, the system that I, like thousands of other bloggers, use regularly. I will predicate this blog with the statement that there is a massive amount about blogging and the internet universe that I either a. do not know, or b. don't know and do not care to know. This, however, falls under a.
At the time I started blogging, I did so to express my feelings in a private blog about the challenges my family faced regarding raising a child with attachment disorder, as well as one of my well-known passions: Law and Order: Criminal Intent. If you're interested, you can read the entries at www.biggerthanus-michelle.blogspot.com. (See? I don't even know how to do there "here" thing that sends you to the site). But I didn't let that stop me. My next blog was a long piece of fiction that I have shared with very few people. No problem!
Then we moved and I found myself unemployed and one day it hit me--why not do a blog? It might help bring in a little money to help my family and I have a plethora of ideas of what to write regarding my profession. Being unemployed at the time, I also didn't have to worry that I would write something so controversial as to face a problem at work.
At first, my plan worked out well! I never "raked in the bucks" but I did make a small bit of money. Then I started noticing that I wasn't making money at all. So I went back and began reading the blogger site setups over again the other day. This is what I found--blogger no longer places ads on my site for free. I have to pay to create an ad to go on other sites, which will lead people to my site. Apparently, if a person clicks on my link, a get paid a penny. So say I pay Google AdSense ten bucks a month for my ad to be put on other people's blogs. A thousand people would have to hit my ad in any given month for me to recoup my ten bucks.
I really wish that I believed ten thousand people would be interested in what I write, but alas, I'm not that full of myself. So for now, I will write for free. The reason I write is because of what I believe--making a better world for children and families, and giving people who work and live with children the education and assistance they need to do their jobs well.
So yes, I will continue to write. But shame on you, Google.