Apparently, there were ads on my blog and I find ads rather icky, so I finally bought my own domain and got rid of them. I don’t know about you, but seeing a lot of ads on someone’s website makes me think of two things: (1) old-school MySpace, which was loaded with so many ads, pictures, and other assorted junk that the pages wouldn’t even load; and (2) selling out. Putting ads on your website/blog might be a good way to make money, but I don’t like that idea for quite a few reasons. I don’t get enough visitors to justify trying to make money from my blog, I’d hate to annoy my readers with ads, and ads are just plain ugly and intrusive. There’s nothing more annoying than when you’re browsing the Internet and all of a sudden, you hear some disembodied voice talking about laundry detergent and you can’t turn it off because the ad is seemingly invisible.
I had also been meaning to buy my blog’s domain for a long time, actually ever since I started the blog. (Thanks, Rik, for giving me the kick in the pants.) Yet, for one reason or another, I’d kept putting it off and putting it off. Maybe because actually buying the blog’s domain felt really final, like deciding that you’re not just going to be someone’s girlfriend… you’re actually going to take the plunge and marry them. Strange analogy, I know, but to me, it felt like a bigger commitment, even though I’d be doing the same thing I always did… madly writing. But, I suppose when money’s involved, it becomes a bigger commitment by default.
I doubt the appearance of the blog is going to change much after this; I did some things with the font and color, but I don’t think I’ll make any dramatic changes — unless I learn a little CSS at some point, which would be nice. My URL changed from maajohnson.wordpress.com to just plain maasmith.com (although the old WordPress URL does redirect to the new one).
I wanted to thank all my readers and commenters; your comments and pageviews mean a lot to me. I never thought anyone else would really read what I have to say and take the time to agree or disagree with it… or even to press that little “like” button at the top of the screen. Thank you! 🙂
Oh, and if anything looks weird or doesn’t work right, please let me know and I’ll do my best to fix it. Or if you think the fonts are too hard to read or the colors are too light, don’t hesitate to speak up. Feedback is always welcome.