Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Facelift: "I am not a pretty girl

. . . and I am sorry
I am not a maiden fair
and I am not a kitten stuck up a tree somewhere

and generally my generation
wouldn't be caught dead working for the man
and generally I agree with them
trouble is you gotta have youself an alternate plan"
--Ani DiFranco

I may not be a pretty girl, and I'll never be the housewife that MetroDad is, but I am well on my way to mommyhood. How do I know? Because BlogHer has included me in their ad network.

OK, so they're practically letting anybody in these days, but still, they love me, they really love me. Or at least they think they can make a buck off of me. And I'm all for that.

I love their goal of supporting women writers, particularly the part about economically empowering them using 50 percent of the revenue the ads on my blog may raise. I'm not sure how much empowerment they're going to feel from the 63 cents my ads generate every month--what can I say? you're loyal readers, but there still are only six of you--but I'm more than willing to do whatever I can to help. Besides, we all know there will never be a BlogHim.

Helping BlogHer makes me feel much better than the 11 cents I made from those Google ads, which I started as an experiment because there's been some talk of using them at work. The Google ads failed to generate in several months what the BlogHer ads have generated in a few weeks, and the Google ads supported these guys, who I don't feel are in need of any more economic empowerment.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know why those ads are running over there on the right. Rather than starting 3B's college fund, they'll probably raise enough money to pay for half a gallon of gas by the time 3B goes to college. But the proceeds that BlogHer collects from my blog and all the other blogs they have in their network should raise a fair amount of money, and I'm all about doing a little bit to make a big difference.

That's also what pushed me to finally go to a three column layout (the ads are so long vertically that they pushed fun stuff too far down the page, so I moved it over to the left), and why I had to create a new set of header banners (three columns are wider than two, and rather than just widen it, I thought that I'd freshen it up a little).

And yes, there are three headline banners that rotate through randomly, changing every time you refresh the page. I figure that's a good start. You'll have to keep your eyes open to see when I add more. Full disclosure: the best one--"Come to Papa."--was all Mama's idea. Of course.

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  1. Anonymous9:23 PM

    Jeez, make me click aaaaallll the way over here from my feed reader just to see your fancy new header.

    (ps congrats! ;)

  2. Are you saying that it was too much work to come over and see a cute picture of my adorable son? C'mon now, making those changes were hard--I had to put down my glass and type with both hands at times. But thanks for coming and looking, and reveling in the cuteness that is 3B.

  3. I wondered about the ad...

    I just started up Google Reader today. I figure as long as I've got Gmail, Blogger, and Google Analytics going, I might as well let them take over completely. Now if I can just figure out how to use it...

    Nice banner.

  4. Anonymous12:28 PM

    We DO love you. We really do. ;-)

  5. Anonymous12:53 PM

    You're going to love the blogher ad network. Google makes me nothing but BlogHer is an entirely different story. Instead of buying a bunch of bananas once a year from google, I can buy five bunches a month. Cool, huh? ;-)

  6. Henitsirk: What do you mean you noticed it? Are you saying that ad makes my blog look fat? (And, yeah, it's Google's world, we're just livin' in it.)

    Y: Thanks for not telling anyone how much I paid you to write that. And I love you too, so keep with the healthy and stop with the heart attacks.

    BBM: You know I only joined to be more like you. Hey, Mama's considering starting Kung Fu after the century, rather than going back to TKD. How cool is that?

  7. Anonymous11:52 PM

    Very cool indeed! I'd love to hear what she thinks about it. Can we persuade her to start a blog???

    And awww, I'm flattered. You want to be like me the blogger, not me the pathetic owner of a seriously crappy fantasy football team right?

    Yeah, thought so.

  8. 3B is cute, but I ignore the ads. Maybe if I click on them often enough, you can buy a ticket to come and see me.