A blogfriend brought it to my attention a while back that WordPress.com does (occasionally? all the time? I really don’t know) allow adverts to appear on our free WordPress.com-hosted blogs.
As I am always logged in, I never see these adverts, so I had not given it much thought.
Tonight, though, as I happened to glance at my most recent post on the theft of our letterbox on hubby’s computer, I was alarmed to see an advert for Warcraft or something similarly disturbing at the bottom of the post.
Yes, you can – for the princely sum of US$30 a year – purchase an ad-free premium upgrade for your blog.
But as that ain’t gonna happen, I thought I had better tell you upfront:
If any adverts appear on my blog, please know that they were not put there by me, but by WordPress.com. Their presence certainly does not mean that I support or endorse the products or services advertised – or that I even know what is being advertised.
I really hope that none of those adverts have been offensive to you, and apologise if they have been.
Dear readers – if you do see something really offensive, please let me know the details, send me a screenshot, and I shall Go On The Warpath and complain to WordPress Support.
Yes, I understand that they need to place adverts on free blogs from time to time to fund what is really quite an amazing service, but – if they do not wish to give us control over what is advertised on our own blogs – they should at the very least exercise discretion and not advertise inappropriate or offensive products or services.