In the last edition of Mendel’s Garden I made a comment about ads in some blogs, and as can be seen (check comments) some people took it personally, I got e-mails too.
I just want to clarify for those that can’t read a text that I was complaining about “the amount of ads that some blogs have”. I think that there is a clear distinction between saying “It annoys me to see any advertisement” and “It is starting to be annoying the amount of ads…”. If you don’t see the difference is not my problem.
I absolutely agree with those that can get a bit of extra money into their account by putting some banner or linking to some website, but from this to put flash animations, popups, and half of pages covered with advertisement absolutely out of any scientific context, there is a huge gap. Again if you don’t see this is not my problem.
It goes without mention that I would put some link if I had the offer, but to the extent that it doesn’t compromise the legibility of my posts and it doesn’t subordinate the content of them. Also I can see that when you get into the ad circle you start having certain responsabilities such as keeping the blog daily active, which explains why some people have posted in the last few months more about the world cup than about any serious science.
Also there’s something that upsets me like hell which is the victim syndrome and the pseudojustifying of oneself’s behaviour. For instance, if you acuse me of hanging too many banners about my personal and political affinities ( I’m against military research, religious teaching in school, and I like Linux and open source journals…) I would proudly agree since one of the main reasons of Viva la Evolucion! is to share my personal thoughts and my preferences. But some people don’t like saying that they have a blog to make money. If some day I get to that point (which I doubt…nobody would like to have ads in my poorly visited site) I will happily say to all of you that you’re paying my rent with your visits, but to the moment I’ll have to keep doing science which is my passion and luckily my job.
I hope any misunderstanding has been clarified.
By the way, don’t take me too seriously since I’m not a professional science blogger.