About the ginormous ad
This started out as a comment, but it was long enough that I'm like, fine, blog post. It's about the ginormous ad currently appearing in the content of posts.
It's WAY bigger than I thought it'd be. My ad agency (Blogads) designs that ad unit for standard blogs; it would normally appear between two posts on a regular calendar-style blog page. My site doesn't work that way, so it appears within the post. It's there till the 11th whether I want to keep it or not. I moved the ad further down the page, and I hope it helps.
I pretty much didn't want that unit, but they came to me and said they'd had requests for it on the site. It's a huge moneymaker that I can't afford to turn down right now, especially with rather squishy ad sales. For perspective, that one week of advertising is the equivalent of 38 ebook sales, 26 monthly subscribers, or some mix thereof.
I'm posting my work free. At least 90% of the people who read it don't pay for it, either in donations, ebook purchases, or patronages. That's not a complaint, it's just reality. It's the model I've chosen, and in the long run I expect it to pay off.
But this is the short run.
I used to whine about money here. I try not to do that now. It's unbecoming. If we have financial troubles (and we do), I try to take care of things myself rather than come to you guys and whine. I'm hoping to figure out a way to opt patrons out of ads, but so far, no go (that's why the site broke earlier this evening, argh); I'm still going to keep looking for a solution to that.
Book sales will improve. They're not horrible now, compared to the vast majority of independents; they're just not nearly enough. The more commercial aspects of the site will shrink as income streams from my books grow.
In the meantime, I have to take every opportunity for income I can, and I'm sorry for that, but I'm putting food on the table here. That said, this ad slot is probably going away after this ad expires. It's way, way bigger than I thought it'd be.
BUT! Please do visit the writers who took out that ad. Those of you who like my work very well might like theirs. Thank you.