As some of you have noticed, there are a couple of ads on the side and bottom of the blog now. The concept is that they would relate somehow to something I've written in the blog. The most obvious would be if I actually mentioned a product by name. Let's try it: we took about 5 shopping bags full of books off the boat yesterday because all we ever read now are our Kindles. Okay, let's see if an ad for Kindles shows up.
Anyway, the idea is that, if I happen to mention something and it piques a reader's curiosity, an appropriate ad might show up on the side that could take the reader directly to a place where he/she could learn more. And, if they get there by clicking on the ad on my blog, I get a couple of pennies.
I've resisted doing this for a long time mainly because it goes against my 60s sensibilities. Smacks of "selling out". But I've lightened up a bit on that line of reasoning because a.) nobody really cares, b.) even Bob Dylan shilled for Victoria's Secret, and c.) a little extra taco and beer money couldn't hurt. I don't think the ads are particularly intrusive or annoying. Besides, if it's good enough for one of my favorite blogs, Boat Bits, it's good enough for me.