At present, I use the free version of WordPress to produce this blog. I anticipate upgrading to the premium version within the next few months, but right now I don’t feel quite ready to take that step.
Free blogs, of course, must draw money for the company that provides the software, and WordPress generates revenue by selling advertizing. This morning, my fellow blogger Michelle Lesley (http://michellelesleybooks.com/) posted about concerns that her readers have voiced about inappropriate ads they saw on her blog. In an effort to be preemptive regarding possible offensive ads here, I’d like to quote a portion of what she wrote:
I want to assure you that I had no knowledge that these ads were appearing, as I cannot see them from my end. I also have no control over which ads are placed on my site.
I have contacted Word Press about the ads. This is the response they sent me:
“We endeavour to make sure that no inappropriate ads are shown, but occasionally some do make it through. If you or any of your visitors see inappropriate ads, we ask that you (or they) take a screenshot of the ad and forward it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Since I am unable to see the ads, I would be most grateful if you would alert Word Press in this way whenever you see an ad that’s inappropriate.
I would appreciate the same assistance from my readers until I take the plunge of upgrading. Like Michelle, I desire for my blog to honor the Lord Jesus Christ, reflecting His holiness. Please understand, therefore, that any ads you may see don’t mean that I recommend the product or approve of how an ad communicates its message.
On a similar vein, you may have noticed two distinct blogrolls on my sidebar. The first blogroll, Discernment Blogs links to blogs which I believe provide sound doctrinal content. Of course these blogs (just like my blog) are authored by fallible men and women, all of whom readily admit their sinfulness. Each of them (as do I) would urge you to examine their posts against Scripture. In admitting the imperfections in these blogs, however, I also believe they present God’s Word as accurately as a human being can. I therefore endorse them with gratitude for the way the Lord uses them to teach me more about Him.
The second blogroll, Blogs By Friends, showcases blogs by ladies I know either personally or online. Whether they write about the Lord or about other topics, I always look forward to their posts, and think my readers might be interested in them. I may not agree with everything they say, but I value their perspectives and treasure their friendships.
With these clarifications explained, I plan to resume my normal course of blogging next time. Isn’t it good, though, to know where we stand?