When I originally launghed TheLiberalOC.com, I wrote that Ã¢â‚¬Å“we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take money from advertisers, bullshit from conservatives, or candy from strangers.Ã¢â‚¬Â And then recently, after adding a few non-invasive advertisements to the bottom and the right of this page, I amended that statement to say that we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t take money from Ã¢â‚¬Å“politicians.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Jubal at the OC Blog gave me a little jab this morning and posted this:
The presence of advertisers on The Liberal OC’s previously untainted expanse of pixels made it clear why the blog’s proud declaration of independence had been amended.
Lord knows, I have nothing against advertising. Running a blog is time consuming and ads help defray both hard costs and opportunity costs. I never understood why the bloggers at The Liberal OC felt the need to decry ad revenue as if it were somehow proof of their liberalness.
But the high-and-mighty denial of advertisements was not a claim of liberalness, and more of a claim to independenceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I understand why Jubal may confuse the two.
When I started this project, I wanted to make it clear that I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t owe anybody anything, and no particular campaign or special interest has control over the content of these pages…like some may assume that JubalÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s coverage of the 5th County Supervisors seat could be influenced by the fact that he takes money to display advertisements for Pat BatesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ campaign.
The Google Adsense program targest the content of the page and region of the viewer; I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have any control over which ads are displayed here. In fact, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll bet that most of them right now are for some Republican cause.
The ads have been on the site for about two weeks, and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve only earned $2. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not looking for revenue; my goal is to only earn enough money to cover hosting costs.[OC Blog]