Looking for your thoughts and suggestions
Dear Readers, Something has been coming up here on the blog and I would like your ideas about what to do. The problem is that visitors are putting advertising for their business/product sales/websites on the comment sections. This began happening about 6 months ago.
What I have been doing is removing them if they are blatant or, if they are quiet and subtle enough, I leave them there. Lately, I have had some with links put on (I don't even know how they did that...!) and some sell jobs that are repeated on 3, to as many as 6, posts.
If it were a member I would feel like helping out since I have been trying to create a friendly, generous venue here. Even then though, I would wish that the offering would be in context.
What bothers me most about it is the work I put in here, only to have someone come along and hitch a free ride! This is not in line with my feeling and intention about doing this. The other thing is that I have made a commitment, which I have also discussed with you, my readers, to write this blog with no advertising on it. This was decided when I put up the donation button---some of you who have been following for some time may remember that.
So, you can see the the quandary there: I have given up the subsidization that advertising might provide me in order to avoid compromising the integrity of the blog. So, it kind of rubs me the wrong way to have advertising appearing anyway, advertising that doesn't benefit me.
I am in favor of sharing information and of helping; does this situation align with those efforts? Or am I just being used and allowing an annoyance to effect my readers?
I am asking for your feedback.