I don’t do meta-posts that often, but this is one. Feel free to skip this if you don’t care! :D

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

I’m planning to write several rather small blog posts that will mostly be pointers to other things. I’ve been publishing more GitHub repositories, Gists, and other things (occasional videos and podcasts). It has occurred to me recently that most of my followers are not aware of these; I apologize, and I’ll try to be better about publishing a note here about them.

These blog posts will have an ICYMI prefix. Unless I forget.


On a completely different note, I’ve always had a tolerate-hate relationship with advertisements on my site. Before jumping into the latest change, I’m going to briefly describe some history.

Google Ads have always been on my site. Except recently (more on that below). Google Ads give you a great way to very easily set up ads and also give you a good deal of control on what kinds of ads are on your site. This is very important to me since I have personal objections to advertisements that encourage addictions. Specifically, gambling and pornography ads have never been allowed on my site.

Perhaps non-coincidentally, gambling and pornography ads are the highest paying ad categories (or at least they were last time I checked). I’ve never made a lot of money off my ads, though, and cutting my ad income by a third or half has always been an acceptable tradeoff to me.


Back in the day, I used Disqus for comments on my blog. It was good (enough), and the price was right: free. Sooner or later, though, they decided they should actually make some money.

I was first made aware of this by several visitors to my site informing me that my site was showing ads of… let’s say “unsavory content”. Yes, Disqus - without warning - had started showing ads for pornographic sites on my site.

Not only were they showing ads I didn’t want on my site, but they also deliberately hid them from me. It turns out Disqus would not show ads if they could tell you were potentially the owner of your site.

I tried to control the ad categories, but Disqus (at least at that time) did not have any such controls or options. It was either pay them money or put up with their ad choices.

Of course, there was a third option, too. I spent a weekend hacking together my own comment system. Goodbye forever, Disqus.

Recently, I removed Google Ads from my site. They’ve been getting more annoying, doing sneaky full-page takeovers if users switch to another tab and then back. I’ve tried to restrain them, but at the end of the day, there’s only so much I can do.

So, I’ve removed Google Ads. I’m not against companies making money, and I’m not against advertising. But I am against annoying ads (Google), or sneaky uncontrollable ads (Disqus).

The Future of My Ads

All that to say this: I’m open to considering sponsor messages on my blog post(s). If you’re interested in sponsoring an existing post, contact me!