My web and blogging activity have been noticeably stagnant since June, but I’m excited to announce that they will be returning next month with a vengeance, at a level higher than ever before! If you want to be kept up to date on the latest projects, you are welcome to sign up here.
So, in the past, there were Google-sponsored ads placed on this blog which generated a bit of revenue. This partially subsidized the maintenance of this blog. It wasn’t very much at all, but it was still something. Then one day, I received an email from Google, notifying that they were taking all their ads down from my site. Why?
During a recent review of your account we found that you are currently
displaying Google ads in a manner that is not compliant with our program
Please note that this URL is an example and that the same violations may
exist on other pages of this website or other sites in your network.
ADULT/SEXUAL HEALTH OR SEXUAL TIPS: As stated in our program policies,
AdSense publishers are not permitted to place Google ads on pages with
adult or mature content. This may include some treatments of topics such
as sexual health and sexual tips or advice. More information about this
policy can be found in our help center.”
Apparently, discussion of human reproduction falls under their definition of sexual health. Sure, I can agree with that. However, according to their policy, discussion of sexual health is forbidden for their authors, even if it’s medical in nature and even though the overwhelming majority of my Google advertisers were fertility-related business entities.
I can imagine the devastation that a blog author would feel if this involved his/her livelihood. But for me, because the advertising revenue was so small anyway and because I got spiritual reward out of providing my blog and podcast, I was not so much upset, but rather more annoyed. And since I was busy with many other things, I got distracted from blogging for a while.
Now, here’s the GOOD NEWS. I’ve been newly inspired. Very shortly, within 1-2 months, I will be launching a new project that will greatly excite some of you and mildly interest the rest of you. Meanwhile, this blog is at an all time high in monthly traffic and it certainly lives on. I’ll foot the bill of maintaining it myself, with the help of anybody who wishes to donate, although I don’t want anybody to donate unless they got great great value out of this material and are 100% excited to do so out of their free will. I’m doing OK financially and my podcasting and blogging will go on regardless. Stay tuned!