For me the biggest issue about ads, is if an ad were placed here that I just could not support as a Christian.....would AOL remove it? If they didn't I'd have no alternative but to move on.
Then there is a little thought that if someone somewhere is benefiting from my writing in a monetary way, then I certainly deserve some compensation. I write here as a sounding board and hopefully as a light in the darkness......not with an eye toward profit. Yet I certainly don't want to be used either.
I've found there is a great big Blog World out there, with many options. And I am toying with the idea of starting one elsewhere. Maybe a mirror blog....sort of the best of Caneyhead. Who knows? Then there is always the issue of time. And my life allows me just barely enough time to tend this journal, visit and read ya'lls and try to stay on top of the Sisters in Christ Prayer Alert ministry.
Personally, I believe it is the addition of AIM users to AOL's journal pages and the broadening of the reader base (so they hope) that has driven them to start this ad thing. Are they evil? I don't think so. I think they are corporate America doing what they do best, seizing the day. Do they listen, do they care about us at all? I think so, within reason....I've got Spell Check sitting here waiting on me. Most everything I know of PC's and the Internet I learned from AOL.
Lastly, and most important, Caneyhead is Caneyhead. No matter where it's at. No matter what the latest fad or phase. It's still just a small community tucked in the pines that struggles to live, love and prosper. Saints and sinners. Young and old. We still share, we still help our neighbors, we still enjoy a good visit and a hot cup of coffee. So, if you're passing through, come on in....put your feet up, relax and visit a spell. I'll be here. I'm not leaving.