Two minor updates were rolled out today, so we figured we’d let you know.
First, we’ve made some updates and changes to our ad placement, which is obviously an ongoing project. We’d love to get some feedback from our readers on the changes and the ads in general. More annoying? Less annoying? About the same? Don’t even see them because you use AdBlock? (No, we don’t blame you, though we’re just doing it to pay for the cost of domain registration and hosting, which if we’re lucky might break even.) Yes, we know ads suck, and we know that these ads suck in particular (we’re working to find a better provider, but we simply don’t generate that much traffic which means pretty limited options), but our objective is to make them as unobtrusive and un-annoying as possible. This is why, for example, we’ve ditched three ad providers so far because they insisted on popups, popunders, sliders, ads which play sound without asking you and other generally similar crap that we know everyone hates, even though they would probably make our lives a lot easier. (At least for now, we’re also not using top-mounted banner ads.)
Thus, we welcome feedback and suggestions. If you find something particularly annoying, we’ll see what we can do. If you can think of something that might work better, let us know. Most importantly, if you know of a decent ad provider for relatively low-traffic sites that’s not AdSense (they don’t like us because discussions of triggery things are generally not “family-friendly”, and their system is awful anyways) we’d love to hear about it.
Second, if you’ve copypasta’d text from PoN recently you may have noticed that it came with a rather annoying “read more at *URL*” attached. Because we often copy text from drafts into Skype when proofing, we weren’t too pleased with it either. One of our admins finally had some spare time and tracked the problem down to a ShareThis analytics plugin in our theme. Needless to say, we’re no longer using ShareThis. While we use various analytics in general to get an idea of what’s going on on PoN (how many people are visiting, what posts get the most hits, where visitors are coming from, etc.) messing around with your clipboard is just a dick move.
We’re always looking to improve the look and feel of our blog for our followers. If you have any further suggestions, please contact us.