I never want to make any changes to the site without letting folks know about it, so you can decide if you still want to play here or go elsewhere. Some of you may have noticed ads popping up this weekend, rather unobtrusively at the end of some posts. I’m beta-testing simple ads. Since the Playground became self-hosted at the end of March 2011, in the last four months, I’ve gotten over 6 million hits (just for a reference, when I was on still wordpress, I got a total of 3 million hits in 8 months). I’ve had to upgrade my hosting account and get more bandwidth, and that is all fine but remains an expenditure I have to absorb.
To offset some of the costs, I’m experimenting with ads but on a very limited basis. Ads will never generate even the income needed to pay for my monthly hosting fee, but at least Mr. Koala will stop annoying me with his needling that I’m wasting both time and money. As such, if you see ads, do what you will. Click if you want, ignore if you want, but at least I’ve informed everyone. This is also a general announcement that further changes may be forthcoming to accommodate the site growth. If you want to be nice and click on an ad to generate Koala bucks, I am forever grateful. If you want to wish ads to perdition, be my guest. The Playground content remains just me, writing when and what I feel like. To conclude, let Hello Kitty Koala wow you with the Cute.