This may seem totally against my principles, which I think it is, but I received my first cheque from Google Ads on Tuesday for a small sum which was payment for Feb-July08. You will notice the Adsense ads on my sidebar, that I am not supposed to mention as per my agreement with them, however it is hard to remain silent in the light of me earning money from them. You see, they are pay per click, so anyone who clicks on an ad contributes a few cents to my writing efforts. Similar to the Amazon ads for books and DVDs that I also have on the side bar under a similar agreement.
So time to confess I suppose. I promised myself at the time I started writing, that I would put any proceeds from advertising towards a green cause. However, when I received my first cheque, I had a blood rush, and ordered my chickens with the gains. I did not donate the proceedings as I promised myself. I do feel ashamed, however, I hope that my readers will understand as times have been tough at TGOG's house because of my injury and reduction of income. I supposed I could have done worse, like go and buy some worthless piece of electrical equipment, but in the end I did spend it on a green cause which just happened to be my own families self sufficiency. I feel like a hypocrite, because there have been many times that I have slagged off the media and advertising in general, and here I am profiting from the very demons that I am trying to purge. At least the ads feature information about the subjects I write about, and promote the green cause, but once again I am trying to justify my actions.
After much thought, I have decided to keep the ads on the sidebar, however, from now on I will donate the proceeds to a real green cause other than my own family. I will be donating all proceeds to the Tree Project which I have given up personal time to support in the past, and which helps sequester carbon on everyone's behalf. I might as well use the demon for a very good cause, and it will calm my troubled conscious.
I apologise for hypocrisy on my behalf, and hope that I have not offended anyone of my readers in the process. I do tend to be a bit harsh on myself, so if you think I am being a bit extreme, take it with the grain of salt it deserves!