Recently a comment was left on one of my Facebook posts that said, “Why all of the ads? I can barely read the article.” I immediately ran to check on my post, thinking something must be really wrong. No. Same numbers of ads as usual, but it did make me think I should maybe share a little about the ads and why they are there.
Why the Ads?
It costs money to maintain this website. It’s mere existence, floating around in the cyberverse, costs money. Every year I have to pay to maintain ownership of InJohnnasKitchen.com. I also pay an incredibly brilliant woman each month who handles all of the backend tech stuff that is beyond my skillset.
The recipes I share cost money to create. I have to buy ingredients, pay for wear and tear on my kitchen and cookware. I have to maintain a way to take photos of the food, a computer to edit and create the recipes.
And the part I haven’t mentioned here? Paying myself for the time it takes to create the posts here. You see, that’s something I don’t do. Because I am not as savvy as many of my food blogger friends, I don’t make enough on the ads to pay myself a salary. So the work here, the recipes, the travel recommendations, the advocacy efforts, it is all without compensation.
I applaud and celebrate the food bloggers, writers, recipe creators who have worked hard enough to get paid for their work. They deserve it. It is time-consuming and requires a broad range of skills. We all benefit from the FREE information they share with us, with the slight interruption of ads.
So there you have it, now you know all about those pesky ads. I don’t always enjoy seeing them on websites either, but having a little background on why they are there has made me more understanding.
How about a few recipes to wrap things up?
P.S. Looking for a bit of recipe inspiration for this week? Here are a few things I have planned to make this week…
Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. This one is a favorite of many readers here. It’s my favorite way to use up small pieces of a variety of cheeses. This is easy enough for a weeknight meal!
Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cake. This is lovely for sharing with a friend over a warm beverage. It’s a tried-and-true classic that many of us make every year.
Curry Chickpea Salad. A big batch of this is my lunch at work this week. I’ve been putting it in the bottom of a widemouth jar with greens and chopped vegetables on top.