I just used a browser without an ad blocker or pop-up blocker installed. Went to a local news site to check the weather – and I was flooded by ads…even video that was loud and started playing automatically. And I had to close the browser to shut it off.
That’s not going to happen here. When a site (or magazine or radio show or whatever) sells time or space for advertising, they’re selling a demographic to the buyer – they’re selling you. You’re the product, effectively.
On this site, you’re the viewer – the consumer – the audience. You’re NOT the product. This is for you – you’re not a means to an end. Sure it costs something to run this place (more time than anything). And sure there are ways that you could return value for the value you get (if any) if you chose to. But ads? Never!
If I mention a product or a place or site or a venue or whatever, it’s going to be informational or a personal opinion – no quid pro quo.
This is sounding like a rant more than anything. That’s fair, I guess.
The general rule is that, if it’s free, you’re the product, not the customer. That’s not so here. It’s about bees. It’s about joy. It’s about that moment. Please enjoy!