I went to look at a couple of my favorite blogs just a few minutes ago. The first one had a photo early on, because successful writers know how important it is to give us pretty pictures before they bombard us with the wordy things. There was some sort of ad which popped up on the image, but I ignored it, since I was already starting to read.
When I started reading the second one, also with an early photo, I noticed the same ad popping up on the image. This blogger, who writes wickedly funny posts, had gone to great lengths to find the perfect picture to lure us in. Unbeknownst to her, the bottom third of the image was covered by an ad.
I looked at the ad this time, just to rule out it wasn’t some cool funny thing that people were putting over their blog illustrations.
In order to keep the WordPress Gods happy, I won’t discuss the actual name of the company, but I can’t help but describe the service it provides, because it’s quite possibly a harbinger of the end of days. The ad is for an app which allows pet owners to watch their pets from anywhere, presumably with smart phones, tablets or pc’s and even dispense treats from afar. Personally, I think this is ridiculous (However, if they come up with an app that picks up dog dookie from the back yard, they’ll have my attention).
Like many people, I sit around wishing I could come up with “the next big thing”. I long to escape from beneath the giant thumbs of my work oppressors and bask in the glow of my creative genius. Somehow though, the incredible breakthrough ideas never come. Then again, if the notion of inventing a remote spy-cam for Labradoodles complete with liver-based treat dispenser ever popped into my head, I would have dismissed it immediately and vowed to give up spicy food before bed.
Maybe I’m just not the entrepreneurial sort.
I am, however, the creative sort. I write these blogs and occasionally illustrate them. I can’t begin to tell you how furious I’m going to be if the drawing I put in the beginning of this is partially obscured by an ad catering to people who are too busy to own pets. I can only imagine how outraged Andy Warhol would have been if some website put an ad for Campbell’s Soup over the top of one of his masterpieces.
Please be good readers and let me know if there’s an ad over (part of) my original artwork. Don’t lie and say there is even if there isn’t just to get me all riled up – it’ll take more than a crunchy meat flavored treat to turn that around.