I took the pop-up ad down.

I’m so sorry about the annoyance, you guys!

BlogHer suggested I give that product a try (it’s called a Tune-in bar).

It’s supposed to increase the viewability rating for my site, which will help my sidebar ads perform better, and it was only supposed to show up when a premium ad was available.

So, I thought I’d give it a try.

But it only took a day for me to find it really, really annoying, and I heard the same from some of you.  I’d intended to try it for a week, but I couldn’t make it that long, and I took it down last night.  ;)

(In case you were one of the lucky ones who didn’t see it, it was a wide bar that appeared at the bottom of the screen, and it scrolled with you as you scrolled.)

Ad networks always are interested in having bloggers run pop-ups and pop-unders and auto-play ads, but I opt out whenever possible.

Even though the extra money would be lovely, I don’t want to annoy you guys (or myself!) with all that noise.

I have a question for you, though. I kept the opt-in for this ad unit, which I’ve had for a few weeks now:

The Frugal Girl —

It’s the one on the left, and it does scroll with you, but it stays OUT of the content column.  I haven’t found it to be annoying, but I wanted to check with you all to make sure you’re ok with it.

Running that ad helps my viewability score, so if you all are all right with it, I’d like to be able to leave it up.

I’ve got plans to seriously simplify my ad displays, but my contract with BlogHer isn’t up until June, so it’ll have to wait until then.

In other news:

I started on my photo book!

Well, sort of.

I started looking sorting through photos from July 2011 and picked out a bunch to put in the book.

(Recent photos, up thru the end of July 2014, are in photo books, so I’m working backward to catch up on old photos.)

Making photo books promptly is probably the best way to do things, but it’s kind of fun to play catch-up because it makes me look through older photos I haven’t seen in a while.

Apparently I took a lot of summer reading photos then, like I do now.




It’s just that the kids in the current photos are…longer.

I hadn’t really realized how much taller my kids have gotten since 2011.



(That’s Joshua in the shadows there, and as of now, he’s taller than me!)

A walk down memory lane is always fun and it’s reminded me that even if I don’t have time to put pictures into scrapbooks or photo books at the time, it’s still good to keep taking photos.  I can always put them into books later, but I can’t capture moments after the fact.

P.S. I knocked more stuff off of my to-do list yesterday.  In fact, Joshua’s room is almost completely done. Yay!  Also, 2/4 of my kids are completely nit-free, and the other two are nearly there (I found only one in Z’s hair yesterday.)  So things are looking up and I will probably not spend any time sitting on my floor crying like I did last Wednesday. ;)


  1. says

    Thanks, first of all, for asking your readers’ opinions about the ad! You don’t have to, so that’s super nice of you. Personally, I don’t mind the ad on the left. It does clutter things a bit, but I understand that bloggers should get some compensation for the work and time they put into a blog that we read for free. Glad this week is going better for you! :-)

  2. Molly F.C. says

    I agree w/Deb. The ads on the left don’t bother me. Congrats on a better week & knocking out stuff on your list!

  3. nancy says

    I second Deb’s comment on all counts [besides, I’ve got Novica in that ad-unit on the left and I’m still trying to decide about those earrings …].

    I brightened my day to see so many bits of positive news in today’s post and some lovely pictures as well. I love all your summer reading photos, reminders of some of my own favorite days.

  4. says

    One of the million reasons I love reading your blog — you truly care about the content and your readers! I think that what you are proposing won’t be an annoyance at all! Thanks for being so positive :)

  5. Michelle says

    For what it’s worth, I follow your blog via Bloglovin’ and I log in to that site using Google Chrome that has a built in adblocker. So I don’t see any ads on the sidebar or any popups for any of the blogs I follow. I don’t know if that affects your ad revenue or not (hope not!) Also, when I use Pandora on Chrome I don’t get any commercials either, though it took me a long time to notice that they were being filtered out. Not sure if that is considered cheating the system or not, but all I am doing is opening my preferred browser and using it. :)

  6. Cheryl says

    I would gladly put up with ads to help you, as I enjoy your site that much, but I don’t see any ads. I use swagbucks to search for you and my browser is chrome……not sure if that makes a difference. Thanks for caring!

  7. Amanda says

    I don’t see the left sidebar ad on Firefox or Chrome. All of the right hand ads are there though. None of those are bothersome at all.

    Congrats on making so much progress on your to-do list. I’m working on organizing/finally decorating my kids’ room, so I’m excited to see what you did in Joshua’s room.

    • Amanda says

      After I posted this, the left hand ad popped up. (I’m having slow computer issues today.) I got a Children’s Place ad, and I’ve been stocking up on clearance shirts for my daughter (that are cheaper than thrift store prices due to great sales and free shipping) from there. That ad isn’t bothersome at all either.

  8. Jenessa says

    Thanks for taking that ad down Kristen! It shows how much you care about your readers that you are willing to do that. I don’t have an ad on the left side of my screen, so that one doesn’t bother me at all.
    Thanks also for showing the older pictures. I have been reading your blog for at least six years now and it is fun to see some glimpses from the past.

  9. Jen Y says

    I just block plug-ins that annoy me. It depends on the website but in the address bar on the far left is an icon that looks like a car battery. Click on that & a window opens that says ‘block plug-in’. It makes a huge difference on how well a page loads & blocks most ads though not all of them.

    Love your blog.

  10. says

    That’s so nice of you Kristen to think about us,your readers! I saw the pop-up ad few times and it’s a little bit annoying, honestly. But you’re so considerate blogger (that’s why I love reading your blog!),unlike other blogs,the ads are all over the place.

  11. Amanda says

    The ad on the left is fine because you can close it if it bothers you. I dont think i caught the other ad but its always nice when you can just close them.

  12. Lythrum says

    As long as ads are not intrusive I do not mind them, the regular ad level has been fine. Things that pop-up, cover the screen, follow when you scroll down etc are really irritating though. My advice is to keep in mind the feel that you want people to have when they open up your page and make sure that whatever ads that you use don’t break it. I know that there are a few blogs that I am curious to check out, and instantly close when ads start flashing and blaring as soon as the page opens. Your blog has always had a serene, clean and professional look to it so I think that you do a good job trying to strike a balance. I found that disabling the Flash add-on in Firefox took care of a lot of the irritating ads that show up on some sites.

  13. Samantha says

    Thank you for all the great simple ideas you share. I love the idea of going backward when creating photo books. It makes the whole process seem more doable somehow. I fear if I started at the beginning with a 10 and 7 year old I would never make it!

    I don’t mind the ads!

  14. says

    For what it’s worth, I would keep reading your blog no matter how many ads were on it and I totally respect any efforts you make to be compensated for your time spent writing posts. I seriously thank God for your blog. I have gotten so many great tips for lowering our family’s cost of living (Ting, menu planning, etc.) which has been so helpful since I’m now staying home with my son, who was born in February. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom :)

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