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:
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.