The Pinocchio of blogs

I have been looking forward to starting this blog for a long time.

The Music City Moms blog that I have written for a little over a year confirmed my suspicion that this kind of writing was a good fit for me–I was born to blog, baby! My nephew Daniel (who from this day forward shall only be referred to by his official title, The Computer Genius) has been urging me for months and months to just go ahead and launch my own, already. He lured me with the siren song of offering to design and set it up for me, administrate it, and… something else to do with a ‘server,” and some other stuff that I don’t really understand but I’m really grateful for.

Ennywho-when we finally up and did this thing this past weekend, I was so giddy with the shiny/happy/newness of it all that I immediately wanted to do whatever we could to make this thing look official, you know, like a Real Live Blog. So The Computer Genius contacted GoogleAds and I feverishly jumped right in and registered at BlogHer.

Perhaps I was a smidge premature. BlogHer sent me a sweetly worded email that said that regretfully, they couldn’t add my blog to their register just yet because, HELLO? Apparently it’s a little hard for them to successfully get an overview and evaluate the contents of a blog when it’s only been up for 24 hours! They asked me to please re-register when I’ve been online for 30 days, which is their standard policy, which I would have known if I had actually read that Agreement page that I blew right past in my rush to look like a Real Live Blog.

And the GoogleAds? Well… OK, I understood the rudimentary basics; I knew that they picked up on random words from blog posts and then matched them with their pool of advertisers, but I guess I didn’t picture that being done by some soulless computer program. I thought maybe Google had some grandma-types, you know, like Walmart greeters, who spent their days carefully reading thousands of blogs and painstakingly choosing the absolute perfect ads to grace their sidebars– ads that would speak straight to the heart of my many many handful of readers. If I had done a little more homework, if I had given my first blog entry about swimsuits a little more thought, then maybe I wouldn’t have been quite so terribly surprised when I scrolled down my sidebar and saw ads for “Hot S*xy See-Through Swimwear” and a seniors dating service for “S*xy Mature Single Women!” (Using * to try to fool Google…)

Um, yeah. No offense, Google, but that’s not really my target audience and that’s not really the kind of Real Live Blog I was going for! I’m still not sure exactly how we’re gonna work this whole thing out, but here’s a little heads-up for you: if you read anything over there ——-> that mentions something about “S*xy Model Pix” and then you do a lot of clicking? You’re going to be up to your hips in v*brator ads! Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

8 Responses

  1. LindaB

    Ahhhh, so……..what IS your “target audience”, Tori? It can’t be people like me, can it? You should aim higher……and classier!

    (Was there a phone number for that s*xy senior d*ting service?)

  2. belinda

    I’m finally here!!!! I can’t believe I finally got in!!!

    Now LindaB – Tori loves us!!! We are a great target audience.

    Time to go back to work – later girls!!!!

  3. belinda

    Where are the cookies?

  4. Barbara M. Lloyd

    I am relieved someone allowed me to change my password; otherwise, I never would have made it here a second time. Somebody needs to get a job issuing reasonable passwords, for goodness sake.

    Now, where was I? Oh yes, we are talking about your target audience. I suspect you can target me with just about any subject….just because I’ve lived long enough for at least a passing notice of most things. Except for television. Don’t mean I will know a whole lot….just that I will have an opinion.

  5. belinda

    Momma Lloyd, I got one of those crazy passwords to, but then I changed it. Actually I changed it several times before they accepted the one I am finally using. Just glad I remembered which one I put in last.

    I think we are all a great target audience! We come from all walks of lives and different parts of the US and all kinds of stories!

  6. gracelynn

    Don’t you just hate those passwords that they give you when you register for something?! Then you have to go and change them and…if you don’t use the exact same password for EVERY website, you have to write down the password you changed it to so you will remember it. Granted you do not lose the paper or your father/brother/mother doesn’t mistake it for trash and throw it away. ROTFL I just hope this one isn’t like the gradebook passwords we use at school – we have to change that dadgum thing every 45 days and I can never remember what I changed it to. LOLOL Then I end up having to get it reset and go through the whole process all over again. Ahh…the joys of modern technology.

    And I know what you mean about the pop up ads Tori. Try being a computer teacher and having a 12 year old tell you that they just had one of those v*brator and s*xy senior d*ting ads appear on their screen! LOL Somehow…it got by the pop-up blocker. PHEW! Not good – esp. if you are being observed during that class period by your principal. LOL

  7. DonnaMariePatterson

    Hey … I’m looking for all those terrible ads and I can’t find them ANYWHERE!

  8. tori

    DonnaMarie– They change them based on the latest posts.

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