I’m thinking about the relative merits of accepting advertising for One In Jesus. Hit counts are up for 2009 and I could actually generate some cash. I’ve already decided that my share will go to some worthy cause. I started the blog with no commercial designs, and if God blesses my writing with an audience, God should get the increase.
But I see pros and cons.
It’s tempting to take essentially free money from advertisers and give the profit to God. And it would be nice to offset some of the costs, although this really isn’t an expensive proposition.
Posting advertising could make the site look commercial and create cynicism among some readers.
Advertising could create a conflict of interest. If I accept ads from Zondervan or 21st Century Christian, I might be tempted not to bite the hand that feeds.
Although the ad services promise the ability to limit ads to family friendly fare, something tasteless or salacious might slip through.
And so …
And so I solicit your opinions — to advertise or not?