I’ve been contemplating my spankin’ fresh new design and how pretty and uncluttered it is (feel free to tell me you disagree, I like conflict). I’ve also been considering Chris Garrett’s thoughts on "adsense vs sticky" blogs.
As I said in my comment on Chris’s article, I don’t think it’s good to have a blog written simply for the adsense revenue. Adsense originally was a great idea because it could give people the opportunity to make money from their passion – writing. But, I think it’s been lost in the shuffle. Now, it’s “I can make money just by writing? Cool!”. That’s a bad idea.
I must refer back to the waterbook project and it’s trouble finding a revenue model that wasn’t advertising. I think as bloggers, we need to find the same thing (if we’re concerned with monetizing our efforts at all). There’s a part of me who doesn’t care to monetize this. And there’s another part of me that thinks “hey, if it can be done, it should be.”
So, here’s my dillema. I have about $50 in adsense money sitting in my account. If I don’t put adsense back on this site, I will lose that cash. If I do, I lose the prettiness of the new design. (The last option I’ve thought of is put it back on until I reach the amount it takes for them to send me a check, then remove it.)
What do you think I should do? I’d love your feedback.