Wow. Almost the fourth daily post in a row. I can predict this because I’ve been pre-composing these last few posts and “scheduling” them to be posted at certain dates and times (don’t peek behind the curtain … or at least be polite enough to ignore what you find).
My father helpfully commented on my blog post a few days ago to let me know what ads were no longer displaying on the site. The feeble $43 that this effort had generated so far was no longer increasing and my nefarious plan for world domination was being spoiled. I would seem that at some point the bright lights at google had changed something or turned something on or off or … I dunno… some magic gumbo that caused whatever magic smoke to escape — and ads were no longer configured for my site. Sigh.
I can freely admit that I didn’t look at this for a day or so. Magic smoke episodes … especially those involving moderately complex systems tend to lead the chief magician in charge of repair down one rabbit hole after another until the night sky starts to pinken and he realizes that yet another night has passed without the comfort of bed.
Little “simple” things like this can require all manner of incantations to correct from the simple and sublime to the furious and complex. Something as simple as copying new ad code into the right boxes or something as complex as updating software versions (which leads to other amazingly interrelated failures of otherwise unrelated systems — and literally “digs” a deeper rabbit hole).
Luckily this incident appears to be the former (modulo the reconfiguring of google ads for me and my site). I took this as a chance to refresh the ads configuration while I was poking it. The ad injection “thingie” that my WordPress uses allows me to inject ads between paragraphs on (in my case) pages other than the home page. Click on some other article to see the effect — they should appear in different places from time-to-time. The ads down the right of the page are static (that is… different ads, but the size and shape are static).
The thinking behind this extra placement (between the paragraphs) is that people who “follow” my blog see the unadulterated front page but people who enter my blog from search engines (looking for car repair hints or just general brilliance) get a few more ad hits. I don’t know if this works, but it seems to be a popular configuration.
Hopefully this fixes the problem for a moderate amount of time. Sigh.