Dear Mr. Google,
So. I happen to have your ads on my site. Now, we both know that isn't because I'm looking for monetary gain. If I were to depend on y'all as a source of income, I'd die of starvation within seconds. The literal pennies that I earn from having those things over there aren't even enough to buy a pack of gum once per month.
It's not about the money.
Rather, it's about the entertainment value.
You see, that whole context sensitive thing? Makes really hysterical things happen. Like, if I write about dogs with foot fetishes, I'll get ads that in someone's approximation have something to do with dogs with foot fetishes. I happen to enjoy watching the ads change depending on what I've written. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's helpful (I found some fantabulous sites for swingsets when I wrote about them--too bad I decided we should buy a playhouse instead of the slide and swing), sometimes they are just plain dumb.
This one was none of the above.
Oh, I'm sorry. Can you not see the problem? Does this help?
An ad for baby caskets. Right next to my baby. With the words "Buy now!"
Not cool, Google. Not cool.
Now, I found the words that triggered that horrible, awful ad. When I wrote about the stairs of death and mentioned my kid in the same paragraph, your context sensitive joogly woogly stuff got all busy matching words together and decided it made sense to toss up an ad for baby caskets.
It is absolutely, positively NEVER OK to put an ad for child caskets on a mommy blogger site.
If I were in the market for such a thing? THIS is not where I'd go looking for it. If I had ever had the absolute horror of having to buy one in the past? I'd be REALLY pissed to find a reminder on THIS site. Seeing that ad was like a swift kick in the gut, and my kid is happy and healthy.
Now, I've blocked that ad. If you cross the line from funny and/or helpful over to TERRIBLY WRONG and bad taste again? I'm deleting your widget. Instantly.
You can keep the pennies and go buy yourself a pack of gum.
The Woman Who Has Been Pissed about that Damn Ad for Days Now
Company who paid for that ad--Really? REALLY? You are spending money to have a Google ad? Does that seriously make sense to you? Look, all you need to do is have a website. Unfortunately, there is a need for that which you do, and people will find you when they need you. Don't go wasting money on ads. It's stupid. And offensive. Oh, and the use of the exclamation marks and happy tone? Makes me want to puke on your face.
Monday, August 17
Dear Mr. Google,