Many of you clicked on Pet News and Views this morning and found that the post didn’t open. My apologies. I signed up with a company to run pet care videos. Each one had a 20 second ad for a car or other product. When I set up the post, the ad in the video was for a car. However, this morning it was a political ad–actually for a candidate that I support. However, I couldn’t run it.
Those of you who know me know my political slant. I don’t keep it a secret. So while this post had a political ad with a politician that I am going to vote for, I had to take it down. What if the ad was for the opposition? I would have been livid. I just believe that political and religious ads should not be on a blog about pets and wildlife.
I mentioned religious ads because I did see a few pet videos with ads promoting religious groups. Personally, if you believe in your faith, that is great. I just freeze when I’m preached at. I think religion is a personal choice that you share with your family and friends–not on a pet blog.
And while, I’m ranting here, I also want to say that I don’t like reading posts that shamelessly promote products without disclosing that the blogger was paid. It is deceptive. I am surprised at the number of “guest” posts I get with links to products or commercial business sites. If a person is being paid to write about a product, that person should disclose he is getting paid.
I’ve run advertorials with disclosures. I also have ads on my site, which you can see on the sidebars. I love accepting advertising, but I have turned down ads if I don’t like the product. Okay, end of rant. Thank you for sticking with me.