While everyone was off on vacation last week, I was busy behind the scenes doing scut work on my websites. I rebuilt the Valiant Chicken site, added HTTPS, stripped out a dozen plugins I didn't need, and pinned down an intermittent bug that had been bothering me for months.
And most importantly, I finally followed through on something I have been wanting to do for years and years now.
I have removed the last ads from The Digital Reader website. This is now an ad-free site funded solely by donations, affiliate fees, and the services I provide to authors.
I have completed the transition I started two years ago when I announced the pivot. I have gone from being a news blogger driven by ad revenues to one who blogs in support of his day job.
And I have to tell you, it feels great. For years and years I've hated having ads; they're ugly, they slowed down my site, and they are a blight on the browsing experience. But at the same time there wasn't another good option for funding the blog that required so little work.
But now that I am working on the side, I don't need them any more.
I do need your support, though. If you like what I write here, please consider making a donation, or supporting the blog in other ways, perhaps by recommending my services.
Thanks for reading, and have a happy new year!