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I've begun to see that more people are visiting my website, and have started to consider placing some advertising upon it.

The impulse is conflictive.

I don't like advertising. I do not respond to it. I'm not a big consumer; so goods and services offered are not highly tempting to me. Well, I'm poor too — a fact reminding me why I'm conflicted in favor of the idea.

I don't think advertising is harmless. Some people are susceptible to psychological methods of sale. I don't like that and don't want to foist that upon anybody — nor, of course, to afflict my material with its distraction. Ah, but the world is not virgin-pure, is it?

As I write this, I know I must go to work in the morning. (I'm doing washup at Kyteler's Inn, Kilkenny Ireland.) I have to work. That compromises me — in the time I must spend there, in the words I must swallow to get on with a boss who can replace me momentarily; and for the indelible fact that I just don't like working for other people. I never have. The fruits of my labor I give to petty robbers who set payment at the minimum trickle they can succeed in paying — to me or to somebody else. Their loyalty to me is that they will probably pay me on time, and will probably employ me next week.

I don't feel sorry for myself. Many people share this fate. I just find it distasteful and repulsive, and — maybe — unnecessary.

My point. My point is that I compromise my integrity now. I compromise the power of my will, and the time that is my life. It's not that I think I'm better than humble work; far from it. If humble work were afforded the respect it deserves, I'd probably not seek alternative. But I do; I seek alternative.

If I can get paid to write, I can write more. Maybe nobody else thinks that's a good idea. But I don't care what anybody else thinks. It's what I want to do.

Placing advertisement on these pages may be the only way to get paid for the work I want to do. I'm considering it.

  — Autumn 2002

• Note: In the Autumn of 2009, I've moved my website and am starting to experiment with discreet text advertisements.
• In April of 2012, I have earned €2.28 by placing a few small text adds.