I've hosted Google Ads on this website for over 10 years, but I've decided to remove them. I realized that having the ads, and wanting to maximize the amount of revenue they could generate, was keeping me from writing as much I'd like. With the ads, I felt that I had to be careful not to jeopardize a revenue stream. I would agonize over what topics I should cover, the kinds of things I wanted to say, and how I should say them... the end result being that not writing anything became the norm. Well, that's all ended now.
I removed Google Adsense code from my website templates yesterday, and I already feel less restrained, as if some big-ass chains holding back my brain have been removed. I can say what I want, when I want, and however I want to say it. In truth, I had that capability even with the ads, but the metaphorical chains they wrapped around my brain were all too effective at keeping me away from the keyboard... but not anymore. Freedom!
Thank you, Google AdSense, for all the years we shared... but I have to let you go now. I didn't like who I was with you in my life, and I think it's better for both of us this way. It's not you, it's me. Blah blah. Good bye!