A note about the advertising …

… Dear readers, please know that I have NOT converted to Mormonism. That was not the “conversion” Patheos had in mind when they did the revamp.

It’s all very complicated and I am learning about it myself, but please know that by simply reading my blog you are not supporting the Mormon Church any more than you are supporting the other hundreds of ads on the many sites you visit everyday.

Do you want to know who you support by visiting here – me. More specifically, the very expensive Catholic education that my son will be receiving starting next year. Your clicks here transfer into very real paychecks to me that are in turn used to fund a Catholic education.

Those who have followed me for many years know how I’ve wanted to send my son to parochial school and I have done several posts lamenting the absurdity of a Catholic education being out of reach to many Catholic families. The opportunity to get paid for writing and earn extra income for my family is something I have fervently prayed about for a very very long time. This was an answered prayer.

I’m sure it’s easy to think of me as another monkey banging on the keyboard in some huge bloglomerate but I am indeed a very real person with a very real child to feed, clothe, and educate. If you like the content and commentary offered here support that, not the ads.

It’s really simple, folks – if you don’t like the ads don’t click on them.

I’m not entirely sure how the ads work. Some of it has to do with pay per click advertising, in which case Mormons pay Patheos if you click on their ads. Then Patheos pays Catholics like me. So really, Mormons are supporting Catholic blogging. Or am I getting paid by Mormons? I’m not really sure. Whatever… I get the money when you read my blog, not the Mormon church. So be at ease. It’s not even a confessable offense.

Next you have the automatically generated Google ads. Neither I nor Patheos have any control over these ads. The Google ads appear based on YOUR internet activity and the subject matter on this blog. Example: Google picks up certain keywords from the text and determines that readers of this blog must be in need of bat guano fertilizer since I used the phrase “bat shit crazy”.

I have just used the words “Mormon” and “Mormon Church” five times in this one post. What do you think the result will be? No. Not the apocalypse. Just annoying Mormon ads that you can choose to ignore because you like me that much to tolerate a minor annoyance. And that’s all it really is, a minor annoyance. First world problems, people. A little perspective please.

And a final note about Google ads… I do not see the same ads you do. Complaining about them is fruitless and reveals to me your internet search habits. Google chooses the ads you see based on your internet activity. So remember that next time you Google “Ryan Gosling sex tape”.

Thank you all for your continued support.

About Katrina Fernandez

Mackerel Snapping Papist

  • http://www.clan-donaldson.com/ Cari

    You crack me up.  I value humor and orthodoxy.  Your writing is a commodity that I have no problem supporting via ads on the blog.
    A McDonalds commercial is the google content generated ad I’ve got right now.  Which is weird, since I don’t remember ever typing the words “McDonalds” into my computer.  Ever.

    But hey!  Maybe since my last name is “Donaldson” Google just thinks I’m a bad speller…?

  • MeanLizzie

    I had someone complain to me about an ad that had something to do with orgies. I never saw it, but I did wonder where my reader had been online. And of course, now you have the word “orgies” in your site. Oh, geez….

  • Anonymous

    LarryD has some interesting things to say about patheos:


    • Anon

      And now it is cemented, I will never visit patheos again. Thanks for the link…. hope this gives the Catholic bloggers here something to think about.

      • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

        Not really. 

        I wish you well. 

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      He makes one valid point. The rest is inaccurate. But you can continue to believe you are supporting Mormons by reading me or you can like what you read here and continue to support my content. 

      Either way I wish you well. 

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      “We have spent so much time carving out our own little world of Christian-specific music, films, entertainment, and books that we have deemed the outside versions leprous. Keeping our distance with some media is, of course, essential.However, lest we forget, this “secular” world evolved this way by entertaining, enlightening, compelling, and talking their way into a takeover of the media. How can we expect to influence it if we hold the not-with-a-ten-foot-pole standard of interacting with ‘Hollywood?’”

  • Sug

    I don’t understand, these ads are nothing new! The Mormon church ads are all over the internet on any and all websites with religious content. I am actually surprised by how little ads show up on the blogs here at Patheos. Most sites nowadays have the sidebars filled with ads completely unaffiliated with the content. (I was actually visiting a blog the other day about healthy non-processed recipes and there was an ad for Mcdonalds! lol) I’m so sorry someone has actually decided not to visit your blog because of this. I hate to break it to them, but if they are offended by the ads they better stop using the internet entirely. I love your blog, I am a recent revert to the Catholic faith, and I can say without a doubt that reading the viewpoints and opinions of other young Catholics have helped me to understand some of the positions of the Church that had initially held me back. Although you may be losing a few readers, you are definitely winning Souls for Christ! Keep up the great writing, and I pray that you will be able to give your little boy the Catholic education he needs! 

  • http://shovedtothem.blogspot.com/ Rebecca @ Shoved to Them

    really simple, folks – if you don’t like the ads don’t click on them.”
    That sounds vaguely familiar, something terribly similar to people who
    say “It’s really simple, folks – if you don’t like an abortion don’t
    have one.” Not that I am in any way comparing the two situations, only
    the statements. Both seem to be admissions that something is wrong
    and/or distasteful but that the writer has decided to overlook that
    inconvenient fact and so the reader should, too. It’s a convenient way of skirting around an unpleasant situation.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      I am not admitting that having ads is wrong. The internet is not free. Some one pays to host a site. Ads are everywhere. Goodness.  

      I suppose all those against internet ads plan on giving up the internet. :/

      So what… Catholics cannot write for newspapers unless they can control all the advertising and the editorial content?

  • lethargic

    I don’t see the targeted ads — yay!  I use Do Not Track Plus, which I saw recommended by VodkaPundit of PJ Media, and it stops those kinds of ads by interrupting the tracking process in some arcane way.  It’s Free!  It also speeds up my browser loading by a considerable amount.  There, solved the problem for the scrupulous among us!

  • Kimberly_whelan

    So happy that you are able to send your son to Catholic School.  I’m sorry that it is has been out of reach so far.  I will click away.  I see the Mormom ad today… but I have also seen the shoes I’ve looked at at Zappos and the blazer at Coldcreek. :)  So I figure it isn’t under your control.

    Just so I understand… do I have to click on a sponsor for you to get paid… or just read your very informative, entertaining blog?

    God Bless!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      No. you don’t have to click on the ads. My pay is per pageview. 

  • Leeny

    Goodness, people, can we say scrupulosity? What are you doing on the internet then? Sheesh. I support The Crescat, Mormon ads and all. lol!

  • Tcn

    Good heavens, Kat, did you tell the school you are broke? Most will pay for genuine need. Your son should NOT be denied. We carry about 14% of our enrollees. Nobody ever gets told no at our school.

  • tj.nelson

    I consider the Catholic blogs on Patheos to be a good Roman Catholic presence in the midst of a small marketplace.  People who write for newspapers and periodicals have no control over the ads.  Fr. Z constantly tells people he has no control over the ads on his site – and no one has any problem.  There is nothing wrong with being paid to blog or asking for donations.  Catholics are not prohibited from speaking in a public forum, be it online, in the congress, or on some soapbox in Boston Commons.

    God bless you Kat, and all the Catholic bloggers at Patheos.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      Thank you Terry. I appreciate that. I really do. 

  • http://www.gadel.info/ GADEL

    Great reminder and keep writing. God bless.