“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”
Proverbs 4:23 New International Version
Anybody ever pin you with an “or else”? What a strange little word, else. It can either mean a vague way to refer to an additional person, place, or thing, or be used as a threat. The above verse can imply both meanings if one meditates on it a while.
This blog’s purpose is not to pick apart Bible verses and lay out a sermon, so do not look for a lacquered pew and start doodling on a visitor’s card. A preacher I am not. Rather, I am looking for some help.
Recently I used my “smart” phone to access the comment portion of a post on my blog. It was a thought provoking (I thought anyway) piece and I wanted to acknowledge someone’s visit and comment on their thought therein. In the lower part of the screen an advertisement popped up about a subject not even remotely related to the post. It was a fart app ad. Yes, I wrote fart. Yes, I see you grin. (I am pushing 51 and I still find noises coming out of our cabooses odd. I often laugh right along like I was still in Mrs. Lambert’s boring English class in seventh grade when Karen simultaneously sneezed and passed gas. “Passed gas.” Who came up with that phrase anyhow? Here is a phrase you never hear at the dinner table…”Please pass the gas.”) What was I writing about? Oh, when I saw the advertisement my heart sank.
Then last night my wife told me that when she accessed my blog with her phone, explicit advertisements popped up. This is not why I write or share my thoughts. It seems to be happening only when accessed from a phone. Please accept my apologies for this uninvited visual attack if this has happened to you. For years and years I have heard my wife tell the kids when they spent the night at a friend’s, or were invited to a party, “guard your heart.”
I am looking into this situation. I will be checking my phone security levels and such and the security level of this blog. Will you do me a favor and please let me know if this has happened to you. Bloggers, any clue? Any suggestions as to why this might be happening? I certainly don’t want to contribute to the myriad of “else’s” that we contend with everyday in this overstuffed information culture. Our hearts are worth guarding so we can offer pure wellspring life to those around us.
I am sorry.
The way I access your blog brings up NO images or advertising at all. I know this is not much help but any and all information is useful for something, right? John
I am notified of your post via email (no ads in that) and then click the link to read directly from your blog using my computer (no ads there, either — unless you count the tag line at the bottom of the page that says “Blog at WordPress.com. Theme: Freshy by Jide”).
I’ve heard that the free accounts on WordPress do contain ads, but if you pay an annual subscription fee, the ads are removed.
For what it’s worth, I’ve never noticed any ads on my free WordPress account either, but now I’m wondering what others are seeing.
Thank you Peter and John!