Every once in a while, someone asks if we pay contributors — the person assumes we are making money from the ads that run under some posts. First off, wordpress.com runs these ads (and keeps all the revenue) to defray the cost of hosting free sites, such as ours. If a blogger wishes to remove the ads, it costs about $75 per year. To end this controversy, I have paid the fee — so, voila, the ads are gone (at least until next August).

Second of all, we feel that we “pay” contributors by offering them the opportunity to promote their work — their websites, publications, and books — to our nearly 10,000 followers (and 800,000 site visits).

Hope everyone enjoys our ad-free site!

IMAGE: “Zero dollars” (detail) by Keith Haring.