ok, I decided to try something: I clicked the box that asked me if I wanted to monetize the blog, which essentially means that ads will appear. I'm trying this as an experiment, so I'll wait and see what happens. It's my curiosity that's driving this -- I want to see what sort of ads appear (I do this with gmail too; I like to see what google decides is relevant content based on the emails. Sometimes the ads are surprisingly relevant, and other times their irrelevance is just plain funny.) Apologies to anyone offended by this mercenary turn; if it turns out to be offensive or just plain pointless I'll abandon the experiment.
Within seconds of sign up two ads appeared: one for blogger.com -- fine, relevant. The other is for an organization that offers micro-financing -- ok, I support that. Let's see what happens next.
Comments welcome, as always.