So yes, I am attempting to make this little blog earn its keep. I'm ambivalent about monetizing my blog and I have no intention of becoming one of those bloggers who is always shilling something. On the other hand, when I write so much about books, a passive banner to a book seller seems innocuous, and if a reader wants to stock up on tights or shampoo or empty spice jars, who am I to stop them? It is foolish to have a potential source of income and not exploit it.
But all this is moot because I can't get the banner to appear and I'm probably going about the monetizing business in a stupid way. So tell me, blogger users, if you have an ad banner or widget in your blog, is there some trick to making it visible? I suspect the issue may be with Amazon, not with blogger, because it will never load a preview for me. Or maybe it is my browser? *
*It IS my browser, because now, in Firefox, I can see them (one at the very bottom of the page, although not in the "banner" form, and a widget on the side). I apologize for their unprofessional appearance. Clearly I have some adjusting to do. What the hell, Safari?