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I apologize for no post today.  Central Vermont had a wet and heavy snow storm and the  power went out for two days. I just got it back – regular posts will resume Friday.

It has been brought to my attention that WordPress has added advertisements to my posts for the past several weeks (without my knowledge).  This is something a blog writer and their readers must tolerate if one chooses to have the type of WordPress blog that I have. (I am currently looking into different options.) I have no idea what ads are put on my blog, nor do I receive any compensation for having them there.  I am sorry you have to put up with them, and I thank you very much for tolerating them. Hopefully I will find an alternative way to bring you Naturally Curious posts minus ads! (Photo:  how I amused myself with during the storm.)

38 responses

  1. goingoverjordon

    One wonders how they can get away with this kind of thing…. it looks like it is coming to you. I guess it is going to WordPress…. Yuk!

    But don’t stop the posting what ever you do!

    Katharine M. Preston

    Ecology Ministry Wild Orchard Farm 247 Christian Road Essex, NY 12936 518-963-8966


    November 28, 2018 at 8:27 pm

  2. Helen Searle

    Yes, I have always wondered as much.. Helen Woodward Searle

    November 28, 2018 at 8:29 pm

  3. Janice Vien

    Love this picture!


    November 28, 2018 at 8:30 pm

  4. It looks as if, for $4/month, you can be ad-free.

    November 28, 2018 at 8:31 pm

  5. Dede & Ken Heath

    I had thought that the ads were due to our not contributing enough. But it’s easy enough to overlook them. Please don’t fret about them, Mary. Or we loyal readers can just pick up the $4/month. ~ Dede Heath

    November 28, 2018 at 8:41 pm

  6. Interesting detail on how wordpress blogs work. Love the snow-dog!

    November 28, 2018 at 8:43 pm

  7. tswanick

    I am willing to donate to help you remove the ads! (-:


    November 28, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    • Thank you so much! I just arranged to have a plan that should have no ads!

      November 29, 2018 at 4:46 pm

  8. Martha


    I was puzzled by your mention of bothersome ads, and wondered if I was just so blind that I didn’t notice them or if they weren’t really there on my computer.  So I went to a recent one and saw no ads. My email, Thunderbird, is set up to give me this message, “To protect your privacy, Thunderbird has blocked remote content in this message.”  I can select that I want to see remote content by clicking on the Preferences button and clicking “Show Remote Content in this Message”.  Then I saw the ads.

    I don’t know how to tell your blog readers to use this method to avoid the ads, but perhaps someone more electronics-literate can decipher if this would work for others.  My husband runs Linux on our computers and keeps things running the way he’s happy with them, which works for me.


    November 28, 2018 at 8:47 pm

  9. Rema Boscov

    Terrific snow dog!


    November 28, 2018 at 8:48 pm

  10. Sue Makowiecki

    I don’t mind seeing the ads at the end of your posts, it’s a small price to pay for the wonderful and informative articles you provide us all! Thank you for always doing such a peunominal job! I learn so much reading your blogs and your books! Love it!

    November 28, 2018 at 8:58 pm

  11. Thea Lahti

    💕 For Greta & her Snow Dog.

    November 28, 2018 at 9:06 pm

  12. Dawn

    I actually don’t mind the ads. I know you don’t choose them or endorse them, and they’re not that big a deal to me. Love the snowdog, and Greta. Is Greta from Chucklebrook?? My girl Molly (chocolate) is from Chucklebrook lines but came from another breeder. 🙂

    November 28, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    • Hi Dawn,
      Yes, Greta is from Chucklebrook. A breeding dog that had a C-section with each of her litters (2) so they decided not to breed her any more and I was the lucky person who walked in the door at the right time! How on earth did you know???

      November 29, 2018 at 2:42 pm

  13. I haven’t received any ads yet

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

    November 28, 2018 at 9:17 pm

  14. Don’t worry about it, I know you have no control over that.

    November 28, 2018 at 9:19 pm

  15. I have noticed the adds, but I can easily ignore them. Not a problem for me. The ads will not lure me to buy whatever they are hoping I will.

    November 28, 2018 at 9:28 pm

  16. TAMMY

    I love the posts, especially LOVE this one and skip the ads so no problem.
    Keep up the great work.

    November 28, 2018 at 10:12 pm

  17. Kate

    The tone of the ads is completely antithetical to the brilliance and delight of your blog, Mary. Things like hair regrowing products and faux ‘medical’ advice. That said, I can ignore them. And THAT said, I hope you can find a new way to post Naturally Curious that is ad-less. Cheers, Kate

    November 28, 2018 at 10:29 pm

  18. Alice Pratt

    Greta has such a sweet face ❤️. Her Snow Dog looks so cute! I don’t pay much attention to the ads. Glad your power is back. Power outages are very annoying, especially for those who don’t have gas to cook on, loss of food in the fridge/freezer, no heat, no hot water, burst pipes.

    November 29, 2018 at 6:29 am

  19. Carolyn Parrott

    Mary–I didn’t even notice them till you pointed them out. That’s how oblivious I am and intent on reading your blog that I’ve shared with many friends and relatives. I adore it and wish I weren’t a senior on fixed income and could give you lotsa money.

    November 29, 2018 at 7:12 am

  20. I’d suggest upgrading, i.e. pay $$, to eliminate them. To me it is just another reminder of how much commercialism now rules and the fact that some of your readers did not notice them is pretty horrifying to me. Your writing, including when you have nothing to share except this gorgeous dog, is still brilliant and deserves to be seen in its full, unadulterated glory. Count on me to chip in for no ads!

    November 29, 2018 at 7:19 am

  21. Lin Peyton

    Mary! I am so thrilled to get your posts!! No apologies for missing a day or two even if just for a break for you rather than an outage.
    Yes, there are adds, but your posts come through…
    IF you decide to pay more to remove those adds, PLEASE put that cost on us!!

    Loved your snow dog!

    November 29, 2018 at 8:35 am

  22. Keep doing what you do, Mary. We all enjoy it more than you can know.

    November 29, 2018 at 8:41 am

  23. Bill on the hill

    No question about it Mary, they are annoying! I simply X them out, until another one appears that is…. It is a constant reminder of the over commercialization in our daily lives, sadly…
    As the majority of your readers have already stated, it has no bearing on the quality of your posting one bit in the least as I wait with bated breath for that next post!
    Bill Farr… 🙂

    November 29, 2018 at 9:07 am

  24. Jane R Marshall

    Mary, your dog is so great; must be a very special friend. Regarding the ads: I always just ignore them. Must be a nuisance for you.

    November 29, 2018 at 9:18 am

  25. Mary H. Leahy

    Dear Mary Holland,

    I am an ardent fan of your wonderful posts—looking forward to them always and learning so much from them. They are an ongoing gift which I appreciate beyond anything I can adequately describe. While I don’t love the ads that have recently appeared with your posts, I’m certainly willing to put up with them as an easily ignorable “cost” of your gift. My wish, though, is that you receive compensation for these things. I’m horrified to learn that you don’t! At any rate, Naturally Curious is a gift I give extra thanks for every day throughout the year, not just during this Thanksgiving season!!!

    November 29, 2018 at 9:20 am

  26. H. Griffin

    Mary – judging from the reaction so far, no one cares about the stupid ads. We just want YOU! Annoying that you have to worry about it. You are THE BEST!

    November 29, 2018 at 9:41 am

  27. Ruth Gross

    Mary, Thanks for keeping us informed – beautiful Vermont, your “friend” does not seem to mind the weather🤗 –

    Sent from my iPad


    November 29, 2018 at 10:20 am

  28. Not sure what Bothersome Ads mean? But Greta is absolutely beautiful! And whoever made her snow dog, did a great job! 🙂 ❤

    November 29, 2018 at 11:28 am

  29. Melinda

    I was surprised when the ads started appearing and disappointed in WordPress. But that’s the new game – paying to be free of ads. Sadly they’ve made it worth every penny. There are many, many of us who would “sponsor” a month or two so that your posts can provide us with your exquisite photographs and perfectly tuned and informative words. Love seeing the off-day posts due, especially Greta and the Snow Dog. Take good care. mu

    November 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm

  30. Brenda. Skillin

    What a beautiful lab! Not a bad snow sculpture either!

    Sent from my iPad


    November 29, 2018 at 1:16 pm

  31. Susie Peters

    I was wondering about them, but I only let your blog scroll down so far (above where the ads start) so I fool them! :-))) Love your Greta snowdog!

    On Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 8:22 PM Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: ” I apologize for no post today. Central Vermont had > a wet and heavy snow storm and the power went out for two days. I just got > it back – regular posts will resume Friday. It has been brought to my > attention that WordPress has added advertisements to m” >

    November 29, 2018 at 2:26 pm

  32. Guy Stoye

    Love Greta and her snow dog. Would be a very sad world without animals!

    November 29, 2018 at 3:48 pm

  33. Bridgit

    Mary, it’s easy to ignore the ads. I did not find it to be a problem.

    November 29, 2018 at 10:57 pm

  34. Parks Rountrey

    The adds are typical junk. Nothing special, or political.

    November 30, 2018 at 11:13 am

  35. Rita Pitkin

    I don’t see ads, don’t know why. But I do know anyone regularly using the Internet is probably used to ignoring ads anyway. Thanks Mary. Nice dogs!

    November 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm

  36. Laura

    My 7 year old iPad has no ads. Must be to old too support them.

    November 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

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