Hi, I’ve had reports of a suspicious pop-up style advert appearing when accessing this site using a phone.
It looks like other WordPress sites are having a similar issue:
There is an older report on the same forum that sounds very similar: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/spam-ads-showing-on-iphone-from-my-website?replies=5#post-2962624
The advice there was:
‘These ads specifically are likely caused by adware running in the Safari browser. Google “iOS pop ups” and you’ll find many reports of this happening on a variety of websites, not just WordPress.com. Ads like this have been showing up on iOS since at least 2014 from what I can find, but it appears to be on the increase in the past few weeks.
Set your device to airplane mode and force-quit Safari. Restart Safari and completely clear the browser cache and history. Then disable airplane mode. Based on the articles I could find about this issue, that should stop the pop-ups from appearing.’
More generally, if there are legitimate but problematic adverts showing on the blog then, unfortunately, I don’t have control over them. The site is a free site hosted by WordPress and they decide what adverts get shown to who and I won’t necessarily see the adverts you see.
There are complex ethical questions about using adblockers in terms of free internet services, late-stage capitalism and the tragedy of the commons but none of the ad-revenue of any ad that gets put here goes via me or to me, so don’t feel guilty about any impact on me personally if you use an ad-blocker.
In other news, the Grammarly add-in is working again so expect fewer typos and more commas!