Thank you all for your encouragement to not forfeit the $300 from Google AdSense. I took all your advice and opened a separate bank account just for this purpose (my particular thanks to reader Casey who recommended the online bank Ally.com).
I wrote yesterday's blog post in a moment of frustration with Google. I'm getting more and more tired of their We-Rule-the-World attitude... not to mention that so many people consider Google to be the "fifth branch of government." I had no idea, when I started this blog so many years ago, that Google would prove to be such a pervasive/invasive force.
Don't get me wrong -- I love Blogger. It's Google I dislike. Kind of how you can love a child but hate his parents.
While I've flirted with the idea for quite awhile, I've made up my mind to migrate Rural Revolution to another blogging platform in the near future. Many people have recommended WordPress, but I can't have advertisers on that platform. While I don't allow a lot of ads on my blog, I'd like to keep the option open.
Right now I'm exploring Typepad and so far I like what I see.
I need to find out how difficult it will be to migrate between the two platforms. Be assured I will keep everyone posted!