I’ve decided against banners at the bottom and switched to automated contextual links, but for a while there it was hard to differentiate between ads to sites I was recommending and the automated ads. Which could be annoying if you were expecting something else. Sorry about that.
I’ve fixed it so that the automated ad links display in a different color and show a little disclaimer when you mouse over them, stating that they are an ad. Again, they’re not making me rich or anything, and I hate to defile my little blog with advertisements, but every little ‘extra’ bit is a huge blessing for us as I’m going back to school full time & supporting my family alone. Thanks for understanding!