If only slightly. The L.A. Daily Mirror is now ad-free.
I was nearly out of storage space anyway, so I decided to upgrade my plan. Which means there’s more space for images and — as a plus — no more advertising on the site. I discontinued the initial level of ads because they were obnoxious and generating complaints. Some ads remained (they were particularly odious if you were reading the blog on a mobile), but any revenue was going to WordPress. I didn’t get a penny of it.
With the new upgrade, the site is commercial-free. I don’t have anything against ads, per se, but I had had no say in the ads or their placement. Nuts to that.