I had met a representative from a company that does monetizing at BlogHer and had the link she had sent me. When I went to the link I realized what's being proposed is a lot more serious than my little blog. They asked for three business references and my W9 tax form. This may work later in my blogging life, but not at this time. I then turned to Google AdSense. I was approved immediately and clicked the check off to add ads to my sidebar. Voila! I was now in business.
I hit preview and saw my first two ads at the top of my sidebar. One was for a political candidate and one was for an organization that wasn't one I would choose. Nothing wrong with either, but I have worked hard to keep Buttercupland open to all, with no partisanship. There are enough places to discuss one's political opinions and this is not the place. I clicked and reclicked and the ads disappeared. My dreams of turning Buttercupland to Businessland also disappeared for now. I'd love input from anyone who is monetizing about their experience and also from those who have chosen not to.