>I may also want ads or some kind of money eventually if it gets any traffic too.
It's very much impossible nowadays to make money from ads, especially through an amateur blog. Most advertising happens on social media, this is in part reason of the recent journalist layoffs from digital publishers.
Also the overlap between people who use adblocker and people who still read rando blogs is quite substantial.
Most people who actually write GOOD blogs AND monetize those (most don't) either sell something or offer a subscription service, they don't even bother with running ads. But nobody except for maybe some very popular influencers, for whom the blog is just another channel next to social media, youtube, etc., makes any substantial amount from blogging. I'd be hard pressed to think of any blog that actually still runs ads, except for maybe https://slatestarcodex.com/
who runs a selection of static ads from companies that are actually related to the readers' interests.
>just posting random thoughts and criticisms on various things including media like film and vidya, politics, science, and possibly religion
Who'd want to read this? Where's the value here? Successful bloggers usually have some unique expertise that they are able to leverage into interesting articles.
>Most of the public shithole platforms like FB are not remotely, and I have never had the slightest interest in Twit so I don't even pay attention to that IQ89 craphole.
If you dismiss social media you can forget about getting any readers ever