Apr 07 2007
In my post, Is There A Blogging Backlash, HMTKSteve left the comment: “I like making money from my blog! That said I do not blog to make money, I make money by blogging. I think that makes all the difference in the world.”
I can see how it makes a difference to the blogger – if you’re not blogging for bucks, you are free to write for yourself and not to write in ways that earn money.
What about the reader? Do the readers care whether or not you are writing for yourself or writing to make money?
I am turned off by blogs that seem to be purely money-driven. I don’t mind if a blogger is making money but what I want to feel is that the writer is honest, that his opinion is not influenced by money.
I want to connect to a blogger and I notice that my favorite blogs seldom refer to money, increasing traffic or asking for links.
I have blogs that I consider “friends” and blogs that I consider “business.” With blogs as in real life, I seldom mix friendship with business.
I will do my best to support a friend. They don’t have to be perfect; I’ll be there for them.
If a business isn’t providing the service I require, I’ll go elsewhere.
Some quotes about friendship, money and happiness:
Jane Austen: “Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Marian Wright Edelman: “Never work just for money or for power. They won’t save your soul or help you sleep at night.”
What about you? How do you feel about blogging for bucks?
Do you think it affects/has affected your writing?
As a reader, what are your feelings about blogging for bucks?