Apr 07 2007

Do Readers Care If You’re Blogging For Bucks? Do You Care?

Published by MsQ at 10:33 pm under Blogging

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?

13 responses so far

13 Responses to “Do Readers Care If You’re Blogging For Bucks? Do You Care?”

  1. Ricardoon 08 Apr 2007 at 12:09 am

    I’ve seen all of those make money for blog posting offers but all of them require you to paint the subject under scrutiny in a positive light. So you really can’t get an honest answer from these people. They also don’t require the blogger to disclose that they are being paid. So it gets even more dodgy from there.

    I’m all for plugging blogs that I like or something that I really enjoyed but once money gets into the picture you’re a bit handcuffed. I’d feel muzzled.

  2. MsQon 08 Apr 2007 at 12:45 am

    Ricardo: I can’t see blogging for money with respect to a positive review on some product. I would feel handcuffed as well. I would think there would be a conflict of interest.

    I wouldn’t mind getting paid for writing articles but I haven’t started investigating that yet. I’d like to write for a living and I started this blog because I finally acknowledged that I am a writer. I also started this blog to find out if I had it in me to write!

    My guess is that being paid to write content for other sites is similar to that of writing for magazines. Not that I know much about writing for magazines!

    You mentioned screen-writing as well as writers’ tips – sounds like you have a great deal of writing experience! I just started reading your blog so don’t know your history as yet. I do recall your mentioning a screenplay in a post.

  3. HMTKSteveon 08 Apr 2007 at 7:08 am

    I only write about things that honestly interest me. Now, if someone said, “here’s a million dollars, write about me in a positive light” I would probably take the offer, unless it was something very far afield of my views.

    Even when I did dabble in the Pay-Per-Post world I only picked jobs that interested me.

    Now, I’ve stopped doing the Pay-Per-Post posting and I’ve also cut back on my daily blogging as well.

    What I am finding is that due to the popular nature of the things I do choose to blog about I get more than 50% of my visits from search engine traffic rather than regular readers. This is a double-edged sword because on the one hand you get more traffic but on the other it indicates people do not come back…

    My opinion of a blogger only goes down if they blog for money and do not disclose that fact. With the vast amount of Pay-Per-Post Splogs out there it is very easy to spot the paid posts even when they are not marked as such. If I find a paid post on a blog that I read and it is not marked as such then yes, my opinion of the blogger goes down.

    PS: I still wonder about your early blog post about the Wendy’s guy on the plane…

  4. MsQon 08 Apr 2007 at 9:26 am

    HMTKSteve: I’ve read about your feelings with respect to Pay-For-Post: “My experience with PPP made me feel like a dirty pimp. I felt like I was selling out my readers for a few pieces of silver.”

    I’d feel the same way. I’d also take the million dollar offer if I thought I could honestly write a positive review about something. Good thing I don’t have to make such a decision.

    I’m surprised you don’t get return readers, especially as you’re fairly consistent with your content. Ok, you once wrote, what was it, “elf sex” was a search string that drove traffic your way? I can see why someone wouldn’t return to your site if that’s the string that go them there.

    In general, I would think your game reviews would draw regular readers. Personally, I want more Army stories but I enjoy your other writings as well! I like the way you use your Geek Powers for the Greater good like when you post about the Digg Bury Brigade!

    Your integrity shines through.

    With respect to the Wendy’s guy: I figure that as usual, you gotta yank my chain. In my post I included the statement that I didn’t eat fast food myself!! Of course I did say that he loved a particular sandwich which could have been a sneaky way to advertise but nope, nothing going on there!

  5. Ricardoon 08 Apr 2007 at 3:44 pm

    Oh I’m far from being a professional at anything especially writing. I started writing screenplays some years ago but never perused having them made. I got the feel for writing those because I was an actor at one point but never anything big. When I started to blog the passion for screenwriting came back and I wrote another one after 5 years of writing nothing. So I write a lot but nothing big has become of it…yet. I hope things pan out for you and your ambitions to write.

  6. HMTKSteveon 08 Apr 2007 at 7:33 pm

    I used to write a ton of poetry and short stories. Some are worth reprinting online, some are not…

    I may have to dig out some of my old notebooks…

  7. MsQon 08 Apr 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Ricardo: You were an actor and now aren’t? I know a couple of former actors – one would love to stick with acting but the time-pay ratio wasn’t as good as being an art director so that’s the direction he went. The other quit because, well, it’s a rough business. Serious ego shrinkage unless you have a massive one (along with massive drive).

    I wish we could all be successful (make a living) at something we feel passionate about. I know a few people who are resigned. I hope to write a post about resignation soon. I hope your passions go hand in hand with your success. Thanks for your hopes for my ambitions!

    HMTKSteve: Yes – dig out those notebooks and share some of your writing with us! Please?!

  8. HMTKSteveon 09 Apr 2007 at 4:28 am

    I feel passionate about sex, but my wife wont let me make a living at it… So I work in tech instead!

  9. MsQon 09 Apr 2007 at 8:55 am

    HMTKSteve: Spouses are funny that way. Maybe you could combine all your interests/passions into a new career – developing sex games. Then again, that market may already be saturated.

  10. HMTKSteveon 09 Apr 2007 at 8:57 am

    I think the sex game industry may be saturated in more ways than one. :)

  11. MsQon 09 Apr 2007 at 9:57 am

    HMTKSteve: [forehead slap] GROAAnnnnn.

    I think I need to get that nested/threaded comments plugin now!

  12. HMTKSteveon 09 Apr 2007 at 10:54 am

    Yes, you should have threaded comments on here.

  13. MsQon 09 Apr 2007 at 11:59 am

    Just added Brian Mendell’s Threaded comments 1.5.9. I’ll see how this works… I also made the fix mentioned by Derek of MyNewChoice.

    Tell me if you see whacked stuff!

    The cancel option is gone though…

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