I am a cheap whore!

This is like an open letter, or a disclaimer if you will. Tobold, and Larisa wrote about making money with blogging, and such. Also with Tankspot being sold. It gots me to thinking.

Lets start at the beginning, I started blogging because I like to write, maybe even love to write. I’m going to go even a little deeper, I started writing because I am an attention whore. I don’t know maybe I wasn’t breast-fed, or maybe I hoped one day a chick will tell me she loves my writing so much, she’ll give me a blowjob (Actually that did happen,but I digress). So even though I would continue writing, because I do like writing, a part of me enjoys the views, and comments on my blog.

Now as in terms of making money, I never in my wildest dreams thought I could make a dime off any of my blogging efforts, it’s a hobby like comic book collecting. You know what though sometimes comic book collectors make money off their hobby..*GASP* As it is with me, a poker site contacted me in the past said they would pay me if I put a link to their website for a couple bucks, I said no unless I was able to look at the website, and if I LIKED it I would. Let me explain something. I LOVE poker, so much so I went to GA for a bit to cure me of my love. So I looked at the site, briefly lest I get suckered in, and liked what I saw. So I agreed to it. Does that make me bias, or ruin my integrity. No this site is about video games, and MMO’s so I don’t feel it has any bearing on my opinions on such. It’s like me doing an ad for diet Pepsi. I love diet Pepsi, and even if I shouted “I love diet Pepsi!” on a mountain, it doesn’t affect my thoughts on whether Cryptic can suck a dick, or Funcom is really screwing the pooch…again.

Now I don’t want to make it sound like my email inbox is filled with offers, it’s not, but once in a while offers are tossed my way, and I do refuse. Usually because the product is crap, and I don’t want to be a part of it, like certain WebGames that rhyme with Crapony, or I’m going to be really honest the money just isn’t right. I’m not going to get behind something I loathe, and if I do it isn’t going to be for 20 bucks.

I’m not going to lie to you though, if enough money is put on that table,  I’ll sell my blog, my blood, my integrity, and my soul. All offers will be entertained. I think Wu-tang put it best. “Cash Rules Everything Around Me, Dolla Dolla Bill Y’all”, and Papa got Bills to pay, Dog!

5 Responses to “I am a cheap whore!”

  1. “I started writing because I am an attention whore.”
    You’re putting it more bluntly than I would, as always, but I think you’re not alone. There’s definitely something exhibitionistic over all bloggers, either they’re aware of it or not.

  2. Even if a blogger wants to “productise” their blog and make money from it they need to have outstanding content as that is what people want to read and thus drives the links and traffic. TankSpot is actually a great example of this as it’s a site with fantastic content on it, obviously made by people who love MMOs and are willing to put in a vast amount of effort for very little reward. I don’t think the fact that they’ve managed to sell the blog and make some cash derides their content, values or morals in anyway. It’s not like they’ve been trying to con or dupe people into giving them money!

    There seems to be quite a common feeling across the gaming blogosphere that any blogger who tries to produced a polished blog or benefit from it financially in even the most minor and inconsequential way is somehow “selling out”. It’s a double standard because obviously those those opinions aren’t applied towards the professional media such as newspapers, magazines, novels, films etc.

  3. @We Fly Spitfires: Interesting enough I’ve never ever seen anyone openly complaining about “selling out”. But whenever someone decides to for instance put a donation button at their blog, they post some sort of excusing post, defending themselves. Against what? Who is condemning them? It looks a bit like flagellantism to me.

    The difference between “professional” media and blogs that accept ads is that – at least in the old days – you always kept a strict line between the ads and the journalistic material. There was a different staff dealing with the commercial part – the reporters never had anything to do with it. And it was also absolutely clear to the readers what was ads and what was journalism. Blogs that do a lot of “giveaways” and such sometimes aren’t all that clear about their intentions, who is paying for it etc. And since the blogs often are one-man-companies, the same people who write are also dealing with the ads.

    Since they act so differently and since serious media put up a lot of more ethic guidelines that they stick to, guidelines that amateur bloggers never have heard of or care about, I think it’s natural to look on blogs and pro media a bit differently. It’s not a “double standard”.

    Phew. What a rant! We’re into quite a discussion, Gordon!

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