I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t like these people who use their blogs as a sleazy way to generate income — because I don’t understand them. I like to blog to rid myself of anxieties and pressure, for my own entertainment and ultimately because I have nothing better to do with my time. I think it’s this complete lack of wanting to earn/make something that stops from me knowing why some people can’t help themselves: be it begging for referrals to those slightly dodgy ‘free laptop/ipod/etc’ sites, advert-covered blog entries or this new get paid to blog malarky.
Don’t get me wrong, I can ignore a couple of adverts if a person’s entries are worth reading, and I’d even click a referral link for someone if I a) knew them well enough and b) lived in the US (because most aren’t UK-friendly). Sitting and reading through someone’s half-assed testimonial about a product they’ve never heard of before, though? Like hell. If you’re too lazy to get off your arse and get a real job to support your online persona, then I’m too lazy to read your blog. Oh dear, what a shame.
Now, excuse me while I go and wallow in my ignorance of your blog-prostitution, whilst working on my websites.. y’know, the ones I pay for myself.