Don’t Understand Beggars

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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.

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

31 comments so far

  1. Belinda said:

    Do people honestly even read blogs that whore products and such (“blogstitution” as I call it :P)? Usually they are so half-arsed and not helpful, they aren’t something I’d book mark. Ads are okay as an aside as long as they aren’t the focus of personal blogs, because unless it’s extremely well written, it’ll very likely end up looking rather cheap.

  2. Jem said:

    @Belinda: Blogstitution.. I love that! Makes me want to create an “anti-blogstitution” page on here where people can list their websites if they don’t believe in the crap like adverts, pay-per-post, etc.. *notes down ideas*

  3. Nan said:

    I didn’t know one was able to get paid to blog! Especially the get paid per post thing seems especially stupid – It is hard finding good blogs these days.

  4. Rosemarie said:

    I can understand people charging for others to read their blog. Blogs are often like chick lit. And we tend to pay for that :P On the other hand, I’d never pay to read a blog. So… yes. And Jem: Came to a conclusion? As far as I know, you’ve ALWAYS felt that way XD Anyhoo, I have google ads scattered here and there, but I feel no guilt about it. I think they fit in fine, and don’t ruin the site for anyone :) On the other hand, I’d never whore my site out so much that it was just a mass of advertising crap.

  5. Jem said:

    @Rosemarie: no, I’ve never liked beggars, but I’ve only just reached the conclusion that I don’t understand them as such. ;)

  6. Claire said:

    Ads don’t bother me really at all, especially advertisers that just “pay for eyeballs” so to speak. I don’t tend to click PCP ads though, unless I’m actually interested in what’s being advertised. I don’t begrudge “professional” bloggers like Dooce, who make a living but remain faithful to their readership, but I dislike bloggers who allow advertisers to dictate their content. Like Rosemarie, I have the odd Google Ad scattered about but I don’t think they’re offensive. If people don’t want to click, then they don’t – it’s no massive deal. At the end of the day, I still pay for my blog – anyone who thinks Google Ads would cover hosting bills are either delusional or knows something I don’t. ;)

  7. Jenny said:

    Or people who can afford to shell out on x amount of domains and expensive hosting (with a couple of nu’s :|) but still want their iPod/computer referrals and make wishlists. When you know, that time could be done by making some money and not relying on rich stupid people. :(

  8. Kathleen said:

    Of all the ads everywhere, I think Google’s are the least annoying. When it comes to the point where it is too cluttered, I nearly slam my face into the screen in frustration. The concept of even being paid-to-blog is a tad strange, and I, like you, use my blog to vent and express my emotions and thoughts about life.

  9. Xeronia said:

    Blog prostitution…nice way to put it. I don’t really mind Google ads on a personal site if the site has some free stuff for the visitor, etc. But the stuff that you mention…eew…who wants to see ads everywhere when ads can install annoying viruses and trojans.

  10. Shannon said:

    Dar. I think I’ve read somewhere on the web that was a ‘tutorial’ on blogging or something that said things like “Blogging is the whole new way to earn money fast!” or something that meant about the same. That was stupid.

  11. Vera said:

    I used to read this blog (not going to give names but you know the webmiss as you’ve discussed her before), where she kept ending her blogs with “and don’t forget to donate/click refferals so I can raise enough money for college/my dog’s surgery”. At first I felt really bad for visiting her website and not having anything to give her, but as I ‘grew up’ I realized that I SHOULDN’T. It was her personal site for God’s sake… it was a privilege if I even commented. And now… I find such things just plain embarrassing. Still, my dad generally tells me “It’s not the one who asks for the money who’s stupid… rather the one who gives it”. Meaning that if you’re ready to give out that money to someone… You get my drift.

  12. Chans said:

    I see your point and I agree with it, I don’t understand them either. But that also counts for the people giving beggars what they ask for.

  13. Amelie said:

    @Vera: I think I know who you’re talking about… Said webmistress has plagued her site with a ton of ads, at least 6 referral links, and now apparently she has popups too. *Headdesk* Moron.

  14. Amelie said:

    ^ Oh, and she does the whole pay-per-post thing for one of every two of her oh-so-interesting blog entries. Not that any of her sheepy commenters have noticed, mind.

  15. Ang said:

    There is already a sort of anti-blogstitution page at http://www.adfreeblog.org but they don’t list the people who link there. I have enough of my own bills to deal with, I’ll be damned if I’m going to help a complete stranger with theirs. Would they do the same for me? Doubtful. I’ll work my job and then kick back when I get home. I’m not going to worry about someone else’s financial distresses. (Which can’t be all THAT distressful if they still have website/s, internet access, a computer, free time…) The internet is plagued by enough advertisements, I can’t imagine wanting to add to that shiz. I don’t click people’s ads, I click the CLOSE button on the browser/tab.

  16. Meggan said:

    I’ll admit that I have donated money to keep a blog I loved online. And I have donated money to another blog-related cause I believed in. That said, neither person was “begging” for money, ads were not involved, and I had the money at the time. *shrugs* I don’t regret it. Either time, the person wasn’t using their website as a way to generate income for themselves, it was a one-time thing and they were humble about it. I’ll never be much in favor of ads on personal blogs. As you’ve said before, Jem, that’s part the reason people move away from free webservers – why go back to that? I was disappointed when Dooce started accepting ads, but I’m also impressed that her website is their income. I guess I’m pretty middle-of-the-road on this issue. Ads annoy me, and I wouldn’t put them on my site (I wouldn’t get enough clicks for it to be worthwhile), but I’m not really opposed to donating for a cause I believe is worthwhile.

  17. Gabrielle said:

    I remember when I put up ads on my support site/message board – never my blog or personal/fan sites. It was devastating for me to have to quit my job so I could go on Disability so my extensive medical bills could be paid and so I could even get medical coverage. It was one of the hardest things I’d ever had to do site-wise. I’ve owned my site in one form or another since ’99 and I’d never had ads until sometime in ’06. So, no, I don’t really understand why anyone would willingly put ads on their blog or personal site.

  18. Li said:

    I put Google ads on my site but they’re only there to help with the hosting bills; I haven’t got a job right now and it’s not through lack of trying either. My hosting bills cost my $25 a month, which I cannot afford right now. My main site uses around 100GB of bandwidth a month and my site looks set to use a lot more than that this month. I’ve only seen a couple of blogs where the user has loads of referral links. It puts me off from coming back and I never even think to *help out* and sign up, heh. I usually walk around the internet with JavaScript turned off, so I don’t notice most ads anyway. x) Where do you find these sites?

  19. Amelie said:

    Vera… Are you talking about someone whose name begins with K? Has a .nu domain (as well as several others) and rams her webdesign/hosting company down others’ throats? That’s who I’m on about. @Alex: I don’t think Jenny was talking about you… I think she was talking about a rather well-known (well, depends) “e-popular” girl who complains about being poor all the time yet bought 3 expensive .nu domains less than 3 months apart. :\

  20. Dave said:

    I imagine the extra cash helps a lot with paying for the extra bandwidth on popular blogs. Even 456 berea street and stuff and nonsense have ads – and they have real and probably well paid jobs. Add iframe[name=”google_ads_frame”] { display: none; } to your firefox \Mozilla Firefox\res\html.css to hide all google adds that way you’ll never know they were there Jem ;)

  21. Jem said:

    Nice and subtle there Amelie, no one will ever know who you’re talking about. :P (And Alex knows who Jenny was talking about, he’s taking the piss, heh.)

  22. Jem said:

    @Dave: As I said in the post, it’s not really the adverts that bother me (my Noscript extension deals with the majority of them and I read advert covered blogs like Dooce), rather the blatent and often constant begging for cash, items from wishlists, and the new craze “pay per post” where people bullshit about a product just to earn a couple of bucks. What happened to going out and earning a living?

  23. Linda said:

    It’s deplorable! Next you know, you will be talking to a friend face-to-face and mid-conversation they will start rattling off about some new product. PayPerConversation mmhmm.

  24. Dave said:

    What they are going is no different than what marketers being paid to write/talk crap about some product (in the pay per post example). Items in wishlists is obviously rather sad, but the rest isn’t really any different from what companies do and they just want a couple of extra bucks. I’m in no way saying it’s right or that I agree with it. It’s been happening for a long time, only now individuals are doing it. They all have their reasons.