When people talk to me about blogging and maintaining websites for the sake of earning money, they tend to walk away with the impression that I am against the use of this delicious medium that we call the Internet as a financial aid. The only problem with this is that strictly speaking… I’m not.
Don’t get me wrong — my opinion on PayPerPost hasn’t changed, and I’m not about to cover my site in blocks of Google Adsense. However blogging as an occupation is not high on my list of heinous crimes. In fact, I read Dooce and as some of you may know, her adventures in blog-land have been prosperous enough to allow her to purchase a shiny new house. If you’ve got the talent to captivate an audience, I don’t see why you shouldn’t make a pretty penny out of it.
My problem lies with people who whore themselves out in an attempt to scrape together a few bucks here and there. Case in point: I recently joined the Digital Point webmaster forums because it seemed sufficiently geeky. I posted my introduction then waded through about 8 pages of “buy links on this PR5 site”, “PR4 site for sale” or “digg/stumbleupon exchange” posts all created by people who are obsessed with page rank, backlinks, “SERPs”, etc. All of this so they can deliver traffic to their crappy websites to get more money in dodgy click-through ad schemes.
As well as realising that I am sitting on a bigger goldmine than I thought — but am far too morally superior to exploit :P — it occurred to me that in a few years time I’m probably going to be the only person left (sat up here on my high horse) that hasn’t sold out for the sake of pocket change. Irrational paranoia or righteous worrying? That’s your decision.