Selling Out Or Profiting From One’s Passion?

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From one of the first bloggers I can remember reading, an overview of why he’s monetizing in a response to this post. If anything, Ernie is telling it like it is regarding ads online with transparency.

What killed this?  Jealousy.  Jealousy in that you see other people around you doing similar stuff, and then you meet them at parties or social gatherings and they’re like, “I just booked a sponsor for $1,000 and I’m going to hang out in Asia for a week [true]” or “I just scored a sweet book deal with Random House and I’m only 20! [also true]”  And you think your self, “girl, you’re like twelve years younger than me.  Where’s my thousand bucks and book deal?”

And then you realize to your horror that you had a pretty successful site that has been around for years, and apart from random strangers recognizing you from Florida you don’t really have anything to show for it, besides your dad pissed that you’ve written about his business for the Internet to see.  If my dad is going to be pissed at me, I might as well cash out from it.

Ernie writes about the spirit of competition. The reality is that what he’s talking about is the very thing I’ve heard bloggers, and journalists I know, speak of. Most bloggers do not capitalize monetarily from blogging, but those who do, good for them. I see it somewhat like writing a book. A writer will write anyway. If his book sells, then that’s, as they say in the South, gravy.

H/T Eye On Blogs

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