It would be awesome to blog full time and get paid for it, but I am deeply conflicted. I want my posts to remain 100% objective and to be honest, if I did advertorials or even if I was invited to try out something for free, I don’t think I could be. I don’t mean that I would be dishonest intentionally, but I’m quite certain that I would be influenced in some way. Because you see, even if I wanted to be honest, I would probably be given special treatment. For instance the food would be prepared extra nicely and they would also be really sweet to me and I would feel like crap to write anything bad. I think that’s why Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Bourdain are so famous. The honesty intact but perhaps it’s because they have a middle man which is the television company so they are not receiving payment or freebies directly? Out of the food blogs which cover Singapore food I like the totally non-commercial personal food blog of The Travelling Hungry Boy. It’s good that he keeps his identity a secret so that he can remain a secret food shopper/taster.
It would be awesome for the blog to generate income full time, but not in a way that would compromise my brutal honesty. I still do read blogs with advertorials, but I skip those posts unless it’s something brand new that has caught my eye – like a new dining place. Some blogs just draw me in because I tend to agree with their assessment – and we have the same taste, way of thinking, I guess and I like their personality, photos, web design and clarity of their writing. And usually I’ve been reading their blog for a long time before they had any advertorials.
I wouldn’t mind having a sponsor, but it would have to be for a sum that was worth selling out for. I still feel like I am selling out if I were to do that. And I wouldn’t place the sponsor on the first page of my blog – perhaps on a separate page for all sponsors so that the reader is not distracted or irritated. I know I am irritated by any kind of ad. Pop ups are the biggest no-no. It quite spoils the reading experience for me. But would any advertiser want to bother sponsoring you if you only place their logo on a separate page? I wonder. Also I wouldn’t want to have many advertisers – just a handful. Maybe it would be better if the advertisers are totally unrelated to what I write about so the question of conflict doesn’t quite arise. But I would only do it if I was paid enough. It has to be worthwhile for me to compromise, otherwise I’d rather leave my blog as it is.
The space is so much an extension of me. Once I was offered to sell the site and it’s content and I immediately felt both flattered, suspicious, and then threatened. Didn’t do it. I like having my own little home on the internet and would feel lost without it. Also I put so much effort into every single post and it would hurt to sell that effort (usually for a pittance). Especially for someone to make it super commercialized.
Would love to hear what you think about this issue? I’m quite sure many of us are conflicted about this. Although many of us who blog desire to make a living writing. At the same time we don’t want our writing to be controlled or influenced in any way. For me I know that I am such a control freak that I would need to be 100% in control in terms of content.
I also have the added issue of wanting to remain private and anonymous. It’s very important to me to retain that privacy. I wouldn’t have as much fun blogging if my identity was known. I’d probably stop.
Just something that has crossed my mind several times.