by Deb Ng
This is the third such email I received saying basically the same thing. With the author’s permission it’s reprinted and being used as fodder for discussion:
I love blogs and blogging because of the community and the sharing. I’m really disappointed lately because the top pro bloggers now all turned into pimps and sales people. They’re selling courses, ebooks and the secrets of their success. Instead of blog posts discussing the topics they love, they’re turning into sales pitches. I’m being bombarded with popups every time I visit my favorite bloggers. What happened to blogging? Is it all a giant make money online thing now?
I’ve noticed this as well. More blog posts are being used as a sales pitch or to hawk an affiliate link. I can see where this is a turn off. Is it losing it’s warm and fuzzy vibe? In some cases yes. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m writing my own ebook and I have ads in the sidebars, clearly I’m trying to earn money from my blogs.
I do think the whole make money online thing has changed blogging. Just like advertising has changed the way we watch television or sports, advertising and has changed the way we view blogs. Plus, people want to take control of their own destiny. We now have more options. We don’t have to enter the work force if we don’t want to. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather hawk an ebook than put on the stockings and hop on the subway every day.
Perhaps it’s not as fuzzy as it used to be but I’m still digging the vibe. What other profession do you know where co-workers and competitors alike help each other out instead of stabbing them in the back? Where else do you find folks who are so generous with their knowledge and information? Where else do you find a community of people willing to share and promote?
Yes, blogging is more commercial than it used to be but there’s nothing else I’d rather do.
What do you think?