I know most of you have noticed that some blogs have become pretty commercialized lately. I just don’t know quite what to think of this. So I want to ask you your unvarnished opinion:
1. What do you think about blogs having sponsors?
Most of us by now have gotten those emails soliciting “real estate” on our blogs. And if you haven’t yet, you soon will. It sort of reminds me of the Monopoly game I played as a kid. I’m kind of afraid to “sell” some of my real estate. Since I don’t outright own the house I’m sitting in, I feel like my blog is the only little space in the world I actually do have full say in. And it’s not like I have Park Avenue up for grabs anyway. What are your thoughts?
2. What is your take about ads on blogs?
I got one email saying they’d put $150 dollars in a Paypal account for me for a text link on my blog. Out of curiosity, I asked who they were representing. And it was a cash till payday loan. Well, that bordered on downright sleazy to me.
How are they suddenly getting all of our email addresses? Yes, I know most of us have our email address on our blogs somewhere. But I just don’t think anyone is fool enough to pay someone to just sit and troll all the blogs for email addresses. There’s far too many. Is this something, for instance, that Blogger has initiated or fallen victim to?
3. Followers: Now I go back and forth on this one. Do you actually utilize Followers other than trying to show your support for another blog?
As I’m sort of the token welcome wagon lady, I feel I should support new bloggers any way I can. But is this actually giving new bloggers the wrong message? Because many of these new bloggers email me and ask me what I think. And I don’t know quite what to tell them about the aforementioned issues. So I hope your answers will clear the muddied waters for them a bit.
Between you and me and the fence post, we all know we can’t help but look at that Followers gadget on our page as we scroll down. If it goes up, we feel like we’re going in the right direction. If it goes down, we feel like we’re not giving readers what they want.
I’ve been considering taking my Followers gadget off altogether. What do you think about that? How important is it to you to have this gadget on blogs? Does seeing how many Followers a blog has make you feel more or less inclined to read it?
Now in terms of ads and such, there are some blogs I’ve visited lately where I feel like I’ve jumped on the Beverly Hillbilly’s jalopy. And suddenly find myself sitting alongside the Clampetts as we enter the big city with flashing lights.
But then again, we all know I’ve been skating on the precarious edges of the sanity circle these days anyway. I’ve written about some personal issues, that, had I had clear judgment unclouded by so much emotion, I likely would have steered clear of.
So please, let’s just get it all out in the open. And if you prefer, email me with your answers. Because I am starting to feel like this is all somehow getting out of hand. Sometimes I wonder if the “bigger” blogs just shouldn’t go under a separate title of “commercialized blogs.” Because they’ve left the stratosphere we all know and are on a different level.
Why is it you think you’ve moved to this quaint little Mayberry town, (or Blog Town) and then it all changes right before your eyes? Makes me kind of sad really. I guess that’s just called the winds of change.