Is it just me or is the blogging world quickly becoming a bit of a get rich fast scheme?
It seems to me that more often than necessary there are posts all about making money blogging, public income reports and how to earn money on posts. Bloggers boast about how they made $20,000 in their first month of blogging and other crazy declarations. It is reminding me of those insanely unrealistic diet ads that so many people fall for.
I am sure for those who are actually cashing in it is helpful to have these references. However, it leaves me wondering. Where has all the romance gone? Where is the legitimacy? Are there any real honest to goodness writers left out there at all? It seems the creative fun of blogging is being zapped into a superficial trendy money grab.
Alright alright, put away the pitchforks. I get it. If I was raking in crazy page views every month like some of you talented people out there then yes I too would be more eager to learn from the “pros”. May I also add I think it is a wonderful gesture to share any knowledge you have about building your skills. So before I continue my rant, allow me to say thank you for sharing your information no matter what kind it is with the world.
Seriously I am not a hater, and I love reading tips from my favorite bloggers. However, not those bloggers who are quite literally and obviously making money off the idea of making money. Nothing more and nothing less. Come on guys you know what I am talking about. You have read those posts.
You see there seems to be a shady underbelly developing in the blogging world. A trend of cashing in quick schemes that leave people scrambling to write and create for the wrong reasons.
Beware beautiful bloggers and readers alike, there are blogs out there cashing in on you wanting to cash in. Is it really just me or does it just not feel entirely legitimate?
In fact what has propelled me to write this post is the fact that I am getting entirely fed up looking at my Pinterest feed which is filled to the brim with blogs that are just using making money blogging as their main reason for blogging.
I’m sorry folks, perhaps I am truly alone in my thinking but I still believe in the creative beauty which is writing itself. Writing about the important things in life, what you love, your passions, your interests, just being creative. I really feel that those passions, those important things should not be money.
It seems my Pinterest page is filled with thousands upon thousands of ways to get more views, get more followers, get more money. More, more more. It’s like a giant spam board.
It is making me really sad and frustrated that these are the blogs that are being read and shared by the thousands. Not the blogger who is sharing her battle with cancer with the world. Or the single mom sharing her story on how she makes it all work.
I blog to share my feelings, thoughts, and opinions. To meet new people and make new blogging friends. I don’t see my followers as another potential dollar sign. I see them as real people. Real people, I want to get to know, real people that I am beyond flattered actually want to read what I write.
So dear bloggers,
Please stop making something so wonderful about the most oppressive thing in our lives… money.
Please don’t feel intimidated by crazy page view reports or feel like less of a writer because the only person who reads your blog might be your mom. Keep writing!
Let’s bring back the legitimacy to writing.
Don’t take away from the people out there who really want to write and create. Instead be authentic, be inspirational, be truly supportive.
Don’t minimize the abilities of those bloggers out there who are trying to make a living doing something they love by cashing in on a scheme.
Stop tainting the word blogger with an image of greed and materialism.
Forgive me, I usually don’t use my blog as a place to rant negativity. However, I felt I had to talk about this to help people stop and think about their motives. By all means, if you really have made it big blogging and you are just sharing your story then please continue sharing the love. But please think about the message you are sending. There are a million blogs that talk about cashing in but you are one in a million! Think about all the important topics in the world, all the beauty, and wonder, think about the mark you want to leave.
What kind of impact do you really want to be making?