“If you couldn’t receive any kind of financial compensation for your blogging, would you still be at it?”
And I think for a lot of us, it’s a very interesting question to explore.
…So let’s explore.
Your Blog’s Revenue is Now Zero
Of course we’re dealing in the hypothetical, but WHAT IF by an act of God, your blog could no longer generate any revenue? That means no sponsored posts, no direct ad sales, CPM, CPC, no anything! And you’re not allowed to invent another revenue stream either! So just to recap – Your blog can’t make money, PLUS it is not allowed to help another product make money, online or off.
Would Your Content Change?
Most of us are currently in the “thick of things” as it goes with our blogs and the internet, myself included. We forget that quite often, we blog about things only because we think we’ll get paid in someway for it. But if the money incentative went away, how would your blog change?
I can tell you that this site would be quite different. Firstly, it would be much more personal and you’d see me talking every last thing that popped into my head. Some posts would be short, and some would go on for WAY too long. And besides the structure of the posts (which again would be all over the place), the biggest change would probably be in frequency. I don’t know which way it would go either a lot less or a lot more, but it would definietely be different.
Why Do YOU Blog?
I guess that’s really what it all comes down to. And I think this is the reason why sometimes us bloggers have little tiffs with each other. We all have our reasons for blogging, and sometimes those reasons can be very different. I think in the blogosphere you definitely have those that are writers at heart and thus blogging is very personal to them.
Consequently, they can sometimes feel as if advertisements are perverting their craft. And I can understand that. I think for these “purists”, they feel the blogosphere would be much better if advertisements and the lure of money w/blogging went away.
… Now I’m not really trying to say anything with this post, but I thought the whole thing was very interesting to think about. Would you still be blogging if there was no longer any money in it?