Hmm … over the last few months I have started to look at and read more and more personal finance blogs (PFBs) and I am finding what I see as a disturbing trend.
That is PF bloggers asking for “donations”. Donations for what? I’m not entirely sure, from what I can gather it’s a donation to the blogger for their own personal use. Are these bloggers charity cases? I’m surely hoping not.
So then what’s going on there, is it becoming acceptable to, from my point-of-view anyways, BEG for money. Are PFBs becoming like beggers street corners where they the blogger tinker a tin can at you as you walk past with “paypal” written across the front of it.
As you can tell, I’m alittle annoyed by this, fair enough if you throw on a few ads in your blog, I do the same, albiet in a very small corner which is generally out of the way of my general conten. But to actually throw up a link with “donation” on it, that is only 1 micro-step away from “work for food stamp” signage.
Firstly, if I’m going to donate my hard earned cash to anything it better be for something worthwhile, not just to “support” a blog, that’s what google adsense is for. Given that you can actually start up a blog for free, asking for “support” money rubs me up the wrong way even more.
Now I’m a big believer in charitable donations, my wife and I sponsor 2 underpriveleged kids myself, 1 in Africa and 1 in the Philippines. But to bloggers out there, please don’t try and portray yourself as someone even worthy of charity, I’ll assume that because you’ve got a blog you’ve got a computer, got the cash for an internet connection, and the time to actually write a blog in the first place.
Well thats enough ranting from me … I apologise if this post was rather negative, but I just felt the need to put down my thoughts on this.
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