Every 100 or so posts, I take a step back, and think about blogging itself. Tonight I want to talk about advertising in blogging.
I now get about 75 requests per month asking:
- Can I do a guest post at your blog? (There have never been guest posts, ever)
- I want to place link ads at your blog (I tell them it has to be labelled advertising, I will not let my readers be deceived. They go away.)
- Some other advertising that I find objectionable for other reasons.
I write this blog to give something back to society in general. My reputation is worth more to me than making money. If I did not care about my reputation and wanted to make money, I would write a newsletter. I’m a good enough writer, and clever enough with statistics that I could easily dupe people and make a lot of money, but I belong to Jesus Christ. I can’t engage in the implicit fraud that many newsletter writers do.
I sometimes send the above cartoon to the advertisers. Most think it is a funny rejection notice. I’ve worked hard to create a blog with credibility. I will not sell it out for a few measly bucks on advertising, or allow for posts from substandard writers. I won’t even do it for writers better than me. This is my blog; it reflects me, with all the warts and wrinkles.
I know that I am an acquired taste, and that many things I write are not congenial to all of my readers, because I write about too many areas. But I write to give something back, and fight against those who try to cheat investors, even if the thief is our government.
But thanks to all that read me. I am grateful that you peel off time for me. I don”t deserve it, but I will do my best for you.