I now this is not pally related but there has been an interesting debate over at the Blog Azeroth forums recently about people blogging for money using ads. There is a lot of people both for and against it and both sides have some very convincing arguments, all of which I have read thru while trying to learn something new.
You see I am a totally new blogger and I am learning the ropes as I go. So when the more experienced bloggers put something down about how they feel about something I sit right up and listen. In my opinion if they have managed to keep their blog going for a while and keep up the writing than I need to listen and learn from them. The interesting thing is that some of the more experienced bloggers agreed with the opening poster about making money on a blog, but they disagreed with the amount they were trying to make. Where the original person was trying to make a total profit off his blog, most of the more experienced bloggers are only looking to make enough to pay for the hosting and domain fees.
Which brings be back around to why I am writing this post. I managed to keep an open mind while reading all the different comments and opinions but the more I looked at the money maker blogs the more I did not like the fact that I was seeing a lot of gold selling ads. (the original poster also had a post for setting up a private server which is a violation of Blizzard’s ToS and this was pointed out to him by several posters). Not only that but while there was several decent blog post, the majority of the post were just links to other peoples blogs. I assume this is there way of getting a lot of trackbacks and thus getting more hits per day. But in reality is there any point to getting a ton of hits if no one ever wants to come back to your blog?
I mean I do not kid myself that my writing here is not worth much to anyone but me. When I made the decision to start this blog it was because I was looking for a creative outlet to get back into writing some and to give my opinions and thoughts on a game I dearly love. At this time I am not looking to make a single penny on this venture. In the future will I feel the same way? I am not sure. Right now I have all the aspirations of one day being a major blogger like Matticus , having my own domain name, and hosting my own blog, but that is a long ways off. Hopefully if that time comes I will remember the “why” I started this blog and resist the temptation to “commercialize” in an attempt to make major profit and just be content with trying to make enough to sustain it.