The gentrification of Blogging is in full swing.
I knew that it was too good to last.
The little niche that we Bloggers have enjoyed is being rammed from behind by the Corporations who view it as just another way to get eyeballs to sling their ADs.
Their weapon is MONEY MONEY MONEY!
Blogging is, was, the cult of the amateur, the avenue of the everyman...and you know what? Blogging IS an obvious evolutionary advancement in Human communication and it should be keeping executives of Radio and Newsprint operations awake at night...TV has a few years left.
Blogging is a vehicle for an interactive exchange of ideas & information. Why shouldn't we the people put in our two cents?
For Centuries we the people have had to passively endure reading & listening to the opinions of a select few blowhards and so-called experts...
now it is our turn..
our time has come...
but it may have already come and gone!
Last week a College chum sent me Technorati's 2008 State of the Blogosphere report. Apparently Bloggers create close to ONE MILLION blog posts a day worldwide, and some of them are actually making a lot of money.
"Blogs with 100,000 or more unique visitors a month earn an average of $75,000 annually and a few make more than $200,000 a year! Business Week reportedthat LOLcat gets $5,600 per month, Overheard in New York $8,100 per month, and Perez Hilton $111,000."
To my way of thinking Perez Hilton (I even loathe his hijacked name) is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with this picture..do the rest of us deserve to watch such vapid, blatant, suckholing get rewarded? I think not.
The lure of living vicariously through cyber-association with a so-called popular Blogger over-rides our powers of descretion. Guilt by association.
Afterall, we live in a world where Adam Sandler can get $50 Million a movie? The Cult of Celebrity reigns supreme.
Some Blog-dude named Shoemoney posted a photo of himself holding a Google cheque for one month of 'clicks' for $132,994.97?
"Once a blog hobbyist goes pro, he or she faces a daily pressure to churn out new material. In the wrong mind, that can lead to top-10 lists, recycled ideas, half-baked notions, lots of viral videos, and a general increase in information pollution."
"Do we get the blogs we deserve? We vote by click, after all. Perhaps we shouldn't look at all those top 10 lists and Britney Spears photos. Successful blogs, such as Zen Habits, tend to balance the more fast-food type posts with longer, more complex ideas that will presumably keep readers coming back—although there are plenty of people who make a living posting dubious crap."
There are a few journalists, pundits and wonks out there who do know what they are talking about and we should listen to their analysis of current events. Have you noticed how much attention the NEWS Media pays to Bloggers now?
Most of us Blog for fun, DON'T WE?
We do it to escape our invisibility in the modern world, for the social aspects, to meet interesting people from different parts of the world and share a laugh, our interests, and unleash a rant or two.
That being said if some CORPORATION was willing to send you a cheque for $5 Grand a month to show their ADs you'd be crazy NOT to take it?
You wouldn't say no..would you?
Would your EGO kidnap your creativity and force you to churn out filler?