I am not quite sure if I ought to use ‘Undignified’ as a title for this blog entry, but recently, I had a conversation with an ‘in’ and ‘popular’ blogger who is the direct opposite of me as she enjoys the spotlight and the glamour the blogging world have to offer. She enjoys the attention that the world gives her and she also would do anything she can to earn more from paid posts from her blog.
Now, this blogger is an acquaintance of mine, and she asked me how much do I make from my blog per month, in which I answered, not much as I do not socialize with advertisers/ advertising agencies for an opportunity for blog campaigns and whatnot.I told her, the money that I earned from paid posts is not even enough for me to buy myself a tub of Haagan Daaz ice cream. Most of my paid posts comes from oversea companies like Paid Per Post that pays peanuts.
You see… I’m a bit of a recluse and I can be very selective in selecting advertisements for my blog. I have no interest in being attached to local advertising companies like Nuffnang or Advertlets. I found that they are very restrictive in many ways and if I were to write posts for them, I will be forced to follow their rules and regulation. (International advertisers from US and UK emphasizes on honest feedbacks and reviews…local advertising companies on the other hand, does not exactly encourage negative or constructive reviews…so there… enough reason for me to not be attached to them!)
This blogger was aghast cuz she told me that she could make up to thousands in a month just through blogging and it is such a waste that I did not fully utilize my blog for advertising purposes. She was offering me tips on how I can fully utilize my blog. I was not interested, even though right at the moment, some extra cash could in my pocket could be handy.
Why was I not interested? Because she told me I could only earn more if I ‘localize’ my blog and just concentrate on blogging on my niche. I am not interested in localizing my blog. Why should I do that? I have more international readers than local readers-coming from book review sites and novel writing sites and whatnot. If I were to localize my blog, it would be a complete rubbish as my international readers couldn’t possibly understand the articles!
I don’t mean to sound cocky, but I don’t feel comfortable to localize my blog by using improper English. I am who I am and you cannot change that. I will not, and will never change myself for the sake of others or for monetary benefits. I will only do that for myself whenever necessary. I want to be a better version of me. Not the other way around. I am a woman with principles, and I can’t exactly be bought.
I may write about sex tips and safe sex and whatnot, but that does not mean I am cheap. I don’t accept advertisements that encourage drinking liquor or advertisements that’s religiously offensive in nature and I hope everyone would respect that.
I may respond to my readers’ comments by using improper English or localized English, but that is only because I want them to feel welcomed in my blogÂ and be comfortable with me, not because I want to earn more money.
I do not wish to be restricted and I would like to go far. If I were to write, I would want to write something that is my own opinion. And I wouldn’t be very ecstatic in promoting or campaigning what I do not believe in or what I’m uncomfortable representing.
It is no secret that I do accept paid posts and earning from my blog… but if you’re telling me to go backwards or imitating others just to earn money, then no thank you. I’m not interested. I am not that undignified. I am sure most bloggers who utilize their blogs to generate revenues have their own principles as well, and their principles too, ought to be respected.
Cleffairy: Why bother imitating others and be a pirated version of someone else while you can be original version of yourself? And why succumb to peer pressure or rat race when you can stand out just by being uniquely you?