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October 15, 2009

It's A Free World

Each blogger has an online personality similar to each of our finger prints. Ours alone. Our own style. Our own color scheme. Our own choices: Ads or no ads, awards or not, continuity or constant change, theme(s), anonymous or open, word verification for commenting or not, subscribing to the blog to leave comments.

Today I learned a new one. Some bloggers actually charge people to leave a comment. Pay Pal is available for their convenience. So if you want to leave a comment on some blogs you pay for the privilege.

I know that some bloggers view their blogs as a business. They have learned the ins and outs of earning money from the ads that take up space on their blogs. I would like to see a post by a really good writer about the ads on blogs. Some of them are so annoying, appearing again and again when someone is trying to read a post.

This is me giving a big giant sigh of relief. Sigh.

Because I blog for the pleasure of it. All of it. I choose to read other blogs and I choose when and if to comment. I choose my format and colors. Maybe I haven't had enough choices in my life because having the freedom in blogging is the main reason for my doing it. Free being the key word.

21 comments:

Brian Miller said...

i could imagine a few paying for comments, but charging someone to comment...interesting. ads annoy me quiet honestly...escpecially the ones that scroll up the screen while i am trying to read. the load time as well is horrible. had a few people and companies contact me about ads...its just not me. keep it simple...i seldom even do pictures...just my words. i blog for the fun as well...and read for the fun too.

Jeni said...

They HAVE to be joking! No, I suppose not or you wouldn't have posted about this. But really -come on now -paying to comment? Not on your life! Thanks for sharing that bit of information. (And, it -as well as my response -all free too, huh?)

Badass Geek said...

Paying to leave a comment? Eff that. Blogging is just an extension of our freedom of speech.

cinner said...

I have seen it to, I don't agree with it or will I do it, I blog for the fun, its like a social network for me since I am so isolated, However I will not pay to comment because it sounds ridiculous. But It must be working for them!.

Margie said...

Yikes, I have not seen any of those blogs that you have to pay to leave a comment.
I know I would not do so.
I too blog for the pleasure of it, like you do.

Margie:)

Shrinky said...

Blimey, you serious? Nahhhhhh, please tell me there isn't REALLY anyone so puffed up with their own ego out here? Blogging is about friendship, isn't it? like-minded individuals who encourage and support each other? Sheesh, how depressingly sad..

Chuck Cliff said...

"I would like to see a post by a really good writer about the ads on blogs."

Hmmn, just read one somewhere, can't find the link though (he he)

Joanna Jenkins said...

PAY to leave a comment?!?! Ha! Not in my lifetime.
xo

otin said...

That would be one surefire way to lower your comment totals!

Ina in Alaska said...

Wow TB this is the first I ever heard of having to pay to leave a comment. Wow! A penny for your thoughts, I guess. I agree with you in this post. The blogs are almost like little communities. I just love visiting. Have a great weekend and I hope you are feeling better.

Eleanor said...

Wow, really? I've been at this blogging lark for a long time, but, thankfully, have never come across that ... yet. Like others have said, there has to be a massive dose of ego at play there.

I've never had any interest in monetizing my blog, but especially not after seeing how doing so changes bloggers. Probably not all, but I've seen some really good bloggers become less decent people and less interesting writers because of the quest for the mighty dollar.

Thanks for the visit to mine a few days ago. Nice to meet you. :)

Chriss said...

This is exactly the reason why I would never put ads on my site. It's for pleasure and not money-making in my case, plus I too find them very annoying. I certainly would never think of paying to comment on someone's site.

Sunshine said...

I agree with you 100%.. I think blogging shouldnt be using for money.. but everyone has their own opinion about it..

Shadow said...

charge to comment????? huh???? in that case i won't. and i'm obviously missing something, cause i blog for fun fun fun amusement and to pick up a few tidbits of information... it's a pasttime and a hobby. not a business?!?!?!

Christina said...

Pah! That takes it to a new extreme, huh?
So, the blogger gets all the revenue, is that how it works?

I have issues around money as it is. "Money's the root of all evil" is what I've experienced very painfully first hand. VERY painfully.
I would never ever pay to comment.

Not a fan of those ads either.

heartinsanfrancisco said...

I couldn't agree more. I also eschew ads on my blogs and have never heard of anyone charging for the privilege of commenting. I think I would leave a most choice and unpublishable comment under such circumstances.

I write what I want to and read others whose thoughts interest me, and I never, ever, confuse any of this with business.

Berni said...

I can't imagine paying to make a comment the information would have to be truly life changing for me to do that.

Far Side of Fifty said...

I guess it takes all kinds! I would never pay to leave a comment, and I rarely visit blogs with ads..because I hate advertising. I blog for fun, and I am just thankful that some people read my dribble..and take the time to comment:)

Julie said...

I've never heard of having to pay to leave a comment. And people actually do it? That blows my mind. I'm so out of it...lol! Another good post. I learn a lot from reading here.

A Free Man said...

I've never heard of someone charging to leave comments, that's mad. But, in defense of ads, I pay for a domain and a hosting service. So I have ads to cover my costs and that's all. I think that's why a lot of folks have ad. Obviously there are also a lot of people out there who are trying to make a business out of it, but I tend to avoid those folks.

Unknown Mami said...

You have got to be kidding me? Who the heck would pay to leave a comment?