I wasn't going to get into this right now, with Christmas approaching and all. Fa la la, deck the hall, peace on Earth, etc. But I am getting so very sick of advertising on blogs, I just can't stay quiet anymore.
So many blogs I've enjoyed for years are succumbing to this, and I think it's hurting them. There are examples of blogs with advertising that have come to a nice balance--buttons on the sidebar, an occasional shoutout to the advertiser along with a nice giveaway--but they still offer plenty of content independent of the advertising. Others seem to be latching onto any opportunity with which they're presented, and it is not pretty. To me, these blogs which have morphed into what amounts to affiliate links piled on top of product endorsements lack sincerity. The blogs which made me hit the "subscribe" button are disappearing.
Am I jealous? Is this sour grapes because my blog isn't generating fabulous offers of free goods and services? No. And you know why? Because I know what I would need to do to get those offers, and I choose not to. I won't even do something simple and unobtrusive like Amazon affiliate links. All the links I provide in my book posts? They're just simple links, provided so you can read more about the book. I don't want to earn money if someone buys the books. I'd rather have you borrow them from the library.
What do you think about all this? Are there blogs you used to enjoy that have been tempted down that path? Have they suffered because of it? Or are you of the "more power to 'em" school?