There is something about blogs that tend to concentrate on making money these days that catches my attention. But it isn't because of the quality of content. No, I never read blogs that aren't worth the salt they get paid for. I'm just fascinated by the large number of blogs that concentrate solely on ads and paid posts as their main content.
One of the worst side effects of this sudden "gold rush" of commercialized blogging is the scores of other blogs that blog about ways to improve the way you make money from blogging. Everything from Search Engine Optimisations (SEO) to increasing your Page Ranking from incoming links, as if there wasn't oodles of websites dedicated to that already. I know blogging has come a long way from it's quiet diary like beginnings, but if this is the future of what blogging will be, then I don't think I want any part of it.
What disappoints me more than pisses me off is the fact that back when we started blogging all those years ago, everyone was honest about everything. We were honest about what we felt. The people we read were honest about what we wrote. Most importantly, We were all honest about what we did.
Now, it just feels like you can barely find a blog that's not dedicated to making money off its readers. We tried so hard in the years before to avoid having ads on our blogs. Now the blogs we see have become one giant ad, with the content not from the writer, but for the purpose of making money. I can understand blogs becoming the centre for distributing information and commentary that gives a certain perspective and flavour from the mainstream media. It, after all is just the natural evolution of such things, but not this.
I guess…I want to see the good old days when you'd look forward to reading someone else's blog because you know they actually have something to say or some quirky way of saying it that never failed to stop you from grinning. I want to see the good old days when personal blogging was king and we were all lords of our little domains.
In Malaysia at least, there are only handful of personal blogs out there that are worth reading, condemning the rest to commercialized ad-centric peer pressure. But even out here, it's still as hard to find personal blogs you can relate to or at least grow to love and be a part off. While the 9rules personal community has its fair share of good personal bloggers. I refuse to believe that is all from the millions of blogs out there.
So I'm asking you this. If you know of a great personal blog (which preferably isn't just your own), could you share it with us here? I would really like to find more personal blogs I can lose myself into and I'm sure, some of you would like to find them too.