Disclaimer: this rant is mine and mine alone and i am allowed this rant because it’s my blog. if you are offended because you’ve done this before…sorry but it is how i feel.
Good Morning Friends…hope your week is starting off happy!!
This weekend I had some free social media time (during periods when Baby Pancakes was sleeping and or out with his dad–precious quality time/plus i did NOT have to study) and I was super excited to hear all the snippets of what was happening at Blogher 2013 in Chicago with the different presenters and brands and giveaways and so many awesome pictures. It looked like a total fun/information fest. For a brief moment, I felt like I was there!! Maybe, perhaps next year. I am wishing, hoping, dreaming and planning (yes i am writing this in the sing song way). Seriously i am working on generating enough income from blogging to attend next year. Which brings me to reason for my post this morning.
Today’s post is really a venting post so please bear with me. So while on twitter, I came across this lady’s blog (i don’t really remember her name and she doesn’t read my blog but i felt a strong sense to talk about what i saw on her blog) and she was asking her readers to help her pay for her conference attendance/hotel fees. Let me repeat that: she was asking her readers to help her pay for her a blog conference. She actually wrote and I paraphrase: I still have $150 left and if you donated at least $5, I would be able to make my goal so please click here to donate.
Which left me with my jaw to my chin and my mouth wide open!!! I am all for giving space on your blog for ads and sponsorships, doing reviews and giveaways, giving your opinions to make money BUT something about
asking begging your readers to help you pay for a blog conference seems so wrong to me. Did she ever think, some of her readers may also want to attend a conference and had to safe money in order to attend the conference?
A blog conference to me seems like a luxury (or necessity if you are trying to grow/brand your blog) and if you are unable to pay for it from blogging income or your own source of income…you should not ask your readers to help you pay for it. At least offer your readers something in exchange for donating to your blog conference fees/costs. That would be the right etiquette i think.
This is the way i look at it...if you can’t afford to do something…don’t do it. Don’t
ask beg others to help you pay for something that you do not have to attend. I would understand people making donations for surgery, adoptions and or some kind of charity but going to a blog conference…clearly i am totally against this.
Am I being completely judgmental? Or should people be able to use their blogs for whatever they want? What is the etiquette for asking for money?
And my ranting is done and complete. Thanks for tuning in this morning.
Now back to an inspiration/happy quote for the day: