Last night, under the sway of a warm and fuzzy feeling following the successful launch of my new blog Blogging For The Money (and possibly a second martini), I decided I’d do something to help single out bloggers doing paid entries who actually do them right.
I posted, over on the forums at one of the companies for which I sometimes do paid work, that I was going to start an “I Pledge Quality” blogroll for those committed to blogging well and not just to turn a fast buck. I invited people to indicate their interest, but made it clear they would have to commit to blogging regularly, with more non-sponsored entries than not, and particularly to writing reviews that didn’t read like crap.
Seventeen requests to join the blogroll later, with the overwhelming majority of them coming from bloggers who are nothing short of awful, I had to beg the moderators to delete that forum thread.
I’ve been steaming ever since.
What the HELL is it about so many blogger-for-hire people who purportedly spend time trying to improve their site’s Alexa ratings, their Page Rank, their RSS subscription rates, etc. but are willfully clueless when it comes to doing the work to actually write well or have a good looking, fast-loading blog?
Do you have any idea how much effort it took to resist the temptation to respond to some of those inquiries with “Sorry, but your page is so indescribably bad that I refuse to read it, much less link it. In fact, whenever I DO accidentally run across your site (which seems to happen a lot because you Stumble so many of your own crappy entries), I quite literally ponder chopping off my own fingers so I never make that mistake again, then using them to gouge out my eyes just to ensure I never, ever, EVER look at a site as meaningless, tripe-riddled and otherwise uninformative as yours.”
Well, do you?
If I didn’t like the extra money so much I might consider abandoning paid reviews just to rid myself of the stench of being associated with some of them.
Instead, I decided to amuse myself. I only wish I could make it really happen.