PSA: Knowing When to Shill

w9u9ha2Recently I was offered to put sponsored content on my blog for a fair amount of money. Now if what they were asking me to sponsor was something relevant to my blog or something I would’ve promoted anyway, I might have considered doing it. BUT what I was being asked to promote was casino, online poker, and gambling websites. I have some friends who have legitimate gambling problems which is slowly ruining their lives. So not only was I like “FUCK THAT!” but by pretending to be interested, I managed to get some of the blogs that had already agreed to do this just so I could list and shame them in this post. So steer clear of these blogs run by shilling douche-bags:

With that out of the way, I would like to bring up the topic of donating money to blogs. Not only will I never ask my readers to donate money for something I do freely, but I feel a compulsion not to follow (or unfollow) blogs that do. I don’t really think writing opinion pieces is a valuable service worth paying for UNLESS they are incredibly entertaining. And that’s where I draw the line, because as an author, that’s my career, and if anyone ever wants to support me, all you have to do is buy my books when they come out to convince my publishers they could sell a sequel. Because although I won’t be getting much money from it, when you’ve put an honest effort to get something out there that’s your own original work, that’s when you’ve earned the right to shill.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000446_00062]

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2 Responses to PSA: Knowing When to Shill

  1. The Otaku Judge says:

    I have seen casino pop-ups appear on some anime sites, which is a tad unethical when you consider that many people who frequent those sites are under age. I wouldn’t condemn bloggers for accepting ad revenue though. Sponsorship is a necessary evil allowing lesser known writers/video makers to quit their day jobs to do something they love for a living.

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