I’m All Sold Out

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Smoking HarlotAm I a sellout or “money grubbing whore” because I run ads on my site?

WIkipedia defines sellout like this:

“Selling out refers to the compromising of one’s integrity, morality and principles in exchange for money, ‘success’ or other personal gain. It is commonly associated with attempts to increase mass appeal or acceptability to mainstream society. A person who does this, as opposed to following the original path s/he laid (or claimed to lay) out for him/herself, is labeled a sellout and regarded with disgust and immediate loss of respect. Selling out is seen as gaining success at the cost of credibility.”

Nope.  Not me.  Integrity, morality and principles still firmly in check, thank you very much.

All that being said, there are some people who think that I am “selling out” and/or being a whore because I make money doing what I enjoy – writing.

I don’t get that.

First off, it’s no one’s business how much [or little] I make with my blog.  And anyway, why do you care?

Secondly, if someone wants to pay me to write then why shouldn’t I let them?  It’s like cake AND ice cream.  I get to write about whatever I want to write about AND I get paid.

I think that fucking rocks.

I write for two other websites – SimsGamer.com and IronicGamer.com – and get paid rather handsomely for doing so.  This allows me to make my car payment and pay for our car insurance and sit at home with Cara while I bake a second kid.

I think that fucking rocks too.

My way of thinking goes something like this:

I enjoy riding and training horses.

I enjoy it so much that I would do it even if not paid [and I have].

However, if someone offers to pay me to train their horse and they aren’t asking me to do anything I’m uncomfortable with then I’ll gladly take their change.

Does that make me a whore or sell-out because I’m getting paid to do what I love?

I don’t think so and I look at writing the exact same way.  Just because I like what I do doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t also make money at it.

Should you give up your paycheck just because you thoroughly enjoy your job?


Then why are you telling me that I shouldn’t make money doing what I thoroughly enjoy?


  1. Anyone who says you are a sell our for getting paid to write is just pissy because they aren’t getting paid to write. I mean, hell, I’m not calling you a sell out, but would I take a check to write…yeah, in a heartbeat. I mean unless I had to write things like “top 10 reasons women should vote for McCain” or something equally repellent.

    So good for you! Getting paid rocks! Even better to get paid to do something you like to do!

  2. That’s odd. Who would call you a sell-out? Everyone has advertising on their blogs. Are magazines sell-outs? This is such an old argument, that it isn’t even worth discussing. There are newer problems with blogging that is closer to “selling-out” — like when bloggers get free stuff and then write positive reviews about it.

    But there is nothing wrong with getting paid for your writing.

  3. So, if you like to write and you write, this is good, right! However, if you make money doing what you like (writing), this is bad?

    Does this logically then mean that it’s only good to make money doing something you HATE? So, it would be wrong to do something you hate for free, but OK to do it if you are paid?

    Logic escapes some people.

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  4. I don’t see that there is much to complain about regarding making money from blogs so long as it’s transparent. And ads are surely the most transparent of all. Great post.

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