Am 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?