Sophia had a little “discussion” with me this morning about my constant pooh-poohing of advertising, calling it immature. “We could always use another hundred dollars to help pay for something like our over-priced health insurance. It’s not like we’re wealthy people who would refuse money.” She made me feel a bit ashamed for being such a stickler, like I’m a pampered baby. I should talk to my therapist about this. I think this advertising issue reflects on other parts of my life where I fear “selling out,” — where I would rather feel good about my superiority than actually make good money for the family.
Does anyone really think less of Dooce for having ads? Of course, adding ads to blogs undercuts the whole equality of the blogosphere in my mind. But the box has already been open for a long time. And who really cares? Isn’t each of us here to grab as much as he can get for his family, so they can live the best possible life? Maybe the whole premise of this Great Interview Experiment is a farce. Maybe we’re not all somebodys. If I can make more money than the next guy, I can be a “bigger” somebody! Isn’t that how most of people think, anyway? There is always someone more of a somebody than me! I shouldn’t be saying we are all somebodies. Why create a myth? I should be telling you that I am BETTER than you. Then you will look towards me for advice, and maybe even pay me one day for the book I will write, giving you more advice. I should ask people to vote for me as the Best Blogitizer! I could promote myself and make more money on the blog. Is that what all these Problogger websites advise us to do? Isn’t Blogher partly about learning how to monetize your blog? I’m wondering if other bloggers will actually LIKE me and RESPECT me MORE if I told them that I just bought a new car off of the earnings from my blog? A hybrid, of course, just to impress the eco-babes.
Anyway, just rambling.