I was reading Chris Brogan’s Rules of the Pool article and I really had to reiterate that when you blog, choose what you think is best. Using together Blogging and social media are knocking all the rules of the normal pool we have come to know over the past decade, literally right out of the water. As long as you are not violating any terms of service or doing anything illegally, you can blog and use social networks to your hearts content. Of course, you may offend some, but you will successfully have influenced people.
If you write paid to review/ pay to blog articles every so often, that is great. If your site has a few advertisements on it, great! There is no shame in that. Although I have heard from others their displeasure about paid to review, it really stems from some bloggers have no real content and excessively use the paid to blog system as a reason to blog.
Blog about what you know, and perhaps things you are learning, or even things you want to know. Blogging today is more than ever a ‘blog at your own risk’, just like those pools that have a sign that says ‘swim at your own risk.’
“Publishing something to the Internet is like peeing in the pool.”
It is not easy to remove things from the Internet. The search engines tend to take a while to let things fall into an abyss, so really when you blog, be confident in taking the risk, and be prepared to share your words with others. Be dedicated to blog because you enjoy it, not because you are trying to profit from it.
I remember one gal who had a site (and I will not mention her name, but I can vouch that this really happened in the past few years), and still has it, she would blog a little about her daily life, but she would keep adding in her affilate links for those ‘free’ gimics that you have to sign up for several opportunities just to get a ‘free’ camera or computer.
She constantly plugged them, and when she was not blogging about them, she was also writing paid to blog articles. On top of that, she had her own in house banner advertisements too. It was totally a fail situation. Her site had gotten plenty of traffic when she was not getting so heavily involved in writing to get some kind of compensation. Her content was severely lacking any value to influence anyone. Eventually her blog turned towards being more for commercial gain, she lost a lot of followers and people who would normally comment. In fact, I remember seeing her catch a lot of flack from those same people tired of feeling spammed when visiting.
Clearly, her risk in the end drowned her. What kind of risks have you taken for your blog? How did it work for you?