You know. I never said to anyone that they shouldnt take money for advertising on their blog/vlog/whatever you want to call what you do on your website.
I am just saying be conscious of what you are taking the money for. I could go on with another story about when I ran an internet radio station back in the day and was bought out with advertising and the likes. But I aint going to bore anyone else with my stories. Suffice it to say that if every vlogger out there snags some sort of deal and gets paid to vlog, then kudos for you. Good on ya. Ride it as far as you can and then go the extra 200 feet. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry can reply to this subject with their thoughts and ideas and opinions until the cows come home. I'm done with it. I have to go and spend some time in the Mayo with my wife and try to make some of her time enjoyable and bareable. Thanks, be well and take care. David http://www.taoofdavid.com --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Stephanie Bryant <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > So, David, it's not the money you have a problem with. It's the > influence that money brings. > > I wonder if other motivators/value-markers that can also influence > content are as soul-destroying. > > For instance: I love my husband. Our love is generally a positive > thing. BUT: his influence has changed/removed some of my vlog content. > Is that a bad thing or not? > > I'm also motivated by audience comments-- I love it when people say > stuff about my vlog! Don't we all just love the attention sometimes? > Is fame/attention a negative motivator? If "the fans" want one thing > in particular from you, at what point is it as damaging as when the > corporations want you to dance to their own tune for pay? I know many > writers who have answered the cries of their fans to the point where > their work is virtually unreadable, so full of fan-insertions, > in-jokes, and repetitions of the same tired stories and characters. > This happens in TV all the time, and movies to a lesser degree, > because both of those are much greater financial risks. In novels, > however, publishers are willing to risk a certain amount of money on > the percentage of the fans who are guaranteed to buy the book. At what > point does the author say "no, that's just not what I should write > anymore"? Even without the monetary incentive-- the fans are crying > for it! [Case in point: the Firefly, Season Two campaign that's going > on right now, despite Joss Whedon's assurances that Serenity was the > end.] > > Err... but I digress. > > I'm less conscious of money than I should be-- even though it's a > direct, value-oriented thing, I have a hard time keeping it in the > forefront of my brain. Which is not to say I don't love money and the > things I can do with it (mostly purchasing small, expensive electronic > gizmos). But rather, money is only motivating to a point: > > Money is a major motivator when you can't afford to buy a baked potato > for lunch. > Money is a strong motivator when you're barely able to afford health insurance. > Money stops motivating most people when they can cover their bills and > tuck a small amount (never enough) into a savings account, and provide > for their children, if applicable. For childless folks, money is even > less motivating-- once I have enough to carry me into my nineties, > exactly what more do I need? > > I would say that someone giving me $10,000 to run ads on my videoblog > would just convince me to turn that particular domain into their > corporate mouthpiece. Which is fine-- I have never been so proud that > I was unwilling to sell what few talents I have for cash. When I was > fifteen and in the throes of "teenaged writer angst," I was still > looking forward to the day I envisioned, of myself selling ad copy as > a corporate shill. Hey, it's only soul-destroying if you let it touch > your soul. > > If I were given $10K for my vlog, I'd probably shortly start up my own > personal free vlog space elsewhere, basically starting over, because > I'd still need my own voice somewhere, independent and without strings > attached. And, well, the corporation would probably need to have it in > the contract that I'd update their vlog more often than my own, > because if not, I know which one is more interesting to me to update > anyway.... > > --Stephanie > > On 1/31/06, David Howell <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > What bothers me about what could happen with in-video advertising is > > this. A vlog sells advertising and dictates that they control how the > > ad is displayed. They say the ad will be created by them and only run > > at the end of the video. It's a small sum of money. $500. Fine. Ad > > runs at the end. > > -- > Stephanie Bryant > [EMAIL PROTECTED] > Vlog: http://mortaine.blogspot.com > Audioblog: http://bookramble.blogspot.com > Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/