Last week I received an email from a firm asking me if I would consider putting advertising on this blog.
I was intrigued, so I asked for more information.
They claimed it would be discreet, and non intrusive – and I thought about it, because having an income stream would kind of offset the time I spend preparing each post.
Believe it or not, it takes me between an hour and two hours to do a post, what with preparing the photos, editing and refining the text etc. The posts might look simple, and read fast, but that’s because I put a lot of effort into making them so.
Anyway, I decided not to go with the advertising offer. My PGS told me not to.
It didn’t feel right.
I hope one thing which this blog offers is integrity, honesty, and transparency. You might not always agree with what I post here, and I’m sure that sometimes I annoy/anger/confuse/disappoint/outrage you. (Don’t mention the Burning Dwarf!)
- I’ve never professed to be an expert, or any kind of “guru.” I’m just a bloke who did a walk and writes a blog about it.
- I’ve never professed to be a saint – far from it. Saints don’t do white port drinking sessions.
- I really don’t care if this blog has huge numbers or a handful – I write largely as a way of trying to make sense of the world around me.
- I don’t proselytise here – or at least I hope I don’t. I try not to.
- I learn from writing this blog. It forces me to think more deeply about things, and it keeps me curious and observant.
- I learn more from you, than you do from me.
I must admit that I was a little chuffed at the offer of advertising – it means that this modest little blog is getting some attention out there.
But if I took on advertising then there’s an implicit contract – that I would have to keep my numbers up, or increase them – and that would then impact on what I write about.
I’d soon find I’d have to write stuff that was designed to increase traffic flow to the site – and so for me then the fun goes out of it. It becomes work. More than that, it becomes a manipulation. The transparency becomes cloudy.
I don’t write this blog for money. I do it because I like to, because I want to – and because I get to hang out with you cool bunch of people!