Thursday, January 15, 2015

Former Right Wing Blogger, Now Working Fox, Admits She Was Doing it for Hidden Contributions

Lets say Blogger Heaven is somewhere out there in the sky.

We've all heard of blogger heaven, but few of us ever see it. Is that fair?

At least one blogger has acknowledged that blogging without extra C notes (beyond the small amounts creepy Internet ads bring) in are just not worth it.

I've heard about groups who fund bloggers and Internet news sites without ads showing up.  It seems a bit unfair that they get to pick and chose who gets money to survive and improve while the rest  of us bang away and hope someone reads.

I've been assured by other small time bloggers that Internet ads are not worth the effort  and Lauren Ashburn certainly seconds that opinion, but mostly secret elite groups certainly crammed with people who made big money in IT or news opinion and other businesses are handing the funding needed out left and right to favored people.

Until one of them falls through the "favored" cracks.  Of course, down here under the cracks one wonders how to get up there.

Having money invested would mean more time and resources to do a better job.

Luckily for her, Laura had a Fox News gig to fall back on.

But so much for the free speech on the Internet system the rest of us were counting on.

And we wonder why people are so extreme on the Web.

For big money, bloggers have to prove they can build the equivalent of a spaceship on the equivalent of a rowboat's cost.  Or make a big enough crazy enough splash (like Ed Snowden and co) to be lofted into blogger heaven immediately.

While I am dealing with my own problems with overwriting, I also have been working on finding new information, what others aren't already talking about.

Also I'm trying to figure out whether the good numbers Blogger reports are actually accurate.  (I never equaled them with any other blogging system, but are they true numbers or some vestige of how Blogger counts)?

And how and why are some bloggers lofted into money-pot heaven while the rest of us trudge through the mud.  Oh, and BTW is it ethical to write while having unacknowledged funders in the first place? (At least I don't have to worry about that one, since I have no funding).  At least with ads the source of funds and the reason they are offered are obvious.

But hidden donors?

That sounds creepy.

Picture at top is cut from a flickr CC x 2.0 offering by user VinothChandar (thanks so much) who has no connection with this blog or blogger). (I cut it  from a lovely composition showing Interlaken Valley, a place that this blogger though having traveled little since a child has actually been).