One of my blogger friends has been selling ad spaces on her blog for about six months. The strategy has made her some money and it has gained her a few followers. The other day, she asked me “Why don’t you advertize on your blog? Or at least add AdSense?”
“The second question is easy.” I told her. “I would hate to be the one promoting the latest penis enlargement spell, just because someone thinks that would fit my blog.”
The first question is a bit more complicated and very personal. I’ve chosen not to sell ad spaces because I want to maintain Pagan Culture’s integrity. I’m not referring to honesty, for I know that all my blogger friends’ reviews are unbiased. However, I want every reader of Pagan Culture to know that this blog is not fueled by money, or the need to make monetary profit.
I like the idea of reviewing books, but I only have time to review adult and young adult ebooks (mostly urban fantasy, paranormal romance and dark fantasy), in Kindle (text-to-speech enabled) format. This format allows me to read/listen during my daily commute—I don't have that much time for reading anymore :-( Email requests to magalyguerrero (at) live (dot) com.
What are your thoughts on this issue? How may the possibility of making profit affect a blog?