I am a blogger and an internet marketer and I make money doing both. I read dozens of blogs and websites each month and I participate in various online blogging and internet marketing communities. And one of the biggest issues currently being discussed is that blogs are not taken as seriously as websites and what can be done to change that mentality.
Part of that mentality is due to the fact that readers don’t understand the difference between the atmosphere of a blog and a website. But a good portion of it is due to irresponsibility in the blogging community. It’s one thing to publish an opinion article. We’re all entitled to our own opinion and you don’t have to read it – or agree with it – if you don’t want to.
But when bloggers like Breitbart rush to publish a report without all the facts, just so they can grab the traffic, that’s irresponsibility. Breitbart personally effected Shirley Sherrod’s career and her life.
When bloggers like Dr. Laura tell you they’re moving off the radio and on to the web so they can say whatever they like and not have to worry about it, that means her apology really wasn’t sincere and she has no intention of accepting responsibility for offending millions of people when she used the N-Word – and she’s going to keep on using it on her blog because it will bring in the readers, ergo the MONEY. In the end, that’s what irresponsible bloggers care about – the money. Not whether or not they offended you or harm you in some way.
Most readers have no idea how the internet works. They think there’s some highly intelligent being sitting behind a keyboard entering FACTS all day long. They still come to blogs assuming that everything they read is the honest to God truth, simply because ‘they read it on the internet’. Until the general population understands that it’s just regular folks like you and me entering all of this information, then bloggers have a responsibility, when stating FACTS, to make sure they’re accurate.
Mothers come to blogs looking for information on child care. I’m assuming you’d want them to find FACTS, not some blogger’s opinion on the proper medication to use when your baby has a fever. Because an irresponsible blogger is only pushing the medication that will make him the most in commission – he really doesn’t care what it does.
I’m also a freelance writer and just a month ago I was asked to write a series of articles for someone’s website that promoted a company that had literally been shut down 2 years ago by the FDA because their product caused serious medical problems. Of course, I refused the gig, but do you really want your parents finding that website and purchasing that product?
And heaven forbid you should need a debt counseling service and go to the web looking for information. There are only about 2 or 3, out of the dozens of companies you’ll see being promoted by bloggers, that WON’T take your money and run. Yet bloggers continue to promote these illegitimate companies because YOU say they have freedom of speech and THEY make a lot of money doing it.
Expressing opinions is one thing. Although I disagree with any type of racial slur, we are guaranteed the right to use them in this country, and for that right I’m thankful. However, if you’re going to use your blog to try to sell something, and make no mistake, that is exactly what Dr. Laura and Breitbart are doing, then you better have all your facts in a row.
If you look at my bio, I’m the Internet Business Examiner and the word business usually means ‘selling’. Selling ad space or products at the expense of someone’s career or mental health is NOT responsible blogging, it’s not a good way to conduct business, and eventually it’s going to start coming back to haunt you.
Dr. Laura quits radio show, plans to blog so she can use the N-Word whenever she wants – see video