Commerce is so utterly grubby and most practitioners of the art are second hand car salesmen, whatever they pretend they are selling or “doing”.
The blogosphere is no exception; it is an area where people try to practice commerce but usually, it seems unsuccessfully.
The blogosphere has its fair share of oily salesmen particularly in the world of stock market trading where I spent some years and at times made a lot of money. Until I decided to quit because it had all become too nerve-wracking for my ancient body and mind to put up with any longer.
In the world of trading I believe that most people must know they are selling nonsense, particularly where they are pushing trading “systems”.
But it is much the same in blogging generally.
In particular I am most amused by those whose trade is to sell blogging advice. Their business seems to be more than usually incestuous and tautologous. Who knows whether these people make money or not, but it is more than a little ironic that in order to make money out of blogging they have to tell other people how to do so.
What is that all about then?
Enough of such scepticism and negativity. I argue elsewhere in favour of freedom of choice: in euthanasia for instance or the use of “recreational” drugs. It is equally evident to me that those who do not like blogging salesmen should avoid them – they have a choice.
I tend to avoid “infomercials” and many blogs fall into this category. Shopping on the internet is different – and very convenient. If I want to find a canoe or a book by Sartre I can do so with ease end enjoyment.
Infomercials and blogs selling stuff (information or otherwise) under the guise of being interesting and informative are a tedious switch off; so switch them off.
There is some acceptable crossover. Interesting authors may talk about their life as well as offer books. Newspapers these days are simply money making blogs – and I guess most of them carry advertising to make it pay.
There is no harm in people being paid for what they do, provided the sales pitch is inoffensive and the goods or services offered are genuine.
I suppose I have come across too many offensive sales pitches and too many crappy blogs. Perhaps including my own. Who knows; as in every other area of life, I find myself mired in uncertainty, a certain amount of hypocrisy and much ennui.