Whether a blogger remains anonymous or not does not affect my status as a reader. I browsed the Internet from article to article and I loved some of them, one thing I noticed was that I never really looked at the author. I believe that blogging is not the same as news. The news is credited to stating facts and getting the details down right to the masses, while blogs are a more personal outlet. I see blogs as more opinionated rather than a source of information I can truly believe in. Thus when I read a blog I am doing it for the enjoyment of someone else’s thoughts and ideas. I try to whole heartedly read their posts unbiased by authorship and status. It comes down to the content, whether it is good or not is the only thing that matters to me.
Furthermore, as an online content creator I can see why some people would choose to remain anonymous. Creating enjoyable content online can lead to a successful career with adoring fans, and sometimes not everyone wants that. Not everyone wants to be swarmed by a group of fans when they are out doing laundry, eating breakfast, or just doing daily activities. Staying anonymous is a form of protection for the creator.
In regards to authenticity from a reader’s perspective, it is a reader’s choice to come to a certain blog. There is no obligation for a blogger to report facts and figures. A blogger’s content can be anything they want as long as it is good content that is engaging and sparks my interest I will read it regardless of anonymity.
As we discussed in class, there are a variety of ways to generate income from our personal blogs. Since we are putting so much time creating and writing content, it would be nice to generate a little bit of income from it. By implementing a few of the monetizing strategies we learned, it is possible to generate revenue from our blogs without annoying the readers away or jeopardizing the blog’s integrity.
One monetizing strategy I would use is the e-book. Since my blog focuses on food reviews and recipes, I can either make a recipe book or a cook with a list and description of all the food product reviews I’ve done. I know that one usually makes less then a dollar per book sold, but it seems to add up in the end.
Another way I would monetize my blog is by simply asking for pay pal donations. I wouldn’t be obnoxious about it. I would just inform my reader at the bottom of my blog asking if they enjoy my blog, I would appreciate donations. Also, pay pal donations allows readers to choose how much they would like to donate.
In addition, I would not mind putting one ad along the side bar. I would seek Google’s help to find advertisements that is relevant to my blog. Finding ads through Google will save me time. Moreover, having pay-per-impression I believe will help me generate more revenue than pay-per-click. For pay-per-impression, I will be getting money from readers just loading my blog page with the ad.
Corporate sponsorship or partnership seems like something I would like to look into as well to monetize my blog. With corporate sponsorship, I would be able to review new food products sent to me for free usually. I also really liked the video How Sweet It is for Dellalo foods. The blogger was able to incorporate her own creativity and voice, while partnering with the products of another company.