I am a person who naturally has a hard time asking for help, on anything, be it valid or not. So it is understandably hard for me to swallow when I see bloggers begging for money…..for fun things. Not a matter of life and death or on-the-streets poverty. I’m sorry that your dog needs surgery, that you can’t afford to visit your friends 8 states away, that you covet a pair of pants/shoes/boots/undies that cost $500, that there’s a pervy event all your friends are going to – and that you don’t have the money.
I feel your pain but I’m not *sorry*.
Have you looked at the economy? Have you looked at the economy of the average blogger? Your readers? Because guess what, those that have the money worked hard for it and aren’t going to dole it out (and are likely too busy making money to be reading your blog). Those who are also struggling are in no secure place to be giving you money.
My money situation at home isn’t great. It’s not poverty-line, and hub needs a new job, and we have some bills. If I found myself unable to afford any of my NY trips then guess what……I WOULDN’T GO. It would suck a whole lot, sure. But I’m never going to come here and beg you all to send me to NY just because it’s what my little heart desires. I’ve had some close calls with being able to afford my blog-related trips, but I always pull myself out of it. I care about my traffic numbers on my sites and keeping them in good standing…..I write and I market and you know why? So that I can get and keep advertisers. Because the advertisers pay my site costs and my trips for fun blogger-related events. Not my household money. Not my friends’ money.
Where do you get off with this sense of entitlement? Who encouraged you? What makes you think you look good begging? You don’t. Do not tell me how hard you work at your blog and that I, as your reader, should be guilted into pay you for the privilege of reading it. You need the extra cash? Then get up off your ass and go WORK for it. Put actual work into your blog and get advertisers/sponsors. Lay off the beer. Eat ramen a few nights a week. But do not ask your community to help pay for your incidentals, your fun times.If your friends want you at an event THAT badly then THEY can pay your way.
If you should ever find yourself pondering a bloggers sad plea for money, and you have the $25 to spare, stop and think about this first: There are people in other countries, in our country, in your town who are homeless and starving. There are pets living in crowded shelters. There is medical research that is in sore need of funding. DONATE TO THEM.