Well. An awful lot of you read my last post on Bowie. And a lot of things came up in the comments, as well as discussions about the post in other spaces (my Facebook and Twitter and.. a lot of other places). There are some things I’d like to respond to here. I’m going to separate them into a few different posts, because they’re different enough to warrant it. And I pretty much haven’t the time to deal with them all in one go.
“Aoife is a vile opportunist attention-seeker, jumping on a bandwagon for clicks and money.”
I could tell you that the ad revenue we get here at FtB is the opposite of spectacular. Sure, that post garnered more hits than anything I’d ever written before. That does mean that in a few months time I’ll get a somewhat bigger chunk of cash than I normally would.
But let’s be clear about something: the amount of money I normally get from the ads here? It doesn’t even keep up with my Kindle store habit. It’s nice to get a few quid from the blog at the end of the month, true. But if money was what I was after, I’d be blogging about something else. I do this because I like to do it. I like having conversations. I like to write. And yeah, it’s nice that I get a couple of books, or a takeaway and a bottle of wine at the end of the month.
I could say that I wrote a journal entry on Monday morning. Then I felt like I’d really like to talk about it with other people, so I copied and pasted it into the blog, gave it a quick ten-minute edit, and posted it up. Shared it to my Facebook. And then got on my bike to meet a friend for lunch.
I could also say that the idea that I’ve jumped on a bandwagon is a bit silly. Half the planet was talking about Bowie this week, and you expect me to write about something else? I’m a somewhat gender-discombobulated queer who grew up in the eighties fascinated by space, for feck’s sake. I’m not jumping on a bandwagon. This is my band and my wagon and I’ve been on it for a third of a century.
I could say that and leave it there. All those things are true. But I’m not going to leave it, because an assertion like that demands to be questioned. And here’s my question:
What on earth is wrong with wanting attention?
Let’s say that I did want attention. That I wrote a post on a blog so that other people could read it. And then I shared it on social media so that people would read it. Let’s say that I liked it when more people started to read it.
Let’s say that I loved writing and would love to earn a living from it. Maybe I took the time to think about what topics people would like to read about, and then spent more time writing them.
Why do you have a problem with that?
Why are you so intent on shoving people down when they dare to stick their heads over the parapet? Do you think I have notions above my station? That I should shut up and let the important people do the talking? Or that I should stick to having the kind of opinions that you already agree with?
I’m not going to do that.
No, I didn’t write that post to jump on an attention-seeking bandwagon and earn
countless easily countable riches amounts of money. But I am not going to apologise for the fact that I share my work. And I’m not going to apologise for liking it when people read my work.
Deal with it. Or go away and read someone else.
On the other hand..
If you do want to stick around here (despite my Vile Opportunism), I’ve a suggestion. An opportunity, even! Most of the time, the only thing that you can do with ridiculous assertions and accusations is to type them into a comment box and hope that whoever’s running the place lets them through their filters.
But with this ridiculous assertion? You can make it come true. You can turn me into someone who writes for clicks and money! All you have to do- and I’m sure you’ll agree, this is pretty simple- is to click on the “monthly subscription” or “one-time donation” buttons at the bottom of this post. Follow them through. Part with a small amount of your cash- any will do, I promise I’ll take it. You’ll have taken me one step closer to being that caricature you dreamed up. It’s a win-win situation. Won’t it be worth it?
Even bloggers have to pay the bills! Monthly subscriptions- no matter how small- help give me the security to devote time to this place and keep a roof over my head. If you like what you read, please do help out: