Screw the Blog Hustlers: Introducing The Blog Parasite Hall of Shame
Today I was reading a post by Justin Tadlock who is a Wordpress theme developer. The post title was “Screw the premium theme market” where he criticises blog designers who charge for their so-called “premium“ themes.
I couldn’t help but think of the similarity between his views and the struggles that I’m also having with my own blog niche. This is what he says:
WordPress was built from a community of people willing to share freely. Yes, even themes. What? Yes, themes were free at one point.
GoodGreat themes were free at one point.
I’m not going to beat around the bush here — stop releasing pay-for-use themes…
This was my comment:
“Hi Justin. You are breath of fresh air amongst all of the hucksters out there. I’m in complete agreement with you and kudos to you for standing by your principles.
I’m having the same problem with my niche that I created. There are so many hustlers out there trying make a fast buck out the pockets of the gullible that it just sickens me.
The blogosphere was built on the principle of sharing and helpfulness towards our fellow bloggers. Wordpress was born out of that conviction.
But today we find everything from the corner racketeer to mega corporations trying to exploit our beloved blogosphere. Stick to your convictions and keep setting a good example.”
Wordpress is free and a labour of love just like the vast majority of bloggers’ work out there. So consider the irony that many of these hustlers are choosing to exploit Wordpress as their
blog splog platform.
Did I say irony? It’s more like an insult.
You know what I’m talking about. Those low-life’s who have no compunction to plagiarizing content (paraphrasing other people’s work) and whose only purpose for blogging is to exploit it. They give little or nothing back except for maybe a thank you for bolstering their bank accounts.
In my opinion these jerks are anti-blogosphere. So as of today I’m calling for a boycott of these parasites. I’m unsubscribing from the newsfeed of anyone who fits this profile.
You know who they are. I’m recommending that you also do the same.
Introducing The Blog Parasite Hall of Shame:
I’ve already written a lot on the subject of money and blog ethics so I was thinking it might be helpful to name names. It would serve them right don’t you think. So do you have a parasite blogger in mind who you think might fit the profile? Or perhaps you might have something to add to the profile that I haven’t yet thought of?
If you do then I’m all ears…