I am at a loss for words (well, not really as I’m blogging about it) . And, no, I am not referring to this, because I’m too frustrated/angry/sad to even begin to write about that.
So what is this rant about, if not about THAT? Well, I need to give you some background, so bear with me a little bit.
I frequent a few blogs (see “Links I Love” on the right) and if I have something to say that I think is relevant to a post (which is admittedly almost always), I leave a comment. When you do this often enough, you get familiar with other commenters. Some of these commenters have blogs of their own and sometimes, I’ll click through to their blogs if I found their comment particularly interesting/clever/funny or if I’m bored out of my wits. And this is how I came across this certain blogger. His blog is pretty “meh” but I commented once or twice on a post about a prominent Philippine retail chain selling a fake version of a luxury bag I own (Bear with me a little more, I have a point, I promise). I came across him again because another blogger I follow replied to him on Twitter so I lazily clicked through to his blog. Then I noticed something I never noticed in the 2-3 times I’ve visited his blog.
There was a PayPal button on it, with the label “(insert blogger’s screen name here)’s fund”. I found that strange because the only time I’ve ever seen such a button on a blog was when Chuvaness and the Bag Hag were gathering donations for Fabella Hospital. The label certainly didn’t look like it was for a charity, so out of curiosity, I clicked through. And it led me to a PayPal page, with the blogger’s email address, and this line (and, finally, my point):
“Help me pay my bills and I shal (sic) be forever grateful to you, kind reader.”
I can’t… I don’t… Whaa… WTF?!?! I can barely wrap my head around it. It’s so ridiculous that I actually even doubted if I understood things correctly. But there’s no other way of interpreting things, is there? This person set up a PayPal account so that his readers can give him money, if they feel like it. I’ll say it again. What the f@&k ang KAPAL!!!
Of course, bloggers making money off their blogs is not unheard of. But they do it via sponsors, ads and paid posts (that’s a whole other issue). I’ve never actually heard of a blogger ASKING his readers for money, out of the goodness of their hearts, to help pay for his bills. If they were hospital bills, I would be more understanding. But this blogger is apparently still in school and it seems to me that his parents are providing for him adequately. Surely someone who goes to college, has regular access to a computer and the internet and can write about counterfeit handbags isn’t struggling to make ends meet. And even if he WAS struggling, I don’t see other cash-strapped people setting up PayPal accounts so that random strangers could help them pay their bills.
I… I don’t know. I guess, at least this blogger is being upfront about his approach, just directly asking his readers for money instead of going the Big, Bad Blogger route. But it still irritates me like nothing else, the same way that you would probably be annoyed if you went to museum, admired a painting, and suddenly the artist taps you on the shoulder and asks you if you wanted to give him some money to help pay for his phone bill. It’s a labored metaphor, I know but you get what I mean, right? Or am I just being insufferably self righteous?