During an interview i was asked this question.
“So whose blogs do you read besides yours?”
It caught me thinking for a while. Hmmm. Good question.
Reading blogs nowdays is depressing. I kid you not. During a period of time, the only blog i read is cheeserland.com. Because it’s just so good. There are just way too many blogs that go like “How to monetize your blog” or “How to be a famous blogger” (ironically they are nowhere near famous or making a lot of money”), way too many Dawn-Yang lookalikes and way too many Kennysia soundalikes. There’s a fine line between entertaining and painful to read.
And there is competition (to stay on the top), i’m not going to deny (you really believe ah? People who tell you oh, nay, i don’t really care about my traffic count). There are so many popular bloggers nowadays some are (in)famous because they are annoying, some are popular because god-knows-why, and believe it or not most of the top female bloggers are, to put it diplomatically, not the best of friends. Else what is the reason you don’t see them hanging out camwhoring with each other?
I sometimes ponder what’s the shelf life of a blog. I can’t even fathom how Cheeserland would be like, say, 5 years down the road. Blogging is just like being in the entertainment industry. Sooner or later there are new waves (younger and hotter chicks) coming up and you just slowly fade off. So 5 years down the road i’ll either be labeled a veteran blogger, provided i’m still blogging (hmmm. i hope i get enough pension to travel around the world. Yea. dream on), or an obsolete blogger (oh, i think i’ve heard of her. She’s probably kind of famous like eons ago. But her blog’s like sooooo yesteryear. She still talks about nail art! HAHA!)
Oh my god.
Now i feel so intimidated.
Four years ago when i started blogging it was all pure fun. No backstabbing no blog politics. Some friends commented that i should really make some money out of my blog, one way or the other because they were so addicted to my eccentricity and outlandish cheesiness. Nowadays i can see there’s a theme to every other blog out there. Some kind of individual obsessions, with chocolate, strawberry, fish, meatball, sushi, egg… (omg, why all food ah?). Cheh. Makes me feel less special already. And some jokes i made 4 years ago became more cliched than ever.
Then came Nuffnang (i heart Nuffnang). And came the bloggerboom. Everyone is fighting for attention. Everyone complains about not making enough money–online. It’s so. annoying. Oh. No no, you got it wrong. I so totally advocate the idea of making money through blogging. And i’m prolly writing ads more than a lot of other people. Well, must practice what you preach right? But I just cannot tahan when people say i’m so commercialized. It happened about 1 year back. I even wrote a long ass entry about it but decided not to publish it.
Basically the gist is this (that time i was really angry so it was an angry post. yea.)
I don’t get it. How’s my blog commercialized?
Didn’t you realized it’s cheeserland.com (commercial) and not cheeserland.edu or cheeserland.imnotcommercialized?
So WHAT if my blog is a money-making shit website? If it’s so shitty why are you here leh? Who are you to make any complaints about my blog? First of all, i don’t blog for you. And please keep in mind that you don’t PAY to read my blog. Why is it that you don’t complain that most of the magazines out there consist of 50% advertisements? Why don’t you curse like mad when your favorite tv show gets a break and turn into commercials? Worst of all, you actually so willingly pay RM8 to buy a freaking magazines that have 50 pages of advertisements. So what exactly are you complaining about?
If you’d pay me to blog (each of you, say, RM1 per day, i’d have been a millionaire), fine, i’ll just shut up and suck up to your asses and write things that please your balls. Maybe even a little bit of cleavage here and there but hell, what am i blogging for? It’s not like when i use my commercial fees to enjoy foie gras you will get cancer and die in pain. (Yes the poor goose will die but why do you care? Don’t eat KFC la. Killing chicken not cruel meh?)
I’m going to sell stuff, put up ads—whatever i want, to make money and buy cheese to eat. Who doesn’t want money?
One scenario: Let’s say you have a huge piece of feta cheese (hmmm my fav) in your fridge. One day, you discover that it spits up a pile of gold whenever you sing a song to it. You sing 10 songs, it spits 10 piles of gold. Now, would you, or would you not, sing as many song as possible to it, or would you just eat it up and get fat?
Lemmi just simplify the question, since some people are so cow they refuse to understand the meaning of making money.
Question: You have a blog.You’re then given a choice.
1. You can make money out of your blog.
2. You cannot make money out of your blog.
Tell me, what would you choose?
Chee seen. Doesn’t matter. At the end of the day you still still come back and see how i make money. AND contribute to my daily hits.
(Ok that’s not the gist. I copied&pasted the whole thing.)
But that was a year ago. Now i’m getting it less and less, because why?
EVERYFREAKINGONE IS DOING IT!
There, do you have a blog? Do you have a Nuffnang ad? Do you want to get an advertotial? Do you want to earn money?
There. That shut everyone’s bloody mouth up (i heart Nuffnang).
Oh. Blog politics. I don’t even want to go there. It gets me too edgy just talking about it.
There’s also this complication about a genuine review and an advertorial. Say you just blogged about how good McDonald’s is then KFC want you to do an advert for them, but found out that you actually gave Mc free advertising, so they refuse to pay you la. All they give you is a bucket of fried chicken maybe. A bit unfair for both the client and the blogger isn’t it.
I also don’t get why people say i’ve changed a lot (or have i?) and that i sound very angry nowadays (or do i?). All that has changed of me is my hair length and weight (quite drastically) and maybe a slightly improved grammar that’s all (or is that all?) I dunno but which blog doesn’t sound angry la. Last time i used to curse so much but i stopped doing that since a couple of years back because i wanted to keep my blog umum (that’s a lie. truth is because mom started reading my blog) and each time i pronounce something even remotely similar to profanity i will get reminded of 7-year-olds who read my blog. There, you all reprimand me but expect me to be myself ah? Fucckaccino. See, even blogging about this entry i have to think 4 times who it might potentially hurt, and delete accordingly.
Anyway what’s my point again? Nevermind. I lost track.
Oh ya. I was saying. Whose blog do i read daily? Not many, honestly. Starting to catch up since i started using Google Reader (need to know your competitor well hor). I read Kenny’s i read Ching’s, i read icanhascheezburger, i read ichigo’s (but she hardly ever updates), i read Mayzhee’s Cindy’s and Wendy’s (wtf i have a thing for pink blogs) every now and then. (Actually i don’t read Mayzhee one. It’s just to test how long would it take for her to comment here. Since she said she refresh Cheeserland every 5 minutes lo. We’ll see.) The rest are when i’m feeling emotionally stable (because reading blogs is depressing, don’t you think?) (ya ya ya, i know, i’m jealous ma, right, cuz they are more gorgeous and richer and more interesting than me i know thanks)
Oh. Today, i thought of an idea of making more money. Not sure if it works, but let’s try. You know, the reason why i don’t have a blog roll is because, if i start to put someone’s blog link there, another person will request one. Then another, another, and another. So in the end my blog roll become some toilet roll la! You have no idea how many requests i’ve turned down. They just shamelessly ask me to to promote them wor.
If you want me to link you, pay for it lo.
I’m setting up a Cheeseroll column–at the side bar, as you can see. I will accept only maximum five links, to make sure it doesn’t turn into a toilet roll! I also tidied up by sidebar so less junk now. 🙂
I think for a start i will give discount to the first 5 people! I will priced it at RM80. Next month i think i will raise the price. Fashion blogs, make up blogs, and all personal blogs are welcome to purchase a link.
By the way, those who are hoping for more gossip, sorry to burst your bubbles but, no more MDG drama. I kinda got into trouble because of that.
Woo first. 🙂 hiya … happy 4th Birthday.
with $$ comes all sorts of complications never existed.
*sniff* I thought you’d read me 😛
Google reader ROCKS!
KY: evil evil evil. but i like.
ST: you’re on my google reader! But you cunning. have to visit your dot com bo bian.
I read you because I think you’re hot.
And not too bad writer.
Anyway… care to go for a date with me?
Of course, we could talk on the phone first just to confirm i am no psycho.
p.s…. fat change for me… but can’t blame a guy for trying rite….
Did i hear something like..
chocolate, strawberry, fish, meatball, sushi, EGG???
Haha.. not to forget curry as well… 😛
P/s: No matter how, you’re still a unique blogger and no one will ever blog like you because you’re who you are.. There may be lot of hot chicks coming into the blogosphere but one should not worry if he/she is genuine in his/hers writing and idea.. 🙂
Go go Ringo!!!
Ian: send resume pls
curryegg: hahah! but that’s cuz it’s ur name ma. I love eggs to death though. Esp cheese and egg
Hahaha yeah of course mah, in the reader no ads mahhhh we all commercial buddies right 😀
why you so commercialized wan! bad boy bad boy!
What no more MDG diary entries? 🙁
Hahaha.. Next time can create something like cheese and egg?
u know i
eh my comment truncated 😛 i meant to say
u know i heart j00!
Eh! People still complain about me posting ads! 🙁
kim: i know darling.
keju: they jealous!!!! Ur one advert is their two months salary!!!!
google reader ftw!
Kind of interesting (and maybe depressing?) to see that more or less the same debates (“famous bloggers”,money making etc..) are happening in the blogospheres all around the world. Not many “cute famous girl bloggers” over here in Germany, though.
*shifty eyes* chocolate? Sounds remotely familiar.
ok, that ‘angry post’ convinced me… although I hadn’t given very much thought to the topic before, I’m afraid. 🙂 But yup, as you say; if the purpose of the blog is to make money, by all means go for it! Plus, it’s a fun blog, and even your ads are nicely done (so that sometimes I’m not sure if it’s an ad or not! 🙂 )
tsk tsk all these commercial bloggers blogging for money. be like me, i blog for free booze and chocolate!!!!!!!
OMG Cheesie, you are so crever oneee.
EH! I left a comment, like, hours ago, but it, like, never turned up. Like, why ah.
why no more mdg diaries?
i was looking forward to all the drama and suspense~
right on! make hay while the sun shines! earn some $$ while you sleep…i’d say brilliant!
I read you coz you’re entertaining. 🙂
…but yeah, I’ve been thinking along the same lines years ago.
Blogs are like TV series. Prison Break comes out and everyone is into it until the 4th season (4th year) then Heroes or Gossip Girl comes out and it’s the next big thing and only the loyal fanbase will stay with the Prison Break seasons. Or Sopranos for that matter.
It’s just the way things are. Jumping the shark and all that.
remember we used to pimp each other with mich? wahaha so much fun!! so much drama with defaming ALL and elainenotsofukcingfunnylim!!
Does it really matter how much a blog earns?
We chatted about this when we met last time around. I STILL think readers are more important than the money.
Like many Cheesie fans here, I read ur blog daily but u didn’t read mine… T T
Coz of that, I have to sing “how to mend a broken heart”- Bee Gees….
Anyways… U take care yeah…
Me have nothing against blogging for money / commercials / for goodies in return. Whoever has a problem with those… then don’t enter into the society to work lah, or don’t expect money from parents lor. See if they can survive or not.
Siao! Treat them as crazy people who are craving for attention when they put angry comments preaching you on your blog lah. This is your blog. Have it any way you desire 🙂
Btw, ME LOVIE CHEESERLAND! And I have already started my 2mth old son to read your blog too.
eh scare me i thought u’re gonna talk about something else! which i was supposed to tell you but forgot. did u see my comment in your third link wtf
“Sooner or later there are new waves (younger and hotter chicks) coming up and you just slowly fade off. So 5 years down the road i’ll either be labeled a veteran blogger, provided i’m still blogging (hmmm. i hope i get enough pension to travel around the world. Yea. dream on), or an obsolete blogger”
Well… as with all cheese, your blog should be getting better with age… waa haa haa… *pressure* *pressure*
I read urs bcoz I simply juz love Cheeserland. 🙂
ee so sad.. i want more mdg dramaaaaa
i love making money, while doing somethin i like 😀
oh well….everybody is caught up with Nuffnang ads ( in cluding me )
(we all heart Nuffnang )
wat? no more about MDG? no more gossip-ness? alar………
but i am still enjoying reading ur blog 😀
btw. my fren ask whether u are pure chinese or mix?
I would want to put my link there, hello it’s just Top 5 man..
but RM80 mahalnye..
Oh please have mercy ^^
It sure works.. I mean the links… kekeke.. cos even i feel like buying o_O
hi cheesie, don’t you think you should make the cheeseroll more prominent?
just a suggestion…ppl pay for it u know
Its just that people now think, making money through blog is easy. But after all, its not that easy as seen or proclaimed..
I heart Nuffnang too.
cheese + egg.. microwaved cheesy egg… my midnight snacks.. LOL…
I think u should tell us how u managed to increase your traffic and make it so popular until today 🙂 I think it’ll be very interesting to read!
i guess u’re one of the blog which is famous for god-knows-why reason.. *scoff*
I read you because I think you’re funny and because I think you’re a good person. Honestly. I have to admit, though, that I did notice a change in the tone of your entries post-MDG. You seem more…cynical I think.
Anyway, I think it’s awesome that you’re making money off of your blog. I mean, why not?
You sounded angry in times but I guess your readers will still love you for who you are.
Hey, I think I still got my link up in your comment box every time I drop down a comment so I guess more readers will check out more readers from your comment box???