Should Blogs Have Sponsors?
To even pose this question reaffirms how mainstream blogging has become. What started off for many bloggers as a hobby they could regard as a public service or a cheap form of therapy has become a potential money generator. What started off as a platform for many anti-establishment, noncommercial types, is now an open invitation to corporate America to prominently display its logo.
Should we criticize our fellow bloggers if they accept a corporate umbrella? I say no because most still don't make any money. Even the ones who do should not be taken to task as a discerning eye can still tell the difference between a corporate shill and someone who is blogging for the fun of it.
A better question might be whether or not Pugs of War should have a sponsor. Would this corrupt our lovable BlogDog? Would he become a less than perfect dinner guest? I shudder to think of that possibility. Though I am pretty certain he wouldn't change in the least and he would remain someone who is delight to have over, especially if you get him rolling like they did this past Thanksgiving. Nobody, but nobody is better at running commentary while the TV is turned on than the BlogDog. I agree with the Enigmatic Misanthrope that a cooking show on the Food Network would work as a "dark" comedy. He ought to try out next time they hold a talent search. Or hone his act on a public access TV channel until they come looking for him. I could also see the BlogDog simply becoming an I-Pod broadcaster and streaming his show to the devices that accept video. Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility for the BlogDog!