Fashionista, a blog I just found and quite like, reposted an interesting take on the whole commercialization of blogs topic. It was originally an interview for an online magazine The Talks with an unusually frank Scott Schuman a.k.a The Sartorialist (who in the interview decries all this posting and re-posting. But ah me! That's post-modernity for you.)
Mr. Schumann claims: I think the thing that has worked really well, and this is potentially a new day in media, is that what they [his readers] are buying into is not just the image but also the amount of integrity. The thing that I am very proud of is, even though they bought ads for an entire year, I have no relationship with my advertisers; I have no contact with them.
To summarize: even though Monsieur Scott makes a lot of money from posting ads by American Apparel and Net-a-porter among others The Sartorialist has got such a large audience he doesn't have to tailor content to those companies. I'm glad my post on the topic started a bit of a discussion about this topic on my own blog. While I don't have the option of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars and posting whatever I'd like (and if I could I probably would) I do value making the choice to take no money or clothes and post whatever I'd like all the same.
Integrity is always free, and it's a luxury we can all afford.
That's rather awkward phrasing, so I'll end by re-posting another great quote:
My mother said I broke her heart...but it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us...but within that inch we are free.
-Alan Moore, V for Vendetta