So there are some blogs out there that are really, really popular. That have millions of readers. They make the blogger lots of money because they can host ads, etc. on there that companies pay for. The more readers you have, the more money-making potential.
And it's hilarious because some of these blogs are (apparently) controversial. One in particular is so popular, and also so despised, that there are actually blogs dedicated to being AGAINST said blog! (Did that make sense? Someone has a blog, people think it's lame, and so they've started a blog for the sole purpose of being against the first blog.)
I have to admit, this both amuses and disturbs me. Most blogs I read belong to people I either know in real life or have a connection to somehow. The ones I don't, I'm pretty sure are the real deal. Blogging is strange though because people are sharing things and you're reading them and taking it on faith that...
the person is who they say they are
their motives are pure
their stories are real
Personally I cannot fathom creating an online persona that is different from my actual identity, or embellishing stories to boost readership and keep people coming back so I can make money and get exposure. I don't mean that in a self-righteous way, I just mean that in my opinion, that utterly defeats the purpose of blogging. People blog for different reasons and I get the whole "creative license" thing blah blah blah...but the idea of misrepresenting yourself and trying to be someone you're not to make a buck is really yucky.
Blogging is funny because everyone gets to be some sort of mini-celebrity and you definitely have the ability to recreate yourself, stretch the truth, be whoever you want to be. 99% of bloggers aren't doing this, but it IS something interesting to think about.
Oh, and I can assure you that a) I don't have millions of readers therefore I am NOT profitting off of this thing, and b) I'm definitely not making up stories. This really is my life. (Who has the energy to create a different life online?! My regular old life keeps me busy enough!)
Have you found anything weird out in the blogosphere? What is it?