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Some people are never happy

Last week (and the week before–and the week before that) Mike Arrington of TechCrunch (google it, he doesn’t need another link), Jason Calacanis (google it) and Robert Scoble (likewise) all had their shorts in a knot over PayPerPost and paid blogging. We PPP bloggers have been called soul-sellers and whores and all manner of other mature comments. Why? Disclosure. They want (so they said) us to disclose our paid advertising.

So we did.

That Disclosure Policy I made last night?? Yeah, the one I have linked over in the sidebar. PPP developed and financed that site to allow for greater transparency on our blogs, and they have opened the tool for anyone to use. Now, I knew about this about 10 days ago. I was one of the testers of the site. I thought it a marvelous idea, and I still do, but I was asked to keep it under wraps until it was ready for the public, so you did not hear about it.

Well, Arrington’s Assington’s lead post is all over it this morning. It’s not good enough for him. He even gets angry because one of the options you can select as you make your policy is : “This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. We write for our own purposes. However, we may be influenced by our background, occupation, religion, political affiliation or experience.”

Let’s step back for a snide aside,to wit: If you are not influenced by these things, there is no way you have anything to write worth reading, and you may as well sit down like Shakespeare’s monkeys and just hit the keys.

Back to the point: All three of those guys are cashing in on PPP. They are getting hits every time they write about it. They are all screaming for us to go away, even while accepting extra advertising dollars for doing it. Here’s your coffee gentlemen: THIS BLOGGER STANDS!

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