My noggin' has been joggin'. Ever since the FTC decided that bloggers are now required to be forthcoming about their 'take' of the pie. (this is an insult and a joke) Are they getting paid to talk about a company - is the post actually an advertisement - have they received complimentary gifts or trips etc.? Truth is - after all my joggin' with my 'noggin' - I'm starting to think - damn it!!!! I need money too and why the hell shouldn't 'we bloggers' get paid to give others (individuals and companies) FREE PR!!!! (This is not a question.) This is a fact. How can bloggers continue to offer wonderful content if they can't afford to keep the blog afloat? (that was a direct question) Isn't it time that bloggers demanded, deserved and were delivered an income from someone, anyone??? I read a book last year by Donald Trump & Bill Zanker called 'Think Big and Kick Ass'. You might like it. Listen to the Sharks or the Dragons. They'd tell you to give up the damn blog and all the time you are spending (wasting) on it - cause you ain't making any damn money with it - it's been 2 years - the only thing that is getting stroked is your ego - wake up and smell the coffee. Truth is, rich people wouldn't do anything 'business' without getting paid. I don't think they'd get out of bed for less than $1000 / day. I for one am getting sick and tired of others getting ahead financially on the backs of 'little ol' bloggers with their little ol' hobby' - bloggers being all so sicky sweet, drooling over others and making them rich. People schmoozing with bloggers to get FREE Publicity. I am damn good at what I do. A company would have to pay me top dollar for the things I do here on my blog. Just my design work on my headers alone, would fetch me $50,000/year at some company/media outlet - then there's my writing and photography and search engine knowledge and media ad placement and connections and people skills and on and on and so on and so on....And don't get me started when bloggers give bloggers 'shit' for having 'ads' on their blog. Can you believe this!!!! We need to eat people!!! I've noticed that the bloggers who are the most successful, are the ones who promote themselves "the most" - they focus on 'them' not 'others' - they publicize their work, their books, their services, their voice. They don't spend (waste) their time writing posts about others. The FTC has a valid point. Maybe the point is, 'Bloggers are worthy of payment. Hello!!!!' Yes we are. It's time people started 'the pay for play' rule. I just realized that we are being used and abused by everybody, big time and we are allowing it to happen. Do you have thick 'shark' skin or not?