As you may, or may not know, I follow (meaning sit in mute astonishment most of the time) Under $1000 Per Month, a blog that is supposed to be about frugal living but sadly is more often a documentation on 'what not to do'. She does make money from it, but at what cost?
Many people have have set up parodies of her site from Under 1000 Braincells and the recent post on Baby Rabies. All share concerns about her lifestyle and how it could be affecting her children (along with a great deal of snark). Emily's response? "Why are you questioning me"? According to her, she is doing nothing wrong.
Which leads to the question: how much is too much information to put on the internet? Emily chooses to post names, photos of both her family and her home, and details of their everyday lives, right down to menu plans.
Many of those things in isolation are fine, but in her case she is posting them on a very public blog, that has become to be seen as quite controversial. She is risking a great many things (including further endangering her children), and for what? To share her belief system or lifestyle choices? To make money?
Most people commend my blog for it's openness: and whilst that may be true, I am very careful about how much information I put out there, particularly as my blog becomes more widely known and read. Back in the beginning I wasn't, but then it was just me and some friends whom actually knew me in real life. You would be surprised at just how much information I hold back now.
And sorry internet people, you probably won't ever get a weekly menu plan from me: I am a look in the fridge half an hour before type girl! You won't get my weekly shopping lists either, nor the in depth details of my budget? Odd, huh!
As for her obsession with monetizing her blog? I find it really off putting, and well, annoying. If you must, put up a few ads, but don't plaster your site with them. It is a very bad, desperate look.
I have chosen not to monetize my blog because it isn't really my thing: I haven't got the energy to maintain/create a larger blogging audience the way Emily does. Not only that, but there isn't an advertisement program out there that I like enough to use.