It's finally time to talk about money
The question is, how come it's perfectly OK to post an appeal for money to get to blogher and nobody gets all up in arms or preachy about how you spend your money. How come it's so OK that people jump in and send money hand over fist for those poor poor folks that can't afford to attend a pseudo conference that is much more about drinking and socializing than it is about any learning? As in, they don't even have a keynote speaker. As in they started begging for money for the October blog tour last month but have no speakers and no agenda lined up.
I honestly do not get it. Are you bloghers so mesmerized with this organization that you refuse to see the flaws? That you will not only pay for your own plane fare, hotel, and conference fees, which must add up to at least $1000 for a weekend, but that you will send money to other women to attend as well?
And again, why is it OK to beg for money to get to this ridiculous drinkfest, but it isn't OK to have items on a wish list or to ask for help because you can't feed your children? Just where are the frigging priorities, people? When a blogger posts for help because of circumstances beyond their control, like illness, gas prices, food prices, etc. they get ignored. I've seen it over and over again, and I'm not talking about myself here. But if they want to go to this stupid "conference", oh boy, let's get out the checkbook and write a check. Nobody can miss this!
It's weird. To me, it seems really twisted. I've seen amazing things away from the mommybloggers domain on raising money for people in need. On the anniversary of NYC Watchdog's son PuppyMeister's death I'm reminded on how that corner of the blogosphere lept into action and donated an amazing amount of money. I donated. It was the right thing to do, even with my financial situation. But I've also seen bloggers being torn apart for being poor. Heck, I experienced that in spades a while back on Karen Rani's old blog. People telling me how to run my life, people who didn't even care about my health telling me to get a job, people telling me how to feed my childen. What the f is that all about, anyhow?
It's OK to attack people left and right for things that they have little to no control over (my health, my work situation) but God forbid anyone should have an ounce of empathy for someone living in poverty. Poverty is shameful amoungst the mommybloggers. Nobody gets that often it is unavoidable. They assume that if you're sick, you're faking. If you are on SSDI, you're on welfare. The craziness of the blogosphere on finances just confounds me.
And yet... "I can't go to Blogher this year" is the rallying cry to sharpen our credit cards and start heading over to paypal en mass.
What the f?
Is it just me, or has blogher zombified into believing that it's a requirement for blogging? Because I don't get it otherwise. A conference filled with unprofessional speakers. A conference that can't even find a keynote. A conference that does not show it's members it's financial statements. Can't anyone SEE what a hoax this all is? Stumble It! JBlog Me