What is it with the Internet and Drama? Get a grip people! I am too busy trying to enjoy the few hours of sleep I can get and perfecting a 9 second diaper change for this bollocks.
“Hark! What drama?” I hear you cry.
Well yesterday a blogger ‘outed’ the biggest kept secrets in Manufactured Spending for one! I get it, its annoying but are you really surprised? Comments are flying around, people are attacking and defending – people are throwing in inaccurate information, some to look clever when they are far from it, others perhaps to obfuscate. Then you get the people trying to correct them… just let it go. Then today I get my pal George throwing in that he is ready to cancel his #DO tickets in November because one of the speakers there wrote about Mall cards today in order to promote credit card sales.
Hunters and Farmers
In sales, we had Hunters and Farmers. The hunter mindset would go after the biggest accounts and focus on closing them, burn and turn. The farmers would be more relationship focused and seek to draw smaller, but more consistent revenue streams over time from their accounts, like farmers growing crops.
The same is true of ‘the game’, some folk will want to keep things under the radar in order to farm them for personal use, but then others will go hunting. When it comes to the really big blogs, it does come across like they just shot a baby lion for a Facebook picture, and of course offends- but don’t make that you are surprised by this. It’s what hunters do.
The Peasants are Revolting!
The funny thing with the hunters is that they are more likely to feed the scraps to the peasants – the people too uninformed to know better. These guys love it when hunters shoot down a beautiful animal, and feed off it. Then they are surprised when after a very short period of time there is no more meat. That’s the problem with shooting down something like AP as happened yesterday. Here is when you see comments from folk defending the hunter, because without them they would starve.
Intent Matters most
Hunting to eat is different from hunting for profit. That’s the blogger angle. If you find a cute baby panda (like GC) and shoot it, then sell it in exchange for money (credit card apps) then you are making a statement. The statement is that you rate money over the game.
But that’s OK.
What isn’t OK is all the bloody drama about this. We clearly have two types of person out there, the ones that would kill for a credit card commission, and those that would kill the killers! Let’s remember that we are all just people trying to figure out life. I know for sure that many of the people who are outraged at the hunters behavior do things in their own jobs that they should be pretty ashamed of, but you do what you gotta do to make a buck right?
So don’t be alarmed or surprised when people do things to harm your hobby in order to increase clicks and conversions, they aren’t playing by your rules. And more importantly, don’t say or do anything online that you wouldn’t do to their faces. I have seen way too many snarky comments on twitter or in the posts themselves, and it is unnecessary.
What am I?
People ask me where I fit into the equation. Hunter, or Farmer? Frankly, I started out blogging with a view to make money from it. A glance to the right will show that I still offer credit cards too, which is a weird dichotomy that I haven’t quite figured out yet.
I posted things that were probably best not posted, and as I did I met a few good people who were farming these gigs for the enjoyment of their own families and friends. I saw beyond the drama and mean comments, and realized that good people were suffering from me posting deals for the peasants, and so I stopped.
Now, I am trying to turn the work I did in building up the popularity of this site into something more positive for the community, but I don’t need the drama that comes with it. I spend too much time hearing one side or the other hearing how they aren’t understood, so I’d ask you all to respect your fellow man.
- For Hunters, know that you started out in this game for the love of it, and you can cause harm to people who respect you by killing the big game. Don’t hide from the fact that you are part of the problem.
- For Farmers, respect that hunters need to eat, and that they are people too. It’s like a Democrat yelling at a Tea Party candidate that they are wrong and dumb – you won’t get any results from it. Make intelligent and respectful points.
- For the internet arseholes that take really no side but just like to pour fuel on the fire and just be douchebags to others via twitter or in comments- try to get out more and deal with real people, and consider your internet presence an extension of your actual presence.
I don’t really know where I fit anymore, but I know I don’t want to be a poster boy for the Farmers. Especially if that means I am supposed to leap into witch hunts when someone does something ‘wrong’. Personally, I am trying to move all talk of Manufactured Spend and anything remotely ‘grey’ in the life hacking world over to the Forum. That way we can hopefully build a strong community of people who can eat well. But on top of that, i’d be happy to move away from these areas altogether and get involved more in the bigger picture of sorting out life. Travel is just a tiny component of that, albeit a very powerful one when done right.
The end is nigh
They say it is always darkest before the dawn. It is my belief that the end is nigh for Credit Card applications, they are on a death spiral. Too many people are being advised to get into credit cards and as such find themselves in consumer debt (not the bloggers problem I know..) and the regulatory boards are already starting to sniff around. In the final days you will get to see the true character of bloggers. Will they push hard to get the applications in before the doors close? What bridges will they burn to do so? But don’t attack them for their choices, we have all made choices that put ourselves first at times.
Remember, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. When I posted a Lifemiles trick on here I wouldn’t pull it down for the arseholes, but I did pull it down when someone was respectful and asked me to understand their position. So if you see something that offends you, try to raise your argument, drop the drama, and show some respect. If that doesn’t work, just remember that some people are credit card sales people, and your opinion doesn’t matter to them.