The free ride is coming to an end. News gathering operations cannot sustain themselves by giving it all away, and freebie blogs cannot provide the accurate, unbiased hard-news reporting that professional news organizations provide and that feeds the freebie beast. There will always be unpaid people who write for the ego trip — I liken them to scabs who fill in for striking union workers — and the most popular blogs will draw enough traffic to survive on ads. But it’s like the difference between buying a TV from someone selling it out of the trunk of their car and buying it from the store. You want reliability? Pay the subscription fee.
So here it is - this is really what the traditional news media probably meant to say (since they are a heavily unionized organization) - that we're just "scabs" taking food out of their mouths, living off their creativity.
We are certainly "unpaid" and yes, there is some sort of an ego-trip to writing and putting your thoughts out on the internet where anyone with 2 seconds of time can throw a rude or inane comment onto your post. The part that that really sets me off is the idea that the journalists KNOW MORE than the typical blogger - this likely ISN'T TRUE - since the bloggers (that we're talking about) write about topics that they know well and care about intensely. In our own way, we are trying to make the world a better place, to enlighten and maybe entertain, and to raise topics that often very intelligent people further analyze and provide comments on (ignoring the trolls, of course).
OK, enough of this, it is as bad as politics... I'm moving on.