It’s really simple: I put ads to pay for the upkeep of my site, everything else is gravy. I’m a web guy who blogs, not a blogger who does web stuff. :)
That’s a nice way of putting it. :)
If you start a blog solely for earning money, discussing a topic you have no business talking about, then that’s a mockery. But there’s nothing wrong earning a living doing the things you’re passionate about — people in the arts are doing that exactly. However, integrity should be intact and there are certain ideals we should uphold and never compromise.