“Have you contributed to other photographer’s projects? As much as I can say there is a photography community in New York, I find myself questioning how much of it is self-interest and how much of it is reciprocal.”
“Pay talented people directly, not by looking at ads.”
I’m a member at several websites and I buy self-published books from others, because I believe in what they do and I want to support them.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a great tradition of doing this at popular photography sites, because most readers are used to the intrusive ads and over-the-top affiliate sales techniques.
Your participation in a photographer’s blog doesn’t have to be monetary, but you’d be surprised just how much participation of any kind can make a real difference.