"I think that a lot of people don't really take the decision to run advertising on their blogs very seriously or as seriously as you should," he said. "When you do that you make a decision essentially to go into business. It might be a really small business, it might be a side thing, but basically the second you accept advertising you're playing a different game than someone who has a Tumblr or posts on Facebook."
"It's also something the city of Philadelphia has been doing to freelance writers for a certain amount of time," Joey Sweeney, publisher and editor of the websites Philebrity.com and phoodie.info, told The Associated Press on Monday. "We had to get a business privilege license a few years ago. I guess my take on it is if you are somebody who blogs as hobby obviously you shouldn't have to open an account with the city or whatever."