Quoting from Geodog: Work is the curse of the blogging class:
I suspect that historians looking back at the rise of blogging will see the tech depression of 2001-2004 as a critical factor in getting blogging started. The stage was set by the 1996-2001 internet boom where content had been hailed as king, and by Gore v. Bush and 9/11, which reminded people that politics really did matter….
In his comments, Anil argues that “some of us” are blogging more than ever, but is Anil updating his personal blog much? Blogging a lot a Six Apart is a different sort of thing entirely, and actually fits Tim’s thesis (that commerce is changing what’s being blogged about).
For more on the rise of corporate blogging or the end of the heyday of unemployed (er, “consultant”) blogging, see the Blog Business Summit.
It looks like Macromedia is exploring or considering the idea of providing some sort of blogging products or services or features. If you want to help them gauge the needs of bloggers, take their Blog Authoring Survey.
(via deeje cooley)
My sysadmin just pointed me to this listing at craigslist in New York: Bloggers needed – $300 per month.
They pay with PayPal too. Sounds like a blend of the Marquis experiment and the Bzz Agent concept. Wonder who the payer is?
Five tips on How to make money from your blog:
- Sell advertising
- Help sell others’ products
- Solicit contributions
- Market your services
- Deepen your existing customer relationships
I’s mostly a Tip 4 kind of guy with a bit of Tip 5 mixed in. Unless you count the incredibly lucrative Google ads, that is. Croesus ain’t in it.
Tony Walsh at Clickable Culture looks closely at the terms of service for the bloggers being paid to blog about / endorse Marqui’s product ( – Deconstructing Marqui’s Adverblogging Antics) and doesn’t like what he sees:
Today I discovered that the situation is actually worse than I originally thought.
Quoting from Blog Ethics Committee, Blog Publishers Association, and the evil Word of Mouth Marketing folks – The Jason Calacanis Weblog – calacanis.weblogsinc.com
Nick Denton put up a pleasantly surprising post today, complimenting me for being a “volunteer watchdog” for blog ethics. He proposes Jeff Jarvis and I start a blog ethics committee in order to create some standards in blog advertising. It’s a great idea, a lot of work, and very important to the blogosphere.
If you’re blogging— for money or not—we all have an interest in having a level of comfort when we’re consuming and creating media. Who doesn’t want to know if a blogger is getting paid to write about something? Who doesn’t want to see advertisements clearly labeled and outside of the content space? I can’t think of one reader of blogs who wants to be deceived….