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August 23, 2006

Trusting the Gillmor Gang

The blogging has been few and far between lately so I have a ton of built-up posts ready to unleash to my legions of readers. The fact that I even need to address the dearth of recent posts is embarrassing for any blog. As Sifry or Scoble has said (one of those two I'm sure) ave pointed out, if you want to be a well-read blogger, post early and often.

Here's a preview of things To Be Posted (TBP):

  1. Review of Chris Anderson's The Long Tail (finally finished it, now it's back to Benkler's Wealth of Networks)-- see Anderson's recent presentation to Google on the long tail subject
  2. Gillmor Gang podcast, good disucssions on the Trust Gang I and II episodes concerning micro-communities and transperency/disclosure in the blogosphere
  3. "Blogging for Dollars" article in Business2.0
  4. VCs investing in blogging

The last two topics are compliments of Techmeme and from the techie/Web2.0 chatter on the blogosphere, both of those last two articles are getting traction. Blogging as a business is a topic that I've been thinking about recently, especially as I decided to become more serious about my blogging by migrating to Typepad (and am now plunking down cold hard cash for a communication method/medium usually thought of as free). I'm hoping by tomorrow morning that Fred will have read the VC & blogging post and given his insight on the subject. I have a feeling on where he'll come down on this subject so I'll be interested to read his thoughts on the subject.

thanks for the photo Dennis, hopefully I drive some traffic to your Flickr siteMore than anything, from what I've read about Jason Calacanis, Ryan Block of TypePad, Rafit Ali of PaidContent.org, and others, is that blogging as your career is extremely time consuming, requiring

endless dedication to reading, studying, and posting, and yet the most rewarding experience ever. It's a very appealing lifestyle from the outside and many have tried after having only sipped the blogging Kool-Aid, not many of these professionals will actually survive on blogging alone.

Kottke, a long-time blogger (as in blogging before it was cool, perhaps before we even called it blogging) tried the experiment of working full-time as a blogger and using reader donations to support himself and it didn't work out in the end. I don't know all of Jason's results and conclusions on the subject but take a look at what he did and you realize that if he couldn't make it work, it makes the odds seem downright horrifying for the rest of us.

On a more positive note, Rafat of PaidContent (who I first discovered probably 2-3 years ago and have been subscribe too since) left Calacanis' Silicon Alley Report to make a go of blogging full-time. He described the new platform/career as more intense and longer work-days than when he was a more traditional journalist but found the rewards all the more gratifying. And it seems to be working. PaidContent is still on my radar for good content, especially the MocoNews (covering the mobile content industry) emails that I receive but don't always have time to read, consistently gets scoops and posts at Techmeme, and received a round of financing a couple of months ago.

Not that all of us want blogging to be our full-time work/joy in life but many are dreaming about it and these two recent stories show that the MS is paying attention.

Currently Playing: (songs that have been keeping me going over the last few weeks)

  1. Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go (helped me write this post)
  2. A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation (via the Samuel L. Jackson's celebrity play list on tunes)
  3. Coldplay - Talk (Junkie XL remix)

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