Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Keeping the Day Job

To paraphrase real estate huckster Tom Vu , "do you have the guts to get rich blogging?"

Dan Lyons, more famously known as Fake Steve Jobs, wrote Growing Rich by Blogging Is a High-Tech Fairy Tale for his "day job" at newsweek.com.

It gives insight and some figures on the financial opportunities for bloggers. To cut to the chase: there's not a lot of opportunity! Certainly that's not why I blog, though it's nice to imagine the claimed average earnings of $5,060 per year.

It also gave me more insight into Dan Lyons, the person. As often happens, I liked the "fantasy person" Fake Steve Jobs better. I was disappointed to read that getting rich was a big reason for his launching the Fake Steve Jobs blog, which I found absolutely hilarious. Mark me naive for wishing he just wanted to share his creative gift with all of us. You do have a humourous gift, Dan. May you find a way to re-launch it and make a good living while you're at it.

4 comments:

John said...

Hi John:

After reading the article, all I have to say is that it's a perfect example of an old-media person trying to make it big in a new-media space, and sweating the wrong stuff. He clearly didn't give much thought to the "how" of monetizing his blog. Google adsense was clearly a loser - but there are other ways.

Then again, don't look at me for all the right answers, I've made $0 for my effort so far. I'm keeping my day job.

Clearly the biggest benefit I've reaped so far is in the networking. There's a few people out there I would have never met were it not for my blogging, including you.

I figure I'm taking the slow ramp. My readership as been steadily increasing throughout the 3 years I've been blogging, and I figure that'll be worth something to someone one of these days...

JMF

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John said...

Here's an interesting take on whether on can "make money" on a blog...

How I Made Over 2 Million With My Blog

JMF