I received quite a number of emails after yesterday’s post about traditional standards vs. “open” blogging. Many of you applaud the growing democratization of the media through blogging. But others respect the editorial and quality control of the traditional media. Even though I read blogs every day that are as interesting as anything I see in newspapers and magazines, it would be hypocritical of me to dismiss the traditional media because, well, THEY PAY.
Some bloggers ONLY BLOG as a way to get INTO the traditional media. I love blogging for blogging’s sake, but if someone offered me an interesting writing job, I would not say, “Oh, I’m sorry. I’m too busy writing my blog.”
Countless online “experts” want to tell you how you can make money through blogging. I’m here to tell you that I know as little as they do. Some bloggers use advertising to cover some costs, but blog ads can’t pay the bills, except maybe for a few bloggers, one whose name I will not mention. So, despite my ranting post yesterday, the truth is that the “Expert’s Seal of Approval” is important after all — especially if you’re a blogger who wants to be noticed. I know I got into blogging just for the hot women, but I realize that some of you have higher ambitions.
A few weeks ago, I received an email inviting me to join Blogburst:
BlogBurst is a syndication service that places your blog content on top-tier online destinations. You get visibility, audience reach and increased traffic, while publishers get a wide range of new coverage to broaden their reach and increase page views.
How does it work?
Once you’re accepted into the BlogBurst network, just keep blogging as usual. Then, each time one of our publishers picks up your content, you’ll reach a whole new audience — and your byline link will drive traffic to your blog.
Their clients includes such big-wigs as the Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle.
I never actually applied to join, thinking that my conversations with my penis wasn’t really appropriate for the Style section of the Washington Post. But I frequently read YOUR POSTS and say to myself, “This could be published.”
Not always — let’s be honest.
You’re not always at the top of your game, especially when you went out drinking the night before. But sometimes. Maybe it was a night of good sex or good pasta or good sleep, but whatever it was — it cleared your head and made you write a post that was incredibly insightful.
So, I throw this out to you if anyone wants to apply to this Blogburst. I’m not exactly sure what their criteria is for approval or rejection. This service is probably best for the blogger who writes about “issues,” and not the blogger who writes about her experience with her vibrator last night.
2) “BlogBurst charges publishers for this service. They do not share revenue with bloggers, although each post has a byline and attribution/link back to the blog. For most bloggers, this extra traffic and attention will be very welcome.”
This means that you’re basically slave labor for Blogburst. But at least you can tell your friends at your high school reunion that you “write” for the Washington Post. Or it can help you make contacts.
What do you think?
There’s also another service called ScooptWords.
According to mashable.com:
ScooptWords is a new service that aims to sell your blog content to print media. Scottish startup Scoopt was one of the first agencies to sell cellphone photos to media companies (along with SpyMedia), so the expansion to blog content makes sense. The move puts them in competition with BlogBurst, Pluck’s blog syndication service. But while Blogburst doesn’t currently compensate users (they will eventually), ScooptWords is paying contributors 50% of the first sale and 75% of subsequent sales.
Anyone smarter than me willing to read the fine print?
There are other ways that bloggers are trying to get the attention of the mainstream media. Many are now acting like “real” writers (poets and novelists) and reading their work to the public. I’m not sure how often I want to hear a blogger reading about “what she had for breakfast,” but these blogger shows are becoming popular. There is already a show in New York City where bloggers read their work. I’m sure someone will soon start something similar in blog-popular cities such as Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, etc.
On Friday night, I’m going to see one of these shows in a Los Angeles theater — eight Los Angeles bloggers reading their favorite entries as a benefit for the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
• Paul Davidson
• AJ Gentile
• Carly Milne
• Shane Nickerson (who organized it)
• Annie Sertich
• Jessica Mae Stover
• Colleen Wainwright
• Wil Wheaton
I consider myself blogging-pals of the talented Pauly, Carly, and Colleen — and I’m excited to learn more about the others. (note to Colleen: please don’t talk about David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” the entire time!)
Friday, June 16th
6366 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028
While reading your work to an audience sounds fun, there’s really only ONE sureshot way to make money from blogging. Yes, I’m talking about PokerStars.com World Blogger Championship of Online Poker. (also via Nickerblog)
Because of Sophia’s obsession with Texas Hold-em, I’ve now watched countless hours of the pros playing on TV. I expect to kick some serious blogger ass.
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