The issue of the blogging pay scale is very important, not just because I’m one of the workers in this new industry who expects to be able to pay the rent or meet a mortgage, but also because I represent the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of people who want to make money blogging.
Many people want to turn their blogging hobby into a job, and many professional writers are finding their writing jobs drying up in the shrinking and changing economy. Finding work as a blogger is a way to make your passion for writing pay off.
Digging through the blogger job news, I realized that while the job description for these jobs is much the same as for a professional writer, there are some distinctions that put blogging in a special job category. The number one different? The art of conversation. Blogs aren’t just about writing. They are about networking and socializing. read more
Once again, Gawker Media has cut the pay of their bloggers, according to a post over at Radar.
You may recall that not too long ago, Gawker Media moved to a model where their bloggers were tied to the traffc on their individual blog posts – along with a system of traffic bonuses and other incentives.
The declining economy may have had an impact on Gawker Media, thus driving down the payrates… read more
As part of the integration of DoubleClick, the DoubleClick Performics Affiliate Network will now operate as the Google Affiliate Network for advertisers targeting users located in the United States. Similar to the AdSense Referrals program, the Google Affiliate Network enables publishers to apply for advertiser programs and get paid based on advertiser-defined actions instead of clicks or impressions. For further details, please visit: http://www.google.com/ads/affiliatenetwork/.
Other newsrooms have migrated from videotape to digital, but TMZ, perhaps best-known for its reporting on Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist tirade, was designed for the Digital Age. Not only does this enable TMZ cameramen to shoot using lighter, less expensive cameras, but editors don’t have to rip up entire TV shows each time they make changes, says Jim Paratore, TMZ’s executive producer.
For these reasons, TMZ often has stories up before rivals and operates more efficiently, executives say. As chilling as this may sound to some, TMZ could be the prototype of a 21st century news agency.
Their integrated use of lightweight “prosumer” video has put them far out ahead of most of their competition – driving their traffic to around 10m monthly unique visitors.
Divided into two sections, the 68-page ebook asks two important questionss: “Can You Hear the Internet?” and “Can the Internet Hear You?” If you aren’t listening to your customers and readers, you are missing the blogging boat. Accordingly, if you aren’t writing to be heard, who is listening to you? read more
The new blog, according to Arrington, will be focused on enterprise software:
We just launched TechCrunchIT, our newest property, with editors Steve Gillmor and Nik Cubrilovic. The site is focused on the enterprise tech space – all the software, technologies, standards, platforms, etc. that help companies do their thing, and form the building blocks of the products we feature on TechCrunch, MobileCrunch and our other blogs.
TCIT will be a lot like TechCrunch in editorial and content style – a range of enterprise-related news and analysis including applications, open standards, platforms, cloud computing, microenterprises, customer experience, legacy enterprise, social media, information management and software among other subjects. They aim to promote an understanding of emerging and existing enterprise technologies and products and to analyze their commercial, social, and consumer impact.
Some interesting posts up already- including some video. Time will tell how well this new property will perform.
I often tell my friends that I quit subscribing to newspapers nearly a decade ago as free news made its way onto the internet. Nando News, a website long since merged with the deadpool, was my main source of my news fix. Today, it’s sites like MSNBC, The New York Times, or even my local < ahref="http://startribune.com">Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But there aren’t any newspapers showing up at my door.
There’s also about 4,000 blogs that make their way onto my newsreader each week.
And, it appears, the early breaking of the news was not without its own consequences:
Looking at the detailed records of editing changes recorded by Wikipedia, it quickly emerged that the changes came from Internet Broadcasting Services, a company in St. Paul, Minn., that provides Web services to a variety of companies, including local NBC TV stations.
An I.B.S. spokeswoman said on Friday that “a junior-level employee made updates to the Wikipedia page upon learning of Mr. Russert’s passing, thinking it was public record.” She added that the company had “taken the necessary measures with the employee and apologized to NBC.” NBC News said it was told the employee was fired.
In this, we see yet another example of the internet – specifically social media and news sites like Wikipedia, being able to move more quickly than the mainstream media. I’m just wondering when the mainstream media – for all of their resources and funding – will try and do the right thing (i.e. catchup) rather than aiming for consequences when they get beat – such as in this case.
There are now quite a few blog job sites helping connect bloggers with jobs involving blogging. Here are some blog job titles I uncovered recently.
Advertising Expert Blogger
Alternative Health Blogger
Car and Phone Tech Blogger
Celebrity Gossip Blogger
Cell Phone Blogger
Children Issues Blogger
Entertainment Industry Blogger
Motor Trends Blogger
Online Games Blogger
PETA blogger (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)
Real Estate Blogger
Sports Car Blogger
Women’s Health Blogger
Women’s Issues Blogger
Work from Home Blogger
Looking at this list, I thought about what my dream blog job would be, if I weren’t already blogging it. What would yours be?
For the most part, most of these jobs are dream jobs as they allow you to work from home in your pajamas. You don’t have to go to the office. You don’t have to wear a suit. You control your own schedule, as long as you can meet deadlines. And you get paid, not much, but something. Doesn’t get much better than that, right?
Over the next week or so, I’ll be exploring the world of blogging jobs, but I’d like to know what your dream blogging job would be if you could choose any blog job. Are you already in that perfect blogging job? Tell us about it.