The other day, Wall Street Journal ran a story on how there are more bloggers than lawyer in the US, making for pointy headlines and quite a bit of the wow factor for “America’s Newest Profession”. At first glance, it is an interesting piece (and at second too, really), and if you haven’t read it already, you should.
Just don’t take the numbers too seriously.
That being said, I think the story is interesting, and it has some points about blogging as a profession, no matter how off the numbers are. The truth is, a lot of people make money, and perhaps even a living, blogging professionally, and that brings out questions.
For US probloggers, this can probably not be said enough:
While many bloggers probably support unionization in general, they have no union of their own. Most have no benefits, yet they work long hours in front of computer screens which could cause a variety of health ailments. And the owners of the big sites most often pay their bloggers as freelancers, avoiding all of those taxes and benefits that newspapers have to pay for their writers.
These are things bloggers should consider. What would happen if you got sick? Who would pay if you need to see a doctor? Where’s your benefits?
Blogging probably is America’s Newest Profession, and it shows.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.