More Politico Bloggers Going “Pro”
With the recent mid-term elections in the states wrapped up the Washington Monthly has a great thought piece on how more and more political bloggers are transitioning from hobbyist to professional, starting with the Daily Kos, which began to accepting advertising quite recently. Is it the talk-radio-ization of blogging? Perhaps. But there is a nice summarization of how people do transition to “Pro”:
The first is amateurs who get hired to blog for professional outlets. I’m an example of this, as is Jesse Lee and anyone else who’s paid to blog for a politician or a political campaign. The second avenue is professionals who move from print to blog (or add a blog to their print portfolio). Early examples are Mickey Kaus and Andrew Sullivan, and more recent examples include Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt, and the legions of newspaper reporters who now have their own blogs. The third avenue is to sell enough ads to become a self-employed pro. Josh Marshall is an example of this, and so is Markos. The next step along this avenue, perhaps, may be whatever it is that Markos has in mind.
Unfortunately, for most bloggers who are not politically motivated in their writings, there just isn’t the same infrastructure or money in other broad areas of interest. How many tech companies willing to pay bloggers in the 5 or 6 figures to blog about their company? And never mind technology — how about common business that have to do with regular products and services? It just doesn’t exist … yet.
But will it ever? I suspect it might — look at the article in the USA Today normalizing blogs — but it won’t be happening any time soon. The good news? Those that are blogging now are on the vanguard of a new generation (first?) of bloggers, so that when it does (if it does), those bloggers (perhaps you) will be in an excellent position to make the transition (if that’s your thing).
Tony Hung is the editor of the BlogHerald. He is also a physician finishing his last year of residency in General Internal Medicine, and blogs at Deep Jive Interests , where he rants, occasionally, on new media topics.
In 2005, I started something called the Professional Bloggers Association. It got a good deal of buzz at the time, but unfortunately I didn’t have the moxie to see it through, mostly because I had just started a business and had to make a living. Later, I began to realize that, while pro-blogging is a growing career trend, it’s still a long way off in terms of becoming something substantial. People who earn their living thanks to blogging are a rare breed. I’m grateful to be one of them.
“Daily Kos, which began to accepting advertising quite recently.”
Say what? I take it you techie types don’t get over to the political ‘sphere very often; Daily Kos has been accepting advertising for most of its run. It’s just that being a progressive-left blog, Kos keeps getting complaints about it. For example, see this. (Full disclosure: Yes, that’s my blog.)
I was going to write something along the same lines, but I think this link will suffice in place of a complete article:
More and more bloggers are quitting their day jobs and becoming pro bloggers: