Signed a Deal With the ‘Devil’
Last month I asked: “Should You Allow Major Media to Publish Your Blog Posts?”
The answer was a resounding, “NO!”
Since I can never resist going against the current, I’ve just signed on to blog for free (once a week) for a decent-sized media company.
While I completely agree with most of you that this will likely result in greater success for the company, and not little ol’ me, I’m looking at it as an experiment.
The contract clearly states that they can pimp my name, my blog’s name, my likeness, etc. for THEIR financial gain. Also, the content has to be 100% fresh and can’t be posted on my blog. Since the two are closely related, in a way, I’m robbing my blog of good content. I can ‘opt out’ at any time.
I will use this space in the coming weeks to report the results. Perhaps we’ll all be pleasantly surprised. At the very least, you can sit back and say, ‘told ya so,’ when I help the corporate monster grow even larger.
Andrew G.R. is the owner of Jobacle, a career advice and employment news blog and podcast designed to make work better. Follow him on Twitter.
Andrew, mind telling us the name of the media company so we can follow your progress? :)
John: Fair question. I’ve decided to wait until I have one or two articles published first. I don’t want to jeopardize the relationship before it even starts. Once they see the valuable contribution I can make, I will be more comfortable sharing their name, the articles, etc.
Your blog(‘s name), is that your blog for the media company, or rather have you managed to get a link to your own blog promoted properly with every entry (even though it still could be that the company outranks the SERPs for your name – as SplashPress Media does for my name, but I never activated my own URL)