Unpaid by the word

I fished this out of the spam trap yesterday. It’s clearly no good: it links to a nonexistent URL, and the email address smells funny. Still, it’s a question worth considering:

What is the difference between a Website Columnist and a blogger?

Immediate smart-ass remark: “Ten dollars a post.”

I thought about it a little longer. I spent some of that time speculating what I’d have done with $10 a post, which over the past 18 years would have brought in nearly a quarter of a million dollars — and which, if I broke it down by actual time spent, would probably not be a whole lot more than minimum wage.

And I tend to think of “columnist” according to the newspaper model: someone who turns out 750 words three times a week for a small (sometimes not so small) retainer, as distinguished from well, me, turning out 200 words thirty-five times a week simply for the satisfaction of having stirred up stuff.

Besides which, people who toil for big commercial sites earn somewhere between nothing (HuffPo) and damned little — maybe as little as, um, $10 a post.





1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    5 August 2014 · 7:40 am

    What is the difference between a Website Columnist and a blogger?

    Title bloat.

    I’ll be here all week, be sure to tip your retail food presentation specialist.

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