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Think you can change the world with your blog? You’re deluded, says Professor Bainbridge:

[W]ith the exception of a few professionals like [Kevin] Drum or Andrew Sullivan, most of whom are sponsored by traditional journalism outlets, blogging tends to be the hobby of people with full-time jobs who do it because it’s more fun than stamp collecting.

I do in fact have a day job: 45-50 hours a week, most weeks. And while at one time I had a box full of nice (if not exactly mint) uncanceled stamps, I learned early on that philately would get me nowhere.

(Oh, come on. You knew this was coming.)





4 comments

  1. McGehee »

    6 May 2008 · 11:24 pm

    blogging tends to be the hobby of people with full-time jobs who do it because it’s more fun than stamp collecting.

    I’ll cop to everything but the full-time job part. Though lately the stamp collecting has been looking mighty good…

  2. sya »

    6 May 2008 · 11:55 pm

    I was reading the quotes in that article and I found the example of science blogging as done by amateurs to be rather misleading. Most of the major (and not so major) science bloggers are professors, professional science writers/journalists, or grad students who are obviously on track for a science job.

    Better example: knitting blogs. Aren’t all of those written by amateurs?

  3. fillyjonk »

    7 May 2008 · 8:47 am

    Well, if you define “professional” loosely enough to include any case of “someone who gets paid for doing what they’re blogging about,” yes, there are professional knitbloggers. There are several who have written books based on their blogs (which are very popular and have their own maniacal fanbase). There are some who edit knitting magazines. And there are some who are professional or semi-professional pattern designers, in the sense that at least a portion of their income comes from the patterns they write and sell.

    As for me? I like to “talk” and don’t have that many people around willing to listen to me, so I use the blog as an outlet. I have no illusions as to getting paid, getting famous, or getting a book contract off of it. My writing is just not that great and I am absolutely tone-deaf when it comes to capturing the “pulse” of a generation, movement, or hobby.

    That said, I do appreciate the few readers and comments I get…

  4. McGehee »

    7 May 2008 · 9:22 am

    That said, I do appreciate the few readers and comments I get…

    May I suggest inputting your blog’s URL when you comment here? ;-)

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