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.