Bucks turned

Venomous Kate is actually making some money at blogging:

August total: $2305.10
That’s an increase of $256.00 over last month, and almost double my first month’s earnings. Needless to say, I’m quite pleased.

As she should be. While this won’t pay all the bills, it’s got to help. A lot.

Disclaimer follows:

Keep in mind the total above represents earnings from four blogs, so your mileage may vary. Also, as you can see, earnings from “passive revenue” sources (e.g., AdSense and AdBrite) wouldn’t even pay for a matinee movie ticket. It’s earnings from work (albeit something as fun as blogging).

With four blogs to maintain you can bet it means at least 5 hours of effort per day, six and sometimes seven days per week: a modest income if you look at it in dollars-per-hour, and yet I’d be spending those hours — for free — at the computer in all likelihood. I just no longer feel bad about it.

Even spread over 40-hour weeks, this is still a pretty decent sum.

I’ve never been one of those people who believes that Money Always Corrupts, and certainly I don’t think it’s affected VK’s credibility, which remains pretty darn high. (She’s got sponsored posts, and they’re always occasionally marked as such.) On t’other hand, if she runs for office, I’m going to be worried.


  1. Venomous Kate »

    3 September 2007 · 6:31 pm

    Thank you for the kind words but, um, the sponsored posts aren’t always marked as sponsored anymore. They are (and advertisers know it’s non-negotiable) if I’m getting paid to do a positive review.

    Otherwise, I mark them as sponsored only when required to review the actual product or site (versus merely throwing a paid link into a blog entry without having to hawk the product).

    Whoosh! Was that my credibility going out the window, or my sobriety? Hard to say.

  2. Vinny »

    3 September 2007 · 9:53 pm

    Getting paid to do a positive review?

    Holy shit. Is there any integrity left in this “pay me to blog” stuff? I swear, half the blogs I read are doing this shit. I’ve never seen so many links to “Refinance your mortage” and “cheap lawn furniture” in my life.

    Ironic that the same people writing this drivel have no problem deleting comments with that stuff in it as comment spam.

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