As most of you know I am blogging on two blogs now, John Murch the Self Proclaimed Geek Guru and Hippy Green. I do most of the blogging in hopes of these blogs getting my thoughts out to other people and allowing for discussion with people I would never meet. I find it fun as well as entertaining. The other day I was sent an article written by the New York Times about how Blogging is becoming a big source of jobs. I was blown away that Indeed.com a job board had more then 13,000 job posts when you searched for the term “blog”, “blogger”, “blogging”!
It almost makes me think I should get a freelance job blogging for another company. Reading this article I am blown away by the fact that most “large companies” just do not get it and need people who are in the know and understand the blogosphere. I know I am always meeting some great bloggers and reading some amazing content, but thinking about it, I do not know if I am a blogosphere guru. Then again, I think most people would say I am.
I know that I have enough tech smarts to setup a wordpress/movable type blog along with customize it. I spent 8 months over at Ziff Davis creating all the blogs on blogs.eweek.com as well as setup a “social network” for Ziff Davis. Anyway, I know while I was at Ziff Davis I talked to many of the editorial staff and started to understand how they are NOT in the know. I was blown away that most editor staff still think of putting out that “1 great story a week”. Okay, maybe I am being a bit hard because I have a rather large technology background rather then print. Print yea, definitely learned a lot about print during my time there. Anyway, you read that right, some editorial staff does not get the blogosphere and sees online as another way to syndicate their print stories! Blogging is all about content, post as much as you can, people are always reading your blog.
If you are a blogger and you do not post at least once a day, your blog GOES STALE! I will be the first to say that this is true because sometimes I can not post once a day and my readership drops. I have been trying to keep to it, but I just have so much going on lately. I have been trying to maximize my time as well as my relaxation.
The next book on the Geek Guru book club will be the 4 hour work week. To think how you can work 4 hours a week and make enough money to get by and enjoy! I know there are plenty of bloggers that I look up to who have been making money online as well as others who I enjoy reading.
Some of these blog networks like b5media pays bloggers a fee of $100 to $250 a month and bonuses that are related to how much traffic the blog receives. This is a great incentive to write great articles, but also a way to encourage the editor to syndicate their blog. A person who has incentives or motivations to increase traffic on their blog is more likely to search and understand the blogosphere then someone who just wants a place to post online. This also encourages the technology people who setup the blog to interact with the editors because they are trying to expand their horizons as well as have cool new features on their blog! I personally saw this at Ziff Davis and worked with some great editors during my last few days.
Anyway, I will continue to blog here and on Hippy Green. I got another blogging project that I was thinking of starting, but will have another person who will help with the content. For those who are looking to hire, if you are looking for a blogger who gets it and can build a movable type/wordpress blog as well as writes enjoyable content, please contact me and we can talk.