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3/13/2006 

Blogging as a writing career

We blogger write blogs on specific topics like azalea blog, the Porsche blog, whatever passions we have, and we have basically, over time, accumulated readership of maybe 1000 to 30,000 people just by doing something we love for the fun of it. Sooner or later, we will be able to make some money because the advertising people are starting to talk to us, thanks to Google and other companies.
We are authors of half pros, half amateurs. We are not quitting our day jobs yet, but we are paying our bills with the money we receive from this, and we are building little audiences.
Compare with fiction writers and journalists, blogging is the new new thing. Blogging, despite being closer to journalism in activity, is closer to fiction writing in financial reward - journalists are more likely to secure a steady job, fiction writer are not. As more money is invested in the blogosphere(as it is happening now), blogging will become a more acceptable career. There will be opportunities for good writers and a few will become seriously wealthy from a career in it. Not everyone is going to succeed, though. Blogging can be an incredibly stressful undertaking. When you've got everything riding on a mostly untested medium such as the blogosphere, the pressure affects your writing in tone, quality, and frequency.
In my opinion, if you taking blogging as a writing career seriously, it is un-avoidable for you to try publish (or self-publishing) books, beside publish electronically, and distribute it through traditional channels. The publishing industry is hugely flawed, but one of the things that it does is get books where readers will see them, in bookstores.

Randomly came across your blog. I'm a freelance editor (professional editor by day) and work with writers and self publishers to get their work polished and ready to print. Blooks are a relatively new interest of mine, and I've had the opportunity to work on a couple in recent months. If you, or any other writers, are interested in my services, feel free to email me: sstraebel@yahoo.com I'd love to take a look at what's being done out there. I think some of the greatest writers are in the blogging world...

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