Call Me Skeptical

From Wired:

"So few people have done this that I had no idea what the reaction would be.... So doing things like quitting my job and pouring myself into this full time seems kind of insane," he said. "But I wouldn't trade it for anything."

Kottke joins a number of prominent bloggers who've turned to readers for financial support. Others include Andrew Sullivan, a journalist who runs the website AndrewSullivan.com, and John Gruber, operator of the tech blog DaringFireball.net.

Kottke's quitting his day job may not be so risky. Blogging is fast becoming a business.

I don't know. I'd say the risk is pretty high with millions of competitors and non-existent barriers to entry.

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"I don't know. I'd say the

"I don't know. I'd say the risk is pretty high with millions of competitors and non-existent barriers to entry."

I would argue that intelligence, education and superior writing skills are quite formidable barriers to entry -- almost rising to the level of intellectual property.

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Good point. But for every

Good point. But for every Andrew Sullivan that can make $60K a year blogging, there are a million me's that work long hours on a 'real' job and actually pay money to blog as a hobby. I'd say quitting your job to become a full-time blogger is a risky proposition for the vast majority of people.

Perhaps we should place bets

Perhaps we should place bets on Kottke's success? Maybe betting on the amount of visitors per day after a month, or so.

Kip - are they so valuable

Kip - are they so valuable when you are selecting from everyone with internet access in the world? And when you're talking about a profession (writing) which people tend to really like doing and prefer to alternative professions?

I think that last is kind of the kicker...its a big world, and there are a lot of talented people, so when you get jobs that they like doing, you get a lot of potentials.

when you get jobs that they

when you get jobs that they like doing, you get a lot of potentials.

And a lot less pay.

I've thought about doing

I've thought about doing that myself. I figure if each of my readers sends me $10,000.00 a year, I'd make up to $50,000.00 a year - enough to live on, at least . . .

Rogue, as soon as I have an

Rogue, as soon as I have an extra $10,000 sitting around and nothing to do with, you're first on my list. I hope you can extend the same courtesy to me. :smitten: