Blogger Burn Out, (BBO), is becoming a widely known issue. Most of us gave 3-4 years of nearly full time effort to effect change. With the help of millions, we succeeded.
2008 is even more crucial yet many of us are burned out and broke. And we Blog Owners and Writers need a new business model! Personally, I’ve had some financial and health set backs that had their genesis in 2003. Yes, four years ago. It took 3.5 years for the combination to finally strike me down.
Currently I have 3 different gigs, including a full time ‘job’. As a guy who was self employed for over 30 years the fact I’m working a job is galling. My other two efforts are to restart my other businesses…including political consulting…but getting paid as agreed this time! [There’s another in-depth topic I haven’t had time to write : The Disconnect Between the Blogsphere and Early Money Fundraising.]
There is much more to be done in 2008 that isn’t being addressed currently. I have weeks worth of ideas, analysis and concepts I could spend full time, or nearly full time, writing and publicizing. I simply cannot spend the hours at night with this work after spending an average of 12-14 hours a day on my other income earning pursuits.
I too need to spend more time on myself and my physical health. Being on the keyboard isn’t a way to get into good shape!
Blogging has been gratifying in ways no other profession, (avocation) , can equal. I am grateful for the many platforms I have been honored to use. With luck, I will step into the future with a new, very different, Video Blog as soon as feasible. Our tools continue to evolve.
And yet I repeat: We need a new business model. Currently I firmly believe, outside of campaign staffing, there are less than 24 full time blog owners and writers that earn a full time income that allows for a decent quality of life. That’s unacceptable to those of us who write just as well…publish analysis as effectively…and advocate as passionately for our chosen causes.
The Model will appear. Capitalism abhors a vacuum. Until then I will continue to use Political Interviews, my audio cast blog, as much as I can on a very part-time basis. The Political Dogfight is essentially on hiatus. I post very irregularly. I write with many, many revisions prior to posting. It takes time. And time is a luxury for me right now.
I love politics. I love being a Current Events junkie. I love trying to perceive the future of political discourse. I love being the guy that advocates Practical Politics. Yet, first I must take care of myself. If my absence is noticed be aware it is temporary. As soon as I get my schedule worked down to a reasonable level I will again be posting at DemDaily and my own blogs.
Whoever has that new business model..for gods sake..for the sake of the pent up knowledge that we will never access unless people can make a living publishing their thoughts…bring it forward so we can test it out.