Blogger Rat Race #2…a fellow Blog Owners View

In response to Pam, my respected colleague Bob Geiger and others:

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.

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3 Responses to Blogger Rat Race #2…a fellow Blog Owners View

  1. Exceptionally well-stated, Stuart. You took the words right out (off?) of my keyboard.

    I’ve blogged nearly continually since spring 2004, and I just can’t afford to continue. I have to do that sort of writing that I get paid for, and blogging becomes an impediment. The time that I spend each day reading, writing, posting and fact-checking precludes my recompensed writing time, and vice versa. If the two were to coincide, I know that we’d all welcome the opportunity.

    The irony here is that the R’s started using paid bloggers back during the 2006 fall election, at least, and the numbers are only going up. THEY got the lesson of 2006, while the Dems seem to be resting on their laurels, expecting to magically be whisked into office come November 20087.

    The R’s employ full time bloggers to post daily, AND to troll on Lefty sites, sowing dissention and contention, and, thus, keep us from any meaningful self-organizing. While I don’t condone this practice, we need to come up with some kind nof model whereby we who blog on a daily basis can afford to.

    If you look at the history of the recent L’Affaire Beauchamp, what you saw was a Rightie magazine, coordinating an attack through their blog, and the lock-step coordination of attack and (occasionally) defense.

    There was zero coordination on the other side, with the effect that the story could be propelled into the mainstream with virtually no comment from our side. So, the left really OUGHT to be concerned about the care and feeding of our bloggers, for fundamental and practical reasons.

    It’s the cheapest media to put the word out with, and you’d think that someone in the Leftie Foundationsphere would understand how to finance blogging in the same or like manner that the Rightie foundations have supported and financed reliably “conservative” journalists for years now. They finance blogs this way, too. Check out how many “Rightie” foundation websites have a blog.

    That staffer is being paid to do the job, posting within the consensus ideology of that foundation. It may be a “charitable,” foundation (i.e. 100% tax deductible to the donor) but it can spread all the ideology it wants. Which is EXACTLY what the Heritage Foundation has done since the 1970s.

    What about us? Why couldn’t we find the same sort of funding for blogs and bloggers?

    I’ve been self-employed for many years, as well, and I understand Blogger Burn Out all too well. But I have a feeling that pictures of dead U.S. presidents can do a LOT to ameliorate BBO. Just a hunch.

    If anyone’s got that model, I’ll be glad to hear it.

    Now, it’s back to the salt mines for me.

  2. alrudder says:

    Only about 1% of blogs could have the readership to be profitable I’d think. It does probably take support from the DNC or benefactors from the left. Every campaign for major office and the DNC ought to have a staff.

    I think it’s fairly well known that Republican operatives treat campaigns as an avocation, and Democratic operatives treat campaigns as a vocation.
    Pardon my naivete, but it seems to me that blogging requires good writing skills and basic research skills. There are a lot of people with that talent. Perhaps the solution is to invite more of our friends to participate. During the 2008 election, we could challenge our friends to make two posts a week.

  3. Alrudder

    Jump right in – you can be our first new writer here! 🙂