I’ve been thinking about this lately. While I certainly don’t think blogging is dead, or even blog networks for that matter, I also know that lately, I make more cash from my non-network blogging gigs. For example, your good old basic client owned blogs, where the client simply wants to pay you to post for them and do some basic networking.
It hasn’t been the best year to be a network blogger.
Networks have shut up shop, pay is more and more being based on how fast you can push out the posts or if you can land on a popular social networking site rather than content. Smaller start-ups are being run by people who know nothing about blogs, and overall, it’s been a year where network blogging is less likely to pay your bills.
Not just in my opinion either btw, I do talk to other network bloggers.
Can you even base a blog on network blogging at this point? What exactly do we have to talk about when it comes to network blogs? We could whine a lot, but that’s no fun.
Why do I ask:
Well, part of me doesn’t think it’s fair to freelancers if I go over and over how to be a successful network blogger, when frankly, most current network blogging jobs won’t pay the bills. Not unless you spend all your time there and are willing to make pennies until you manage to instigate major change at your particular blog – something that bloggers know can take years in some cases.
Secondly, when I first started blogging for networks, there was a feeling of content was still king. What I’ve seen, and some of my network blogging friends have seen, is a switch to other priorities. More Diggs, post numbers over content, and link games. It’s enough to make blogging lose it’s appeal for even the most dedicated blogger.
Here’s the deal:
More and more my priorities this year have gotten further away from network blogging – which yeah, makes me a sad choice of blogger here. Additionally, because of all the instability of blog networks in general, I think some of the charm of blogging has left the building for me. I’ve actually got my own plans for getting my personal love of blogging back, but until the network tide changes (it will – online media changes all the time) I’m not all that sure that I’ll be advocating blog networks here as a wise career choice.
Whew – all that said, I’m not against blogging about blogging, so I think it’d be cool if you told me what sort of blog topics interest you – blogging for clients, blogging on your own, or maybe you still want tips about networks (which I can offer, but only in a slightly jaded way – sorry).
Let me know what’s on your mind when it comes to blogs…