Thursday, November 04, 2004

What makes a blog successful and worthwhile

From the following article:

"Blogging is a time consuming activity, and people eventually get tired of investing in an activity which yields no returns. A good return on the time invested in maintaining a blog is the critical factor ensuring the continued survival of a blog. Blogs which produce monetary returns for their maintainers not only motivate bloggers to keep going, but also let them invest more time and resources in producing content."

Now, for me this really doesn't seem to be the case. The websites I go to, in the main part, I don't go looking to spend money. The only ones would be or to pay bills online. Mostly I read blogs for entertainment and to have a look into the lives of people all around the world. For me blogging is about being part of a community, not looking for a way to make a buck!


Blogger Boudicca said...

Wow. I've never considered blogging a money making business. It's a catharsis. I have too much crap going on in my head... I need a release!

Got you on my blogroll now!

2:45 pm  
Blogger Brian said...

I guess anything can be used to make money (eg. Amway, from my understanding of it, wants you to use your friends). But I agree with you - Life should not have a business model.
The article also forgot to mention that Joel Spolsky has published a book based on the articles on his blog. OMG! That wasn't the correct business model. Bad Joel.

And I liked this too: "FogBugz sells simply on the basis of the marketing power of Joel Spolsky's blog."
Or, maybe it's a good product as well? "The picture of the prettiest girl that ever lived will in the long run prove powerless to maintain the sales of a bad cigarette." (Schumpeter, from

2:48 pm  
Blogger Brian said...

PS. Disclaimer: I already hated the Sydney Morning Herald, for quality journalism like this (warning - may offend if you are human)
Make sure you notice the top-right background.

2:56 pm  
Blogger Amanda said...

GAAhh! Your right, b, the SMH is evil. I agree with one of the comments especially, do they think nobody in America would read their paper, are they deliberately trying to be offensive!? For any Americans who read this article, most Sydneysiders are nothing like that appalling writer and "artist"

3:39 pm  
Blogger Bee said...

I'm newish to this myself and certainly didn't know you could make money by blogging. I have a feeling it's not likely for a common, garden-variety blogger. I don't think I could keep up with the output that's probably required.

11:07 pm  

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