Over at cre8d*, Rachel talks briefly about We’ve Got Blog, a compilation of blog posts by the pioneers of the blogging revolution. The editors did a fairly good job of assembling disparate opinions into a cohesive book.
The one thing I notice repeated again and again (and again in Jordon’s responses to Rachel) is that you shouldn’t blog if you’re expecting fame, fortune, or even recognition. Blogging is a good way to store links and journal ideas, but it’s unlikely that you’ll attract a significantly large audience.
Newspapers are often paralleled with blogs, and there’s yet another parallel that comes to mind – while a newspaper’s name is well known, the name of individual writers often is ignored. Think about it – do you know who wrote any of the news articles in your local paper? (Sorry Irene and Bene Diction, you don’t count.)
Parts of the book talked about the future profitability of blogs. I think unless a very well-known celebrity starts blogging, and writes very well, individual blogs shouldn’t expect to live off their writing (or even to break even). Blogging is supposed to be a joy on its own, not a job.