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You can make more money flipping burgers than from your blog

April 23, 2009
US$30 an hour flipping burgers

US$30 an hour flipping burgers


Penelope Trunk lays out her eight-point reality check for those of you are thinking of quitting your day job for a full-time career in blogging.

Do you agree with what she says?

Her article.

My impression? What caught my eye the most was how Penelope described the manner in which top US bloggers defined success.

We all make a living online, and we all have big blogs, but almost no one in the book said money was the definition of success…. Bloggers defined success as things that mattered in their life: influence, connections, friendships, the ability to lead a conversation that matters to people. Some talked about a blog leading to other business opportunities.

If this is also true for our region, then I wonder where the idea of blogging = big money started from?

Of course I still hope to hear how a local blogger bought a house in cash with his or her blogging income, unless we are working on another definition of success here?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2009 9:25 am

    mmmm, my first twitter msg today is “the most common answer i get whenever i asked someone why do they blog – to earn money”. hahaha.

    Actually lots of ppl have proven that blogs can make money. 10 cents is still money right? 🙂

  2. LC Teh permalink
    April 23, 2009 1:05 pm

    Here we have to decide: Want to make money or have fun or pursue a cause. Want to make money, go sell goreng pisang (equivalent of flipping burgers). If you’re not blogging for fun then better be in politics or have very good connections, other wise you’ll have more trouble than fun.

    I’m in it for fun, and having loads of it so far. 😀

  3. April 23, 2009 8:37 pm

    I have to admit that I have a couple of money making blogs. When you create a money making blog, you have to think about SEO, page rank, etc ,etc. You tend to loose sight of the fun in blogging. That’s why I have create lithiummind, purely to write about anything.

    I’d do the same thing. Set aside some personal space. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. But yeah, bloggers have to wrestle with the SEO stuff while we in traditional business have to wrestle with on-the-street brand management. A challenge for us either way we go.

  4. April 24, 2009 10:44 am

    I used to want to make money from my blog. Then I did it. Then I stopped.

    Now I don’t even think about it 🙂 Funny how things work, huh?

    You made enough money to buy a new car? That would be super! 🙂

  5. April 24, 2009 12:20 pm

    yeah, 10 sen still money. but when they realized that its only 10 sen, then they will give up. it’s just too slow for them 🙂

    Maybe the idea of getting paid even 10 cents for nothing is just too irresistable. We all love magic. Most bloggers see spending 10 minutes writing “I cooked bak kut teh yesterday” as doing nothing. That’s fine, until someone like me starts going, “If you earn $100 a day in your daytime job, your time is worth 21 cents a minute, assuming you work 8 hour days. But instead of selling your 10 minutes for $2.10 per what you’re worth, you sold it for 10 cents. So you didn’t “make” 10 cents with that post. You lost $2.00!”

    LOL. 😀

    Or (this is my favorite), you just donated $2.00 to Adsense or whichever company that inserted ads in your blog. That’s money that the ad company would’ve had to pay a full-time blogger to generate the coverage you are generating for its ads. (A brilliant business model isn’t it, getting thousands of bloggers to work days, nights and weekends for you for 1 cent a minute and then have them praise you for it.) 🙂

  6. April 27, 2009 11:14 am

    maybe i should reli remove adsense from my blog. lol

    Actually the enjoyment you get out of blogging (or any other hobby) is a form of compensation that can be assigned a dollar value. So its perfectly okay to get 10 cents from Adsense and $10 worth of satisfaction from the activity, making the total actual value of writing that post $10.10. One cannot compare it to selling cars for money because its not an apple-to-apple comparison. There, 90% of the value comes from commission and perhaps 10% from non-monetary satisfaction. Blogging is the opposite.

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