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February 10, 2009

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Andrea

I had a blog that commented about local entertainment and arts activities (Bay Area/Sacramento) and after 2 years, and not enough time to dedicate to it, I shut it down. I had regular subscribers and readers, people linking my blog to other blogs on the blogosphere, but it just became too much. Even with that, I signed up for Google's AdSense (just like your article mentioned) and found it a piece of crap. Most of my readers knew not to click the ads on the page (as many contain spyware) and I think I have a $1.50 sitting in my account.

Yet, did I start the blog to make money? Nope. I just did it with the idea to have a forum for my thoughts to be heard never expecting anyone to actually pay attention to them. Granted, it was local and never really gained national attention, but it was a labor of love for me that I eventually had to let go of.

The internet really isn't something tangible, though, so that's where I'm always skeptical about making money with it. For me it's a hobby. And if I ever return to blogging, that is what it will remain.

Thanks for the article! :)

David H. Lawrence, XVII

Andrea - settling for it a hobby is certainly an option for you - it's not for people that have decided to make a living at it, or not do it. As I am an actor, currently under the thumb of a litigious SAG leadership that certainly isn't interested in its actors plying their craft as a hobby, that's the perspective I'm writing from.

I appreciate your perspective, and thank you for reading and commenting on the post!

Tim Carter

Great post. I was fortunate to be in the audience when Barry Diller make the prediction that blogging would fail. He made this prediction back in October of 2005 as the first speaker at Google's first Zeitgeist.

What Barry said, and it made perfect sense back then, was that it was mathematically impossible for all those bloggers to get eyeballs each day. There simply was/is not enough time for people like you and I to read consistently 5, 10 or 20 posts per day. Many bloggers posts would get little or no traffic ever.

Some bloggers would get traffic as you wrote, but because the blog posts were not solving *real* problems of the readers, the advertisements in the blogs were of little monetary value.

Those people that are making real money on the Internet, and are flying under the radar, are solving thousands of problems each day. I know that for a fact.

Hollywood Phony

So where does this go? Doesn't this doom & gloom forecast have an end game? I'm not even saying I disagree with it, just that eventually the internet, as an entity, will lead to the destruction of old media. There's going to be nothing left to pirate, because, as you said, it's not so easy that any jerk with a camera can make anything that will be entertaining to more than 5 of his friends. At least not consistently, another theme of this blog. So in that sense, it seems like it's self-regulating, at least in the (very) big picture. I mean, what's the viable alternative? Without that, this is just really 'the end is near!' Or is that only privy to those in the internet mastermind club?

Chris Knight

Over the past year, it seems like everyone I talk to... hundreds and thousands of people are suddenly "Internet marketers."

Those who are giving up at creating real businesses on the Internet make it easier for those of us who are making real businesses work on the Internet.

Essentially, thank you to everyone who *gives up* as you reduce the 'supply' side of the market.

Dee Baker

Thanks for your take, David! I'm heartened to hear other actors who have a clearer view of the internet and don't fear the digital transformation of our business but rather view it as opportunity.

Those in SAG's now minority Hollywood Board rarely if ever mention piracy, free for view, or the actual numbers (or AFTRA's existing deal, for that matter). They have yet to convince me that they have any grasp of what is happening. In my view, they have never addressed this important issue in a serious and well thought out manner. They expertly undermine all of their own stated goals. I don't think they understand that the third person at the negotiating table are those who want and can easily get their content for free-- and how this is rapidly changing the ad model.

I was reading a bunch of stuff on Darwin yesterday that resonated for me in how I view the "Digital Shift" and professional actors and our unions: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one the is the most adaptable to change."

I love that.

Dee
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Dee Baker

"It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." Woops. Sorry Darwin.

Isaac

I think David is sexy.

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