Like tens of thousands of people on twitter, I've been following Chris Brogan . I read this tweet and found an article on Lost Remote, which provided a link to this article on New York/Around Town.
It seems that Arianna Huffington thinks that with so many people being laid off now, it provides them more time to blog for her for free. As you can see, I'm intentionally not linking to her blog and immediately after I publish this post, I'm taking her blog off of my sidebar links.
According to a Gawker article, Ms. Huffington just raised $25 million dollars in venture capital funds. And she apparently doesn't pay her bloggers.
She obviously values the content that her bloggers provide. So when people are providing a valuable service for her, why can't she can't pay them even a small amount, like fifty dollars per post? What kind of madness is this? Well, actually I guess it's greed.
I know that blogging for her provides exposure for the writer, but exposure doesn't pay the rent or mortgage, food, electric, gas, Visa, MasterCard or American Express bill. Or the student loan. Exposure is great, but it takes time to pay off. These are dire times.
Bloggers are writers. Writers provide a service that is valuable. When they provide that service for a business making millions of dollars, they should be compensated by that multi-million dollar business. I am thoroughly disgusted.
I'll stop my rant, because I have to find a cookie recipe so that I can bake them for a party tonight. I'll be blogging about the cookies soon.
*Updated 12/7/008* You can probably tell that this topic has me fired up. Here is some additional reading for you, if you're interested.
I commented here in a similar discussion with some great feedback. Read the entire BlogHer post called Blogging for free: Would you do it? That post generated a great deal of discussion with 40 comments.
There is another interesting post on Freelance Writing Jobs with 65 comments regarding pay for freelance writers. The post is called FWJ Poll: Let’s Try This Again - What Do You Earn as Freelance Writer?
I also wrote a Guest Post on FWJ about the idea of money and writing called The Essence of a Writer, which you can read here.
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