Tuesday, March 06, 2018

How to make a living writing about blogging (yet it is done); what is "radical honesty"?


Ramsay Taplin ("Blogtyrant") has shared a comprehensive and surprisingly long list of online marketing blogs that appear to address the subject of how to make a living by writing online.   Here it goes:  

 It is divided into functional sections.  There are some surprises.  Like #9 (the name of one of my favorite bars!), Authority Hacker, takes up the question of whether to allow digital currency (bitcoin) mining from your site!  Under social media, I see that Jon Loomer is keeping up with the rapid changes in Facebook.   Just today, there is a disturbing USA Today story about a recent Facebook survey  -- and beware, sites imitate Facebook by typosquatting and try to spread malware in surveys.

Then Susanvelez presents the 15 types of blog posts that work.   I focus in reviews – movies, books, music compositions, but with emphasis on the social or moral significance of each opus I review (like Amy Chua's book on political tribalism, which I reviewed yesterday). 
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A posting by David Brooks on Feb. 22, “The Virtue of Radical Honesty”, about Steven Pinker, whose views appear similar to mine.  There is an emerging moral question about sophistry – which I indulge in a lot in my own blogs with no specific customer of audience, proposing all kinds of questions that many people would rather believe were settled.  Brooks here weighs the balance between following your own intellectual convictions, and having the needs of real people – especially real customers – to meet.  That seems to be a theme in many of the links Ramsay and Susan give above. The question may become more potent as a tribalized political climate in the US demands results from writers and will shut down those who just toy with the lives of others, even in the abstract.  Will everyone have to belong to at least one tribe?  I ask, too, does "radical honesty" (is that more than just integrity?) conflict with "radical solidarity" and even "radical hospitality"? 

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