Offering my neck to a leash ? March 21, 2007Posted by dorigo in Blogroll, humor, internet, italian blogs, language, personal, politics, science.
Today I received a very alluring proposal, and I am pondering about it.
Should I be one of 100 “innovator” bloggers (among which are successful writers, artists, and men of culture) that will contribute to a new prospective portal from one of the leading newspapers in Italy ?
Alluring it is. Because I will be offered a contract, I will be free to blog about whatever I “promise” my readers to discuss from the outset, and I will be unmoderated, uncensored, and as free as I am here. Plus, I will probably get a five-fold increase in readers (my estimate).
Oh, and thrown in to boot is a share of the portal’s profits in advertisements revenues. I am told one might make a living out of that (I seriously doubt it).
However, I am concerned by two or three things:
- I will be framed in a prearranged supplied interface which prevents me from checking daily the traffic, what is being read, and what is ignored by my audience.
- I will have no control of the advertisements my blog’s activity will passively support.
- I already have a job, and when I sign a contract of collaboration with a newspaper I may be breaking some rules.
- Will I have the time to do it at the level I would want to do it if I had a larger audience than the one the present blog grants me ?
Ok, point 1 is silly. I will get a monthly report, and that should suffice. It is true that detailed traffic reports such as the one provided for free by wordpress are of great value to understand what is considered interesting by one’s audience, but maybe one can live without it… I did so during the year at quantum diaries (they left us totally in the dark!).
Point 3 is irrelevant, I actually am quite sure I would be legally allowed to do whatever I want in my spare time.
Point 4 is plain stupid – I have been doing this for more than two years already, and my research did not particularly suffer from it (maybe my family did, but things are just fine).
Point 3 really bugs me though. I can imagine all sorts of advertising banners which would drive me insane, on a daily basis… I can’t even bring myself to making a list here.
Mumble, mumble, mumble…
So I am brought to ask myself: why do I blog ? Can I be sincere with myself for once ?
- I blog because I love to write.
- I love to share my thoughts.
- I enjoy other people’s attention.
- I love to make online acquaintances.
Ok, that maybe was too crude. Let me qualify the statements above.
- I love to write about science, because I think by doing it I complete my assignment as a scientist, by trying to fill the gap and get people interested about fundamental questions.
- I love to share my thoughts since I think it can be useful: to teach something, or if by doing that I get to learn something in return.
- I enjoy the attention of people who are intellectually stimulating to me, and I love to argue with people who utterly disagree, if we keep the thing at a civil level – and by owning a blog, one decides the level one is comfortable with.
- Some of the people I got to meet with my blogging are among the smartest sons-of-a-bitch I know.
… Plus, at times I am just a show-off.
Ok, I came clean. Now, would the above be possible, or enhanced, by running a blog in a newspaper’s domain ?
I think so. But the advertising thing still bothers me… I guess it depends on how fat is my share of the revenues.
…Oh, no! Too sincere again!