The Times and a Wellington, NZ newspaper cover the theme of blogging as a hobby turning into a full time job. The New Zealand article covers Richard MacManus and talks about his rise to fame over the last three years. The Times article, written by Michael Parsons, expands on the article on TechCrunch in this month’s Wired magazine.
There’s a line in Parson’s article, “If you’re a journalist reading this and thinking, ah, time for a nice lunch and then perhaps this is the day to knock off early, take a moment to think of the bloggers out there who want to eat that lunch” that I agree with completely. You have to eat, drink and sleep what you are writing about to get ahead in blogging. This creates conflicts, because the people you are writing about naturally become your friends. How to deal with those conflicts? I say disclose them and move on….but mainstream press loves to sink their teeth into it as a way of saying blogs aren’t as good as the old school guys.