There’s a writing blog I follow that is a quite interesting and relatively angsty expose of a young fiction writer’s life. But every so often he drops in posts offering re-blogs for money, or sometimes asking directly for cash
Fair enough in some ways. It’s a well accepted fact that the way to make a small fortune in writing is to start with a large one. And blogging, by and large, doesn’t turn a dollar at all – either directly or via the books that most authors hopefully put up (you know, those things on the right. G’wan – you know you want to click…)
WordPress also serves up advertisements, either by itself for those (like me) who are running “free” blogs; or by user choice if they buy the upgrade, which gives them a cut of the revenues from click-traffic (zero, I should imagine).
But is it appropriate to run posts that ask outright for cash? Wouldn’t it be better for an author to turn to something like Kickstarter or one of the other “goal-oriented” online fund-raising services? Create a project, set goals, and get people interested? Or is just straight-out asking a better deal?
I’m not sure. What do you figure on all this?
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