For the current economic crisis, I would like to mention a blog that I came across as being focused on the topic and presenting the information with the consumer in mind first and foremost. The Talk Money Blog discusses such pressing issues as: money saving tactics, debt problems and solutions, the mortgage meltdown, the credit crunch and its impact, finance contracts, and how to claim compensation for wrongful bank or credit card charges.
The blog’s author is Mark Aucamp, who has worked in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and is experienced as the owner of a debt management business and as a mortgage consultant running his own company.
Some of the informative blog articles include the “Buy to Let Landlords“, “money saving tips – free enterprise”, and “Credit Cards Debts Cleared Legally“.
There is also a forum section within the blog that is divided into sections of: The Mortgage Market, The Credit Crunch, Money Saving Tips, Unenforceable Finance Contracts, and Debt Management.
The site itself is slick looking and easy to navigate. It also isn’t bombarded with ads, just a couple of banners and some Google Adsense ads, which make for an unobtrusive reading.
Overall, the site shows good potential, as it was launched in early July and already contains many extensive posts and relevant comments relating to the current economic crisis.
Yesterday, I ended with a question: so what do we call someone who runs a profitable blog?
Well, I have to fess up. It was a trick question.
I don’t think we need to coin a new buzzword to describe successful bloggers. You could argue that Darren Rowse did that years ago by coining “problogger.”
What we need is a different way of looking at blogs.
We need a distinction that allows us to better understand what it takes to be successful. We need to realize that, while blogs are certainly new, they operate by the same old rules. We need to take blogging out from under the “Web” category and shift it into another, more useful one.
Because, for some of us, a blog isn’t a blog at all. It’s just business.
Main Entry: blogger
Pronunciation: blog – ger
- A nobody that always wanted to write and thinks people will finally notice their talent online
- A lonely geek looking for attention
- A marketer that publishes promotional fluff as an attraction strategy for a product
- A depressed 9-to-5er that desperately wants to quit and work from home
- A Darren Rowse or Steve Pavlina wannabe
- A get-rich-quick schemer that thinks blogging is the key to making millions online
- A lazy homebody looking for a source of passive income so they never have to work again
- An author that can’t get published
- A CEO that wants the board to think he’s on the cutting edge
- A techy tag along that starts a blog because everyone else has one
- A tiny voice amongst millions that doesn’t have a prayer of getting noticed or making any money
But… but… but…
Doesn’t the word “blogger” just refer to someone that “keeps a web log (blog)?” After all, that’s what the dictionary says.
Over time, the connotation of a word changes, and its meaning expands. In the case of blogging, it’s taking on an air of failure, almost like being called a musician or actor.
In those fields though, we’ve developed separate terms. We call successful musicians rock stars or pop stars. We call successful actors movie stars.
So what do we call someone who runs a profitable blog? And more importantly, how do you become one?
Post a comment, telling me what you think. I’ll give you my take tomorrow.
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