Saturday, June 28, 2008

Blogging for Bucks? or Betty's Ongoing Battles with Technology and Careers

Betty's blogress is on hold this week as she learns all about Ernest Hemingway for an article. BUT BUT BUT a possibly fruitful idea occurred to her today.

Betty realizes that she is a product of her time. This is not good or bad, but it is obvious. Just as Betty laments the onslaught of the Internet, the phasing out of the CD and the ubiquity of cellphones and iPods and iPhones, so too will some fetus of today regret the passing of the fetus technologies of future.

So why not embrace her times? Her habits and addictions? And by "embrace them" she means "make money off of them"!

Not kill two birds with one stone (yuck!), but, but, but --- nuzzle two puppies with one hand?!

In other words, why not put all this Twittering and Blogging and MyFace that scares the Greatest Generation to good use by DOING IT FOR THEM OR FOR THEIR CAUSE?

OR -- Why not write a blog that is a little more professional and polished than this one and scout fans?? And by fans we mean fans who will pay us to blog, and their friends.

Thoughts? Ideas? Impeccably dry witticisms re: doing two things with one hand?


Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

I say go for it. In the 21st century, we are all freelancers and we all need to learn how to be entrepreneurs.

Betty & Bimbo said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Nancy D.! Lord knows I need it. Do you have any good ideas for a blog? I suspect it needs to be providing information that people want. Do I have this information?

Could we team up?


Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

Seeing unemployment loom, I would love to team up on anything that promises to make money. As for topics, the more specific the better. I've found some of the most useful blogs to be local blogs, such as neighborhood blogs that track everything going on in your area. That wouldn't give us much common ground, though.

Betty and Bimbo said...

Hey Nancy!

I agree that specific is the way to go. Are we qualified to give advice about anything? Because I know that people like advice, and seek it online.

xo Betty

Betty and Bimbo said...

Other options include:

1) "round-ups" of news about a topic.

2) blog means "web log" which originally meant links to cool stuff on the web that others wouldn't find easily. this could go with 1)

3) a diary of an experiment, for example not using toilet paper for year or only walking on your hands for a year or whatever.

4) recipes and how-tos.

5) cliff note-style guides to books, movies, etc.

6) tracking the miniscule ins-and-outs of something.

what else? do any of these sound appealing?

Betty and Bimbo said...

oh and i almost forgot!

7) photoblog.

i don't have a digital camera, but maybe you do? remember when we were like 15 in rockland and we had this idea of doing a book for which you take pictures and i write words?

Betty and Bimbo said...

Another model is "Stuff White People Like", in which you come up with an overriding concept and just keep expanding the list with entries that are entertaining and that keep people coming back.

Nancy D., Girl Detective said...

This doesn't really cater to your interests, but what about a blog about preserving food? Pickling, canning, freezing, drying, root storage, jam-making, burying, etc. It would be kind of an instructional thing for people into local food on how to get through the winter months.

betty said...

Fascinating! But what if I know nothing about it?

Hey what if the whole draw of the blog was that it was about TWO things, like, "preserving food and baseball"?