And about getting paid… unless you understand that blogs don’t make money, but rather the businesses behind them, you’ll be forced to rely on 3 of the worst performing monetization channels available (ads, affiliate marketing, and sponsored content.) And that’s only if you’re lucky enough to be in a niche that enables affiliate marketing, otherwise, you’ll be forced to recommend vaguely relevant books from Amazon.
The context of Ms. Weiss’ statement is a discussion (actually an interview with Bridget Phetasy) involving 2 alternatives:
Living in a civilized world with a smartphone connection to the Internet
Living on a deserted island with virtually no technology whatsoever
In this context, Ms. Weiss follows a common fallacy — that the only ability an individual has is to “unplug”, to be either “on” or “off”.
You might think I am stalking Ms. Weiss, because I have already mentioned another one of her statements several yeas ago (see this “Fun Love status update“) … but actually I almost feel as though Ms. Weiss is stalking me, since she repeatedly appears as a guest on some of the media channels I pay attention to. Maybe I should reconsider which media channels I choose?
This is, indeed, my response to Ms Weiss (this time): We are not limited to choosing between online and offline. We are free to choose many things — including:
Our own actions, interactions, activities, wants, desires and much, much more…
Of course the basis of such freedoms in the context of a civilized society is some level of socialization, and in the particular context which Ms Weiss and Ms. Phetasy discuss quite vociferously, I would strongly advise them to brush up some on their own literacy skills in order to better understand the term “appropriate technology” in the context of the 21st Century.
I figured the best time to start is right now, while my son is napping and the sun is shining. Ah, the beautiful promise of spring and better days ahead. But I digress. This blog has now been created, kind of on a whim but also not. And that is where we find ourselves today.
Years ago yoga teacher Rodney Yee said that he was not in control of what students were learning when teaching a class. He could be teaching the fundamentals of back bending while a random student might be resolving a decades old disillusionment with his mother-in-law. Degree of impact is an interactive phenomenon. Sometimes the writer is enlightening. Other times the reader happens to need what is on the page. Might individuals that I don’t know gain inspiration from one of my blog posts? Might a post of mine help you resolve a decades old disagreement with your mother-in-law?