There are literally millions of blogs littering, or umm, I meant to say lining the internet these days. Many are personal diaries from folks who have some thoughts to share. Many have a newsier bent. And while many people make no money at all from blogging, some make a few bucks or more every month from advertising or selling items. And a handful of the folks treat blogging like a part time or full time job write for larger blogs that are part of networks. I personally do most of my writing for Download Squad, Green Daily, and TV Squad, three blogs that are part of the Weblogs Inc network owned by AOL.
While there are a ton of web sites out there that offer tips on blogging and on making money by blogging (ironically most of the blogs about making money are set up by people who hope to make money by blogging about something that many people are interested in. I’m not convinced that most of the people trying to give out free advice about making money online actually have much advice worth giving), there are very few sites targeted at folks like me: those who write for a blog network/employer.
If you think about it, writing for a boss is very different from writing for yourself. If you’re a network blogger you tend to get paid either a salary or paid per post. If you write for yourself, either the work is its own reward, or you’re trying to sell advertising. In both cases, page views are important. But aside from that, they can be two very different jobs.
So I was pretty happy to see the emergence of a blog about blogging that actually looks pretty useful to me. Network Blogging Tips is an independent site run by two network bloggers who write for a whole slew of b5media blogs. The site is still pretty new, but it already had some useful advice in posts like:
- Should you sign a confidentiality agreement?
- 12 Ways to find blog post ideas
- 5 Reasons you should write a list post
- Being a team player at a blog network
- The pros and cons of being a network blogger
I’ll be curious to see how fresh they can keep the site after the first few dozen posts, but they’re certainly off to a good start.