I wrote this post in late April, before I left for Chicago, and initially scheduled it to publish the morning of April 25. It was replaced by something else because I wasn’t sure about it, but reading it again now I think it’s pretty fine. I’m writing a big post to be published in the next week or two, so this looked like a good post idea to use in the mean time.
I don’t remember how I initially heard about BlogBurst. It’s one of those many sites I just got in my head somehow but can’t trace. There’s been a post idea nagging at the back of my head for a while, and I decided to let it out now.
BlogBurst is an RSS-based syndication network, where publishers submit their content and other sites can take it and display it under their own umbrella. The content producers make money (theoretically) and the other sites get content.
So would I use BlogBurst? That’s a good question. There are a few problems I see. First, I probably can’t sign up. (Due to the other niggling ethical issues I haven’t bothered to check for an age restriction, but one probably exists.) Second, I’d be providing content for other sites to make money off of. Third, I’d be creating duplicate content, upon which Google and other search engines frown.
Putting my writing on someone else’s site for their profit — even if I would get a cut — isn’t something I want to do. I can’t rationalize creating duplicates or taking traffic away from this site (or its feed).
On the one hand, it sounds like it could be some good exposure if my posts are displayed on popular news sites like Reuters, Fox News, etc., and could generate some revenue (if my writing is picked up, of course). However, it’s a lot like turning blogging into a job, and at the moment I don’t want to do that. (What sites would continue displaying blog posts that aren’t replenished fairly regularly? Yeah, that’s what I thought. I try to blog regularly, but if things get in the way I don’t have to tear my hair out over it.)
I have been considering placing ads on this site, but first of all I can’t (for another year) because of my age, and second I’m not sure I want to bug my readers with ads. (I wonder if I’m one of the bloggers who don’t deserve to make money — though I agree with the counter-argument from Geek News Central. Louis? I hear most sites don’t make more than a dollar or two a day, anyway, if that.)
Update 2015-10-29: BlogBurst appears to be dead, probably for a while now. So this question was probably moot.