Gut Rumbles
 

December 17, 2004

blogging

I seldom link the godfather because one hell of a lot more people read him than read me, but here he writes about a subject I think about a lot. My blog will be three years old this month. I've never made a dime off of it, and I have no idea how much money it has cost me.

Money was never on my mind when I started. Gut Rumbles was simply something I wanted to do and be good at. I've almost quit a dozen times, and my blog has cost me a lot in non-financial ways, but I still do it, and I believe that I will for a while longer.

Am I looking for a "payoff?"

Maybe so, but it's not in dollars. I like my audience and I've met some really great folks over the past three years that I never would have known except for my blog. I swap email with people from all over the world. I believe that I "know" a lot of individuals that I probably never will meet face to face. That's not a bad payoff for me.

But people blog so that they can express themselves -- to be producers, not consumers -- and we see this impulse across the world of new and alternative media. But it's not really new. Lots of musicians play music in spite of the fact that most of them won't get rich. (Most won't even do as well as my touring rock-musician brother, and believe me, he isn't rich). They do it because they like to play, and they want their music heard.

Indeed.

Comments

Indeed, I started my blog as a way to end the e-mail nightmare of trying to get a platoon of Marines back together for a reunion after 25 years. Worked great, I don't "know" what blogs were supposed to do, but I think they have as many uses as an E-tool.

Posted by: Ron on December 17, 2004 01:58 PM

This is the only blog i read and probably the only one i will read unless Acidman stops blogging. Everyday before i start my paperwork I come here to see what else is going in acidmans head. Do i always agree with acidman? hell no, but he tells it like it is. Coming as a child from Colombia i sometimes wish we started in a town much like the one acidman describes. Living in Miami is a nightmare. I guess what im trying to say is i hope ya never give up your posting you got alot of fans. You might come off as a bad ass to some people, but we know your really a nice guy acid.

Posted by: Halo on December 17, 2004 02:59 PM

Heh.

Posted by: Justthisguy on December 17, 2004 07:51 PM
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