Blogging for bucks: dooce vs. Dan Lyons

There’s been lots of posting about the inability of bloggers to make any real money. Dan Lyons, aka Fake Steve Jobs, wrote eloquently about how all his notoriety didn’t turn into blog bucks.

Both Dave Winer and Josh Cantone have good posts on their differing views (and experiences), the bottom line n their posts being that the attention and chance to be heard lead to opportunities in their own right.

However, reading Lyon’s post also made me wonder how much this is a male/female thing. Are more women making more money from blogging (I am thinking of dooce, maggie mason, queen of spain Erin Vest) than many guys are? 

Oe is it a topic thing?  Does tech blogging pay less than mommy blogging, political blogging or shopping tips?

Or is it that women–who I have a feeling are naturally more multi-taskers, typically juggling several endeavors–expect to earn less from blogging, so they don’t get as disillusioned?

What do you think?

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  1. says:

    I’m a big fan of, and when I read that dooce was supporting her family using revenue generated by the site, I was surprised.
    Envious, too.
    Since I’m not a mommy-blogger, I wonder if that’s the secret to her success, or is it her sense of humor, or even just the fact that her site, and her lovely sarcastic style have been around for years?
    Is it topical? Temperamental? Or just paying your dues?
    And how does a relatively young blog about books get a bigger chunk of the blogosphere to pay attention (and pay other dividends, O fond dream!)

  2. Meitar Moscovitz says:

    I think this has more to do with mass amateurization than anything else. Examples like Dooce are not really very solid because they are relative veterans. In other words, most blogs fail because they try to appeal to too many people. Doing that in a world where people have huge amounts of options and dwindling amounts of time is a recipe for disaster. Instead, as Seth Godin (another blogging hero) would say, you should focus your message (and your time) on communicating with the people who actually care about you have to say. See also Seth’s amusing TED Talk.

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