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Like most bloggers with a reasonable amount of readership I get some interesting comments. Most of my most … um … colourful come after a guest post or mention on anothers blog. One theme that seems to come up a lot is that I should “get a life” and related but subtly different, people earning money blogging is somehow lazy (“get a real job”) or even unethical (the “all blogs are spam” argument).

I don’t see how. The arguments are not well explained. Is the implication that if you don’t lift heavy weights then it is not real work? Do people feel writing and getting rewarded for it is ripping people off in some way?

What do you think? Have you come across these opinions yourself?

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  1. I think blogging is still relatively unrecognized by the masses as a viable medium of communication. That is, most people don’t take it “seriously.” Truth is, before I did my blog over a year ago, I didn’t think much of “blogging” or “bloggers.” Well, now I am one.

    Like anything else, I think there are plenty of poorly written blogs, some of which aim to “spam” people. While other blogs may be well written but unfocused.

    I think that the public may not differentiate the “bad apples” from the bunch and thus you continue to get comments such as the ones you mentioned.

    I truly believe that if you love what you do and take pride in it, it doesn’t matter what people say. I find that if you spend time listening to those negative people who try to put you down, sooner or later, you’ll start to believe them.

    Keep at it Chris and keep blogging.

  2. I think blogging is still relatively unrecognized by the masses as a viable medium of communication. That is, most people don’t take it “seriously.” Truth is, before I did my blog over a year ago, I didn’t think much of “blogging” or “bloggers.” Well, now I am one.

    Like anything else, I think there are plenty of poorly written blogs, some of which aim to “spam” people. While other blogs may be well written but unfocused.

    I think that the public may not differentiate the “bad apples” from the bunch and thus you continue to get comments such as the ones you mentioned.

    I truly believe that if you love what you do and take pride in it, it doesn’t matter what people say. I find that if you spend time listening to those negative people who try to put you down, sooner or later, you’ll start to believe them.

    Keep at it Chris and keep blogging.

  3. Maybe jealousy? Other bloggers screwing around? Human beings haven’t changed since the Internet so much as found it’s easy to be offensive online with no repercussions. Most of the same people wouldn’t say what they do in comments to your face in person.

    I fortunately don’t get stuff like (not enough readership), but I just don’t get that: get a real job? If we weren’t blogging, in what forum would the get to display their sociopathic behavior? πŸ™‚

  4. Maybe jealousy? Other bloggers screwing around? Human beings haven’t changed since the Internet so much as found it’s easy to be offensive online with no repercussions. Most of the same people wouldn’t say what they do in comments to your face in person.

    I fortunately don’t get stuff like (not enough readership), but I just don’t get that: get a real job? If we weren’t blogging, in what forum would the get to display their sociopathic behavior? πŸ™‚

  5. Yeah, I used to get this from my wife (I publish two blogs regularly – http://www.tiffinbox.org and blog.pipalproductions.com) until I started getting wedding clients through them. If it helps pay the mortgage or all those student loans, or allows me to buy new equipment for my business, I consider blogging part of my workflow.

  6. Yeah, I used to get this from my wife (I publish two blogs regularly – http://www.tiffinbox.org and blog.pipalproductions.com) until I started getting wedding clients through them. If it helps pay the mortgage or all those student loans, or allows me to buy new equipment for my business, I consider blogging part of my workflow.

  7. I too blog as a part of my job. It not the full-time aspect of it but it one of the ways I do my networking and forge relevant links back to my own site. You usually get this kind of reaction because it’s new. I’ve been doing web developments full-time for a couple of years now and part-time and as a part of previous jobs for much longer but my parents who are now retired have a hard time “getting it” despite the fact that I have been making house payments, insurance payments, food, car, power, water, etc.

    I’m finding more and more insightful information and commentary on “blogs” these days than the fluff you see on the local six o’clock news. Funny, I don’t hear anyone saying those people should get a “real job.”

  8. I too blog as a part of my job. It not the full-time aspect of it but it one of the ways I do my networking and forge relevant links back to my own site. You usually get this kind of reaction because it’s new. I’ve been doing web developments full-time for a couple of years now and part-time and as a part of previous jobs for much longer but my parents who are now retired have a hard time “getting it” despite the fact that I have been making house payments, insurance payments, food, car, power, water, etc.

    I’m finding more and more insightful information and commentary on “blogs” these days than the fluff you see on the local six o’clock news. Funny, I don’t hear anyone saying those people should get a “real job.”

  9. People don’t understand that writing is hard work, whether it’s a blog, a newsletter, a press release, or a book. They don’t realize that to write good copy you need to do research, plan, think, organize, outline, edit, and rewrite – and all that takes time, talent, and brain power.

    I get this attitude from potential copywriting clients a lot. “You mean you’ll charge me to write an article or come up with a tag line for my product?” Some of them have an attitude that writing is easy, so you don’t deserve to get paid much or at all for it. And they don’t want to pay you for the research/thinking time either, only the actual typing of copy.

    Good clients appreciate what you do and are willing to pay you the going rate for your work. All others should be avoided. After all, if writing was so easy we’d all be making what Stephen King does.

  10. People don’t understand that writing is hard work, whether it’s a blog, a newsletter, a press release, or a book. They don’t realize that to write good copy you need to do research, plan, think, organize, outline, edit, and rewrite – and all that takes time, talent, and brain power.

    I get this attitude from potential copywriting clients a lot. “You mean you’ll charge me to write an article or come up with a tag line for my product?” Some of them have an attitude that writing is easy, so you don’t deserve to get paid much or at all for it. And they don’t want to pay you for the research/thinking time either, only the actual typing of copy.

    Good clients appreciate what you do and are willing to pay you the going rate for your work. All others should be avoided. After all, if writing was so easy we’d all be making what Stephen King does.

  11. Chris… Cowardly people feel brave when protected through anonymity. Therefore, they don’t feel the need to qualify their comments. Indisputable irrational thinking (e.g., “all blogs are spam”) is explanation enough. Forget them.

  12. Chris… Cowardly people feel brave when protected through anonymity. Therefore, they don’t feel the need to qualify their comments. Indisputable irrational thinking (e.g., “all blogs are spam”) is explanation enough. Forget them.

  13. Most people I meet in the offline world are blissfully unaware that online economies like those surrounding blogging and content development even exist. To those people, the idea of making an income from something like this is outside their worldview and thus viewed with suspicion.

    To those who do know it’s possible, small people typically react with jealousy and attack the successful instead of working to become successful themselves.

    Is it real work?

    I’ve done “real work” (the kind where you’re only compensated for the number of hours you put in and not for talent or hard work) for a good portion of my adult life and I’ll take compensation for talent over compensation for punching a clock any day.

    The issue with many is that they’re not willing to put in the time and effort to develop that talent and feel better about themselves by trying to drag those who have down…

  14. Most people I meet in the offline world are blissfully unaware that online economies like those surrounding blogging and content development even exist. To those people, the idea of making an income from something like this is outside their worldview and thus viewed with suspicion.

    To those who do know it’s possible, small people typically react with jealousy and attack the successful instead of working to become successful themselves.

    Is it real work?

    I’ve done “real work” (the kind where you’re only compensated for the number of hours you put in and not for talent or hard work) for a good portion of my adult life and I’ll take compensation for talent over compensation for punching a clock any day.

    The issue with many is that they’re not willing to put in the time and effort to develop that talent and feel better about themselves by trying to drag those who have down…

  15. I’m with Anne-Marie on this one. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much capital value attached to writing per se. I’ve written for the national press (in various countries), written and edited books and didn’t earn very much. In fact, some of the major newspapers pay less than a blog post if you work out the time, energy and cost it takes to research a post. Blogging for me is cost-effective PR: it leads to bigger paying jobs whether in the form of writing or consulting.

    Stick with your writing Chris and the boo bhoys will lose interest eventually.

  16. I’m with Anne-Marie on this one. Unfortunately, there isn’t that much capital value attached to writing per se. I’ve written for the national press (in various countries), written and edited books and didn’t earn very much. In fact, some of the major newspapers pay less than a blog post if you work out the time, energy and cost it takes to research a post. Blogging for me is cost-effective PR: it leads to bigger paying jobs whether in the form of writing or consulting.

    Stick with your writing Chris and the boo bhoys will lose interest eventually.

  17. Thanks folks. I think you all have the right of it πŸ™‚

  18. Thanks folks. I think you all have the right of it πŸ™‚

  19. I say, if you can make a living doing anything that is moral and legal, and you like doing it, go for it. I don’t make any money from my blog, but it’s a lot of work. I just do it because I love it. If I could get paid for it I don’t see how anyone could hold it against me.

    Here’s the bottom line. If you are able to make money at blogging, then there is demand for your services/product in the marketplace. You found a demand and are supplying to meet it. It’s called the free market.

  20. I say, if you can make a living doing anything that is moral and legal, and you like doing it, go for it. I don’t make any money from my blog, but it’s a lot of work. I just do it because I love it. If I could get paid for it I don’t see how anyone could hold it against me.

    Here’s the bottom line. If you are able to make money at blogging, then there is demand for your services/product in the marketplace. You found a demand and are supplying to meet it. It’s called the free market.

  21. Isn’t the goal in life to do what you love and if you’re really lucky, get paid for it? Seems funny that someone would give ya a hard time about doing something you are good at and presumably like. Maybe they’re just stuck somewhere they aren’t happy with so thats the problem.

    Seems anyone who runs a blog understands what it takes. I suppose it’s one of those things where you have to do it to understand. Same with web design. Seems so easy to everyone who’s never done it before. Once they try to do it they understand what is going on and don’t feel so bad paying the pro’s to design for them.

  22. Isn’t the goal in life to do what you love and if you’re really lucky, get paid for it? Seems funny that someone would give ya a hard time about doing something you are good at and presumably like. Maybe they’re just stuck somewhere they aren’t happy with so thats the problem.

    Seems anyone who runs a blog understands what it takes. I suppose it’s one of those things where you have to do it to understand. Same with web design. Seems so easy to everyone who’s never done it before. Once they try to do it they understand what is going on and don’t feel so bad paying the pro’s to design for them.

  23. Yes I think design, writing, photography and to a lesser extent SEO/PPC/Marketing have misleadingly low barriers to entry, people think “how hard can it be?”. It doesn’t help that there are so many ludicrously low-bidders in the freelancer sites πŸ™‚

  24. Yes I think design, writing, photography and to a lesser extent SEO/PPC/Marketing have misleadingly low barriers to entry, people think “how hard can it be?”. It doesn’t help that there are so many ludicrously low-bidders in the freelancer sites πŸ™‚

  25. I think there’s also the old view of the starving writer, where it’s all but impossible to earn a living writing. Writing is not valued, even though if you ask most people to write an article, they’ll feel they can’t do a good job at it.

  26. I think there’s also the old view of the starving writer, where it’s all but impossible to earn a living writing. Writing is not valued, even though if you ask most people to write an article, they’ll feel they can’t do a good job at it.

  27. People think that they should work hard to earn money. They want to go out of the house to earn. They’re afraid of the cash flow. In short they still think the only way to make a living is by the traditional way.

    Anne-Marie –
    You are right. I almost toil hard and work 3-4 time I work for my 9-5 job for a single blog post. Blogging is really hard work which many people fail to see because great bloggers dont blog for money. They live their dreams and like doing it.

  28. People think that they should work hard to earn money. They want to go out of the house to earn. They’re afraid of the cash flow. In short they still think the only way to make a living is by the traditional way.

    Anne-Marie –
    You are right. I almost toil hard and work 3-4 time I work for my 9-5 job for a single blog post. Blogging is really hard work which many people fail to see because great bloggers dont blog for money. They live their dreams and like doing it.

  29. Ashwin, I agree with most of what you said. But “great bloggers don’t blog for money”? Can’t agree with you there. If you mean they don’t necessarily start out blogging for money, okay. In fact, most of the blogging I do I would do even if there was no money. But obviously not forever, since bills need to be paid.

  30. Ashwin, I agree with most of what you said. But “great bloggers don’t blog for money”? Can’t agree with you there. If you mean they don’t necessarily start out blogging for money, okay. In fact, most of the blogging I do I would do even if there was no money. But obviously not forever, since bills need to be paid.

  31. I recently read an analogy comparing publishing a blog to publishing your very own newspaper. I think this type of comparison can be helpful for people who are new to blogging or unsure of its purpose and value. It’s easier to “get” blogging when it’s compared to a form of traditional media (like a newspaper, newsletter, or magazine), at least as a starting point. And it’s given me a new perspective on how to approach my own blog. I’m building a list of ideas of regular and special features, types of content, ways to generate interactivity with readers, and how to monetize all of these efforts. I blog because I love to tell stories, but it’s also part of my business. I like the connection of passion and profit.

    As far as people undervaluing blogging, it’s the same with writing in most forms. I think that this pervasive attitude is also what makes some freelancers work for so little. Too many writers embrace the “starving artist” mindset, are simply desperate for work-any-work-at-any-price, or are just not very good writers. When I first started freelancing, I had to constantly remind myself that I was running a business and needed to value my talents and services appropriately. After all, if I didn’t value them, others wouldn’t. I always knew this in a business sense, but it took awhile to know it with every fiber of my being Γ’β‚¬β€œ in other words, to be able to quote my rates without secretly cringing. For awhile, I kept thinking, “Who pays for this shit?” It’s not that I thought my work was crappy. But I marveled that people would pay good money for something that came so easily to me. Then again, I pay people to mow my lawn and do my taxes Γ’β‚¬β€œ two areas outside of my own expertise. The moral of the story: People will pay for what they want/need. Which we all knew already.

  32. I recently read an analogy comparing publishing a blog to publishing your very own newspaper. I think this type of comparison can be helpful for people who are new to blogging or unsure of its purpose and value. It’s easier to “get” blogging when it’s compared to a form of traditional media (like a newspaper, newsletter, or magazine), at least as a starting point. And it’s given me a new perspective on how to approach my own blog. I’m building a list of ideas of regular and special features, types of content, ways to generate interactivity with readers, and how to monetize all of these efforts. I blog because I love to tell stories, but it’s also part of my business. I like the connection of passion and profit.

    As far as people undervaluing blogging, it’s the same with writing in most forms. I think that this pervasive attitude is also what makes some freelancers work for so little. Too many writers embrace the “starving artist” mindset, are simply desperate for work-any-work-at-any-price, or are just not very good writers. When I first started freelancing, I had to constantly remind myself that I was running a business and needed to value my talents and services appropriately. After all, if I didn’t value them, others wouldn’t. I always knew this in a business sense, but it took awhile to know it with every fiber of my being Γ’β‚¬β€œ in other words, to be able to quote my rates without secretly cringing. For awhile, I kept thinking, “Who pays for this shit?” It’s not that I thought my work was crappy. But I marveled that people would pay good money for something that came so easily to me. Then again, I pay people to mow my lawn and do my taxes Γ’β‚¬β€œ two areas outside of my own expertise. The moral of the story: People will pay for what they want/need. Which we all knew already.

  33. Haven’t heard that much as it pertains to blogging, but I can’t say that it surprises me. I think people find it baffling (and probably somewhat jealousy-inducing) to learn that some are earning 4 or even 5 figure monthly incomes from blogging.

  34. Haven’t heard that much as it pertains to blogging, but I can’t say that it surprises me. I think people find it baffling (and probably somewhat jealousy-inducing) to learn that some are earning 4 or even 5 figure monthly incomes from blogging.

  35. I get this all of the time from my wife, to the point it affects my productivity. A little support now and then would be nice. In fact if I had it, my blog, and any number of other potentially profitable ‘online only’ ventures would be well off the ground by now. Instead I sit around filling out resume forms and pouring my writing efforts into cover letters for jobs I don’t really want just to keep her placated.

  36. I get this all of the time from my wife, to the point it affects my productivity. A little support now and then would be nice. In fact if I had it, my blog, and any number of other potentially profitable ‘online only’ ventures would be well off the ground by now. Instead I sit around filling out resume forms and pouring my writing efforts into cover letters for jobs I don’t really want just to keep her placated.

  37. I’ve not heard that one, but I am surprised at how terribly vicious some people are that leave comments. I suppose it’s an anonymous forum where they can get away with it – but it’s still nasty.

  38. I’ve not heard that one, but I am surprised at how terribly vicious some people are that leave comments. I suppose it’s an anonymous forum where they can get away with it – but it’s still nasty.

  39. Chris,

    I’ll recommend to ignore such comments as much as possible. I do the same. I really feel like there was an option to track them down who use all the possible methods to prove themselves stupids.

    Sometimes I wonder what’d be the condition if people were able to commit crime and hide themselves even in real world. If there are many good people on the net, there is also a great majority of crap, evil, unethical minds surfing the WWW.

  40. Chris,

    I’ll recommend to ignore such comments as much as possible. I do the same. I really feel like there was an option to track them down who use all the possible methods to prove themselves stupids.

    Sometimes I wonder what’d be the condition if people were able to commit crime and hide themselves even in real world. If there are many good people on the net, there is also a great majority of crap, evil, unethical minds surfing the WWW.

  41. HIPPIES !! Granola crunching teva wearing tree hugging hippies abound on the net. They think everything should be free and no-one should ever make money “sharing information” let alone selling info. Yet they’re the first ones bragging about downloading the latest catchy tune from a torrent site to their Ipods. These poor soles are so misguided and have yet to realize that being an employee is a poor business model. Case in point my room mate is an IT security guy. Uber geek he calls himself. He makes decent money doing what he does. And does nothing but scoff at affiliate marketing, google cashing and blogging for money. And whines and complains about his “job” I have no doubt at all that if he put his geeky mind to it he could make a killing with what he knows. BUT he’d rather extole the evils of e-commerce and all its problems….YET he constantly hacks and cracks and rips product from torrent sites, basically stealing product from hard working net-trepreneurs. Another point id like to make is there is so much elitism surrounding blogging. You want to go on about what ever it is you wanna go about in your blog, fine by me. You want to share open source stuff go ahead and do it. Want to be a blogging tory go ahead and do it. I want to share and sell info let me go ahead and do it and spare me your dribble. Not like its a contest or a p-eeing match or anything but I bust my nut doing what I do and make ok money doing it, which is more than I can say for people who work a 9-5. I spend my time as I chose and see fit I dont think I should be railed for it, nor should anyone else really until the put their heads on the chopping block with their narrow minded blathering

  42. HIPPIES !! Granola crunching teva wearing tree hugging hippies abound on the net. They think everything should be free and no-one should ever make money “sharing information” let alone selling info. Yet they’re the first ones bragging about downloading the latest catchy tune from a torrent site to their Ipods. These poor soles are so misguided and have yet to realize that being an employee is a poor business model. Case in point my room mate is an IT security guy. Uber geek he calls himself. He makes decent money doing what he does. And does nothing but scoff at affiliate marketing, google cashing and blogging for money. And whines and complains about his “job” I have no doubt at all that if he put his geeky mind to it he could make a killing with what he knows. BUT he’d rather extole the evils of e-commerce and all its problems….YET he constantly hacks and cracks and rips product from torrent sites, basically stealing product from hard working net-trepreneurs. Another point id like to make is there is so much elitism surrounding blogging. You want to go on about what ever it is you wanna go about in your blog, fine by me. You want to share open source stuff go ahead and do it. Want to be a blogging tory go ahead and do it. I want to share and sell info let me go ahead and do it and spare me your dribble. Not like its a contest or a p-eeing match or anything but I bust my nut doing what I do and make ok money doing it, which is more than I can say for people who work a 9-5. I spend my time as I chose and see fit I dont think I should be railed for it, nor should anyone else really until the put their heads on the chopping block with their narrow minded blathering

  43. I would ask that person (asking my to get a real job) to define what real job is.

    If he or she says…

    ~ To have a physical office with a min. of 2 staff.
    ~ To be able to get a fix wage every month, including yearly bonus, benefits, designated parking lot, and all other Hocus Pocus stuff.
    ~ To have lunch with bosses, staff, and clients.
    ~ To have market share. (go ask this question to the convenient store or barber shop owners!)
    ~ To have board of directors, blah blah blah

    than he or she is so living in stone age. Any SOHO can have all the above and more.

  44. I would ask that person (asking my to get a real job) to define what real job is.

    If he or she says…

    ~ To have a physical office with a min. of 2 staff.
    ~ To be able to get a fix wage every month, including yearly bonus, benefits, designated parking lot, and all other Hocus Pocus stuff.
    ~ To have lunch with bosses, staff, and clients.
    ~ To have market share. (go ask this question to the convenient store or barber shop owners!)
    ~ To have board of directors, blah blah blah

    than he or she is so living in stone age. Any SOHO can have all the above and more.

  45. You should definitely get a job Chris! (kidding, kidding!)
    I’ve heard that a lot, from friends, familly, acquaintance… that i should get a real job and work for a company or something (wait! that would mean having to wait 2 weeks to get that paycheck? no way!). Well i’ve been there. I don’t get it why people feel we’re not “working” i mean i put way more work into writing/blogging/online stuff than most people i know who work for that big company doing 40hrs per week (and on top of that i’m a musician, working on an album, teaching guitar…but you know what they say about musicians…). I can easily work 12-16 hours in one day working on different things, and on week-ends too.

    I really liked the reply by Jennifer/The Word Cellar, it’s true you have to value your services and talent, since it is most definitely a business.

    Great post Chris!

  46. You should definitely get a job Chris! (kidding, kidding!)
    I’ve heard that a lot, from friends, familly, acquaintance… that i should get a real job and work for a company or something (wait! that would mean having to wait 2 weeks to get that paycheck? no way!). Well i’ve been there. I don’t get it why people feel we’re not “working” i mean i put way more work into writing/blogging/online stuff than most people i know who work for that big company doing 40hrs per week (and on top of that i’m a musician, working on an album, teaching guitar…but you know what they say about musicians…). I can easily work 12-16 hours in one day working on different things, and on week-ends too.

    I really liked the reply by Jennifer/The Word Cellar, it’s true you have to value your services and talent, since it is most definitely a business.

    Great post Chris!

  47. Perfect timely post.

    I just finished reading Paul Stamatiou’s post on why blogging is important before I found this one. πŸ™‚

  48. Perfect timely post.

    I just finished reading Paul Stamatiou’s post on why blogging is important before I found this one. πŸ™‚

  49. There are a lot of people in this world that are making money in worse ways lol.

    I think it stems from resentment. You are probably making more money than they are and they despise the fact that you are working smarter not harder.

    That’s just my take on it:)

  50. There are a lot of people in this world that are making money in worse ways lol.

    I think it stems from resentment. You are probably making more money than they are and they despise the fact that you are working smarter not harder.

    That’s just my take on it:)

  51. Chris,

    Anything that produces value in a honest, ethical way, is work that is worth undertaking. Blogging has the potential to produce tremendous value. True, there is a lot of flak out there, but that’s only because the barrier of entry is is low. One finds so much crappy stuff on TV even though the barrier is significantly higher.

    Blogging has tremendous potential in being able to reach out to people, share knowkedge and skills and actually provide value to people ad communities.

    But it might take some time for perceptions to change. People still view new media as something that is juvenile is nature. However if survey reports are to be believed, most young people use the online medium to get their news, information, and connect with others. So even though it migth take time, the onine medium will be a force to reckon with in a few years to come.


    Regards
    Parag

  52. Chris,

    Anything that produces value in a honest, ethical way, is work that is worth undertaking. Blogging has the potential to produce tremendous value. True, there is a lot of flak out there, but that’s only because the barrier of entry is is low. One finds so much crappy stuff on TV even though the barrier is significantly higher.

    Blogging has tremendous potential in being able to reach out to people, share knowkedge and skills and actually provide value to people ad communities.

    But it might take some time for perceptions to change. People still view new media as something that is juvenile is nature. However if survey reports are to be believed, most young people use the online medium to get their news, information, and connect with others. So even though it migth take time, the onine medium will be a force to reckon with in a few years to come.


    Regards
    Parag

  53. I don’t understand why “getting a job” means going to office every day. In last nine years (my working part of life so far) I spent eight months in office. And I don’t wanna get back there, it is almost like prison. I felt better at army service if you can believe that.
    What is wrong with freelancing? It is even more “real” job. Being in office puts one in position to sell its time being on some place, as freelancer I sell only product of my work.

  54. I don’t understand why “getting a job” means going to office every day. In last nine years (my working part of life so far) I spent eight months in office. And I don’t wanna get back there, it is almost like prison. I felt better at army service if you can believe that.
    What is wrong with freelancing? It is even more “real” job. Being in office puts one in position to sell its time being on some place, as freelancer I sell only product of my work.

  55. I know one too many people that work 9 to 5 yet produce less value then what you do in the short amount of time you spend putting you daily blog together.

    Kudos to you for spending time thinking rather then rotting you brain away watching Lost. Or better yet, wasting your time telling other people they are wasting their time.

  56. I know one too many people that work 9 to 5 yet produce less value then what you do in the short amount of time you spend putting you daily blog together.

    Kudos to you for spending time thinking rather then rotting you brain away watching Lost. Or better yet, wasting your time telling other people they are wasting their time.

  57. You would be surprised how long it takes me to write the posts here, most of them have taken me over thirty years πŸ˜‰

  58. You would be surprised how long it takes me to write the posts here, most of them have taken me over thirty years πŸ˜‰

  59. Get a real job? Hey, it is great to do what you love and get paid for it (without harming everything around you!). If you can do this full-time AND teach others things in the process, it sounds like a win-win all around! Keep up the blogging, Chris.

  60. Get a real job? Hey, it is great to do what you love and get paid for it (without harming everything around you!). If you can do this full-time AND teach others things in the process, it sounds like a win-win all around! Keep up the blogging, Chris.

  61. I was wondering if the people that say get a real job are one your site, then why are they here in the first place. if they think blogging is nothing and not real work then they can also say that all books and writing is not real work. writing is about getting people to think. generate ideas. It’s a lot of mental work. So I have to disagree that it’s not a real job!

  62. I was wondering if the people that say get a real job are one your site, then why are they here in the first place. if they think blogging is nothing and not real work then they can also say that all books and writing is not real work. writing is about getting people to think. generate ideas. It’s a lot of mental work. So I have to disagree that it’s not a real job!