Putting my money where my blog is

by Francis Wooby on October 31, 2009

"Money at hand" by Don Hankins, via Flickr Despite being a consistently avid social media consumer and enthusiast for more than four years now, I’ve gone through some fits and starts while trying to move into the production side of things. This blog, in one form or another, has been on the back burner or in semi-production for longer than I care to admit—including two failures to launch whereby I swore I’d keep posting, then petered out shortly there afterwards.

I’m hoping that the third time is the charm.

However, from experience I’ve learned that optimism and good intentions on don’t sustain my motivation. So, I thought I’d try upping the ante.

If I do not manage to post at least once a week, I will randomly select one of my commenters and send them $20 Canadian. That’s right. I am reinforcing my commitment to this blog’s readers with my own money…or whatever I can siphon off from my kid’s college fund without anyone noticing.

Now, there are a few points I need to clarify:

  1. By commenter, I do not mean anyone who just tosses a “Great post!” or “I agree!” or “You suck!” into the mix. Rare as they might have been, the posts I have made drew some excellent elaborations, counterpoints and further questions from readers, and I want to continue that level of conversation. Those who send actual comments will be eligible to collect my self-imposed late fee when I miss a weekly post. Those who just send meaningless throwaways are not going to get the chance to take my $20.
  2. I do not promise that my posts will always be of a certain length, format, type of content or anything along those lines. I reserve the right to explore different subject matter and even include video or audio if it’s relevant. I do commit to keeping it somewhere within the scope of media/technology/communications, and will always try to make it interesting, but I’m also not setting out any rigid criteria I can’t adhere to.
  3. I am not, and promise to never, sell advertizing space or otherwise attempt to make money from the W-lister blog. This is not why I want blog. My aim is to discuss these nerdy interests of mine with friends, colleagues, online network, and new contacts who arrive at my blog somehow. I want to talk about new developments, share my take on them, and hear what you have to say. I do not want to sell you anything, or try earning money by having you visit my site. This paying the reader $20 when I drop the ball experiment is not leading into some sort of scheme for me to monetize the W-lister.
  4. Sometimes life gets in the way, and I will be unable to post within a week due to illness, family emergencies or other unusual circumstances. In these cases I will not be awarding anyone twenty bucks, and unless you’re some sort of unconscionable bottom-feeder, you’ll understand and accept this.
  5. I reserve the right to end this nonsense at any time should it become apparent that I’m better off giving up blogging frequently before bankrupting my family.
  6. Just kidding about stealing from my kid’s college fund…I already spent that. 50 inch flat screen TVs aren’t free you know.

Okay, now with all of that said, let’s keep this thing going…

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Megan October 31, 2009 at 11:17 am

It’s good to have you back. And I’m not just saying that so I can win $20. I saw your last post over on Facebook and thought man, I wish he hadn’t moved his blog to Facebook. I’d love to link this on my site. Lo and behold! you’re back. This is excellent.

Francis Wooby November 2, 2009 at 6:57 am

Megan,

If I had human emotions I would be blushing.

Thanks for your encouraging words, and of course for the linkity-link. Most of all it’s great to have you in the conversation.

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