I admit it.
Whenever I come across an article with a headline like, “Blog for Netscape, Earn Big Bucks,” I am a complete sucker for it. I’ll read it in a heartbeat. And so I read yesterday’s piece over at Wired Online. It turns out that blogging impresario cum Netscape representative Jason Calacanis is offering up a deal he thinks you can’t refuse:
Put in at least 150 stories a month and we’ll give you $12,000 a year. (note: most of these folks put in 250-400 stories a month, so that 150 baseline is just that–a baseline).
Now, this offer is going to get a big response I know, so we’re going to have to limit to a dozen or so folks. However, I’m absolutely convinced that the top 20 people on DIGG, Delicious, Flickr, MySpace, and Reddit are worth $1,000 a month and if we’re the first folks to pay them that is fine with me–we will take the risk and the arrows from the folks who think we’re corrupting the community process (is there anyone out there who thinks this any more?!).
We’re gonna identify this people in our system as “Netscape Navigators,” and they will work with our full-time “Netscape Anchors” to build a community.
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! $1,000 a month! $12,000.00 a … $12,000.00 a year? Twelve thousand lousy frickin’ dollars a year?
A person working MINUMUM WAGE makes slightly over $10,000 a year. So you’ll earn a bit more in a year than a minimum wage worker if you blog for Netscape, submitting 150 articles a month, which comes out to about five articles a day! Jolly jolly jolly!
Can someone explain to me why this is anything close to a good deal?