July 07, 2004

Blogging for Fun, Against Profit

by PG

I ran across Southern Stump, the weblog of Finlay J. McFadden (isn't that a great name?) today via JD2B. McFadden blogged for less than a month this past spring; his sign-off post says,

I gave this a good try but, it simply requires to much work. It is at least an hour a day to find, analy[ze] and edit a post. Considering my time is billed at $300/hour, it was costing me $1,500/week or over $75,000 a year. It's not worth it.
Now I wonder if upon graduation from law school and employment at big firms, Chris, Nick and Jeremy -- not to mention the many other law students whose blawgs I read -- will all conclude that their time is too monetarily valuable to be spent on reading and writing that cannot be billed to a client. I've always thought of blogging as enjoyable leisure activity, like watching TV, but when The McFadden does the money breakdown, it's hard to argue.

July 7, 2004 03:45 PM | TrackBack

That's a pretty stupid way to look at life. Is sleeping really worth $876,000 a year to this guy? That's what it's costing him if he sleeps 8 hours a night. How about that extra hour playing with the kids? Candy Land worth $300? Give me a break. Life is not a monetary calculation.

Posted by: Jeremy at July 7, 2004 05:32 PM

Yeah, that type of "persona non blogger" is not missed from blogging.

Posted by: Chris Geidner at July 7, 2004 10:25 PM

Yeah - that makes sense. Penny wise and dollar foolish. Just look at Bashman - he turned his blog into a very lucrative solo practice.

Posted by: centrist at July 7, 2004 11:04 PM

On the other hand, TYoH is a project blog, and is specifically intended to stop on the day I graduate. I hope you won't interpret this as my suddenly having a greater appreciation for the value of my time. ;)

Posted by: A. Rickey at July 8, 2004 12:32 AM
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