When the digital economy means working for free
“Governments play up the idea that a digital future creates jobs rather than eats them up. Culturally, there is now a fantasy world of start-ups and blogs and YouTube TV where a very few people manage to make money but most work simply for ‘experience’,” writes Suzanne Moore in today’s Guardian.
This struck a chord with me. A friend asked me recently whether they should work for the Huffington Post as a blogger – and I said I wouldn’t – they don’t pay and you are working for free. But they wanted the experience…Difficult one. Get the experience, move on quickly to paid work, perhaps? But then Moore warns darkly:
“It’s only a matter of time before we are all asked to work for free.”
And her post is under the web headline “Comment is free” on the Guardian site…
Her article also made me wonder whether bloggers generally think it’s worth it – blogging for free, hoping to promote their book, photography, cartoons, art and so on. Is engaging with social media worth the time and effort in the long run? We partly got the gig at the Broadway Theatre in London last year because of this blog and our engagement with social media. But we didn’t make any money – few people seem to in theatre, darling!
For me it was worth it – just for the enjoyment and writing about anything that takes my fancy.
How about you? Is blogging worth it? Are you hoping to sell your books etc? If you have sold anything, did the sums add up? Or were you still below minimum wage?