According to Royal Pingdom, there were 152 million blogs on the Internet in 2010. The number of people making a living from those jobs? Two.
Okay, okay. I made that last statistic up, but you get the point. Blogging is hard…and hard work. Many of us doing this as a full-time job barely get out what we put into it and most of us won’t ever see a profit from it–not one dime after we pay the fees related to maintaining our site. This is why I was pissed to hear that Kate Gosselin landed a real blogging job that pays in an already over-saturated market. Blogging is an area filled with really good writers and serious bloggers who haven’t had a reality show but are in serious need of cash…and still aren’t getting the jobs.
On November 1, CouponCabin.com published a press release on the reality-mom-turned-blogger and her new job. Gosselin will provide coupon tips and saving advice on the site, starting with a piece on November 22 about Black Friday and how to save on holiday gifts.
The amount that Gosselin is being paid has not been publicly disclosed.
Last night, I tweeted about the news and asked bloggers their thoughts. Not one blogger came back with, “OH! What great news.” As a matter of fact, most were confused and annoyed (much the same as me). One blogger said, “Her 15 minutes [were] up hours ago!” and another said, “How do I get that gig? Get a stupid haircut and belittle my husband on national television? Suck on DWTS?”
As I read some online articles, the sentiment was much the same.
A commenter named Dani on Just Jared wrote, “Wow–she is thrilled to lend her expertise? What expertise? This is a woman that spends thousands on hair cuts, manicures, pedicures, clothes, bags etc. And she has expertise that will help those of us who go without or go with discounted shopping and styling?”
So, am I jealous of Kate Gosselin? Sure. As a professional writer of 11 years and someone who has been blogging since 2005, I fight hard for the paid jobs that I get–and sometimes those are few and far between. For Gosselin–someone who is best known for having a large family displayed on television–to come along and take one of the few paid blogging jobs that are out there right now…yes, it’s a hard pill to swallow.
What do you think? Will you read Kate’s new “savings” blog? If you’re a blogger, are you okay with Gosselin getting this job?
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Jacqueline Wilson is a prime parent, wife, mother, published author and freelance writer. Jacqueline writes here, on Prime Parents’ Club, and on her observational parenting humor blog, WritRams.com: Writer Ramblings on Parenting Imperfectly. Follow her on Twitter as @WritRams and on her Facebook page.[/author_info]