Before I joined the About Weblogs Network four months ago, I was only vaguely aware that some people were making a living out of blogging. Like most of you, I was blogging for fun and my own edification – processing the information overload that threatens to overwhelm me every day.

Starting the Genetics and Public Health Blog allowed me to go a step further. I was finally motivated to get back to speed on my field and had the chance to share it with others. What a great combination.

Because the About Weblogs Network is for-profit, network bloggers are encouraged to look for sources of revenue via Google Adsense (not allowed here at LiveJournal) and other affiliate programs. While doing research on making money online, I came across Darren Rowse’s blog, ProBlogger. It opened my eyes to the potential of blogging.

Darren’s been blogging for over two years and has been able to earn well over $10,000 a month from a combination of almost 20 different blogs. So he’s undoubtedly an expert when it comes to problogging.

Yesterday, Darren wrote about how to decide when it’s time to blog full-time as a main source of income. After reading it, I realized that problogging is probably not for me. I’m not interested in writing on a variety of different topics so as to diversify my income stream and I don’t think I could crank out over 20 blog entries a day like he does.

Just when I was starting to get real, I find that both Cotton-Pickin’ Days and the Genetics and Public Health Blog were included in the Global Roundups* at Harvard’s Global Voices Online. It’s both flattering and a bit disturbing. With every small bit of recognition, I get more confused. What’s the blogosphere trying to tell me? Should I get serious and stop fantasizing about having an online career or should I actually consider it?

Only time will tell.

*From the Global Roundup post: “Cottontimer is a Chinese-American who keeps two blogs to occupy her hours as full-time mum in Vietnam….”

The comment I left to the post there: “BTW, I just want to point out that full-time moms already have their hours ‘occupied’. Maybe you didn?t mean it this way, but I resent the implication that full-time moms don?t already have their hands full and need to blog in order to do something productive with their day besides just sit around.”

NB: More than a couple of people have suggested that I have too much time on my hands if I’m able to blog so much on more than one blog (my personal daily goal is three posts on the Genetics and Public Health Blog, one post at the Children’s Books, Toys and Things Blog, and one post here). To them I say: Read ProBlogger and see if you still think bloggers, blogs, and related services aren’t going to be huge economic successes.

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