Chad Orzel ’93 writes:
I joined [ScienceBlogs] because they were willing to pay me to do something I was already doing for free. There are other reasons– a boost in visibility, offloading the tech support to somebody else, etc.– but in the end, it was that they were offering to pay me to blog.
It’s not a large amount of money– my annual take from ScienceBlogs payments is on the order of $3,000– but it’s enough to buy a few extra toys here and restaurant meals, and it seemed silly to pass up free money.
How do the economics work in the blogging business? I never would have thought that Orzel — as interesting and charming a blogger as he is — would generate enough page views or visitors to generate that sort of income. What am I missing?