Monthly Archives: एप्रिल 2009

>America’s Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire

>This is what recent news is.In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers in the country.Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers or firefighters.

Currently, blogging is an important social and cultural movement that people care passionately about, and the number of people doing it for at least some income is approaching 1% of American adults.

According to different websites which I visited,there are over 20 million bloggers in America, with 1.7 million profiting from the work, and 452,000 of those using blogging as their primary source of income. It means almost 2 million Americans are getting paid by the word, the post, or the click — whether on their site or someone else’s.

This means that there are one percent Americans, or nearly 3 million people, who dare to put their opinion in front of the world, who are influenced by modern communications and are independent-minded.These people, can create new markets for a business, spark a social movement, or produce political change.This could make America the most noisily opinionated nation on earth.The IT age triggered many new professions, but blogging could well be the one with the most profound effect on human culture.After journalism, blogging can be the only profession with equal importance.

The discussion forums for for progressive politics and new technologies has now been applied to just about every other imaginable area of life, like, motherhood, health care, the arts, fashion,etc.What started as a hobby is becoming big business for newly emerging sites.Companies now depend upon their reviews given by these people.

According to the study and data given on different sites, bloggers in America are extremely well educated(Knowing the difference between their and our education system.We can say every educated Indian is extremely well educated): three out of every four are college graduates. Most are white males reporting above-average incomes. One out of three young people reports blogging, but bloggers who do it for a living successfully are 2% of bloggers overall. It takes about 100,000 unique visitors a month to generate an income of $75,000 a year. Bloggers can get $75 to $200 for a good post, and some even serve as “spokesbloggers” — paid by advertisers to blog about products. As a job with zero commuting literally, blogging could be one of the most environmentally friendly jobs around — but it can also be quite profitable.

But there are also lots of barriers for professional blogging. Most bloggers for hire, pay $80 to get started, do it for about 35 months, and make a few hundred dollars. But a subgroup of these same bloggers are the true professionals who work at corporations, serve as highly paid blogging consultants.

Professionals who work for companies are typically paid $45,000 to $90,000 a year for their blogging.Way more than a normal IT guy can earn by sitting even more hrs before the computer.

But its not IT field which is suffering,rather this has done a major impact on journalism.As bloggers have increased in numbers, the number of journalists has significantly declined. In Washington alone, there are now 79% fewer employees of major newspapers than there were just few years ago.Also know this, Washington is easily the most blogged-about city in America, if not the world.

These bloggers make money if their consumers click the ads on their sites. Some sites even pay writers by the click, which motivates blogger for doing whatever it takes to get noticed.

Recently United Kingdom just had a major scandal in which an official at 10 Downing Street had planned to leak to a friendly blogger all sorts of lurid stories about the Conservatives, complete with descriptions of secret sex tapes. The friendly blogger who was going to post it all thought it was an “absolutely brilliant” idea. But,someone blew the whistle.If in case the plot had gone through, it could have played a major role in the elections.

It has been observed that the poll that often got the most coverage was the one that was different from the others, regardless of whether it was right, or wrong. This is true with opinions, too: those on the extreme right or left, or those that are the most titillating, seem to drive the most traffic through their sites. The center doesn’t seem to have either the edge or the passion to grab the same kind of traffic.

For now, bloggers say they are overwhelmingly happy in their work, reporting high job satisfaction. But what happens if they, too, lose work?Are they covered by unemployment insurance if tastes change and their sites go under? Are they considered journalists under shield laws? Are they subject to libel suits? Are there any limits to the opinions they churn out, or any standards to rein them in? Is there someone to complain to about false blogs or hidden conflicts? At the recent Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic outfitted bloggers with free Panasonic equipment; did that affect their opinions about the companies they wrote about? There are more questions than answers about America’s Newest Profession.

But one thing is for sure,it is hard to think of another job category that has grown so quickly and become such a force in society without having any tests, degrees, or regulation of virtually any kind. Courses on blogging are now cropping up, and we can’t be far away from some School of Bloggerism. There is a lot of interest now in Twittering and Facebooking — but those venues don’t offer the career opportunities of blogging.

But with these millions of bloggers,writing and recording opinion,I wonder whether being the blogging capital of the world will help America compete in the global economy.Maybe the criticism will help them choosing the right products. Maybe it will create a resurgence in the art of writing and writing courses. Or serve as a safety net for out of work professionals in the crisis.But for how long?

>Indians are slumdog-US Republican Party

On April 10, while discussing the outsourcing of jobs from America, Limbaugh viciously insulted India and her citizens, inanely referencing the Danny Boyle smash-hit film Slumdog Millionaire to make his point.

Here is what he said,”There’s a reason [these jobs] aren’t coming back. They’re outsourced for a reason, an economic reason, and they’re not coming back,” Limbaugh said, while speaking to a caller named Terry from Ohio. “If you’re sitting out waiting for a job that’s now being done by a slumdog in India, and you’re waiting for that job to be cancelled, for the slumdog to be thrown out of work, and you to get the job, it ain’t going to happen. It’s not the way economics works.”

Whoa Mr.Limbaugh!!!India is incessantly showing double-digit growth from last decade.May be,over a decade.Our country is potentially ‘doable’ member of permanent UN Security Council.Even in recently concluded G20 summit in London,we had a much important position.Yet u and US Republican Party see this country as a land of “slumdogs”.Thanks to MR.Boyle and his excellent movie.For you,our politicians are the most corrupt people in the world,but when the same happens in your country at higher level,its legal!For you, Satyam scandal proves that whole Indian Growth is a big fraud.And when it comes to Lehman Brothers fruad of 50b…its….

Anyways,being conscious about Mr.Limbaugh’s past career,this shoddy insult mean no surprise to me.Infact excluding the word “slumdog” from his above statement,I felt nothing offensive.Probably I felt he was making his American Fellows acquaint with the actual fact and that also in a subtle manner.”But MR.Limbaugh could have easily avoided the word “slumdog” from his statement. It hurt.

But I was surely disappointed to read few comments of Indian stating that ‘We should ignore this comment’.Ignore dis comment?Agreed,if we people are ready to ignore our self respect in future too! Some said that ‘this comment is not regarding the High End IT peoples’ . Great,celebrate then! you proved why IT guys are called geeks ! How in the world these people can’t see that this comment is directly made on India!!Aren’t the IT guys part of this nation ? Whatsoever, there weren’t much people with this kind of wisdom.But i hated the fact,that even few existed !

Most of the people(Indians) thought that yesterday’s so called Millionaire-US, is now started knowing that it is going to become a slumdog and thats where the harsh comment came from . Agreed again,but it need loads of more decades to happen. And I am saying this all, only because I am aware of the natural law that nothing is perennial .US is a global power, but is not going to remain forever . Maybe in future, India will become one, but even it won’t be for ever.

I really don’t know at this moment what an American national feel about this comment.But I hope in future this won’t end up in hatred for Indians in the heart of American’s.

And finally before concluding I want to mention a nice line which I read on internet , which i would like to read by Mr.Limbaugh,the master behind this(…it’s but obvious that Mr.Limbaugh must not be more than a loud speaker,the think tank must certainly be someone else.) and also my fellow Indians who don’t feel anything about this statement…
“Globalisation is here to stay and India is a rapidly emerging economic superpower. Slumdogs we are not. Deal with it.”