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February 25, 2003

Limitless Possibilities

I want this job:

"You get sent on a crazy adventure and you get to write about it," she said. "How cool is that?"

What a cool little niche industry: freelance blogging. If a movie needs a blog, how about a book? Hmmmm.... TV series need blogs; imagine all the "Friends" fans (or whatever) who would love to read a daily/weekly insider's look at the shooting of the show. Plus, it would create a great record of these things that could then be quickly turned into a best-selling book (with added bonus content of interviews with the actors and things they didn't want to put online while the show/even was happening). It would be awesome for "reality" TV shows like "Joe Millionaire" or "Survivor" -- fans would eat it up!

But freelance blogging could be much more important than that. For example, every political campaign needs a blog, for sure, but the pay for the blogger would have to be given w/no strings attached or else it would just become propaganda. That's the trick: How getting someone to write stuff that's honest while still earning a living. Hmm...

I bet we're going to see a lot more experiments along these lines. Maybe law school isn't the best thing I could do next, after all....

Posted February 25, 2003 06:11 PM | meta-blogging

I've been thinking about this for a while now. You seem to be uniquely suited to journalism, and I'm happy to see that you've finally let the idea into your thick little skull.
Think of this not as discouraging law, but encouraging more and more writing. More!

Posted by: care at February 25, 2003 09:26 PM

Yeah, well, there's always legal journalism if practicing law doesn't work out. Plus, it seems possible that legal training and a few years in legislative politics could become a foundation for some kind of writing career. Lots of lawyers getting published all over the place writing all kinds of things.

My escapist idea of the moment: Defer admission to law school, get in my car, and follow Howard Dean around the country for the next year. I could blog about his campaign and maybe occasionally sell an article to someone here and there, then by this time next year he'll either still be in the running for the Democratic nomination and I can continue following him through the election, or he'll be out. Either way, I'll have great material for that book. Pull the blog offline, clean up the posts into a great little account of a modern political campaign, and bam! Fame, fortune, drugs and fast cars! ;-)

Maybe I just better do the things I need to do...

Posted by: ambimb at February 27, 2003 01:38 PM

touch the puppet head.

Posted by: care at March 1, 2003 11:57 AM

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