Jason says “blog for us and make money”

And who’s to argue with his claim? Jason Calacanis made money from blogging (sold his blogging network to AOL for $25 million). When I saw Peter Rojas, the guy who writes Engadget (part of Calacanis’ network), I asked him “did you ever think you could make a million by blogging?” He said “no.” And then smiled.

Is there value in content? Ask Howard Stern. He made a lot more than a million from his mouth. A whole lot more.

Don’t know who Jason Calacanis is? Check out the Wired Magazine that Maryam is holding (we went to the local Barnes and Noble to see if our book was on display yet, it wasn’t).

Last night we were walking around downtown Campbell in Silicon valley and saw this Porsche sitting in a window with a bow on it (it’s FAR beyond my financial reach although Maryam and I both dreamed a bit of going in and buying it). Only in Silicon Valley! Heheh.

49 thoughts on “Jason says “blog for us and make money”

  1. Jason Calacanis aint easter bunny either: he has stolen my comic strip image, placed it on his server, removed copyright and removed to link to my website. So while it is true that he got rich quickly thanks to blogging, it is not just to fairplay…

    Anyway, RobertS, I am happy to see some commercial aspect on your blog: a link to your book at B&N. You don’t have banners but this link is a first sign that you are getting commercial!!! Hah, hah!

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  2. Jason Calacanis aint easter bunny either: he has stolen my comic strip image, placed it on his server, removed copyright and removed to link to my website. So while it is true that he got rich quickly thanks to blogging, it is not just to fairplay…

    Anyway, RobertS, I am happy to see some commercial aspect on your blog: a link to your book at B&N. You don’t have banners but this link is a first sign that you are getting commercial!!! Hah, hah!

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  3. I’d question the amount actually made in this deal but I have no problem with the idea of bloggers making money over the long term – and it won’t come from ads (by and large)

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  4. I’d question the amount actually made in this deal but I have no problem with the idea of bloggers making money over the long term – and it won’t come from ads (by and large)

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  5. Hey Scoble,
    I don’t know if this has been discussed before so forgive me. For someone who discusses “Web 2.0” so much, why do you suck at tags/Flickr? I realize the shots come from your suuuuper dooooper HTC Faraday but couldn’t you properly tag them later?

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  6. Hey Scoble,
    I don’t know if this has been discussed before so forgive me. For someone who discusses “Web 2.0” so much, why do you suck at tags/Flickr? I realize the shots come from your suuuuper dooooper HTC Faraday but couldn’t you properly tag them later?

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  7. Hey Rob,

    Make your ‘Naked’ ad 120px wide so it fits nicer and aligns properly with the amazon ad and the rest of the stuff on your sidebar.

    It will look bigger too
    Exploit your real estate!

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  8. Hey Rob,

    Make your ‘Naked’ ad 120px wide so it fits nicer and aligns properly with the amazon ad and the rest of the stuff on your sidebar.

    It will look bigger too
    Exploit your real estate!

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  9. I’m adding another vote for Winer buying you a car. But I think he should get you a biodiesel powered clunker.

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  10. I’m adding another vote for Winer buying you a car. But I think he should get you a biodiesel powered clunker.

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  11. I’m starting to like you more Scoble. The Winer-Scoble connection actually represents integrity. Cheers to you bro, I used to think you were a useless tool: no more. Keep it rollin’!

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  12. I’m starting to like you more Scoble. The Winer-Scoble connection actually represents integrity. Cheers to you bro, I used to think you were a useless tool: no more. Keep it rollin’!

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  13. Flush with AOL irrational play money, easy for him to say that, but that ticket is only for a few (the traffic leaders) and it has an expirational date already stamped on. And it won’t be from ad monies. His network is already big and tired and seriously duplicating.

    Killing Gizmodo about his only real success (outside of hoodwinking AOL), and he had to steal Rojas to do that. That and Nick’s tendency to go with the droll print journos and stick them on the web, trying to make them seem snarky and hip (never works). Less than half of Jason’s network is active, by any sort of the imagination.

    Jason with opens only for already blogging types, and Nick only for swanky NYC media cocktail party fizzlesticks (well some exceptions). So “come write for us” is a hollow offer. It is but bragging rights, for now.

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  14. Flush with AOL irrational play money, easy for him to say that, but that ticket is only for a few (the traffic leaders) and it has an expirational date already stamped on. And it won’t be from ad monies. His network is already big and tired and seriously duplicating.

    Killing Gizmodo about his only real success (outside of hoodwinking AOL), and he had to steal Rojas to do that. That and Nick’s tendency to go with the droll print journos and stick them on the web, trying to make them seem snarky and hip (never works). Less than half of Jason’s network is active, by any sort of the imagination.

    Jason with opens only for already blogging types, and Nick only for swanky NYC media cocktail party fizzlesticks (well some exceptions). So “come write for us” is a hollow offer. It is but bragging rights, for now.

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  15. yawn, is anyone else tired of coulter’s steady stream of boorish attacks on everyone and everything? has he ever accomplished a damn thing in his life?

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  16. yawn, is anyone else tired of coulter’s steady stream of boorish attacks on everyone and everything? has he ever accomplished a damn thing in his life?

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  17. Networking: Securing illegals’ records
    Migrant farm workers flow into Salinas, Calif., during the lettuce-harvesting season, just as once portrayed, long ago, by novelist John Steinbeck. The difference is that now, the workers come to California’s Central Valley from central Mexico, not the Oklahoma dust bowl, as in “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    And although they are in the United States illegally, have no money or health insurance and don’t speak English, they do have access to consistent medical and dental care, as a result of a new wireless networking initiative, experts tell United Press International’s Networking. By Gene Koprowski

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  18. Networking: Securing illegals’ records
    Migrant farm workers flow into Salinas, Calif., during the lettuce-harvesting season, just as once portrayed, long ago, by novelist John Steinbeck. The difference is that now, the workers come to California’s Central Valley from central Mexico, not the Oklahoma dust bowl, as in “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    And although they are in the United States illegally, have no money or health insurance and don’t speak English, they do have access to consistent medical and dental care, as a result of a new wireless networking initiative, experts tell United Press International’s Networking. By Gene Koprowski

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  19. Hey Chris Coulter, you can diss the AOL/Jason deal all you want, but the fact remains:

    1. Jason has a blog. Unlike SOME PEOPLE we know.

    2. Jason is having the time of his life, doing what he wants. Unlike SOME PEOPLE we know.

    How’s the armchair, Quarterback? Comfy?

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  20. Hey Chris Coulter, you can diss the AOL/Jason deal all you want, but the fact remains:

    1. Jason has a blog. Unlike SOME PEOPLE we know.

    2. Jason is having the time of his life, doing what he wants. Unlike SOME PEOPLE we know.

    How’s the armchair, Quarterback? Comfy?

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  21. SOME PEOPLE don’t NEED a BLOG to be fully human or to reach their potential, you fling that around as an insult, how myopic. Furthermore you know nothing of my LIFE or what I am doing or any of my wants.

    And it’s called an opinion, a ‘naked conversation’ if you will. Surely you are not against that? The idea that I can’t comment (or armchair, as you term it), unless already of the groupthink is absurd. Are you a wine maker? What gives YOU the authority to comment on good wine? Are YOU a tailor? See the bad logic at work?

    Furthermore, you missed the point, the post wasn’t ABOUT Jason himself, rather the suckers he’s trying to dupe with promises of grand riches.

    I am doubly sure with millions to spend he’s having the time of his life, doing things I can only but dream of. But that doesn’t mean, it will bear out for anyone else. This is how pyramid schemes develop, promises of grand unrealistic riches, with greed driving it.

    And in a sense, Microsoft itself is one big grand pyramid scheme, 55,000 people sold on the millionaire and Bill Gates hook, only about 5,000 ever tasting any sense of that success, rest working like dogs, in an futile pursuit and doubly so with the Army of Permatemps, that Microsoft treats like slaved vermin. Racism is alive and well at Microsoft, just comes in Blue and Orange. The reason blogging happened, with such a force at Microsoft, is that all those passionate ego’s wanted to brand themselves bigger and not be suppressed by the command and control structure, grabbing external reco, even if their own company ignores them. And I don’t blame them, but it’s not a realistic picture still.

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  22. SOME PEOPLE don’t NEED a BLOG to be fully human or to reach their potential, you fling that around as an insult, how myopic. Furthermore you know nothing of my LIFE or what I am doing or any of my wants.

    And it’s called an opinion, a ‘naked conversation’ if you will. Surely you are not against that? The idea that I can’t comment (or armchair, as you term it), unless already of the groupthink is absurd. Are you a wine maker? What gives YOU the authority to comment on good wine? Are YOU a tailor? See the bad logic at work?

    Furthermore, you missed the point, the post wasn’t ABOUT Jason himself, rather the suckers he’s trying to dupe with promises of grand riches.

    I am doubly sure with millions to spend he’s having the time of his life, doing things I can only but dream of. But that doesn’t mean, it will bear out for anyone else. This is how pyramid schemes develop, promises of grand unrealistic riches, with greed driving it.

    And in a sense, Microsoft itself is one big grand pyramid scheme, 55,000 people sold on the millionaire and Bill Gates hook, only about 5,000 ever tasting any sense of that success, rest working like dogs, in an futile pursuit and doubly so with the Army of Permatemps, that Microsoft treats like slaved vermin. Racism is alive and well at Microsoft, just comes in Blue and Orange. The reason blogging happened, with such a force at Microsoft, is that all those passionate ego’s wanted to brand themselves bigger and not be suppressed by the command and control structure, grabbing external reco, even if their own company ignores them. And I don’t blame them, but it’s not a realistic picture still.

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  23. keep it coming, coulter! we all know you’re just a tired windbag loser. it’s easy to bitch and moan and complain, imagine if you spent 1% of your energy trying to build something positive!

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  24. keep it coming, coulter! we all know you’re just a tired windbag loser. it’s easy to bitch and moan and complain, imagine if you spent 1% of your energy trying to build something positive!

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  25. “SOME PEOPLE don’t NEED a BLOG to be fully human or to reach their potential…”

    Some people don’t need a career as a failed screenwriter and a lot of time spent trolling other people’s blogs to be fully human or to reach their full potential, either.

    Comfy quarterback armchair! Yummy!

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  26. “SOME PEOPLE don’t NEED a BLOG to be fully human or to reach their potential…”

    Some people don’t need a career as a failed screenwriter and a lot of time spent trolling other people’s blogs to be fully human or to reach their full potential, either.

    Comfy quarterback armchair! Yummy!

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  27. So you’re successful screenwriter troll instead of a failed screenwriter troll. Lucky you.

    You want me sniffing around? Why? I suppose we couldn’t possibly have you posting a link telling people who you are and what you do. Oh, no, can’t have that, not enough hoops for people to jump through.

    Heh.

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  28. So you’re successful screenwriter troll instead of a failed screenwriter troll. Lucky you.

    You want me sniffing around? Why? I suppose we couldn’t possibly have you posting a link telling people who you are and what you do. Oh, no, can’t have that, not enough hoops for people to jump through.

    Heh.

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  29. Well see, there are these things called NDAs and lockups. And unlike, say certain bloggers (who get away with virtual murder), I honor such. πŸ™‚ Enough on the edges to guessimate, but I am not doing any pointing.

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  30. Well see, there are these things called NDAs and lockups. And unlike, say certain bloggers (who get away with virtual murder), I honor such. πŸ™‚ Enough on the edges to guessimate, but I am not doing any pointing.

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  31. Robert, like you I’m tired of these whom will go against whom or whom will gang up with whom to go against whom articles/blogs/headlines/whatever. While business is about competition it does not necessarily have to be a zero sum game, something I fought about with a few of my economics professors while getting that degree. Every consumer has to perceive value in your product before you can convince them to buy/rnet that product (as you observed). This value can come as a result of competition with another vendor’s product, directly where there is no competitor, in cooperation with another vendor’s product in a known configuration for instance in a cooperative arrangement, or here’s the kicker, come about in a vendor unknown configuration which happens far more than most businesses know/will admit.

    The consumer electronics and tech sectors are not stable, instead it is a growing sector and there is a big, bad world out there that also wants these products as well. So, at this point, cut-throat competition to drive your competitors out of business just doesn’t make sense. You have to commit resources that are better spent elsewhere (R&D, consumer research, ads) in an attempt to either drive your competitors out of business or just outright buy them, which entails further costs. Merging companies isn’t exactly cheap.

    I don’t see the tech/CE sector stabilizing for quite a long time. As I said, there’s a lot of world out there. The $100 laptop and the massive popularity of cell phones in the developing world are only two indicators. Who would have thought that there would have been a market in renting cell phone time in the developing world. Yet a lot of women are making a lot of money (on their scale) in this market. Vendor unknown configuration :-).

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  32. Robert, like you I’m tired of these whom will go against whom or whom will gang up with whom to go against whom articles/blogs/headlines/whatever. While business is about competition it does not necessarily have to be a zero sum game, something I fought about with a few of my economics professors while getting that degree. Every consumer has to perceive value in your product before you can convince them to buy/rnet that product (as you observed). This value can come as a result of competition with another vendor’s product, directly where there is no competitor, in cooperation with another vendor’s product in a known configuration for instance in a cooperative arrangement, or here’s the kicker, come about in a vendor unknown configuration which happens far more than most businesses know/will admit.

    The consumer electronics and tech sectors are not stable, instead it is a growing sector and there is a big, bad world out there that also wants these products as well. So, at this point, cut-throat competition to drive your competitors out of business just doesn’t make sense. You have to commit resources that are better spent elsewhere (R&D, consumer research, ads) in an attempt to either drive your competitors out of business or just outright buy them, which entails further costs. Merging companies isn’t exactly cheap.

    I don’t see the tech/CE sector stabilizing for quite a long time. As I said, there’s a lot of world out there. The $100 laptop and the massive popularity of cell phones in the developing world are only two indicators. Who would have thought that there would have been a market in renting cell phone time in the developing world. Yet a lot of women are making a lot of money (on their scale) in this market. Vendor unknown configuration :-).

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