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from Jack Shafer:

The Andrew Sullivan traveling blog show

Why is Andrew Sullivan selling? And what are his readers buying?

Sullivan, maestro of the popular blog The Dish, pulled off the impossible this week. After announcing that he was breaking free from his bosses at the Daily Beast and would henceforth finance the site with $19.99 annual subscriptions from readers, he collected about $400,000 in two days from nearly 12,000 Dish enthusiasts, some volunteering more than the suggested amount. Published since April 2011 by the Daily Beast, and before that by the Atlantic, and before that by Time, The Dish now returns to its 2000 origins as Sullivan's indie project.

If you admire journalism and entrepreneurism, you've got to be pulling for Sullivan and his five employees and two interns to pull down the $900,000 he says he needs to operate The Dish for a year. As Sullivan states in his declaration of independence, the rewards of his success won't fall just on The Dish: "The point of doing this as simply and as purely as possible is precisely to forge a path other smaller blogs and sites can follow."

But the questions remain: what is Sullivan selling and what are his paying readers (he calls them "members") actually buying? More nudge than paywall, The Dish "freemium" subscription system will give non-members a limited number of free "Read On" clicks for longer posts each month, after which they'll be reminded that they really should consider paying $19.99. "Everything else on the Dish will remain free. No link from another blog to us will ever be counted for the meter -- so no blogger or writer need ever worry that a link to us will push their readers into a paywall," Sullivan writes. But cheapskates who want to avoid paying and evade The Dish's nagging can just use their RSS readers to consume the complete site.

If any of The Dish's members threw money at Sullivan in the name of convenience, I'd be astonished. I also doubt that many of these members worry that The Dish will vanish if they don't subscribe: Sullivan isn't saying “give me money or I'll shoot this blog.” Had contributions trickled in and then stopped at $100,000 by the end of the month, my guess is that Sullivan would have refunded the funders and moved The Dish back under a larger Web umbrella. (BuzzFeed Sullivan, anyone?)

from Oddly Enough Blog:

The last huzzah?

So this is the end. The last post for this blog.

It's a good thing we've said our farewells, because this is also the last day for new comments.

Today, this site freezes in time. You can always revisit it for a little nostalgia, like that old amusement park in the creepy part of town, with all the chains and cobwebs.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

She’s goin’ for your knee again, Ronald

Blog Guy, with your blog going away soon, we need some closure regarding Ronald Basler.

You mean that total stranger whose spam keeps landing in my rbasler e-mail account?

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Nine ways to lose weight and live forever

People say to me all the time, "Bob, your blog is SO stupid, how do you get people to read it?"

These folks don't understand how online journalism works. You can write anything you want, and if you put a good headline on it people will read it. Especially if you hint at immortality, easy weight loss or better sex.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Sorry, you’re not my type…

Hey Blog Guy, it's me!

Who?

Me! The guy who talks to you in italics so you can carry on pretend conversations in your blog everyday.

You really EXIST? I always thought those conversations were just voices in my head.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Hey, I never said I’m proud of myself!

Blog Guy, I've just started a new blog, and I could use some advice from a veteran like yourself. What do you do if you want to get a lot of traffic, but you don't want to work very hard for it?

That's called cheap pandering to readers with click-bait, and blogging professionals don't do it.

from MacroScope:

Why this blog really is worthwhile

This blog may actually be worth the web page it is electronically printed on. A paper from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (not Dean Baker's shop but the other CEPR, in London) discussed here at VoxEU by University of Bologna economist Paolo Manasse, finds that, at least for American economic thinkers, blogging yields high returns -- even from an economists' strictly utilitarian, efficiency-maximizing perspective.

In the U.S. the blogs of individual economists, often academics, significantly increase the visibility of scientific papers, the reputation of the authors, and affect the readers’ opinions – three good reasons to ‘waste’ time blogging.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

WARNING: avert your gaze!

Blog Guy, as the proprietor of a very visual blog, can you tell me the easiest way to get people to look at a photograph?

Sure. Just tell them not to. It's simple reverse psychology. For example, DO NOT look at the picture in this blog.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Opinionated rant?

It's extremely disturbing when I come here for news and I find articles like this being promoted here. I left CNN (for the most part) and came to Reuters because I believe you are a better source for news. I strongly believe you are less biased, less opinionated, and just an overall better news source.

However, when I find posts like the one, it makes me question my decision. Promoting, and allowing, any opinionated rant claiming people are better based on their race or gender (in this case gender) is disgusting to see.

from Good, Bad, and Ugly:

Not on our site…

Ron Paul vs. the “pretty boys”

The ad, not authorized by the candidate, debuted last week. It’s posted on Paul’s website and on YouTube. But Revolution Pac is looking for wider distribution. The PAC is seeking donations to buy TV time to air the spot in the crucial early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

This article states that the un-affiliated Revolution PAC ad appears on Ron Paul's website, assumed to mean the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign Committee website www.ronpaul2012.com. The ad does NOT appear on our website, nor does any Revolution PAC information appear there. Please make this correction, and many thanks for your attention.

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