Latest Money-Making Blog Idea: The “Blogathon”!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2003

Fresh off posting a weblog entry which dealt in part (minor part) with the “destruction of value” all of this web-publishing is wreaking on traditional publishing, and the difficulty in actually extracting any money from it, I run across this idea from Darren Rowse’s Living Room >> A space for Life weblog: the blogathon! (If interested, you’ll have to click there and then scroll down for the relevant entries; he doesn’t make permalinks to individual entries available.) Yes, next month Darren is going to spend 24 hours straight just sitting in front of his PC blogging, the point being to be sponsored to do so, all for the financial benefit of the charity International Needs, and specifically for a project they have ongoing in the Philippines to provide poor families with income-providing pedicabs. If you want (and want to sponsor), you’ll be able to get him to discuss anything about himself you might be interested in – or anything about Australia, which is where he lives.

Intriguing . . . I tend to spend much-too-much time in front of the computer myself, especially on the weekends. (Cue link to IAD: Internet Addiction Disorder. But how could MAO otherwise be the well-informed, well-connected press Euro-guru that you all know and love?) It would likely take less prolonging than you might believe (or hope!) to push this to a full 24 hours. Whaddaya think? Is this an idea for the (self-professed, buy-domain-name, buy-your-version-of-Truth) EuroSavant?

But, if I do do this, don’t get your hopes up about getting me to write about me. As that song went – I’m too: shy-de-shy, hush-hush – I-doo-I. (Yes, there was such a song, back in the ’80s; it’s playing in my head right now as I write. I guess I need to do the Google exercise of tracking it down, so I can provide all you doubters out there – who think that my mind has been sucked away and into my computer monitor by now – with the name of the group and year.) The various European presses never fail to provide more than enough grist for the EuroSavant mill, thank you very much: you should see the topics “that got away,” because I had to choose one thing among the many to write about on a given day.

[Hey girl – move a little closer! Important update: I found it! – and not via Google either, but rather via Rhapsody, an on-line music service, owned by RealNetworks, that I can really recommend. The song was “Too Shy,” the group (and it gives me no pleasure to have to write this): Kajagoogoo And Limahl. The year: 1982. So there.]

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