Blogging for Love… or Money?

Written by Zac Johnson
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Millions of users flock to TechCrunch every day to fill their startup and industry news hunger. What was started in only June 2005, has turned into a massive beast of a blog and a very large cash cow. CNNMoney just released a great article they did on Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch. This was a really great read and the first line of the article got me inspired to write this post. “Mike Arrington tells me he has one wish: He’d like to write about startups.” With all the success of TechCrunch, Mike Arrington’s real passion is to focus on what TechCrunch was really founded around. TechCrunch brought in $800,000 in 2006 and $3 million in 2007. So will Mike continue his position and blog for love… or money? (seems to me, he’s got the best of both worlds)

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16 Replies to “Blogging for Love… or Money?”

  1. I've wondered if it was illegal to have your cake and eat it too. I guess not. It just takes some time and action and being stubborn about doing what you love.

  2. So Mikey happens to make LOTS of money with TechCrunch. He wants to do something else. How much money does he need for him to realize he's made enough from TechCrunch before he can write about start ups. Maybe I'm missing his reason for not doing a second blog, many people run multiple blogs.

    1. That's what I was thinking. Mike could easily start another blog and he would instantly have a huge following.. not to mention a new source of revenue.

  3. I think Mike definitely likes what he does.The money is the icing on the cake. Usually, when someone does something "just for the money", you can tell, there is something missing.

    Don't forget that when you are outsourcing your work, or looking to build new business relationships. If you surround yourself of people that love what they do, then it's going to be a blast.

  4. I don't think it has to be one or the other. Isn't that the American dream, making great money by doing something you love?

  5. I dont know how I feel about that article. Like some of the other commentators, I can see no good reason why he doesnt just hire people to run TechCrunch and let him invest more time in projects he is more interested in.

  6. Personally, I feel that you have to enjoy what you are doing in order to wake up every morning and do it to the fullest. I love waking up and blogging, networking, helping and of course making money.

  7. I think you guys are missing the point… Mike is setting the stage to sell TechCrunch for a very nice pay day – then he'll start this other blog to cover his passion.

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