Could you give up the 9 to 5… at least theoretically… if you’re a J list blogger covering a miniscule niche and you’re living in a low rent part of the planet… Hmmm??? I planned to write a piece at the end of 2006 all about how a combination of Adsense and a J list blog could – could – help make some folk in some parts of some countries a comfortable living. However, I’ve written about this in more depth here and in the comments here. And in the end, I have nothing much to add to all that apart from one World Bank factoid,
"2.8 billion people—more than half the people in developing countries—live on less than $700 a year. Of these, 1.2 billion earn less than $1 a day"
There’s an un-fleshed out argument to be made here that some development agencies would be well advised to learn about social media, blogging and Adsense. And for those agencies to see where blogging might be included as one part of a social and economic development plan. There’s a better argument, or at least a more proven one, that says if you blog and you use Adsense and you can write at least moderately well then blogging may just pay for your rent and your rice.