Can I just add to that question - how many of you have monetised your blog, directly or indirectly.
When you say 'monetised' - do you mean used a Blog as a tool for business (keeping customers up to date with your latest developments for example) or do you mean generating Revenue from your blog? Maybe you mean something totally different, please explain.
Infact, talking of profiting from Blogs, I read this somewhere:
Nick Denton is another blogger that is building an online media empire. His blog at Gizmodo.com is a technology lovers wet dream. Every day visitors are offered the opportunity to buy electronic gadgets that put large sums of affiliate income into Denton's pockets.
Denton recently expanded his empire branched out and added a blog called Gawker.com that is a cross between Variety magazine and The National Enquirer.
Gawker covers Manhattan and the self-important wannabes that walk its streets. Using sarcasm and witty commentary the genius editor keeps visitors flocking back for return visits. And that is what high-paying advertisers that grace the pages of Gawker want for their money. They want eyeballs.
How much moolah to you think Denton is clearing when he has only one employee to pay each week -- and a s*** load of high-paying advertisers?
This got me to thinking - will Blogs become a mainstream form of Profit, will they become comercialised by companies paying bloggers to talk about their products and similar methods? I sure hope not - call me paranoid but look what happened with email and SPAM - could the same thing happen to the Blog community?