httpwebwitch - 4:55 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
So if you're trying to earn a living on the web, which do you value most and concentrate on: producing content or providing the medium?
There may be no concensus here because there's no "one way".
So... play to your strengths. If you're a writer, editor, or just someone who collects and publishes neat stuff, then do that. If you're a coder, an "idea" person, a savvy chap with acumen (like wheel - see above), then do that.
You'll have a job. Or you'll get contract work. Or you'll build a killer app. Or you'll hire someone else to build your killer app and sell it to success. Or you'll be an expert and people will want to read & buy your stuff.
Whatever your strength, the challenge is to find the way to leverage that into a decent standard of living. I don't feel it's fair to belittle someone's skills, calling them "worthless" - sure, you can hire someone to do coding. But folks, you can hire someone to do just about anything.
But coders have to face up to a difficult truth: hiring a coder is a lot cheaper than hiring a business consultant to guide your entrepreneurial attempts and make visionary decisions.
anand84 has an interesting point about coding "saving" you money rather than "earning" it. From the point of view of an entrepreneur, being able to DIY is a skill that make or break a self-startup. Without investment capital, you can't hire someone to build your great idea, unless you can cajole others to work on spec, a deal to which I am usually opposed.
The success stories are examples where all the ingredients have come together. Good idea, Good execution, and good acumen. Any of these can be bought, or outsourced. Do you possess one? two? or all three?
I'd say Zuckerburg has all three. Kevin Rose has them too. Markus Frind has them in spades. That, my friends, is QUITE RARE.
There are fourth and fifth ingredients that haven't been mentioned. Maybe "luck" is one of them. Or "timing".
edacsac, perhaps you need to hire a writer. On spec! (hww ducks to avoid projectiles aimed at his head)