Just tripped over the Blogging Network which launched last fall. It's an interesting combo of business models. The founders have gotten a whole bunch of bloggers (including a few slightly famous-names such as the author of Planet of the Apes) to agree to be subscription-only via the Network which charges wanna-be-blog-readers $2.99 per month for access. As co-founder 'Humayun's letter on the site says, "[asking for] donations -- doesn't work for online writing. Reader reactions range from "giving a donation is slightly stressful" to "I will not voluntarily give money to a [blog]."
Most of the subscription fees collected are redistributed back to the Network bloggers to pay them for their content. Based on current sales, the Network claims it will distribute about $10,000 this year to its Bloggers. Which may be enough to pay for a pack of gum to chew while you type. In a fun twist, when you click to see individual blogger's pofiles on the Network, it also shows you how much money they've earned so far. Humayun himself has made $3.24 to date including forecasts.
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