Some bloggers lead lives of quiet desperation, others just count the money

Blogs, bloggers, blogging – everyone’s got a story, everyone’s got an opinion (not to mention a blog – thanks, Ariana Huffington!).

For some, the other side of the blog fence looks like Nirvana. For those who live it, the grass underfoot is not always so green, with meager existences eked out in soul-crushing day jobs. Simon Houpt, New York columnist for Canada’s Globe & Mail, characterizes bloggers thus:

If you spend any time trolling through the diaries of the anonymous masses available at places like or, you already know that misery and self-pity are defining features of the so-called blogosphere.

Others just sell ad space to the New York Times, take their million page views, and call it a day.

Blogging on the boulevard of broken dreams [The Globe & Mail]
New York’s Real Estate Know-It-All [BusinessWeek Online]