Ethics, The Touchy-Feely Approach

November 24th, 2004 · No Comments
by Booksquare

If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you have realized a sad truth: it’s not necessarily a great get rich scheme. Freelancing, particularly, requires tossing a lot of balls up in the air and hoping one or two of them land on a rent check. It is common for freelancers to repurpose their work — why waste all that lovely research and effort?

So, on one level it should make sense that a blogger would, uh, repurpose her work, or, as it appears in this case, create competing content for two sites. Yes, that’s what bothers us. It’s like she was being paid to work against her employer by being paid to work for another employer. Professional blogging remains uncharted territory, from a monetary perspective. Some blogs have proven quite lucrative, others not so much. The revenue model is evolving for certain types of blogs. And while we applaud ingenuity and such, we have to think working against your employer’s best interest is not particularly wise. (via MediaBistro’s GalleyCat


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