WordPress News Is Free. So Who Would Pay For It?
This article points out a major flaw in the whole idea of WordPress. For many people, they see setting up a blog or website on the WordPress platform as a way of making money. This doesn’t even include those who set out to make a site that is devoted to WordPress news. Many of us that use the platform don’t even know how to create the simplest of themes, let alone try to tackle a plugin.
The whole landscape of blogging has changed. Back in the early days of blogging, it was mostly hobbyists, writers, and other creative personalities that were publishing blogs. Now, almost every corporation has a blog that may or may not be updated frequently. The news media has even ventured into the realm of blogging especially in the form of Opt-Ed blogs. With all the voices on the Internet trying to be heard, gaining a following becomes extremely rare.
Once again, it is time to reset the paradigm. We need people who are willing to venture into the Blogosphere without trying to make a buck. A group blog on the topic of WordPress News is what we need, one where the writers are not worried about raking in cash but sharing important developments in the WordPress Universe.
I understand the burden that a site will face if it gains a large enough following, bandwidth can become expensive, along with the hosting fees for a popular site could scare most away from the idea. As Jeffro pointed out in his articles, the only ones that seem to be able to float are those that don’t need money. Maybe on solution would be to host on WordPress.com and get some backing from Automatic to keep the hosting fees down.
I don’t know how to go about doing something like this. I have a hard enough time getting new content up on my own blogs on a regular basis. Family, work, time for myself, these all keep me from writing a blog post a week, let alone a month. So, a project like this would take more dedication than I can give.
I guess I’m just curious why people are after the almighty dollar and not helping their fellow WordPress users learn what is new and cool about the software. Maybe, one day, we will see such a site come into existence. In the mean time, keep visiting those that are around, no matter how they are backed.