Monday, September 28, 2015

Announcement: Conceptual Fiction and Blogjob

From time to time, usually when commenting on other people's science-fiction-related posts, I've mentioned writing conceptual fiction. Some people have mentioned wanting to read, free of charge.

Well, Blogjob is currently offering a way you can do that. Blogjob is an ad-funded site that reportedly pays bloggers who post regularly. In order to avoid running out of money and cheating writers, the way Bubblews and Chatabout and some other sites have done, they limit the number of posts per blogger per day. I've set up a pattern of posting one book review and one other full-length post per day; that allows a limited amount of socializing. By qualifying as a "Social Networker," I'd get to add one more post and some more socializing. That would make room for the novel-in-blog-form I've mentioned, if anyone seriously wants to read it.

So, what you do is click on this link...

...and set up your own Blogjob accounts.

Why would I encourage you to do that?

Setting up a Blogjob account allows you to socialize with Blogjob bloggers and, if you blog regularly and have a following, slowly accumulate points toward a cash payment. Whether you blog regularly or not, two uses of the link qualify me as a "Social Networker" and make room for the fictional blog site in which you'd get to explore my conceptual fiction world.

How much will it cost you?

So far as I can tell, it's absolutely free...then again Yahoo's spam filter has always trapped hundreds of spam e-mails, ever since the AC days. I've not seen the volume of spam increase, but that's not a guarantee. No garbage e-mail from Blogjob. You can choose whether or not to receive e-mail from e-friends, groups, comments on your posts if you set up a Blogjob blog site, etc. Some Blogjob blog themes are browser-friendlier than others. Some run annoying but harmless Chitika ads; some (like mine) run only safe, harmless Ad Sense ads.

How much can you earn?

Don't count on Blogjob to pay any bills. Think of it as a slow-moving social site for people who really want to know what their friends are thinking and doing, as distinct from merely checking on their health. Earnings are capped but, if you blog daily from the U.S., you could earn US$300-400 per year.