Lately, I’ve noticed that people are only interested in me writing for them if I’ll do it for free. Which I won’t. I think the lack of ads on my blog gives the wrong impression. I also won’t write for “exposure,” “potential fame,” or “certain glory,” none of which are quantifiable in just how they might be applied to my heating bill. So when BlogHer approached me about writing for them, I was thrown off balance by the negotiation process, which went a little something like this.
Her: Want to blog for us?
Me: I only write for free for myself. This is an automated message. I only write for free for myself.
Her: We’ll pay you.
Me: Sure you will.
Her: No, really.
Me: Pay me in what? Clam shells? I already live near the water.
Her: …American dollars.
(I consult with the other voices in my head: “She’s bluffing.” “Is American currency even worth anything anymore?” “Find out how much.” “It won’t buy us any fur coats, but it might be enough to get the cleaners back, praise Jesus.” “Pssst, try to talk her down on the word count.”)
So, I’ll be blogging over at BlogHer once a week from now on until they fire me, which shouldn’t be long. My first post is up here. It’s about, uh…me.