I know all too much about writing for free. I do it here all the time. It’s a labor of love. I’ve been at it for more than 900 blog posts and more than 5 years. I know about writing without being paid for it. Despite that, and despite my understanding that when I post at group blogs I know I won’t get paid, I am absolutely furious about the AOL-Huffington Post Deal. Why? Because the writers are getting screwed, and they’re not going to get a cent out of the deal. Not a sou.
The news this morning– I’m sure you haven’t missed it– was that that beleaguered, dinosaur of dial up AOL has bought Huffington Post and made that doyenne of self promotion and faux progressive politics, Arianna, an AOL executive. Here’s the essence of the story from the New York Times: