Coming next week-ish:

And it's now public that they also sold the next week of videos, this time to Earthlink for another $40k or so. $2 million/year if they sold a year of ads at that rate. Whew! My only wish now is that Andrew relinquish some of the details to a trusted editor and get some sleep. And a teleprompter. And, umm, some sort of special bonus for Rocketboom correspondents. Hahahahahahahahaha!

February 13, 2006 at 12:33 PM in Videoblogging | Permalink


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Amanda is looking a bit weary?

Or am I just weary of Amanda?

Posted by: ZuDfunck at Feb 13, 2006 1:13:38 PM

Not a bad reward for selling your soul to the advertising whores. Nothing against Rocketboom but as a fan I will probably watch less if advertising is introduced. Thankfully we will have Minnesota Stories to remain ad-free, right? What are your thoughts as a new media journalist on selling in to the man? Great work, and I enjoy your blog and vlogs.

Posted by: Shawn at Feb 14, 2006 5:50:27 PM

my thoughts, which are heavily influenced by alcohol:

you obviously have no idea how many waking hours Rocketboom puts into their site for it not to make any money. it's absolutely impossible for it to continue to exist without money coming from somewhere. got a better idea than advertising that would actually work?

MNstories, though it takes, less effort, still costs money and takes a lot of time. I love Minnesota Stories and think it's worth investing in, so it can stick around. You may have noticed "this space for rent" -- absolutely i'd love to have advertising, especially local advertisers who have some connection to the people who visit.

I don't mean to be flippant, but seriously, I think it's pompous and juvenile to say "I'm not going to visit this site, they sold out." Reminds me of indie rock bands in the 90's. How do you expect someone to sacrifice sleep, sacrifice a social life, sacrifice a job in order to do something they love if it doesn't sustain itself financially?

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 15, 2006 1:32:42 AM

sorry, i seriously don't mean to sound like an asshole. you're a cool guy and i'm glad you like my stuff. i guess it's a sensitive topic at the moment. :-)

Posted by: Chuck at Feb 15, 2006 1:37:23 AM

Didn't mean to sound so harsh about Rocketboom. I too would give in to advertising for that kind of cash. I've just been anti-advertising since rewatching the PBS Frontline episode called Merchants of Cool (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/view/) about selling ourselves to ourselves and the dangers involved with advertising. As a lover of art and "indie" I sort of consider this stage of vlogging to have an "art value" even if it is a daily news cast. And regardless of my words, I still can't get enough of Rocketboom (and MN Stories)- Take Care.

P.S. - Whatever happened with that driver of the hotel van that flicked you off, did you call the hotel to complain?

Posted by: Shawn at Feb 15, 2006 11:17:12 PM

well i'm glad you don't hate me. :-)

i LOVE Merchants of Cool, and almost anything Douglas Rushkoff does.
I snuck a Blogumentary DVD under his door at NYU a year ago but it didn't get to him...

oh, i never ended up calling about the guy who flipped me off. once a little time passed i just wasn't motivated to call.

Posted by: chuck at Feb 16, 2006 12:20:33 AM

Ahh...interesting topic guys.

I wrote several paragraphs on the topic, then purposely deleted all of it. I tend to do this alot.

Posted by: Paul at Feb 16, 2006 9:16:09 PM

don't hold back brother!

Posted by: chuck at Feb 16, 2006 10:23:13 PM