KAUSFILES ENVY: Reader Tom Carroll wants me to emulate Mickey:

Please sell out. . . I’m not sure that the voluntary contributions you get
are enough to keep you interested in the daily blogospheric grind. Please, opt for the Boeing.

Well, I do this because it’s fun, and I don’t want it to turn into work. If it stops being fun, I want to follow the lead of the Sarge and quit. Of course, I hope he’ll come back in a few weeks, as he’s done before: tanned, rested, and ready. (And thicker-skinned about jerky email). But a lot of the fun of the blog world is that it’s fun. There are a lot of people (nearly all of them people who earn their primary incomes from writing) who are really concerned about developing a viable economic model for blogging. More power to ’em, and if the Boeing is offered, I’ll give it serious consideration. But that’s not really what it’s all about for me.

Hmm. “Take the Boeing.” That’s kind of a nice term for blogger-affiliation with major media. As in, “I hear Postrel’s taken the Boeing.” “Yeah, VodkaPundit, too.” “After Kaus and Blair, I figured there’d be a lot of that.”