Liz asks a very interesting question on Successful Blog, and I can’t help but take a stab at it.
You’ve been approached by a well-financed enterprised to blog for them on a high-end blog, called Views. The blogging team will be you and one other person, someone of the opposite sex. Each of you will be paid US$60,000/year to post at least six times a week about your opinions on any topic- from music to arithmetic.
The blog will be launched with a massive media blitz, and you’ll have access to the resources of an entire media library for photos and content.
The catch? Each of you must blog under the guise of a member of the opposite sex – in other words, you’d be switching roles – and your contract binds you to keep your true identity secret.
How do you respond?
First off, I want to say, what an interesting question, and probably would make for a really interesting blog in the real world.
The next thing that it brings to mind is if people would really notice. I suppose the writer could slip up somehow, but really, how do you even know if the writer is a man or a woman, and does it really even matter?
While those questions are not in the spirit of Liz’s question, I think they are still things that come up from time to time in the blogosphere.
For all you know, I could be a seventy-five year old woman….Would it matter?
Anyways, to answer Liz’s question, I would do it. The pay would be enough to have a very decent lifestyle blogging away, not to mention the incite you could probably take in about the opposite sex through working on the blog.
The difficult thing would be the connections that you make with people would be more or less fake. You could never build up a positive blog writer reputation, speak at conferences about your experiences, or just generally connect in a real way with your readership.
I still think the positives out weigh the negatives and I would still take it. Let Liz know what you think on the subject though.