B.L. Ochman has a good piece on Seth Godin which is worth a read with a few interesting observations about the way Seth goes about his business:
‘Pointer: The More You Give Away, the More You Sell
“This is the ironic part,” he says. “The less I try to make money, the more I give away, the less I try to sell, the better I do.” He has no business plans for the blogs, doesn’t know how many readers he has or how many subscribe to his RSS feeds. He reads trackbacks on his blogs “because it helps me evolve ideas to the next level.”
“What I’m really trying to do is almost through trial and error discover ideas that want to spread and offer those ideas packaged in ways people will want to buy them. This varies from free idea that is one paragraph long to ideas that cost money because I have to get on a plane and deliver them.” Currently, he says, he’s debating whether or not he should just write e-books and not bother selling printed books any more.’
I love this concept – it taps right into some of my own recent thinking on the way profitable blogging often comes out of those times when you give something away. I guess this is what sparked my building blogging relationships series.