On June 11, 2006 Robert Scoble wrote:
Yesterday I was talking with Amanda Congdon, one of the co-founders of Rocketboom. Her videoblog is now seeing about 300,000 viewers a day. That’s, what, a year or so old? Did you know that advertisers are now paying her $85,000 per week? [source]
At VloggerCon, I asked one of the Rocketboom staff what their monthly bandwidth bill was. He said that they had a pretty good deal from their provider but would not give me any details.
I would love to hear more about the revenue and costs of Rocketboom and or other vlog sites, especially their bandwidth costs. Please tell me what you know!
I ran into folks from blip.tv who said that they are offering free hosting … could this be true? What is the catch? Where do you host your vlog media files? Why?
Are any other vlog sites generating revenue? Please tell me what you know.
June 18th, 2006
Today is a great day to start my first blog.
My son, Xavier, is happy for the moment flipping through a book. My wife, Deb, and daughters, Amelia and Olivia, are out of town until tonight. So it is pretty quiet around the house this morning. I have finally come up with something to blog about. I created podslug.com on 2005-05-03 as my company, Webcast in a Box, was about to release a podcast appliance but this is the first time I have decided to use it to publish. My breakthrough happened this morning when I decided that I would use this blog to simply record the things that I have heard from others regarding media (including technologies, business models, and culture) and invite others to comment. This got me past my writer’s block. I still have many fears about being public with my writing but I have decided to use this blog to explore these fears as well. I think that they are shared. I hope that others will talk through them with me.
I am eager to share these rumors and I hope that they will invite discussion. Thank you for your attention and feedback.
- Erik Herz
June 18th, 2006