Make A Fortune In Virtual Cash

Blogshares
Do you enjoy the fictional world of the fantasy blog stock market? If so, you’re likely involved with one of the most entertaining and longest running offerings available, Blogshares.com. The self described market where players invest fictional dollars on shares in blogs has been up and running since 2003 and now attracts more than 50,000 visitors per month. Regardless if you have an account or not, I have a hot tip that will likely pay off ten-fold in the coming months…

Blogshares assesses a blog’s value based on a combination of
incoming/outgoing link traffic as well as actual trades made by
members. Although members aren’t actually buying ownership of a blog,
Blogshares members can impact a blog’s actual traffic by drawing
attention to the blog in the form of an upwardly mobile valuation. In
turn, this increases a blog’s reach and for niche blogs, such as a
cultural blog, that can be a useful tool at breaking into the cultural
consciousness.

Consequently, Adaptistration has always been one of the highest
valued cultural blogs at Blogshares but due to the move to a new server
in November 2007, it had to close the original account and start anew.
As such, anyone holding shares in the old stock made a fictional
killing and the new stock is poised to provide similar results.

Myblog
Currently, Adaptistration has a buy price of B$5.24 per share.
Compare that to the old account’s buy price of more than $5000.00 per
share and you can see the fun waiting to be had. At the same rate, the
other "new" blogs at Inside The Arts are in the same position. Right now, Sticks and Drones is available for trade and Arts Addict, Books On Culture, and non divisi
are in the works. In Sticks and Drone’s case, some of the hard core
Blogshares members have already figured out the blog is undervalued and
are already making a killing by getting in on the ground floor. At the time this article was published, it has a buy price of B$2,261.25 per share.

Other Inside The Arts blogs which existed before the exchange was established are available for trade too. However, both Butts In The Seats and Brian Dickie  have no shares available for trade but you can still place a buy order so you can snatch up any shares that might become available.

Membership at Blogshares is free but remember: it’s all fun and
games – there’s no real money or blog ownership involved. Nevertheless,
Blogshares has grown into one of several useful tools to help define
the rapidly changing world of the blogosphere so get in on the burgeoning cultural blog market while you still can!

POSTSCRIPT: Speaking of blog rankings, Scott Spiegelberg posted the latest update to his regularly occurring ranking of the top 50 classical music blogs a few weeks
ago and Adaptistration came in at #6 via the Google rankings! Jason Heath, my
blogging compatriot at Arts Addict, decided
to cast the written word into the wind and posted some video commentary on
Scott’s rankings via his 1/8/08 post. If you’re the sort of person who simply
gets tired of reading all of those words, it’s a highly
entertaining post
.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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