Actually, thinking more about Matthew’s post, what it underlines to me is the sad unfairness of the power-law distribution curve on the internet. Basically, if you started a music blog in 2000-2, and stuck with it, and were even reasonably good at it, you probably now have some kind of income from music criticism - not enough to live on maybe, but something. I owe my current job, my side income, pretty much every element of my middling prosperity to saying “why not?” and starting a music website in 1999.
Whereas if you started a music blog in 2006-8, you have to be really really dedicated and really really good at it and you need to work a LOT harder than I ever did to get anywhere near that kind of position. It’s like the Gladwell Outliers thesis in miniature - accidents of birth and age and timing matter easily as much as talent.
Which isn’t to say I disagree with what Matthew was saying, just that I’m grateful for my own good luck, really.