A recent posting on Mediabistro’s Media Jobs Daily suggests becoming a blogger as a way to break into the media industry. Specifically, they suggest blogging with television show recaps. Supposedly TV recaps have become quite popular with blogs but, to be honest, I’ve never really noticed them. The post says that blogging about your favorite television show could be a great way to break into the media industry while getting paid to watch a show you’d already be watching anyways.
While I agree that blogging can be a good way to get your foot in the door, I don’t think it’s as simple as Mediabistro makes it out to be. The only example of success in TV-recap blogging that they mention describes a scenario involving a girl who already had a job with the Wall Street Journal, who started writing synopses of Gossip Girl. She wasn’t your average student or college grad with a blog that just happened to gain some recognition. With so many blogs in existence today, I think it would be pretty difficult to make your television recaps, regardless if they are unique and well-written, become a paying job unless you already had some kind of “in”