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Meanland: The Blogging Economy


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The web, we are endlessly told, offers unparalleled opportunity for a democratic voice. But is the voice of the people necessarily offered for free? Why is it so hard to earn a buck through a blog?

In partnership with Meanjin and Overland, two of Australia’s finest literary journals, we continue this series examining the rapidly evolving world of writing and publishing.


Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham studied neuroscience, philosophy and cultural studies before editing the University of Queensland’s Semper Floreat in 2000. He has worked as a freelance journalist and essayist since 2001 for a range of national publications, including New Matilda, Crikey, Guardian Australia, t... Read more

Jacinda Woodhead

Jacinda Woodhead is Overland’s deputy editor. She is also a PhD candidate working on a narrative non-fiction project about the politics of abortion. Her essay ‘Sexiness and Sexism: Neoliberalism and Feminism’ was recently published in Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left. ... Read more

Zora Sanders

Zora Sanders is a writer, editor and internet connoisseur. She is currently the deputy editor of Meanjin Quarterly and has previously worked as reviews editor for Arena magazine and as editor of Farrago. She is a contributor to and a selection of other blogs far too silly to mention... Read more

Penny Modra

Penny Modra is the editorial director at The Good Copy, a Melbourne-based writing school and consultancy. She is a regular ‘grammar enthusiast’ guest on ABC Radio Melbourne and teaches editing in RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing program. Penny writes occasional features f... Read more


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