Today I've been mucking about in the tagging space. Kicking the tires. Exploring. As I was wandering around, I noticed that Flickr announced that they have indeed been acquired by Yahoo! A few more millionaires for the world's economy, that. Russ Beattie going to Yahoo! should have tipped us off to expect great things from Yahoo! in the next couple of years.
At one point, I was over at Kottke.org and found myself sending an email to Jason to see whether he would like cash or a gift of Studio Manager 7. If I, a light user of Kottke.org, am contributing, lots of money must be flowing in Jason's direction.
These two things plus many more drove me to the conclusion that lots of careers will sprout up in this portion of the electronic universe. I'm sure blogging will be an important node in this careerspace, but maybe tagging will be a node and who knows what else? Somewhere today I read that a key feature of the web starting now is collaboration. This is a rich area of possibility. Not a flash in the pan.
So, bloggers, all that time you are putting into this blogging stuff. All that reading, blogging, commenting, emailing, flickring and tagging might just amount to something. Maybe all these things you are doing passionately have something to do with the career you are inadvertently building for yourself.
What I'm seeing is that besides the amazing and many small and large benefits bloggers get from raising their own profiles in cyberspace, real meaty careers may be starting to sprout. Of course, Kottke can support himself with blogging. I'm not saying we'll be blogging for a living, necessarily. Though, I'm sure many will. I think we'll be working in this emerging field - creating new products, organizations and services, consulting, researching, negotiating, marketing, developing software and contributing our experience and knowledge to in-house projects that haven't been invented yet.
There's a lot going on and we are in a great place to find our own preferred spots in the action.