It is for me, but that's what hobbies should be, right? Something you really really want to do, something you'd pay to do, and if it works out to be the other way around (they pay you) so much the better. My question for Mr. Godin: is this a new phenomenon? I'm just curious. The answer doesn't really matter, because we're all here now, writing, publishing, but the one complaint I hear often is that the publishing industry has changed, "Harry Potter changed the world," mega-book stores, etc. Did authors twenty years ago face the same uphill battle?
Read Seth Godin's post, "Advice for authors".