Ben Berger at Footiebusiness was kind enough to include me in a piece he did on the business of soccer blogging; soccer information is predominantly disseminated through blogs (or pseudo-blogs, or news sites that are essentially blogs) in the absence of major interest from traditional news sites, and Ben's piece is a look behind the curtain.
Ben's write-up includes a newspaper writer who uses his blog to get information that might otherwise go to waste in his industry out quickly (Steven Goff, Soccer Insider), a "blogger" of immense stature that ventured out on his own after working as reporter (Ives Galarcep, Soccer By Ives) and a low-level blogger with a full-time regular job who writes "on the side" (myself).
If you're interested in this sort of thing, it's definitely worth a read. Both of the other writers involved have chops and news-gathering skills I could only pretend to emulate, and cover the sport day-in and day-out. While Goff might monitor the traffic on his site and know where his readership comes from, he's completely detached from ancillary aspects like advertising. Galarcep, who runs his own blog as a business and can because of his massive readership, is obviously much more hands on when it comes to watching trends and making money from his site. I'm in a separate third category, of course, and am frankly humbled by my inclusion in Ben's article.
Go check it out, and be sure to add Footiebusiness to your regular soccer blog rotation.