As the adage goes, money can’t buy you happiness. Whether earned or inherited, exorbitant wealth can be more burden than boon. In other words, it’s hard out here for a one-percenter.
And that must be true, otherwise this Craigslist ad would not exist. According to the text, Seattle may soon be home to a new blog dedicated to providing the city’s affluent the psychological and emotional support needed to deal with the trials that come with being stupid wealthy.
“Special community for people who have earned a lot of money or been born into a wealthy family needs a blog ghostwriter. The focus of the community is providing psychological support for the problems money brings - family tensions, unfulfillable expectations, boredom, etc. To do this you must be intimately familiar with the problems faced by wealthy people. If you grew up wealthy or through some other means can write detailed blog posts on this topic, please get in touch.
The posts need to be highly personal, emotional and have a strong editorial voice. These are anything but generic lectures. We are looking for 3 posts per week and each post pays $30. If you’re interested, please send a cover letter telling us about your background and experience and why you would be a good writer for this. If a resume would be helpful please send that as well. Finally, please send a few suggested topics so we can see that you really can come up with specific topics which touch the hearts of people from affluent families. Thanks!”
So, who is backing this new editorial enterprise? What’s their business plan? And who exactly is a member of the “special community” of persons the ad refers to? Are they the tech gentry currently flooding Seattle? Could working for Amazon, Google or some tech bro’s startup be empty and disquieting enough to need it’s own therapeutic magazine?
So many questions, and no answers. An email response to the thus far anonymous author of the post has not been returned.
What is clear is that enterprising writers with insight into the pathologies of the wealthy and affluent have a new opportunity to get paid. As much as $30 per post. That’s a decent rate, sure. But it also leads us to believe that even if the magazine’s target demographic is filthy rich, its backers are not.