The Monetized Life

Nancy Friedman
7 min readJun 12, 2022

“It’s absurd to imagine someone trying very hard to monetize their desire to scuba dive once a week or write poetry or hang out with friends. People like to talk about their favorite sports teams or tech gadgets, but why do we have to be in such a hurry to turn that into a profit?”

Absurd? Maybe in 2005, when pioneering blogger and business consultant Seth Godin wrote that paragraph in a blog post defiantly titled “Monetize This.” In 2022, Godin’s plaint seems quaint. Not only it is easy to imagine monetizing scuba diving or hanging out with friends, it can seem unthinkable not to. In 2022…

Nancy Friedman

Writer, name developer, brand consultant, idea-ist, ex-journalist. Find me on Twitter, Mastodon, and Instagram (@fritinancy) and in the San Francisco Bay Area.