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5000 True Fans?

Kevin Kelly posts a follow-up to his 1000 True Fans essay called "The Case Against 1000 True Fans" with some links to previous writings from other artists and a bit of data Kelly has collected since he wrote his first essay.  All of this is very familar to webcomic artists - it's all about trying to understand how an artist can make a living from their work and whether these Internet-enabled times are the best of.. or the worst of times for the artist.
A related story from TechDirt explores whether the era of the amateur blogger is over -- as blogging has grown many of the most popular bloggers have "quit their day jobs" not unlike the growth curve we've seen with webcomics over the last 5-10 years. 
UPDATE: also related is a post from Rivkah on the decision to quit (or not!) the day job and do comics full-time.